Comprehensive Disaster Risk Management Programme (CDRMP): Mid-term Evaluation

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Evaluation Plan:
2013-2017, Nepal
Evaluation Type:
Mid Term Project
Planned End Date:
12/2013
Completion Date:
11/2013
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
30,000

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Title Comprehensive Disaster Risk Management Programme (CDRMP): Mid-term Evaluation
Atlas Project Number:
Evaluation Plan: 2013-2017, Nepal
Evaluation Type: Mid Term Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 11/2013
Planned End Date: 12/2013
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Crisis Prevention & Recovery
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
  • 1. National and local institutions have the capacities to reduce the impact of disasters, especially climate change related disasters, on vulnerable communities
Evaluation Budget(US $): 30,000
Source of Funding: BCPR
Joint Programme: No
Mandatory Evaluation: Yes
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Gabriella Buescher team leader gabriellasbuescher@yahoo.com
Dr. Dil Prasad Shrestha national consultant ilem@ntc.net.np
Dr. Dhruba Gautam national consultant drrgautam@gmail.com
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: UNDP, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Urban Development, Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development
Countries: NEPAL
Comments: This project is linked to the following CPAP outcome: People living in areas vulnerable to climate change and disasters benefit from improved risk management and are more resilient to hazard-related shocks. (Outcome 7)
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1 1. Implementation arrangements (Capacity-building, Coordination, and Technical Assistance) Despite DIM modality of programme management prevails UNDP should consider how elements of NIM modality can be included in the programme implementation through a) appointing a small team of resource persons who can provide technical and coordination support to ministries, b) having regular consultations with the government on important issues pertaining to the project implementation, c) organize regular PEB meetings and establish a system of follow up on implementation of PEB decisions; d) establish Technical Advisory Group (TAG) with sub-groups involving Nepali experts be to provide necessary technical inputs to the programme components; e) urgently bring additional capacity as a disaster risk reduction advisor to support the programme
2 2. Programme Coherence The programme needs to be strategically aligned to avoid thin spread of its focus in too many activities implemented under six programme components and bring optimum synergy between them, for which the programme team should a) conduct a detailed stocktaking of ongoing activities, identify such horizontal linkages and include these in the work plan for 2014-15 and where possible entail geographic refocusing of activities to converge programme; b) under the guidance of the PEB take stock of all the ongoing EPR activities and consider transferring some of the activities to other agencies which would be willing to take responsibility; c) where emergency response facilities have been set up, utilize the programme resources to make them more efficient and operational and d) re-evaluate engagement in the numerous activities currently underway against triple criteria of affordability, scalability, and sustainability to ensure that they are well within the Government of Nepal?s capacity to support and sustain.
3 3. Monitoring and Evaluation The MTE recommends that the outcome indicators be reviewed to better capture results and where necessary investment be made in establishing baselines and calibrating realistic targets and developing a reporting system which tracks the outcomes against the baselines through hiring and M/E expert
4 4. Knowledge Management The MTE recommends that CDRMP should be selective about partnership for knowledge management and should identify one or two well-recognized institutions, and seek to develop mutually rewarding collaboration for various knowledge management activities which include higher education in disaster management, publications and other training activities and think of supporting to setting up a national resource center in disaster management in a national academic / research / training institution.
5 5. Coordination and collaboration The MTE recommends that the programme should a) develop a stronger linkage with the Flagship 5 in consultation with respective coordinators and develop a strategy of influencing other partners and stakeholders and identify areas where UNDP/CDRMP can support to the Flagships to make larger contribution to NRRC objectives; b) provides much-needed support to the government to further enhance its capacities to strategically engage on globally important agenda such as HFA 2 and post 2015 MDGs, and necessary assistance for meaningful participation in the ISDR Global Platform discussions; and c) support to manage NRRC Secretariat in line with the recent NRRC review recommendations.
6 6. Gender and Social Inclusion (GESI) The MTE recommends that a) a well-considered gender orientation needs to be introduced in the DRR institutions at the national and district levels and gender, equity and social issues need to be included in DRR policies and government programmes; b) gender considerations need to be integrated in all the capacity-building and knowledge management activities including EWS and recovery preparedness, with special emphasis on capacity building for women; and c) a few important gender-based indicators need to be developed for the purpose of monitoring and evaluation.
1. Recommendation: 1. Implementation arrangements (Capacity-building, Coordination, and Technical Assistance) Despite DIM modality of programme management prevails UNDP should consider how elements of NIM modality can be included in the programme implementation through a) appointing a small team of resource persons who can provide technical and coordination support to ministries, b) having regular consultations with the government on important issues pertaining to the project implementation, c) organize regular PEB meetings and establish a system of follow up on implementation of PEB decisions; d) establish Technical Advisory Group (TAG) with sub-groups involving Nepali experts be to provide necessary technical inputs to the programme components; e) urgently bring additional capacity as a disaster risk reduction advisor to support the programme
Management Response: [Added: 2013/12/30]

