Evaluation of the capacity development for improved management of Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEA) for global environmental benefits

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Evaluation Plan:
2017-2021, Trinidad and Tobago
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
12/2021
Completion Date:
09/2021
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
20,000

This CCCD Project was designed to overcome the capacity barriers hampering the implementation of MEAs in Trinidad and Tobago. The goal of the CCCD Project was to “strengthen the ability of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago to create, leverage and maintain synergies for the national implementation of MEAs and strengthen integrated approaches to environmental management, including meeting MEAs guidance and national reporting requirements”. The objective of the CCCD Project was to “implement capacity development activities in Trinidad and Tobago to improve the synergistic implementation of MEAs and contribute to increase national and global environmental benefits”.

The strategy was to be achieved through two outcomes:

  • Outcome 1: The institutional framework is strengthened and more coordinated and able to address global environmental concerns

 

  • Outcome 2: The Green Fund is effective as a funding mechanism to support the implementation of MEAs in Trinidad and Tobago

 

In summary, the Project was expected to bring about a strengthened and coordinated institutional environmental framework through the development of capacities as well as to foster an effective funding mechanism to implement MEAs in Trinidad and Tobago.

 

This Terminal Evaluation (TE) report assesses the design and formulation, implementation, results (at goal, objective, outcome, outputs levels), targets (against the indicators in the Project Result Framework, hereinafter referred to as the PRF), GEF additionality, catalytic effect, and progress to impact of the “Capacity Development for Improved Management of Multilateral Environmental Agreements for Global Environmental Benefits (hereinafter referred to as the CCCD Project or the Project). It also evaluates the project’s relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability, country ownership, gender equality, and cross cutting issues.

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Title Evaluation of the capacity development for improved management of Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEA) for global environmental benefits
Atlas Project Number: 00083861
Evaluation Plan: 2017-2021, Trinidad and Tobago
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 09/2021
Planned End Date: 12/2021
Management Response: Yes
UNDP Signature Solution:
  • 1. Poverty
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 1.1.1 Capacities developed across the whole of government to integrate the 2030 Agenda, the Paris Agreement and other international agreements in development plans and budgets, and to analyse progress towards the SDGs, using innovative and data-driven solutions
SDG Goal
  • Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
SDG Target
  • 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
  • 13.b Promote mechanisms for raising capacity for effective climate change-related planning and management in least developed countries and small island developing States, including focusing on women, youth and local and marginalized communities
Evaluation Budget(US $): 20,000
Source of Funding: Project budget
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 31,500
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Roland Lit Chung Wong Mr. rolandwong@shaw.ca
Michelle Cynthia John Ms. michellecyjohn@yahoo.com
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title: Capacity Development for improved management of Multilateral Environmental Agreements for Global Environmental Benefits. (CCCD Project)
Evaluation Type: Terminal Evaluation
Focal Area: Multifocal Areas
Project Type: MSP
GEF Phase: GEF-5
GEF Project ID: 5847
PIMS Number: 5372
Key Stakeholders: MInistry of Planning and Development
Countries: TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
Comments:

Final project evaluation

Lessons
1.

Lesson #1: While the project was successful in bringing together governmental agencies and CSOs in keeping with efforts to strengthen integrated approaches to environmental management in Trinidad and Tobago, workshops alone cannot be used to sustain such relationships. Outside of this, there must be a concerted effort driven by a champion agency coordinating activities to ensure that the interest generated by the project can be sustained after it has ended.


2.

Lesson #2: The mentoring of CSOs must be sustained beyond project end in order that they can make an effective contribution to the implementation of MEAs obligations in Trinidad and Tobago. A champion agency should also be identified to take on the role of ensuring their continued engagement.


3.

Lesson #3: To achieve the synergistic implementation of MEAs in Trinidad and Tobago collaborative efforts between and amongst governmental agencies also have to be enhanced. Discussions regarding the challenges, particularly relating to the information and data collection processes for input into national reports, must be initiated at a deeper level. A lead agency would be required to facilitate such discussions from the perspective of bringing the relevant stakeholders together.


4.

