Fostering Co-operation on Water Management among the Palestinian Israeli, and Jordanian Water Authorities

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Evaluation Plan:
2012-2017, Palestine
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
12/2017
Completion Date:
12/2017
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
11,300

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Title Fostering Co-operation on Water Management among the Palestinian Israeli, and Jordanian Water Authorities
Atlas Project Number: 00086815
Evaluation Plan: 2012-2017, Palestine
Evaluation Type: Final 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 3.2. Functions, financing and capacity of sub-national level institutions enabled to deliver improved basic services and respond to priorities voiced by the public
Evaluation Budget(US $): 11,300
Source of Funding: EU
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 11,300
Joint Programme: No
Mandatory Evaluation: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Giacomo Morelli International Expert
Samhan Samhan Local Expert
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: Palestinian water Authority, Jordanian Ministry Water and Irrigation, and Israeli Water Authority
Countries: OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES
Comments:

ATLAS # 86815

Lessons
1.

The set-up of the consultative process was suitable to the circumstances: each stakeholder could play its role within the project according to its institutional mandate and technical capacities: 

- UNDP as implementing agency & facilitator;

- The Core Parties as decision makers (project focal points) and beneficiaries (technical officers); and

- The consultants as technical advisors. In this ways the role of each stakeholder was clearly defined and the dialogue between the Core Parties was fostered through the identification of common needs, mainly represented by the institutional necessity to fill in technical gaps in regard to climate modelling.

 


2.

Training needs assessment conducted in order to have a training programme adapted the different technical capacities of the trainees proved to be an effective tool to promote participation and learning. 


Findings
Recommendations
1

Recommend expanding the scope of building knowledge and sharing information in regional projects as it would contribute to increase the level of cooperation and dialogue.

 

Page 18 -  Identification of regional activities, which require information sharing to be implemented, may contribute to increase the level of cooperation and dialogue.

2

Recommend carrying out insightful project stakeholder’s analysis during the design phase of the project.

 

 

 

 

Page 18 - The institutional priorities, capacities and interests of each beneficiary institution should be considered as a prerequisite to plan and implement activities. A project inception phase dedicated to assess the institutional needs and capacities of participants may lay the foundation to enhance the overall effectiveness of the intervention itself. In principle, it would be better to carry out such stakeholders’ analysis during the project design phase. The analysis would have better identified the needs of each institution and problems of scarce relevance or effectiveness, as the installation of the meteorological stations, could have been avoided. Furthermore, the overall implementation process could have resulted smoother and characterized by fewer project management efforts to bring together the representatives of the counterparts.

3

Supporting the visualization tool revealed to be a good exercise to share data and knowledge between the parties. It is then important to include similar platforms an ideal tool to share data and knowledge and promote common capacity building processes

4

Recommend carrying out an independent mid-term review may represent a valid tool to accommodate emerging needs and interests of project stakeholders, to inform Project Steering Committee’s decisions, and consequently ease project management and re-define project design (outputs and activities) accordingly

1. Recommendation:

Recommend expanding the scope of building knowledge and sharing information in regional projects as it would contribute to increase the level of cooperation and dialogue.

 

Page 18 -  Identification of regional activities, which require information sharing to be implemented, may contribute to increase the level of cooperation and dialogue.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/30]

UNDP/PAPP’s project management team agrees with the evaluator’s recommendation that sharing information is a crucial element in paving the way for regional cooperation.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1 Consider building a sustainable mechanism to facilitate sharing information where projects have a specific objective to promote regional cooperation.
[Added: 2017/12/30]
UNDP/PAPP’s project management team 2018/12 No Longer Applicable [Justification: Time-frame not applicable but recommendation will be considered during development of future regional projects.]
To be considered during development of future regional projects.
2. Recommendation:

Recommend carrying out insightful project stakeholder’s analysis during the design phase of the project.

 

 

 

 

Page 18 - The institutional priorities, capacities and interests of each beneficiary institution should be considered as a prerequisite to plan and implement activities. A project inception phase dedicated to assess the institutional needs and capacities of participants may lay the foundation to enhance the overall effectiveness of the intervention itself. In principle, it would be better to carry out such stakeholders’ analysis during the project design phase. The analysis would have better identified the needs of each institution and problems of scarce relevance or effectiveness, as the installation of the meteorological stations, could have been avoided. Furthermore, the overall implementation process could have resulted smoother and characterized by fewer project management efforts to bring together the representatives of the counterparts.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/30] [Last Updated: 2017/12/30]

UNDP/PAPP’s project management team agrees with the evaluator’s recommendation that insightful stakeholder’s analysis would have better identified the needs and interest of each one of the counterparts.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1. Consider carrying out in-depth stakeholder analysis during the project design phase in any future projects that have a specific objective to promote regional cooperation.
[Added: 2017/12/30]
UNDP/PAPP’s project management team 2018/12 No Longer Applicable [Justification: Time-frame is not applicable for this key action since it will be done continuously and throughout the year.]
To be considered in future regional projects as part of project activities during the inception phase.
3. Recommendation:

Supporting the visualization tool revealed to be a good exercise to share data and knowledge between the parties. It is then important to include similar platforms an ideal tool to share data and knowledge and promote common capacity building processes

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/30] [Last Updated: 2017/12/30]

UNDP/PAPP’s project management team agrees with the evaluator recommendation that mechanisms for sharing knowledge and information are essential for promoting regional cooperation.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1 UNDP to follow up with the project counterparts and communicate with the EU on the need to support hosting and maintaining the visualization tool beyond 2018.
[Added: 2017/12/30] [Last Updated: 2018/03/19]
UNDP/PAPP’s project management team 2018/03 No Longer Applicable [Justification: Please see memo attached.]
It was agreed that the project counterparts will issue a joint letter to UNDP and EU concerning the need to maintain the visualization tool.
4. Recommendation:

Recommend carrying out an independent mid-term review may represent a valid tool to accommodate emerging needs and interests of project stakeholders, to inform Project Steering Committee’s decisions, and consequently ease project management and re-define project design (outputs and activities) accordingly

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/30]

UNDP/PAPP’s project management team agrees with the evaluator’s recommendation that due to the complicity of the project a midterm review would better inform the project management about the emerging needs and make the necessary adjustment to the project activities and expected results .

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
4.1 Consider mid-term independent review in case of implementing projects that have a regional dimension.
[Added: 2017/12/30]
UNDP/PAPP’s management team 2018/12 No Longer Applicable [Justification: Time-frame is not applicable for this key action since it will be done continuously and throughout the year.]
To be considered in future projects that have regional dimension and include it in the budget.

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