Establishing Transparency Framework for the Republic of Serbia

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Evaluation Plan:
2021-2025, Serbia
Evaluation Type:
Mid Term Project
Planned End Date:
03/2021
Completion Date:
03/2021
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
17,000

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Title Establishing Transparency Framework for the Republic of Serbia
Atlas Project Number: 00114257
Evaluation Plan: 2021-2025, Serbia
Evaluation Type: Mid Term Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 03/2021
Planned End Date: 03/2021
Management Response: Yes
UNDP Signature Solution:
  • 1. Poverty
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
SDG Goal
  • Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  • Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
SDG Target
  • 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
  • 13.2 Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning
Evaluation Budget(US $): 17,000
Source of Funding: GEF
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 16,000
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Dalibor Kysela International Consultant dkysela@gmx.at
Mirjana Strugar National Consultant mstrugar@gmail.com SERBIA
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title: Establishing Transparency Framework for the Republic of Serbia
Evaluation Type: Mid-term Review
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
1

The Project Management Unit should undertake revision of the project results framework in order to have measurable indicators and realistic end-of-project target values. The revised logframe should be put for approval by the Project Board.

2

The Project Management Unit should ensure that the next PIR includes justification of rating of progress towards the Project Development Objective from the Government Implementing Partner and the GEF OFP.

3

The Project Management Unit should ensure that information is recorded on relation of the trainings to the project Outcomes and data from evaluation of training activities is collected and included in the project implementation reports

4

UNDP CO in cooperation with the Government should consider approach for ensuring sustainable building of national institutional capacity and expertise for transparency work through gradual reduction of independence from external support

5

The Project Management Unit should ensure that training on use of MRV includes training of policy-makers’ technical experts on ways of information exchange between technical experts and policy-makers

6

The Project Management Unit should consider increased delivery of trainings for local governments on adaptation and vulnerability assessment. Moreover, the project established synergy with GCF-NAP project, and both projects are contributing to building capacities of LSGs on climate change adaptation.

7

The project Implementing Partners should consider use of unspent project budget allocated under Outcome 4 for development and implementation of communication and public outreach activities aiming at businesses and general public

1. Recommendation:

The Project Management Unit should undertake revision of the project results framework in order to have measurable indicators and realistic end-of-project target values. The revised logframe should be put for approval by the Project Board.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/03/25] [Last Updated: 2021/04/16]

The revised logframe will be presented during the PB meeting scheduled for 12 April 2021.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Revised logframe presented to the PB for approval
[Added: 2021/04/16] [Last Updated: 2021/05/17]
PIU 2021/04 Completed Revised logframe approved by the Project Board History
2. Recommendation:

The Project Management Unit should ensure that the next PIR includes justification of rating of progress towards the Project Development Objective from the Government Implementing Partner and the GEF OFP.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/04/16]

Government IP provided short comments to the 1st PIR, while comments of the GEF OFP are not mandatory at the MTR stage, the PIU will ensure that the next PIR includes detailed justification of rating of progress from the Government Implementing Partner and the GEF OFP.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Detailed comments to the 2nd PIR from Government IP and GEF OFP ensured.
[Added: 2021/04/16]
PIU 2021/08 Overdue-Initiated
3. Recommendation:

The Project Management Unit should ensure that information is recorded on relation of the trainings to the project Outcomes and data from evaluation of training activities is collected and included in the project implementation reports

Management Response: [Added: 2021/04/16]

Detailed questionnaires will be prepared and disseminated during each training/meeting/workshop. Due to COVID19 pandemic, probably majority of the meeting and training will be virtually organized, therefore the questionnaires will be prepared and completed online.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
In the period April-November 2021, at least six trainings on MRV IT tool will be conducted, and detailed questionnaires will be collected and included in the project implementation reports.
[Added: 2021/04/16]
PIU 2021/11 Initiated
4. Recommendation:

UNDP CO in cooperation with the Government should consider approach for ensuring sustainable building of national institutional capacity and expertise for transparency work through gradual reduction of independence from external support

Management Response: [Added: 2021/04/16] [Last Updated: 2021/04/16]

Under the project methodologies, procedures and guidelines (MPGs) for national MRV system are being developed with clear roles and responsibilities of each institution in the MRV system. Moreover, recently adopted Law on Climate Change, provides important legal background for sustainability of the MRV system within the national institutional capacities

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
MPGs developed and self-studying materials developed for national sectorial experts within the relevant national institutions
[Added: 2021/04/16]
PIU and Government IP 2021/11 Initiated
At least 6 trainings for six MRV modules conducted
[Added: 2021/04/16]
PIU and Government IP 2021/11 Initiated
MRV IT tool launched, and user manuals prepared
[Added: 2021/04/16]
PIU and Government IP 2021/11 Initiated
5. Recommendation:

The Project Management Unit should ensure that training on use of MRV includes training of policy-makers’ technical experts on ways of information exchange between technical experts and policy-makers

Management Response: [Added: 2021/04/16]

In the period April-November 2021, at least six trainings on MRV system will be conducted for representatives of all relevant institutions across CCA, CCM and climate financing themes.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
At least 6 trainings on MRV system use for inter-ministerial WG conducted
[Added: 2021/04/16]
PIU and Government IP 2021/11 Initiated
6. Recommendation:

The Project Management Unit should consider increased delivery of trainings for local governments on adaptation and vulnerability assessment. Moreover, the project established synergy with GCF-NAP project, and both projects are contributing to building capacities of LSGs on climate change adaptation.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/04/16]

In collaboration with Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities, as well as trough Climate Smart Info System trainings are planned in 2021 for LSGs on use of MRV system

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
At least three trainings for LSGs conducted on use of MRV system
[Added: 2021/04/16]
PIU and Government IP 2021/12 Initiated
7. Recommendation:

The project Implementing Partners should consider use of unspent project budget allocated under Outcome 4 for development and implementation of communication and public outreach activities aiming at businesses and general public

Management Response: [Added: 2021/04/16]

The project Implementing Partners should consider use of unspent project budget allocated under Outcome 4 for development and implementation of communication and public outreach activities aiming at businesses and general public

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Detailed communication plan developed, and various events organized in 2021
[Added: 2021/04/16]
PIU and communication teams of UNDP and MoEP 2021/12 Initiated
Regular update of the website: www.klimatskepromene.rs
[Added: 2021/04/16]
PIU and Government IP 2021/04 Completed

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