STRENGTHENING INSTITUTIONAL CAPACITY FOR SUSTAINABLE TOURISM DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM TERMINAL EVALUATION REPORT

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Evaluation Plan:
2017-2020, Ethiopia
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
12/2018
Completion Date:
12/2018
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
50,000

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Title STRENGTHENING INSTITUTIONAL CAPACITY FOR SUSTAINABLE TOURISM DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM TERMINAL EVALUATION REPORT
Atlas Project Number: 79925
Evaluation Plan: 2017-2020, Ethiopia
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 12/2018
Planned End Date: 12/2018
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 $): 50,000
Source of Funding: UNDP
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 15,000
Joint Programme: No
Mandatory Evaluation: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Abera Gayesa Local consultant abera.gayesa@gmail.com ETHIOPIA
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: Ethiopian Tourism organization
Countries: ETHIOPIA
Lessons
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The evaluation also highlighted the following key lessons learned:
? It has been learned that the project implementation was primarily attached to top management of ETO, viz. CEO and D/CEO. This lagged back the project implementation process as the CEO’s are reappointed frequently. Project implementation process and progress towards results can be better achieved if the project interventions and activities are assigned to and executed by relevant departments, destination and marketing departments, so that interventions and results will have direct ownership and any turnover of top management will not affect project operations.
? It has also been learned that the Project Coordinator needs to be permanent throughout the project life to channel project outputs to relevant departments, regularly prepare reports and submit to funding agency. The project coordinator can alternatively be head of planning department if the ETO has this structure.
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? It has also been learned that the right people, vision and strategy will result in achieving desired outcomes and outputs.


Findings
Recommendations
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Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 1:  The execution and ownership of the project should be assigned to relevant departmental structures, so as to create commitment and ownership of project implementation and sustaining the results to be achieved. If so, any change in top management will not hinder implementation of project.

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Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 2:  The project should give focused attention to create strong public-private partnership (PPP) in which investment, resource and experience sharing will be committed towards tourism destination and product development and marketing promotion and development there by realizing sustainable tourism sector development. UNDP and relevant donors should support the realization of this effort.

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Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 3: Gender equality and environmental factors were not considered right from project design as well as during project progress reporting process. As all UNDP country - based interventions needs to integrate gender equality and environmental factors, the project should incorporate gender equality and environment into the project cycles, particularly during design, monitoring and evaluation during the next phase.

1. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 1:  The execution and ownership of the project should be assigned to relevant departmental structures, so as to create commitment and ownership of project implementation and sustaining the results to be achieved. If so, any change in top management will not hinder implementation of project.

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

Management Response: UNDP management has discussed programmatic issues and formulation of a full-fledged programme with the Minister of Culture and Tourism and formulation of new programme document incorporating institutional arrangements and sustainability is underway.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Discussions held with Minister of Culture and Tourism and the Head of Office.
[Added: 2019/01/01]
IGSD 2019/02 Overdue-Initiated
2. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 2:  The project should give focused attention to create strong public-private partnership (PPP) in which investment, resource and experience sharing will be committed towards tourism destination and product development and marketing promotion and development there by realizing sustainable tourism sector development. UNDP and relevant donors should support the realization of this effort.

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

Management Response: Formulation of a new programme document in process, which looks into working on the whole tourism value chain, focusing on public-private partnership, private sector participation as well as job creation potential of the whole sector. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
. description activities, then specifics as needed a. Brainstorming session on formulation of new programme conducted with donors to ensure the programme has sufficient donor support.
[Added: 2019/01/01]
Ministry of Culture and Tourism/IGSD 2019/03 Initiated
Consultancy advertised for undertaking a quick needs assessment and formulation of new programme document
[Added: 2019/01/01]
UNDP 2019/03 Initiated on track
3. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 3: Gender equality and environmental factors were not considered right from project design as well as during project progress reporting process. As all UNDP country - based interventions needs to integrate gender equality and environmental factors, the project should incorporate gender equality and environment into the project cycles, particularly during design, monitoring and evaluation during the next phase.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/01/01]

Management Response: The new programme is to ensure that gender equality and inclusiveness is well planned and thought through, ensuring that the programme has clear gender markers and milestones that are measurable and achievable.  It is to also address environmental factors, particularly in destination areas and heritage sites.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1 description activities, then specifics as needed a. Identification of gender analysis and gaps during the needs assessment and incorporating clear targets and milestones in formulation of programme
[Added: 2019/01/01]
IGSD 2019/03 Initiated in progress
Address environmental factors in programme formulation
[Added: 2019/01/01]
IGSD 2019/03 Initiated in progress

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