Final evaluation of the Kuwait Environmental Governance Initiative

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Evaluation Plan:
2015-2019, Kuwait
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
07/2019
Completion Date:
11/2019
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
20,000

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Title Final evaluation of the Kuwait Environmental Governance Initiative
Atlas Project Number: 00091766
Evaluation Plan: 2015-2019, Kuwait
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 11/2019
Planned End Date: 07/2019
Management Response: Yes
UNDP Signature Solution:
  • 1. Sustainable
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 2.1.1 Low emission and climate resilient objectives addressed in national, sub-national and sectoral development plans and policies to promote economic diversification and green growth
SDG Goal
  • Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  • Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
  • Goal 7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
SDG Target
  • 12.2 By 2030, achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources
  • 13.3 Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning
  • 7.1 By 2030, ensure universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services
Evaluation Budget(US $): 20,000
Source of Funding: Project fund
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 19,685
Joint Programme: Yes
Joint Evaluation: Yes
  • Joint with UN Agencies
  • Joint with UNEP
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Magda Stepanyan Evaluator magdastepanyan@yahoo.com ARMENIA
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: Kuwait Environment Public Authority, GSSCPD
Countries: KUWAIT
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Ensure that capacity needs assessment is carried out at the early stage of the project implementation, especially if the focus of the project is building capacities of the national counterpart

2

Ensure peer-review of the project document and ensure more active engagement of UNDP regional hub to provide technical support at the design and later on, at the implementation phase

3

It is strongly recommended to negotiate with donors on no-cost inception phase to organize necessary preconditions for the project implementation including hiring project personnel

4
  1. high importance to explore and recommend a mechanism of environmental data governance that will engage stakeholders from the KEPA and beyond. This would require a strong and high-level leadership of such a mechanism and its direct link with the achievement of the SDGs in Kuwait. UNSD has strong expertise in this and it’s worth exploring in other project(s).
5
  1. To maintain high-level of coherence of the information management system, while introducing a new software it is critical to offer integration solutions in the package. In this case, explore MAPEX integration or data input to eMISK.
6

It is recommended to ensure high quality of translation and interpretation and factor this consideration in the project design and implementation

7
  1. It is recommended to continue supporting the KEPA in institutionalizing compliance and enforcement functions as defined by the Enforcement and Compliance Policy Systems and Indicators report for the KEPA (August 2018).
8
  1. It is recommended to maintain the momentum created by the KEGI project and in consultations with the KEPA staff shape a new roadmap to elevate the KEPA’s work to a next quality level. Special attention should be paid to the recommendations produced to sharpen the links with SGDs and national development priorities.
9
  1. it is recommended to combine efforts for strengthening environmental governance in Kuwait with raising awareness on Green SDGs among high-level policy makers to create necessary synergies.
10
  1. Introduce new quality control mechanism to ensure the analytical work within any project (a) is carried out in highly consultative fashion, and (b) is concluded with a final workshop to present the findings and have a chance for the final reflection on the main recommendations. Also, ensure each analytical report has a 3-5-page summary that must be disseminated within the broader range of beneficiaries. In the case of this project, while one department of the KEPA might be interested in the details of an analytical report, another department might still benefit from the summary of the findings.
11

Before entering into partnership with another UN agency, it is critical to analyze and compare administrative requirements to identify conflicts and gaps and to address them in advance

12

It is strongly recommended to ensure ‘conflict of interest’ check prior to signing any contract with the 3rd party.

 

13

It is recommended to detect early in the process if governance mechanism is not functioning and address it at the necessary level of seniority.

14

In a complex NIM project, it is strongly recommended to ensure National Coordinator and a council of focal points with clear division of responsibilities and clear line of communication.

Management Response Documents
1. Recommendation:

Ensure that capacity needs assessment is carried out at the early stage of the project implementation, especially if the focus of the project is building capacities of the national counterpart

Management Response: [Added: 2019/11/06]

In future projects, the assessment will be done well in advance through gathering information and or surveys and meetings to indicate the capacity levels.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Advance studies/assessments to be undertaken before the implementation of the projects. Review available data about the capacities of beneficiaries
[Added: 2019/11/06]
Management/Programme Analysts 2019/11 Completed
2. Recommendation:

Ensure peer-review of the project document and ensure more active engagement of UNDP regional hub to provide technical support at the design and later on, at the implementation phase

Management Response: [Added: 2019/11/06] [Last Updated: 2019/11/07]

WIll be done for future projects. In fact it is being done now in November while finalzing the new CPD 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Involve the regional hub in the formulation of projects and implementations - being done for new CPD
[Added: 2019/11/06]
Management 2019/11 Completed
3. Recommendation:

It is strongly recommended to negotiate with donors on no-cost inception phase to organize necessary preconditions for the project implementation including hiring project personnel

