Improving policy and practice interaction through civil society capacity building - Terminal Evaluation Report

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Evaluation Plan:
2014-2018, Namibia
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
01/2016
Completion Date:
07/2016
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
20,000

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Title Improving policy and practice interaction through civil society capacity building - Terminal Evaluation Report
Atlas Project Number: 68204,00079710
Evaluation Plan: 2014-2018, Namibia
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 07/2016
Planned End Date: 01/2016
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Environment & Sustainable Development
  • 2. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
  • 1. Output 1.3. Solutions developed at national and sub-national levels for sustainable management of natural resources, ecosystem services, chemicals and waste
Evaluation Budget(US $): 20,000
Source of Funding: GEF
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 20,000
Joint Programme: No
Mandatory Evaluation: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Dr. Syaka Sadio International Consultant ssadio@afenconsult.com
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title: SIP- Improving policy and practice interaction through civil society Capacity building – PIMS No. 3982”
Evaluation Type: Terminal Evaluation
Focal Area: Land Degradation
Project Type: MSP
GEF Phase: GEF-5
GEF Project ID: 3396
PIMS Number: 3982
Key Stakeholders: UNDP;OSISA
Countries: NAMIBIA
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

It is imperative that SLM issues be addressed with due commitment at both national and regional levels with participation of all stakeholders, involving CSOs and local communities.

2

Adoption of inclusive approach and implementation of a long term strategic and result-based programme that considers the management of land resources as a whole and relying on implementation of consistent policies, law enforcement and involving all stakeholders

3

The government and partners should take a strong political and financial commitment to support the implementation of a long-term strategic programme promoting adoption of both proven technologies and traditional knowledge and adaptive policies and regulatory measures.

4

The CSO Coalition is called on to provide the drivers for linking communities and CSOs as part of UNCCD’s 10-year strategy, with a particular focus on operational objective and good natural resources conservation practices, including methodological tools for baseline information collection and monitoring, as well as data processing and dissemination.

5

OSISA and CSO Coalition are recommended to review the 2016-2020 SUSLAND Strategic Framework with focus on strengthening CSO operational and communications capacities, documentation and sharing relevant documents and information non SLM and improvement of food security in the SSA region

6

UNDP/ GEF and OSISA/NEPAD are called on to urgently support the formulation and implementation of the Follow-up Project (i) Interim phase (2016-2017) and (ii) GEFT-7 Project (2018-2022), based on SUSLAND 2016-2020 Strategic Orientation and 2016-20120 Framework. The Follow-up GEF project budget ($3,000,000 in cash) and co-financing from UNDP/Namibia,  UNCCD/Equator Initiative, NEPAD/TerrAfrica and other partners (OSISA, ENDA, SPONG, IUCN, IPLAS, FAO, IFAD, World Agroforestry, Centre, Universities, etc.)

7

Mobilizing financial resources for implementation of a Follow-up project:

(i) Interim phase: 2016-2017, $1,200,000; with support from NEPAD/TerrAfrica, partners, and UNDP-Namibia.

(ii) ) Follow-GEF-7/UNDP: (2018-2022): $3,000,000: financed under GEF-7 program framework.

8

Set adequate financial management arrangements for the implementation of the Interim Project (2016-2019): each implementing partner is responsible for the execution of the budget of its outcome and the funds be transferred directly to their respective bank account, with the obligation to justify the expenditure and submit regularly a financial report to UNDP Finance Unit.

9

CSOs should investigate appropriate measures to reconcile government-led legislation and regulations systems and customary land access system at grassroots communities’ level.

10

During the interim phases, UNDP-Namibia should organize training to strengthen the implementing partners capacities on administrative and financial procedures for GEF/UNDP project management, to understand the accounting and procurement system and facilitate the financial reporting thus speeding fund disbursement. 

11

CSO should focus empowerment of grassroots communities to better understand SLM related environmental regulations and advocate law enforcement by government authorities in charge of environment protection.

12

CSO Coalition and OSISA should engage consultations to take appropriate measures for inclusive collaboration between all stakeholders, operationalize the web-based repository under development and hosted by OSISA, collect and post the relevant documents to be share on-line by all users.

13

strengthen and diversify institutional partnerships through formal agreements with selected institutions to provide sound policy assets and streamline the communication strategy and CSO Coalition in: (i) conducting an in-depth environmental audit of other SLM-related activities that are currently being implemented within the SSA region, by governmental institutions, NGOs, academic and research institutions; and (ii) building CSO profile database, based on the five thematic identified and community empowerment skills, and good SLM practices from the case studies of the Equator Initiative Prize winners.

