Evaluation of Disaster Risk Reduction Project

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Evaluation Plan:
2013-2017, Myanmar
Evaluation Type:
Mid Term Project
Planned End Date:
02/2017
Completion Date:
02/2017
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
50,000

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Title Evaluation of Disaster Risk Reduction Project
Atlas Project Number:
Evaluation Plan: 2013-2017, Myanmar
Evaluation Type: Mid Term Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 02/2017
Planned End Date: 02/2017
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 5.1. Mechanisms in place to assess natural and man-made risks at national and sub-national levels
  • 2. Output 5.2. Effective institutional, legislative and policy frameworks in place to enhance the implementation of disaster and climate risk management measures at national and sub-national levels
  • 3. Output 5.4. Preparedness systems in place to effectively address the consequences of and response to natural hazards (e.g. geo-physical and climate related) and man-made crisis at all levels of government and community
  • 4. Output 6.2. National and local authorities /institutions enabled to lead the community engagement, planning, coordination, delivery and monitoring of early recovery efforts
Evaluation Budget(US $): 50,000
Source of Funding:
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
ABHIJIT BHATTACHARJEE Evaluator abhijit@results-matter.co.uk
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders:
Countries: MYANMAR
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

In the next phase, greater engagement will be required at State/Regional level involving multiple stakeholders to ensure that local authorities (General Administration Department, GAD) take into account DRR and CCA issues in district, township and village plans, and ensure links to the volunteer networks at all levels.

2

The RRD needs to work together with the Environment Conservation Department (ECD) to ensure that there is convergence between the awareness strategy on DRR and climate change adaptation that convey the same message.

3

UNDP needs to work with the Ministry of Planning and Finance and ECD to develop assessment criteria for DRR and CCA to be incorporated in all project appraisals of the Government of Myanmar.

4

The project needs to engage with the multiple on-going initiatives in the country on resilience and risk reduction to play a facilitating role in order to draw lessons from these initiatives for cross-departmental learning in future, especially in relation to establishing links between DRR and CCA at sub-national level.

5

UNDP to explore scaling up the project in collaboration with other agencies and with a more broad-based partnership involving several key Departments/Ministers like Irrigation, Planning and Finance, and Agriculture, in particular as DRR-centred work within these departments may have significant direct impact on the vulnerability of large segments of population.

6

A comprehensive strategy needs to be developed for the Disaster Management Training Centre (DMTC) which will require it to develop capacity for continuous research and development, have access to emerging knowledge and international best practices, and develop a system for post-training evaluation involving participating staff and their managers, to demonstrate and articulate how attendance in its training courses is helping participants in performance of their work.

7

While multiple training providers are welcome, the DMTC, working closely with RRD and DRRWG, needs to ensure that some of the basic protocols and disaster response codes are standardized and all training related to these provided by various providers are harmonized to the common standard.

1. Recommendation:

In the next phase, greater engagement will be required at State/Regional level involving multiple stakeholders to ensure that local authorities (General Administration Department, GAD) take into account DRR and CCA issues in district, township and village plans, and ensure links to the volunteer networks at all levels.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/26]

UNDP acknowledges the recommendation and will integrate DRR and CCA in the township level development plans of the selected townships through UNDP projects under the new Country Programme (2018-2022)

Key Actions:

2. Recommendation:

The RRD needs to work together with the Environment Conservation Department (ECD) to ensure that there is convergence between the awareness strategy on DRR and climate change adaptation that convey the same message.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/26]

UNDP acknowledges the recommendation and will facilitate the convergence of DRR and CCA awareness messages between RRD and ECD.

Key Actions:

3. Recommendation:

UNDP needs to work with the Ministry of Planning and Finance and ECD to develop assessment criteria for DRR and CCA to be incorporated in all project appraisals of the Government of Myanmar.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/26]

UNDP agrees with the recommendation and will make sure to incorporate recommendations in the new projects to be developed under the UNDP Country Programme (2018-2022).

Key Actions:

4. Recommendation:

The project needs to engage with the multiple on-going initiatives in the country on resilience and risk reduction to play a facilitating role in order to draw lessons from these initiatives for cross-departmental learning in future, especially in relation to establishing links between DRR and CCA at sub-national level.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/26]

UNDP agrees with the recommendation and will ensure to apply the lessons learned from the previous initiatives in the formulation of new projects under the new Country Programme Document (2018-2022). UNDP will also apply the lessons learned in the on-going project in the Dry Zone to establish the linkages between DRR and CCA at sub-national level.

Key Actions:

5. Recommendation:

UNDP to explore scaling up the project in collaboration with other agencies and with a more broad-based partnership involving several key Departments/Ministers like Irrigation, Planning and Finance, and Agriculture, in particular as DRR-centred work within these departments may have significant direct impact on the vulnerability of large segments of population.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/26]

UNDP acknowledges the recommendation and will address it in formulating the projects under the new UNDP Country Programme Document (2018-2022).

Key Actions:

6. Recommendation:

A comprehensive strategy needs to be developed for the Disaster Management Training Centre (DMTC) which will require it to develop capacity for continuous research and development, have access to emerging knowledge and international best practices, and develop a system for post-training evaluation involving participating staff and their managers, to demonstrate and articulate how attendance in its training courses is helping participants in performance of their work.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/26]

UNDP agrees with the recommendation and will support RRD in developing capacities on research and development through the on-going project in 2017. The recommendation will be considered in formulating new projects under the new Country Programme Document (2018-2022).

Key Actions:

7. Recommendation:

While multiple training providers are welcome, the DMTC, working closely with RRD and DRRWG, needs to ensure that some of the basic protocols and disaster response codes are standardized and all training related to these provided by various providers are harmonized to the common standard.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/26]

UNDP agrees with the recommendation and will continue to work with RRD to standardize some of the basic protocols and disaster response codes under on-going projects, and will take it into account when formulating new projects under the new Country Programme Document (2018-2022). However, the leadership and ownership to standardize the protocols and codes and to enforce  these standards remains with the government.

Key Actions:

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