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Beneficiary Assessment is about getting people's own perspectives on development results in a fair way and to use the findings to adapt and steer our (Swiss funded, donor) contribution to development processes. It should help us get a better idea of how a project has contributed to its original goals, but it goes beyond this as it gives the range of development actors (donors, implementers, local stakeholders) greater
insight into community perspectives on a project's effectiveness and provides a basis for meaningful response to people's self-expressed needs.
For the SDC, the BA is embedded in our results-based management thinking and is one source of information to get insight at the outcome level. It allows verifying the impact hypothesis and checking if the poverty reduction effect implicitly included in a systemic approach is taking place or not.
A BA also serves to bring concerned communities closer to a project: not only are members of communities themselves involved in conducting BA field research, but the community members whose opinions are sought also develop a better idea of what a project is trying to achieve and who is involved in trying to make it happen.
is driven by a core set of principles which are designed to ensure that
it reaches the goals of revealing local perspectives on development
interventions and providing clear indications of how development actors
can make meaningful adjustments to their work. These principles are:
Why BA? Here some video impressions of key players in previous BA exercises:
BA Facilitator in Swaziland
See report of the event in Lesotho, Swaziland
BA Project Implementer in Nepal
SDC Project Manager in Southern Africa
Video Reports for additional testimonies from various BA stakeholders.