Mid-Term Review and Lessons on Implementing the National Emergency Response Mitigation and Adaptation Plan 2016-2022

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Evaluation Plan:
2016-2020, Swaziland
Evaluation Type:
Project
Planned End Date:
05/2017
Completion Date:
05/2017
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
30,000

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Title Mid-Term Review and Lessons on Implementing the National Emergency Response Mitigation and Adaptation Plan 2016-2022
Atlas Project Number: 00095112
Evaluation Plan: 2016-2020, Swaziland
Evaluation Type: Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 05/2017
Planned End Date: 05/2017
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Environment & Sustainable Development
  • 2. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
  • 1. Output 6.1. From the humanitarian phase after crisis, early economic revitalization generates jobs and other environmentally sustainable livelihoods opportunities for crisis affected men and women
Evaluation Budget(US $): 30,000
Source of Funding:
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 6,500
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Thulasizwe C. Dludlu Evaluation Specialist dludlut@altersol.net
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: National Disaster Management Agency ; Deputy Prime Ministers Office
Countries: SWAZILAND
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Disaster Planning and Management Capacities: Technical weaknesses in the design of the NERMAP were observed in the form of lacking a Results Framework. 

Recommendations:  Develop the M&E Framework for the NERMAP with indicators and timelines, and ensure future response plans have Results Framework.

Follow-up Plan: Develop M&E Framework for the NERMAP.

Focal Point:   NDMA – Programme Manager.

2

Management of Disasters: The 2014/2016 El Nino had an impact on-set in 2015, however the country declared the Disaster in 16th February 2016.

Recommendation: Increase capacity for Early Warning Systems to facilitate timely decision making on escalation of impacts of disasters.

Follow-up Plan:  Timely and consistent SADC FEWSNET and national weather and climate information dissemination.

Focal Point: National Meteorological Services (MET) and the National Early Warning Unit (NEWU) at the Ministry of Agriculture.

3

Resource Mobilization: Sufficient funding is critical for the successful implementation of an emergency response. In the case of the NERMAP financial and human resources were not sufficient to carry out the interventions in the plan as determined by needs on the ground. 

Recommendation: Develop the Resource Mobilization Strategy and facilitate its operationalization. Fast-track the establishment of funding for disasters through the Disaster Management Fund.

Follow-up Plan: Develop the Resource Mobilisation Strategy and Action Plan; Develop the costed Multi-Hazard Contingency Plan (MHCP) 2017/2018; Obtain approval for the establishment of the Disaster Management Fund.

Focal Point: NDMA Operations Manager

4

Sustainability: The NERMAP does not have a Phase-out plan for short-term NERMAP activities and output, yet some of these activities have the potential to create dependency on food aid. 

Recommendation: A clear phase-out plan should be developed, indicating a systematic scaling down of interventions without upsetting communities and beneficiaries (safe-landing).

Follow-up plan: Develop the Resilience Strategy and Action Plan to enable food security sustenance and improved water resources management.

5

Knowledge Management: The establishment of Information and Knowledge Management processes at the NDMA to facilitate decision-making.

Recommendation: Develop and implement the Disaster Risk Management Communication Strategy and Action Plan; build knowledge management capacities; Conduct topical research to inform policy and capacity development.

Follow-up Plan:  Develop Communication Plan and implement.

Focal point: NDMA Communication Manager

1. Recommendation:

Disaster Planning and Management Capacities: Technical weaknesses in the design of the NERMAP were observed in the form of lacking a Results Framework. 

Recommendations:  Develop the M&E Framework for the NERMAP with indicators and timelines, and ensure future response plans have Results Framework.

Follow-up Plan: Develop M&E Framework for the NERMAP.

Focal Point:   NDMA – Programme Manager.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/18]

Progress: Draft NDMA Strategy Plan has provisions for development of M&E Framework for response plans

Key Actions:

2. Recommendation:

Management of Disasters: The 2014/2016 El Nino had an impact on-set in 2015, however the country declared the Disaster in 16th February 2016.

Recommendation: Increase capacity for Early Warning Systems to facilitate timely decision making on escalation of impacts of disasters.

Follow-up Plan:  Timely and consistent SADC FEWSNET and national weather and climate information dissemination.

Focal Point: National Meteorological Services (MET) and the National Early Warning Unit (NEWU) at the Ministry of Agriculture.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/18]

Progress:

·   Weather and climate information disseminated by FEWSNET and SADC Climate Change Unit.

MET and NEWU weather and climate information disseminated national-wide and key stakeholders.

Key Actions:

3. Recommendation:

Resource Mobilization: Sufficient funding is critical for the successful implementation of an emergency response. In the case of the NERMAP financial and human resources were not sufficient to carry out the interventions in the plan as determined by needs on the ground. 

Recommendation: Develop the Resource Mobilization Strategy and facilitate its operationalization. Fast-track the establishment of funding for disasters through the Disaster Management Fund.

Follow-up Plan: Develop the Resource Mobilisation Strategy and Action Plan; Develop the costed Multi-Hazard Contingency Plan (MHCP) 2017/2018; Obtain approval for the establishment of the Disaster Management Fund.

Focal Point: NDMA Operations Manager

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/18]

Progress:

  • Draft MCHP 2017/18 in place
  • Resource Mobilisation Strategy under development by NDMA

Key Actions:

4. Recommendation:

Sustainability: The NERMAP does not have a Phase-out plan for short-term NERMAP activities and output, yet some of these activities have the potential to create dependency on food aid. 

Recommendation: A clear phase-out plan should be developed, indicating a systematic scaling down of interventions without upsetting communities and beneficiaries (safe-landing).

Follow-up plan: Develop the Resilience Strategy and Action Plan to enable food security sustenance and improved water resources management.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/18]

Progress:

Resilience Strategy and Action Plan 2017-2030 produced with support from UNDP

Key Actions:

5. Recommendation:

Knowledge Management: The establishment of Information and Knowledge Management processes at the NDMA to facilitate decision-making.

Recommendation: Develop and implement the Disaster Risk Management Communication Strategy and Action Plan; build knowledge management capacities; Conduct topical research to inform policy and capacity development.

Follow-up Plan:  Develop Communication Plan and implement.

Focal point: NDMA Communication Manager

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/18]

Progress:

Disaster Communication and Advocacy Plan developed.

Key Actions:

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