Evaluation of the United Nations Volunteers Intervention (2007-2009) Tonle Sap Conservation Project

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Evaluation Plan:
2009-2011, UNV
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
09/2009
Completion Date:
09/2009
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
10,000

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Title Evaluation of the United Nations Volunteers Intervention (2007-2009) Tonle Sap Conservation Project
Atlas Project Number: 00053011
Evaluation Plan: 2009-2011, UNV
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 09/2009
Planned End Date: 09/2009
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Poverty and MDG
  • 2. Environment & Sustainable Development
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. Development plans and programmes integrate environmentally sustainable solutions in a manner that promotes poverty reduction, MDG achievement and low-emission climate-resilient development
  • 3. Local and national authorities have the capacities to access and integrate multiple sources of public and private environmental financing in support of sustainable human development, including gender equality and poverty reduction
  • 4. National and local governments and communities have the capacities to adapt to climate change and make inclusive and sustainable environment & energy decisions benefitting in particular under-served populations
Evaluation Budget(US $): 10,000
Source of Funding: JFT
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Team Leader
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: UNDP, UNV, JTF, Royal Governance of Cambodia (Ministry of Environment), Cambodian National Mekong Commision, Tonle Sap Biosphere Reserve Secretariat, TSCP
Location of Evaluation: Country Level
Countries: CAMBODIA
Comments: The UNV intervention was implemented in 2007 until the end of 2009. The UNV activities were implemented by six NUNV Community Mobilization Facilitators (CMF) staff during the initial year with the technical supervision of the TSCP Sustainable Livelihood Specialists (SLS), guided by the TSCP national manager and with the administrative support of the UNV Office. At the end of the intervention?s second year, the number of NUNV CMF was reduced to three since one of them was promoted to NUNV Sustainable Livelihood Coordinator (SLC). The new team was supported with technical supervision of the IUNV Sustainable Livelihood Advisor (SLA) under the guidance of the TSCP project manager and administratively supported by the UNV Office.
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1 UNV should build on and consolidate successes within the sector, up-scaling similar designs and implementation arrangements within or outside the scope of TSCP particularly in the area of environmental conservation and building up of institutional capacity.
2 UNV can fulfil its currently planned mandate if the human development core area of intervention is more substantially addressed through continuing training and capacity building activities.
3 UNV should look for ways to support the continuing and unfulfilled demand for alternative livelihoods particularly building synergies with NGOs working in the area, identifying needs of the SHGs, and partnering with the NGOs with experience in successful alternative livelihoods trials.
4 Community mobilization and the formation of SHGs on the ground should be extended to encourage volunteerism, local understanding, appreciation, and ownership of resources.
5 UNV should look to forge partnerships with most local government agencies at a strategic level
6 A livelihoods approach to organize and strengthen the SHGs can still be followed and need not be too diluted if the scope of the supported activities can be kept within the project mandate
1. Recommendation: UNV should build on and consolidate successes within the sector, up-scaling similar designs and implementation arrangements within or outside the scope of TSCP particularly in the area of environmental conservation and building up of institutional capacity.
Management Response: [Added: 2012/03/01]

Since the UNV component came to an end in Dec 09 this recommendation was shared with the Project Management Team of the mother project, consisting of UNDP and GoCMB.

Key Actions:

2. Recommendation: UNV can fulfil its currently planned mandate if the human development core area of intervention is more substantially addressed through continuing training and capacity building activities.
Management Response: [Added: 2012/03/01]

Since the UNV component came to an end in Dec 09 this recommendation was shared with the Project Management Team of the mother project, consisting of UNDP and GoCMB.

Key Actions:

3. Recommendation: UNV should look for ways to support the continuing and unfulfilled demand for alternative livelihoods particularly building synergies with NGOs working in the area, identifying needs of the SHGs, and partnering with the NGOs with experience in successful alternative livelihoods trials.
Management Response: [Added: 2012/03/01]

Since the UNV component came to an end in Dec 09 this recommendation was shared with the Project Management Team of the mother project, consisting of UNDP and GoCMB.

Key Actions:

4. Recommendation: Community mobilization and the formation of SHGs on the ground should be extended to encourage volunteerism, local understanding, appreciation, and ownership of resources.
Management Response: [Added: 2012/03/01]

Since the UNV component came to an end in Dec 09 this recommendation was shared with the Project Management Team of the mother project, consisting of UNDP and GoCMB.

Key Actions:

5. Recommendation: UNV should look to forge partnerships with most local government agencies at a strategic level
Management Response: [Added: 2012/03/01]

Since the UNV component came to an end in Dec 09 this recommendation was shared with the Project Management Team of the mother project, consisting of UNDP and GoCMB.

Key Actions:

6. Recommendation: A livelihoods approach to organize and strengthen the SHGs can still be followed and need not be too diluted if the scope of the supported activities can be kept within the project mandate
Management Response: [Added: 2012/03/01]

Since the UNV component came to an end in Dec 09 this recommendation was shared with the Project Management Team of the mother project, consisting of UNDP and GoCMB.

Key Actions:

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