AP conducted the final evaluation conducted of the project “Strengthening Young Women’s Participation in Local and National Peace Processes in South Sudan” (January 2020-September 2021), which was founded by the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (UNPF) and implemented by Search for Common Ground (Search) South Sudan, in partnership with Ana-Taban, Crown the Woman (CTW), National Women’s Empowerment & Rehabilitation Organization (NWERO), Catholic Radio Network (CRN), and Eye Radio.
The project aimed to equip and empower young South Sudanese women with knowledge, skills and opportunities to contribute to the peace process at the local and national level, reinforce their collective power, and challenge the social stereotypes and barriers that hinder their equal participation.
The intervention’s objectives and design fully responded to the young women’s needs and priorities in terms of their role in peace and security matters in the country. Regarding effectiveness, the project’s expected results have been achieved against almost all the ambitious indicators. The project’s most positive results are represented by activities related to strengthening the ability of young women leaders and groups to collaboratively lead local and national-level peace efforts and young women-led mediation and peacebuilding initiatives.
Concerning impact, the project achieved several intended changes. Young women-led mediation and peacebuilding initiatives had a significant impact because brave young women were able to implement initiatives rapidly in different locations, also involving men in their communities.
In terms of efficiency, the collaboration between project partners worked very well and involved new local organisations and informal groups. The overall sustainability of the project presents some limitations. While acquired skills and publications will last beyond the project itself, the monitoring of activities already captured that “though 80% of the respondents see added value when collaborating with young women in peacebuilding initiatives, only 62% still believe CSOs have plans to carry on and sustain the young women programs beyond the end of the project.”