Mid-Term Evaluation of the National Employment Programme, Rwanda
The Government of Rwanda provides, through the National Employment Programme (NEP), a medium and long term framework for achieving the country’s long-term development aspirations as embodied in Rwanda Vision 2020, the Second Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS II), and the seven year Government of Rwanda (GoR) programme (2010-2017) in order to achieve sustainable economic growth and social development. The EDPRS II recognizes the important role of employment for economic development and poverty reduction and, accordingly, calls for “200,000 [off-farm] jobs to be created each year” to meet the employment needs of the labour force, induced by demographic trends and the growing youth share of the working age population which constitute 70% of the working age population (according to the 2012 census).
The evaluation includes both a summative and a formative element.
The summative component aims to assess and provide a comprehensive account of the achievements of the programme results in accordance with four of the OECD/DAC standard criteria; effectiveness relevance, efficiency and sustainability. If possible, the evaluation team will also make an indicative assessment of the impact of NEP.
The formative part of the evaluation will provide evidence-based learning and advice – lessons learned and recommendations – about providing guidance to the Government of Rwanda on allocating future funds to the NEP as well as feed into Sida’s decision on extension of funds.
This mid-term evaluation will to focus on the core activities under Pillar I and II. The purpose of the mid-term evaluation is to inform key stakeholders, i.e. the Government of Rwanda (MIFOTRA and all other implementing ministries and institutions), and Development partners (Sida, AfDB, GiZ and others), about results on activity, output, and outcome levels. The evaluation will also inform the broader sector working group on private sector development and youth employment on the effectiveness of the key activities in achieving the targets set for the sector. The mid-term evaluation will allow for a better understanding of cause-effect relationships between pursued results, and facilitate evidence-based discussion on the way forward.