As a learning organisation, HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation critically assesses the impact of its endeavours and strives to make sustainable changes.
Transparency and progress
Helvetas wants to know exactly what impact its development projects have. This enables us to learn from success or failure, plan projects better and steer them in the right direction. Lastly, impact assessment serves to show accountability towards donors and project partners.
Learning from Evaluation
HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation is a learning organisation. Staff and partners are encouraged to learn from their daily experience in development cooperation in different ways, e.g. by reflecting periodically on what went well, what could have gone better, and what implications this has on future work. Also, scheduled evaluation exercises can provide space for learning. In a learning organisation, individual/collective reflection and learning lead to improved ways of working, achieving goals and innovation.
How vegetable production improves livelihoods
The Local Market Development Project (LMD) started in Kyrgyzstan in 2005 funded by ICCO and Helvetas and was extended to Tajikistan in 2007. The objective is to improve smallholder incomes through the production of vegetables and fruits for local markets. To achieve this, local fruit and vegetable processing companies are linked to farmer groups who deliver fresh produce in bulk. The processors mainly supply domestic markets, selling processed products such as tinned tomatoes or cucumbers.