1. Recommendation:

It is imperative that SLM issues be addressed with due commitment at both national and regional levels with participation of all stakeholders, involving CSOs and local communities.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/05]

MGT R is being drafted.

Key Actions:

2. Recommendation:

Adoption of inclusive approach and implementation of a long term strategic and result-based programme that considers the management of land resources as a whole and relying on implementation of consistent policies, law enforcement and involving all stakeholders

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/05]

MGT Response being drafted

Key Actions:

3. Recommendation:

The government and partners should take a strong political and financial commitment to support the implementation of a long-term strategic programme promoting adoption of both proven technologies and traditional knowledge and adaptive policies and regulatory measures.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/05]

MGT Response being drafted

Key Actions:

4. Recommendation:

The CSO Coalition is called on to provide the drivers for linking communities and CSOs as part of UNCCD’s 10-year strategy, with a particular focus on operational objective and good natural resources conservation practices, including methodological tools for baseline information collection and monitoring, as well as data processing and dissemination.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/05]

MGT Response being drafted

Key Actions:

5. Recommendation:

OSISA and CSO Coalition are recommended to review the 2016-2020 SUSLAND Strategic Framework with focus on strengthening CSO operational and communications capacities, documentation and sharing relevant documents and information non SLM and improvement of food security in the SSA region

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/05]

MGT Response being drafted

Key Actions:

6. Recommendation:

UNDP/ GEF and OSISA/NEPAD are called on to urgently support the formulation and implementation of the Follow-up Project (i) Interim phase (2016-2017) and (ii) GEFT-7 Project (2018-2022), based on SUSLAND 2016-2020 Strategic Orientation and 2016-20120 Framework. The Follow-up GEF project budget ($3,000,000 in cash) and co-financing from UNDP/Namibia,  UNCCD/Equator Initiative, NEPAD/TerrAfrica and other partners (OSISA, ENDA, SPONG, IUCN, IPLAS, FAO, IFAD, World Agroforestry, Centre, Universities, etc.)

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/05]

MGT Response being drafted

Key Actions:

7. Recommendation:

Mobilizing financial resources for implementation of a Follow-up project:

(i) Interim phase: 2016-2017, $1,200,000; with support from NEPAD/TerrAfrica, partners, and UNDP-Namibia.

(ii) ) Follow-GEF-7/UNDP: (2018-2022): $3,000,000: financed under GEF-7 program framework.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/05]

MGT response being drafted

Key Actions:

8. Recommendation:

Set adequate financial management arrangements for the implementation of the Interim Project (2016-2019): each implementing partner is responsible for the execution of the budget of its outcome and the funds be transferred directly to their respective bank account, with the obligation to justify the expenditure and submit regularly a financial report to UNDP Finance Unit.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/05]

MGT response being drafted

Key Actions:

9. Recommendation:

CSOs should investigate appropriate measures to reconcile government-led legislation and regulations systems and customary land access system at grassroots communities’ level.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/05]

MGT response being drafted

Key Actions:

10. Recommendation:

During the interim phases, UNDP-Namibia should organize training to strengthen the implementing partners capacities on administrative and financial procedures for GEF/UNDP project management, to understand the accounting and procurement system and facilitate the financial reporting thus speeding fund disbursement. 

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/05]

MGT Response being drafted

Key Actions:

11. Recommendation:

CSO should focus empowerment of grassroots communities to better understand SLM related environmental regulations and advocate law enforcement by government authorities in charge of environment protection.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/05]

MGT Response being drafted

Key Actions:

12. Recommendation:

CSO Coalition and OSISA should engage consultations to take appropriate measures for inclusive collaboration between all stakeholders, operationalize the web-based repository under development and hosted by OSISA, collect and post the relevant documents to be share on-line by all users.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/05]

MGT Response being drafted

Key Actions:

13. Recommendation:

strengthen and diversify institutional partnerships through formal agreements with selected institutions to provide sound policy assets and streamline the communication strategy and CSO Coalition in: (i) conducting an in-depth environmental audit of other SLM-related activities that are currently being implemented within the SSA region, by governmental institutions, NGOs, academic and research institutions; and (ii) building CSO profile database, based on the five thematic identified and community empowerment skills, and good SLM practices from the case studies of the Equator Initiative Prize winners.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/05]

MGT response being drafted

Key Actions:

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