Mid Term Evaluation for Strengthening Climate Information and Early Warning Systems (SCIEWS) Project - Uganda

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Evaluation Plan:
2016-2020, Uganda
Evaluation Type:
Mid Term Project
Planned End Date:
08/2016
Completion Date:
11/2016
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
25,000

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Title Mid Term Evaluation for Strengthening Climate Information and Early Warning Systems (SCIEWS) Project - Uganda
Atlas Project Number: 00076999
Evaluation Plan: 2016-2020, Uganda
Evaluation Type: Mid Term Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 11/2016
Planned End Date: 08/2016
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Environment & Sustainable Development
  • 2. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
  • 1. Output 5.1. Mechanisms in place to assess natural and man-made risks at national and sub-national levels
SDG Goal
  • Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
SDG Target
  • 13.1 Strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries
  • 13.2 Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning
  • 13.3 Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning
Evaluation Budget(US $): 25,000
Source of Funding: GEF
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 30,000
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Veronica Nyawira Muthui Lead Consultant nyawira.muthui@gmail.com KENYA
John Wasige: Consultant johnwasige@gmail.com
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title: Strengthen climate information and early warning systems in Africa for climate resilient development and adaptation to climate change in Uganda
Evaluation Type: Mid-term Review
Focal Area: Climate Change
Project Type: FSP
GEF Phase: GEF-5
GEF Project ID: 4993
PIMS Number: 5094
Key Stakeholders: Uganda National Meteological Authority
Countries: UGANDA
Lessons
1.

 

Mainstreaming lessons from other projects is a cost effective measure because it avoids duplication and waste. The choice of Implementing Partner with the necessary linkages to other adaptation and CIEWS projects, and the fact that this project was part of an 11 project Portfolio played a key role in the excellent level of exchanging lessons from the portfolio to the benefit of all of them.


2.

 

Government leadership in ensuring coordination of projects addressing the same issue is critical

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A capable PMU staffed with a PM who understands both UN and government bureaucracies thoroughly is a worthwhile investment.

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The MTR believes that the excellent working relationships between UNDP, PMU, UNMA and DWRM contributed to the high delivery achieved by this project, despite the 5 month late start. While all these units worked hard to build the relationships, the PMU played the critical role of maintaining the relationships that ensured smooth delivery of project results. investing in a capable PMU that understands the importance of such relationships is an excellent investment.

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Sophisticated and expensive to maintain technology may not be suitable or acceptable solution for establishing CIEWS.

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The adoption of TOC based evaluation as a tool helps stakeholders understand and appreciate the problem in totality as opposed to what project can address. The TOC articulates the assumptions about the process through which change will occur and specifies the ways in which all of the required early and intermediate outcomes related to achieving the desired long-term change will be brought about and documented as they occur, thus the logic between inputs and impacts.

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Political buy-in for the maintenance of the expanded climate information infrastructure needs to be reflected in high level indicators and a budgetary allocation for the same.


Findings
Recommendations
1

To ensure that key stakeholders prepare the ground and address the challenges to sustainability of the results from this and similar projects, the PMU, with the backing of UNDP and the Ministry, should convene the development partners investing in CI infrastructure in Uganda and negotiate better support to the Management and Maintenance of the CI infrastructure.

2

As part of the project exit strategy, the PMU, with the support of UNDP, should formulate a concept for a Medium Term Project (MSP) or a Full size Project (FSP) to mobilize funding to build the capacity for maintenance and management of the CI infrastructure in the country. This should include establishing Zonal Officers and equipping them, ICT for existing offices, skills and partnerships. Fundraising for such a concept should start as early as possible (with submission to potential funders, at the earliest opportunity);

3

Ministry of Water and Environment should engage the Ministry of Local Government to put in place formal collaboration that enables decentralization of Climate Information services, and hence an arrangement for resource mobilization to support regular met equipment maintenance by the Chief Administration Officer (CAO)’s Office at the Districts and

4

Support further development of the climate information products and a market for the same

5

Support further training for staff and linking with University to increase skills in big data analysis, automated equipment maintenance and research for meaningful and effective engagement with the new automated CI technologies;

6

Mobilize further resources (as part of recommendation 2) to upgrade ICT in the CIEWS field offices (computers, internet, TSAWS interphase/ downlaoder), etc.

7

Accelerate the implementation of the stakeholder engagement strategy to increase awareness and support for CIEWS

8

At the moment, only about 30% of the landmass is covered by weather stations. This is probably not yet enough to make the required changes in accuracy of weather forecast to convince people to invest their limited resources in CI products. There are a number of non-functional AWS around the country that have broken down due to lack of simple maintenance procedures such as replacement of batteries or broken cables. Renovation of these AWS will increase landmass covered by weather stations and provide weather data for improving accuracy of the weather forecast.

9

Enactment of bye laws and ordinances for supporting decentralized implementation of CI services (in conjunction with recommendation 3);

10

Establish baselines levels of the extent to which various stakeholders use climate information and early warning from currently being disseminated in decision making – for long-term monitoring.

