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Evaluation of the third phase of Mangroves for the Future

Mangroves for the Future (MFF) has its origin in the disaster caused by the tsunami in the Indian Ocean in 2004. It is a partner-led platform for promoting investment and action to conserve coastal ecosystems and at the same time building resilience and improving the security and livelihoods of dependent communities. The initiative, co-chaired by IUCN and UNDP, originally involved only the six countries worst hit by the tsunami but has expanded to currently include 11 countries in the region. It has three broad output areas: knowledge management; stakeholder empowerment, capacity building and sustainable livelihood promotion: and enhanced governance. MFF operates both at the regional program level, and at the national and local levels in the 11 countries.

The three purposes for the evaluation are to provide a learning opportunity to Sida and other users to be applied in future areas of cooperation and implementation; to serve as a specific input to Sida for assessing the efficiency and effectiveness of the programme as part of the implementation of the current Swedish regional development strategy; and to provide a basis for Sida’s evaluation of the efficiency and effectiveness of MFF as compared to other potential actors and service providers.

The objective of the evaluation is to assess the effectiveness and efficiency of the soft governance structure of the programme and how and if it facilitates the delivery of the outputs of the programme.

The evaluation is process-oriented and designed, conducted and reported to meet the needs of the intended users.