Terminal Evaluation of UNDP/GEF Project: 6th Operational Phase of the GEF Small Grants Programme in Pakistan (SGP 6)

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Evaluation Plan:
2018-2022, Pakistan
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
05/2020
Completion Date:
05/2020
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
25,000

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Title Terminal Evaluation of UNDP/GEF Project: 6th Operational Phase of the GEF Small Grants Programme in Pakistan (SGP 6)
Atlas Project Number: 00075411,00108127,00090330
Evaluation Plan: 2018-2022, Pakistan
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 05/2020
Planned End Date: 05/2020
Management Response: Yes
UNDP Signature Solution:
  • 1. Governance
  • 2. 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
  • 2. Output 2.2.2 Constitution-making, electoral and parliamentary processes and institutions strengthened to promote inclusion, transparency and accountability
  • 3. 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
  • 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
  • 10.3 Ensure equal opportunity and reduce inequalities of outcome, including by eliminating discriminatory laws, policies and practices and promoting appropriate legislation, policies and action in this regard
  • 12.2 By 2030, achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources
  • 12.4 By 2020, achieve the environmentally sound management of chemicals and all wastes throughout their life cycle, in accordance with agreed international frameworks, and significantly reduce their release to air, water and soil in order to minimize their adverse impacts on human health and the environment
  • 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
  • 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
  • 16.6 Develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels
  • 16.7 Ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels
Evaluation Budget(US $): 25,000
Source of Funding: GEF
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 25,000
Joint Programme: Yes
Joint Evaluation: Yes
  • Joint with UN Agencies
  • Joint with UNOPS
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Mr. Roland Wong, Dr.
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title: 6th Operational Phase of the GEF Small Grants Programme in Pakistan (SGP 6 for Pakistan)
Evaluation Type: Terminal Evaluation
Focal Area: Multifocal Areas
Project Type: FSP
GEF Phase: GEF-6
GEF Project ID: 9331
PIMS Number: 5734
Key Stakeholders:
Countries: PAKISTAN
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Overall comments: Largely in agreement with the TE findings and recommendations, most of which were discussed and agreed upon with the Evaluator. SGP Operational Phase 7 will not be implemented in Pakistan, as SGP Pakistan was not considered by the Government for funding under GEF7 due to funding constraints and other priorities.

Improve the design of SGP 6, future SGP projects in Pakistan and other UCPs.

2

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 2: (to CPMU) To improve implementation towards the conclusion of SGP 6, and for implementing future SGP projects in Pakistan.

3

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 3: SGP Country Teams (or CPMU) should maintain and regularly update the SGP database that can generate a coherent global outlook on SGPs progress and performance. This should preferably be on the global SGP website: www.sgp.undp.org

4

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 4: (to UNDP and UNOPS) In instances where the efforts to convene NSC meetings involves extensive travel, establish mechanisms for virtual meetings to possibly support the SGP Country Programme not only during project selection but also implementation.

5

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 5: Provide an opportunity to the CPMU to present their developmental results from their entire portfolio of SGP grant initiatives to the Government of Pakistan, and evaluate their national benefits and possible linkages to nationally supported programs. This can be achieved through participation of MoCC as a keynote speaker at the SGP 6 Terminal Workshop.

6

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 6: (to CPMU and the NSC) Provide support to the CPMU to facilitate increased dialogue and closer consultations with MoCC to catalyze their interest in the positive developmental results of and lessons learned from implementing SGP 6 Pakistan. Such actions and the dissemination of SGP 6 knowledge products could link SGP initiatives with public and privately funded programs for replication and upscaling. An SGP 6 Terminal Workshop could provide support for the replication and upscaling of the SGP initiative, and result in the drafting of a forward-looking plan of action for supporting community level interventions that are fully aligned with the rest of the UNDP CO programme as well as the priorities of the Government of Pakistan.

7

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 7: (to UNDP, UNOPS and MoCC): Future projects (including future SGP OPs) should continue their focus on project selection using a clustered and landscaped approach.

8

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 8: (to UNOPS, MoCC and UNDP): Identify sources of funding that could be used to compare and publish technical data related to the performance and specifications of compressed earth blocks for the purposes of increasing market share of CEBs throughout Pakistan (Para 121).

9

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 9: (to UNDP CO, the CPMU and the NSC): For future SGP projects in Pakistan, implementers need to recognize the importance of healthy interactions and consultations with CO on the future direction of SGP activities in Pakistan, including those financed by the GEF Corporate Programme as well as via other sources.

1. Recommendation:

Overall comments: Largely in agreement with the TE findings and recommendations, most of which were discussed and agreed upon with the Evaluator. SGP Operational Phase 7 will not be implemented in Pakistan, as SGP Pakistan was not considered by the Government for funding under GEF7 due to funding constraints and other priorities.

Improve the design of SGP 6, future SGP projects in Pakistan and other UCPs.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/05/31]

The recommendation is accepted and will be considered during design of other projects (as OP7 will not be implemented in Pakistan), i.e. within the SGP Global Programme and SGP Upgraded Country Programmes moving forward during SGP OP7 and beyond.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
. The recommendation is accepted and will be considered during design of other projects (as OP7 will not be implemented in Pakistan), i.e. within the SGP Global Programme and SGP Upgraded Country Programmes moving forward during SGP OP7 and beyond.
[Added: 2020/06/09]
SGP Pakistan UNDP CO RTA 2020/12 Initiated
2. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 2: (to CPMU) To improve implementation towards the conclusion of SGP 6, and for implementing future SGP projects in Pakistan.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/06/09]

Agreed. A publication has been finalized conveying environmental and social benefits of SGP 6 activities and lessons learned through a selection of case studies. 

