Mode, Matteo, 2014, Evaluation of ACF’s Livelihood Projects in Abkhazia funded by UNHCR in 2011-2013
2.3 DIRECT ACTIONS IN COMMUNITIES
2.3.6. Vocational education/skills training
Recommendation: 20) Link trainees to a range of public and private sector experts who provide expert training in innovative subjects not often considered for TVET programmes.
Reference: Mode, Matteo, 2014, Evaluation of ACF’s Livelihood Projects in Abkhazia funded by UNHCR in 2011-2013, Final evaluation, ACF International, UNHCR, Geneva, Projects: 1) Vocational Training, Small Business start-up opportunities and promotion of Small-Holders' Association in Abkhazia, Samegrelo and Imereti - January-December 2011; 2) Support to livelihoods through agriculture and small business development - January-December 2012; 3) Improving self-reliance of vulnerable families through provision of IGA grants -January- December 2013 in Abkhazia (partially recognised as an independent state).
Evidence sample: the evaluation stated that the projects were able to make use of existing local and regional public and private sector expertise to deliver specialist training to grant beneficiaries. Examples include training on greenhouse techniques. This approach allowed delivering specific technical skills to some beneficiaries and increasing their knowledge and maximise their capacity to run their activities. The project linked-up beneficiaries to existing economic realities, including the private sector and increased efficiency by sourcing existing expertise from outside the project.