Terminal Evaluation of Adaptive Capacity of Water Services to Climate Change

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Evaluation Plan:
2020-2023, Sierra Leone
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
05/2020
Completion Date:
09/2020
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
30,000

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Title Terminal Evaluation of Adaptive Capacity of Water Services to Climate Change
Atlas Project Number: 74076
Evaluation Plan: 2020-2023, Sierra Leone
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 09/2020
Planned End Date: 05/2020
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 Target
  • 13.1 Strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries
  • 13.2 Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning
  • 6.1 By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all
Evaluation Budget(US $): 30,000
Source of Funding: GEF Project Budget
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 31,370
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Stephanie Hodge Mrs. shodge1@gmail.com
Dr. Hindowa Momoh Mr. hindowam@yahoo.com
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title: Adaptive Capacity of Water Services to Climate Change
Evaluation Type: Terminal Evaluation
Focal Area: Climate Change
Project Type: FSP
GEF Phase: GEF-5
GEF Project ID: 4599
PIMS Number: 4613
Key Stakeholders: The Ministry of Water Resources, District Councils
Countries: SIERRA LEONE
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

To reinforce the policy learning and good practices from this project, design a phase for further institutional capacity building, operationalization of decentralization and districts capacity building in a follow up - in order to scale the project learning approach.

2

The government must follow up the work to monitor the quality of water in the areas with new water technologies demonstrated in context.

3

Handover project investments to appropriate local authorities

4

The government must reduce or waive import duties and taxes on components that are imported for the development of water supply facilities targeting rural and poor urban communities

5

GOSL and particularly the MWR put in place PPP agreements to support the effective water supply and harvesting mechanism in SL.

6

GOSL can make it mandatory for public institutions, such as military bases, hospitals and schools, to have rainwater harvesting systems in place.

7

UNDP and project team can continue to consolidate all the knowledge inputs executed and lessons gained through the experimentation for future sharing. Upload on a shared database and hand it over to the MWR.

1. Recommendation:

To reinforce the policy learning and good practices from this project, design a phase for further institutional capacity building, operationalization of decentralization and districts capacity building in a follow up - in order to scale the project learning approach.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/10/28]

Recommendation fully accepted. The team agrees with this recommendation, the Country office will explore funding from other climate financing sources to upscale implementation of these activities, even though this depends on discussions with Government.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Concept note drafted for project upscale
[Added: 2020/10/28] [Last Updated: 2021/04/13]
SLED Cluster Team Leader in collaboration with the Ministry of Water Resources 2021/06 Initiated History
2. Recommendation:

The government must follow up the work to monitor the quality of water in the areas with new water technologies demonstrated in context.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/10/28]

Fully accepted. The team agrees with this recommendation and in this regard. The Ministry has now put in place a robust system for monitoring of these facilities. Recently, all development partners and NGO’s working in the WASH sector were invited to the presentation of monitoring reports from the field.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Work closely with the Ministry of water resources to regularize the use of the monitoring system of water points been put in place.
[Added: 2020/10/28] [Last Updated: 2021/03/24]
SLED Cluster Team Leader in collaboration with Government 2021/05 Initiated History
3. Recommendation:

Handover project investments to appropriate local authorities

Management Response: [Added: 2020/10/28]

Fully accept. : This is quite in place and has been part of the project exit strategy.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Organize the official handing over of water facilities to the Local Councils by the Ministry of Water Resources.
[Added: 2020/10/28] [Last Updated: 2021/03/24]
SLED Cluster Team Leader 2021/06 Not Initiated History
4. Recommendation:

The government must reduce or waive import duties and taxes on components that are imported for the development of water supply facilities targeting rural and poor urban communities

Management Response: [Added: 2020/10/28]

Fully accept. UNDP recognizes the role that this recommendation would play in incentivizing the private sector’s involvement in water supply facility importation. As such, efforts will be made with the Ministry of Water Resources to see the need to champion policy reviews on tax reduction/waiver on importation of equipment for water facilities targeting rural and poor urban communities.  

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Meeting with the political heads of the Ministries of Water Resources, Ministry of Finance, SLMET, Ministry of Environment etc. on championing tax reduction or waiver on important water facility equipment.
[Added: 2020/10/28] [Last Updated: 2021/03/24]
SLED Cluster Team Leader 2021/06 Not Initiated History
5. Recommendation:

GOSL and particularly the MWR put in place PPP agreements to support the effective water supply and harvesting mechanism in SL.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/10/28]

Fully accept. UNDP through the Local Economic Development Portfolio in collaboration with the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) unit is developing the water kiosk strategy. This is meant to promote the Rehabilitation-Operation-and-Management of water points constructed under the project. Please note that this is part of a long term process that UNDP will follow up on, and ensure it is integrated into the LED Portfolio.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Support the development of a business plan and PPP agreement with Councils for the Rehabilitation-Operation-and-Management of water kiosks
[Added: 2020/10/28] [Last Updated: 2021/03/24]
SLED Cluster Team Leader 2020/12 Completed This activity has been included in the 2021 Annual Work Plan under the Local Economic Development Portfolio History
6. Recommendation:

GOSL can make it mandatory for public institutions, such as military bases, hospitals and schools, to have rainwater harvesting systems in place.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/10/28]

Fully Accept: The team agrees with this recommendation as it will help to address the prevailing water crisis in most public institutions in Sierra Leone.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Dialogue with the Ministry of Water Resources to adopt the recommendations and explore the development of a policy around the establishment of mandatory water harvesting systems
[Added: 2020/10/28] [Last Updated: 2021/03/24]
SLED Cluster Team Leader 2021/05 Not Initiated History
7. Recommendation:

UNDP and project team can continue to consolidate all the knowledge inputs executed and lessons gained through the experimentation for future sharing. Upload on a shared database and hand it over to the MWR.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/10/28]

Fully Accept: The communications unit of the Country office will work with the relevant staff of the Ministry of Water Resources to upload all knowledge inputs and lessons learned on this project to the website of the Ministry. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Communications team to work with the Ministry of Water Resources to upload Knowledge inputs and lessons learned from the project to their website.
[Added: 2020/10/28] [Last Updated: 2021/03/24]
SLED Cluster Lead, Communications Head 2021/05 Not Initiated History

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