The High Impact Tourism Training for Jobs and Income (HITT) programme was implemented in seven developing countries (Benin, Ghana, Mali, Mozambique in Africa and Cambodia, Nepal, Vietnam in Asia) and aimed to provide practical market driven training opportunities to informal workers in the tourism sector. At the global level, the programme conducted an external mid term review and a final evaluation (end of November 2013).
The Final External Evaluation assessed the activities and the results of the HITT programme on the basis of six main criteria: relevance, efficiency, sustainability, multiplying effect and impact. It also took into account: innovations brought by the Action to skills development; effects of the programme on enhancing formal institutions in the TVET and tourism sectors; effects of the programme in the targeted labour markets – considering aspects of social and economic empowerment; and effects of the programme in changing behaviour / attitude in the sector towards skills development. Likewise, the positive conclusions made in the mid-term assessment of the relevance of the HITT approaches were assessed with a focus on the improvement of the situation of the trainees, in doing so it assessed too the improvement of the delayed countries in the action plan in relation to the recommendations made in the mid-term evaluation. Finally, the final evaluation assessed the impact of the training (monitoring and evaluation) as well as the consistency of the project activities carried out with the planned logical framework (planning and sequencing).
The HITT project is a rich and complex project: it covers a wide range of countries while addressing the most challenging development issues like ownership by local actors, sustainability of the activities, bringing informal workers to the formal economy and implementing an enabling environment approach. On all these dimensions, the project has produced sustainable and practical solutions. The involvement of the private sector as part of the stakeholders added also complexity and richness to the project. Finally, in addition to the project results as such, the team and its coordinator have produced methodological manuals on the general approach (Enabling environment), the preparation of the activities (inception) and the learning process (HIT learning approach) which could be used as textbooks for any development project on training.
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