Lesson #4: Sensitization of key policy and decision makers is crucial to enhance their understanding of the obligations of the MEAs to which Trinidad and Tobago is a signatory, and what is required at the national level to fulfil these so that their full implementation can be achieved. This could assist in obtaining their support for legislation developed within the context of this and other projects.


5.

Lesson #5: In order for the Green Fund of Trinidad and Tobago to effectively fund MEAs implementation in Trinidad and Tobago, it is necessary to address other fundamental issues such as staffing levels, complexity of the application process, approval process, beyond capacity development of its staff for this to be realized.


Findings
1.

The Project has provided capacity building in MEAs and helped government agencies create a platform for next steps (e.g. the legislation with respect to reporting requirements or national reports). It also enabled CSOs to make the link between their work and the Rio Conventions, and sought to facilitate a better understanding of MEAs obligations and implementation. The issue remains as to how this can be translated into long-term and sustained action. MEAs are aligned with the Environmental Management Act of Trinidad and Tobago; however, there are challenges getting information and data to complete National Reports, for example. While the Project was important in terms of addressing this issue, the view has been expressed that in going forward, more in depth discussions with organisations that collect information are still critical to better understand the root causes of the challenges they face in this regard.


2.

The Project also allowed for a better understanding of MEAs and their associated obligations. This was reinforced by the capacity building and mapping exercises undertaken, the latter of which, assisted in the identification of the roles and responsibilities that currently reside within the key governmental institutions and statutory bodies with respect to the MEAs, and how these can be strengthened. These activities also assisted CSOs in understanding how their existence and activities contribute to the achievement of obligations under MEAs. This was particularly important, as CSOs in general have a different understanding of what national obligations are with respect to the MEAs to which Trinidad and Tobago is a signatory, and further how the work they do is linked to them.


3.

Activities undertaken to build the technical and organisational capacity of CSOs so that they can take a more significant role vis à vis environmental management and MEAs implementation in Trinidad and Tobago, represented a key element of the Project. Their importance in the information and data collection process was also underscored. This effort has been applauded by stakeholders, but in light of the fact that that these organisations operate with limited funding, they may not be able to engage in a sustained manner as other more established institutions and agencies. This is directly linked to the level of engagement that can be reasonably expected from this sector, and therefore requires follow-up in the post-project period to ensure that CSOs can effectively take on their ‘new’ implied roles. 


4.

The Project represented a first step in enhancing the collaborative processes between the various stakeholders. To further augment this, communication and information sharing (for example, in the form of data bases) are considered vital, and still seen as somewhat lacking at this time. Enhancement of the MEAFN was identified as one mechanism that could facilitate this process. The question of “how will this be sustained after the Project?” must however be addressed, not only between governmental and non-governmental organisations, but also between governmental organisations.


5.

With regard to the institutional, legislative and policy frameworks, legal certainty has been created with the drafting of legislation to incorporate MEA reporting requirements. This was considered important to ensure sustainability. If implemented, this would be regarded as the impetus required to drive decision-makers to build capacity for the legislative framework. Awareness raising regarding the policies and legislation already in place, along with the capacity building exercises allowed for the revision of the Tourism Policy for example, to better align it with MEAs obligations. Implementation however is highly dependent on “buy-in” at the political level and therefore an aspect that should be assiduously pursued post-project.


6.

Although the point was made that the Project was not intended to “fix” the GFTT but to see how its resources could be better channelled to meet MEA obligations, it was inevitable that issues not related to the specific outputs under this Project outcome would be raised. These included, for example, the complexity of the process involved in applying for funding (i.e. bureaucracy), accessibility to the fund, and a lack of clear funding guidelines. These are, however, outside the scope of the project.


7.

At this stage, it is somewhat early to say whether the awareness building activities of the Project regarding the GFTT were sufficient to result in an increase in the submission from CSOs for funding. Despite this, confidence was expressed that the training the CSOs received would allow for a better understanding of the GFTT, and who can access the fund.


8.

As a step towards the mainstreaming of climate change and MEAs-related issues into national, sectoral, organisational plans and projects, synergies have been identified between the CCCD project and other projects (e.g. Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) Support Programme Project). Elements of the Project have been incorporated into the reporting and implementation of MEAs in Trinidad and Tobago.


9.

