Terminal Evaluation of the project "Strengthening the resilience of rural livelihood options for Afghan communities"

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Evaluation Plan:
2015-2019, Afghanistan
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
09/2019
Completion Date:
12/2019
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
40,000

As per the Terms of Reference of the International Consultant for the Final Evaluation of the project “Strengthening the resilience of rural livelihood options for Afghan” was expected to submit all deliverables of the contract by 10th September 2019. However, his work has been delayed for the following reasons:
• He had to spend more time in the field during data collection due to the security situation, which resulted in a delay in his remaining work.
• Given all the security issues, especially the election and peace process, which further delayed the process.
The final evaluation of the project “Strengthening the resilience of rural livelihood options for Afghan will be finalized by 15 November 2019.

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Title Terminal Evaluation of the project "Strengthening the resilience of rural livelihood options for Afghan communities"
Atlas Project Number: 00076056
Evaluation Plan: 2015-2019, Afghanistan
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 12/2019
Planned End Date: 09/2019
Management Response: Yes
UNDP Signature Solution:
  • 1. Poverty
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 1.4.1 Solutions scaled up for sustainable management of natural resources, including sustainable commodities and green and inclusive value chains
  • 2. Output 1.5.1 Solutions adopted to achieve universal access to clean, affordable and sustainable energy
SDG Goal
  • Goal 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
SDG Target
  • 1.2 By 2030, reduce at least by half the proportion of men, women and children of all ages living in poverty in all its dimensions according to national definitions
  • 1.4 By 2030, ensure that all men and women, in particular the poor and the vulnerable, have equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to basic services, ownership and control over land and other forms of property, inheritance, natural resources, appropriate new technology and financial services, including microfinance
Evaluation Budget(US $): 40,000
Source of Funding: Project resources/ GEF
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 40,000
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: Yes
  • Joint with GEF
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title:
Evaluation Type:
Focal Area: Climate Change
Project Type: FSP
GEF Phase: GEF-5
GEF Project ID:
PIMS Number: 5098
Key Stakeholders: Ministry of Agriculture
Countries: AFGHANISTAN
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

  In the future, clear roles and resources should be defined for partners in terms of planning, implementation, and monitoring of project activities in the project documents.

2

UNDP needs to ensure that results frameworks are prepared at design stage and used during implementation in line with the results-based management concepts and monitoring and evaluation arrangements are improved.

3

It should be mandatory to include a sustainability/exit plan in the project documents.

4

CCAP should quickly train master trainers of Citizens’ Charter program implemented by MRRD to mainstream climate change adaptation all over the country.

5

L&R Unit should piggyback “Mobile public awareness van” run by the Governance Unit to spread CCA awareness messages in the country.

6

Like the Inception Workshop, CCAP should invite a wide range of stakeholders for a Closing/Lessons Learned Workshop to promote accountability, learning, visibility, and handing over and linking of the project investments to potential stakeholders

7

CCAP should urgently prepare and implement a sustainability plan to prolong benefits of project interventions.

8

Similar projects in the future need to make sure that climate change awareness, integration, and mainstreaming are well-understood and get as much importance as building resilience and reducing vulnerability

9

Future initiatives should make sure that ecosystem based adaptation (reduction in ecosystem vulnerability) is ensured through valley and watershed level plans, awareness creation activities, and community level joint actions and monitoring

10

With the adoption of Afghanistan SDGs by GoIRA, UNDP has an enormous opportunity to mainstream climate change adaptation in government programming, budgeting, and monitoring and evaluation. In the future, all UNDP units need to be given responsibility for climate change awareness and adaptation in their respective areas of responsibility. Within UNDP, it is important to educate all the units about climate change causes, risks, resilience and adaptation options, and ways to mainstream climate change.

11

CCAP should revise Community Development Plans and Provincial Plans to reflect newly acquired CCA Integration skills.

1. Recommendation:

  In the future, clear roles and resources should be defined for partners in terms of planning, implementation, and monitoring of project activities in the project documents.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/12/25]

Agreed: Clear roles and resources will be identified for all relevant partners.

