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Mid Term Evaluations of the GEF CIAP child projects: GGP Adaptative Management & Learning, and Reducing Deforestation from Commodity Production
Commissioning Unit: RBLAC
Evaluation Plan: 2018-2021
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 11/2019
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: RBLAC
Documents Related to overall Management Response:  
1. Recommendation:

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To start supporting the original vision of leveraging at systems level and hence achieve systemic change, capacity building of the CoP with training in the application of systems thinking and prototyping is recommended. Such capacity building will support practitioners to be capacitated with a better understanding of what systemic change might look like in the context of GGP. It will also help them identify policies and activities that need to better prototyped (a prototype is a practical and tested mini version of what later could become a pilot policy/activity that can be shared and eventually scaled. The feedback received from testing the prototype policy/activity with stakeholders is then the basis for refining the concept and its underlying assumptions of systemic change before it is scaled).

Management Response: [Added: 2020/02/06] [Last Updated: 2020/02/06]

Management response: Agree with the recommendation

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Develop a thematic stream on Systemic Change and Systems Approach under the new cycle of the Green Commodity Community.
[Added: 2020/02/06]
 GGP A&L PMU – Pascal Fabié, Lead Knowledge & Impact 2020/02 Overdue-Initiated
Organise virtual workshops to implement the stream.
[Added: 2020/02/06]
GP A&L PMU – Pascal Fabié, Lead Knowledge & Impact 2021/03 Initiated History
 Include a face to face workshop at the second good growth conference on discussing the practicalities of systemic change and systems approach for multi-stakeholder collaboration.
[Added: 2020/02/06]
GGP A&L PMU –Lise Melvin, Senior Platform Advisor 2021/04 Not Initiated
2. Recommendation:

Adaptive Management and Learning for the Commodities IAP - 5665

Capacity building of the platform teams through the Community of Practice, to facilitate systems approaches and to measure the effectiveness of approaches used in GGP through the ladder of change

Management Response: [Added: 2020/02/06] [Last Updated: 2020/02/06]

Management response: Agree with the recommendation.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Build the capacity of platform teams to facilitate systems approach and measure their effectiveness through the ladder of change
[Added: 2020/02/06]
GGP A&L PMU –Lise Melvin, Senior Platform Advisor 2021/03 Not Initiated
3. Recommendation:

Adaptive Management and Learning for the Commodities IAP - 5665

Given the delay, it is strongly encouraged for the A&L to have an extra 10 months of no cost extension until the end of Dec 2021 in order to ensure A&L is synchronised with the end of all other child projects. This is in order to continue the critical role of coordination, learning, and acting as an umbrella for all the child projects.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/02/06]

Agree with the recommendation

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Get approval from Project Board
[Added: 2020/02/06]
GGP A&L PMU 2020/06 Overdue-Not Initiated
Get approval from UNDP GEF
[Added: 2020/02/06]
GGP A&L PMU 2020/08 Overdue-Not Initiated
4. Recommendation:

Adaptive Management and Learning for the Commodities IAP - 5665

A Theory of Change process is recommended as a lesson learning exercise. This could be achieved with an outcome mapping exercise to collect some key outcomes of GGP that was not anticipated from the project but is significant to be highlighted. Budget Allocation would be needed for this process. In addition. given that all GEF IAP appears to suffer from same design issues, with lack of more robust systems approach linking design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation to move towards systemic change this process could also be led and funded by GEF as a collective IAP process.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/02/06]

The GGP Steering Committee reviewed this recommendation and decided to not invest in a Theory of Change process for lesson learning at global level at this stage. Indeed, the GEF is already planning a Lessons Learning workshop for all the GEF IAP in 2020 which should be achieving key learnings on the Integrated Approaches, including revisiting assumptions that were made initially. Hence no key actions are deemed necessary here.

Key Actions:

5. Recommendation:

Adaptive Management and Learning for the Commodities IAP - 5665

We recommend developing a robust systems approach for integration or buy-in for integration (the same as GCP did for multi-stakeholder platform) for at least one country, ideally Paraguay

Management Response: [Added: 2020/02/06]

Agree with the recommendation. The GGP Steering Committee agreed to use system thinking and a system approach as part of the two workshops it is planning to hold in Brazil and Paraguay in Q1 2020.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Ensure workshops are held with high quality sessions on systems approaches to an integrated way of working
[Added: 2020/02/06]
GGP A&L PMU 2020/03 Overdue-Initiated
Agree on date for the workshops with GGP partners
[Added: 2020/02/06]
GGP A&L PMU 2019/12 Completed
Agree on agenda and resources for the workshops with GGP partners
[Added: 2020/02/06]
GGP A&L PMU 2020/01 Completed
6. Recommendation:

Adaptive Management and Learning for the Commodities IAP - 5665

ISEAL Alliance and GGP could re-assess some better areas for collaboration to build the vision for integration.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/02/06]

