Mid Term Evaluation of the "Livelihood Improvement in Tajik – Afghan Cross Border Areas" (LITACA-II)

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Evaluation Plan:
2015-2020, Afghanistan
Evaluation Type:
Mid Term Project
Planned End Date:
05/2020
Completion Date:
06/2020
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
No
Evaluation Budget(US $):
35,000

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Title Mid Term Evaluation of the "Livelihood Improvement in Tajik – Afghan Cross Border Areas" (LITACA-II)
Atlas Project Number: 00097935
Evaluation Plan: 2015-2020, Afghanistan
Evaluation Type: Mid Term Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 06/2020
Planned End Date: 05/2020
Management Response: Yes
UNDP Signature Solution:
  • 1. Poverty
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 1.1.2 Marginalised groups, particularly the poor, women, people with disabilities and displaced are empowered to gain universal access to basic services and financial and non-financial assets to build productive capacities and benefit from sustainable livelihoods and jobs
SDG Target
  • 1.2 By 2030, reduce at least by half the proportion of men, women and children of all ages living in poverty in all its dimensions according to national definitions
  • 1.4 By 2030, ensure that all men and women, in particular the poor and the vulnerable, have equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to basic services, ownership and control over land and other forms of property, inheritance, natural resources, appropriate new technology and financial services, including microfinance
Evaluation Budget(US $): 35,000
Source of Funding: Project Resources
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 35,000
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders:
Countries: AFGHANISTAN
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

The project should help groups (small enterprises producing agro and non-agro products) develop business plans and link those plans with other income-generating activities in order to strengthen their businesses and make them sustainable. 

2

The project should speed up the implementation of activities under Output 3 and carry out intensive follow-up on visa issues.  UNDP of both countries could facilitate for to highlevel coordination for this.

3

From the budgetary perspective, the MTE recommends that outputs 2 and 3 accelerate expenditure during the remaining project period.  This need receive get attention in the annual work plan for 2020.

4

An opinion survey should be conducted, as targeted, in the final year of the project, before the project comes to an end.  It should be shared widely with stakeholders. Besides, an outcome assessment of the delivered training is recommended for use in sustaining and retaining the human capacity developed by the project

5

The annual and semi-annual progress reports produced by the project are difficult to follow and seem as if they refer to two different programmes or projects. Their quality needs improvement. 

6

UNDP should approach JICA for the extension of the project phase and include other neighboring countries such as Uzbekistan, which borders with both Afghanistan and Tajikistan into the project for the cross-border trade

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