The purpose of the final evaluation was to review the effectiveness of the implementation of the project, record achievements, comment on impact, identify internal and external factors that impacted on the project, and formulate recommendations for a potential next phase of programming for improved migration management in the Lower Mekong.
The Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) consists of a range of source, transit and destination affected by migration. The patterns of migration of the subregion include international, seasonal and circular migration patterns across the porous borders of the subregion. Although it is hard to estimate the total number of migrant workers across Lower Mekong region, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the United Nations (UN) estimates are between 3 to 5 million migrant workers.
In an attempt to enhance the protection of marginalized and vulnerable migrant workers in the Lower Mekong Region, the IOM Mission in Myanmar designed a regional intervention titled “Enhancing the Protection of Vulnerable Migrant Workers in the Lower Mekong Region through Awareness of Their Rights and Improved Safe Migration Channels” targeting five countries in the Lower Mekong Sub-region, namely Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.
The tasks performed included:
- Review and analyse the project outputs and outcomes against the project logframe, and comment on the extent to which the desired impact of the project has been achieved;
- Review and analyse the content of IOM’s regional safe migration training curriculum and assess its technical quality.
- Review and assess the content of IOM’s regional ‘migrant booklet’, and assess its technical quality. Comment on the total number distributed;
- Review documentation relating to the outcome of IOM’s national and bilateral forums held in Cambodia, Thailand and Myanmar, and assess their impact against the objectives of the project
- Review the research on bilateral recruitment systems completed by IOM, and assess its technical quality; and,
- Comment on what elements of safe migration in the Lower Mekong could be addressed through a follow-up project, and propose potential activities and desired outcomes/results.