Final-term Evaluation of the Support to the Development and Implementation of a Green Growth and Economy Approach to Rwanda?s Economic Transformation

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Evaluation Plan:
2018-2023, Rwanda
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
10/2018
Completion Date:
11/2018
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
40,000

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Title Final-term Evaluation of the Support to the Development and Implementation of a Green Growth and Economy Approach to Rwanda?s Economic Transformation
Atlas Project Number: 00078102
Evaluation Plan: 2018-2023, Rwanda
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 11/2018
Planned End Date: 10/2018
Management Response: Yes
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 1.1.1 Capacities developed across the whole of government to integrate the 2030 Agenda, the Paris Agreement and other international agreements in development plans and budgets, and to analyse progress towards the SDGs, using innovative and data-driven solutions
Evaluation Budget(US $): 40,000
Source of Funding: UNDP (project)
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 4,000
Joint Programme: Yes
Mandatory Evaluation: No
Joint Evaluation: Yes
  • Joint with UNDP, UNEP, UNHABITAT, UNIDO, ILO, ECA
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Amitav Rath
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: Government, Development Partners, UN agencies, Civil Society
Countries: RWANDA
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Evaluation Recommendation:  Both MoE and UNDP should improve their reporting and monitoring format and framework. UNDP in Rwanda has been working on a template for annual reporting of all activities it is involved in. The template was discussed with the evaluator and it is recommended that such a template be reviewed within the agency and applied to all multi-year projects undertaken.

2

Evaluation Recommendation: The UN, UNDP and the GoR, should undertake a review across all the JPs supported during the same 2014-2018 period to examine whether similar or different experiences and lessons emerge from them.

3

Evaluation Recommendation: Rwanda has ambitious plans for environmental protection and climate change action. This includes the Green Growth and Climate Change Strategy. Successful implementation of such cross-cutting plans will require a stronger SPIU than is currently in place, with more resources and ability to work across government departments and external agencies. MoE and UNDP must ensure, going forward, that the SPIU is provided with adequate resources to efficiently perform its tasks.

4

Evaluation Recommendation: UNDP and MoE should plan their future cooperation for the joint priorities of promoting the green economy approach to economic transformations, which support pro-poor growth, with inclusive economic development and poverty reduction with activities that are within their core competencies and where adequate resources are available. In these plans some of the work done under the JP should be consolidated, scaled up and made more effective towards longer term goals.

1. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation:  Both MoE and UNDP should improve their reporting and monitoring format and framework. UNDP in Rwanda has been working on a template for annual reporting of all activities it is involved in. The template was discussed with the evaluator and it is recommended that such a template be reviewed within the agency and applied to all multi-year projects undertaken.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/05]

Management Response: Accepted. It is a priority within UNDP to strengthen the reporting process for our IPs and ensure that what is being submitted is timely and quality reporting, which has been discussed at senior management level on several occasions. The reporting templates for quarterly progress reports have already been updated to enable a stronger and more results-oriented reporting system, including financial performance analysis of project implementation. Discussions are also ongoing regarding possibilities to digitize quarterly reports from IPs to increase ease of tracking, documentation, filing and monitoring implementation activities.

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2. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation: The UN, UNDP and the GoR, should undertake a review across all the JPs supported during the same 2014-2018 period to examine whether similar or different experiences and lessons emerge from them.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/05]

Management Response: Partly accepted. UNDP has evaluated all its ongoing projects which will end in December 2018, as well as projects which ended in June 2018, including joint programmes. The recommendations and lesson learnt, shared in these reports, have informed the planning and formulation of the next programmes starting July 30th 2018 to June 30th, 2023. Challenges identified within several joint programmes, have been taken into account and e.g. going forward no new JP activities will be approved unless funds are committed at programme inception. UNDP can forward recommendations to GoR and RCO but any revisions will be outside of UNDP’s control.

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3. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation: Rwanda has ambitious plans for environmental protection and climate change action. This includes the Green Growth and Climate Change Strategy. Successful implementation of such cross-cutting plans will require a stronger SPIU than is currently in place, with more resources and ability to work across government departments and external agencies. MoE and UNDP must ensure, going forward, that the SPIU is provided with adequate resources to efficiently perform its tasks.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/05]

Management Response: Accepted. UNDP will continue working with MoE and SPIU, particularly, to strengthen capacity, improve coordination internally as well as in the ENR sector and reinforce a robust results-based monitoring and reporting system in MoE.

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4. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation: UNDP and MoE should plan their future cooperation for the joint priorities of promoting the green economy approach to economic transformations, which support pro-poor growth, with inclusive economic development and poverty reduction with activities that are within their core competencies and where adequate resources are available. In these plans some of the work done under the JP should be consolidated, scaled up and made more effective towards longer term goals.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/05]

Management Response: Accepted. See response for recommendation 2, which stated that lessons learnt from this JP will inform planning for future joint interventions. Going forward one concrete decision taken is that joint programme work plans will only approve activities were resources can be committed and made available to avoid struggles with implementation. More broadly, the new UNDP ENR programmes will build on the foundations laid over the past 5 years and will continue to support strategic initiatives aimed at helping Rwanda transition to a greener economy.

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