Key Actions:

2. Recommendation:

UNDP needs to ensure that results frameworks are prepared at design stage and used during implementation in line with the results-based management concepts and monitoring and evaluation arrangements are improved.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/12/25]

Agreed: In future project document UNDP will fully implement this comment

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
In future project document development stage, that results frameworks will be in line with the results-based management concepts and monitoring and evaluation arrangements will be improved.
[Added: 2019/12/25] [Last Updated: 2019/12/26]
Programme Analyst/consultants 2019/12 Completed This activity is completed, no further comments required. History
3. Recommendation:

It should be mandatory to include a sustainability/exit plan in the project documents.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/12/25]

Agreed: This is a very valid recommendation. A comprehensive Sustainability and exit strategy will be developed during the project development phase in future

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
A comprehensive Sustainability and exit strategy will be developed during the project development phase
[Added: 2019/12/25] [Last Updated: 2019/12/26]
Programme Analyst/ Consultant 2019/12 Completed This activity is completed, no further comments. History
4. Recommendation:

CCAP should quickly train master trainers of Citizens’ Charter program implemented by MRRD to mainstream climate change adaptation all over the country.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/12/25]

Agreed:  This is not feasible now as the project finishes on 31 December 2019. However, there is another project CDRRP from the same donor with same component so CDRR will train master trainers of Citizens’ Charter program implemented by MRRD to mainstream climate change adaptation all over the country

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
CDRR will train master trainers of Citizens’ Charter program implemented by MRRD to mainstream climate change adaptation all over the country
[Added: 2019/12/25] [Last Updated: 2019/12/26]
Project Manager of CDRRP project 2019/12 Completed This activity is completed, no further comments History
5. Recommendation:

L&R Unit should piggyback “Mobile public awareness van” run by the Governance Unit to spread CCA awareness messages in the country.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/12/25]

Agreed: This comment is well noted. We will consider this in CCAP’s sister project called CDRRP

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
CDRRP will piggyback “Mobile public awareness van” run by the Governance Unit to spread CCA awareness messages in the country.
[Added: 2019/12/25] [Last Updated: 2019/12/26]
Project Manager of CDRRP project 2019/12 Completed The activity is completed within CCAP Project, but this will also be considered in CDRRP project for 2020 planning. History
6. Recommendation:

Like the Inception Workshop, CCAP should invite a wide range of stakeholders for a Closing/Lessons Learned Workshop to promote accountability, learning, visibility, and handing over and linking of the project investments to potential stakeholders

Management Response: [Added: 2019/12/25]

Agreed: Due to the security reason, this comment can not be addressed.

Key Actions:

7. Recommendation:

CCAP should urgently prepare and implement a sustainability plan to prolong benefits of project interventions.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/12/25]

Agreed: As the project is finishing on 31 December 2019 so now it is not feasible

Key Actions:

8. Recommendation:

Similar projects in the future need to make sure that climate change awareness, integration, and mainstreaming are well-understood and get as much importance as building resilience and reducing vulnerability

Management Response: [Added: 2019/12/25] [Last Updated: 2019/12/25]

Agreed: ; This comment is well noted. in future GEF supported projects climate change awareness, integration, and mainstreaming will be well-understood and get as much importance as building resilience and reducing vulnerability

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Climate change awareness, integration and mainstreaming will be well considered in future GEF climate change adaptation projects
[Added: 2019/12/25] [Last Updated: 2019/12/26]
Programme Analyst 2019/12 Completed This activity is completed, no further comments. History
Climate change awareness, integration and mainstreaming will be well considered in future GEF climate change adaptation projects
[Added: 2019/12/25] [Last Updated: 2019/12/26]
Programme Analyst 2019/12 Completed This activity is completed, no further comments. History
9. Recommendation:

Future initiatives should make sure that ecosystem based adaptation (reduction in ecosystem vulnerability) is ensured through valley and watershed level plans, awareness creation activities, and community level joint actions and monitoring

Management Response: [Added: 2019/12/25]

Agreed:

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
In future GEF-supported climate change adaptation project, ecosystem-based adaptation will fully be considered
[Added: 2019/12/25] [Last Updated: 2019/12/26]
Programme Analyst 2019/12 Completed This activity is completed, no further comments. History
10. Recommendation:

With the adoption of Afghanistan SDGs by GoIRA, UNDP has an enormous opportunity to mainstream climate change adaptation in government programming, budgeting, and monitoring and evaluation. In the future, all UNDP units need to be given responsibility for climate change awareness and adaptation in their respective areas of responsibility. Within UNDP, it is important to educate all the units about climate change causes, risks, resilience and adaptation options, and ways to mainstream climate change.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/12/25]

Agreed.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
During the new project development phase roles and resources will clearly identified for each relevant stakeholder
[Added: 2019/12/25] [Last Updated: 2019/12/26]
Programme Analyst 2019/12 Completed This activity is completed, no further comments History
In future, Livelihoods and Resilience unit will consider climate change awareness top priority in project design and implementation of the project on the ground.
[Added: 2019/12/25]
Programme Analyst 2019/12 Completed This action is completed
11. Recommendation:

CCAP should revise Community Development Plans and Provincial Plans to reflect newly acquired CCA Integration skills.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/12/25]

Agreed: As the project is finishing on 31 December 2019 so now it is not feasible.

Key Actions:

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