COVID-19 represented a major setback to the Project, with limitations including:

 

  • Inability of foreign consultants to travel to Trinidad and Tobago for certain planned activities;
  • Limited travel to Tobago by the project team to undertake activities there; and
  • Postponement of planned face-to-face workshops, including the ToT sessions, based on continued restrictions on the size of public gatherings and general health concerns due to the pandemic. Although online interventions were utilised where possible, the interactive nature of consultative and outreach workshops and the uncertainty of the ongoing pandemic proved to be a challenge for Project implementation. The redirecting of activities was required, involving the increased utilisation of online tools to build capacity.

10.

In summary, a number of “firsts” were recorded by the Project including:

 

  • Compilation of a listing of stakeholders involved in work related to the environment in Trinidad and Tobago;
  • Identification of gaps in legislative matters related to MEA obligations;
  • Addressing communication-related matters such as a website, development of materials, videography against a primary focus on capacity building;
  • Hosting of key gatherings to bring together CSOs and other major stakeholders involved in environmental management to understand the obligations associated with MEAs implementation in Trinidad and Tobago. 

Recommendations
1

Terminal Evaluation Recommendation 1.
A champion organization is required to ensure sustainability and find solutions to existing problems, particularly those relating to information collection. The lead agency would be charged with the responsibility of coordinating dialogues among various stakeholders and compiling recommendations to take forward for action. This would also include key decision-makers whose “buy in” is critical to sustainability and a longer-term impact of the Project. Steps must be taken to continue to foster the collaborative linkages fostered under the Project, and that CSOs in particular are provided with the necessary support to develop meaningful projects that could lead to both national and global environmental benefits. The champion organization needs to carry on the Project’s work to generate sustainability by dissemination of the information and by identifying mechanisms that would allow capacity activities to remain applicable and current over the long term in Trinidad and Tobago.

2

Terminal Evaluation Recommendation 2.
Find resources to continue building the technical and organizational capacity of CSOs so that they can take a more significant role vis à vis environmental management and MEAs implementation in Trinidad and Tobago. Notwithstanding the importance of the information and data collection process, the organizations undertaking this effort have been operating with limited funding, making them unable to engage in a sustained manner with other more established institutions and organizations. This requires follow-up in the post-project period to ensure that CSOs can effectively take on their “new” implied roles.

3

Terminal Evaluation Recommendation 3.
To further enhance the collaborative processes between the various stakeholders, strengthen communication and information sharing using the champion agency. Enhancement of the MEAFN is one mechanism that could facilitate this process with discussions between governmental and non-governmental organizations, and also between governmental organizations on how to sustain this communication and information sharing.

4

Terminal Evaluation Recommendation 4.
Follow-up with the continuation of the work started in the areas of training, education and outreach on MEAs obligations beyond the Project. Resources will be required to fund the academic institutions that have expressed an interest in mainstreaming MEAs implementation into their programmes, something that could contribute to sustainability. While the Project has developed a number of materials to support the knowledge transfer for part of the process, there is an issue of what happens in the absence of funding. It has been suggested that training, education and outreach activities would only continue if funding were available.

5

Terminal Evaluation Recommendation 5.
Generate synergies between current projects that deal either with MEAs and MEA-related environmental policy and processes at the technical as well as at the decision-making processes levels. Projects should summon lead ministries as well as other agencies that are involved in MEAs to acknowledge the cross-cutting nature of multilateral environmental agreements and MEA-related environmental policy.

6

Terminal Evaluation Recommendation 6.
GEF should consider the inclusion of a force majeure clause for projects and provide some leeway in the granting of extensions under conditions such as the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic resulted in many disruptions to the Project.

7

Terminal Evaluation Recommendation 7.
The budget of a project should reflect the resources required at design including sufficient resources to manage a project and to draw the capacities needed for consultancies. This should include a realistic financial plan with adequate costing of management personnel and technical inputs that includes technical staff and consultancies, training programs and awareness raising material.

8

Terminal Evaluation Recommendation 8.
A capacity building project should have a result-based design with indicators that reflect the desired impacts of the project. The type of end-of-project indicators for a capacity building project should measure actual uptake of capacity building activities at the individual and institutional levels, and that results indicators should reflect effects attributable to the project.

