Mid-Term review of the ClimateRisk Finance Project for Sustainable Agricultural and Pastoral Systems in Sudan

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Evaluation Plan:
2013-2017, Sudan
Evaluation Type:
Project
Planned End Date:
12/2017
Completion Date:
12/2017
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
35,000

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Title Mid-Term review of the ClimateRisk Finance Project for Sustainable Agricultural and Pastoral Systems in Sudan
Atlas Project Number: 00078764
Evaluation Plan: 2013-2017, Sudan
Evaluation Type: Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 12/2017
Planned End Date: 12/2017
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
  • 2. Output 1.4. Scaled up action on climate change adaptation and mitigation across sectors which is funded and implemented
Evaluation Budget(US $): 35,000
Source of Funding: GEF
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 27,968
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Dr. Arun Rijal Independent International Consultant
Mr. Ahmed Hanafi Independent National Consultant
Dr. Arun Rijal Independent International Consultant
Mr. Ahmed Hanafi Independent National Consultant
Mr. Ahmed Hanafi Independent National Consultant ahamagid@gmail.com
Dr. Arun Rijal Independent International Consultant arunrijal@yahoo.com
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title: ClimateRisk Finance Project for Sustainable Agricultural and Pastoral Systems in Sudan
Evaluation Type: Mid-term Review
Focal Area: Climate Change
Project Type: FSP
GEF Phase: GEF-5
GEF Project ID: 4958
PIMS Number: 4591
Key Stakeholders: UNDP,GEF, The Higher Council for Environment and Natural Resources (HCENR)
Countries: SUDAN
Comments:

The MTR of the project is planned to be conducted in December 2017.

Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 1: Project monitoring from UNDP, Project Board and PMU was found weak. Close monitoring of each activity of project is needed.

2

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 2:  PMU and partners need to understand each and every activity, their linkages, implementation sequences and responsibilities of different institutions. In this project output of one agency/consultant compliment input/activities of another agency. Therefore, sequencing of activities is very important and delay of one activity affect another.

3

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 3:  Project monitoring from UNDP, Project Board and PMU was found weak. Close monitoring of each and every activity of project is needed.

4

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 4:  HCENR (PMU) should initiate dialogue with all partners and establish effective communication

1. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 1: Project monitoring from UNDP, Project Board and PMU was found weak. Close monitoring of each activity of project is needed.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/05] [Last Updated: 2018/03/21]

Management Response:  Project board meeting was held to discuss the MTR Findings and recommendations

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
HCENR (PMU) should initiate dialogue with all partners and establish good communication on project management.
[Added: 2017/12/05] [Last Updated: 2018/03/19]
UNDP and HCENR (Government counterpart) 2018/03 Completed The Evaluation report has been endorsed by the project board. This key action plan has been put in motion since December 2017. A high level committee from the UNDP and Government led by the UNDP DCD/P has been formed. The committee is meeting on a regular basis (weekly) to support the government to improve the project management performance with different actions including addressing and responding to the capacity building gap, have good financial management and system of procurement. History
Recruit a Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) to address issues related to managerial aspects, financial aspects and capacity gap.
[Added: 2018/03/21] [Last Updated: 2018/08/30]
Higher Council for the Environment and Natural Resources (Government Counterpart) 2018/12 Completed The post has been re-advertised again and the evaluation of the applicants is underway. Update: On track The team failed to identity a consultant in this area with the managerial and technical experience as a result a task force has been formed up by UNDP and the Ministry chaired by the DCD/P. A biweekly meeting is being conducted to closely follow up the implementation of the project and maintain its related delivery.. History
2. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 2:  PMU and partners need to understand each and every activity, their linkages, implementation sequences and responsibilities of different institutions. In this project output of one agency/consultant compliment input/activities of another agency. Therefore, sequencing of activities is very important and delay of one activity affect another.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/03/21]

Management Response:  Communication and coordination plan developed and implemented

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Technical committee meeting was held with participation of all partners to draft the plan.
[Added: 2018/03/21]
PMU (Project management Unit) 2018/01 Completed Technical committee meeting planned to be held on quarterly basis to approve quarter’s plan and reports
3. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 3:  Project monitoring from UNDP, Project Board and PMU was found weak. Close monitoring of each and every activity of project is needed.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/03/21]

Management Response: A high-level task force was formulated headed by UNDP DCDP and involve General Secretory of the HCENR

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
A. Four meeting were organized to follow up the implementation of the recommendation and to address the main challenges facing the project implementation. B. Sets of action for each MTR recommendation proposed and implemented
[Added: 2018/03/21]
UNDP and HCENR 2018/01 Completed The task force carries a monthly meeting to follow the implementation of the recommendations and project progress
4. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 4:  HCENR (PMU) should initiate dialogue with all partners and establish effective communication

Management Response: [Added: 2018/03/21]

Management Response: PUM to define specific roles and responsibilities for each partner, discuss and agreed upon with each partners

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Project manager held meeting with each partner and their role and responsibilities were defined.
[Added: 2018/03/21]
UNDP and HCENR 2018/02 Completed Five meetings were organized with the project partners and agreed on their roles and responsibilities

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