Private Public Sector Partnership on Capacity Building for Sustainable Land Management (SLM) in the Shire River Basin Project

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Evaluation Plan:
2012-2018, Malawi
Evaluation Type:
Mid Term Project
Planned End Date:
09/2013
Completion Date:
04/2014
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
33,200

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Title Private Public Sector Partnership on Capacity Building for Sustainable Land Management (SLM) in the Shire River Basin Project
Atlas Project Number:
Evaluation Plan: 2012-2018, Malawi
Evaluation Type: Mid Term Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 04/2014
Planned End Date: 09/2013
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
  • 1. Output 1.3. Solutions developed at national and sub-national levels for sustainable management of natural resources, ecosystem services, chemicals and waste
Evaluation Budget(US $): 33,200
Source of Funding: Cost sharing
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Godfrey Ganizani Mvuma Dr. gmvuma2008@gmail.com
GEF Evaluation: Yes
Evaluation Type:
Focal Area: Land Degradation
Project Type: EA
GEF Phase: GEF-1
PIMS Number: 2085
Key Stakeholders: GEF, Environment Affairs Dept., Depf of Energy Affairs
Countries: MALAWI
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1 Government and UNDP should ensure that management arrangements, effectiveness and efficiency are enhanced by: (a) strengthening relationships, coordination, collaboration and lesson/knowledge sharing amongst stakeholders; (b) fast-tracking the establishment of the Shire River Basin Authority (SRBA); (c) recruitment of a Finance and Administrative Assistant; (d) relocation of PMU to Balaka district.
2 Government and UNDP should prepare for the sustainability of project achievements after the project end (exit strategy). In particular, the evaluation recommends for actions, and the preparation and implementation of an exit plan with particular emphasis on: (a) implementing the component of the urban woodland and ecosystems rehabilitation; (b) driving project activities towards a programmatic approach by making it a part of the Environment and Natural Resources Management Programme currently supported by UNDP; (c) strengthening gender integration; (d) communicating project outcomes and achievements by hosting an international conference.
3 With the Project Steering Committee?s approval, Government and UNDP should ensure that the Project Document M&E framework (logframe) is adjusted to include: (a) a new risk item on political environmental after the 20 May 2014 elections; (b) an additional output, Output 4.4: Increased measurements of socio-economic demographic like income in the project area; (c) a revised target hectarage figure for area under SLM to about 60% of total area.
1. Recommendation: Government and UNDP should ensure that management arrangements, effectiveness and efficiency are enhanced by: (a) strengthening relationships, coordination, collaboration and lesson/knowledge sharing amongst stakeholders; (b) fast-tracking the establishment of the Shire River Basin Authority (SRBA); (c) recruitment of a Finance and Administrative Assistant; (d) relocation of PMU to Balaka district.
Management Response: [Added: 2014/10/28]

The recommendation is noted and will be implemented. Actions ?a? and ?b? are achievable within the time span of the project. The project has already taken steps to improve coordination with the Implementing Partners and districts in order to ensure that activities are being coordinated between the various sectors as well as encouraging more feedback mechanisms from the districts to the secretariat. Management has already budgeted funds for undertaking a lessons learnt/knowledge sharing activity this year to communicate the best practices emanating from the project implementation. Recommendation (c) will need to be discussed with Government, if that is feasible / relevant. Recommendation (d) will not be implemented, as that is not feasible within the timeframe remaining for the project, this is not agreed upon with government, and will have cost implications that cannot be met. We also feel this is not relevant for continued oversight for the remaining project period.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1. Strengthen relationships, coordination, collaboration and lesson/knowledge sharing amongst stakeholders.
[Added: 2014/10/28] [Last Updated: 2017/12/29]
Environmental Affairs Dept, Department of Water Resources, Programme Management Unit 2015/06 Completed History
2. Fast-track the establishment of the SRBA
[Added: 2014/10/28] [Last Updated: 2017/12/29]
Environment Affairs Dept (EAD); Programme Management Unit (PMU), UNDP 2015/06 No Longer Applicable [Justification: Project closed]
History
2. Recommendation: Government and UNDP should prepare for the sustainability of project achievements after the project end (exit strategy). In particular, the evaluation recommends for actions, and the preparation and implementation of an exit plan with particular emphasis on: (a) implementing the component of the urban woodland and ecosystems rehabilitation; (b) driving project activities towards a programmatic approach by making it a part of the Environment and Natural Resources Management Programme currently supported by UNDP; (c) strengthening gender integration; (d) communicating project outcomes and achievements by hosting an international conference.
Management Response: [Added: 2014/10/28]

Efforts are already underway to transfer more project implementation responsibilities to the Government Departments in order to ensure that there is ownership and more capacity building to take over project activities after phasing out. The Department has already taken deliberate effort to involve communities and extension agents in the planning, monitoring and reporting of project activities. The Department has also linked up with other projects in the Shire River Basin such as JICA-COVAMS and World Bank supported programmes to ensure that some of the concepts are continued beyond the lifetime of the SLM project. Recommendation a) may not be implemented as the Project is prioritizing on the main activities (see evaluation recommendation 3 above), and it is unclear which other organization can pick up this activity. This also does not seem to be a priority for government. Recommendation b) is already undertaken (SLM project is part of the UNDP ENR Programme Support); c) Gender integration is happening but will need further emphasis and strengthening. Recommendation d) will be taken up in the light of an overarching seminar on ENR, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management (DRM) outcomes, as planned and organized by the Environment Affairs Department (and supported by UNDP).

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1. Institute a programmatic approach by making it SLM part of the Environment and Natural Resources Management Programme currently supported by UNDP
[Added: 2014/10/28]
EAD, UNDP 2014/09 Completed
2. Strengthen gender integration
[Added: 2014/10/28] [Last Updated: 2017/12/29]
EAD, UNDP, PMU 2015/06 No Longer Applicable [Justification: Project closed.]
History
3. Communicate project outcomes and achievements by hosting a conference
[Added: 2014/10/28] [Last Updated: 2017/12/29]
EAD 2014/12 No Longer Applicable [Justification: Project closed]
History
3. Recommendation: With the Project Steering Committee?s approval, Government and UNDP should ensure that the Project Document M&E framework (logframe) is adjusted to include: (a) a new risk item on political environmental after the 20 May 2014 elections; (b) an additional output, Output 4.4: Increased measurements of socio-economic demographic like income in the project area; (c) a revised target hectarage figure for area under SLM to about 60% of total area.
Management Response: [Added: 2014/10/28]

The recommendation is adopted and UNDP will facilitate its implementation. The Department will adjust the M & E Framework to include the new risk of political commitment to environmental issues after the 2014 Elections and will also include new indicators for Output 4.4. The project management team has also noted that the target hectarage coverage under SLM for this project is ve ry ambitious and need to be revised in line with the remaining resources and time.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1. Adjust the M&E framework in ATLAS and project reports
[Added: 2014/10/28] [Last Updated: 2017/12/29]
EAD, PMU and UNDP 2014/12 No Longer Applicable [Justification: Project closed]
History
Amend Project Document Logframe Output indicators and submit to Technical Committee and and Steering Committee
[Added: 2014/10/28]
EAD, PMU, UNDP 2014/12 Completed

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