MTR of Promoting climate-resilient development and enhanced adaptive capacity to withstand disaster risks in Angolan Cuvelai River Basin

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Evaluation Plan:
2015-2019, Angola
Evaluation Type:
Project
Planned End Date:
10/2018
Completion Date:
01/2019
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
25,000

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Title MTR of Promoting climate-resilient development and enhanced adaptive capacity to withstand disaster risks in Angolan Cuvelai River Basin
Atlas Project Number: 81003
Evaluation Plan: 2015-2019, Angola
Evaluation Type: Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 01/2019
Planned End Date: 10/2018
Management Response: Yes
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 1.4.1 Solutions scaled up for sustainable management of natural resources, including sustainable commodities and green and inclusive value chains
Evaluation Budget(US $): 25,000
Source of Funding: GEF LDCF
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 23,000
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Antonio Arenas International Consultant antarenas@me.com
Antonio Arenas International Consultant antarenas@me.com
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title: Promoting climate-resilient development and enhanced adaptive capacity to withstand disaster risks in AngolanĂ¢??s Cuvelai River Basin
Evaluation Type: Mid-term Review
Focal Area: Climate Change
Project Type: FSP
GEF Phase: GEF-5
GEF Project ID: 5177
PIMS Number: 5166
Key Stakeholders: MINAMB; Project team; UNDP
Countries: ANGOLA
Comments:

Outcome: Expected CP Outcome(s):

By 2019, the environmental sustainability is strengthened through the improvement of management of energy, natural resources, access to green technology, climate change strategies, conservation of biodiversity, and systems and plans to reduce disasters and risks.

Output: Expected CPAP Output (s)

CPAPC 2015-2019: Priority Area 4: Environmental sustainability for disaster risk reduction and economic advancement.

Lessons
1.

 

C1. Project benefits conceived so far will contribute to solving some baseline sustainable development problems, pointing toward adaptation to climate change impacts such as improved access to food security, fresh water availability, enhanced local productivity, protect natural resources and provide early warning system. 

C2. Project design has two basic errors: first, believing that a problem exists when something is missing, assuming that if the project provides what’s missing the problem will be resolved. Second, an unclear strategy in terms of defining clear and strong commitment to changes needed to achieve the project’s objective. Project strategy has been influenced by a "technocracy" approach, which assumes that provide a FFEWS is an outcome by itself.

C3. The project’s objectives and outcomes or components need to become more results-oriented and to improve their focus on development changes and real improvements in people’s lives.  The project results framework should describe the real changes that can “Enhance or improve capacity" and "Increase resilience" people’s lives "to reduce” their vulnerabilities.

C4. Cuvelai River Basin Project has a clear idea about the need to be linked with other initiatives and how closing some identified gaps in other investments. Project made an effort in describing how to fulfil the Angola’s NAPA priority interventions and National Programme for Environmental Management, taking into account the perspectives of those institutions that could contribute information and other resources.

C5. Although limited, project has developed ideas and specific definitions to gender approach and women empowerment.

C6. Project has demonstrated important delay in starting and then, the very low and sometimes non-execution. Given the activities made, the road that remains to be travelled and the short time remaining, Cuvelai River Basin Project will not achieve the expected results by the planned end of project.

C7. In the institutional context, the "National Implementation Modality" was a bold decision and undoubtedly the lessons to be learnt have a high value for implementers, especially in themes such as result-based management and the early warning related to project execution. However, and given the circumstances, the Responsible Partner should place itself in position to provide more direct service support.


Tag: Climate change

Findings
1.

The project performance is rated unsatisfactory after 2 years of slow implementation and very slow progress toward the outcomes.

So far, the project has had some important achievements, such as the assessment of the training needs for the Institutions for meteorology and hydrology, the beginning of the training of community extension officers on climate resilient farming methods (IDA), seeds collection for research and improvement (CRF), creation of CBO related to DDR and water (Civil Protection), and the rehabilitation of water wells (NGO Development Workshop). In December 2018, the contract for setting up a network of meteorological stations in the basin, selected based on a public procurement process early in the year, was also finally signed by the IP.

However, it is clear that the project's objectives will not be achieved unless a project extension is granted, based in a strong adjustment of management and implementation modality, in order to ensure that the most vulnerable people can access to the necessary knowledge and tools to progress toward development-based risk reduction and climate change adaptation.


Recommendations
1

Perform a 'no-cost extension' for two years in order to achieve outcomes of sufficient quality, sustainability and impact

2

Enhance the PMU, allocating all personnel to work as a unit, including a high-level Technical Advisor. All PMU positions as defined in the PRODOC should be placed permanently in Cunene province.

3

MTR strongly recommends to UNDP to modify its implementation modality to Assisted NIM

4

Group activities into comprehensive tender packages to be launched as soon as possible.

