Strengthening Environment Quality Authority Regulatory Functions

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Evaluation Plan:
2012-2017, Palestine
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
07/2014
Completion Date:
04/2014
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
13,975

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Title Strengthening Environment Quality Authority Regulatory Functions
Atlas Project Number: 00075308
Evaluation Plan: 2012-2017, Palestine
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 04/2014
Planned End Date: 07/2014
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
  • 1. Output 2.5. Legal and regulatory frameworks, policies and institutions enabled to ensure the conservation, sustainable use, and access and benefit sharing of natural resources, biodiversity and ecosystems, in line with international conventions and national
Evaluation Budget(US $): 13,975
Source of Funding: Project
Joint Programme: No
Mandatory Evaluation: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Dimensions Consulting and Training Consulting Company info@dimensions.ps OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: Environment Quality Authority and SIDA
Countries: OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES
Comments: External Evaluation
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1 1. Continue the support to the environment at broader scale
2 2. Expand the scope of the new phase to enhance capacities of different EQA's Departments
3 3. Sida to support carrying out in-depth assessment in order to address the broader challenge of the environment and to identify priorities
4 4. Give more project management and coordination responsibilities to EQA
5 5. Encourage international organizations and donors to advocate for the environment
6 6. EQA to explore other existing means to improve the quality of services to citizens.
7 7. Working in partnership with line ministries should be given a priority by EQA
8 8. Training activities should be designed from the beginning as part of the capacity development programme
9 9. Cooperation between Jordanian Ministry of Environment and EQA
10 10. Continue development of legal framework
11 11. Continue support the dialogue between EQA and line ministries
12 12. More work is still needed to enhance the capacity of EQA?s regional offices
13 13. An exit strategy and plan for the project should be developed in cooperation with EQA
1. Recommendation: 1. Continue the support to the environment at broader scale
Management Response: [Added: 2015/02/05] [Last Updated: 2015/02/09]

UNDP agrees with the recommendation and will continue providing its support to the sector

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1 in cooperation with Environment Quality Authority develop project concept for the second phase
[Added: 2015/02/09] [Last Updated: 2017/10/13]
Project management team 2015/03 No Longer Applicable [Justification: Update - it was concluded in August 2014 with Sida that a discussion on a possible second phase will start after EQA's submittal of its 5 years strategic institutional plan which was scheduled to be delivered in December 2014. EQA was not able to meet the deadline and further requested Sida's support in providing an institutional expert to support EQA's in the development process. The process has taken quite long time during which a decision was made by Sida to work directly with EQA in a possible new phase.]
No due date - No longer applicable History
2. Recommendation: 2. Expand the scope of the new phase to enhance capacities of different EQA's Departments
Management Response: [Added: 2015/02/05] [Last Updated: 2015/02/09]

UNDP agree with recommendation and will consider such need in future programming

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1 support EQA in carrying out needs assessment and institutional development plan
[Added: 2015/02/09] [Last Updated: 2017/10/13]
Project Team Management 2015/03 Completed Ongoing - The project team will participate in the planning process led by EQA History
3. Recommendation: 3. Sida to support carrying out in-depth assessment in order to address the broader challenge of the environment and to identify priorities
Management Response: [Added: 2015/02/05] [Last Updated: 2015/02/09]

Sida responded positively to this recommendation

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1 participate with Sida in carrying out organizational review for EQA
[Added: 2015/02/09]
Project management team 2014/07 Completed Report was shared.
4. Recommendation: 4. Give more project management and coordination responsibilities to EQA
Management Response: [Added: 2015/02/05] [Last Updated: 2015/02/09]

UNDP applies different modalities and the possibility of national implementation will be further considered

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
4.1 explore different implementation modality with EQA during the preparation of second phase
[Added: 2015/02/09] [Last Updated: 2017/10/13]
Project management team 2015/03 No Longer Applicable [Justification: Update - different options for implementation of additional support to EQA explored ar EQA's organizational review. UNDP added value was also highlighted. Lately SIDA ( the donor) decided to fund directly EQA for implementing the second phase ]
Planned History
5. Recommendation: 5. Encourage international organizations and donors to advocate for the environment
Management Response: [Added: 2015/02/05] [Last Updated: 2015/02/09]

