Final Project Evaluation Bioenergy for Sustainable Rural Development

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Evaluation Plan:
2018-2022, Egypt
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
12/2020
Completion Date:
11/2020
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
30,000

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Title Final Project Evaluation Bioenergy for Sustainable Rural Development
Atlas Project Number: 00045899
Evaluation Plan: 2018-2022, Egypt
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 11/2020
Planned End Date: 12/2020
Management Response: Yes
UNDP Signature Solution:
  • 1. Energy
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 2.5.1 Solutions developed, financed and applied at scale for energy efficiency and transformation to clean energy and zero-carbon development, for poverty eradication and structural transformation
SDG Goal
  • Goal 9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
SDG Target
  • 9.4 By 2030, upgrade infrastructure and retrofit industries to make them sustainable, with increased resource-use efficiency and greater adoption of clean and environmentally sound technologies and industrial processes, with all countries taking action in accordance with their respective capabilities
Evaluation Budget(US $): 30,000
Source of Funding: GEF, UNDP
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 9,500
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Dalibor Kysela Evaluator dkysela@gmx.at CZECH REPUBLIC
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title: Bioenergy for Sustainable Rural Development
Evaluation Type: Terminal Evaluation
Focal Area: Climate Change
Project Type: FSP
GEF Phase: GEF-3
GEF Project ID: 1335
PIMS Number: 2284
Key Stakeholders: Ministry of Environment
Countries: EGYPT
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

It was envisaged to operationalize BDF in the first year of the project and monitor its functionality during the following years. At the time of the project preparation, UNDP did not have experience with operation of such financial vehicle and later it turned out that the mechanism was not in line with the UNDP financial rules and regulations

2

Sub-optimal performance and presence of non-operating biodigesters in rural neighbourhoods creates a bad impression about the biogas technology that discourages potential future users and negatively influences prospects of the biogas technology upscaling

3

Although commonly used burners are prone to corrosion, many farmers prefer them over specially designed biogas burners for financial reasons. The assessment of rural household biodigesters revealed that defective burners were the prevailing reason for out-of-service biodigester units.

1. Recommendation:

It was envisaged to operationalize BDF in the first year of the project and monitor its functionality during the following years. At the time of the project preparation, UNDP did not have experience with operation of such financial vehicle and later it turned out that the mechanism was not in line with the UNDP financial rules and regulations

Management Response: [Added: 2020/12/02]

Transfer of the funds earmarked for BDF to the designated Government agency shortly before the project operational closure would constitute a reputational risk for UNDP as the latter agency would lose oversight of the financial mechanism shortly after its launching.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP CO in cooperation with EEAA should perform financial closure of the project and return the unspent balance of the GEF grant including the unspent amount earmarked for BDF.
[Added: 2020/12/02]
UNDP EEAA 2021/10 Initiated
2. Recommendation:

Sub-optimal performance and presence of non-operating biodigesters in rural neighbourhoods creates a bad impression about the biogas technology that discourages potential future users and negatively influences prospects of the biogas technology upscaling

Management Response: [Added: 2020/12/02]

rehabilitation of the dysfunctional biodigester units should be undertaken as a matter  in order to enhance reputation of the technology in rural neighbourhoods. It is possible that rehabilitation of some non-operational household biodigester installations would not require major overhaul and a sizeable portion of the units could be brought back to service by relatively simple actions such as adjustment of burners and technical assistance on operational issues. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The Bioenergy Association for Sustainable Development (BASD) should prepare a plan for rehabilitation of at least part of the biogas installations that had been found out of service.
[Added: 2020/12/02]
BASD 2021/10 Not Initiated
3. Recommendation:

Although commonly used burners are prone to corrosion, many farmers prefer them over specially designed biogas burners for financial reasons. The assessment of rural household biodigesters revealed that defective burners were the prevailing reason for out-of-service biodigester units.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/12/02]

Utilization of biogas as energy source for cooking and lighting is the most appreciated benefit of the biogas technology by rural households. Proper maintenance and use of special biogas burners are one of the main prerequisites for sustained service of the biodigester units.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The Bioenergy Association for Sustainable Development in cooperation with universities should explore possible ways of repair and adjustment of burners commonly used in biogas installations
[Added: 2020/12/02]
BASD and universities 2021/10 Not Initiated

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