 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
While OP7 will not be implemented in Pakistan, lessons learned will be instrumental for design and implementation of OP8, if the Government will be in a position to allocate GEF STAR funding to it in GEF Operational Phase 8, requesting UNDP assistance.
[Added: 2020/06/09]
SGP Pakistan UNDP CO RTA 2022/06 Initiated
3. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 3: SGP Country Teams (or CPMU) should maintain and regularly update the SGP database that can generate a coherent global outlook on SGPs progress and performance. This should preferably be on the global SGP website: www.sgp.undp.org

Management Response: [Added: 2020/06/09]

Agreed.
 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The CPMU will be guided and supported in amending the monitoring and reporting spreadsheet to document and evaluate SGP’s progress and performance, and findings will be made available through the SGP database and website to attract potential interest by other donors in upscaling and replication of best practices.  
[Added: 2020/06/09]
SGP Pakistan 2020/06 Completed
4. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 4: (to UNDP and UNOPS) In instances where the efforts to convene NSC meetings involves extensive travel, establish mechanisms for virtual meetings to possibly support the SGP Country Programme not only during project selection but also implementation.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/06/09]

Agreed.

 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Particularly with new virtual approaches being implemented to cope with COVID-19 restrictions of travel and in-person meetings, virtual options to reduce travel time and costs while maintaining regular exchange with partners will be integrated into the design and implementation of future OPs.  
[Added: 2020/06/09]
SGP Pakistan UNDP CO RTA 2022/06 Initiated
5. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 5: Provide an opportunity to the CPMU to present their developmental results from their entire portfolio of SGP grant initiatives to the Government of Pakistan, and evaluate their national benefits and possible linkages to nationally supported programs. This can be achieved through participation of MoCC as a keynote speaker at the SGP 6 Terminal Workshop.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/06/09]

Agreed

 

 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Climate Action Exhibition 2020 was held on 14 -16th February at Lahooti Festival in Jamshoro. NSC members visited the exhibition which was visited by 6,000 people over three days. Additionally, two workshops were also held there to discuss the sustainability the multi-stakeholder governance platforms in the Indus Delta region.
[Added: 2020/06/09]
CPMU/SGP Country Programme Pakistan 2020/06 Completed
6. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 6: (to CPMU and the NSC) Provide support to the CPMU to facilitate increased dialogue and closer consultations with MoCC to catalyze their interest in the positive developmental results of and lessons learned from implementing SGP 6 Pakistan. Such actions and the dissemination of SGP 6 knowledge products could link SGP initiatives with public and privately funded programs for replication and upscaling. An SGP 6 Terminal Workshop could provide support for the replication and upscaling of the SGP initiative, and result in the drafting of a forward-looking plan of action for supporting community level interventions that are fully aligned with the rest of the UNDP CO programme as well as the priorities of the Government of Pakistan.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/06/09]

Agreed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The last NSC Meeting (held on 24th February 2020), and a number of additional meetings between the CPMU, UNDP CO and MoCC were held in February 2020 to further discuss the sustainability of the programme.
[Added: 2020/06/09]
SGP Pakistan, NSC 2020/02 Completed
UNDP will continue to work closely with donors and partners to promote initiatives supporting community-based landscape approaches.
[Added: 2020/06/09]
SGP Pakistan, UNDP CO, MoCC 2020/02 Completed
7. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 7: (to UNDP, UNOPS and MoCC): Future projects (including future SGP OPs) should continue their focus on project selection using a clustered and landscaped approach.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/06/09]

UNDP appreciates the conclusion that the landscape approach is an effective methodology to generate meaningful impact. Agreed.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The recommendation is accepted and will be considered during implementation of other ongoing projects, i.e. within the SGP Global programme and SGP Upgraded Country Programmes moving forward during SGP OP7 and beyond. 
[Added: 2020/06/09]
UNDP, SGP, UNOPS, MOCC 2022/06 Initiated
in future OPs, the CPMU will continue its efforts to further disseminate knowledge and experiences from on-the-ground initiatives implemented within a landscape approach, and will promote the adoption of landscape approaches for community-based initiatives among other donors and partners
[Added: 2020/06/09]
UNDP, SGP, UNOPS, MOCC 2022/06 Initiated
UNDP will continue to work closely with donors and partners to promote initiatives supporting community-based landscape approaches.
[Added: 2020/06/09]
UNDP, SGP, UNOPS, MOCC 2022/06 Initiated
8. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 8: (to UNOPS, MoCC and UNDP): Identify sources of funding that could be used to compare and publish technical data related to the performance and specifications of compressed earth blocks for the purposes of increasing market share of CEBs throughout Pakistan (Para 121).

Management Response: [Added: 2020/06/09]

Agreed. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Depending on funding availability for GEF 8 or other funding sources, Activities could include contacting by UNDP of academic institutions with expertise in energy efficient architecture/construction, as well as private sector firms engaged in construction, to gauge interest in performance evaluation of CEBs and potential increased commercialization of CEB technology. Identify potential NGO and bilateral donors with experience and interest in social housing construction as well as energy efficiency and GHG emissions avoidance
[Added: 2020/06/09]
SGP, CPMU, UNDP CO 2022/06 Initiated
9. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 9: (to UNDP CO, the CPMU and the NSC): For future SGP projects in Pakistan, implementers need to recognize the importance of healthy interactions and consultations with CO on the future direction of SGP activities in Pakistan, including those financed by the GEF Corporate Programme as well as via other sources.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/06/09]

Agreed 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The recommendation is accepted and will be considered during implementation of future SGP OPs in Pakistan (as OP7 will not be implemented in Pakistan), as well as within the other ongoing SGP Upgraded Country Programmes moving forward during SGP OP6, OP7 and beyond
[Added: 2020/06/09]
SGP CPMU, UNDP CO, NSC, 2022/06 Initiated

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