Over seven million people in South Sudan live without sufficient access to nutritious food according to Integrated Food Security Phase Classification findings, 2018.  Moreover, about four million have fled their homes from ongoing-armed violence and inter-communal conflict. The economic crisis with hyperinflation is worsening the situation. You might wonder; will this crisis ever end? Why push so much aid money into a country that does not seem to stabilize?
 
This is where we as evaluators, trainers and management advisors come in. Numerous humanitarian actors are responding to the emergency funded by various international donors. All hopeful to contribute to a new beginning and to see the dream of independence and lasting peace come true. We help shed light on how the money is spent, assess the effects of interventions, and improve the design of aid and development projects and programmes. The aim? To support the development of a stable and safe life for each South Sudanese.
 

How do we do this?

We evaluate humanitarian responses: An example being the South Sudan Joint Response (SSJR). SSJR is an alliance of 13 International NGOs (Save the Children, World Vision and Oxfam, among others) that receives 11 million Euro a year from the Netherlands Government. The alliance is implementing projects in food security and livelihoods, water sanitation and hygiene, nutrition, protection and health. Every year, MDF visits the areas where these development teams work. The purpose is to identify lessons learned and provide recommendations to improve the design of the response and the partners’ collaboration. The ultimate aim being to ensure that the people of South Sudan receive relevant, timely and quality support to survive and rebuild their lives.

 

We provide management advice to fellow Consultancy Firms: A good example here being NIRAS International. This Danish international consultancy firm provides engineering, planning, project management and other services to all aspects of the built environment. MDF provides advice on how to improve the Result Based Management

Mainly, of their large-scale, long-term, development project of 28 million euro. We do this by re-designing the results framework, conducting a baseline study, setting up a monitoring framework and drafting feasible work plans and progress reports. In doing this, we assist NIRAS to ensure their project contributes to sustainable and meaningful changes in the lives of their beneficiaries.

 

 

We provide Tailor Made Training to a large variety of actors on a range of topics. We trained South Sudan Red Cross on Leadership and People Management, AECOM international on Monitoring Evaluation and Learning, and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on Result Based Management. We also trained supervisors and managers of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), who gained skills in Coaching, Mentoring, Negotiation, Communication and Leadership. We provide these training programmes because we believe that empowered personnel can lead and manage teams across the country to save lives. 

Through these services MDF focuses on the positive, the hopeful, and the opportunities. In so doing, we strengthen those who still believe they can make a difference in building the future of the youngest nation in the world; South Sudan. 

What our clients say:

“We are impressed with the work done. MDF delivered a thoroughly interesting evaluation report. The evaluation has been a precious gift that has been of practical assistance to our team. Some of the lessons learned have already been incorporated into new plans and proposals.” - Suzanne Bakker, Free Press Unlimited – Radio Tamazuj South Sudan, October 2018. 

“We are grateful for the efforts MDF made to help us understand and learn M&E. We shall be able to put into practice the knowledge and skills we gained on the results chain, data collection methods and evaluation criteria. We will integrate M&E in all our programs to improve performance and achieve results.” – Tailor Made Training participant in Juba, South Sudan, September 2018.

Please contact Michelle if you’d like to learn more about our work around Africa and how we can work together to build your people and organisational capacity.