Terminal Evaluation of National Capacity Development for Implementing Rio Conventions through Environmental Governance

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Evaluation Plan:
2017-2020, Bangladesh
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
12/2019
Completion Date:
12/2019
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
20,000

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Title Terminal Evaluation of National Capacity Development for Implementing Rio Conventions through Environmental Governance
Atlas Project Number: 00079684
Evaluation Plan: 2017-2020, Bangladesh
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 12/2019
Planned End Date: 12/2019
Management Response: Yes
UNDP Signature Solution:
  • 1. Sustainable
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 1.4.1 Solutions scaled up for sustainable management of natural resources, including sustainable commodities and green and inclusive value chains
SDG Goal
  • Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
  • Goal 14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
SDG Target
  • 13.2 Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning
  • 14.3 Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels
Evaluation Budget(US $): 20,000
Source of Funding: Project budget (GEF funded)
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 20,000
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Amal Aldababseh International Consultant
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title: National Capacity Development for Implementing Rio Conventions through Environmental Governance
Evaluation Type: Terminal Evaluation
Focal Area: Multifocal Areas
Project Type: MSP
GEF Phase: GEF-5
GEF Project ID: 5106
PIMS Number: 4884
Key Stakeholders:
Countries: BANGLADESH
Lessons
1.

As a CCCD Project, that is a multi-focal and multi-sectoral, it needs special attention during the project design, implementation and monitoring, and evaluation. UNDP and UNDP/GEF should provide a lot of support at the project development and inception phases to ensure the proper design of the project and then a proper launching during the inception phase. For example, the project's outputs are not well articulated, as many of them are basically activities, not outputs. This should have been detected by UNDP and/or UNDP/GEF during the project’s formulation stage. Many of the CCCD projects at the global level have a similar focus and had developed sets of tools, frameworks, legislation, and training manuals and materials. Countries could benefit from these developed materials and hence knowledge sharing between countries and study tours/exchange are very much recommended.


2.

Despite the project size, it demanded a lot of work from the Government and UNDP officials. Yet, its goal and objectives are very critical for the GoB and unique despite its small size.


3.

Capacity development at different levels (institutional, organizational, and individual) and for different groups; local communities, government officials, women organizations, is very crucial for achieving the project outcomes and to ensure its sustainability. This project shows the best practice in the role of well-trained and heavily involved government officials in project management and the importance of capacity development to ensure the successful implementation of a project.


4.

The project management strategy to include several local consultants with limited and specific tasks proved to be very effective. Many of the consultants worked in parallel and that led to finalize the project’s activities in less than three years (if we exclude the 13 months delay at the beginning of the project).


Findings
1.

The Project has had a remarkable and sustainable effect on enhancing the capacity of relevant policy and institutional stakeholders to enable compliance with the three Rio Conventions and other MEAs in Bangladesh. The Project facilitated the implementation of a set of capacity development, public awareness, and measures aimed at targeting and training government staff at the local, regional and national levels on the specific interpretation of Rio Conventions provisions as they apply to their respective roles and responsibilities to implement associated development policies in Bangladesh.


2.

The Project has achieved key Project’s results and most of the Project’s targets. Overall, the Project was able to develop institutional capacities for management of the global environment, mainstreaming of global environmental conventions into human resources development and raising awareness of the linkages between the Rio Conventions and sustainable development in Bangladesh. The Project is considered very successful in leveraging considerable co-financing from the government, local community, and UNDP.


3.

The Project delivered all its planned results, however, with some delay from the originally planned timeframe due to delay in government approval of the project document and technical project proposal (TPP). It took the Project three years and a half (one-year extension was granted with no cost) to achieve the intended results.


4.

The project accounts in an acceptable manner for gender differences when developing and applying project activities; however, as the primary focus of the project is building capacities which are gender-neutral, it is acceptable to limit gender considerations to those project components which do have a gender impact.


5.

Taking into consideration the complex design of the Project that covered different technical areas (biodiversity, climate change, and desertification), and required the involvement of many stakeholders, and the difficulties the project’s team had faced during project launching phase mainly the delay in the project’s commencement, the project overall rating is Highly Satisfactory.


6.

The Project is very much recognized and respected by the Government of Bangladesh. It is considered very relevant to the national context and to the UNDP programmatic direction. Many positive results have been already achieved at the national and local levels. There are many strong and positive indications for potential sustainability, but more efforts are needed to mobilize the needed fund for follow-up activities. Based on the ongoing discussion between UNDP and the GoB, the project’s minutes of meetings, project’s review meetings, and the official request from the GoB to UNDP to hire a national consultant to develop a project proposal for the next phase for the Rio project, government commitment prospects for sustainability are almost certain, and overall sustainability is considered likely.


Recommendations
1

The Project managed to produce a set of valued training programs and public awareness products on the Rio Conventions.  It is recommended to develop a dissemination plan for those public awareness and outreach tools as well as for the training manuals developed to ensure that future initiatives would build on the Project activities and results and will incorporate the project’s products in its work. (UNDP, DoE).

2

The training materials developed by the project should be shared with all concerned agencies as soon as possible, including piloting the testing of the local sustainable livelihood initiatives in the Hakaluka Haor, that would help in disseminating knowledge and lessons learned from these two valuable project’s activities.

3

The work to enhancing the capacity of relevant policy and institutional stakeholders to enable compliance with the three Rio Conventions and other MEAs Bangladesh has just begun through this Project. It still at the early stages hence other UNDP and Government of Bangladesh initiatives and projects should continue working on the upgrading of the national capacity, the infrastructure, and project’s deliverables produced to ensure that the Country will build on the Project’s Objective and results. A second phase of the project is certainly needed (DoE, UNDP, development partners, and donor agencies).

1. Recommendation:

The Project managed to produce a set of valued training programs and public awareness products on the Rio Conventions.  It is recommended to develop a dissemination plan for those public awareness and outreach tools as well as for the training manuals developed to ensure that future initiatives would build on the Project activities and results and will incorporate the project’s products in its work. (UNDP, DoE).

Management Response: [Added: 2019/12/27]

Agreed. Most of the training modules, public awareness materials and knowledge products have been published. Some of the materials are still in press and will be published by October 2019. The Department of Environment (DoE) will upload important training modules, knowledge products and awareness materials on their websites. The DoE and UNDP will jointly organize a dissemination workshop by November 2019. Moreover, important training modules and knowledge products will be sent to the relevant Ministries, line agencies, training institutions and other key stakeholders.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The Department of Environment (DoE) will upload important training modules, knowledge products and awareness materials on their websites
[Added: 2019/12/27] [Last Updated: 2020/06/26]
DoE 2020/10 Initiated History
The DoE and UNDP will jointly organize a dissemination workshop. Important training modules and knowledge products will be sent to the relevant Ministries, line agencies, training institutions and other key stakeholders.
[Added: 2019/12/27] [Last Updated: 2020/06/26]
DoE and UNDP 2020/10 Initiated History
2. Recommendation:

The training materials developed by the project should be shared with all concerned agencies as soon as possible, including piloting the testing of the local sustainable livelihood initiatives in the Hakaluka Haor, that would help in disseminating knowledge and lessons learned from these two valuable project’s activities.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/12/27]

Agreed. The training materials developed by the project will be shared with all concerned agencies through a dissemination workshop. Moreover, important training modules and other knowledge products will be sent to the concerned agencies through hand delivery/courier service. Local sustainable livelihood initiatives in the Hakaluka Haor will also be disseminated through national and local newspaper and other social/electronic media.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The training materials developed by the project will be shared with all concerned agencies through a dissemination workshop
[Added: 2019/12/27] [Last Updated: 2020/06/26]
DoE 2020/10 Initiated History
Local sustainable livelihood initiatives in the Hakaluka Haor will also be disseminated through national and local newspaper and other social/electronic media
[Added: 2019/12/27] [Last Updated: 2020/06/26]
DoE and UNDP 2020/10 Initiated History
3. Recommendation:

The work to enhancing the capacity of relevant policy and institutional stakeholders to enable compliance with the three Rio Conventions and other MEAs Bangladesh has just begun through this Project. It still at the early stages hence other UNDP and Government of Bangladesh initiatives and projects should continue working on the upgrading of the national capacity, the infrastructure, and project’s deliverables produced to ensure that the Country will build on the Project’s Objective and results. A second phase of the project is certainly needed (DoE, UNDP, development partners, and donor agencies).

Management Response: [Added: 2019/12/27]

Agreed. UNDP has already requested MoEFCC/DoE and drafted a concept note to formulate a follow-up project. DoE is currently formulating a follow-up project and the project will be implemented using government-owned revenue resources.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP will follow up with DoE on formulation of a follow-up project and provide required guidance on it
[Added: 2019/12/27] [Last Updated: 2020/06/26]
DoE 2020/10 Initiated History

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