Terminal Evaluation: Strengthening CI/EWS in Africa (PIMS 5322)

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Title Terminal Evaluation: Strengthening CI/EWS in Africa (PIMS 5322)
Atlas Project Number:
Evaluation Plan: 2018-2021, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 01/2020
Planned End Date: 12/2019
Management Response: Yes
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 2.1.1 Low emission and climate resilient objectives addressed in national, sub-national and sectoral development plans and policies to promote economic diversification and green growth
Evaluation Budget(US $): 37,000
Source of Funding: LDCF
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 12,000
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Amal Aldababseh International Consultant adababseh@estidama-jo.com
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title: Strengthening climate information and early warning systems in Africa for climate resilient development and adaptation to climate change
Evaluation Type: Terminal Evaluation
Focal Area: Climate Change
Project Type: FSP
GEF Phase: GEF-6
GEF Project ID:
PIMS Number: 5322
Key Stakeholders:
Countries: GLOBAL
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
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Recommendation 1.  Although the Programme had faced at least one notable risk related to sustainability, as documented in 2018 PIR, the risks were not documented during project design or during implementation. Developing risks and assumptions logs that the Programme encountered during implementation is a critical monitoring and evaluation tool, it proved to be useful, particularly if they are made accessible to relevant audiences. A proper way to do so would have been most likely by ensuring that the key lessons referring to risks and assumptions were posted in the appropriate location such as the Programme website with links to the nationally led projects’ websites and UNDP COs sites. This should be done as soon as possible following programme completion in order to strengthen the likelihood of sustainability of project results as much as possible

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Recommendation 2.  Given the nature of the regional Programme as one of the first attempts to provide technical supports based on countries’ need and in-depth stakeholder consultations, there are valuable lessons and knowledge sharing to be gained by examining the Programme through a wide-lens. The Programme has contributed specific results and it would be highly useful to gain a perspective as to whether a regional approach is something that should continue to be supported under capacity building modalities, or if interventions at the country level are most effective. Partners and stakeholders see that the Programme approach was very beneficial and asked for a continuation of the Programme through a second phase or a new programme that follows the same approach and provide a contribution of the services provided by the Programme. Discussing a new phase of the programme could be pursued through a UNDP regional event that includes all stakeholders, beneficiaries and partners mainly the private sector, international development agencies working in Africa on similar fields and donor community

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Recommendation 3. If a second phase of the Programme or a follows on Programme is to be undertaken by UNDP, it is recommended that a thorough baseline is conducted early on in the process to assess the current capacity of the 11 countries and the need to include/exclude other countries interested to join the Programme. The possibility of extending the scope of work of the Programme to cover more countries/regions should be investigated in order to utilize functional existed mechanisms.

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Recommendation 4. In order to ensure the sustainability of the Programme’s outcomes, it is necessary to institutionalize the Programme’s main results. The Programme should investigate embedding its work, results, outcomes, and experiences at one of the development partners through existing and ongoing initiatives and links to regional plans and programmes

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Recommendation 5. It is important to assess the capacity need of the 11 countries continuously. A review of each country capacity may be necessary for a future follows on the initiative as there are continuous changes at the economic, technical, operational, political and environmental levels in many of the participating countries. Equally, the 11 countries should embark on and benefit from the private sector in the identification and implementation of climate change, early warning and enhancing resilience-related initiatives. In this regard, private sector engagement early on in the project and programme design and subsequently during implementation would be advantageous for initiatives of this type

1. Recommendation:

Recommendation 1.  Although the Programme had faced at least one notable risk related to sustainability, as documented in 2018 PIR, the risks were not documented during project design or during implementation. Developing risks and assumptions logs that the Programme encountered during implementation is a critical monitoring and evaluation tool, it proved to be useful, particularly if they are made accessible to relevant audiences. A proper way to do so would have been most likely by ensuring that the key lessons referring to risks and assumptions were posted in the appropriate location such as the Programme website with links to the nationally led projects’ websites and UNDP COs sites. This should be done as soon as possible following programme completion in order to strengthen the likelihood of sustainability of project results as much as possible

Management Response: [Added: 2020/04/13]

