Search for Common Ground (Search) in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands implemented the project “Involving young people as actors of peace in central Mali and northern Burkina Faso”. This 12-month intervention covered the circles of Koro and
Bankass in Mali, Ouahigouya and Djibo in northern Burkina Faso.
The intervention focused on three challenges observed, namely:
1. poor consideration of local grievances in central Mali and northern Burkina Faso by state institutions, contributing to the erosion of trust between communities, especially young people and the authorities;
2. the fragility of conflict management mechanisms, community resilience weakened by the persistence of insecurity and the absence of the State;
3. the growing vulnerability of young men and women to violent extremist discourse in the intervention areas.
It is with this in mind that activities have been implemented through the intervention zones. This final evaluation was commissioned by Search and executed by CERFORD - AFRICA to measure the effectiveness, impact and sustainability of the project in order to inform and guide future interventions.
A mixed methodology that combined qualitative and quantitative data was used for this evaluation. It also revolves around the collection of primary and secondary data. The documentary review of various activity reports, of the project's logical framework were used for the collection of primary data, as for secondary data, they were collected through individual interviews (39 people), focus group discussions (107 people). ) and community surveys (450 people). The evaluation involved 596 people, including 113 women in Mali and 54 in Burkina Faso. The individual interviews concerned administrative and local authorities (Prefects, Mayors), community leaders (Youth and women leaders) and the project team. The selection of youth and women leaders was made from the lists of training beneficiaries provided by Search. The criteria used for the selection of participants for focus groups and individual interviews were participation in at least one activity of the project. The survey concerned 201 direct beneficiaries and 249 members of local communities. These non-beneficiaries were randomly selected so that the responses collected could represent the general opinion.
The following factors had an influence on the data collection in the field: (a) the absence of administrative authorities at the level of the communes of Dougouténe 1, Dougouténe 2 and Baye, (b) the displacement of the population following inter-community conflicts and banditry in the area of Koro and Bankass, (c) the presence of armed groups of a community nature, (d) the difficulty of accessing certain areas due to the deterioration of the roads following the rains, and (e) the low coverage of telecommunications networks. Read more
source: Search For Common Ground
Publication date: 2018