Mid Term Evaluation for Conservation and Sustainable Use of the Threatened Savanna Woodland in the Kidepo Critical Landscape in North Eastern Uganda

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Evaluation Plan:
2016-2020, Uganda
Evaluation Type:
Mid Term Project
Planned End Date:
05/2016
Completion Date:
08/2016
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
30,000

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Title Mid Term Evaluation for Conservation and Sustainable Use of the Threatened Savanna Woodland in the Kidepo Critical Landscape in North Eastern Uganda
Atlas Project Number: 00072558
Evaluation Plan: 2016-2020, Uganda
Evaluation Type: Mid Term Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 08/2016
Planned End Date: 05/2016
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Poverty and MDG
  • 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
SDG Goal
  • Goal 7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
SDG Target
  • 7.1 By 2030, ensure universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services
  • 7.2 By 2030, increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix
Evaluation Budget(US $): 30,000
Source of Funding: GEF
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 2,000
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Stuart Williams International Consultant stuart@xanehophloea.net
Joseph Mukasa Ngubwagye National Consultant ngubwagye@gmail.com UGANDA
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title: Conservation and Sustainable Use of the Threatened Savanna Woodland in the Kidepo Critical Landscape in North Eastern Uganda.
Evaluation Type: Mid-term Review
Focal Area: Biodiversity
Project Type: EA
GEF Phase: GEF-1
GEF Project ID: 00085611
PIMS Number: PIMS-4592
Key Stakeholders: NEMA
Countries: UGANDA
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Focus on delivering outputs and then results and impacts – rather than just reporting on inputs that have been made

M&E should focus on monitoring these aspects

2

Focus on delivering outputs and then results and impacts – rather than just reporting on inputs that have been made.

M&E should focus on monitoring these aspects.Harmonize the interventions and the results while ensuring that the activities and targeted results remain relevant to the project, to National  development priorities,UNDP and the GEF results frameworks). In addition, the results of all interventions should be thought about and they should be monitored. For example, there has been significant investment in “raising awareness” or “sensitization”– however, little effort has been made to understand the impact or results of this.

3

Acknowledge that a number of the targets for indicators in the Project Results Framework will not be achieved, even with a no-cost extension. Targets should be amended where necessary. Learn lessons for future projects

4

Recruit Technical Advisors/consultants for PA and Shea Markets-The demanding and additive nature of GEF projects means that additional assistance (in the form of Technical Assistance, Consultants, Private Sector or NGO partners, and/or Contractual Service Companies) to contribute to delivery of project results is necessary. The project design also allows for this with a total budget of USD 1,836,000 for such assistance (across both components and the project management budget). Two Technical Advisors/ Individual Consultants including one for Protected Areas and another for Shea Markets) should be recruited as soon as possible to lead on implementation of M&E processes and to ensure that all project partners are carrying out activities that relevant to the project’s objective and outcomes. The selection of assistance and partnerships that are mentioned below are to be funded by the project and contracts will be issued (e.g., in Recommendations B.1, B.2, etc.)

5

The project document describes in some detail the activities that should be taking place in order to achieve the objective and outcomes.  One key underlying principle of GEF funding is to ensure additionality:  All project partners (NEMA, UWA, NFA) need to focus on the aspects of additionality for which they are responsible; UNDP-CO and the Individual Consultants/ Technical Advisors will need to monitor this and provide guidance as appropriate.

6

Ensure M&E, and accountability of all project partners.  At present, the UWA and NFA are working in isolation with little or no support, or guidance.  The ICs/ Technical Advisors, once recruited, (with PM and PC) will carry out M&E and provide such oversight, support and guidance and all project partners should be responsive to this. Reporting also needs to be consistent across all partners.

7

The upgrade of the Karenga CWA to a fully-fledged national park is not possible: it is neither attainable nor desirable as a target and all references to this should be removed.

1. Recommendation:

Focus on delivering outputs and then results and impacts – rather than just reporting on inputs that have been made

M&E should focus on monitoring these aspects

Management Response: [Added: 2016/09/05] [Last Updated: 2016/09/05]

Management agrees with recommendation

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Harmonize the interventions and the results while ensuring that the activities and targeted results remain relevant to the projec
[Added: 2018/08/24]
UNDP and partners 2020/12 Completed On going activity
2. Recommendation:

Focus on delivering outputs and then results and impacts – rather than just reporting on inputs that have been made.

