Our Impact

Measuring Our Impact

As we develop locally-led projects, we are committed to undertaking monitoring and evaluation of the work which is proportionate to the skills / capacity of our partners in the field. We want to find authentic ways to both measure outcomes (both hard and soft) and the broader long-term impact of the work we undertake with country partners.
Focusing on impact measurement helps us to test our assumptions, provide evidence of value for money, learn from what is going well and make improvements based on evidence.
However, we are also conscious that any effects arising from an intervention can have negative unforeseen impact. That is why all our work is informed by local people who are best placed to know both the opportunities, and the hazards of developing change programmes.

There are many examples of our impact, and here we set out some of our proudest achievements.

Building Schools and Investing in Quality Education

Some of the impact of our work can be seen and measured in terms of bricks and mortar and we are proud that Mondo has funded the construction of whole schools or major improvements in over 40 schools over the last decade.
We have seen how building a school with the active engagement of local people can help transform a whole community. Much of the impact of our work therefore needs to be measured in the longer term as new generations of children are able to benefit from quality education programmes.
One of the ways to measure impact is in terms of exam results which have been improving as we have been running Teacher Training sessions in both the Himalayan region of India and Nepal and helping train teachers in self-evaluation and improvement plans. We have also provided bursaries for students to go on to tertiary education with a number of them returning to their schools to work after qualifying as teachers.
We have also launched a new flagship project to improve the quality of education in our partner schools through self-evaluation. Read more about our vision here.

Directory Of Social Change Impact Award

For our work in Nepal following the earthquakes in 2015, recognising our community-led approach which impacted thousands of Nepalis in rural, remote areas.

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spent on projects since founding

autonomous country partner organisations run and governed by local people

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schools built or significantly improved in remote areas

Promoting Gender Equality

The 3 girls’ hostels we have built in our schools help to keep girls safe from trafficking and forced labour. This is having a profound impact on the individual girls (around 90 girls a year), but also in terms of changing attitudes and supporting parents.
We know that education gives girls a better economic prospect and improved chances of sending their own children to school. If girls’ education continues to secondary level, they will be better-equipped to make informed choices about their lives and our student bursaries are providing just that.

Scholarship Programme

Hundreds of students awarded grants to allow them to move into tertiary education, with a large number of these students have now returned to their communities to give back, providing a wonderful model of growing future leaders and sustainability

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STUDENTS BENEFITTED ACROSS OUR REGIONS

pence in every pound goes directly to local communities

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schools built or significantly improved

Supporting Livelihoods

Our focus on gender equality also has enormous impact in the lives and families of women we support in starting their own businesses. Evidence shows that investing in women has a particularly high impact, as women typically invest a higher proportion of their earnings in their families and communities than men.
The support we have given to 950 women in Tanzania providing them with grants, loans and training to help them develop their own businesses helps them more fully develop their assets, their land and economic participation. In turn this helps families overcome poverty and improves their children’s nutrition, health and school attendance. We would love to replicate this model in other areas of the world.
In previous years we have carried out an impact assessment of our Tanzania women livelihoods project. In a year in which we funded 81 grants and 132 loans:
  • 87% of interviewees felt that, since setting up their business, they could afford better food
  • 87% of recipients stated that their health and medical situation was better or much better
  • 63% of recipients stated that school issues (buying of textbooks and uniforms, school fees and transport costs) were much better since they have been running their business
  • Finally, 96% of recipients said that both their peace of mind and hope for the future had increased, becoming better or much better since receiving the grant. This is an important measurement as it has a positive impact on their life in general.

950 women empowered to set up businesses

The women we support work across a huge range of businesses including selling vegetables in local markets or at street side booths, breeding poultry for eggs and chicks, running home-based kitchens serving food to local people, selling second hand goods and tailoring.

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high quality volunteer placements for teachers and students.

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School in a Bag resources for all children in our schools

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students awarded grants so they can move into tertiary education

Challenges
As a charity working with partners in remote areas of the world we face a range of challenges in monitoring and assessing the impact of our work. We never use these as an excuse but it is vital in our work not to impose a western culture of organisational change and measurement in a community where this methodology (and the tools for measuring change) are not yet in place.
For example, it can be challenging to work out how best to aggregate data from a range of projects in order to inform progress against targets. Mobile and internet connectivity can be extremely poor, access to projects can be difficult (monsoons can wash away a road and restrict access to a school for several months). In some of the communities we work in, building a school and growing student attendance is an enormous outcome in itself.
We welcome external evaluation and in 2015 our work was recognised by the Directory of Social Change who awarded us their prestigious Influencer Award for the community-led work we have done in Nepal.
Going forward we are keen to work with funders to strengthen the capacity at local level (with staff and training) so that they can design their own appropriate measurement matrixes, and be able to carry out measurement of impact to show evidence of long-term transformation.

UN Sustainable Development Goals
Mondo’s work focuses on three of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, that of: Quality Education, Gender Equality and Decent Work & Economic Growth. As we assess our own impact in these areas we also want to help profile and support wider strategic initiatives including the full UN Sustainable Development agenda.