Mainstreaming environment in poverty reduction in Rwanda: achievements, impacts and opportunities

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Evaluation Plan:
2013-2018, Rwanda
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
12/2013
Completion Date:
12/2013
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
50,000

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Title Mainstreaming environment in poverty reduction in Rwanda: achievements, impacts and opportunities
Atlas Project Number:
Evaluation Plan: 2013-2018, Rwanda
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 12/2013
Planned End Date: 12/2013
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Poverty and MDG
  • 2. Environment & Sustainable Development
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
  • 1. Inclusive growth and social equity promoted through pro-poor macroeconomic and fiscal policies that support income, employment and social protection of youth, women and vulnerable groups in a sustainable way
  • 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. 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 $): 50,000
Source of Funding: UNDP (project)
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: Yes
  • Joint with UNDP, UNEP
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Yves Renard Consultant
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: Government, Development Partners, UN agencies, Civil Society
Countries: RWANDA
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1 Evaluation issue and Recommendation 1: It is recommended that a third and final phase of PEI Rwanda be implemented over a period of four years (2012 ? 2015), with the understanding that the second half of this phase (2014 ? 2015) would be devoted almost exclusively to monitoring and evaluation (M&E), documentation and focused technical assistance: a comprehensive policy framework, with a good integration of environment in all major policy statements and instruments that are relevant to poverty reduction;
2 Evaluation issue and Recommendation 2: In support of policy reform and improvements, PEI Rwanda should continue its advocacy and communication work, with three directions emerging: consolidate information and ?products? and make them available through various networks; develop closer links with the academic community and encourage research institutions to conduct more work on issues relevant to the poverty environment mainstreaming agenda; in the short term, conduct research on the environmental and livelihood impacts of fertilizers, as the basis for a policy review.
3 Evaluation issue and Recommendation 3: In order to consolidate capacity-building initiatives, the PEI project should: facilitate a participatory capacity analysis within the seven main participating institutions and identify strategic planning, institutional strengthening, training and other capacity-building requirements, some of which could receive technical support from PEI; provide continued technical and financial support to MINECOFIN to monitor and support implementation and extend the process to other sectors;
4 Evaluation issue and Recommendation 4: Over the remainder of Phase II and during an eventual Phase III, the objective of increasing and enhancing investments could be achieved by: pursuing the policy formulation, budgeting and capacity-building processes identified above in relation to MINECOFIN and the other agencies; completing the establishment of FONERWA, with a complete strategic planning and institutional development process;
5 Evaluation issue and Recommendation 5: Towards the end of an eventual Phase III, PEI should also undertake a comprehensive evaluation and lessons learning exercise, looking in particular at the processes that are too recent and incomplete to assess at the moment, such as the budgeting process, cross-sectoral linkages and their effectiveness, and changes in capacity within selected organisations.
1. Recommendation: Evaluation issue and Recommendation 1: It is recommended that a third and final phase of PEI Rwanda be implemented over a period of four years (2012 ? 2015), with the understanding that the second half of this phase (2014 ? 2015) would be devoted almost exclusively to monitoring and evaluation (M&E), documentation and focused technical assistance: a comprehensive policy framework, with a good integration of environment in all major policy statements and instruments that are relevant to poverty reduction;
Management Response: [Added: 2014/02/17]

Management response The recommendation is well noted and has been taken into consideration in the new ?the new PIE project which will be implanted form 2014-2018. A special attention has been made on M&E. The project technical assistant will be recruited to support this work.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1 A technical assistant will be recruited
[Added: 2014/02/17]
UNDP/REMA 2014/06 Completed
1.2 Organize annual programme reviews by all stakeholders
[Added: 2014/02/17]
UNDP/REMA No due date No deadline established
2. Recommendation: Evaluation issue and Recommendation 2: In support of policy reform and improvements, PEI Rwanda should continue its advocacy and communication work, with three directions emerging: consolidate information and ?products? and make them available through various networks; develop closer links with the academic community and encourage research institutions to conduct more work on issues relevant to the poverty environment mainstreaming agenda; in the short term, conduct research on the environmental and livelihood impacts of fertilizers, as the basis for a policy review.
Management Response: [Added: 2014/02/17]

Management response. The recommendation is well noted and has been considered in the elaboration of the new Poverty and Environment Iinitiative (PEI) project. And information related to environment and Poverty linkage was consolidated and disseminated.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1 Continuous follow up
[Added: 2014/02/17]
UNDP REMA No due date No deadline established
2.2 Use Quarterly and annual narrative report and minutes of technical meeting to follow the progress.
[Added: 2014/02/17]
UNDP REMA No due date No deadline established
3. Recommendation: Evaluation issue and Recommendation 3: In order to consolidate capacity-building initiatives, the PEI project should: facilitate a participatory capacity analysis within the seven main participating institutions and identify strategic planning, institutional strengthening, training and other capacity-building requirements, some of which could receive technical support from PEI; provide continued technical and financial support to MINECOFIN to monitor and support implementation and extend the process to other sectors;
Management Response: [Added: 2014/02/17]

Management response: The recommendation is accepted. During the project extension (2012-2013) PEI project provided interns in five key development sectors and in all district to mainstream environment management in all plans, execution and budgeting of development projects.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1 close follow up
[Added: 2014/02/17]
UNDP and REMA No due date No deadline established
3.2 Organize quarterly Technical Steering Committees
[Added: 2014/02/17]
UNDP REMA No due date No deadline established
4. Recommendation: Evaluation issue and Recommendation 4: Over the remainder of Phase II and during an eventual Phase III, the objective of increasing and enhancing investments could be achieved by: pursuing the policy formulation, budgeting and capacity-building processes identified above in relation to MINECOFIN and the other agencies; completing the establishment of FONERWA, with a complete strategic planning and institutional development process;
Management Response: [Added: 2014/02/17]

Management response: This recommendation has been implemented as FONERWA has been created and a specific project was established by UNDP to support capacity building of FONERWA. Another project has also been established by UNDP to support Transformation Capacity Development for the Implementation and Coordination of Government Policies and Programmes.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
4.1 Organize Quarterly and annual review
[Added: 2014/02/17]
UNDP and REMA No due date No deadline established
4.2. to organized the Mid -term evaluation of the new project
[Added: 2014/02/17]
UNDP REMA 2016/06 Overdue-Not Initiated
5. Recommendation: Evaluation issue and Recommendation 5: Towards the end of an eventual Phase III, PEI should also undertake a comprehensive evaluation and lessons learning exercise, looking in particular at the processes that are too recent and incomplete to assess at the moment, such as the budgeting process, cross-sectoral linkages and their effectiveness, and changes in capacity within selected organisations.
Management Response: [Added: 2014/02/17]

Management response. The recommendation was well accepted and has been implemented as PEI provided technical support to different development sector and districts to mainstream environment priorities into planning, implementation and budgeting process.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
5.1 close follow up on the implantation of the new project on quarterly basis
[Added: 2014/02/17]
UNDP REMA No due date No deadline established
5.2 Share programme progress reports with implementing partners and stakeholders
[Added: 2014/02/17]
UNDP No due date No deadline established
5.3 organize joint field visits with all partners involved in the programme
[Added: 2014/02/17]
UNDP No due date No deadline established

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