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Liberia - Girls Ebola Recovery Livelihood Support (GERLS) Project (English)

Ratings for the Girls Ebola Recovery Livelihood Support (GERLS) Project for Liberia were as follows: outcomes were satisfactory, implementation was satisfactory, and risk to sustainability was high. Some lessons learned included: the experience of the team members from each of the projects helped cut down learning time of the implementer and made community entry quite fast and easy, especially during a period when communities demanded quick response from all interventions. There is a need for special consideration for measuring outcomes in small and emergency projects, which have shorter time-frames and, therefore, somewhat limited capabilities for collecting outcome data. An additional evaluation and tracer study after the end of project activities can also provide better-quality information on whether the training led to better performance of the participants on the labor market and in the business environment; and respond to the question if the cash grants led to reopening of closed or the opening of new businesses. The use of existing systems for implementation is a very important approach, especially in emergency situations. The beneficiary business group (BBG) model proved quite successful and encouraged cooperation and stronger economic and social bonds among the participating girls who were not friends or business partners prior to entering the GERLS project. While it is recommended to form beneficiary groups early during training, future activities may be improved by including additional incentives on attendance, or making attendance a mandatory precondition for receiving the grant. For future designs, providing more time commitment from mentors will help improve the BBG performance. Using lottery to select beneficiaries for limited number of spaces in a program makes the targeting process procedurally more transparent, and easier to understand by participants and the public in Liberia.

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Liberia - Girls Ebola Recovery Livelihood Support (GERLS) Project (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/465511533572661305/Liberia-Girls-Ebola-Recovery-Livelihood-Support-GERLS-Project