9

Terminal Evaluation Recommendation 9.
Timing of a project needs to be in accordance with what a project is trying to achieve. For instance, a capacity building project should unfold within an adequate time period to see results and effects.

10

Terminal Evaluation Recommendation 10.
Attempt to link similar in future CCCD projects which are being implemented with GEF support in several nations, in particular in countries in the same region and sub-region, in order for them to learn from each other.

11

Terminal Evaluation Recommendation 11.
For projects to promote a gender equality approach, a gender action plan should be set that fully addresses the different needs of men or women from design and from implementation onset. Related to this, design should include sex-disaggregated indicators and indicators that capture development benefits, so that development benefits in general and gender aspects of a project can be monitored effectively throughout the full implementing process.

1. Recommendation:

Terminal Evaluation Recommendation 1.
A champion organization is required to ensure sustainability and find solutions to existing problems, particularly those relating to information collection. The lead agency would be charged with the responsibility of coordinating dialogues among various stakeholders and compiling recommendations to take forward for action. This would also include key decision-makers whose “buy in” is critical to sustainability and a longer-term impact of the Project. Steps must be taken to continue to foster the collaborative linkages fostered under the Project, and that CSOs in particular are provided with the necessary support to develop meaningful projects that could lead to both national and global environmental benefits. The champion organization needs to carry on the Project’s work to generate sustainability by dissemination of the information and by identifying mechanisms that would allow capacity activities to remain applicable and current over the long term in Trinidad and Tobago.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/09/10]

The organization described in this recommendation exists in the form of the MEA Unit (MEAU) at the MPD. Efforts with respect to this recommendation are inherent in the mandate of and work conducted by the MEAU and will continue through the products of this project. These products include the MEAs TT website (meastt.gov.tt), as well as knowledge products, technical reports and audio-visual material, which have been disseminated via print and electronic means, such as Facebook, Environmental Policy and Planning Division (EPPD) Blog and local media. Brochures and booklets will also be placed in the offices and on the websites of relevant government agencies.
Sustainability will also be ensured through the online MEA course, which has been developed and the continued collaboration with the MEA Focal Point Network (FPN) that includes Project Steering Committee members and other project stakeholders and has seen renewed commitment during this project. The MEAs TT website has a dedicated members’ forum for the FPN, which will facilitate virtual networking that will be combined with in-person initiatives by the MEAU when the national health regulations allow public gatherings.
The OFP will also recommend the creation of a Cabinet appointed Committee for MEAs consisting of all Ministries and Agencies involved in MEAs. This will allow for better coordination and implementation of MEAs including provision of data. This committee should be chaired by Permanent Secretary MPD or Foreign Affairs.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Continue interaction with stakeholders and the Focal Point Network (FPN) after conclusion of the project
[Added: 2021/09/10] [Last Updated: 2021/09/13]
Ministry of Planning and Development; UNDP 2021/09 Completed The Ministry of Planning and Development through the re-invigorated Focal Point Network (FPN) will continue to engage with key stakeholders on MEAs so as to encourage sustainability of the project's impact. History
2. Recommendation:

Terminal Evaluation Recommendation 2.
Find resources to continue building the technical and organizational capacity of CSOs so that they can take a more significant role vis à vis environmental management and MEAs implementation in Trinidad and Tobago. Notwithstanding the importance of the information and data collection process, the organizations undertaking this effort have been operating with limited funding, making them unable to engage in a sustained manner with other more established institutions and organizations. This requires follow-up in the post-project period to ensure that CSOs can effectively take on their “new” implied roles.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/09/10]

A key outcome of this project is the increase in capacity of CSOs to apply to the Green Fund of Trinidad and Tobago to implement projects related to MEAs. One of the project’s initiatives included a training and mentorship programme for increasing organizational and project management capacity of CSOs. This programme has engaged 18 participant organizations and will also be continued after the project has been completed through partnership with the CSOs. Further collaboration with GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP) and their associated training programme(s) will be recommended for future projects to build the capacity of CSOs.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Continue collaboration with CSOs on issues related to MEAs and facilitate future delivery of the training programme
[Added: 2021/09/13]
Ministry of Planning and Development 2021/09 Completed The Ministry of Planning through the FPN will continue to facilitate training of stakeholders in MEA implementation. This will ensure the sustainability of the project's impact into the future. History
3. Recommendation:

