Integrated approach for resilience and food security mid- term evaluation

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Evaluation Plan:
2017-2020, Ethiopia
Evaluation Type:
Mid Term Project
Planned End Date:
12/2019
Completion Date:
12/2019
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
50,000

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Title Integrated approach for resilience and food security mid- term evaluation
Atlas Project Number: 00097070
Evaluation Plan: 2017-2020, Ethiopia
Evaluation Type: Mid Term Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 12/2019
Planned End Date: 12/2019
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
Evaluation Budget(US $): 50,000
Source of Funding: gef
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 50,000
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Mark Anstey International Consultant
Abera Gayessa Local Consultant ETHIOPIA
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title: Food/IAP Integrated landscape management to enhance food security and ecosystem resilience
Evaluation Type: Mid-term Review
Focal Area: Multifocal Areas
Project Type: FSP
GEF Phase: GEF-6
GEF Project ID: 9135
PIMS Number: 5559
Key Stakeholders: Ministry of Environment and Forest, GEF
Countries: ETHIOPIA
Lessons
1.

4.3.1 Lessons Learned on design and project start up (inception) for future projects 226. Ensure Clarity of Project design and RF (standardized formatting): As discussed in the report initial sections, the MTR team would suggest that this project strategy and design, though basically adequate, lacked clarity, consistency and in some cases clear logic. As a result, the essentially fairly simple concept (strategy) was not easily evident to the average reader. Furthermore, the project Results Framework contained many issues both regarding way the components were organized and arranged (i.e. the non-standard use of Components and Outcomes together) which then complicated application of other standard UNDP tools (AWP, PIR, etc.), and the quality of indicators. These problems should not have been allowed to persist through to signature stage and thus it is strongly recommended that in future project development processes a rigorous review is applied to these aspects.

227. Ensuring a rigorous Inception Phase and Report: The inception phase of any project is critical for ensuring the successful future implementation, and usually involves a). an assessment of whether any factors have changed since project development, b). finalization of baseline / target data in RF if such is needed (as in the case of this project) and the updating / refinement of the original Multi-year workplan (plus initial AWP). The key findings and recommendations can then be presented at the Inception workshop.

228. It is unfortunate that this opportunity to deal at the start with weaknesses in the RF was not taken during the inception phase of this project as it is both simpler and more effective to do so then rather than at MTR stage, and would have made the monitoring process of the project easier. It is strongly recommended that in any future UNDP/GEF project in Ethiopia this is done carefully and systematically, even if this results in some delay in operational start up. A small delay initially is worth avoiding such problems later


Findings
Recommendations
1

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 1: Carry out a revision/clarification of Project Results Framework Indicators, Baseline and Targets:

2

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 2: Strengthen Project  monitoring and assessment of GEB and FS impacts in the field and levels of replication:

3

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 3: Midterm Planning to consolidate initiated activities and Move forward with so far uninitiated ones

4

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 4: Trouble shooting Implementation barriers in challenging Project sites (Agropastoral) and Learning from initial experience / beneficiaries feedback:

5

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 5 : Enhancing Impact of the School Clubs:

6

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 6: Additional Support to Practical Research on high land tree species adaption and cultivation in the Highlands

7

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 7: Planning in advance the Strategy and Actions Needed to effectively Communicate Project Achievements and advocating ILM approach (as applied by the project) – I.e. A Communication and Replication Plan:

8

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 8: UNDP Ethiopia to apply and Advocate the ILM Model (as applied by the Project) in other Environmental and Rural Development contexts:

1. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 1: Carry out a revision/clarification of Project Results Framework Indicators, Baseline and Targets:

Management Response: [Added: 2020/04/22]

Agreed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
revision of existing indicators/baseline/ targets (clearer language, quantitative baselines, consistent parameters, remove duplication, etc.), b). Inclusion of clear and quantifiable GEB and FS impact indicators for each outcome
[Added: 2020/04/22] [Last Updated: 2020/08/03]
PMU + UNDP 2020/03 Completed completed History
2. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 2: Strengthen Project  monitoring and assessment of GEB and FS impacts in the field and levels of replication:

