Food and Nutrition
11 August 14
The project had the objective of increasing the capacity of the Fisheries Administration (FiA) and civil society organizations (CSOs) in Cambodia to influence government decision-makers to secure sustainable livelihoods for rural people potentially affected by proposed Mekong river dams. The project had a two-pronged approach: increasing the influencing capacity of the Fisheries Administration (FiA) within the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) (the insider approach); and building the capacity of civil society organizations and affected community members (the outsider approach).
The main objective of the evaluation was “to determine the effectiveness of the project’s capacity building and to provide guidance on effectiveness of the project governance and policy influencing activities”. The evaluation used a mixed method design including qualitative and quantitative methods. The evaluation included desktop analysis of project documents, semi-structured interviews with 87 key stakeholders at national, provincial, district, and community levels, and personal observations at meetings with selected key informants.
The project rationale of supporting Fisheries Administration to advocate within Government on the issue of mainstream Mekong dams and food security and nutrition proved to be an effective strategy. The project managed to produce assessment on food and nutrition security and vulnerability as planned. The project design was re-scoped a few times to accommodate urgent needs for policy influencing and financial resources constraints. The revision made in the inception report resulted in a much stronger focus on research components, much less funding for communication and no resources for supporting “ability of participating communities to assess impact and contribute to Environmental Impact Assessments”.