Terminal Evaluation of Efficient Energy Production and Utilization of Cookstove

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Evaluation Plan:
2020-2023, Sierra Leone
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
06/2020
Completion Date:
09/2020
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
30,000

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Title Terminal Evaluation of Efficient Energy Production and Utilization of Cookstove
Atlas Project Number: 00081156
Evaluation Plan: 2020-2023, Sierra Leone
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 09/2020
Planned End Date: 06/2020
Management Response: Yes
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 2.5.1 Solutions developed, financed and applied at scale for energy efficiency and transformation to clean energy and zero-carbon development, for poverty eradication and structural transformation
Evaluation Budget(US $): 30,000
Source of Funding: GEF Project Budget
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 16,500
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Ashutosh Pandey Mr. ashutoshp2002@gmail.com INDIA
Momo Turay Mr. mfturay@yahoo.co.uk
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title: Efficient Energy Production and Utilization of Cookstove
Evaluation Type: Terminal Evaluation
Focal Area: Climate Change
Project Type: FSP
GEF Phase: GEF-5
GEF Project ID: 4840
PIMS Number: 4904
Key Stakeholders: The Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Government Technical Institute, Westwind Energy, Environment Protection Agency
Countries: SIERRA LEONE
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

A number of activities remain work in progress and effort is required to ensure there are continued efforts by other partners. These include the development of efficiency standards & certification, use of CCDC infrastructure to test cookstoves and promote best practices, and continued maintenance of woodlots developed under the project. A roadmap workshop may be organised with participation from various partners from the Government sector, private sector, NGOs, and other donors. This workshop will provide an opportunity to transfer knowledge to other partners and to explore potential engagement opportunities

2

The project has supported the development of the National Energy Policy and Bioenergy Policy; these policies were validated during the project duration. However, enactment and popularization activities are still pending. UNDP may pursue MOE to enact these policies to support clean bioenergy development in the country. 

3

Capacity building and awareness creation activities were performed under the project. Knowledge material developed for these activities must be documented and handed over to relevant partners and agencies including CCDC.  These knowledge materials and learning from the project can also be shared with other regional or local programs in Africa.

4

The project has also established forestry initiatives at the community level with local management committees to create a model for sustainable supply of biomass for charcoal production. The National Forestry Policy has not been updated since the start of the project and there may be an opportunity for the project to influence the forestry policy when updated. MAF can also take up the expansion of woodlots to newer areas using government funding support

5

During 2019, project has developed financing schemes and also engaged potential partners including Ecobank and BRAC. There exists a great potential to operationalize these financing schemes to support improved cook stove (ICS)  entrepreneurs, efficient charcoal producers, and users. UNDP could keep engaged with these partners to support by providing knowledge support as well as linking them with other partners active in the sector.

1. Recommendation:

A number of activities remain work in progress and effort is required to ensure there are continued efforts by other partners. These include the development of efficiency standards & certification, use of CCDC infrastructure to test cookstoves and promote best practices, and continued maintenance of woodlots developed under the project. A roadmap workshop may be organised with participation from various partners from the Government sector, private sector, NGOs, and other donors. This workshop will provide an opportunity to transfer knowledge to other partners and to explore potential engagement opportunities

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

Fully accept. The Government Technical Institute (GTI) and Sierra Leone Standards Bureau were key stakeholders of this project and the Standards Bureau at the opening of the Cookstove and Charcoal Development Center (CCDC) had pledged to support the center to develop cookstove certification. With regards to the contiuous development of the CCDC, at project closure the Country Office had written to ECREE who had in their response pledged to continue supporting the center. Currently, there is a discussion between CCDC and WestWind Energy (private sector) for the testing of their cookstoves as WestWind is in the process of re-branding their product. The Road Map Workshop will be conducted in 2021 when TRAC resources become available, in collaboration with the Ministry of Energy, private sector and NGOs as a way of transfering knowledge to other partners and to explore potential engagement opportunities. The woodlot management committees have over the period been capacitated to manage the woodlots. The beauty of this project is that the communities recognise the importance of maintaining the woodlots if they are to continue the production of charcoal, which is seen as a means of livelihood for them.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP and MOE to jointly plan and implement knowledge-sharing workshop
[Added: 2020/10/28]
UNDP Project Team 2021/03 Not Initiated
2. Recommendation:

The project has supported the development of the National Energy Policy and Bioenergy Policy; these policies were validated during the project duration. However, enactment and popularization activities are still pending. UNDP may pursue MOE to enact these policies to support clean bioenergy development in the country. 

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

Fully accept. UNDP has officially written to the Hon. Minister of Energy in a letter dated 23rd July 2020 requesting the Ministry to speed up the enactment of the Policies and their implementation.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Follow up with the Hon. Minister of Energy to ensure the approval of policies are done and implemented.
[Added: 2020/10/28]
UNDP Project Team 2020/12 Not Initiated
The policies to be approved by the Government of Sierra Leone for its implementation
[Added: 2020/10/28]
Ministry of Energy 2021/07 Not Initiated
3. Recommendation:

Capacity building and awareness creation activities were performed under the project. Knowledge material developed for these activities must be documented and handed over to relevant partners and agencies including CCDC.  These knowledge materials and learning from the project can also be shared with other regional or local programs in Africa.

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

Fully accept. The Country Office will continue to work with GIZ and the Ministry of Energy to upload the knowledge materials developed for the project to the www.renewable-sierraleone.info and that of the website of the Ministry of Energy.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Knowledge materials to be uploaded to the websites stated above
[Added: 2020/10/28]
UNDP Project Team and Communications Head 2020/12 Not Initiated
4. Recommendation:

The project has also established forestry initiatives at the community level with local management committees to create a model for sustainable supply of biomass for charcoal production. The National Forestry Policy has not been updated since the start of the project and there may be an opportunity for the project to influence the forestry policy when updated. MAF can also take up the expansion of woodlots to newer areas using government funding support

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

Fully accept. UNDP from its TRAC resources provided resources for the review of the National Forestry Policy 1988. The Policy has now been reviewed, validated and the white paper is done. Additionally, the Government of Sierra Leone through the Ministry of Environment has launched a five million tree planting programme across the country in the next four years period. This year alone 1,500,000 trees have been planted

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Ministry of Environment with support from UNDP has reviewed and validated the National Forestry Policy 1988 to be approved by Government of Sierra Leone
[Added: 2020/10/28]
UNDP Project Team and the Ministry of Environment 2021/03 Not Initiated
Continue to collaborate with the Ministry of Environment to ensure the tree planting reaches newer areas in the Country.
[Added: 2020/10/28]
Ministry of Environment 2021/07 Not Initiated
5. Recommendation:

During 2019, project has developed financing schemes and also engaged potential partners including Ecobank and BRAC. There exists a great potential to operationalize these financing schemes to support improved cook stove (ICS)  entrepreneurs, efficient charcoal producers, and users. UNDP could keep engaged with these partners to support by providing knowledge support as well as linking them with other partners active in the sector.

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

Fully accept. UNDP will continue its engagement with Eco Bank and Brac as well as seek new partnerships. Currently, the CO is putting together a proposal for submission to the NAMA Facility and component two of this proposal will be focused on remaining activities under the efficient cookstove project. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
A follow-up meeting to be held with Eco Bank to provide financial scheme to support improved cookstove entrepreneurs
[Added: 2020/10/28]
UNDP Project Team 2020/12 Not Initiated
Ensure the proposal covers the remaining activities of the efficient cookstove project.
[Added: 2020/10/28]
UNDP Project Team and Clean Cooking Alliance 2020/12 Not Initiated

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