Establishing Transparency Framework for the Republic of Serbia

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Evaluation Plan:
2021-2025, Serbia
Evaluation Type:
Project
Planned End Date:
06/2022
Completion Date:
06/2022
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
24,000

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Title Establishing Transparency Framework for the Republic of Serbia
Atlas Project Number: 114257
Evaluation Plan: 2021-2025, Serbia
Evaluation Type: Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 06/2022
Planned End Date: 06/2022
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 2.1.1 Low emission and climate resilient objectives addressed in national, sub-national and sectoral development plans and policies to promote economic diversification and green growth
Evaluation Budget(US $): 24,000
Source of Funding: GEF/CBIT
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 22,060
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Nationality
Natasa Markovska International Consultant
Tanja Puaca, National Consultant SERBIA
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title: Establishing Transparency Framework for the Republic of Serbia
Evaluation Type: Terminal Evaluation
Focal Area: Climate Change
Project Type: MSP
GEF Phase: GEF-6
GEF Project ID: 10029
PIMS Number: 6211
Key Stakeholders: Ministry of Environmental Protection
Countries: SERBIA
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
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Corrective Actions for the Design, Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) of the project

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Corrective Actions for the Design, Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) of the project

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Corrective Actions for the Design, Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) of the project

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Corrective Actions for the Design, Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) of the project

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Actions to follow up to reinforce the benefits from the project support

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Actions to follow up to reinforce the benefits from the project support

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Actions to follow up to reinforce the benefits from the project support

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Actions to follow up to reinforce the benefits from the project support

1. Recommendation:

Corrective Actions for the Design, Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) of the project

Management Response: [Added: 2022/06/10] [Last Updated: 2022/06/10]

The Ministry recognized the need for increased capacities and is working diligently on providing administrative and technical assistance where needed in line with the dynamic prescribed by the Climate Change Law.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Establish a dedicated MRV unit sitting in MoEP (its seat to be confirmed/decided at inter-ministerial level). This will effectuate national ownership of the MRV platform and reinforce implementation of the new Law on Climate.
[Added: 2022/06/10]
MoEP in cooperation with other relevant ministries 2022/12 Initiated
2. Recommendation:

Corrective Actions for the Design, Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) of the project

Management Response: [Added: 2022/06/10]

Recommendation accepted.

Terms of Reference for Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) will be included in the future Project Documents.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Engage a Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) for technical support to the Project Implementation Unit (PIU) in designing the Terms of References (TORs), monitoring and supporting the activities, Quality Assurance /Quality Control (QA/QC) of deliverables, as well as coordination of knowledge and communication flows among the engaged experts.
[Added: 2022/06/10]
Project Team 2022/12 Initiated
3. Recommendation:

Corrective Actions for the Design, Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) of the project

Management Response: [Added: 2022/06/10]

Recommendation accepted.

SMART logframe will be applied during new projects designs.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Use the revised logframe at the Mid-Term Report (MTR) as a good example for a Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound (SMART) logframe for future projects.
[Added: 2022/06/10]
Project team 2022/12 Initiated
4. Recommendation:

Corrective Actions for the Design, Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) of the project

Management Response: [Added: 2022/06/10]

Recommendation accepted.

Methodology for assessing the level of capacity built will be one of required deliverables of future expert-trainers.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Include (1) devising a methodology for identification of the level of the capacity built and (2) assessing the level of capacity built among the tasks in the TOR for expert-trainers.
[Added: 2022/06/10]
Project team 2023/12 Initiated History
5. Recommendation:

Actions to follow up to reinforce the benefits from the project support

Management Response: [Added: 2022/06/10]

Recommendation accepted.

