Terminal- evaluation of the Integrated approach for resilience and food security project

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Evaluation Plan:
2021-2025, Ethiopia
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
10/2021
Completion Date:
11/2021
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
50,000

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Title Terminal- evaluation of the Integrated approach for resilience and food security project
Atlas Project Number: 00097070
Evaluation Plan: 2021-2025, Ethiopia
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 11/2021
Planned End Date: 10/2021
Management Response: Yes
UNDP Signature Solution:
  • 1. Poverty
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 2.1.1 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 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
SDG Target
  • 13.2 Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning
Evaluation Budget(US $): 50,000
Source of Funding: gef
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 45,000
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Maria Onestini International Consultant onestinimaria59@gmail.com
Beyene Gizaw National Consultant gizawmeka@gmail.com ETHIOPIA
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title: Terminal- evaluation of the Integrated approach for resilience and food security project
Evaluation Type: Terminal Evaluation
Focal Area: Multifocal Areas
Project Type: FSP
GEF Phase: GEF-6
GEF Project ID: 9135
PIMS Number: 5559
Key Stakeholders: Environment Forest and Climate Change Commission, GEF
Countries: ETHIOPIA
Lessons
1.

Project design, as well as inception periods, are crucial for the proper development of a project and its value cannot be underestimated for proactive project implementation.

Robust project planning facilitates implementation, particularly at the start–up.

Operative design is directly linked to information, preparation, and analysis. Multi-layered frameworks for project guidance are key to integrating different stakeholders and enhancing a bottom-up approach.


2.

Gender mainstreaming is not an optional feature of a project that aims to generate equity. When working in different regions, ecosystems, and socio-economic contexts in different productive sectors, a “one size fits all” recipe is not proper.

Project processes need to be tailored to each particular locale’s specificities. If an effect, a result, or an impact is expected, then it has to be accompanied by proper metrics, and intermediate processes to be achieved, not only be expressed as an aspirational goal.

Uptake, sustainability, and feasibility of achievable results are closely linked to what demonstrations can be produced, especially for direct beneficiaries. If a project cannot demonstrate positive changes to be achieved via products and outputs, then the results will not be durable.

Traditional knowledge is enhanced by innovation, creating a dialogue between the two sets of perspectives and applying where appropriate.


3.

Capacity building is crucial for these sorts of projects, and it can be taken on and engaged within different modalities. For instance, capacity building cannot only be generated through formal training but also through informal settings. A lesson learned (as well as a best practice) has been the effective linking of technical expertise with local situations and solutions to enhance capacity. 77 | P a g e INTEGRATED LANDSCAPE MANAGEMENT TO ENHANCE FOOD SECURITY AND ECOSYSTEM RESILIENCE IN ETHIOPIA– TERMINAL EVALUATION A decentralized approach creates accountability, ownership, and engenders project management capacity at the local level.

Knowledge management with best practices included can be a tool to generate buy-in by showcasing experiences at the local levels. Identification of community priorities in relation to Integrated Landscape Management, address several issues such as food security and resilience building, especially if they are based on context-based/area-specific problems identified and lead to specific solutions.


Findings
Recommendations
1

Evaluation recommendation 1.  Partners should work together and strive to complete in the next few months the remaining tasks that need to be accomplished to fully conclude the project.

2

Evaluation recommendation 2. Capture, communicate, disseminate, and generate visibility for lessons learned, successes, issues, and other issues that the project has encountered and for results achieved.

3

Evaluation recommendation 3. Develop a catalytic, upscaling and replication strategy to implement in Ethiopia after project closure ensuring the sustainability of achievements and having them spread to other contexts and other areas.

4

Evaluation recommendation 4. Provide support for the development and implementation of projects in the immediate future that are based on current project’s achievements and findings

1. Recommendation:

Evaluation recommendation 1.  Partners should work together and strive to complete in the next few months the remaining tasks that need to be accomplished to fully conclude the project.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/11/27]

Agreed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1 Undertake the remaining Integrated Landscape Management project activities
[Added: 2021/11/27] [Last Updated: 2021/12/14]
PMU 2022/03 Initiated History
1.3 Organize PSC meeting and discuss on the project achievements sustainability and full government ownership
[Added: 2021/11/27]
PMU and UNDP 2022/03 Initiated
1.2 Prepare 2022 AWP and undertake other complementary development and project sustainability activities
[Added: 2021/11/27] [Last Updated: 2021/12/14]
PMU and UNDP 2021/12 Completed Action completed History
2. Recommendation:

Evaluation recommendation 2. Capture, communicate, disseminate, and generate visibility for lessons learned, successes, issues, and other issues that the project has encountered and for results achieved.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/11/27]

Agreed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1 Undertake Participatory and Action research outputs in collaboration with Universities and research centers
[Added: 2021/11/27] [Last Updated: 2021/12/14]
PMU 2022/03 Initiated History
2.2 Document Best practices of the project at the National level both in local and English languages and disseminate to all project woredas, regions both in hard and soft copies and share through social media for wider diffusion
[Added: 2021/11/27]
PMU 2021/12 Completed completed History
3. Recommendation:

Evaluation recommendation 3. Develop a catalytic, upscaling and replication strategy to implement in Ethiopia after project closure ensuring the sustainability of achievements and having them spread to other contexts and other areas.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/11/27]

Agreed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1 . Adopt the ILM approach/model into the UNDP Ethiopia “tool-box” and EFCCC to recognize as one of the best approaches and apply it wherever relevant in other projects. ILM approach/model as applied by the project is applicable to a wide range of natural resource use management contexts irrespective of their primary focus is environmental (as in the case of GEF projects) or sustainable rural development, etc
[Added: 2021/11/27] [Last Updated: 2021/12/14]
Environment Forest and Climate Change Commission 2021/12 Completed Action completed History
4. Recommendation:

Evaluation recommendation 4. Provide support for the development and implementation of projects in the immediate future that are based on current project’s achievements and findings

Management Response: [Added: 2021/11/27]

Agreed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
4.1.Develop a comprehensive document that describes project approaches results, lessons learned for future reference
[Added: 2021/11/27]
PMU 2022/03 Initiated History

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