Institutional Support to the Ministry of Environment Project Evaluation

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Evaluation Plan:
2017-2021, Lebanon
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
02/2017
Completion Date:
01/2017
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
20,000

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Title Institutional Support to the Ministry of Environment Project Evaluation
Atlas Project Number: 00099052
Evaluation Plan: 2017-2021, Lebanon
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 01/2017
Planned End Date: 02/2017
Management Response: Yes
UNDP Signature Solution:
  • 1. Poverty
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 2.5.1 Solutions developed, financed and applied at scale for energy efficiency and transformation to clean energy and zero-carbon development, for poverty eradication and structural transformation
SDG Goal
  • Goal 16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
  • Goal 4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
SDG Target
  • 16.6 Develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels
  • 16.7 Ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels
  • 4.a Build and upgrade education facilities that are child, disability and gender sensitive and provide safe, non-violent, inclusive and effective learning environments for all
Evaluation Budget(US $): 20,000
Source of Funding: Project budget
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 26,225
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: Ministry of Environment
Countries: LEBANON
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

As the evaluation found that ISMOE showed promise of meeting the expectations set out in the Program Concept Document, a further extension followed by a reformulation of the objectives and outcomes of the Project are necessary to meet the challenges and assist in the formulation and implementation of the SDGs in Lebanon and the UN Strategy Framework

2

The design of the reformulated ISMOE should follow international practice described in the UNDP Handbook on Planning, Monitoring and Evaluating for Development Results (2009).

3

The governance and management structures should entail MOE senior management involvement in core decision making from the outset to ensure country ownership and sustainability and a systematic mechanism for consultation with stakeholders and cross –services interactions should be promoted. In addition, devolution of the future project activities to the services and departments should be an encouraging step towards building sustainable capacity in the MOE.

4

ISMOE audience should be expanded beyond the MOE. The ISMOE should expand its beneficiaries beyond the Ministry of the Environment staff and include also selected ministries and municipalities in order to reinforce the process of mainstreaming environment into other sectors.

5

A clear disengagement strategy is also required. The questions of how much longer the ISMOE should continue to exist with UNDP management support beyond 2021 should be answered as to enhance MOE ownership and ensuring the sustainability of the project activities.

1. Recommendation:

As the evaluation found that ISMOE showed promise of meeting the expectations set out in the Program Concept Document, a further extension followed by a reformulation of the objectives and outcomes of the Project are necessary to meet the challenges and assist in the formulation and implementation of the SDGs in Lebanon and the UN Strategy Framework

Management Response: [Added: 2017/02/21]

A second phase of the ISMOE project will be formulated to support the formulation and implementation of the SDGs and presented to the Government of Lebanon for endorsement and funding

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Secure the approval of government on the new phase
[Added: 2017/11/07]
Edgard Chehab 2017/11 Completed
2. Recommendation:

The design of the reformulated ISMOE should follow international practice described in the UNDP Handbook on Planning, Monitoring and Evaluating for Development Results (2009).

Management Response: [Added: 2017/02/21]

The design of the new phase of the ISMOE project will take into consideration international practice as described in the UNDP handbook

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Make sure that the new phase of the ISMOE project take into consideration international practice as described in the UNDP handbook
[Added: 2017/11/07]
Jihan Seoud 2017/08 Completed
3. Recommendation:

The governance and management structures should entail MOE senior management involvement in core decision making from the outset to ensure country ownership and sustainability and a systematic mechanism for consultation with stakeholders and cross –services interactions should be promoted. In addition, devolution of the future project activities to the services and departments should be an encouraging step towards building sustainable capacity in the MOE.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/02/21]

This recommendation will be taken into consideration during the design of the ISMOE new phase

Key Actions:

4. Recommendation:

ISMOE audience should be expanded beyond the MOE. The ISMOE should expand its beneficiaries beyond the Ministry of the Environment staff and include also selected ministries and municipalities in order to reinforce the process of mainstreaming environment into other sectors.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/02/21]

This recommendation will be taken into consideration during the design of the ISMOE new phase

Key Actions:

5. Recommendation:

A clear disengagement strategy is also required. The questions of how much longer the ISMOE should continue to exist with UNDP management support beyond 2021 should be answered as to enhance MOE ownership and ensuring the sustainability of the project activities.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/02/21]

UNDP and MoE agreed to set am exist strategy securing the sustainability of the work

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Develop an exist strategy to the new and last phase and engage external assistance to develop it. UNDP CO has started the work on an exit strategy. The exit strategy for this particular project will be tied to the overall UNDP exit strategy as part of the Policy Advisory Unit (PAU) assessment.
[Added: 2017/11/07] [Last Updated: 2019/12/12]
Celine Moyroud 2020/12 Initiated The work with the exit strategy for PAUs is the continued effort by UNDP Lebanon as a whole. History

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