5

Extend the scope and increase finances of climate change adaptation actions

6

The project needs a "tailor made" M&E tool with clear protocols and procedures to oversee the contracts, including a participatory tool were the final beneficiaries can be involved in the process

7

Project needs a "tailor made" social communication strategy and actions to develop awareness campaigns related to EWS, climate change and agriculture adaptation measures and tools

8

Project Board and/or Steering Committee should take strong measures to assure that their decisions become effective at institutional level and on the ground

1. Recommendation:

Perform a 'no-cost extension' for two years in order to achieve outcomes of sufficient quality, sustainability and impact

Management Response: [Added: 2019/01/02] [Last Updated: 2019/02/14]

UNDP agrees with the recommendation and will propose a 2-year project extension to the steering committee. With the endorsement of the SC, UNDP will submit the extension request by 31 May 2019

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Submit request for 2-year extension to regional office
[Added: 2019/02/14] [Last Updated: 2019/04/08]
UNDP 2019/07 Initiated History
2. Recommendation:

Enhance the PMU, allocating all personnel to work as a unit, including a high-level Technical Advisor. All PMU positions as defined in the PRODOC should be placed permanently in Cunene province.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/01/02] [Last Updated: 2019/02/14]

UNDP is in the process of hiring a Technical Advisor at P3 level who will have as one of his/her responsibilities to support the Cuvelai project. The position will, however, be based in Luanda. UNDP has also recommended to the IP to hire a management advisor to be based in Cunene. Further, UNDP has agreed with the IP already in 2017 to hire a finance manager for the project office in Cunene

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Hire Technical Advisor, finance assistant and management advisor
[Added: 2019/02/14] [Last Updated: 2019/04/08]
UNDP for Technical Advisor, MINAMB for finance assistant and management advisor 2019/07 Initiated History
3. Recommendation:

MTR strongly recommends to UNDP to modify its implementation modality to Assisted NIM

Management Response: [Added: 2019/01/02] [Last Updated: 2019/02/14]

The modality of project implementation cannot be changed unilaterally by UNDP and is based on the HACT assessment of MINAMB as an implementing partner of UNDP projects. UNDP will discuss the recommendation at the next SC

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Discuss change of implementation modality at SC
[Added: 2019/02/14] [Last Updated: 2019/04/08]
UNDP 2019/07 Initiated History
4. Recommendation:

Group activities into comprehensive tender packages to be launched as soon as possible.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/01/02] [Last Updated: 2019/02/14]

Organizing activities into “tender packages” (or clusters) and contracting them as packages has been the project strategy from the beginning and the project will continue to pursue it, taking into account the specific recommendations made by the MTR

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Contracting all major project activities suitably grouped into tender packages
[Added: 2019/02/14]
MINAMB, UNDP 2019/06 Initiated
5. Recommendation:

Extend the scope and increase finances of climate change adaptation actions

Management Response: [Added: 2019/01/02] [Last Updated: 2019/02/14]

UNDP fully agrees with this recommendation, which is also in line with recommendations of the last SC meeting and stakeholder meeting in Cunene Province. In conformity with the detailed recommendation in the MTR report, UNDP CO is seeking permission from the Regional Office to allocate an additional up to $630,000 from budget lines 24 and 29 for improving access for communities to water

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Contract activity to increase water access to communities
[Added: 2019/02/14] [Last Updated: 2019/04/08]
MINAMB, UNDP 2019/12 Initiated History
6. Recommendation:

The project needs a "tailor made" M&E tool with clear protocols and procedures to oversee the contracts, including a participatory tool were the final beneficiaries can be involved in the process

Management Response: [Added: 2019/01/02] [Last Updated: 2019/02/14]

UNDP already oversees the contracts very closely but will develop a specific M&E tool for the project

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Prepare M&E tool
[Added: 2019/02/14] [Last Updated: 2019/04/08]
UNDP, MINAMB 2019/07 Initiated History
7. Recommendation:

Project needs a "tailor made" social communication strategy and actions to develop awareness campaigns related to EWS, climate change and agriculture adaptation measures and tools

Management Response: [Added: 2019/02/14]

The project has regularly communicated about its activities, including through national media (tv), but will put additional emphasis on local communications now that impacts on the ground are becoming visible

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Develop communication strategy for the project
[Added: 2019/02/14] [Last Updated: 2019/04/08]
UNDP, MINAMB 2019/12 Not Initiated History
8. Recommendation:

Project Board and/or Steering Committee should take strong measures to assure that their decisions become effective at institutional level and on the ground

Management Response: [Added: 2019/02/14]

UNDP agrees with the recommendation and will advocate with the IP that SC meetings are held more frequently and attended by higher level Ministry officials

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Schedule SC meetings for 2019
[Added: 2019/02/14] [Last Updated: 2019/05/14]
MINAMB, UNDP 2019/07 Initiated History

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