Management Response: [Added: 2020/04/22]

Agreed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Prepare PES procedure manual
[Added: 2020/04/22] [Last Updated: 2020/11/15]
PMU 2021/06 Initiated History
3. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 3: Midterm Planning to consolidate initiated activities and Move forward with so far uninitiated ones

Management Response: [Added: 2020/04/22]

Agreed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Following through and functionally establish the web-based GIS monitoring system in a meaningful way
[Added: 2020/04/22] [Last Updated: 2020/11/15]
PMU 2020/12 Completed completed History
Initiating in a timely manner the Outputs and activities so far not started such as: PES, insurance, Vital Signs monitoring landscapes system, etc.
[Added: 2020/04/22] [Last Updated: 2020/11/15]
PMU 2020/12 Completed completed History
4. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 4: Trouble shooting Implementation barriers in challenging Project sites (Agropastoral) and Learning from initial experience / beneficiaries feedback:

Management Response: [Added: 2020/04/22]

Agreed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Project Coordinators in each Woreda undertake a quick review with local partners and beneficiaries of the experience gained during the initial 2 years of the project and the practical lessons learned in terms improving efficiency of the further roll-out of activities during the remaining 2 years of the project.
[Added: 2020/04/22] [Last Updated: 2020/11/15]
PMU and woredas 2020/12 Completed completed History
5. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 5 : Enhancing Impact of the School Clubs:

Management Response: [Added: 2020/04/22]

Agreed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
It is recommended that to enhance both the awareness/knowledge impact and the motivation of members, the project should introduce the addition of “Field trips” – a). to areas within the Woreda that show LD issues in practice and project initiatives to address them, b). to other project sites to experience other agroecological zones and situations. Planning for this needs to be incorporated into 2020 annual work planning and budget.
[Added: 2020/04/22] [Last Updated: 2020/11/15]
PMU 2020/12 Completed Completed History
6. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 6: Additional Support to Practical Research on high land tree species adaption and cultivation in the Highlands

Management Response: [Added: 2020/04/22]

This is not the mandate of the project. However the project will support any initiative to increase the number of adaptable and economically important tree species in the high lands.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The project will support the initiative of Debrebirhan University and Angollela Tera woreda in conducting the action research to get adaptive tree species in the high lands
[Added: 2020/04/22] [Last Updated: 2020/11/15]
PMU 2020/12 Completed Completed History
7. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 7: Planning in advance the Strategy and Actions Needed to effectively Communicate Project Achievements and advocating ILM approach (as applied by the project) – I.e. A Communication and Replication Plan:

Management Response: [Added: 2020/04/22] [Last Updated: 2020/04/22]

Agreed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The project has to review and document lessons learned to advocate the project ILM Model to the government or other donors as an effective approach for future sustainable rural development. This is a key need if the project is to meet its targets in terms of leveraged finances from donors, and if the projects experience is to significantly influence future government policy and programs.
[Added: 2020/04/22] [Last Updated: 2020/11/15]
UNDP EFCCC ,PMU 2020/12 Completed Completed History
8. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 8: UNDP Ethiopia to apply and Advocate the ILM Model (as applied by the Project) in other Environmental and Rural Development contexts:

Management Response: [Added: 2020/04/22]

Agreed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
ILM approach/model as applied by the project is applicable to a wide range of natural resource use management contexts irrespective if their primary focus is environmental (as in case of GEF projects) or sustainable rural development, etc. Thus, it is recommended that the ILM approach/model is adopted into the UNDP Ethiopia “tool-box” and applied wherever relevant in other projects and programs in the future.
[Added: 2020/04/22] [Last Updated: 2020/11/15]
UNDP and PMU 2020/12 Completed Completed History

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