End of Project Evaluation of the “Development of a robust Standardization, Quality Assurance, Accreditation and Metrology (SQAM) Infrastructure Project in Malawi”

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Evaluation Plan:
2019-2023, Malawi
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
06/2019
Completion Date:
09/2019
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
No
Evaluation Budget(US $):
30,000

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Title End of Project Evaluation of the “Development of a robust Standardization, Quality Assurance, Accreditation and Metrology (SQAM) Infrastructure Project in Malawi”
Atlas Project Number: 72218
Evaluation Plan: 2019-2023, Malawi
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 09/2019
Planned End Date: 06/2019
Management Response: Yes
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 1.2.1 Capacities at national and sub-national levels strengthened to promote inclusive local economic development and deliver basic services including HIV and related services
Evaluation Budget(US $): 30,000
Source of Funding: Core
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 42,720
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Tom Pengelly Dr. tom@saana.com
Paul Kalenga Mr. pkalenga99@gmail.com
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: Malawi Bureau of Standards, Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism Development; UNIDO.
Countries: MALAWI
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS), Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism, and Ministry of Finance (MoF) should agree a solution to the financing of the required customized air-conditioning for the new MBS Headquarters (HQ) and complete the construction and furnishing of the building as soon as possible. MBS should provide regular updates (publishing news items 3-4 times per month) on the progress with completion of the new HQ, and what facilities it will offer, to its stakeholders in government, business, and development partners via social media channels and should design and carry out a marketing campaign on the new HQ.

2

As new staff are hired and laboratories are moved to the new HQ building, MBS and MoITT, as its supervisory ministry, should carefully monitor the implementation and performance of the sustainability plans prepared by MBS. Until December 2021, MBS should provide 6 monthly update reports on the performance of the sustainability plans to MoITT and copy these to the EC Delegation in Malawi, UNDP Malawi and UNIDO as its partners in the Malawi SQAM project. MBS should also look to collect and analyse data on the impact of its improved services and infrastructure for businesses and consumers in Malawi over time. In particular, MBS should continue to scale-up technical services to more businesses in Malawi to gain international quality management standards as the economic impact could be significant on industrialization and employment, particularly in the agri-business sector.

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