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The project is a regional support project which aims to promote and strengthen the expansion and replication of effective ECCD programme models, strategies and practices; to support the implementation of the regional ECCD Framework; to promote collaboration, learning and dialogue on ECCD within Region of Eastern and Southern Africa (RESA) and Pan-African context; as well as to strengthen ECCD Monitoring, Evaluation and Research within the region.
In 2016, Kenya and Mozambique were selected as two focus countries and support visits were conducted to these countries to enhance the capacity amongst ECCD staff. Support visits to Mozambique were increased as the country project faced challenges in implementation due to staff changes. Training was given to the new team in ECCD in general, gender, and digital monitoring using the Poimapper digital data-collection tool.
A documentary and a photo booklet were produced to showcase the impact of the ECCD model in the target communities in Kenya and Mozambique.
Funding cuts affected the project’s two focus country projects in Kenya and Mozambique. MFA funding cuts resulted in Plan Finland retiring from Kenya by the end of 2016, and Hilton foundation, that co-financed the projects in both countries, retired from Mozambique. Regional coordination became less relevant when both of the countries were concentrating on restructuring the project activities. Furthermore, the countries preferred to invest more in internal capacity instead of continuing to rely on the regional office’s support in different areas, and therefore it was decided in late 2016 that the regional ECCD project would not be continued in 2017.
Staff changes in both country projects, but especially Mozambique, required the project to adapt and dedicate more time to supporting the new team in the different aspects related to the ECCD model, shifting focus away from the original, more ambitious plans, and ultimately losing a big part of the initial regional focus.