Women for Women International (WfWI) works with marginalised women in conflict-affected countries to help them move from poverty and isolation to self-sufficiency and empowerment. Funded by the Government of the Netherlands’ FLOW 2016-2020 programme, WfWI expanded its programming in Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria and introduced a number of new interventions. This evaluation examined the progress of WfWI’s FLOW programme to engage women as agents of change against poverty and violence in these countries. The evaluation found that the FLOW programme is an effective, well-planned and efficiently delivered holistic approach, while also identifying areas for improved effectiveness. The research began with a review of internal documentation and wider literature, and remote meetings with each country office to identify evaluation priorities. This allowed the research team to gain a detailed understanding of the design of the FLOW programme and to tailor the methodology and evaluation themes to each country office context. Country visits to Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo were conducted to collect qualitative data, using a combination of focus group discussions and interviews with country staff, local partners, local authorities and beneficiaries engaged in different interventions of the FLOW programme. Between Nigeria and DRC the entire suite of FLOW interventions were implemented, allowing the research team to have exposure to the full FLOW programme. Remote data collection was carried out in Afghanistan and additional quantitative data was collected through an online survey of staff and partners in all three countries.
The evaluation found that the FLOW programme is well designed and implemented to address the multi-faceted needs of women’s empowerment. However, the new interventions require some adjustment in order to maximise their impact and build upon the changes they are beginning to make.