Evaluation of USAID/Somalia Alternative Basic Education for Pastoralists (ABE) Activity

Country / date: Somalia, 2019 – 2020

Partner: NORC at the University of Chicago, USAID/Somalia

Under USAID’s Reading & Access Evaluation’s contract, implemented by NORC at the University of Chicago, Integrity is conducting a final performance evaluation of the USAID Alternative Basic Education for Pastoralists (ABE) program in Somalia. ABE, a five-year $10 million program, seeks to improve access to equitable, quality education for pastoralists and other marginalized children in south-central Somalia.

Integrity leads the design and implementation of the evaluation, along with our trusted local data collection partner who is able to securely access remote areas across Somalia. The evaluation is intended to assess ABE’s implementation in the dynamic Somalia programming environment, while contextualizing internal and external factors that impeded or enabled, and negatively or positively influenced its interventions for sustained functionality.

This evaluation will assist the USAID Somalia Mission in reaching decisions related to: (1) effectiveness of the current approach to alternative basic education programming in Somalia; and (2) the nature and scope of other interventions in the education sector. With this end line evaluation, the Mission intends to capture emerging results to inform decisions about future education programming in Somalia.

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