Agree with the recommendation

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Enable the wider GGP and Green Commodities Programme to work with Evidensia through: 1 Video instructions 2 Dedicated webinar and walk-through for the GGP partners 3 Make better use of the monthly updates by giving partners key insights 4 Include link to Evidensia directly from GGP website home page 5 Position Evidensia as one of the key components in the knowledge hub offering of the GGP, tightly interlinked with the COP
[Added: 2020/02/06]
GGP Steering Committee & ISEAL 2020/06 Overdue-Initiated
ISEAL will bring expertise from non-GGP activities into the Green Commodities Community via specific webinars already agreed with UNDP on topics such as jurisdictional assurance claims guidance (note: no funding for this ISEAL role available via GEF grant)
[Added: 2020/02/06]
UNDP & ISEAL 2020/06 Overdue-Initiated
GGP Steering Committee and ISEAL will explore how to maximize the value of ISEAL’s contribution to any future GGP projects and activities both via Evidensia and more widely
[Added: 2020/02/06]
GGP Steering Committee & ISEAL 2020/02 Overdue-Initiated
7. Recommendation:

Taking Deforestation out of Commodity Production - 5664

High level meetings at Minister level in Indonesia and Paraguay to demonstrate the benefits of the project. Project progress and benefits for the country of the potential transformational change linked to the project should be presented at the highest possible level in all the key Ministries involved in the project.

• A specific strategy on key messages has to be prepared for each country to ensure the efficiency of the meeting

• In Indonesia, meeting is a priority given the current slow process and the final step needed for legalization

• In Paraguay, meetings should highlight the dual benefit for Paraguay to have a sustainable beef sector as well as to preserve its current forest. Promote the Value added of including the Ministry of Finance as part of the National Platform, and of the space of dialogue provided by the Platform

Management Response: [Added: 2020/02/06]

Agree with the recommendation

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Project progress and benefits for the country of the potential transformational change linked to the project should be presented at the highest possible level in all the key Ministries involved in the project. A specific strategy on key messages has to be prepared to ensure the efficiency of the meeting
[Added: 2020/02/06]
Indonesia Production Project Team 2020/03 Overdue-Not Initiated
Project progress and benefits for the country of the potential transformational change linked to the project should be presented at the highest possible level in all the key Ministries involved in the project. A specific strategy on key messages has to be prepared to ensure the efficiency of the meeting
[Added: 2020/02/06]
Paraguay Production Project Team 2020/03 Overdue-Not Initiated
8. Recommendation:

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Secure financial sustainability of Platform and implementation of its action plan. Define and implement strategy to secure the financial sustainability of all platforms in each pilot country. It may rely on a mix of sources (e.g. ensuring costing is carried out, and costs are included in government budgets at all relevant levels, exploring public-private partnerships for long term solutions, or donor funding for medium term).

Management Response: [Added: 2020/02/06]

Agree with the recommendation

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Define a strategy for Platforms and Action Plans Financial Sustainability
[Added: 2020/02/06]
Indonesia Project Team Liberia Project Team Paraguay Project Team 2020/06 Overdue-Initiated
Implement the strategy
[Added: 2020/02/06]
Indonesia Project Team Liberia Project Team Paraguay Project Team 2021/12 Not Initiated
9. Recommendation:

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Ensure Action Plans have a clear monitoring framework Clear monitoring frameworks with indicators and targets should be developed for each action plan to facilitate monitoring of their implementation.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/02/06] [Last Updated: 2020/02/06]

Agree with the recommendation

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Define monitoring frameworks for each action plan developed
[Added: 2020/02/06]
Indonesia Project Team Liberia Project Team Paraguay Project Team 2020/09 Overdue-Initiated History
10. Recommendation:

Taking Deforestation out of Commodity Production - 5664

Strengthen the corporate engagement Designing a coherent strategy, building on the concept of Value Beyond Value Chain, would enable to foster the systemic change required. This should also be coordinated with the other child projects who have also corporate engagement.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/02/06] [Last Updated: 2020/02/06]

Agree with the recommendation

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Design a strategy for corporate engagement in support of the national and/or subnational action plans in coordination with other child projects, as relevant
[Added: 2020/02/06]
Supported by Senior Partnership Advisor Indonesia Project Team Liberia Project Team Paraguay Project Team 2020/09 Overdue-Not Initiated
Implement the strategy for corporate engagement in coordination with other child projects
[Added: 2020/02/06]
Indonesia Project Team Liberia Project Team Paraguay Project Team Supported by Senior Partnership Advisor 2020/12 Not Initiated
11. Recommendation:

Taking Deforestation out of Commodity Production - 5664

Better use of platform for multi-stakeholder dialogue to ensure a participative process for policy reform, farmers system support and land use planning:

• Identify in each pilot country areas when dialogue through platform can be extended to better leverage some of the project work on these themes.

