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Presentation of the impressive results in Digni`s project portfolio 

This article highlights important key results and results examples from the implementation of projects which completed their project cycles during 2018-2022. You can read the full report to Norad here: https://digni.no/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/Final-report-to-Norad-2018-2023.pdf 

-Digni`s General secretary Hjalmar Bø is impressed with the results achieved during this period. “Digni’s report to Norad illustrates that the projects are yielding positive outcomes, significantly impacting the lives of numerous individuals.”  

-”Digni sees that the quality of the projects has increased compared to the previous collaboration period. Although Covid-19 has affected some sub-projects’ goal achievement, we see that goal achievement overall is good” says Hjalmar Bø.  

In addition to strengthening civil society, Digni believes that the five long-term thematic goals related to good health, peaceful coexistence, environmental stewardship, quality education, and economic empowerment are essential aspects of human dignity. 

There are good results from the projects in all the thematic areas. Here are some of the key results from 2018-2022 from two of thematic areas peaceful coexistence and quality education.  

Peaceful coexistence 

Security and peaceful coexistence are important at all levels, among household members, between groups in the community, and at regional and national level. Many Digni projects have worked on this theme in various ways and achieved good results for project participants and beyond.     

More than 3,400 cases of gender-based violence have been reported and handled, due to project activities. Most of the cases were from Eswatini, Republic of Congo, and Ecuador, but projects in other countries contributed to this result as well. In these projects, 85,100 persons, such as traditional and religious leaders, government officials, community members, were sensitised on gender-based violence. In addition, 214 communities, with an estimated population of around 25,000, condemned harmful practices to women and girls, such as female genital mutilation and other. 

Example from Republic of Congo (Brazzaville) 

There are many projects with good results on this topic, but especially one project in the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville), has achieved particularly high results. The Eglise Evangelique du Congo (EEC) has adopted a gender policy and later a plan of action on gender-based violence. Leaders at all levels of the church have been trained and organised. The project had 27,800 direct participants and estimate a total of 177,000 indirect beneficiaries. Close to 1,000 cases of gender-based violence have been reported, and survivors have been assisted to local hospitals, psychologists, received micro-credit, judicial help, and more. In 2020, the Congolese government invited EEC to participate in writing of a national policy on combatting gender-based violence, and several other civil society actors have replicated ECC’s methodology.        

Quality education 

The lack of access to relevant, quality education affects negatively the lives of boys and girls, marginalised youth, minorities, indigenous peoples, people with physical and psycho-social disabilities and adult illiterates. Many Digni projects have worked to meet these challenges and obtained substantial results in various areas such as: inclusive education, mother tongue education, adult literacy, vocational skills, improving school infrastructure, and other.  

Close to 175,000 learners were enrolled in projects targeting educational institutions in 2022, many of whom were from Mozambique, Kenya, Cambodia, Bolivia, Ethiopia, and Somaliland. Of the learners enrolled, 50% were girls, 11% belonged to minorities and received mother-tongue education, 1% had disabilities and 77% were in primary school. More than 2,000 staff (mostly teachers) were trained in various subjects to improve the quality of the education and included projects in Vietnam, Ethiopia, Mongolia, Palestine, Somaliland, and Afghanistan. In 2022, 52 target educational institutions documented improved student performances.  

Example from Somaliland 

A project in Somaliland have achieved particularly good results, where investment in infrastructure, training of teachers, school management, community school committees; and involving local government for support, has resulted in 2,400 learners in seven public secondary schools accessing secondary education of improved quality. The enrolment of girls in schools almost doubled, from 600 to 1,200, during the project period, leading to 48% female students at the end. The project contributed to an increased female to men teacher-ratio from 1:20 before project start to 1:15 after completion. The targeted district was ranked best performing in education in Somaliland in 2022. 

Moreover, in this project period, 1539 615 are direct beneficiaries of these projects, 31 900 farmers are now using climate smart agricultural methods and 228 239 are benefiting from health services.  

“We are proud of these good results and the important work conducted by Digni`s members and their partners to reach the most vulnerable people and communities,” concludes Hjalmar Bø