Fully Accepts

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1 To meet this recommendation the project’s final evaluation and terminal report will be published within the project’s website and blog.
[Added: 2020/04/13]
Project Team 2020/12 Completed The TE report and completion report have now been uploaded in the project’s webpage and blog, in accordance to the recommendation made by the evaluator. https://undp-cirda.blogspot.com http://www.undp-alm.org/projects/cirda (monitoring and evaluation, reports, and in key results and outputs) History
1.2 A lessons learned article derived from the project implementation will be drafted with the aim of it being published in a relevant Metorology Journal. Once published this will be circulated amongst the project stakeholders.
[Added: 2020/04/13]
Project Team 2020/12 Initiated An article was drafted and submitted fin December for publishing in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (BAMS)
2. Recommendation:

Recommendation 2.  Given the nature of the regional Programme as one of the first attempts to provide technical supports based on countries’ need and in-depth stakeholder consultations, there are valuable lessons and knowledge sharing to be gained by examining the Programme through a wide-lens. The Programme has contributed specific results and it would be highly useful to gain a perspective as to whether a regional approach is something that should continue to be supported under capacity building modalities, or if interventions at the country level are most effective. Partners and stakeholders see that the Programme approach was very beneficial and asked for a continuation of the Programme through a second phase or a new programme that follows the same approach and provide a contribution of the services provided by the Programme. Discussing a new phase of the programme could be pursued through a UNDP regional event that includes all stakeholders, beneficiaries and partners mainly the private sector, international development agencies working in Africa on similar fields and donor community

Management Response: [Added: 2020/04/13]

Fully Accepts

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1 The UNDP RTA will consider presenting the results of the CIRDA Programme within a regional fora as appropriate.
[Added: 2020/04/13]
UNDP GEF Unit RTA, UNDP Regional Centre Africa 2020/12 Not Initiated
2.2 UNDP GEF will continue discussions with development partners (WMO, WB) on the potential of a regional upscale of the project to implemented through a programmatic approach
[Added: 2020/04/13]
UNDP-GEF Unit 2021/12 Initiated This work has continued in various events and forums
3. Recommendation:

Recommendation 3. If a second phase of the Programme or a follows on Programme is to be undertaken by UNDP, it is recommended that a thorough baseline is conducted early on in the process to assess the current capacity of the 11 countries and the need to include/exclude other countries interested to join the Programme. The possibility of extending the scope of work of the Programme to cover more countries/regions should be investigated in order to utilize functional existed mechanisms.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/04/13]

Fully accepts

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1 If a second phase of the programme is developed, it is agreed that a thorough baseline should be conducted early and extending the scope will be explored based on expressed interest or regional outreach.
[Added: 2020/04/13]
UNDP-GEF Unit 2021/12 Not Initiated During the design of the project upscale and to be validated during the inception report. A second phase for the project has not yet materialized
4. Recommendation:

Recommendation 4. In order to ensure the sustainability of the Programme’s outcomes, it is necessary to institutionalize the Programme’s main results. The Programme should investigate embedding its work, results, outcomes, and experiences at one of the development partners through existing and ongoing initiatives and links to regional plans and programmes

Management Response: [Added: 2020/04/13]

Fully accepts

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
4.1 The experience developed through the project will directly inform the CI/EWS service line that is being promoted within UNDP’s Climate Adaptation offering
[Added: 2020/04/13]
Climate Change Adaptation Team, UNDP-GEF Unit 2020/12 Completed The service line has included various lessons learned from the project
4.2 A lessons learned article derived from the project will be drafted to be published within a Meteorology Journal. This article will be shared amongst the project’s development partners.
[Added: 2020/04/13]
CIRDA Project Team, UNDP GEF RTA 2020/12 Initiated An article was drafted and submitted fin December for publishing in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (BAMS)
5. Recommendation:

Recommendation 5. It is important to assess the capacity need of the 11 countries continuously. A review of each country capacity may be necessary for a future follows on the initiative as there are continuous changes at the economic, technical, operational, political and environmental levels in many of the participating countries. Equally, the 11 countries should embark on and benefit from the private sector in the identification and implementation of climate change, early warning and enhancing resilience-related initiatives. In this regard, private sector engagement early on in the project and programme design and subsequently during implementation would be advantageous for initiatives of this type

Management Response: [Added: 2020/04/13]

Fully accepts

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
5.1 Future project upscales from 11 partner projects will map potential private sector actors to be consulted with or approached during project design and/or inception.
[Added: 2020/04/13]
UNDP Regional Centre Africa, UNDP-GEF Unit 2021/12 Initiated Concept notes regarding the upscale of this project at a national level have included discussions during project development with potential stakeholders from private sector (Sierra Leone, Tanzania)

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