Australia Africa Community Grants Scheme (AACGS): independent review October 2012
Summary of publication
This report presents the findings of a mid-term review (MTR) of the Australia Africa Community Grants Scheme (AACGS)–an initiative of the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID). This MTR examined the management and implementation of the Scheme over the first two years of activity, focussing on the quality of program outcomes and the merit of selected projects.
Overall, this evaluation found the Scheme to be well regarded by implementing partners, beneficiaries and community/government representatives. From AusAID's standpoint, the Scheme has enabled a rapid extension of influence in grounded/relevant domains with a relatively small investment of resources. No obvious areas of waste or governance failure were observed (noting the limited sample for this evaluation). The evaluation team concluded that AusAID should continue to implement AACGS for the remainder of the timeframe committed, and then conduct an independent review to determine further directions in the developing context.