IGCP, with technical and financial support from the coalition of Fauna & Flora International and WWF, is engaging stakeholders and partners toward conservation objectives and outcomes by 2020. In order to ensure that IGCP achieves its objectives, a Mid Term review has been commissioned, which started by a complete staff assessment facilitated by one of the two consultants, Elizabeth O’Neil, on August 11th in Kigali. Presentations were made by all staff as self-assessments of their work in light of their contribution to programme objectives, result areas and challenges encountered. This helped in building a picture of how much has been accomplished with the programme and what still needs to be done or focused on.
Gary Tabor, the partner reviewer working with O’Neil joined on August 12th for field visits to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda, Virunga National Park in DRC, and Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, Tabor and O’Neil separating in order to cover as much area as possible within one week. During the field visits the consultants met and shared with different IGCP partners and beneficiaries about IGCP’s interventions, and follow up interviews continue. A draft report about the review will be shared with IGCP for review and hopefully the report will inform IGCP’s programs in terms of refocusing and strengthening future interventions.