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Mid-term Evaluation: Early Warning System Project
Commissioning Unit: Cambodia
Evaluation Plan: 2019-2023
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 07/2019
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Cambodia
Documents Related to overall Management Response:  
1. Recommendation:

Revise and adjust the following project logframe, indicators and set targets.

  • Outcome 1 - Indicator 1: (targeting only MOWRAM and MAFF).
  • Outcome 2 – Indicator 2: [% change of agricultural productivity], through ECCA and Random Control Trials..)
  • Outcome 2 – Indicator 3: Indicator 3: 7 provinces and agro-ecological zones.
Management Response: [Added: 2019/07/25] [Last Updated: 2019/07/25]

Agreed. The suggested changes are relevant to improving the quality of the indicators, and in addressing the correct roles of the stakeholders of the project. The specific indicator on agricultural productivity requires baseline data / study on the productivity before the start of the project, and it was not available. It would be changed to fit the context of project impact.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Revising the Outcome 1 - Indicator 1: (targeting only MOWRAM and MAFF), to include NCDM (SOP-DM Law, NAP for DRR) in target
[Added: 2019/07/25] [Last Updated: 2019/11/25]
Project Team/ RTA / UNDP 2020/06 Overdue-Initiated The recommendation is noted and that the way the project brings about positive change in the SOP-EWS and NAP for DRR will be monitored (without officially changing the indicator). In practice, NCDM is involved in the whole process. At local level implementation, Provincial Committee for Disaster Management is engaged, along with Provincial Department of MAFF and MOWRAM. History
Outcome 2 – Indicator 2: [% change of agricultural productivity], through ECCA and Random Control Trials..) Suggested revision: In absence of quantitative baseline assess possibility to conduct a survey in awareness level and knowledge of communities of climate/EW information and climate resilient agricultural practices.
[Added: 2019/07/25] [Last Updated: 2019/11/26]
UNDP / Project Management / RTA 2020/06 No Longer Applicable [Justification: The change of indicators at this point is not permitted. The positive change at the policy and local level on the use of climate information on agriculture sector would be recorded from the activities implemented in the field. The Drought Resistance Agriculture training imparted in six provinces involving local farmers and agricultural cooperatives are the positive impact that the project brings. The impact stories produced by the project at the end of the project implementation shall describe how much the intervention could bring the change in agricultural productivity. In addition, a study on economic impact of climate information and early warning is to be produced, which shall further advocate the wider use of the climate information for more positive change of agricultural productivity. ]
History
Outcome 1 – Indicator 3: Indicator 3: 7 provinces and agro-ecological zones. Suggested revision: Adjust to target 5 pilot provinces
[Added: 2019/07/25] [Last Updated: 2019/11/25]
UNDP / Project Management / RTA 2020/06 Overdue-Initiated The activity is implemented in 7 provinces, which was an extended from the original target of 5 provinces. Indicator cannot be changed at this stage, yet progress of its implementation will be described. History
2. Recommendation:

Update and make use of the GEF Tracking Tool

 

Management Response: [Added: 2019/07/25] [Last Updated: 2019/07/25]

Agreed. The GEF tracking tool will be updated and referred for monitoring the progress of the project.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Update the GEF tracking tool
[Added: 2019/07/25] [Last Updated: 2019/11/07]
UNDP/Project management 2019/08 Completed It is conducted the same time as PIR 2019 (July 2019). History
3. Recommendation:

Add staff to the project management team

Management Response: [Added: 2019/07/25] [Last Updated: 2019/07/25]

Agreed. Two consultants have been hired to support monitoring the activities under the project and reporting the progress / impacts of all project activities

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Recruiting monitoring specialist and communication specialist
[Added: 2019/07/25] [Last Updated: 2019/11/07]
UNDP/Project management 2019/06 Completed The tasks of the two consultants covers the communication strategy of the project in highlighting the progress and impact of the EWS project, increasing the visibility of the EWS project’s partnership and detail / specific output of the project includes a compilation of case study capturing the scope, results but also challenges and learnings of the EWS project, to be used as one of the key documents in the project closing. History
4. Recommendation:

