Ministry Conduct Rapid Evaluation on the One Village, One Dam Project under IPEP

Ministry Conduct Rapid Evaluation on the One Village, One Dam Project under IPEP

Ministry Conduct Rapid Evaluation on the One Village, One Dam Project under IPEP

  • Caterogy: Evaluation
  • Location: Northern Region

The Rapid Evaluation of the One Village One Dam (1V1D) project is the first of a series of evaluations to be conducted by the Ministry of Monitoring and Evaluation. The 1V1D is a component of the Government Flagship Programmes under the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP). The project seeks to increase access to reliable source of water for livestock watering, domestic activities and dry season farming as a means of contributing to poverty eradication and addressing the various forms of inequalities with particular emphasis on rural and deprived communities. The aim of the evaluation was to assess the progress of implementation, emerging outcomes and potential impacts of the 1V1D intervention. It also sought to document emerging issues and challenges that will require immediate attention of the Cabinet, Ministry for Special Development Initiative (MSDI and other stakeholders. The evaluation was conducted by the Ministry of Monitoring and Evaluation (MoME) in collaboration with the MSDI with technical and financial support from IDinsight and Twende Mbele. The Rapid Evaluation covered 15 Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) spread across the five regions of northern Ghana.

The dams are intended to serve as multipurpose water storage structures, which will provide water all year round for small holder farming and livestock watering as well as for domestic activities such as brick moulding.

In line with the design, each dam is expected to have the following features:

  • Land area ranging between 2 and 3 hectares.
  • Earth embankment wall ranging between 150 to 250 meters with a maximum height of 5 metres depending on the topography of the location.
  • A maximum depth of about 5 metres (2.5m below and 2.5 above ground level).
  • Water holding capacity of about 30,000 cubic meters.
  • Inlet-outlet Structure to supply water downstream (to irrigation farms) from the small dam.
  • Spillway to control the level of water in the small dams

Purpose and Scope of the Assessment

The main purpose of the evaluation was to assess as objectively and systematically as possible the progress of implementation, emerging outcomes and potential impacts of the One Village One Dam project. The assessment also sought to document implementation challenges and opportunities for accelerating implementation. The study covered 57small earth dams in 15 MMDAs across the five regions in northern Ghana.  Specifically, the evaluation sought to:

  • gauge the progress of construction of the dams in the target communities;
  • appraise emerging outcomes and use of the dams;
  • identify and document challenges¬† that are likely to affect optimisation of the benefits and sustainability of the dams;
  • document emerging issues inclduing lesson learned that can be fed into future programming and fine-tuning of the project design and roll-out; and
  • Recommend strategies for accelerating implementation and impact of the programme.

Approach and Methodology

The rapid evaluation is an innovative approach adopted by the Ministry of Monitoring and Evaluation to strengthen evidence-based decision making and accountability for results across all the levels of decision making in the public sector. The approach seeks to provide real-time evidence to the Cabinet, sector ministries and other stakeholders on the performance and impact of Government Flagship Programmes. It employs an adult-learning and utilisation focused approach to gather information from sector ministries, project beneficiaries and other stakeholders to ascertain: the responsiveness; efficacy, impact and sustainability of the flagship programmes. The evaluation employs a mixed method approach involving the collection, analysis and reporting based on both quantitative and qualitative data gathered from primary and secondary sources