Evaluation of the performance of DFID’s Western Odisha Livelihoods Project in India.

Agulhas led the evaluation of the performance of DFID’s Western Odisha Livelihoods Project (WORLP) in India. WORLP sought to reduce poverty by improving communities’ water resources, agriculture and incomes. It built infrastructure such as embankments, water storage ponds and irrigation channels. It also provided loans and grants to the poor for community-based businesses.

The project took place in four of the poorest of Odisha’s 30 districts.1 It spent £32.75 million between 2001 and 2011. DFID rated the project a success, taking this view from, in particular, a 2010 impact assessment that reports interviews with 4,200 people. Our objective was to test the quality of DFID’s assessment and identify whether the project’s benefits had been sustained. The evaluation took place nearly two years after the project had been completed, enabling us to examine DFID’s own assessment of impact. IT focussed our attention on the findings and quality of a final performance assessment22 undertaken by DFID which was completed in early 2011. ICAI also wanted to see if benefits from the project were still evident.

Areas of Expertise:

Aid policy

  • Aid effectiveness
  • Performance management and accountability

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