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Midterm Evaluation of PAX Extractive Program

Aidenvironment performed a midterm evaluation of PAX’s Extractives, Conflict and Human Rights program. PAX is an international NGO that strives for protection of human security in conflict areas, reducing and stopping conflicts, and building peace. The program runs from 2011 to 2015 in Colombia, South Sudan, and DRC. It aims to limit human rights violations and conflicts associated with extractive industries and promote peace and justice. The program takes action at the community level in the mining areas themselves as well as at the national and international levels. The midterm evaluation carried out by Aidenvironment focused mainly on the activities and results in Colombia.

The midterm evaluation used the OECD/DAC evaluation criteria of relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability, and impact to evaluate the strategic directions, efficiency and effectiveness of the results and structural changes achieved. The evaluation clearly showed that the focus on local communities as victims of coal mining in Colombia is still highly relevant on the ground. The multi-level interface remains an essential part of the approach where long-term policies affect the immediate needs of local communities. Aidenvironment made suggestions on improving efficiency to increase the impact of the program. Aidenvironment has a strong interest in sustainability issues in the extractive sector and has built an interesting track record over the last two years. Drawing on our experience and expertise gained in the palm oil sector over many years, we have carried out assignments for development agencies and extractive companies in Colombia, Tanzania, and Uganda.

For more information contact Annemieke Beekmans.