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Evaluation Report of Mid-term review of the GEF Address Urgent Coastal Adaptation Needs & Capacity Gaps Angola Project
Commissioning Unit: Angola
Evaluation Plan: 2020-2023
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 12/2020
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Angola
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation:

Recommendation 1: UNDP, UN Environment and PMU should continue to use lessons from and exploit synergies with the Cuvelai project, especially but not only in terms of EWS and outreach.   

Management Response: [Added: 2020/12/09]

Management Response: Fully accept. The drafting of the ToR of the EWS has built on the ToR of the EWS being procured in the Cuvelai project. The PMU has also decided to adapt the radio program in local languages from the Cuvelai project to the coastal provinces as a tool for awareness raising, especially in the current COVID situation that prevents face to face meetings with local stakeholders and communities.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Procure and contract radio program on climate change for coastal provinces.
[Added: 2020/12/09] [Last Updated: 2021/04/30]
PMU. 2021/04 Completed UNDP has been engaged in 2nd phase of the ADPP radio program in Cunene to raise awareness in the 2 local languages most spoken in the Cuvelai river basin (Otchivambo and Nhaneca-Humbe), and are being broadcasted 3 days a week, covering around 72 different topics about climate resilience and disaster preparedness, as well as, covid-19 prevention measures that reached a rural population of around 336.500 people. History
2. Recommendation:

Recommendation 2: DNAAC, UNDP, UN Environment and the PMU should engage more systematically the National Directorate of Spatial Planning and Urbanism, as well as the government ministries/agencies/directorates/departments/units in charge of housing, energy, transport, tourism, health, industry and services, at the same time they continue to engage meteorology, agriculture, fisheries and water. DNAAC, UNDP, UN Environment and the PMU should further involve the private sector, in all sectors, and not only in the oil industry. They should also work closely with the municipal level, especially when interventions in the ground take place in denser urban settings and taking into consideration the decentralization process. DNAAC, UN Environment and the PMU should continue to work with the provincial governments. Increased engagement of the all the institutions listed above should include where relevant validation of knowledge and communication products and policies, and approval and support in the implementation of the site-specific intervention plans.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/12/09]

Management Response: Fully accept. The engagement of provincial stakeholders had been intended for the 2020 but is effectively on hold due to COVID. It will be taken up as soon as travel and meeting restrictions permit.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
PMU to engage provincial governments, private sector and civil society organizations.
[Added: 2020/12/09] [Last Updated: 2021/05/27]
PMU 2021/05 Completed PMU engaged with provincial governments, private sector and civil society organizations. History
3. Recommendation:

Recommendation 3:  UN Environment, UNDP, DNAAC and the PMU should assess risks (including COVID-19) to delivery methods for the remaining implementation time and define appropriate management measures. The PSC should meet more frequently (twice a year), especially if implementation speeds up, as it should. GoA should facilitate a more direct interaction between the project and sub-national governments. The PMU should have a more pro-active approach to implementation. UNDP and UN Environment should continue coordination efforts, even after UNDP’s work on components 3 and 4 finalizes.  

Management Response: [Added: 2020/12/09]

Management Response: Fully accept. Adjustments to project activities to the COVID situation have already taken place, for example through adoption of radio programs as a communication strategy instead of presential meetings in the provinces. UNDP is also encouraging more frequent meetings of the PSC, the facilitation of contacts with provincial governments by the Ministry, and greater delegation of authority to the PMU. UNDP is open to continued coordination with UNEP after the conclusion of components 3 and 4.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Increased frequency of PSC meetings.
[Added: 2020/12/09] [Last Updated: 2021/12/29]
MCTA/PMU 2021/12 Completed Ongoing, is part of Annual Work Plan. History
4. Recommendation:

Recommendation 4:  With this MTR already in place, UNDP and UN Environment should request no cost extensions. One year may be sufficient for UNDP. These extensions are required to ensure significant project results. Given current exceptional circumstances (the high uncertainty created by COVID-19, which has no clear ending), extensions should be considered tentative (depending how COVID-19 evolves, more time may be needed). In this sense, UNDP and UN Environment should request flexibility to LDCF.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/12/09]