 

All outreach and knowledge products are already and will be available on the website: www.klimatskepromene.rs    

 

The website is managed jointly by UNDP and MoEP

 

MRV training in NAPA will be part of already launched training on Climate Change

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Improve knowledge management of project results by: • Capturing lessons learned, good practices and knowledge management products in a separate report that will be transparently published online. This project is one of the first CBIT projects approved in the world, and therefore it can feed other CBIT projects and enhance their implementation. • Reviewing the MRV platform modules and the national climate change web site and uploading the missing studies, reports, technical papers, guidelines and manuals, developed under different components. • Turning some of the training material and manuals into interactive self-learning tools and enhance the cooperation with National Academy for Public Administration (NAPA) regarding accredited courses on MRV of data and information in the field of climate change. • Targeted dissemination of CBIT knowledge products as part of the dissemination of UNDP Energy Efficiency (EE) portfolio products and also through cooperation with communication office of the MoEP.
[Added: 2022/06/10]
Project Team Communication office of the MoEP 2022/12 Initiated
6. Recommendation:

Actions to follow up to reinforce the benefits from the project support

Management Response: [Added: 2022/06/10]

Recommendation accepted.

All three IT systems are hosted by IT Office and eGovernment and managed in close collaboration with MoEP Climate Change Department:  www.kis.gov.rs;  www.atlasklime.gov.rs;   www.klimainfo.gov.rs.   

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Maintain/enhance the link with GEF Climate Smart Urban Development (CSUD) project, to connect the CSUD IT system for LSGs with the MRV tool (ensuring thus inputs and contributions from the LSGs also), as well as with the Green Climate Fund National Adaptation Plan (GCF-NAP) project, to connect its online and open platform on climate related data with the MRV tool (ensuring thus adequate focus on adaptation component also). Furthermore, when finalized, ensure integration of the Forestry Information System developed under Global Environment Facility /Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management (GEF/MoAFW) project on forestry management.
[Added: 2022/06/10]
Project Team UNDP and other GEF Implementing Agencies GEF Operational Focal point Green Climate Fund (GCF) MoAFW 2022/12 Initiated
7. Recommendation:

Actions to follow up to reinforce the benefits from the project support

Management Response: [Added: 2022/06/10]

Recommendation noted.

 

The MoEP will keep the coordination role in the climate change field, and established CBIT project interinstitutional working group will be actively involved in MRV – IT system.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Initiate cooperation with national institutions responsible for other relevant international reporting requirements like SDGs, Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, as well as at EU energy and climate reporting under Energy Community. Make synergies with other projects which provide support of those international reporting requirements.
[Added: 2022/06/10]
Project Team MoEP Other relevant ministries 2023/12 Initiated History
8. Recommendation:

Actions to follow up to reinforce the benefits from the project support

Management Response: [Added: 2022/06/10]

Recommendation noted.

 

- Preparation of Local Adaptation Plans continued under the GCF-NAP project.

 

- Developed gender sensitive monitoring framework has been already used as baseline for development of sectorial gender responsive methodologies and guidelines for improving national climate change adaptation planning under the GCF-NAP project.

 

- The Ministry already expressed the need for continuation of support in the development of two Biennial Transparency Reports (BTR) and 4th National Communication. Also, the Ministry expressed need for continuation of joint work with UNDP in the implementation of the MRV system and related capacity building through CBIT 2 project under the GEF 8 programming cycle.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Consider the following proposal for components of future projects in the area: • Peer to peer or mentorship training for municipalities on preparation of Local Adaptation Plan (based on methodology for Local Adaptation Plan developed under the CBIT); • Training modules for framework for following the gender aspects of climate change in the seven thematic areas - Participation in decision making and policy design; Access to resources; Economy and employment; Consumption, lifestyles and living conditions; Education; Health and health protection; Climate change knowledge, attitudes and behaviour. The utilization of the CBIT gender sensitive monitoring framework for development of gender responsive methodologies and guidelines for improving national climate change adaptation planning under the GCF-NAP project should be taken as a good starting point. • Training modules for Carbon Budget Tagging in consultation with the Ministry of Finance and LSGs; • Climate change trainings for media; • MRV framework for local adaptation measures; • In-depth sectorial elaboration of the MRV system (for energy, agriculture, forestry, health etc…); • Training to MoEP and other relevant ministries on the use of the improved data that will be available through MRV platform in policy design and decision making in various areas.
[Added: 2022/06/10]
Project Team UNDP and other GEF Implementing Agencies GEF Operational Focal point Donor community MoEP and other relevant ministries LSGs Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) Media 2023/06 Initiated

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