Management Response: [Added: 2019/11/06]

Noted-It is being done now for the new CPD - Negotiations are taking place now in November 2019 for the new CPD.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Negotiations with GSSCPD
[Added: 2019/11/06]
Management 2019/11 Completed
4. Recommendation:
  1. high importance to explore and recommend a mechanism of environmental data governance that will engage stakeholders from the KEPA and beyond. This would require a strong and high-level leadership of such a mechanism and its direct link with the achievement of the SDGs in Kuwait. UNSD has strong expertise in this and it’s worth exploring in other project(s).
Management Response: [Added: 2019/11/07]

Will be visited in the new CPD if UNDP will work on this output

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Will be done if UNDP will work on this output in the new CPD
[Added: 2019/11/07] [Last Updated: 2020/03/26]
Management 2020/03 Completed This was included in the new CPD. History
5. Recommendation:
  1. To maintain high-level of coherence of the information management system, while introducing a new software it is critical to offer integration solutions in the package. In this case, explore MAPEX integration or data input to eMISK.
Management Response: [Added: 2019/11/07]

WIll be explored in the future

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Should we work on this in the new CPD this will be done
[Added: 2019/11/07]
Management 2019/11 Completed
6. Recommendation:

It is recommended to ensure high quality of translation and interpretation and factor this consideration in the project design and implementation

Management Response: [Added: 2019/11/07]

Will be considered in future projects for new CPD

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Will be considered in the future
[Added: 2019/11/07]
Management 2019/11 Completed
7. Recommendation:
  1. It is recommended to continue supporting the KEPA in institutionalizing compliance and enforcement functions as defined by the Enforcement and Compliance Policy Systems and Indicators report for the KEPA (August 2018).
Management Response: [Added: 2019/11/07]

Will discuss with GSSCPD

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
For future CPD
[Added: 2019/11/07]
Management 2019/11 Completed
8. Recommendation:
  1. It is recommended to maintain the momentum created by the KEGI project and in consultations with the KEPA staff shape a new roadmap to elevate the KEPA’s work to a next quality level. Special attention should be paid to the recommendations produced to sharpen the links with SGDs and national development priorities.
Management Response: [Added: 2019/11/07]

Will be done if UNDP will work on this in the new CPD

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Will be done if UNDP will be working on this in the new CPD
[Added: 2019/11/07] [Last Updated: 2020/03/26]
Management 2020/03 Completed Environment was included in the CPD and multiple proposals have been drafted to ensure the momentum is maintained. History
9. Recommendation:
  1. it is recommended to combine efforts for strengthening environmental governance in Kuwait with raising awareness on Green SDGs among high-level policy makers to create necessary synergies.
Management Response: [Added: 2019/11/07]

Will be done if UNDP will be doing this in the new CPD

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Will be done if UNDP will be doing this in the new CPD
[Added: 2019/11/07] [Last Updated: 2020/03/26]
Management 2020/03 Completed Included in CPD History
10. Recommendation:
  1. Introduce new quality control mechanism to ensure the analytical work within any project (a) is carried out in highly consultative fashion, and (b) is concluded with a final workshop to present the findings and have a chance for the final reflection on the main recommendations. Also, ensure each analytical report has a 3-5-page summary that must be disseminated within the broader range of beneficiaries. In the case of this project, while one department of the KEPA might be interested in the details of an analytical report, another department might still benefit from the summary of the findings.
Management Response: [Added: 2019/11/07]

Will be considered int the fututr projects

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Will be considered for future projects
[Added: 2019/11/07]
Management 2019/11 Completed
11. Recommendation:

Before entering into partnership with another UN agency, it is critical to analyze and compare administrative requirements to identify conflicts and gaps and to address them in advance

Management Response: [Added: 2019/11/07]

Will be done in the future

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Will be done in future projects
[Added: 2019/11/07]
Management 2019/11 Completed
12. Recommendation:

It is strongly recommended to ensure ‘conflict of interest’ check prior to signing any contract with the 3rd party.

 

Management Response: [Added: 2019/11/07]

This should be the case in all projects 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
This should be the case and will be monitored
[Added: 2019/11/07]
Management 2019/11 Completed This will be a continuous process
13. Recommendation:

It is recommended to detect early in the process if governance mechanism is not functioning and address it at the necessary level of seniority.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/11/07]

Will be considerd in the future 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Will be done in the future
[Added: 2019/11/07]
Management 2019/11 Completed This is a continuous process
14. Recommendation:

In a complex NIM project, it is strongly recommended to ensure National Coordinator and a council of focal points with clear division of responsibilities and clear line of communication.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/11/07]

Will be done in the future projects

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Will be done in future projects
[Added: 2019/11/07]
Management 2019/11 Completed

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