Community Agriculture Watershed Project

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Evaluation Plan:
2008-2009, Tajikistan
Evaluation Type:
Project
Planned End Date:
03/2009
Completion Date:
05/2009
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
6,000

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Title Community Agriculture Watershed Project
Atlas Project Number:
Evaluation Plan: 2008-2009, Tajikistan
Evaluation Type: Project
Status:Completed
Completion Date:05/2009
Planned End Date: 03/2009
Management Response:Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Poverty and MDG
Corporate Outcomes (UNDP Strategic Plan 2008-20013)
Evaluation Budget(US $): 6,000
Source of Funding:
Joint Programme:No
Mandatory Evaluation:Yes
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
VINCENT LEFEBVRE Team Leader
GEF Evaluation:No
Key Stakeholders:
Countries: TAJIKISTAN
Comments:Final project evaluation
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1 Evaluation recommendation 1. The level of education of CIGs is low due to ineffective technical. Continued technical assistance is required.
2 Evaluation recommendation 2. There are insufficient linkages within the watershed for certain types of products offered.
3 Evaluation recommendation 3. Community Action Plans are not regularly updated.
4 Evaluation recommendation 4. Monitoring should be improved to include the likely positive or negative impact of projects.
5 Evaluation recommendation 5. Close monitoring of sub-projects should be implemented and monitoring of potentially negative environmental affects should be considered.
6 Evaluation recommendation 6. The definition of simple impact indicators (on income generation, environmental trend, CIG capacity) should be done and regular data being collected by JRCs.
7 Evaluation recommendation 7. To monitor the replication effect and facilitate sub-project creation initiatives: improve access to micro-credit services (on a long term basis) through the new and innovative Micro Lending Fund (MLF) financial products.
8 Evaluation recommendation 8. PCU must coordinate swiftly with the new World Bank land cadastre project so that Land Use Certificates (LUC) are issued as soon as possible.
9 Evaluation recommendation 9. Project Management Unit must make a definite (and final) decision on the 10% profit contribution for A1 sub-projects.
1. Recommendation: Evaluation recommendation 1. The level of education of CIGs is low due to ineffective technical. Continued technical assistance is required.
Management Response:

Respective staff in Gharm AO will continuously work with Agro Ecological Centre (AEC) on fundraising initiatives. UNDP Gharm Area Office staff together with PCU conducted a meeting with JRCs to provide better conditions for CIG operations and information exchange. During the same meeting, PCU and JRCs coordinated survey activities to review the most common CIG issues.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Assist AEC in preparation of Project Proposal UNDP CP, PCU 2010/03 Completed
Conduct meeting with PCU and JRC UNDP CP, PCU 2009/07 Completed
2. Recommendation: Evaluation recommendation 2. There are insufficient linkages within the watershed for certain types of products offered.
Management Response:

Jamoat Resource Centers together with Agro-ecological Centres have been tasked to conduct workshops for CIGs on product demands, to maximize opportunities to increase profit.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
To conduct workshop for CIG UNDP CP, AEC 2010/09 Completed
3. Recommendation: Evaluation recommendation 3. Community Action Plans are not regularly updated.
Management Response:

The targeted 8 Jamoat Reasource Centers have been requested to review and update Community Action Plans on a regular basis to have a clear vision on priority changes.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Review and update CAP UNDP CP, JRCs 2009/07 Completed
4. Recommendation: Evaluation recommendation 4. Monitoring should be improved to include the likely positive or negative impact of projects.
Management Response:

UNDP Gharm Area Office staff referred this recommendation to the Project Coordination Unit, which is established by government and responsible for monitoring sub-projects for the Surkhob watershed over the last to years and beyond the project period.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
To conduct a meeting with PCU UNDP CP 2009/07 Completed
5. Recommendation: Evaluation recommendation 5. Close monitoring of sub-projects should be implemented and monitoring of potentially negative environmental affects should be considered.
Management Response:

Agro-ecological Centres established by the project, through joint cooperation with respective ecological agencies of districts\ Hukumats conduct close monitoring of small cattle breeding activities to avoid negative affects to the environment.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Conduct regular monitoring UNDP CP, AEC, Hukumats 2010/12 Completed
6. Recommendation: Evaluation recommendation 6. The definition of simple impact indicators (on income generation, environmental trend, CIG capacity) should be done and regular data being collected by JRCs.
Management Response:

PCU together with target JRCs are currently involved with the definition of impact indicators and JRCs are responsible for the collection of data.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Conduct meeting with JRC and find definition of impact indicators UNDP CP, JRC 2010/12 Completed
7. Recommendation: Evaluation recommendation 7. To monitor the replication effect and facilitate sub-project creation initiatives: improve access to micro-credit services (on a long term basis) through the new and innovative Micro Lending Fund (MLF) financial products.
Management Response:

JRCs and the PCU were made responsible for monitoring of replication effect and facilitate their subproject creation initiative which is currently getting implemented

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
JRC and PCU to conduct regular monitoring UNDP CP, JRC, PCU 2010/12 Completed
8. Recommendation: Evaluation recommendation 8. PCU must coordinate swiftly with the new World Bank land cadastre project so that Land Use Certificates (LUC) are issued as soon as possible.
Management Response:

The issue was raised by UNDP Gharm AO during the meetings with PMU and the donor agency. By contracting through NGOs, UNDP has facilitated the issuance of 25 land use certificates for CIGs after three years of continuous use. In addition, within the new WB-funded project on land cadastre, the PMU is dealing with the issuance of land use certificates for the remaining A2 sub-projects.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
To conduct meeting with PMU and Donor UNDP CP, PMU, Donor 2009/08 Completed
Issue Land Use Certificate UNDP CP, PMU, Donor 2009/08 Completed
9. Recommendation: Evaluation recommendation 9. Project Management Unit must make a definite (and final) decision on the 10% profit contribution for A1 sub-projects.
Management Response:

10% of profit contribution for A1 sub-projects and its implementation requirements have not been clearly mentioned in the Operational Manual. This issue has been raised in meetings with the PMU but no decisions have been taken so far.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
To conduct meeting with PMU UNDP CP, PMU 2009/03 Completed

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