Evaluation of the Rehabilitation and Consolidation of the Gaza Industrial Estate Project

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Evaluation Plan:
2018-2022, Palestine
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
02/2019
Completion Date:
12/2018
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
6,840

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Title Evaluation of the Rehabilitation and Consolidation of the Gaza Industrial Estate Project
Atlas Project Number: 00102677
Evaluation Plan: 2018-2022, Palestine
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 12/2018
Planned End Date: 02/2019
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 $): 6,840
Source of Funding: Project
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 6,840
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Center for Engineering and Planning cepgaza@gmail.com OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: UNDP PIEFZA
Countries: OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES
Comments:

This evaluation was finalized on time but documents were uploaded on April when the plan was uploaded.

Lessons
1.

Lessons Learned Concerning Relevance


1. Projects are likely to be achieve their goals when they address national policies and priorities and the needs and strategies of the target group.
2. Project stakeholders and implementing partners are likely to be more supportive of a project that addresses their needs.
3. Project ultimate outcome and long-term impacts should be evaluated after the project benefits have been sustained for some a longer time period.


Lessons Learned Concerning Efficiency
1. Efficient financial management system could lead to cost savings and added benefits.
Client: United Nations Development Programme 39
Final Project Evaluation of the Rehabilitation and Consolidation of the Gaza
Industrial Estate Project (RFQ: PAL-0000053938)
Final Evaluation Report
2. The project implantation was challenging due to the involvement of the many players in the project, security constrains, material delivery delays and rejections and the current financial capacity of the contractors.
3. Involvement of all project stakeholders in all project stages increases the sense of project ownership, ensures smoother project delivery and facilitates knowledge sharing.
4. Available local technical capacities to assess and upgrade desalination units is limited.

 

Lessons Learned Concerning Effectiveness
1. Project results are evaluated more accurately after the completion of the project and the benefits have been received.
2. Providing key infrastructure of industries is a key to economic empowerment.
3. Absence of clear responsibilities and proper governance


Lessons Learned Concerning Impact
1. Impacts can be accurately quantified after the project has been implemented and utilities have been operational for a longer time period.
2. The involvement of the international donors in enhancing the economic infrastructure contributes to empowering the economic sector in Gaza Strip, enhancing social and environmental work conditions of laborers including women and vulnerable groups and ultimately contributes to promoting peace.
3. The intended outputs of a projects are appreciated more when target groups are involved in all project stages.


Lessons Learned Concerning Sustainability
1. Projects of high interest of the target beneficiaries are likely to be sustainable.
2. Obtaining assurances from the operator on their commitment to carry-out the needed operation and maintenance activities could help them in planning their budget and enhance the sustainability.

 

The success indicators
1. Operational electrical transformers.
2. Operational wastewater system.
3. Operational water wells and desalination unit.
4. Operational external lighting.


The expected long-term success indicators are
1. Increased number of laborers, operation hours and expansion.
2. Increased salaries and profitability.


Findings
Recommendations
1

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 1:

A final project evaluation should be conducted after the utilities have been operational for a longer time, in order to assess the benefits, collect case studies and success stories.

2

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 2

Exert more efforts to get project stakeholders participate more effectively in the projects throughout the project life cycle

3

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 3:

There is a need to address other infrastructure issues in the GIE including additional wells, stormwater management, separating combined sewers and pavement of secondary roads.

4

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 4:

Future programming should consider implementing the supplementary works to the RCGIE including expanding the water inlet pipe to the desalination unit and upgrade the distribution network and connecting all the feedlines to the external lights. Expand future projects to address additional objectives and strategic directions

5

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 5:

There is a need for more careful financial verification of construction contractors working in Gaza.

6

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 6:

There is a need for contingency planning for projects with high risk areas.

7

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 7:

There is a need to enhance the technical capacity of the project implementing partners and stakeholders in specialized areas such as water desalination.

1. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 1:

A final project evaluation should be conducted after the utilities have been operational for a longer time, in order to assess the benefits, collect case studies and success stories.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/05/06] [Last Updated: 2019/05/06]

UNDP accepts the recommendation. UNDP will undertake an internal final evaluation of the interventions to assess the sustainability and long-term impact of the project.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1 Evaluation of the implemented activities to be done including assessment of future needs within RCGIE
[Added: 2019/05/06] [Last Updated: 2019/12/17]
Hekmat Al Khairy Majed Ghannam 2019/12 Completed Assessment of future needs of Gaza Industrial Estate. See attachment for the summary History
1.2 Developing success stories on the beneficiaries of the project
[Added: 2019/05/06] [Last Updated: 2019/12/17]
Hekmat Al-Khairy Majed Ghannam 2019/12 Completed Several documentations and success stories were prepared for the GIE project including: - A press release was posted on UNDP official page - Four short films of success stories resulted from the project - Flickr account of project photos. Press Release: EU and UNDP launch a EUR 2.4 million programme to boost private sector development in the Gaza Strip https://www.ps.undp.org/content/papp/en/home/presscenter/pressreleases/2016/11/09/eu-and-undp-launch-a-eur-2-4-million-programme-to-boost-private-sector-development-in-the-gaza-strip.html Success Stories: Rehabilitation of wastewater system and Rehabilitate one water well https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xsk-Og9-BgA Rehabilitation of Electricity networks and power cables https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sEtTefpx60 Desalination water plant- Rehabilitation and Consolidation of Gaza Industrial Estate https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgfIJig4lIQ Rehabilitation and Consolidation of Gaza Industrial Estate https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2pLAx1HsLk Flickr photos of GIE: https://www.flickr.com/photos/122282362@N02/sets/72157676287614256/ History
2. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 2

