Somaliland: Integrated Education and Development Program in Somaliland


Poverty reduction through education/fileBackground:

After the Civil War (1988-91), the Republic of Somaliland1 declared its independence from Somalia in May 1991, but the state remains unrecognized by the international community.

Somaliland is today relatively stable but still suffers from the consequences of the civil war; high level of poverty, limited infrastructure, high illiteracy rate and a weak public health system. In addition there are environmental challenges like deforestation and climate-induced changes.

It is in this context the Pentecostal Foreign Mission in Norway (PYM AID)2 started its Integrated Education and Development Program (IEDP) in the Sahil region in Somaliland in 2003. Other Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) working in the region within the educational sector at the time included CARE and COPY3. The IEDP program has three main components: Formal Education, Non Formal Education and Environment. Formal Education, including education of primary school teachers, is the main focus of the IEDP program.

In order to get an independent assessment of the IEDP program two external consultants linked to Nordic Consulting Group were contracted by PYM. The evaluation team has assessed the above mentioned program components, including program administration and coordination, according to the OECD/DAC evaluation criteria’s4 of relevance, effectiveness/efficiency, impact and sustainability. The period under evaluation is from 2006 to 2010, but with a special focus on the period 2008 -2010.

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