• Given the positive results from the dialogue and collaboration held in Platform for systemic change, explore how the government and private sector themselves could communicate on the results to further support the engagement of stakeholders and demonstrate how certain activities (such as policy reform) are critical for the process success, as well as better understand their motivation. Lessons from this extended use can provide input to further refine the concept of Multi-stakeholder Collaboration for systemic change.

 

Management Response: [Added: 2020/02/06]

Agree with the recommendation

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Identify in each pilot country areas when dialogue through platform can be extended to work on policy reforms, farmer support system and land use planning, and derive key action points
[Added: 2020/02/06]
Indonesia Project Team Liberia Project Team Paraguay Project Team 2020/03 Overdue-Initiated
Implement the action points identified above
[Added: 2020/02/06]
Indonesia Project Team Liberia Project Team Paraguay Project Team 2020/12 Not Initiated
12. Recommendation:

Taking Deforestation out of Commodity Production - 5664

Explore Producer Incentives for voluntary forest conservation In Paraguay, the legislation enables to deforest up to 75 %. It is therefore critical to explore the potential of financial incentives to conserve biodiversity and forests above legal requirements through financing mechanism linking to REDD+.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/02/06] [Last Updated: 2020/02/06]

Agree with the recommendation

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Explore potential financial incentives to conserve biodiversity and forests beyond legal requirements
[Added: 2020/02/06]
Paraguay Project Team 2020/03 Overdue-Initiated
Put plan in place for implementing financial incentives
[Added: 2020/02/06]
Paraguay Project Team 2020/03 Overdue-Not Initiated
Implement the plan
[Added: 2020/02/06]
Paraguay Project Team 2020/12 Not Initiated
13. Recommendation:

Taking Deforestation out of Commodity Production - 5664

Country Project efficiency In each country office, there are some areas to be considered for better efficiency:

• In Indonesia, teams work in silos, there should be more coordination among the Platform work and the work at Landscape level.

• In Indonesia, continue to leverage the power of the other child projects to support the work, as much as possible. More sharing on the corporate engagement work could be useful.

• In Liberia, explore if the root cause of the Sime Darby divestment and potentially other divestments is the lack of a financially viable outgrower model, or other factors. Support the country accordingly.

• In Paraguay, the platform coordination work is shared with the BAPAA project which will end in June 2020. Securing funding to continue to benefit from the expertise of the Platform team (coordinator, beef specialist) is therefore crucial.

• In Paraguay, the budget should be revised as there were some mistakes at project design.

• Paraguay Recommendation is to explore the benefits and costs to implement the Systems approach in order to have a comprehensive approach for a sustainable beef sector with reduced deforestation

Management Response: [Added: 2020/02/06] [Last Updated: 2020/02/06]

Agree with the recommendation

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
SPOI team to continue with joint planning and ensure joint at least monthly technical meetings between the Platform and Landscape teams
[Added: 2020/02/06]
Indonesia Project Team 2021/12 Initiated
In Indonesia, continue to leverage the power of the other child projects to support the work, as much as possible, including more sharing on corporate engagement, through yearly integration workshop by end of Q1 and quarterly monitoring of actions taken
[Added: 2020/02/06]
Indonesia Project Team 2021/12 Initiated
In Paraguay, carry-out a budget revision to correct mistakes made in the design phase
[Added: 2020/02/06]
Paraguay Project Team 2020/01 Overdue-Initiated
In Paraguay, explore the costs and benefits to implement a systems approach in order to have a comprehensive approach for a sustainable beef sector with reduced deforestation
[Added: 2020/02/06]
Paraguay Project Team with support from A&L Team 2020/03 Overdue-Initiated
In Liberia, understand the root cause of Sime Darby Divestment, and propose what UNDP can do on the policy side, beyond what it is already doing, to avoid more divestments
[Added: 2020/02/06]
Liberia Project Team 2020/03 Overdue-Not Initiated
In Paraguay, secure funding for the BAAPA platform team beyond June 2020
[Added: 2020/02/06]
Paraguay Project Team 2020/03 Overdue-Not Initiated
14. Recommendation:

Taking Deforestation out of Commodity Production - 5664

Paraguay: strategy for a common vision on sustainable beef Ensure discussion in the National Platform leads to agreement on a common vision of "sustainable beef production". Systems approaches are often very valuable for getting collective agreement over sustainable beef production.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/02/06] [Last Updated: 2020/02/06]

Agree with the recommendation

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Agree on common vision of sustainable beef production at national level
[Added: 2020/02/06]
Paraguay Project Team 2020/12 Initiated
15. Recommendation:

Taking Deforestation out of Commodity Production - 5664

Obtain a 6 months no cost extension for the Production Project

Management Response: [Added: 2020/02/06] [Last Updated: 2020/02/06]

Agree with the recommendation

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Get approval from Project Board
[Added: 2020/02/06]
GGP Production PMU 2020/06 Overdue-Not Initiated
Get approval from UNDP GEF
[Added: 2020/02/06]
GGP Production PMU 2020/10 Overdue-Not Initiated

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