Disaster Risk and Energy Access Management

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Evaluation Plan:
2017-2021, Barbados
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
Completion Date:
Management Response:
Evaluation Budget(US $):


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Title Disaster Risk and Energy Access Management
Atlas Project Number: 82952
Evaluation Plan: 2017-2021, Barbados
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 11/2020
Planned End Date: 12/2019
Management Response: Yes
UNDP Signature Solution:
  • 1. Energy
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 1.5.1 Solutions adopted to achieve universal access to clean, affordable and sustainable energy
SDG Goal
  • Goal 7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
SDG Target
  • 7.1 By 2030, ensure universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services
  • 7.2 By 2030, increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix
  • 7.b By 2030, expand infrastructure and upgrade technology for supplying modern and sustainable energy services for all in developing countries, in particular least developed countries, small island developing States and landlocked developing countries, in accordance with their respective programmes of support
Evaluation Budget(US $): 25,000
Source of Funding: Project
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 17,322
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Remi Rijs Evaluator emi@eologica.com
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title:
Evaluation Type:
Focal Area: Climate Change
Project Type: EA
GEF Phase: GEF-4
GEF Project ID:
PIMS Number: 5186
Key Stakeholders:
Countries: BARBADOS

As of June 2020, energy production data for the installed PV pilot systems were not made available and no physical verification of system operation and performance could be carried out. The Evaluator recommends an ex-post evaluation to assess operational aspects including O&M costs and validate energy yields, as well as the deployment of the shelters during an emergency situation.


Not all communities benefitted equally from the DREAM Project and not all those initially intended were reached. Instead of electricity bill savings flowing back to the GOB, a trust fund could be devised to collect revenues to cover O&M costs of installed PV systems and for implementing EE measures. The Evaluator would recommend the GOB to develop and evaluate proposals into this direction to enhance sustainability and impact.


As a good practice, first year programming should allow for proper planning, establishing the required relationships and communication / sensitization of relevant stakeholders, moreover when a due diligence process is required in preparation of investment.


Rather than developing the Project Component 2 from a training perspective, an small and medium enterprise development approach might have been more comprehensive to engage with the private sector. Given the small home markets in individual SIDS, the Evaluator would recommend MEWR and UNDP to seek opportunities to link the current achievements to business development programmes in Barbados and the broader Caribbean region to preserve momentum and also generate a sufficiently large market for qualified professionals.


National implementing partners are typically not trained in systematic monitoring, and data collection and analysis to this purpose is usually not their priority. It is recommended to UNDP/GEF to support implementing partners to deliver on M&E duties to meet UNDP and GEF guidelines. The most appropriate moments in the Project cycle are: design of the M&E Plan; Inception Workshop (IW); and first Project Implementation Report (PIR). In other words, it is recommended to enforce existing mandatory M&E and oversight procedures. In order to do so, UNDP and GEF should make available the necessary resources, either from the project budget or institutionally. The investment will pay off for the rest of a project’s life and increase proficiency of project coordinators.

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