Compile an exit strategy/phasing out plan

Management Response: [Added: 2019/07/25] [Last Updated: 2019/07/25]

Agreed. The phase-out plan is an important document to ensure that UNDP has the concrete plans on sustainability of intervention. While the extra staff supports described above is to ensure the documentation of various project intervention. A first draft of exit strategy has been developed on July 8, 2019 and has been shared to RTA in Bangkok, UNDP Resident Representative, Head of Programme and Programme Analyst. Discussion will be based on the draft provided, including mapping potential funding sources. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Developing an exit strategy / phasing out plan
[Added: 2019/07/25] [Last Updated: 2019/11/07]
UNDP/Project management 2020/03 Overdue-Initiated The first draft has been developed and discussions will be carried out on mapping potential funding sources. A more detail document on strategy would be developed after getting comments internally. History
5. Recommendation:

Be pragmatic with Private sector engagement in finalizing the O&M Plan. Regard this as a medium-term development (and ambitious) but focus on robustness of primary RGC budget allocation. Work in partnership in collaborating with the private sector in exploring opportunities to mobilize additional resource for O&M:

  • PIN-MOWRAM-UNDP to link with SMART;
  • NCDM (WB), MAFF, UNDP with insurers etc.
Management Response: [Added: 2019/07/25] [Last Updated: 2019/07/25]

Agreed. The project would look at both ways, exploring private sector engagement and supporting RGC in developing long-term O&M strategy.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Development of private sector engagement strategy of the project through a Consultant.
[Added: 2019/07/25] [Last Updated: 2020/01/16]
UNDP/Project management 2020/06 Overdue-Initiated the first expert recruited does not deliver quality product, the project is working with the 2nd candidate to deliver this output. History
6. Recommendation:

Plan for a Review Workshop, with all key partners, highlighting/showcasing progress and achievements, including sustainability perspective / gaps.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/07/25] [Last Updated: 2019/07/25]

Agreed. A review workshop will be conducted before the end of the project period

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Conducting a review workshop
[Added: 2019/07/25] [Last Updated: 2019/11/25]
UNDP/Project management 2020/12 Initiated Review workshop was to be conducted before the end of the year, but based on the regular meeting with MOWRAM, since there is no urgency of the matter, the review workshop will be held in 2020. History
7. Recommendation:

Explore opportunities to infuse experiences/knowledge on drought into MAFF.

  1. Drought study, national level assessment, identification of spatial distribution, zones with highest vulnerability
  2. Redefinition of NAP for DRR in agriculture (2019-2023)
  3. Application in curriculum development of ToT on DRAT,
  4. Trainings at Provincial level (staff, farmers)
  5. Agro-meteorological needs and translation into seasonal forecasting
  6. Linkage between DOM database and MAFF drought information need.
Management Response: [Added: 2019/07/25]

Agreed. 

Except of development for NAP DRR for Agriculture. An initial discussion has been discussed with MAFF, yet MAFF has not sent a formal request on this undertaking. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Conducting a national drought study
[Added: 2019/07/25] [Last Updated: 2019/12/19]
UNDP/Project management 2019/12 Completed National Drought Study completed. History
Extend the agreement with Dan Church Aid on the DRAT, including provincial level training on DRAT
[Added: 2019/07/25] [Last Updated: 2019/12/19]
UNDP/Project management 2019/12 Completed The agreement with DCA is extended, and DCA is implementing the agreed work plan. History
Development of farm curriculum, a translation of agro-meteorological needs of forecasting, including linkage between DOM database and MAFF drought information need.
[Added: 2019/07/25] [Last Updated: 2019/11/25]
UNDP/Project management 2019/08 Completed To be translated into Khmer and tested in the first training in August 2019. History

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