PIMS 5143 (SE4ALL) Mid-term Evaluation

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Evaluation Plan:
2019-2023, Equatorial Guinea
Evaluation Type:
Mid Term Project
Planned End Date:
12/2019
Completion Date:
09/2020
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
20,000

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Title PIMS 5143 (SE4ALL) Mid-term Evaluation
Atlas Project Number: 00094909
Evaluation Plan: 2019-2023, Equatorial Guinea
Evaluation Type: Mid Term Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 09/2020
Planned End Date: 12/2019
Management Response: Yes
UNDP Signature Solution:
  • 1. Not Applicable
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 1.5.1 Solutions adopted to achieve universal access to clean, affordable and sustainable energy
SDG Goal
  • Goal 7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
SDG Target
  • 7.1 By 2030, ensure universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services
Evaluation Budget(US $): 20,000
Source of Funding: Project Funds
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 35,000
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Raúl ALFARO-PELICO International Expert, Team leader r.alfaro-pelico@lancaster.ac.uk
Marcos BINOHARI ELAKO National Expert, Team Member bino9501@yahoo.com
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title: SE4ALL
Evaluation Type: Mid-term Review
Focal Area: Climate Change
Project Type: EA
GEF Phase: GEF-5
GEF Project ID:
PIMS Number: PIMS 5143
Key Stakeholders: Ministry of Agriculture, livestock, forestry and the environment; Ministry of Industry and Energy; GEF
Countries: EQUATORIAL GUINEA
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Reactivate the project with its high levels in the Ministry of Industry and Energy (MIE) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Forests and the Environment (MAGBOMA). It is necessary to reorient the project strategy so that the national counterparts have a useful and effective role. It is recommended to make a situational diagnosis of the project in order to reschedule it,

2

Update the project implementation mechanisms (organization chart, NIM). As in other UNDP-GEF projects at the global level, the project team could be installed in the office of the implementing partner (MAGBOMA) or responsible party (MIE) of the project, with the aim of strengthening the coordination and ownership of their national counterparts.

3

Strengthen the project management team in its key areas of operational deficiency. A chief technical advisor (CTA) should be hired who can regularly oversee the technical deliverables, as well as strengthen the procurement area to streamline project management and processes.

4

Renew ties with the Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons to promote the energy transition. As the guardian ministry of private sector activities, apart from accelerating national co-financing, it has the ability to catalyze the mobilization of companies' resources, as part of their corporate social responsibility, or strategies for sustainable development, climate neutrality and social impact.

 

1. Recommendation:

Reactivate the project with its high levels in the Ministry of Industry and Energy (MIE) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Forests and the Environment (MAGBOMA). It is necessary to reorient the project strategy so that the national counterparts have a useful and effective role. It is recommended to make a situational diagnosis of the project in order to reschedule it,

Management Response: [Added: 2020/12/07] [Last Updated: 2020/12/23]

Fully accepted. 

After the change of the government members, meetings were immediately started with the new executives to inform them about the project, its importance, its achievements, what remains to be completed in its execution and the support that the project provides. It requires each institution to carry out its actions, in order to achieve the proposed objective. The new executives pledged to support and get involved in the project's activities, in order for it to have a successful completion. They also pledged to continue providing more funds to complete the demonstrations planned under the project. The problems were previously due to the fact that there were problems of rivalry in terms of leadership in the execution of the project, since it was a lack of culture in the implementation of projects that involve, in their execution process, several sectors, and on environmental projects. Many sectors do not quite understand what their role is in environmental projects, since the same role of the Ministry responsible for the environment is not clearly defined as its limit of action. In this sense, meetings have been held with both ministries to determine the role of each one of them in the execution of the project and, in fact, we began to work without obstacles of any kind, as has been experienced in the past years. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Ensure follow-ups to avoid the same setbacks until the end of the project.
[Added: 2020/12/07]
Project Manager (PM), UNDP Management and sectoral coordinators. 2021/04 Initiated
2. Recommendation:

Update the project implementation mechanisms (organization chart, NIM). As in other UNDP-GEF projects at the global level, the project team could be installed in the office of the implementing partner (MAGBOMA) or responsible party (MIE) of the project, with the aim of strengthening the coordination and ownership of their national counterparts.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/12/07] [Last Updated: 2020/12/23]

Fully accepted. 

UNDP was organizing to carry out the HACT micro assessment in order to see the capacity of the implementing partner, with the purpose of starting to disburse funds to the implementing partner. However, due to COVID-19, the assessment was cancelled, but will immediately restart the process to finalize details on this matter and with it, the funds could be disbursed to the implementing partner.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Carry-out the micro-assessment of the implementing partner ( if the project is extended beyond April 2021)
[Added: 2020/12/07] [Last Updated: 2020/12/23]
Management of the UNDP, the PM and the National Directorate of the project 2021/05 Not Initiated History
3. Recommendation:

Strengthen the project management team in its key areas of operational deficiency. A chief technical advisor (CTA) should be hired who can regularly oversee the technical deliverables, as well as strengthen the procurement area to streamline project management and processes.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/12/07] [Last Updated: 2020/12/23]

Fully accepted.

The CTA came on board in November 2020. If the project were extended until October 2022, the possibility of extending the the contract of CTA will be considered.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Hire Chief Technical Advisor ( if the project is extended beyond April 2021 , until October 2022)
[Added: 2020/12/07] [Last Updated: 2020/12/23]
UNDP Management, PM 2020/11 Completed The CTA is on board since November, 2020. His contract will be extended if the project is extended. History
4. Recommendation:

Renew ties with the Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons to promote the energy transition. As the guardian ministry of private sector activities, apart from accelerating national co-financing, it has the ability to catalyze the mobilization of companies' resources, as part of their corporate social responsibility, or strategies for sustainable development, climate neutrality and social impact.

 

Management Response: [Added: 2020/12/07] [Last Updated: 2020/12/23]

Fully accepted.

Their participation in the project activities has always been taken into account

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
A meeting will be organized soon in which the aforementioned ministry, the private sector, the embassies and all those who are sensitized with the climate change issue interested in investing in renewable energies will attend. This meeting aims to awaken the interest of the participants on the need to invest in the renewable energy sector. In fact, from the beginning of the execution of the project we are involving the private sector in all our activities.
[Added: 2020/12/07] [Last Updated: 2020/12/23]
PM and the National Directorate of the project 2020/12 Completed A meeting was organized in December and the action is completed. History

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