The No Longer Vulnerable is an Integrated Program initiated in July 2012 with forty-four partners across the KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Eastern Cape and Western Cape provinces. Civil society organisations (CSOs) supported by Oxfam Australia deliver programs that improve health outcomes relating to HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and water-related infections and diseases, increase and sustain food security and livelihoods options, and increase and uphold access to social protection and socio-economic rights. The purpose of the mid-term review was to enable reflection and analysis across a broad range of projects and partners, to Oxfam Australia review program progress and identify options for strengthening implementation.
The Mid-term Review process considered the findings of the formative evaluation undertaken at the beginning of the strategy and linked it to the meta-analysis of the program documentation. The formative evaluation and document review were used to develop an analytical approach, which was used to test the theory of change that Oxfam Australia described for the No Longer Vulnerable framework. The process involved a comprehensive review of program documentation, consultation and dialogue with program staff and partner organisations through key informant interviews and roundtable discussions, and an assessment of other literature pertaining to the development context in South Africa.
The No Longer Vulnerable Program has provided opportunities in its short lifespan. In some ways it has helped reshape public discourse and enabled new forms of engagement designed specifically to identify how to deal with social issues through a bottom-up approach. In the remaining eighteen months, key questions remain about how people and communities can hold technocrats and bureaucrats to account, and how policy that is deeply informed by the voices of the people on the ground can be developed. Finding and strengthening the people’s and community capacity to enable positive change remains the key tenant and challenge of the program.