UMN’s Cluster Approach Review

UMN’s Cluster Approach Review’s was a qualitative assessment which focused at a “strategic” level, looking for impact, added value, trade-offs, trends, learning and direction for the future. For this, the sample that was selected included all the UMN clusters, all UMN Partners in the clusters, included those no longer in Partnership with UMN, all the communities and target groups that UMN had worked within the clusters and other stakeholders in the clusters, in UMN Thapathali and those supporting the cluster work of UMN. The overall objective of the review was to assess the impact, effectiveness, efficiency, opportunities and challenges, learnings, and relevance of the cluster approach for effective realisation of the strategic goals and objectives as stated in the strategic plan 2015 – 20 of UMN. The study has also explored the alternatives of the current model of cluster approach, their potential advantages and disadvantages particularly from the perspective of effectiveness and efficiency, and made recommendation for change as appropriate. The methodology adopted for the study carried out desk research, stakeholder’s identification, consultation with UMN and relevant stakeholders, assessment visit to the clusters and conducting Key Informant Interviews with stakeholder representatives, Focus Group Discussions with UMN Partners which included ex – UMN partners and communities in the clusters, and Direct observation of UMN work in clusters, completed projects and current programmes with case stories from the field.

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