UNDP will take necessary actions to implement the recommendations after having consulted with the government and decisions of PEB

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Discuss with the government, particularly the Ministry of Home Affairs, about the recommendations and way forward and present to PEB meeting for endorsement
[Added: 2013/12/30]
EECDRM Unit UNDP 2013/12 Completed Discussion with the government happened and follow up action plan presented to PEB meeting held on 18th December for endorsement
Develop plan for engaging with government ministries on issues related to project implementation, establish TAG and complete recruitment of DRM advisor
[Added: 2013/12/30] [Last Updated: 2014/12/29]
EECDRM Unit UNDP 2014/06 Completed Two technical Advisory Groups have been formed. Safer Building Construction Practices in Nepal, Technical Support Group has been formed under lead of Department of Urban Development and Building Construction (DUDBC). Likewise DRM mainstreaming Central Technical Group has been formed under lead of National Planning Commission (NPC). Project is receiving regular guidance from the TAGs. DRM advisor joined the team in first week of August, 2014.
2. Recommendation: 2. Programme Coherence The programme needs to be strategically aligned to avoid thin spread of its focus in too many activities implemented under six programme components and bring optimum synergy between them, for which the programme team should a) conduct a detailed stocktaking of ongoing activities, identify such horizontal linkages and include these in the work plan for 2014-15 and where possible entail geographic refocusing of activities to converge programme; b) under the guidance of the PEB take stock of all the ongoing EPR activities and consider transferring some of the activities to other agencies which would be willing to take responsibility; c) where emergency response facilities have been set up, utilize the programme resources to make them more efficient and operational and d) re-evaluate engagement in the numerous activities currently underway against triple criteria of affordability, scalability, and sustainability to ensure that they are well within the Government of Nepal?s capacity to support and sustain.
Management Response: [Added: 2013/12/30]

This is very valid recommendation

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Organize a open discussion between the programme partners, government and programme team to finalize priorities and work plan for 2014 and 2015 (a)
[Added: 2013/12/30] [Last Updated: 2014/04/25]
CDRMP/EECDRMU 2014/01 Completed Consultation meetings were organized before PEB meeting to get inputs on the AWP. The AWP 2014 finalized and endorsed by PEB.
Invite BCPR follow up mission to detail out handover of EPR activities (b), how to make efficient use of resources in making emergency facilities more functional and (c) identify priority activities after applied ASS filter
[Added: 2013/12/30] [Last Updated: 2014/04/25]
CDRMP/EECDRMU 2014/03 Completed BCPR mission held and provided inputs on CDRMP.
3. Recommendation: 3. Monitoring and Evaluation The MTE recommends that the outcome indicators be reviewed to better capture results and where necessary investment be made in establishing baselines and calibrating realistic targets and developing a reporting system which tracks the outcomes against the baselines through hiring and M/E expert
Management Response: [Added: 2013/12/30]

