The Lebanese Expatriate Project, Live Lebanon - Evaluation

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Evaluation Plan:
2017-2021, Lebanon
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
10/2018
Completion Date:
12/2018
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
15,000

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Title The Lebanese Expatriate Project, Live Lebanon - Evaluation
Atlas Project Number: 00058413
Evaluation Plan: 2017-2021, Lebanon
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 12/2018
Planned End Date: 10/2018
Management Response: Yes
UNDP Signature Solution:
  • 1. Poverty
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 3.1.1 Core government functions and inclusive basic services4 restored post-crisis for stabilisation, durable solutions to displacement and return to sustainable development pathways within the framework of national policies and priorities
SDG Goal
  • Goal 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
SDG Target
  • 1.4 By 2030, ensure that all men and women, in particular the poor and the vulnerable, have equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to basic services, ownership and control over land and other forms of property, inheritance, natural resources, appropriate new technology and financial services, including microfinance
Evaluation Budget(US $): 15,000
Source of Funding: UNDP, project funds
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 12,772
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, UNDP, private donors (goodwill ambassadors)
Countries: LEBANON
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Conduct an “ecosystem mapping” study to identify priority issues and emerging opportunities that can shape the revised design of Live Lebanon (LL) and feed into its new project document

2

Develop a new LL project document for 2020- 2025 (Live Lebanon 2.0)

3

Determine jointly with all concerned stakeholders (UNDP, GWAs, LL team, strategic partners) the “level of ambition” of LL for the coming phase, and ensure that resource mobilization and staffing levels are commensurate with this level of ambition

4

Explore alternative fundraising modalities to increase the available resources to LL and ensure its sustainability

5

Develop (for the 2019 programming and beyond) an updated results framework that defines the inputs/outputs/outcomes/impact chain, together with targets, milestones and indicators

6

Ensure that every programme or major activity implemented by LL, especially those with a clear innovation component are analysed evaluatively (such as self-assessment, after-action review, etc..)

7

Revisit the online presence and social media tools currently in place and ensure that these not only inform about LL activities but also stimulate interest and catalyse a desire to support and get involved in the activities of LL.

1. Recommendation:

Conduct an “ecosystem mapping” study to identify priority issues and emerging opportunities that can shape the revised design of Live Lebanon (LL) and feed into its new project document

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/06]

The project will recruit a consultant to do the ecosystem mapping and ensure that the emerging opportunities are reflected in the Project Document

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Shape new design
[Added: 2018/12/06] [Last Updated: 2019/11/14]
SLD Programme LL Team 2020/06 Overdue-Initiated - LL is adding impact investment on top of the crowdfunding platform and developed a digital currency: Cedar Coin History
Conduct a comprehensive mapping of the current ecosystem in which LL operates
[Added: 2018/12/06] [Last Updated: 2019/11/14]
UNDP Live Lebanon Project Team 2019/10 Completed -Volunteering program with Live Love was terminated - New agreement with MoFA - A partnership with Bank Audi and the possibility to become an institutional partner - New media partner: LBCI - New potential GWAs: Ramzi Haidar History
Prioritize issues and/or emerging opportunities and plan on how to address them
[Added: 2018/12/06] [Last Updated: 2019/11/14]
SLD programme LL team 2019/10 Completed - LL is now focused on innovative projects on a national level targeting pressing issues such as equipping the Civil Defense with AFTs after the major fires which took place recently. History
2. Recommendation:

Develop a new LL project document for 2020- 2025 (Live Lebanon 2.0)

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/06]

