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Low Carbon Development Strategy Amerindian Development Fund: Village Economy Development Phase II under Guyana Redd+ Investment Fund
Commissioning Unit: Guyana
Evaluation Plan: 2017-2021
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 07/2019
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Guyana
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation:
  • Together with ADF PMU, the NTC, APA, the MoIPA PMU, and relevant government agencies, UNDP should launch a rapid training strategy to be deployed in the remaining months of the project. This capacity building strategy should focus on regions 9 and 1, and cover key topics such as business management, marketing, advertising, cost analysis, stock management, and technical aspects.
    • Consider experience exchanges between communities, CMT visits to other projects, training amongst peers as a strategy.
Management Response: [Added: 2019/07/16] [Last Updated: 2020/11/21]

Noted

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Launch rapid training strategy in support of CDPs
[Added: 2019/07/16]
UNDP 2019/07 Completed Training strategy including cluster trainings for CDPs was completed. History
2. Recommendation:

UNDP can assist the MoIPA to establish an online M&E system to assess progress and results in a rigorous and transparent manner. The project finalization is a good opportunity to collect data with the M&E tool developed by the UNDP and PMU, and build a data base with key information from all communities.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/11/21]

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3. Recommendation:

The PMU should take advantage of the next CDO monitoring visits, within the transition process, and elaborate a detailed stakeholder analysis and projects mapping with basic information of each project about social context, governance issues, training needs, technical issues, technical assistance needs, project situation, and market.

Furthermore, the PMU should elaborate socio-economic indicators in each village, and share it with other government agencies including the PMO in the Ministry of the Presidency.

The PMU needs to elaborate key project messages aimed at key audiences in the government institutions to present this experience, the best practices and lessons learned when working with indigenous communities in Guyana.

The video project documentary that is about to be filmed should serve to present the project but also share lessons learned and best practices.

The PMU should present a brief internal report to the MoIPA with a performance analysis of the CDOs.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/11/21]

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4. Recommendation:

The role of the Community Development Officers (CDOs), who work for MoIPA, is highly relevant, since they are always on the ground, and shall provide support and be the linkage with other agencies and projects. However, they lack sufficient financial support and motivation. Therefore, a strengthening strategy needs to be defined. The capacity of CDOs should also be built so in return they can build the capacity of CMTs.

It is essential to do performance assessments of the CDOs and consult the communities’ opinion and satisfaction with the CDOs assistance.29

Management Response: [Added: 2020/11/21]

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5. Recommendation:

An overall institutional assessment and preparedness strategy need to be put in place to assume the challenges of the ADF transition process. This strategy shall include detailed budgets, human resources, goals, deadlines and key performance indicators.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/11/21]

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6. Recommendation:

The MoIPA should have an online Monitoring and Evaluation system with progress and results indicators, at the output and outcome level, to register data from all MoIPA projects with indigenous communities. CDOs shall provide data from different means (online, emails, phone calls, meetings) and the MoIPA M&E officer shall validate, consolidate and upload into the system.

The MoIPA should arrange a series of inter institutional arrangements to formalize a sustained in time strategy that can provide continuous assistance to indigenous communities. This strategy shall involve the key agencies from the ADF.

Urgently, the MoIPA should facilitate an inter-sectorial event, inviting other Ministries and agencies along to present the project results, the lessons learned, and the great potential that represents supporting local development with the indigenous communities.

  • This event can be useful to present the ADF PMU key messages, the findings from this evaluation, the project documentary, the data from all communities, and the transition strategy together with the institutional commitments.

 

Management Response: [Added: 2020/11/21]

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7. Recommendation:

For the design of future interventions with the indigenous communities, MoIPA should involve the NTC, APA and other specialized NGOs from the onset to include their insights and experience.

  • All projects need a capacity assessment to identify topics to cover. Examples can be technical aspects (e.g. cattle rearing, tourism management, etc.), business management, finances, accounting, reporting, conflict resolution, etc. Also, it is important to establish the need for technical assistance, peer-to-peer exchanges, internships, testimonials, community exchanges, business fairs, expos. All capacity building strategies must include baseline skills and knowledge tests, and follow-up tests to assess evolution of weaknesses and strengths.
  • When building capacity - peer-to-peer sessions, best practices sharing, and field visits to other successful communities seem to be very effective in indigenous communities
  • Money allocation should not be the same for all communities; the amounts for each community should consider different criteria such as transportation costs, community strength, population size, etc.

Perhaps, a mapping of potential sectors for each community village will allow identifying alternative sectors to be selected based on potential markets, competitiveness as well as other economic, social and environmental conditions augmenting the potential impact, and sustainability of these projects.

In order to transfer capacities and achieve sustainability, all projects, and project teams should be embedded in the MoIPA from the onset, not separate.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/11/21]

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