Terminal Evaluation Recommendation 3.
To further enhance the collaborative processes between the various stakeholders, strengthen communication and information sharing using the champion agency. Enhancement of the MEAFN is one mechanism that could facilitate this process with discussions between governmental and non-governmental organizations, and also between governmental organizations on how to sustain this communication and information sharing.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/09/10]

The FPN has been reaffirmed during the project by a comprehensive update exercise, through which existing members were confirmed and new members were able to register for the FPN. The MEAU will continue to register new members, create and maintain linkages among existing members, including communication and information sharing, through virtual means using the FPN membership forum on the MEAs TT website and, when circumstances allow, through in-person networking sessions.
The OFP will also recommend the creation of a Cabinet appointed Committee for MEAs consisting of all Ministries and Agencies involved in MEAs. This will allow for better coordination and implementation of MEAs including provision of data. This committee should be chaired by Permanent Secretary MPD or Foreign Affairs.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Continue to collaborate with stakeholders especially through the MEA FPN
[Added: 2021/09/13]
Ministry of Planning and Development 2021/09 Completed The Ministry of Planning through the FPN will continue to collaborate with stakeholders to facilitate MEA implementation. This will ensure the sustainability of the project's impact into the future. History
4. Recommendation:

Terminal Evaluation Recommendation 4.
Follow-up with the continuation of the work started in the areas of training, education and outreach on MEAs obligations beyond the Project. Resources will be required to fund the academic institutions that have expressed an interest in mainstreaming MEAs implementation into their programmes, something that could contribute to sustainability. While the Project has developed a number of materials to support the knowledge transfer for part of the process, there is an issue of what happens in the absence of funding. It has been suggested that training, education and outreach activities would only continue if funding were available.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/09/10]

The MEA training course will continue as an online course that was developed during this project and will be hosted by UWI Open Campus, an accredited academic institution, that will be available at no cost to stakeholders for a minimum of three (3) years. The CSO capacity building programme developed for this project will also be available online through a comprehensive CSO knowledge portal that is hosted by a national CSO, the Cropper Foundation. This will also be available at no cost to local CSOs. The training of trainers exercise conducted by this project has produced a cohort of 29 stakeholders who are equipped to guide their colleagues and other stakeholders on MEA obligations. These measures will ensure that training continues even in the absence of funding. Further collaboration with GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP) and their associated training programme(s) will be recommended for future projects to build the capacity of CSOs.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Continue training and outreach after the project
[Added: 2021/09/13]
Ministry of Planning and Development; CSOs; Academic Institutions 2021/09 Completed The Ministry of Planning, CSOs and academic institutions have committed to continue training and outreach to facilitate MEA implementation. This will ensure the sustainability of the project's impact into the future. History
5. Recommendation:

Terminal Evaluation Recommendation 5.
Generate synergies between current projects that deal either with MEAs and MEA-related environmental policy and processes at the technical as well as at the decision-making processes levels. Projects should summon lead ministries as well as other agencies that are involved in MEAs to acknowledge the cross-cutting nature of multilateral environmental agreements and MEA-related environmental policy.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/09/10]

This recommendation is noted and these criteria have been incorporated into national projects. Current projects such as the Capacity-building Initiative for Transparency (CBIT) are implemented using this synergistic and cross-cutting approach. The OFP will also recommend the creation of a Cabinet appointed Committee for MEAs consisting of all Ministries and Agencies involved in MEAs. This will allow for better coordination and implementation of MEAs including provision of data. This committee should be chaired by Permanent Secretary MPD or Foreign Affairs.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Continue to build synergies between projects that are related to MEA implementation
[Added: 2021/09/13]
Ministry of Planning and Development; Government Agencies; UNDP 2021/09 Completed The UNDP TTCO recognizes the recommendation made above and will continue to search for existing and future national projects that will enable synergies with MEA realted projects in the future. History
6. Recommendation:

