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Accountability through Active Citizenship: Improving Petroleum Governance in Ghana, Mozambique and Tanzania Mid-Term Report

A mid-term evaluation of the NORAD program objectives

The NORAD- funded Accountability through Active Citizenship: Improving Petroleum Governance in Ghana, Mozambique and Tanzania program aims to support active and informed community participation, civil society´s active engagement and increased and better quality media reporting on oil and gas (O&G) governance issues and processes. In doing so, the program seeks to contribute to the development of a vibrant and transparent O&G sector.  The program was at its halfway point for implementation prompting an externally conducted Mid-Term Assessment (MTA). The objective of the MTA is to analyze and document:   (i) progress in the implementation of activities; (ii) results achieved; (iii) changes in the context that could affect the program; (iv) assess program management practices and (v) put forth recommendations to maximize the achievement of results in the last months of operations before the end of the program in December 2016.

According to the MTA, the program shows positive results overall with pronounced developments in strengthening the capacity and role of the media in Ghana and Mozambique.  In Tanzania progress is seen among a wider range of stakeholders including community level animators and CSOs, together with significant progress in setting the foundations for the development of a gender in extractives agenda in the country and in supporting the consolidation of a platform dedicated to the governance of extractive industries.   However, progress in the implementation of planned activities is mixed across the 3 countries. The program has correctly adopted a non-interventionist and process oriented approach sensitive to each of the contexts; this means that at times not intervening or doing less than initially anticipated is in fact, the right thing to do.  There were only a few instances identified where not intervening or doing less was not fully justified. Additionally, there were some ad hoc interventions which are seeing some progress, however, more investment is needed in strategic planning and follow through of the interventions to a broader advocacy outcome.  Performance in this context is thus not exclusively measured in terms of level of accomplishment of plans, but also and more importantly on the quality of the processes used to make progress towards intended results in each country.  

For additional information, refer to the project's baseline reports.

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