Reduce vulnerability to natural disasters and climate change

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Evaluation Plan:
2013-2017, Myanmar
Evaluation Type:
Outcome
Planned End Date:
03/2017
Completion Date:
12/2017
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
60,000

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Title Reduce vulnerability to natural disasters and climate change
Atlas Project Number:
Evaluation Plan: 2013-2017, Myanmar
Evaluation Type: Outcome
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 12/2017
Planned End Date: 03/2017
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 1.4. Scaled up action on climate change adaptation and mitigation across sectors which is funded and implemented
  • 2. Output 5.2. Effective institutional, legislative and policy frameworks in place to enhance the implementation of disaster and climate risk management measures at national and sub-national levels
Evaluation Budget(US $): 60,000
Source of Funding: Core
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Stephanie Hodge Team Leader shodge1@gmail.com
Salai Zaw Win Team Member salai.zawwin@gmail.com
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders:
Countries: MYANMAR
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Evaluation Recommendation on “Relevance/Design”:

  • Streamline Pillar II assistance under the overarching resilience banner with a focus on the full-cycle DRM (Risk Assessment, Governance, Mainstreaming, and Preparedness) and a downstream focus on environmental risk reduction linkages for impacts in communities.
  • For Environmental Governance, streamline to support the operationalization of the new environmental policy and public service strengthening. For DRM, provide support on disaster risk management/governance in line with the upstream creation/convergence of an intersectoral governmental group working with climate change and support for DRM mainstreaming and showcasing CBDRM.
  • Position portfolio around Resilience. Create a paper for Government that makes the investment and institutional case for the EG/CC/DRR interlinkages. Include a strong argument around aligning the CC and DRR agendas.
2

Evaluation Recommendation on “Effectiveness and Program Implementation”:

  • Augment human resources with monitoring, knowledge management and communications. Review staffing for DRM and EG in line with this report.
  • Develop a theory of change in terms of institutional capacity development toward resilience outcome.
  • The renewable energy work root cause analysis needs to be built in, articulated through the results plan as a root issue and negotiated with national partners holding these competencies.
  • The program management teams of all three Pillars must be made responsible to ensure the design thinking and guidance for integration and development of two or three concrete projects to make this happen.
  • Undertake action to strengthen cross-pillar linkages with local governance and democratic governance.
  • Review subnational portfolio for gaps and an area based approach.
  • National level full-cycle DRM can be made an overarching framework for downstream work with local government departments as an explicit strategy yet across the Pillar II outputs toward resilience.
  • Augment cross-sector work for joint projects on resilience, and in a country in transition with continual crisis-management demands, include a dedicated resource person on post-disaster and protracted crisis to support strategic planning full time and engage in cross pillar work closely with the humanitarian coordinator.
3

Evaluation Recommendation on “Efficiency”:

  • NIM/DIM per results. Undertake a movement now to NIM implementation for capacity building results and for sustainability.
  • Apply monitoring (streamlined to resilience), knowledge management, communications and learning approach to pillar implementation.
4

Evaluation Recommendation on “ Sustainability”:

  • Anchor UNDP programs, projects and activities into government mechanisms and institutionalize best practices.
  • Host an end of Pillar II learning event and round table to showcase results and to convene partners for future Resilience EG and DRM work.
1. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation on “Relevance/Design”:

  • Streamline Pillar II assistance under the overarching resilience banner with a focus on the full-cycle DRM (Risk Assessment, Governance, Mainstreaming, and Preparedness) and a downstream focus on environmental risk reduction linkages for impacts in communities.
  • For Environmental Governance, streamline to support the operationalization of the new environmental policy and public service strengthening. For DRM, provide support on disaster risk management/governance in line with the upstream creation/convergence of an intersectoral governmental group working with climate change and support for DRM mainstreaming and showcasing CBDRM.
  • Position portfolio around Resilience. Create a paper for Government that makes the investment and institutional case for the EG/CC/DRR interlinkages. Include a strong argument around aligning the CC and DRR agendas.
Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/25]

UNDP agrees with the recommendation and will ensure it is reflected in the new Country Programme (2018-2022) and the projects developed to operationalize it.

Key Actions:

2. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation on “Effectiveness and Program Implementation”:

  • Augment human resources with monitoring, knowledge management and communications. Review staffing for DRM and EG in line with this report.
  • Develop a theory of change in terms of institutional capacity development toward resilience outcome.
  • The renewable energy work root cause analysis needs to be built in, articulated through the results plan as a root issue and negotiated with national partners holding these competencies.
  • The program management teams of all three Pillars must be made responsible to ensure the design thinking and guidance for integration and development of two or three concrete projects to make this happen.
  • Undertake action to strengthen cross-pillar linkages with local governance and democratic governance.
  • Review subnational portfolio for gaps and an area based approach.
  • National level full-cycle DRM can be made an overarching framework for downstream work with local government departments as an explicit strategy yet across the Pillar II outputs toward resilience.
  • Augment cross-sector work for joint projects on resilience, and in a country in transition with continual crisis-management demands, include a dedicated resource person on post-disaster and protracted crisis to support strategic planning full time and engage in cross pillar work closely with the humanitarian coordinator.
Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/26]

UNDP acknowledges the recommendation to augment human resources and institutional capacity development towards resilience outcome. UNDP will take into account these recommendations during UNDP’s change management process and development of the new CPD 2018-2022, taking into account resources constraints. UNDP agrees with other points of the recommendation.

Key Actions:

3. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation on “Efficiency”:

  • NIM/DIM per results. Undertake a movement now to NIM implementation for capacity building results and for sustainability.
  • Apply monitoring (streamlined to resilience), knowledge management, communications and learning approach to pillar implementation.
Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/26]

UNDP noted the recommendations, and will take them into account in formulating the new Country Programme (2018-2022). However, UNDP cannot assure at this stage whether the new Country Programme will be under the NIM modality. The decision to move to NIM will be based on the HACT assessment. UNDP will continue to provide required technical assistance and capacity building support to government counterparts.

Key Actions:

4. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation on “ Sustainability”:

  • Anchor UNDP programs, projects and activities into government mechanisms and institutionalize best practices.
  • Host an end of Pillar II learning event and round table to showcase results and to convene partners for future Resilience EG and DRM work.
Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/26]

UNDP agrees with the recommendations. The recommended approach is already part of UNDP’s current practice. UNDP further amplifies this approach in the new Country Programme, for example; technical experts and project management plans to re-locate to Nay Pyi Taw to ensure better coordination through proximity.

Key Actions:

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