Our Impacts and Successes Results-based Monitoring and Evaluation Why we carryout rigorous monitoring & evaluations to measure our impacts? “We are keen on results-based monitoring and evaluation to measure our impacts because everything that we do, we seek to promote prosperity, reduce poverty, and enhance stability. We exist to generate positive impacts in the lives of local communities struck in extreme poverty in Liberia and the Mano River Basin region. It is therefore curtail that we measure the impacts that we have achieved in each of our projects and programs. This allows us to prioritize the highest impact programs and projects, and phase out low-impact programs and projects, thereby constantly enabling us to improve the impacts of our services.” Charles D. Slocum Program Quality & Learning How we measure our successes and impacts? 75% VOSIEDA uses results-based monitoring and evaluation or (RbM&E). But what does VOSIEDA referred to as RbM&E? Results-based monitoring and evaluation (RbM&E) is a systematic approach used by VOSIEDA’s Program Quality and Learning Department to track results and performance, based on a transparent and reflective logical and result-framework approach. We also use RbM&E to measure our impacts through evaluations. Monitoring is an established practice of internal oversight within our organization use to continuously provide our Board of Directors and management early indications of progress, or lack thereof, in the achievement of results in both operational and financial activities. Our RbM&E serves the dual purpose of increasing effectiveness, organizational learning, and informed decision making, as well as ensuring accountability and transparency to all our stakeholders. In this manner, our supporters, partners, donors, and most importantly, our beneficiaries, can expect the most effective approaches in responding to the identified needs. Below are the progress we’ve made over the last five years. Climate and Environmental Sustainability We empower communities to protect the environment and nature resources that everyone depends on for livelihoods, fresh water and clean air. 1 500 000 People have benefited from improvements in the management of forest and other natural resources. Discover more Food Security and Livelihood Enhancements We empower smallholder farmers to transform agriculture from lonely struggles for survival to business enterprises capable of increasing incomes and improving food security 22 136 Small-scale farmers have increased food security, incomes and adopted sustainable practices. Discover more Women's Empowerment and Gender Equality We empower women, girls and youths to defeat poverty and achieve equality. We focus on women and girls because we believe we cannot overcome poverty until everyone has equal rights and opportunities. 3 250 Women and youths have improved their socioeconomic status. Supported 200 women and youth led small business and social enterprises. Discover more Governance and Social Development We work for participatory and inclusive political processes and institutions; greater accountability to citizens and to the law; and recognition of universally recognized human rights. 2 179 369 Participated in VOSIEDA – supported initiatives that have promoted accountability, built inclusive political and civic organizations, promoted citizens’ participation and human rights. Discover more Media and Civil Society Strengthening We are delivering technical and advisory services to indigenous communities, civil society, private sector and governments to enhance their development results. 256 CSOs and partner organizations have improved their capacities to better serve their communities and others. For example, in Liberia, National Union of Community Forest Development Committee (CFDC) now has increased capacity to advocate and engage with State Actors in forest and land governance processes. Discover more Our campaigns We run evidence-based media (radio, television and mobile) campaigns to change behaviors and improve lives in Liberia and the Mano River Union. 1 451 Community members and stakeholders currently benefiting from our media campaigns. For example, our media campaigns (‘Forest Hour’) is increasing adherence to the full implementation of policies and laws in forest and land management in Liberia. Farmers are also getting information about the integrated soil fertility management. Discover more Working Toward The Future Our mission is to promote prosperity, reduce extreme poverty and enhance stability in Liberia and West Africa’s Mano River Union Basin region comprising of Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone.