Midterm Evaluation of the Coastal Risk Management Project

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Evaluation Plan:
2020-2023, Sierra Leone
Evaluation Type:
Mid Term Project
Planned End Date:
03/2021
Completion Date:
07/2021
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
No
Evaluation Budget(US $):
34,071

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Title Midterm Evaluation of the Coastal Risk Management Project
Atlas Project Number: 00102451
Evaluation Plan: 2020-2023, Sierra Leone
Evaluation Type: Mid Term Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 07/2021
Planned End Date: 03/2021
Management Response: Yes
UNDP Signature Solution:
  • 1. Sustainable
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 2.4.1 Gender-responsive legal and regulatory frameworks, policies and institutions strengthened, and solutions adopted, to address conservation, sustainable use and equitable benefit sharing of natural resources, in line with international conventions and national legislation
SDG Goal
  • Goal 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  • 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
  • Goal 15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
SDG Target
  • 1.5 By 2030, build the resilience of the poor and those in vulnerable situations and reduce their exposure and vulnerability to climate-related extreme events and other economic, social and environmental shocks and disasters
  • 13.2 Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning
  • 14.5 By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information
  • 15.1 By 2020, ensure the conservation, restoration and sustainable use of terrestrial and inland freshwater ecosystems and their services, in particular forests, wetlands, mountains and drylands, in line with obligations under international agreements
  • 15.2 By 2020, promote the implementation of sustainable management of all types of forests, halt deforestation, restore degraded forests and substantially increase afforestation and reforestation globally
Evaluation Budget(US $): 34,071
Source of Funding: GEF Project Budget
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 34,071
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Alexandre Diouf International Consultant alexdiouf@hotmail.com SENEGAL
Pious Abu Bakarr Sesay National Consultant piousabsesay@yahoo.co.uk
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title: Coastal Risks Management
Evaluation Type: Mid-term Review
Focal Area: Climate Change
Project Type: EA
GEF Phase: GEF-1
GEF Project ID: 104509
PIMS Number: 102451
Key Stakeholders: UNDO, MFMR, NTB, IMBO, LCs, , EPA-SL
Countries: SIERRA LEONE
Comments:

The Evaluation exercise has been undertaken and the consultants have submitted their final report

Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Because of the inadequacy of certain performance indicators, the MTR team recommends that the following additional/altered indicators be included in the project M&E framework.
Under Component 1: 
•    Number of people with access to high-quality climate-risk information in targeted communities and beyond 
•    Number of people who use high-quality climate-risk information in a way that helps them make decisions
Under Component 2:
•    Number of laws, policies, and other legal tools enacted to protect coastal environment and mitigate coastal risks 
•    Number of direct project beneficiaries needs to be halved to be achievable over the remaining period

2

The project should immediately update its work plan and select a set of activities that will provide more support to final beneficiaries while looking at replication strategies. The new work plan will be finalised along with adequate performance indicators.   

3

The project should put in place an adequate and simple database that can help count the direct beneficiaries. The used system is not sufficient and does not permit the extraction of information regarding gender and age of beneficiaries in an acceptable fashion. 

4

The project must produce the exit strategy document and discuss its utility to reinforce its sustainability and impact. The project results’ sustainability can be questionable since the project has not started to work on a good exit strategy with the various stakeholders. 

5

UNDP Sierra Leone should ensure that project beneficiaries have access to verified information and a platform to raise questions and concerns, particularly when a contractor is responsible for implementing a set of activities on behalf of the Country office.  Questions and concerns raised should be dully addressed and feedback given to the person who raised the issue/question in a timely fashion. 

6

Project M&E should be improved. Actions that should be taken include:  (1) updating the project results framework; (2) integrating gender mainstreaming objectives into the results framework; (3) reflecting the envisaged project outcomes in the results framework; (4) orientating project M&E according to progress toward long-term impact considerations and maintaining a record; and (5) strengthening risk monitoring and management.

7

Strengthen project technical support by, first, recruiting a part-time CTA to support review of technical outputs and liaise with staff of IPs, ensuring value-for-money of the services rendered and increasing the likelihood that project outputs are sustained after GEF funding ceases. Second, increasing engagement with the UNDP-GEF RTA based in Ethiopia.

8

Develop and implement a sustainability strategy and action plan. Link the strategy and action plan to the project theory of change. Implementation of the action plan should start during the second half of the project and extend over the timelines outlined in the theory of change. One part of the sustainability strategy should address increasing involvement and strengthening community-based organisations (CBOs) and final project beneficiaries.

9

UNDP should immediately initiate the process to get a six-month no-cost extension to complete the activities that were delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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