UNDP will continue supporting EQA in advocating for the environment

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
5.1 use sector working group as a forum for advocating for the environment and plan for donor round table meeting
[Added: 2015/02/09] [Last Updated: 2017/10/13]
Project management team 2016/01 Completed Update - UNDP continues providing technical advisory services for EQA. As technical advisor for the environment sector working group, UNDP helped EQA in identifying critical needs, advocated for mainstreaming environment and climate change. Documents: notes from April 2015 and January 2016 sector working group. History
6. Recommendation: 6. EQA to explore other existing means to improve the quality of services to citizens.
Management Response: [Added: 2015/02/05] [Last Updated: 2015/02/09]

UNDP will discuss the need to finalize partnerships arrangement with related institutions

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
6.1 UNDP will build in the drafted arrangements in its future interventions
[Added: 2015/02/09] [Last Updated: 2017/10/13]
Project management team 2015/03 No Longer Applicable [Justification: Update - Coordination mechanism between EQA and othe line Ministries was suggested in phase one. The plan was to build further on the progress made in phase 2 ]
Update - No Longer Applicable History
7. Recommendation: 7. Working in partnership with line ministries should be given a priority by EQA
Management Response: [Added: 2015/02/05] [Last Updated: 2015/02/09]

Agree, this is very essential and UNDP will give this a priority in future programming

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
7.1 in the proposed second phase consider supporting EQA in implementing the drafted MOUs with other line ministries
[Added: 2015/02/09] [Last Updated: 2017/10/13]
Project management team 2015/03 No Longer Applicable [Justification: Update - Coordination mechanism between EQA and othe line Ministries was suggested in phase one. The plan was to build further on the progress made in phase 2 ]
Update - No Longer Applicable History
8. Recommendation: 8. Training activities should be designed from the beginning as part of the capacity development programme
Management Response: [Added: 2015/02/05] [Last Updated: 2015/02/09]

Agree with the recommendation, need assessment for targeted groups will be conducted during project design phase

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
8.1 training needs will be considered as part of the development of the second phase
[Added: 2015/02/09] [Last Updated: 2017/10/13]
Project management team 2015/03 No Longer Applicable [Justification: Update - Phase 2 of the project will be directly implmented by EQA]
Update - No Longer Applicable History
9. Recommendation: 9. Cooperation between Jordanian Ministry of Environment and EQA
Management Response: [Added: 2015/02/05] [Last Updated: 2015/02/09]

Cooperation with specialized regional agencies will be an adding value for EQA , UNDP will continue supporting EQA in developing partnerships

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
9.1 No action
[Added: 2015/02/09] [Last Updated: 2018/01/03]
PAPP 2015/02 No Longer Applicable [Justification: No Action is needed.]
No Action History
10. Recommendation: 10. Continue development of legal framework
Management Response: [Added: 2015/02/05] [Last Updated: 2015/02/09]

The project management team agree with the recommendation and will consider development of the legal framework in its future intervention

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
10.1 In the proposed second phase, consider further development of legal framework
[Added: 2015/02/09] [Last Updated: 2017/10/13]
Project management team 2015/03 No Longer Applicable [Justification: Update - Phase 2 of the project will be directly implmented by EQA]
Update - No Longer Applicable History
11. Recommendation: 11. Continue support the dialogue between EQA and line ministries
Management Response: [Added: 2015/02/05] [Last Updated: 2015/02/09]

Agree, this is very essential and UNDP will give this a priority in future programming

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
11.1 Same as 7.1 in the proposed second phase consider supporting EQA in implementing the drafted MOUs with other line ministries
[Added: 2015/02/09] [Last Updated: 2017/10/13]
Project management team 2015/03 No Longer Applicable [Justification: Update - Phase 2 of the project will be directly implmented by EQA]
Update - No Longer Applicable History
12. Recommendation: 12. More work is still needed to enhance the capacity of EQA?s regional offices
Management Response: [Added: 2015/02/05] [Last Updated: 2015/02/09]

The project management team agree with the recommendation and will consider this need in its future interventions

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
12.1 carry out need assessment of EQA?s regional office during the design of planned project second phase
[Added: 2015/02/09] [Last Updated: 2017/10/13]
Project management team 2015/03 No Longer Applicable [Justification: Update - Phase 2 of the project will be directly implmented by EQA]
Update - No Longer Applicable History
13. Recommendation: 13. An exit strategy and plan for the project should be developed in cooperation with EQA
Management Response: [Added: 2015/02/05] [Last Updated: 2015/02/09]

The project management team agree with the recommendation and will plan for an exit strategy as part of proposed second phase

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
12.2 Consider phasing out plan in the design of a project second phase
[Added: 2015/02/09] [Last Updated: 2017/10/13]
Project management team 2015/03 No Longer Applicable [Justification: Update - Phase 2 of the project will be directly implmented by EQA]
Update - No Longer Applicable History

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