How We Choose PROJECTS

We have developed a set of research questions to guide our examination of NGOs of interest.

Questions

Socio-Political Environment

  1. What are the cultural, religious, gender-based obstacles to girls’ education in region?
  2. What are also the economic challenges that affect girls’ education?
  3. What degree of sexual violence or gendered violence exists?
  4. What is the existing level of health care, clean water, safety in the area?
  5. Are there seasonal restrictions on attendance, e.g., such as during the monsoon season?
  6. How long does it take a girl to walk to school? Is that safe?

Education Strategies and Tactics

  1. How are the conditions (above) being specifically addressed by the NGO?
  2. What is the range of ways that NGOs are using to teach girls?
  3. Why are girls still being held back by these obstacles (if they are) and what are the best practices to overcome them?
  4. What are the specific educational goals of the organization, e.g., basic literacy, vocational training, etc? What is the curriculum being used and what are the educational resources available?
  5. What is the tuition situation, length of a school day/year, the textbook situation, are uniforms required, do students have a boarding house? Physical environment of school, eg. does the school have a solid floor or a dirt floor?

Organizational Culture and Capacity

  1. What is the focus and scope of the organization?
  2. What is the level/degree of ‘local’ leadership involvement in the NGO (e.g., village, regional, national level)?
  3. What is the degree of sustainability in the NGO’s projects as opposed to emergency interventions? (Teach Girls may need to decide which type of intervention we want to support.)
  4. What are the forms of support accessed by this and other regional NGOs? (grants, donors, government, multilateral partnerships with other organizations)
  5. What is the overall current organizational capacity of the NGO: e.g. what are the organization’s sources of funding? What is its infrastructure, technological capacities, e.g. computer, internet capabilities, etc.
  6. To what degree does the organization collaborate with other NGOs and the government?
  7. How does the organization measure success of its projects? How does it assess its outcomes/policies? How and through what means is it accountable to supporters?

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