Institutional Strengthening of the Forest Sector Development Project in Ethiopia mid term evaluation

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Evaluation Plan:
2017-2020, Ethiopia
Evaluation Type:
Mid Term Project
Planned End Date:
12/2018
Completion Date:
11/2018
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
50,000

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Title Institutional Strengthening of the Forest Sector Development Project in Ethiopia mid term evaluation
Atlas Project Number: 00087198
Evaluation Plan: 2017-2020, Ethiopia
Evaluation Type: Mid Term Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 11/2018
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
SDG Goal
  • Goal 15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
SDG Target
  • 15.2 By 2020, promote the implementation of sustainable management of all types of forests, halt deforestation, restore degraded forests and substantially increase afforestation and reforestation globally
Evaluation Budget(US $): 50,000
Source of Funding: UNDP
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 37,082
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Akter Hamid International Consultant Akhter Hamid <akhter.hamid@gmail.com>
Sisay Nune Local Consultant nune.sisay@gmail.com ETHIOPIA
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, regional bureau of Ministry of Environment and Forestry,
Countries: ETHIOPIA
Lessons
1.

 Lessons Learned
? Strengthening of government institutions without frequent restructuring can be
more sustainable.
? Degraded areas can be better rehabilitated when a combination of technologies is
used. Soil and water conservation practices assisted the rehabilitation as well as
plantations significantly.
? Commitments of communities as well as local government can determine the quality
of implementation and results. However, incentives such as land and forest tenure
certificates can be major sustainability factor.
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? Local schools can be involved in project interventions by allocating a parcel of land
to each school for fast rotation plantations under ‘Junior Forest Club’ for increased
outreach and impacts.


Findings
Recommendations
1

 Recommendation 1 ; Since the project has completed its baseline survey just prior to the MTE, it could not

be used to assess progress against the baseline data for this evaluation. Therefore,

the project should update the logframe with the baseline information collected in

the survey and track project progress from now onwards using the update logframe.

2

 Recommendation 2 ;The project log frame should include gender sensitive indicators to delineate women

participation in the project and assess how the project contributes to gender

equality and women empowerment.

3

Recommendation 3 ;The project should have more joint monitoring involving relevant stakeholders. At

nation level it could involve EFCCC, MoFEC, UNDP and donors. At woreda level the

woreda administration, Forest office and technical committee members should be

part of joint monitoring.

4

 Recommendation 4 ; The project should put a mechanism in place to validate/verify the reported area

under rehabilitation and plantation.

5

 Recommendation 5 Project communication and visibility should be strengthened. As part of

communication strategy the project could produce monthly newsletter and one

pager on project success stories/best practices. The signposts in project sites should

be erected/improved.

6

Recommendation 6;The project should, where feasible, encourage planting more indigenous species in

land rehabilitation for better ecosystem health.

7

 Recommendation 7 ;The government should consider absorbing project staff in EFCCC’s regular staffing structure after the end of the project to retain the capacity gain for long term

sustainability.

8

 Recommendation 8 ;To gauge the effect of learning/training programme, the project should use the Knowledge, Attitude and Practice (KAP) survey following each training course

1. Recommendation:

 Recommendation 1 ; Since the project has completed its baseline survey just prior to the MTE, it could not

be used to assess progress against the baseline data for this evaluation. Therefore,

the project should update the logframe with the baseline information collected in

the survey and track project progress from now onwards using the update logframe.

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

Agreed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
update the log frame with the baseline information collected in the survey and track project progress from now onwards using the updated log frame.
[Added: 2019/01/01] [Last Updated: 2020/08/03]
UNDP< EFCCC 2019/05 Completed Completed History
2. Recommendation:

 Recommendation 2 ;The project log frame should include gender sensitive indicators to delineate women

participation in the project and assess how the project contributes to gender

equality and women empowerment.

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

Agreed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Assess how the project contributes to gender equality and women empowerment, among others;
[Added: 2019/01/01] [Last Updated: 2020/11/15]
UNDP , EFCCC 2020/12 Completed Completed History
3. Recommendation:

Recommendation 3 ;The project should have more joint monitoring involving relevant stakeholders. At

nation level it could involve EFCCC, MoFEC, UNDP and donors. At woreda level the

woreda administration, Forest office and technical committee members should be

part of joint monitoring.

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

Agreed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Conduct joint monitoring involving relevant stakeholders. At national level it could involve EFCCC, MoFEC, UNDP and donors
[Added: 2019/01/01] [Last Updated: 2020/08/03]
UNDP, EFCCC 2019/06 Completed Completed History
4. Recommendation:

 Recommendation 4 ; The project should put a mechanism in place to validate/verify the reported area

under rehabilitation and plantation.

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

Agreed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
put a mechanism in place to validate/verify the areas under rehabilitation and plantation
[Added: 2019/01/01] [Last Updated: 2020/08/03]
UNDP , EFCCC, Norway 2019/05 Completed Completed History
5. Recommendation:

 Recommendation 5 Project communication and visibility should be strengthened. As part of

communication strategy the project could produce monthly newsletter and one

pager on project success stories/best practices. The signposts in project sites should

be erected/improved.

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

Agreed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
produce monthly newsletter and one pager on project success stories/best practices. The signposts in project sites should be recited/improved.;
[Added: 2019/01/01] [Last Updated: 2020/08/03]
UNDP , EFCCC 2020/12 Completed Completed History
6. Recommendation:

Recommendation 6;The project should, where feasible, encourage planting more indigenous species in

land rehabilitation for better ecosystem health.

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

Agreed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
encourage planting more indigenous species in land rehabilitation for better ecosystem health
[Added: 2019/01/01] [Last Updated: 2020/08/03]
UNDP , EFCCC 2019/06 Completed Completed History
7. Recommendation:

 Recommendation 7 ;The government should consider absorbing project staff in EFCCC’s regular staffing structure after the end of the project to retain the capacity gain for long term

sustainability.

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

Agreed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Hold discussion with EFCCC
[Added: 2019/01/01] [Last Updated: 2020/08/03]
UNDP 2020/06 Completed Completed History
8. Recommendation:

 Recommendation 8 ;To gauge the effect of learning/training programme, the project should use the Knowledge, Attitude and Practice (KAP) survey following each training course

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

Agreed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Hold discussion with EFCCC
[Added: 2019/01/01] [Last Updated: 2020/08/03]
UNDP 2019/05 Completed Completed History

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