1. Recommendation:

To ensure that key stakeholders prepare the ground and address the challenges to sustainability of the results from this and similar projects, the PMU, with the backing of UNDP and the Ministry, should convene the development partners investing in CI infrastructure in Uganda and negotiate better support to the Management and Maintenance of the CI infrastructure.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/11/22] [Last Updated: 2016/11/22]

Agree

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP will post this Agenda to the Donor Development Group meeting
[Added: 2016/11/22] [Last Updated: 2018/09/18]
UNDP CC & DRR Unit 2017/12 No Longer Applicable [Justification: Project operationally closed]
Project operationally closed History
2. Recommendation:

As part of the project exit strategy, the PMU, with the support of UNDP, should formulate a concept for a Medium Term Project (MSP) or a Full size Project (FSP) to mobilize funding to build the capacity for maintenance and management of the CI infrastructure in the country. This should include establishing Zonal Officers and equipping them, ICT for existing offices, skills and partnerships. Fundraising for such a concept should start as early as possible (with submission to potential funders, at the earliest opportunity);

Management Response: [Added: 2016/11/22] [Last Updated: 2016/11/22]

Agree:

 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
In partnership with GCF a Full Size Project be formulated by UNDP with support from the PMU , targeting GEF for the MSP and GCF for a FSP.
[Added: 2016/11/22] [Last Updated: 2018/09/18]
• GEF-RTA and UNDP CC&DRR Unit 2018/06 Completed An approved GCF project is place. History
3. Recommendation:

Ministry of Water and Environment should engage the Ministry of Local Government to put in place formal collaboration that enables decentralization of Climate Information services, and hence an arrangement for resource mobilization to support regular met equipment maintenance by the Chief Administration Officer (CAO)’s Office at the Districts and

Management Response: [Added: 2016/11/22] [Last Updated: 2016/11/22]

Agree

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNMA to sign MoUs with Districts across the country confirming commitments for maintenance services and resources to be allocated for that purpose.
[Added: 2016/11/22] [Last Updated: 2018/09/18]
UNMA management 2020/12 Initiated History
4. Recommendation:

Support further development of the climate information products and a market for the same

Management Response: [Added: 2016/11/22] [Last Updated: 2016/11/22]

Agree

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
SCIEWS project to include activity on innovative approach to weather products and dissemination
[Added: 2016/11/22] [Last Updated: 2018/09/18]
• UNMA, UNDP CO 2017/12 Completed Activity completed and project operationally closed History
5. Recommendation:

Support further training for staff and linking with University to increase skills in big data analysis, automated equipment maintenance and research for meaningful and effective engagement with the new automated CI technologies;

Management Response: [Added: 2016/11/22] [Last Updated: 2016/11/22]

Agree

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Incorporate this activity in SCIEWS project’s work plan for 2017
[Added: 2016/11/22] [Last Updated: 2018/09/18]
• UNMA, UNDP CO 2017/12 No Longer Applicable [Justification: Project operationally closed]
Project operationally closed History
6. Recommendation:

Mobilize further resources (as part of recommendation 2) to upgrade ICT in the CIEWS field offices (computers, internet, TSAWS interphase/ downlaoder), etc.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/11/22] [Last Updated: 2016/11/22]

Agree

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Design a project for scale up & sustain investments made in SCIEWS I
[Added: 2016/11/22] [Last Updated: 2018/09/18]
• UNDP CO 2018/06 Completed See recommendation No.2: GCF project in place that incorporates the interventions History
7. Recommendation:

Accelerate the implementation of the stakeholder engagement strategy to increase awareness and support for CIEWS

Management Response: [Added: 2016/11/22] [Last Updated: 2016/11/22]

Agree

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Budget for visibility and stakeholder engagement in 2017 work plan.
[Added: 2016/11/22] [Last Updated: 2018/09/18]
• PMU 2017/12 Completed History
8. Recommendation:

At the moment, only about 30% of the landmass is covered by weather stations. This is probably not yet enough to make the required changes in accuracy of weather forecast to convince people to invest their limited resources in CI products. There are a number of non-functional AWS around the country that have broken down due to lack of simple maintenance procedures such as replacement of batteries or broken cables. Renovation of these AWS will increase landmass covered by weather stations and provide weather data for improving accuracy of the weather forecast.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/11/22] [Last Updated: 2016/11/22]

Agree

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Mobilize resources under a scale up project
[Added: 2016/11/22] [Last Updated: 2018/09/18]
• UNDP & UNMA 2020/12 Initiated New project in place and resources mobilized under GCF project History
9. Recommendation:

Enactment of bye laws and ordinances for supporting decentralized implementation of CI services (in conjunction with recommendation 3);

Management Response: [Added: 2016/11/22] [Last Updated: 2016/11/22]

Agree

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Organize stakeholders workshop specifically to deliberate on by laws on CI services and ensure an action plan is made
[Added: 2016/11/22] [Last Updated: 2018/09/18]
Ministry of local government 2018/12 No Longer Applicable [Justification: Project operationally closed]
Project operationally closed History
10. Recommendation:

Establish baselines levels of the extent to which various stakeholders use climate information and early warning from currently being disseminated in decision making – for long-term monitoring.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/11/22] [Last Updated: 2016/11/22]

Agree

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.Hire an M&E Associate to track baselines 2. Integrate Climate Information in District Development Plans
[Added: 2016/11/22] [Last Updated: 2018/09/18]
Project management unit 2017/12 Completed The project had and M&E officer at the time of closure. Refer to end of project report History

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