Evaluating social investment projects
Project Title: Review of portfolio of social investment projects Location: Uganda, United Kingdom Client: Private sector client Date: April 2012 – March 2013
Montrose carried out a comprehensive review of our client’s social investment project portfolio and made recommendations on their quality, relevance, value for money and shared value.
Our client had implemented 16 social investment projects during the exploration phase of their operations in three districts in Western Uganda in an effort to establish their social license to operate in the area. These projects were at various stages of implementation and it was considered an opportune time to review their quality, relevance, impact, value and exit strategies.
Montrose reviewed 16 social investment projects implemented either directly by the company or by civil society. These projects included:
- social infrastructure projects (health centres, schools, community centres)
- health projects (HIV, health worker training)
- education projects (teaching practices)
- heritage and cultural projects
- alternative livelihoods and private sector development projects (agriculture, business incubation, local supply chain development)
The project reviews involved extensive consultation with civil society, communities and local government in the three districts. Montrose documented lessons learnt from existing projects and made recommendations on which projects should be continued and which should be exited from. This included “retro-fitting” exit strategies to several of the larger projects.
Montrose prepared a social investment strategy document to inform Tullow Oil Uganda’s and Tullow Corporate’s thinking on social performance.
Montrose provided capacity development support to Tullow Oil Uganda’s social performance team on the design and monitoring of new projects.
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