ACT Alliance South Africa
In response to changing global conditions, and to effectively amplify the impact of their work, three European development agencies that are ACT Alliance members, have joined with Southern African partners to explore new ways of working. A key element in this process is the centrality of ‘Solidarity Hubs’ that bring together European and Southern African organisations and churches, and movements and allies from other parts of the world, to critically reflect on their practice of social justice, reflect on global and structural drivers of injustice, and emerge with new solidarity action that is rooted in the communities they seek to serve.
Out of this the Ubumbano Solidarity hub has emerged as an initiative of a group of European and southern ACT alliance members, and other partners in South and Southern Africa creating a new joined up model that will support communities’ struggles for economic, gender and environmental justice. A brief overview available here: https://actalliance.org/about/member-news/ubumbano-in-action-creating-a-solidarity-model-in-south-africa/.
This review covers the period from the inaugural Solidarity hub event in February 2017 until November 2018.
The review has two core objectives:
- Assess the progress made in the multi-stakeholder process of setting up a new joint solidarity initiative, and
- Assess the extent to which that initiative is developing new ways of collaboration, reflection and innovation in the field of social justice in South and Southern Africa
Additional secondary objectives are to:
- Produce a mapping of the ways the initiative has contributed to increasing the voice of silenced communities
- Assess the relevance of the tools / instruments / inputs developed for the project e.g. Solidarity Hub, learning exchange approach, community voice, etc
- Provide actionable recommendations on how to entrench the model, increase participation, strengthen or institutionalise the space for reflection, and enhance the objectives of the initiative
Evaluation / Review Questions
Has the ‘Joint Solidarity’ process added value as a way of working and collaborating since the inaugural Solidarity Hub of March 2017?
- How successful has the process been in improving collaboration between the northern and southern partners and among the northern partners?
- What replicable, relevant examples in designing innovative ways of collaboration and development work emerging from the process?
- What additional value has the process and emerging Solidarity Hub yielded for participating southern CSOs and the European Agencies compared to the usual individual bilateral programmes of the European Agencies?
Has the ‘Joint Solidarity’ process led to emerging civil society collaboration, community involvement and increasing community voice?
- What are the successes and challenges in terms of involving communities and improving civil society exchange and collaboration?
- Looking forward: What are the main challenges and opportunities of the projects and the recommendations for the next phase?
The Organisation expects the consultant to propose a qualitative methodology appropriate for review/evaluation of a change process and initial emerging actions. Final methodology to be agreed jointly with the Solidarity hub working group, and expected to include direct interaction with participating organisations and communities. This would require some limited travel within South Africa / Zimbabwe for this purpose.
The methodology should be appropriate to consider the 5 OECD criteria (impact, efficiency, effectiveness, sustainability and relevance).
Audience and Use of Findings
This review is commissioned by the ACT Ubumbano Solidarity Hub which is governed by a joint group of Southern partners and European ACT Alliance members to inform future planning and continuation of these joint effort. The European ACT Alliance members financing this pilot phase - Bread for the World, Church of Sweden, and Christian Aid - require this evaluation to generate formal evidence-based information of value of the process, and recommendations for improved practice, to feed into the next phase of the process.
The consultant will be expected to comply with basic ethical guidelines, particularly regarding ‘doing no harm’, and levels of confidentiality on the findings of the research will be agreed.
Proposal of methodology (to be agreed with Solidarity hub working group).
Evaluation report with clear recommendations. This is expected to be in two steps as a draft report for feedback and a final report. The main report is expected to have no more than about 20 pages (with annexes as relevant).
A five week period is envisaged, starting in October 2018 and including the following milestones and steps:
- Proposal of methodology
- Desk review
- Qualitative methodology involving key informant interviews and other primary data collection (depending on agreed methodology)
- Draft report and feedback opportunity
- Final report
Approximately R85,000 has been set aside for payment of consultancy fees and related expenses, excluding agreed travel to site. Payments to be made in two disbursements – upon start of assignment, and upon acceptance of the final report by ACT Ubumbano.
Management and Roles
The consultant will report directly the SA ACT Alliance Change Manager, Ashley Green-Thompson, and will also engage with a working group of the Solidarity Hub.
Solidarity Hub staff will provide feedback on the plan and draft report within agreed timeframe to enable the work to proceed. Solidarity Hub will assist the consultant to connect with participating organisations, and in making logistical arrangements where required for in person engagements.
Interested parties are invited to submit quotations to undertake a review / evaluation of the ACT Ubumbano Solidarity Hub pilot phase in the months of October and November. In a brief document (no more than three pages), please present the following:
- Your understanding of the brief
- Your suitability to undertake the assignment, including experience in and knowledge of the sector
- Evidence of experience in similar work
- The estimated costs of undertaking the assignment
Submit your quotation by email only to Ashley Green-Thompson (ACT Alliance Solidarity Hub Change Manager) at email@example.com by 12h00 on Thursday 11 October. You may also use this address for any questions you may have.
For more about ACT Alliance South Africa, refer to www.actalliance.org
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