Management Response:  Fully accept the recommendation and has requested a one-year unfunded extension of the project, in line with the June 2020 PSC decision.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Request unfunded extension by one year.
[Added: 2020/12/09] [Last Updated: 2021/05/27]
UNDP 2021/05 Completed The extension request has been submitted by UNDP CO on 5 June 2020, 6 months prior to operational closure of the project. History
5. Recommendation:

Recommendation 5:  UNDP and UN Environment should revise the projects’ results framework, so that indicators are SMART and it becomes an adequate tool to monitor progress towards achieving the project’s objective and outcomes. UNDP should explore how the capacity assessment that it plans to undertake can somehow be commensurable with the AMAT methodology, so that the results of the assessment can be compared to a certain degree to the existing baseline. While UN Environment can revise the indicators for outcomes 1 and 2, and UNDP the indicators for outcomes 3 and 4, the revision of the results framework needs to be consistent and include the objective level indicator, so both implementing agencies need to coordinate on this. Both implementing agencies should involve DNAAC, the PMU and other key players (INAMET and INRH for output 1.2; provincial and municipal governments for outcome 2) in this exercise, to ensure ownership.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/12/09]

Management Response: Fully accept the recommendation and will engage with UNEP and MCTA as well as other stakeholders on a revision of the results framework indicators as soon as the project extension has been approved, as a basis for the Terminal Evaluation of the project.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Revise results framework indicators to become SMART.
[Added: 2020/12/09] [Last Updated: 2021/03/30]
UNDP, PMU 2021/03 Completed Completed by Project Team History
6. Recommendation:

Recommendation 6:  Linked to lesson learned no. 2: DNAAC, UNDP, UN Environment and the PMU should try to leverage opportunities to improve progress towards achieving project objective and outcomes. Government restructuration is a good opportunity to update and expand the PSC. The increased visibility of DNAAC is a good opportunity to promote the Angola Coastal Adaptation Plan. DNAAC, UNDP and UN Environment should try that coastal adaptation is adequately reflected in Angola’s revised NDC, in order to sustain, scale up and/or replicate the work undertaken by the project.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/12/09]

Management Response: Fully accept the recommendation and will ensure that the learnings of the coastal adaptation project are reflected in the NDC whose ongoing revision is being supported by UNDP.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Ensure learnings from the coastal adaptation project are reflected in the revised NDC.
[Added: 2020/12/09] [Last Updated: 2021/03/30]
UNDP, MCTA. 2021/03 Completed The revision of the NDC is ongoing and is taking coastal vulnerability and adaptation needs into account. History
7. Recommendation:

Recommendation 7: UNDP and UN Environment should support the PMU in quantifying actual co-financing.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/12/09]

Management Response: Fully accept the recommendation and will support the PMU in the quantification of cofinancing for this project.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Quantify cofinancing for UNDP implemented components.
[Added: 2020/12/09] [Last Updated: 2021/12/29]
PMU, MCTA, UNDP. 2021/12 Completed Ongoing, is part of Annual Work Plan. History
8. Recommendation:

Recommendation 8:  Although there are good prospects in terms of sustainability of project results, DNAAC, UNDP, UN Environment and the PMU should update the sustainability strategy included in the project document, based on the activities implemented and taking into account COVID-19’s direct and indirect effects. These institutions should then implement the updated strategy. DNAAC, UNDP and PMU should speed up the work on public awareness and communications, assuming it will not be based on results from the ground, and rethink it, given COVID-19 related restrictions, assessing what means of communication are most effective under these circumstances. They should consider additional communication channels. UN Environment should use these communication tools once components 3 and 4 are finalized.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/12/09]

Management Response: Fully accept the recommendation and will update the sustainability strategy of the project provided that a project extension can be secured. The adaptation of the communication channels to the COVID situation has already taken place through the adoption of radio programs in local languages as a key form of communication instead of face to face meetings. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Update sustainability strategy of the project.
[Added: 2020/12/09] [Last Updated: 2021/12/29]
UNDP, MCTA, PMU. 2021/12 Completed Ongoing, is part of Annual Work Plan. History

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