In 2018, UNICEF Liberia engaged Coram International as independent consultants to conduct a ‘Formative’ Evaluation of the ‘Be a Change Agent’ project (B-CAP). The goal of the B-CAP project is to empower and improve the well-being of the most vulnerable adolescents in two urban communities characterised by a concentration of vulnerable adolescents in Monrovia. The project objective is to train at-risk adolescent girls (sex workers, HIV/AIDS positive and former drug users) in the age group of 10 to 19 years in youth entrepreneurship through formal and non-formal educational support and livelihood skills training. The evaluation assesses the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency of the B-CAP project as well its sustainability and readiness for scalability in line with the OECD/DAC criteria. The overall purpose of the evaluation, in line with its formative nature, is to facilitate learning, capture good practice and generate knowledge to inform the implementation of future interventions for adolescents in Liberia, as well as more widely. The evaluation will also gather lessons learned through the implementation of the project to date and produce recommendations to enable ‘mid-term’ corrections of the project, and to support the Government of Liberia to strengthen strategies for supporting adolescent development. The findings, recommendations and lessons learned will be used to support the Government of Liberia through its various line ministries to strengthen adolescent development interventions and will also inform UNICEF’s support strategies in this area.
In 2018 UNICEF Liberia also contracted Coram International to undertake a Situation Analysis (SitAn) of women and children in Liberia. The primary purpose of the SitAn is to provide insight to the situation with respect to the rights of women and children in Liberia and to analyse the capacity of duty bearers at all levels in meeting their obligations in the fulfilment of these rights. Under the project the team will collect and analyse available information and data in relation to the thematic areas; child protection, social protection and child poverty, WASH, nutrition, health, education, climate change, and armed conflict. In addition consultations will be held with UNICEF and stakeholders in-country to obtain primary data in areas where information is not available and validate findings. In the SitAn the team will provide a disaggregate assessment of the status of and trends in the realisation of children’s rights; an analysis of the immediate, underlying and structural causes of the disparities/inequities across various groups; and upon this basis provide recommendations for future action, programme interventions and policy directions in order to address inequities and accelerate progress towards the SDGs and fulfilment of child rights conventions.
In 2010, Coram International reviewed Liberia’s juvenile justice law in the light of international standards, and, on the basis of this review, developed a training package for magistrates, judges and prosecutors on child-friendly justice in the Liberian context. The training was supported by a facilitators’ guidebook for use in order to implement the training.