Anseba Local Development Project (ALDP) in Eritrea

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Evaluation Plan:
2008-2009, UNCDF
Evaluation Type:
Project
Planned End Date:
02/2010
Completion Date:
07/2010
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
80,000

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Title Anseba Local Development Project (ALDP) in Eritrea
Atlas Project Number:
Evaluation Plan: 2008-2009, UNCDF
Evaluation Type: Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 07/2010
Planned End Date: 02/2010
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Poverty and MDG
  • 2. Democratic Governance
  • 3. Crisis Prevention & Recovery
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
  • 1. Capacities of national and local institutions enhanced to scale up proven MDG acceleration interventions and to plan, monitor, report and evaluate the MDG progress in the context of related national development priorities
  • 2. Policies, strategies and partnerships established to enhance public-private sector collaboration and private sector and market development that benefit the poor and ensure that low-income households and small enterprises have access to a broad range of financial and legal services
Evaluation Budget(US $): 80,000
Source of Funding:
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Kevin Curnow Team Leader
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: BSF
Location of Evaluation: Global
Countries: GLOBALERITREA
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1 Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 1: Replication
2 Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 2: Decentralisation Dialogue
3 Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 3: Baselines
4 Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 4: Partnership Strategy
5 Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 5: Capacity Development
6 Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 6: Technical Supervision
1. Recommendation: Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 1: Replication
Management Response: [Added: 2011/10/11] [Last Updated: 2011/10/11]

Recommendation not adopted as such. Government has expressed interest in new programming, however this will be subject to availability of non-core and/or core funding. Recommended that UNCDF apply the lessons and experience of the ALDP project to develop a broader programme that addresses the wider dimensions of poverty including, food security, access to basic services; environment and energy; and job creation (as was the original project design)

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1 Design ToRs for future programme design
[Added: 2011/10/11]
UNCDF 2008/01 No Longer Applicable
1.2 Engage consultants/staff for project design
[Added: 2011/10/11]
UNCDF 2008/01 No Longer Applicable See above
1.3 Receive Management approval to for Resource Commitment
[Added: 2011/10/11]
UNCDF 2008/01 No Longer Applicable See above
2. Recommendation: Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 2: Decentralisation Dialogue
Management Response: [Added: 2011/10/11]

Recommended that UNDP/UNCDF engage the GoSE in a dialogue to ensure that there is continued support for the decentralization agenda at the highest levels. This will involve, among other things, review of institutional mechanisms and systemic and structural issues such as the roles and relation between the Ministries of National Development and Finance in the realm of development; as well as further review and defining the flow of information in the National Development Planning process and the respective roles of the regional and sub-regional administrations in the process.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1. Regular UNDP/UNCDF decentralization dialogue with GoSE. (see 2.2)
[Added: 2011/10/11]
UNCDF 2011/03 Completed Mission undertaken by UNCDF LD Senior RTA. Follow-up will be done through UNDP. The mission met the Principal Secretary for the newly established Ministry of Local Government. Discussions were undertaken regarding the functions of the new Ministry, their need for capacity-building, and the need to develop a decentralization policy and process. Subject to funding availabilities, future support is likely to focus on these areas, or related sub-areas.
2.2. Establish inclusive dialogue process with other donor partners (See recommendation 4 below)
[Added: 2011/10/11]
UNCDF and UNDP 2011/06 Completed Mission undertaken by UNCDF LD Senior RTA. The mission met with Norway, Belgium, EU, and UN development organizations. Follow-up will be done through UNDP.
3. Recommendation: Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 3: Baselines
Management Response: [Added: 2011/10/11] [Last Updated: 2011/10/11]

This recommendation will be taken into account in any new programming in Eritrea. Recommended that UNDP/UNCDF for all future programmes undertake comprehensive needs assessment exercise to collect relevant and targeted baseline data for all zobas. In addition, this will involve the development (possibly as part of the project) of institutional mechanisms and regional level capacities for tracking and monitoring these indicators on an on-going basis.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1 UNDP/UNCDF M&E ensures all programmes have baselines & M&E arrangements in place.
[Added: 2011/10/11]
UNCDF 2008/01 No Longer Applicable
4. Recommendation: Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 4: Partnership Strategy
Management Response: [Added: 2011/10/11]

Recommended that UNDP/UNCDF engage in dialogue with the broader donor community to develop a targeted partnership that can provide adequate resources for the launch of the project on a national scale. This will involve developing a partnership strategy that can unpack the various components of the programme so that respective donors can provide support only for those components that address their respective areas of cooperation with the GoSE. For example, specific programme components can be built around environment, gender, civil society, energy and private sector development.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
4.1 Identify relevant potential stakeholders for funding dialogue.
[Added: 2011/10/11]
UNCDF 2011/03 Completed Mission undertaken by UNCDF LD Senior RTA. The relevant key stakeholders for co-funding are: Norway, Belgium, EU, and UN development organizations.
5. Recommendation: Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 5: Capacity Development
Management Response: [Added: 2011/10/11] [Last Updated: 2011/10/11]

Not adopted as such. Will depend on new programme design. Recommended that UNDP/UNCDF undertake a comprehensive capacity development programme for project teams to lead the projects in the regions. The specific composition of the regional management teams will depend on the sectoral components of the programme.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
5.1. Ensure all project teams have capacity needs assessments performed.
[Added: 2011/10/11]
UNCDF 2008/01 No Longer Applicable
5.2. Follow-up on capacity development programmes
[Added: 2011/10/11]
UNCDF 2008/01 No Longer Applicable See above
6. Recommendation: Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 6: Technical Supervision
Management Response: [Added: 2011/10/11]

Recommended that UNDP/UNCDF that for any future programme must have a resident senior technical advisor as a basic and fundamental requirement. This person must be capable of engaging the GoSE on a continuous technical basis to ensure the capture of the concepts by the GoSE and the implementation of the outcomes on a national basis. Ideally, this person should be a project staff member

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
6.1. Consideration of delivery of critical technical assistance/guidance
[Added: 2011/10/11]
UNCDF 2011/01 No Longer Applicable UNCDF?s technical assistance will depend on the financing of any new programme; and ensure a balance between capital funding and technical assistance, taking into account this recommendation.

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