Jibon o Jibika (Life and Livelihoods) - Final Evaluation Report

Save the Children USA (SC) commissioned TANGO International to conduct a final evaluation of its Title II Development Assistance Program (DAP), Jibon o Jibika1 . This program is being implemented in Bangladesh in collaboration with Helen Keller International (HKI), the NGO Forum for Water and Sanitation, the Cyclone Preparedness Programme (CPP) of the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society and 14 local NGO partners with offices in Barisal Division, Bangladesh. This report presents the findings of this final evaluation.

The Jibon o Jibika (JoJ) Program is explicitly directed at reducing high levels of food insecurity and malnutrition and is being implemented in 13 upazilas in three districts of southwest Bangladesh. The program is designed to achieve three interrelated strategic objectives (SOs): SO1: Food availability and purchasing power at the household level will have increased; SO2: The health and nutrition of pregnant women and children under the age of two will have improved; and SO3: Households will be more resilient to shocks that threaten their livelihoods.

The final evaluation aims to: (i) assess the extent to which Save the Children and its partners, have accomplished the stated goals and objectives of the five year program, as amended; (ii) assess the effectiveness of the technical approach by reviewing program activities that have been successful and those that have not, including reasons why (as much as is feasible); (iii) obtain answers to key questions that may contribute to better applying lessons learned, best practices, sustainability, and recommendations for future programming; and (iv) document/summarize the overarching lessons learned from the project to a wider audience including SC, partner organizations, donors, Government of Bangladesh (GoB) and other stakeholders.