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Grant background

The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) awarded a
grant to Musawah Global Vision Berhad (Musawah) for core financial support to its
operations (the Core Activities) as described in the strategic plan titled Musawah
Theory of Change (the Strategic Plan). The grant is to be used exclusively for the
implementation of the Core Activities during the period from October 2020 to
September, 2024 (the Activity Period).

Musawah Background

Musawah is the global movement for equality and justice in the Muslim family that
has been breaking new ground since its launch in Kuala Lumpur in 2009. It
envisions a world where gender equality, justice and non-discrimination are
embraced as inherent in Islam and reflected in laws and practices. We achieve this
because Muslim women are a collective force for social justice; diversity and lived
realities are reflected in and shape religious discourses; and governments are
responsive to the human rights of all marginalised communities. Its strategy is two-

● It challenges the ways Islam is being used to justify discrimination against
women in law and practice;

● It offers a new knowledge-based discourse to advocate for equality and
justice for women living in Muslim contexts.

To achieve the desired 2019 – 2024 Theory of Change, Musawah has initiated four
strategic initiatives:

1. PUBLIC DISCOURSES reflect recognition that reform of discriminatory family
laws and practices is possible in diverse Muslim contexts.

2. COLLECTIVE ACTION is initiated and sustained among diverse constituencies
to advance family law reform and promote laws and practices that reflect
equality, justice and non-discrimination for women in diverse Muslim contexts.

3. Cutting-edge, compelling and accessible KNOWLEDGE RESOURCES on the
possibility of equality and justice in the Muslim family are developed.

4. CAPACITIES & CONSTITUENCIES to end discrimination against women in
diverse Muslim contexts are built and strengthened in sustainable ways.

Objective of the Mid Term Evaluation

As the programme is now mid-way into its’ implementation, a Mid Term Evaluation is to be conducted as per Clause 8 of the Grant Agreement. The evaluators shall use the Sida OECD/DAC Glossary of Key Terms in Evaluation as per the Evaluation Criteria and will review Musawah’s progress from October 2020 to December 2022.  

Evaluations should be utilisation, impact and learning focused. The evaluation process shall be designed, conducted and reported to meet the needs of Musawah.  The evaluation findings will also inform Musawah’s learnings and future strategies, leading to the development of a new Theory of Change in 2024. 

The criteria is to provide a normative framework used to determine the merit or worth of an intervention (policy, strategy, programme, project or activity). They serve as the basis upon which evaluative judgements are made. The scope of the evaluation shall include South Asia / Southeast Asia, Middle East and Africa countries where Musawah is actively engaged. The six (6) criteria identified were:

Relevance Is Musawah’s intervention doing the right things?
Are the activities relevant to beneficiaries’ needs, including staff, advocates, academics, workshop participants and facilitators, and other partners? 
Coherence How well do Musawah’s activities/interventions fit and interlinked with other platforms and interventions in a country (e.g. Global Campaign for Equality in Family Law; Maputo Protocol; CEDAW)
Effectiveness Are Musawah’s programmatic activities and interventions as well as its results framework achieving its four Intermediate Outcomes, thus addressing the three main domains of change? 
Efficiency How well are resources being used for both internal and external operations? To what extent did Musawah adapt and change to the context changes such Covid-19 as well as addressing safety and security risks?
Impact  What are the significant changes that Musawah has made on national groups advocating equality and justice in the Muslim family and their contexts?
Sustainability What opportunities and barriers exist for the future sustainability of Musawah’s approach? What more can be done?

Any recommendations from evaluations to the Cooperation Partner shall be addressed in a Management Response, including actions, deadlines and responsibility. The action plan shall be followed-up during Annual meetings.