Very valid recommendation

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Invite BCPR follow up mission and/or short term expertise to strengthen the result indictors, baseline and reporting system
[Added: 2013/12/30] [Last Updated: 2016/12/02]
EECDRM, UNDP 2014/06 Completed A review mission was undertaken by Krishna S. Vatsa, BCPR Regional Disaster Reduction Advisor (RDRA), New Delhi, during 9- 20 June 2014. The objective of the mission was to assist the CDRMP team in realigning the programme strengthen the result indictors, baseline and reporting system. CDRMP team implemented the recommendations in 2015. History
4. Recommendation: 4. Knowledge Management The MTE recommends that CDRMP should be selective about partnership for knowledge management and should identify one or two well-recognized institutions, and seek to develop mutually rewarding collaboration for various knowledge management activities which include higher education in disaster management, publications and other training activities and think of supporting to setting up a national resource center in disaster management in a national academic / research / training institution.
Management Response: [Added: 2013/12/30]

Very valid recommendation

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Partnership strategy for knowledge management with key institutions be reviewed and implemented
[Added: 2013/12/30] [Last Updated: 2016/12/02]
CDRMP Team 2015/06 Completed Evaluation of the partnership with Local Development Training Academy (LDTA), National Academy of Staff College (NASC), Central Department of Environment Science and - Tribhuwan University (TU-CDES) and Emergency Operating Center Network, MoHA were completed in 2015. The recommendations (short term) of the evaluation reports e.g. strengthening of EOCs, dissemination of knowledge with partners, further collaboration with TU-CDES, NASC, LDTA have been implemented in late 2015 and 2016. History
5. Recommendation: 5. Coordination and collaboration The MTE recommends that the programme should a) develop a stronger linkage with the Flagship 5 in consultation with respective coordinators and develop a strategy of influencing other partners and stakeholders and identify areas where UNDP/CDRMP can support to the Flagships to make larger contribution to NRRC objectives; b) provides much-needed support to the government to further enhance its capacities to strategically engage on globally important agenda such as HFA 2 and post 2015 MDGs, and necessary assistance for meaningful participation in the ISDR Global Platform discussions; and c) support to manage NRRC Secretariat in line with the recent NRRC review recommendations.
Management Response: [Added: 2013/12/30]

Very valid recommendation

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Depute a full time staff to work on Flagship 5 and other Flagships and detail out priorities for Flagship 5 and contributions to be made to other flagships in line with the broader objectives of NRRC
[Added: 2013/12/30] [Last Updated: 2014/04/25]
CDRMP team 2014/03 Completed JPO has been assigned Flagship 5 coordination.
Incorporate activities in AWP of 2014 to support the government to engage on global agenda such as HFA and ISDR and to support NRRC Secretariat
[Added: 2013/12/30] [Last Updated: 2014/04/25]
CDRMP Team 2014/01 Completed The 2014 AWP includes these initiatives.
6. Recommendation: 6. Gender and Social Inclusion (GESI) The MTE recommends that a) a well-considered gender orientation needs to be introduced in the DRR institutions at the national and district levels and gender, equity and social issues need to be included in DRR policies and government programmes; b) gender considerations need to be integrated in all the capacity-building and knowledge management activities including EWS and recovery preparedness, with special emphasis on capacity building for women; and c) a few important gender-based indicators need to be developed for the purpose of monitoring and evaluation.
Management Response: [Added: 2013/12/30]

Very valid recommendation

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Hire a national expert to develop Guidelines and training manual to mainstream gender and social inclusion in DRM
[Added: 2013/12/30] [Last Updated: 2014/04/25]
CDRMP Team 2013/12 Completed Guidelines and training manual have been developed.
Train key government officials and other partners representatives on gender and social inclusion in DRM
[Added: 2013/12/30] [Last Updated: 2014/04/25]
CDRMP Team 2014/06 Completed

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