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Evaluation of the Rehabilitation and Consolidation of the Gaza Industrial Estate Project
Commissioning Unit: Palestine
Evaluation Plan: 2018-2022
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 12/2018
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Palestine
Documents Related to overall Management Response:  
1. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 1:

A final project evaluation should be conducted after the utilities have been operational for a longer time, in order to assess the benefits, collect case studies and success stories.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/05/06] [Last Updated: 2019/05/06]

UNDP accepts the recommendation. UNDP will undertake an internal final evaluation of the interventions to assess the sustainability and long-term impact of the project.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1 Evaluation of the implemented activities to be done including assessment of future needs within RCGIE
[Added: 2019/05/06] [Last Updated: 2019/12/17]
Hekmat Al Khairy Majed Ghannam 2019/12 Completed Assessment of future needs of Gaza Industrial Estate. See attachment for the summary History
1.2 Developing success stories on the beneficiaries of the project
[Added: 2019/05/06] [Last Updated: 2019/12/17]
Hekmat Al-Khairy Majed Ghannam 2019/12 Completed Several documentations and success stories were prepared for the GIE project including: - A press release was posted on UNDP official page - Four short films of success stories resulted from the project - Flickr account of project photos. Press Release: EU and UNDP launch a EUR 2.4 million programme to boost private sector development in the Gaza Strip https://www.ps.undp.org/content/papp/en/home/presscenter/pressreleases/2016/11/09/eu-and-undp-launch-a-eur-2-4-million-programme-to-boost-private-sector-development-in-the-gaza-strip.html Success Stories: Rehabilitation of wastewater system and Rehabilitate one water well https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xsk-Og9-BgA Rehabilitation of Electricity networks and power cables https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sEtTefpx60 Desalination water plant- Rehabilitation and Consolidation of Gaza Industrial Estate https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgfIJig4lIQ Rehabilitation and Consolidation of Gaza Industrial Estate https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2pLAx1HsLk Flickr photos of GIE: https://www.flickr.com/photos/122282362@N02/sets/72157676287614256/ History
2. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 2

Exert more efforts to get project stakeholders participate more effectively in the projects throughout the project life cycle

Management Response: [Added: 2019/05/06]

UNDP has already consulted with all relevant stakeholders to assess the needs prior to designing the project. Continuous feedback was obtained from the project beneficiaries and remedial actions were implemented during implementation.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1 More coordination with the relevant stakeholders to participate throughout all project implementation stages during the design of future projects.
[Added: 2019/05/06]
Hikmat Al Khairy Majed Ghannam 2019/01 Completed This recommendation is general for all future projects and thus marked as completed for this project. It will be captured for sure under lessons learned.
3. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 3:

There is a need to address other infrastructure issues in the GIE including additional wells, stormwater management, separating combined sewers and pavement of secondary roads.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/05/06]

UNDP recruited a technical consultant with experience in operation and maintenance of infrastructure facilities related to the activities implemented through the RCGIE.One of the main objectives of the task is to identify the infrastructure challenges encountered by the PIEFZA and the developer and recommend the needed actions to improve the current infrastructure of the GIE.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1 Assessment of the current and future infrastructure needs for GIE and development of proposals for resource mobilization.
[Added: 2019/05/06] [Last Updated: 2019/12/17]
Hekmat Al Khairy Majed Ghannam 2019/12 Completed A concept note was prepared and submitted to UNSCO for potential funding for development the GIE current and future infrastructure needs. See attached the concept note. History
4. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 4:

Future programming should consider implementing the supplementary works to the RCGIE including expanding the water inlet pipe to the desalination unit and upgrade the distribution network and connecting all the feedlines to the external lights. Expand future projects to address additional objectives and strategic directions

Management Response: [Added: 2019/05/06]

UNDP recruited a technical consultant with experience in operation and maintenance of infrastructure facilities related to the activities implemented through the RCGIE.  One of the main objectives of the task is to identify the infrastructure challenges encountered by the PIEFZA and the developer and recommend the needed actions to improve the current infrastructure of the GIE.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
4.1 Development of the Palestinian manual for the Gaza incentives programme to different industrial enterprises
[Added: 2019/05/06]
Hekmat Al Khairy Majed Ghannam 2018/12 Completed Annex A is very big you can request from responsible colleagues or M&E focal point if needed. History
5. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 5:

There is a need for more careful financial verification of construction contractors working in Gaza.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/05/06]

Procurement and financial procedures in the monitoring and management takes into consideration the contractors’ financial verification (Financial Soundness)

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
5.1 The conditions of contract followed the UNDP Procurement and financial procedures in the monitoring and management through contractors’ financial verification (Financial Soundness)
[Added: 2019/05/06]
Hekmat Al Khairy Majed Ghannam 2019/01 Completed This recommendation is general for all future projects and thus marked as completed for this project. It will be captured for sure under lessons learned. History
6. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 6:

There is a need for contingency planning for projects with high risk areas.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/05/06]

The project Financial Breakdown included provision for contingency reserve (maximum 5% of 7, subtotal of direct eligible costs of the Action)

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
6.1 Project contingency plan for high risk areas to be developed as part of the project and future projects
[Added: 2019/05/06]
Hekmat Al Khairy Majed Ghannam 2019/01 Completed Will be captured as part of lessons learned for future.
7. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 7:

There is a need to enhance the technical capacity of the project implementing partners and stakeholders in specialized areas such as water desalination.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/05/06]

An external consultant was hired to conduct two technical workshops and to develop the Palestinian Industrial Estate and Free Zones (PIEFZA) manual for the operations and maintenance of the new developed facilities, Development & Employment (PRIDE) in Gaza Industrial Estate (GIE). The Consultancy office assessed the progress made towards the achievement of the RCGIE Project’s overall objective and respective outcomes and outputs. The general principles underlying the evaluation approach were: impartiality and independence, credibility of the evaluation, participation of stakeholders and usefulness of the evaluation findings and recommendations.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
7.1 Technical capacities for the project implementing partners including the technical staff (Operation and maintenance staff) to be enhanced through training sessions conducted by the contracting company expert engineer on the installed desalination plant.
[Added: 2019/05/06]
Hekmat Al Khairy Majed Ghannam 2018/10 Completed Photos pf the event are included within the final report Annex B. History
7.2 An operation and maintenance manual was developed that includes all the project’s interventions and two capacity building workshops were conducted targeting the PIEFZA and the Operator’s technicians.
[Added: 2019/05/06]
Hekmat Al Khairy Majed Ghannam 2018/12 Completed Annex A is very big you can request from responsible colleagues or M&E focal point if needed. History
7.3 One seminar to be conducted by a professional consultant for the training on maintenance and management of the rehabilitated premises. A second seminar to be conducted for feedbacks from the participants and presenting the results of the project.
[Added: 2019/05/06]
Hekmat Al Khairy Majed Ghannam 2019/01 Completed 2-day technical workshop was held on 9-10 Jan. 2019. (Attached Agenda for the event annex C) in addition to Workshop material as PDF as annex D) Annex D is very big you can request from responsible colleagues or M&E focal point if needed. History

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