Exert more efforts to get project stakeholders participate more effectively in the projects throughout the project life cycle

Management Response: [Added: 2019/05/06]

UNDP has already consulted with all relevant stakeholders to assess the needs prior to designing the project. Continuous feedback was obtained from the project beneficiaries and remedial actions were implemented during implementation.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1 More coordination with the relevant stakeholders to participate throughout all project implementation stages during the design of future projects.
[Added: 2019/05/06]
Hikmat Al Khairy Majed Ghannam 2019/01 Completed This recommendation is general for all future projects and thus marked as completed for this project. It will be captured for sure under lessons learned.
3. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 3:

There is a need to address other infrastructure issues in the GIE including additional wells, stormwater management, separating combined sewers and pavement of secondary roads.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/05/06]

UNDP recruited a technical consultant with experience in operation and maintenance of infrastructure facilities related to the activities implemented through the RCGIE.One of the main objectives of the task is to identify the infrastructure challenges encountered by the PIEFZA and the developer and recommend the needed actions to improve the current infrastructure of the GIE.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1 Assessment of the current and future infrastructure needs for GIE and development of proposals for resource mobilization.
[Added: 2019/05/06] [Last Updated: 2019/12/17]
Hekmat Al Khairy Majed Ghannam 2019/12 Completed A concept note was prepared and submitted to UNSCO for potential funding for development the GIE current and future infrastructure needs. See attached the concept note. History
4. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 4:

Future programming should consider implementing the supplementary works to the RCGIE including expanding the water inlet pipe to the desalination unit and upgrade the distribution network and connecting all the feedlines to the external lights. Expand future projects to address additional objectives and strategic directions

Management Response: [Added: 2019/05/06]

UNDP recruited a technical consultant with experience in operation and maintenance of infrastructure facilities related to the activities implemented through the RCGIE.  One of the main objectives of the task is to identify the infrastructure challenges encountered by the PIEFZA and the developer and recommend the needed actions to improve the current infrastructure of the GIE.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
4.1 Development of the Palestinian manual for the Gaza incentives programme to different industrial enterprises
[Added: 2019/05/06]
Hekmat Al Khairy Majed Ghannam 2018/12 Completed Annex A is very big you can request from responsible colleagues or M&E focal point if needed. History
5. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 5:

There is a need for more careful financial verification of construction contractors working in Gaza.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/05/06]

Procurement and financial procedures in the monitoring and management takes into consideration the contractors’ financial verification (Financial Soundness)

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
5.1 The conditions of contract followed the UNDP Procurement and financial procedures in the monitoring and management through contractors’ financial verification (Financial Soundness)
[Added: 2019/05/06]
Hekmat Al Khairy Majed Ghannam 2019/01 Completed This recommendation is general for all future projects and thus marked as completed for this project. It will be captured for sure under lessons learned. History
6. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 6:

There is a need for contingency planning for projects with high risk areas.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/05/06]

The project Financial Breakdown included provision for contingency reserve (maximum 5% of 7, subtotal of direct eligible costs of the Action)

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
6.1 Project contingency plan for high risk areas to be developed as part of the project and future projects
[Added: 2019/05/06]
Hekmat Al Khairy Majed Ghannam 2019/01 Completed Will be captured as part of lessons learned for future.
7. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 7:

There is a need to enhance the technical capacity of the project implementing partners and stakeholders in specialized areas such as water desalination.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/05/06]

An external consultant was hired to conduct two technical workshops and to develop the Palestinian Industrial Estate and Free Zones (PIEFZA) manual for the operations and maintenance of the new developed facilities, Development & Employment (PRIDE) in Gaza Industrial Estate (GIE). The Consultancy office assessed the progress made towards the achievement of the RCGIE Project’s overall objective and respective outcomes and outputs. The general principles underlying the evaluation approach were: impartiality and independence, credibility of the evaluation, participation of stakeholders and usefulness of the evaluation findings and recommendations.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
7.1 Technical capacities for the project implementing partners including the technical staff (Operation and maintenance staff) to be enhanced through training sessions conducted by the contracting company expert engineer on the installed desalination plant.
[Added: 2019/05/06]
Hekmat Al Khairy Majed Ghannam 2018/10 Completed Photos pf the event are included within the final report Annex B. History
7.2 An operation and maintenance manual was developed that includes all the project’s interventions and two capacity building workshops were conducted targeting the PIEFZA and the Operator’s technicians.
[Added: 2019/05/06]
Hekmat Al Khairy Majed Ghannam 2018/12 Completed Annex A is very big you can request from responsible colleagues or M&E focal point if needed. History
7.3 One seminar to be conducted by a professional consultant for the training on maintenance and management of the rehabilitated premises. A second seminar to be conducted for feedbacks from the participants and presenting the results of the project.
[Added: 2019/05/06]
Hekmat Al Khairy Majed Ghannam 2019/01 Completed 2-day technical workshop was held on 9-10 Jan. 2019. (Attached Agenda for the event annex C) in addition to Workshop material as PDF as annex D) Annex D is very big you can request from responsible colleagues or M&E focal point if needed. History

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