The project team started working on the new Project Document

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1 Establish building blocks of the new project document and build consensus around them. Collect and implement feedback
[Added: 2018/12/06] [Last Updated: 2019/11/14]
SLD Programme LL Team 2020/06 Overdue-Initiated The project prepared a new business plan that include all the above mentioned concerns and recommendations. The business plan is pending Senior Management approval. An agreement with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was reached to improve the partnership and set up an office for Live Lebanon at the Ministry with 2 resources. The roles, responsibilities and expectations were approved by both parties. History
2.2 Ensure that the new project document is aligned with the CPD, SDGs, GoL priorities and the UN Global Compact among others 2.3 Ensure that the new project document revisits the partnership with MoFAE and defines clear roles and responsibilities for both partners 2.4 Ensure that the new project document revisits the assumption that the Lebanese diaspora will be interested to contribute to rural development spontaneously and/or along an exclusively philanthropic model. 2.5 Embed a Theory of Change that guides LL programing and highlights LL’s contribution towards improving emerging social, economic and environmental problems in Lebanon
[Added: 2018/12/06] [Last Updated: 2019/11/14]
SLD Programme LL team 2020/06 Overdue-Initiated History
3. Recommendation:

Determine jointly with all concerned stakeholders (UNDP, GWAs, LL team, strategic partners) the “level of ambition” of LL for the coming phase, and ensure that resource mobilization and staffing levels are commensurate with this level of ambition

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/06]

The project already shared the LL evaluation recommendationswith all concerned stakeholders. The project will work closely with the concerned partners and GWAs to ensure that the needed resources are mobilized.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1 Re-work the design of LL within the existing annual financial volume 3.2 Double the annual volume of LL over 2020-2022 and re-work its design
[Added: 2018/12/06]
SLD Programme LL Team 2020/01 Overdue-Not Initiated
4. Recommendation:

Explore alternative fundraising modalities to increase the available resources to LL and ensure its sustainability

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/06]

The project is working with the innovation facility at the Hub as well as with an international experts to explore the available alternative fund raising modalities.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
4.1 Turn Live Lebanon into an impact investing platform 4.2 Explore new means of alternative financing 4.3 Transition Live Lebanon from a project-based model into a platform-based model centred on innovation
[Added: 2018/12/06] [Last Updated: 2019/11/14]
SLD Programme LL Team 2019/10 Completed LL developed a digital currency and is planning to launch the first pilot project. History
5. Recommendation:

Develop (for the 2019 programming and beyond) an updated results framework that defines the inputs/outputs/outcomes/impact chain, together with targets, milestones and indicators

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/06]

The project is working on updating the results framework.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
5.1 Financial resource allocation and related administrative arrangements should be imperatively associated with an updated results framework and monitoring data should be collected along with it.
[Added: 2018/12/06] [Last Updated: 2019/11/14]
SLD Programme LL team 2020/06 Overdue-Initiated - Pending the management’s approval of the business plan History
6. Recommendation:

Ensure that every programme or major activity implemented by LL, especially those with a clear innovation component are analysed evaluatively (such as self-assessment, after-action review, etc..)

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/06]

LL team will make sure that any innovative intervention implemented is analyzed and evaluated.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
6.1 Develop a clear evaluative stance for innovations/initiatives regarding their utility, potential for up-scaling, contribution to fundraising beyond the money raised from Goodwill Ambassadors, as well as their sustainability and/or longer-term policy implications.
[Added: 2018/12/06]
UNDP program / LL team 2020/01 Overdue-Not Initiated
7. Recommendation:

Revisit the online presence and social media tools currently in place and ensure that these not only inform about LL activities but also stimulate interest and catalyse a desire to support and get involved in the activities of LL.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/06]

The  project recently recruited a communication expert to review LL online presence. The project will ensure that all plateforms are always up-to-date.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
7.1 Maintain a strong presence on Facebook and Instagram 7.2 Increase engagement around posts and feeds 7.3 Restructure the online presence of LL along an awareness/interest/desire/action cycle that reflects the ToC of LL
[Added: 2018/12/06] [Last Updated: 2019/11/14]
LL team 2019/07 Completed A communication expert joined the team end of 2018 and is following up on all the online presence of Live Lebanon. The launching of the new website design is almost done and will be up and running in the coming weeks. LL is maintaining a strong presence on social media. Enhancing that area requires funding. History

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