M&E should focus on monitoring these aspects.Harmonize the interventions and the results while ensuring that the activities and targeted results remain relevant to the project, to National  development priorities,UNDP and the GEF results frameworks). In addition, the results of all interventions should be thought about and they should be monitored. For example, there has been significant investment in “raising awareness” or “sensitization”– however, little effort has been made to understand the impact or results of this.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/09/05]

Management agrees with recommendation. Recommendations A1 and A2 have been merged

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Harmonize the interventions and the results while ensuring that the activities and targeted results remain relevant to the projec
[Added: 2018/08/24]
UNDP and partners 2020/12 Completed On-going activity
3. Recommendation:

Acknowledge that a number of the targets for indicators in the Project Results Framework will not be achieved, even with a no-cost extension. Targets should be amended where necessary. Learn lessons for future projects

Management Response: [Added: 2016/09/05] [Last Updated: 2018/08/24]

Management agrees

 

 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The Project Board approved need to recruit 2 Project Officers to support Uganda Wildlife Authority and National Forestry Authority to fast track achievement of targets for indicators in the Project Results Framework.
[Added: 2018/08/24]
UNDP and partners 2020/12 Initiated On-going activity History
4. Recommendation:

Recruit Technical Advisors/consultants for PA and Shea Markets-The demanding and additive nature of GEF projects means that additional assistance (in the form of Technical Assistance, Consultants, Private Sector or NGO partners, and/or Contractual Service Companies) to contribute to delivery of project results is necessary. The project design also allows for this with a total budget of USD 1,836,000 for such assistance (across both components and the project management budget). Two Technical Advisors/ Individual Consultants including one for Protected Areas and another for Shea Markets) should be recruited as soon as possible to lead on implementation of M&E processes and to ensure that all project partners are carrying out activities that relevant to the project’s objective and outcomes. The selection of assistance and partnerships that are mentioned below are to be funded by the project and contracts will be issued (e.g., in Recommendations B.1, B.2, etc.)

Management Response: [Added: 2016/09/05]

Management agrees with the recommendation

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Recruit 2 Project Specialists including one for Protected Areas and another for Shea markets.
[Added: 2016/09/05] [Last Updated: 2018/08/24]
UNDP-CO in consultation with NEMA, UWA and NFA. 2016/10 Completed NEMA already submitted TORs to UNDP. Consultants were recruited to support those specified actions and the activity was completed History
5. Recommendation:

The project document describes in some detail the activities that should be taking place in order to achieve the objective and outcomes.  One key underlying principle of GEF funding is to ensure additionality:  All project partners (NEMA, UWA, NFA) need to focus on the aspects of additionality for which they are responsible; UNDP-CO and the Individual Consultants/ Technical Advisors will need to monitor this and provide guidance as appropriate.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/09/05]

UNDP is in agreement

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Identify, implement, monitor and report on activities that ensure additionality.
[Added: 2016/09/05] [Last Updated: 2018/08/24]
NEMA, UWA, NFA, UNDP CO and UNDP RTA RSCA. 2017/09 Completed On going till end of project History
6. Recommendation:

Ensure M&E, and accountability of all project partners.  At present, the UWA and NFA are working in isolation with little or no support, or guidance.  The ICs/ Technical Advisors, once recruited, (with PM and PC) will carry out M&E and provide such oversight, support and guidance and all project partners should be responsive to this. Reporting also needs to be consistent across all partners.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/09/05] [Last Updated: 2018/08/24]

Management agrees

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Conduct regular monitoring and evaluation of all project partners, provide guidance and oversight to the project,
[Added: 2016/09/05] [Last Updated: 2018/08/24]
NEMA, UWA and NFA 2016/12 Completed Monitoring activities are ongoing History
7. Recommendation:

The upgrade of the Karenga CWA to a fully-fledged national park is not possible: it is neither attainable nor desirable as a target and all references to this should be removed.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/09/05]

In agreement with evaluation recommendation

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
To commence discussions to remove target on upgrading Karenga Community Wildlife Area to a fully-fledged National Park.
[Added: 2016/09/05] [Last Updated: 2018/08/24]
Project Board, UNDP GEF RTC (Addis Ababa) 2020/12 Initiated On going discussion to address the issue History

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