Enhancing Rural Resilience in Yemen II - Final Evaluation

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Evaluation Plan:
2019-2022, Yemen
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
11/2021
Completion Date:
11/2021
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
30,000

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Title Enhancing Rural Resilience in Yemen II - Final Evaluation
Atlas Project Number: 00106770
Evaluation Plan: 2019-2022, Yemen
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 11/2021
Planned End Date: 11/2021
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Poverty
  • 2. Governance
  • 3. Energy
  • 4. Others
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
  • 2. Output 1.5.1 Solutions adopted to achieve universal access to clean, affordable and sustainable energy
  • 3. Output 3.2.1 National capacities strengthened for reintegration, reconciliation, peaceful management of conflict and prevention of violent extremism in response to national policies and priorities
SDG Goal
  • Goal 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  • Goal 16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
  • Goal 7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
SDG Target
  • 1.1 By 2030, eradicate extreme poverty for all people everywhere, currently measured as people living on less than $1.25 a day
  • 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
  • 16.6 Develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels
  • 7.1 By 2030, ensure universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services
Evaluation Budget(US $): 30,000
Source of Funding: Donor Evaluation
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 30,000
Joint Programme: Yes
Joint Evaluation: Yes
  • Joint with UN Agencies
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Nationality
Particip GmbH Consultancy Company
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders:
Countries: YEMEN
Lessons
1.

The team identified an important lesson learned from ERRY II, related to innovation in humanitarian context. Innovation has been identified under the Grand Bargain as an important focus to help improve the effectiveness and efficiency of humanitarian aid. Still, many actors perceive themselves hampered by the difficult context they work in and the observation that innovations are “only” project based. In ERRY II, which operates in one of the most difficult contexts in the world, it has appeared possible to pilot and integrate a number of innovations successfully. This was driven by the approaches and solutions being fully locally owned and providing benefits for the end users. There were a number of innovations to promote environment sustainability, which will need some follow-up to be fully integrated, but yet already demonstrate potential. When it comes to solar energy in particular, this is already working very well and is suitable for and appreciated by the targeted communities and beneficiaries.

Furthermore, the approach and the project components can be seen as a pilot for resilience approach in Yemen, noting that has not been done before, and it contains many assets for further development. If considering the OCHA-IASC resilience framework and the OECD criteria, this approach has a considerable potential toward the triple nexus in Yemen.


Findings
Recommendations
1

Assess the possibilities to fully pursue the intended synergy and adapt implementation accordingly

2

Further improve external and internal planning and coordination

3

PUNOs to allow a stronger role for local NGOs under ERRY III

4

Develop an exit strategy in a participatory manner, document and implement it

1. Recommendation:

Assess the possibilities to fully pursue the intended synergy and adapt implementation accordingly

Management Response: [Added: 2022/05/15]

Recommendation is well taken.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
a) Participating United Nations Organization (PUNOs) will bring out synergy at the community level in more districts in ERRY III to ensure Participating United Nations Organization (PUNOs) comparative advantages would be used to achieve the best results. b) From the onset of the new phase, ERRY JP will discuss the challenges hindering the achievement of the desired synergy, be it in terms of locations, beneficiary HHs, capacities of IPs, and outlining how synergy can be achieved and how challenges can be addressed and avoided.
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2. Recommendation:

Further improve external and internal planning and coordination

Management Response: [Added: 2022/05/15]

Recommendation is well-taken and will be considered during the new phase. JCU will also ensure that coordination meetings with IPs is held at the subnational level on a regular basis.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
a. Enhance the coordination with IPs through conducting regular coordination meetings similar to the ones held with Participating United Nations Organization (PUNOs). Meetings with IPs will be held on a quarterly basis at the central level and the field level every two months. In the Participating United Nations Organization (PUNOs) coordination meetings, the technical team from all PUNOs will assess how ERRY activities can be linked to other interventions that are implemented by (one of the) the Participating United Nations Organization (PUNOs). b. Externally, ERRY will work on building a stronger coordination with local authorities and other programmes.
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3. Recommendation:

PUNOs to allow a stronger role for local NGOs under ERRY III

Management Response: [Added: 2022/05/15]

Recommendation is well-taken.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
a. ERRY will increase the proportion of local NGOs where possible. LNGOs were seen as more cost-efficient though, and having more access to local sites, more knowledge of the people, the area and the language, and being better able to find locally driven solutions. b. ERRY will work on building the capacity of IPs, which is in line with the resilience framework that focuses on building local and rural capacities at the community level and enhancing structures that are accessible for local communities.
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Participating United Nations Organization (PUNOs) 2023/12 Not Initiated History
4. Recommendation:

Develop an exit strategy in a participatory manner, document and implement it

Management Response: [Added: 2022/05/15]

The recommendation is well-taken.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
ERRY will develop an exit strategy that will describe how sustainability will be ensured, what will be the handover strategy, etc.
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JCU (UNDP) & Participating United Nations Organization (PUNOs) 2022/12 Not Initiated History

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