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External evaluation: Plan International UK's DEC II funded response to the Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh - Summary Report

Evaluation and Lessons Learned
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In the context of the Rohingyas crisis in Bangladesh, from April 2018 to June 2019, Plan has implemented a Child Protection project that aims to improve child protection and emergency preparedness in Rohingya refugee and host communities. The project funded by DEC under phase II has two main planned outcomes:

  • The risk of abuse and other protection issues for adolescents and youth, especially adolescent girls and young women, is reduced in refugee and host communities through safe space activities and awareness raising.

  • Adolescents and youth in need of protection, including UASC, are receiving age and gender friendly adequate support by strengthening access to child protection and case management services and efficient coordination.

Key activities include safe spaces for children, provision of gender and age appropriate protection services including case management, family tracing and reunification and enhancing community-based child protection mechanisms.

This summary report presents the main findings and recommendations of the evaluation. The evaluation team was composed of an international consultant, two national consultants and two research assistants.

The exercise utilized mixed-methods and participatory approach through a four-phase activity plan categorized around inception, desk review, data collection, and synthesis A field visit took place from 7th May to 25th May 2019 in Bangladesh, more particularly in Cox’s bazar district and included refugees’ camps and host communities in Camp 17, 20, 20 extension and in the Host Community in Palongkhali Union of Ukhiya Upazila.

A total of 143 persons was interviewed through KIIs and FGDs with project beneficiaries. (70 female and 73 male) including Plan International staff and other organisations.