Client: Hope Africa
Duration: March – December 2011
HOPE Africa’s primary purpose is to empower communities economically, socially and spiritually in order to address the problems of Southern Africa. As such, Hope Africa’s efforts focus on poverty eradication, pursued through “programmes for community capacity building, education and training, health care, local economic development, and empowering youth and women.” HOPE Africa currently implements and runs four programmes centred on capacity building, knowledge and information sharing, leadership and partnership. The Leadership Programme was the focus of this evaluation and includes four modules, namely: Theology and Development, Local Community Development, Christian Leadership, and Public Policy and the Church.
Project Name: Impact Assessment of the Hope Africa Leadership Programme: Poverty & Development Course
Client: Hope Africa
Project Duration: March – December 2011
Sector: Non-profit, Poverty & Development, Training
Service provided: Impact Assessment of the Hope Africa Leadership Programme
Creative Consulting and Development Works was commissioned by Hope Africa to assess the impact of the Leadership Programme which is based on the Poverty and Development Course.
This evaluation was commissioned in order to assess the impact that the programme has had on both clergy and their parishes and has focused on how the course is understood by course participants, their experiences and application of course knowledge and how the course material can be improved. Specifically this assessment focused on: whether course participants have been able to transfer knowledge; whether course participants have been able to integrate church plans and programmes into the plans and programmes of their respective parish communities; whether course participants have been able to critically reflect God’s mission in their development work; and whether course participant’s technical skills and abilities have been improved and what additional training is required based on their work experiences in their parishes.
The evaluation strategy for this assessment was based on an appreciative inquiry approach that entails a cooperative search for the best in people, their organizations, and the relevant world around them. This approach informed the design of the qualitative data collection methods: workshops and semi-structured interviews utilised in this assessment. Course participants (participants who had undertaken the Poverty and Development course) were sampled according to their involvement in the course in the last 5 preceding years and their availability to attend the workshops held in Empangeni and Mthatha. Key informant stakeholders were sampled according to their area of expertise and involvement in the course.
– Knowledge gained from the Local Community Development module had facilitated in developing sustainable partnerships for action and gender activism.
– Acquired knowledge assisted in conflict resolution, planning and delegation, and leadership.
– The module assisted in the development of partnerships (between clergy and communities) with the respective community taking ownership of the plans/programmes. The various programme areas where partnerships have been built, enabling the integration of church and community plans include: orphan and vulnerable children programmes, health programmes, education programmes, youth development programmes, agriculture programmes, handcraft programmes, and feeding schemes.