Date and time: Wednesday 21st October 2020 5.30 - 7.00pm AEDT
Topic: Do No Harm: Monitoring Unexpected Outcomes
Presenters: Stuart Raetz, Jose Mott, Heather Brown, Tshering Choden and Sharon E Pondros - Water for Women Fund
Venue: Via Zoom. Details will be emailed to registrants prior to the seminar start time
Register online by: noon on Tuesday 20th October. Places limited to 100 participants.

This is a free seminar organised by the Victorian Regional Network Committee of the AES. Our seminar series provides an opportunity for you to meet with AES members and others in the evaluation community and to share and learn from the experiences of fellow evaluators.

Seminar overview

The ‘shadow pandemic’ of increased gender based violence because of COVID-19 stay at home restrictions exemplifies how interventions can trigger negative side effects. Monitoring expected outcomes alone can potentially lead to poor programming, exacerbate existing vulnerabilities and at worst lead to harm. This presentation will highlight how we are approaching unexpected outcomes through a Do No Harm (DNH) lens in the Water for Women (WfW) Fund, an Australian Government aid investment (2018-2022) that aims to support improved health, gender equality and wellbeing in Asian and Pacific Communities through socially inclusive and sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene.

In the WfW Fund we are monitoring unexpected outcomes to identify and address gender and social norms that perpetuate inequalities. In supporting the voice and agency of women and marginalized groups such as sanitation workers, resistance and backlash are real and even inevitable risks. Drawing on our experience, we will share case studies, and highlight lessons and reflections from taking a DNH approach and monitoring unintended outcomes.

Presenters background

Stuart Raetz
Stuart has 15 years of experience as a monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) specialist in a range of sectors including resource management, climate change and community development across the Asia-Pacific region. He holds a Masters Degree in Social Science (RMIT), a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours in Sociology (Monash University) and a Graduate Certificate in Evaluation (Melbourne University). He has been an AES Victorian Committee member since 2018.

Jose Mott
Jose has close to 25 years’ experience in international development, working in a range of countries and contexts, principally in the areas of gender and social inclusion, and with a specific focus on the WASH sector (approx. 10 years). She has a Masters Degree in Policy and Management (RMIT), Diploma in Education (La Trobe University), and a Bachelor of Arts (Melbourne University). Jose has a keen interest in supporting adult learning for transformative change, through many years of facilitating and training on gender and social inclusion issues in both government and NGO settings.

Heather Brown
Heather has over 20 years of experience in the development sector, primarily focused in the Pacific region. As a consultant, Heather's work focuses on developing M&E processes and tools to understand how programs contribute to gender equality and norm change. Heather works with a range of clients including CARE, IWDA, Oxfam, UN Women and Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development.

Tshering Choden
Tshering Choden is based in Bhutan with SNV supporting sanitation and hygiene programmes in Bhutan, Laos and Nepal. Tshering has 12+ years of experience working on mainstreaming gender and social inclusion in sectors including WASH, climate smart agriculture, tourism, renewable energy and local governance. Tshering has a MA in Management of Development from the University of Turin, Italy and a BA in Development Studies and English from St. Francis Xavier University, Canada. Tshering is passionate and committed to ensuring positive gender and inclusion outcomes in community development.

Sharon E Pondros
Sharon Pondros is a development professional with over 15 years of experience managing and implementing projects in gender, child rights and protection, sexual reproductive health, food security & livelihood, education, with international NGOs and development actors. Sharon is based in WaterAid PNG’s Inclusive WaSH program in Wewak, East Sepik Province. She is currently involved in working closely with partner rights groups to build their capacity to claim their rights to WASH. Sharon finds fulfilment in her work through working directly with rural communities and having hands on opportunity to make a different in people’s lives. She is passionate about empowering women and children so that they too can become agents of change and live meaningful lives by realising their full potential. Outside of work, Sharon spends time with her four hyperactive young children enjoying life.

Seminar start times
  • VIC, NSW, ACT, TAS: 5.30pm
  • SA: 5.00pm
  • QLD: 4.30pm
  • NT: 4.00pm
  • Perth: 2.30pm
  • New Zealand: 7.30pm

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