Midterm Review - Advancing Integrated Water Resource Management across the Kura river basin through implementation of the transboundary agreed actions and national plans

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Evaluation Plan:
2018-2021, RBEC
Evaluation Type:
Mid Term Project
Planned End Date:
09/2019
Completion Date:
09/2019
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
No
Evaluation Budget(US $):
30,000

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Title Midterm Review - Advancing Integrated Water Resource Management across the Kura river basin through implementation of the transboundary agreed actions and national plans
Atlas Project Number: 00094969
Evaluation Plan: 2018-2021, RBEC
Evaluation Type: Mid Term Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 09/2019
Planned End Date: 09/2019
Management Response: Yes
UNDP Signature Solution:
  • 1. Sustainable
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 2.1.1 Low emission and climate resilient objectives addressed in national, sub-national and sectoral development plans and policies to promote economic diversification and green growth
SDG Goal
  • Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
  • Goal 6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
SDG Target
  • 13.2 Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning
  • 6.5 By 2030, implement integrated water resources management at all levels, including through transboundary cooperation as appropriate
  • 6.a By 2030, expand international cooperation and capacity-building support to developing countries in water- and sanitation-related activities and programmes, including water harvesting, desalination, water efficiency, wastewater treatment, recycling and reuse technologies
Evaluation Budget(US $): 30,000
Source of Funding: GEF Project Resources
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 15,160
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Dalibor Kysela International Consultant
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title: Advancing Integrated Water Resource Management across the Kura river basin through implementation of the transboundary agreed actions and national plans
Evaluation Type: Mid-term Review
Focal Area: International Waters
Project Type: FSP
GEF Phase: GEF-6
GEF Project ID: 6962
PIMS Number: 5325
Key Stakeholders: UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub, Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources Azerbaijan, Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture Georgia, UNDP Country Offices Azerbaijan and Georgia
Countries: AZERBAIJANGEORGIA, REPUBLIC OF
Comments:

Completed

Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

The project team in cooperation with the Procurement Unit in UNDP IRH should accelerate implementation of procurement of the works and services for Output 3.3 and closely monitor the performance of the local contractors in Azerbaijan and Georgia to ensure all deliverables under this output are realized by the end of the 1st quarter 2020.  

2

UNDP IRH on behalf of the Governments of Azerbaijan and Georgia should submit to the GEF Secretariat a request for a non-cost extension of the project by 6 months until February 2021 to ensure sufficient time for the collection of data and experience from the demonstration pilots. Based on the project funds disbursement to date, it is reasonable to assume that there will be sufficient financial resources to continue the project until the extended completion date.

3

The project team in cooperation with the focal point ministries in Azerbaijan and Georgia should elaborate an exit strategy to be pursued in case the two countries fail to institutionalize the cooperation at the regional level by the end of the current project. The strategy should be presented to the final meeting of the Project Steering Committee and should consider short-term options such as operationalization of temporary regional structures and longer-term options such as preparation of another project under GEF-7 or GEF-8 funding cycles.

4

The project team should undertake a specific revision of the project results framework to ensure consistency of the indicators and target values with the outputs they are supposed to measure.

5

The project team should provide the progress and financial reports at least three weeks before the PSC meetings in English as well as in the two national languages. 

6

The PCU should immediately share information about the national experts that participated in the project and/or were trained with the key national stakeholders and the UNDP COs and ensure that all training materials are available on-line by the end of the project.

7

The PCU should ensure that important technical reports by international consultants are translated into local languages and together with technical reports by national experts are accessible by a wider audience to ensure better uptake by relevant national stakeholders

8

PCU should obtain annual updates of the actual level of co-financing from parallel projects and ensure that updated information on realized co-financing is available before the start of the terminal evaluation of this project. 

9

The PCU in cooperation with the key national stakeholders in Georgia should establish a close cooperation with the UNDP CO that is the implementing agency of the GCF project in Georgia. 

10

UNDP IRH together with the UNDP COs in Azerbaijan and Georgia should streamline the procurement procedures for the remainder of the project by delegating national procurement of goods and services to the UNDP COs.

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