Christian Solidarity International (CSI) is an international NGO focusing mainly on development through education. CSI projects in Bangladesh are funded by the Government of Luxembourg.
The Taize Brothers have been working in Bangladesh since 1974 and have done so based on their faith, ethics and values to do good to the poor. Current donors however require a more systemized management approach with a theory of change, logical framework and monitoring and evaluation system in place. The mid-term review was a new experience for the NGO.The challenge was to assess the previous results and current project status, and give recommendations on which projects were suitable for funding under the new partnership agreement between CSI and the Government of Luxembourg. MDF Training & Consultancy guided CSI and specifically the Taize Brothers through the review process and was also committed to maximize Taize Brothers learning on monitoring and evaluation and on management requirements from international donors.
MDF Training & Consultancy worked together with a local consultant from our consultancy pool in Bangladesh to execute this assignment. Time was taken to first guide the Taize Brothers through the review process before assignment start.
We then started the assignment with a desk review of the available project documents. Based on the desk research and the developed assessment framework (focusing on the Efficiency, Effectiveness, Relevancy, Impact and Sustainability of the projects) data and information were collected during a field visit. MDF Training & Consultancy used a participatory approach during the assignment to gain insights from all the relevant stakeholders. A participatory workshop with the Taize Brothers and CSI to discuss findings of the mid-term review and related recommendations for development project improvement completed the assignment.
The results of the CSI development projects in Bangladesh were remarkably good, and MDF was able to provide CSI and the Taize Brothers with the necessary guidance on systematic ways of working, especially for monitoring and evaluation, and how to document project outcomes. Almost all the hands-on recommendations could be implemented in the months after the mid-term review and within the existing budget.