This evaluation report forms part of a monitoring and process evaluation of the third phase of the Lifeline in Zambia (LiZ) project. The purpose of the evaluation was to examine the early development and implementation stages of this project phase. More specifically, the objectives of the evaluation field trip were to examine the extent to which the three areas of the intervention, and the strategies used in implementing them, were relevant, and also to assess the mobilisation, organisation and training of volunteers. The findings of the evaluation were that the agricultural component was relevant for all the households interviewed. The relevance of the educational health components varied from household to household. The project design has great potential in terms of tailoring solutions based on individual and household needs. However, not all volunteers felt properly equipped to solve the many different types of problem that their adopted households were facing, because the training that the volunteers received from LiZ was too broad and thus difficult to translate into answering individual needs on the household level. It is recommended that more is done to support volunteers in their work on the household level and to record the specific needs of the targeted households. This would be helpful for the development of more relevant and targeted training for the volunteers.
Evaluation note no. 2