Strengthening Fair Trade Monitoring and Evaluation Approaches

Client: Global Goods Partners
Faculty: Charles Bailey and David Winder
Team: Yaz Abellard, Leela Bhashyam, Megan Johnston, Gabriella Lewin, Daphne Philip
Year: 2013

Global Goods Partners (GGP) is a nonprofit organization and certified fair trade retailer whose mission is to improve the social and economic well-being of women artisans around the world. Working with 30 community-based organizations in 18 countries, GGP helps generate income and provides capacity building grants to strengthen partners’ businesses and support sustainable community development. The Capstone team worked with GGP to revise its annual partner survey and enhance its monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework. By revising the survey, GGP would obtain a clearer sense of partners’ needs and progress, better allocate resources, strengthen partner relationships, and improve marketing strategies. The team began by visiting GGP partner organizations in Cambodia and India to interview artisans and staff. In addition, the team conducted domestic interviews with organizations and experts in the fields of M&E and fair trade. A final report was compiled documenting research findings and recommendations for GGP’s M&E framework.