Terminal Evaluation Recommendation 6.
GEF should consider the inclusion of a force majeure clause for projects and provide some leeway in the granting of extensions under conditions such as the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic resulted in many disruptions to the Project.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/09/10]

This recommendation is noted. For future projects, GEF Agencies will also examine the challenges experienced and lessons learned during the pandemic and include mitigation measures to avert or decrease the impact of such a risk.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Include a clause to cater for extraordinary or unforeseen delays and project extensions, e.g., COVID-19 pandemic
[Added: 2021/09/13]
GEF; UNDP 2021/09 Completed Based on the recommendation above, UNDP TTO will take into consideration the inclusion of a force majeure clause in the project documention for future GEF projects.
7. Recommendation:

Terminal Evaluation Recommendation 7.
The budget of a project should reflect the resources required at design including sufficient resources to manage a project and to draw the capacities needed for consultancies. This should include a realistic financial plan with adequate costing of management personnel and technical inputs that includes technical staff and consultancies, training programs and awareness raising material.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/09/10]

This recommendation is noted and will be taken into consideration for future projects.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Prepare future project budgets to include sufficient resources for project implementation
[Added: 2021/09/13]
GEF; UNDP; Implementing Partners 2021/09 Completed The UNDP TTO will take into consideration the recommendation identified above in the design of project budgets for future GEF projects.
8. Recommendation:

Terminal Evaluation Recommendation 8.
A capacity building project should have a result-based design with indicators that reflect the desired impacts of the project. The type of end-of-project indicators for a capacity building project should measure actual uptake of capacity building activities at the individual and institutional levels, and that results indicators should reflect effects attributable to the project.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/09/10]

This recommendation is noted and will be taken into consideration for future projects.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Design indicators for future capacity development projects to reflect desired impacts attributable to the project
[Added: 2021/09/13]
GEF; UNDP; Implementing Partners 2021/09 Completed The UNDP TTO has taken into consideration the importance of designing project indicators that clearly measure the impact of the intervention and will seek to institute this in future GEF and other projects.
9. Recommendation:

Terminal Evaluation Recommendation 9.
Timing of a project needs to be in accordance with what a project is trying to achieve. For instance, a capacity building project should unfold within an adequate time period to see results and effects.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/09/10]

This recommendation is noted and will be taken into consideration for future projects.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Ensure that capacity building projects are given sufficient time to be able to measure its effects
[Added: 2021/09/13]
GEF; UNDP; Implementing Partners 2021/09 Completed The UNDP TTO rcognizes the recommendation made above but notes that seeing the result of capacity building on beneficiaries may only be realized beyond the designated life of a project. UNDP will endeavour however to ensure that for future projects the indicators identified to determine the effects of capacity building interventions are such that they can be measured within the reasonable lifespan of a project.
10. Recommendation:

Terminal Evaluation Recommendation 10.
Attempt to link similar in future CCCD projects which are being implemented with GEF support in several nations, in particular in countries in the same region and sub-region, in order for them to learn from each other.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/09/10]

This recommendation is noted and will be taken into consideration for future projects.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Link capacity building projects that are being implemented in the same region
[Added: 2021/09/13]
GEF; UNDP; Implementting Partners 2021/09 Completed The UNDP TTCO recognizes the recommendation made above and will attempt to find synergies in the implementation of future CCCD projects with other GEF projects in the Latin American and Caribbean region.
11. Recommendation:

Terminal Evaluation Recommendation 11.
For projects to promote a gender equality approach, a gender action plan should be set that fully addresses the different needs of men or women from design and from implementation onset. Related to this, design should include sex-disaggregated indicators and indicators that capture development benefits, so that development benefits in general and gender aspects of a project can be monitored effectively throughout the full implementing process.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/09/10]

Subsequent to the development of this project, GEF-funded projects are now required to prepare a Gender Analysis and Action Plan during the project preparation phase. The issues raised in this recommendation are included in this plan.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Design future projects to include indicators that capture gender aspects and benefits of the project
[Added: 2021/09/13]
GEF; UNDP ; Implementing Partners 2021/09 Completed All GEF projects now require a Gender Analysis and Action Plan. As such, future GEF project undertaken by the TTCO will incorporate this into the project design and documentation.

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