Girls to the Front: A snapshot of girl-led organising, 2018

Organization/client: Mama Cash and FRIDA | The Young Feminist Fund

Mama Cash and FRIDA | The Young Feminist Fund, two women’s funds long committed to supporting girls and their organising commissioned an online research study at the beginning of 2018 in technical support from IWORDS Global to find out more about how girls-led initiatives are organising across the world. The talented IWORDS Global’s consultants in UK and Spain together with field researchers in Nepal and Colombia implemented the research focusing on high-quality data generation and analysis from girl-led groups and organisations, girl-centred organisations and the stakeholders that support them at different levels. The ground-breaking research involved girl advisors as co-researchers with diverse backgrounds, profiles, and skills on working with girls and youth in community level from the Philippines, Uganda, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, and Bolivia. Thus, this participatory, feminist, intersectional research placed girls at the centre, making them partners of the study. The research study used desk review and in-depth interviews with organisations and individuals supporting girl-led groups, girls-focused organisations, girl-centred organisations, former and current girl-led groups/organisations and government entities focusing on girls together with current and former girl-leaders and activists. In addition, an extensive mapping of approximately 430 similar organisations was conducted. Online questionnaires via Survey Monkey in five languages to girl-led and girl-centred organisations and stakeholders were also administered as part of the study. The characteristics of and main barriers to Girls’ organising were explored through the research and are outlined in the ensuing report. Recommendations for funders on how to support girls and their initiatives and provide flexible support that responds to the needs of girls and their organizing were important outcomes of the study.

Evidence Meeting -Adolescents and Youth in the Middle East and North Africa, 2017

Organization/client: UNICEF

In 2017, IWORDS Global was appointed by UNICEF to coordinate the conceptualization, organization, implementation and follow up of the Evidence Meeting on Research on Adolescents and Youth in the MENA region. The Meeting will enable implementers and researchers to share findings on issues of relevance to adolescents and youth and from interventions with adolescents and youth from the region, which are proven to have had a positive impact.  Participants at the Evidence Meeting include Implementers, Researchers, Young People, and Representatives of donor agencies. The conference comprises of a presentation of the latest findings, a donor briefing, and a capacity development on the Adolescent and Youth Engagement Toolkit. The conference is followed by the provision of on-demand support by the UN Interagency Technical Team on Young People.

With and For Girls Collective: Capacity Building Webinar Series, 2017-2018

Organization/client: Stars Foundation

The “With and For Girls Collective” (WFGC) is a group of seven funders who have come together to co-create a global awards initiative to find and fund grassroots girl-centred organisations working with and for girls. An essential part of the award package is capacity building support, aiming to build their long-term resilience and strengthen their ability to achieve their vision, mission and objectives.  IWORDS Global was appointed to conduct capacity building training on monitoring and evaluation to the 60 awardees from 2015, 2016, and 2017, based in 41 different countries. The work is undergoing and includes desk review about the 60 organisations, development of a briefing document for the participant organisations, the implementation of an online survey (offered in five languages), content development and preparation of webinar sessions, the production of handouts and training material, the implementation of two webinar in three languages, individual follow-up support to each of the twenty 2015 award winners, and the development of a Community of Knowledge.

Evaluation of the Youth Delegate Exchange Programme, 2016-2017

Organization/client: Norwegian Red Cross

The Youth Delegate Exchange Programme (YDEP) is an initiative of the Norwegian Red Cross established in 2001, through which youth volunteers (21 to 28 years old) participate in an exchange initiative with other National Societies. In November 2016, IWORDS Global was hired to evaluate the YDEP against the five OECD standard criteria using a mix of techniques including desk review, focus groups, key informant interviews, an online survey, write shops and a Participatory Ethnographic Evaluation and Research (PEER) methodology. The evaluation included field visits to Nepal, Norway, and Colombia. A final report was drafted with main findings and recommendations, which was presented to NorCross staff and other stakeholders. 

Final evaluation of the Danish Red Cross project “Palestinian Youth as Agents of Change”, 2017

Organization/client: Danish Red Cross and the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS)

The project “Palestinian Youth as Agents of Change” aimed at empowering Palestinian youth in Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine to take up an ethical leadership role in their community and to build capacity for practising non-violent conflict resolution and peace. In May 2017, IWORDS Global was appointed to evaluate the project’s relevance/appropriateness, efficiency, effectiveness, impact and sustainability, as well as to draw conclusions, lessons learned and recommendations. A final report was submitted in July 2017.