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Terminal Evaluation of Efficient Energy Production and Utilization of Cookstove
Commissioning Unit: Sierra Leone
Evaluation Plan: 2020-2023
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 09/2020
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Sierra Leone
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation:

A number of activities remain work in progress and effort is required to ensure there are continued efforts by other partners. These include the development of efficiency standards & certification, use of CCDC infrastructure to test cookstoves and promote best practices, and continued maintenance of woodlots developed under the project. A roadmap workshop may be organised with participation from various partners from the Government sector, private sector, NGOs, and other donors. This workshop will provide an opportunity to transfer knowledge to other partners and to explore potential engagement opportunities

Management Response: [Added: 2020/10/28]

Fully accept. The Government Technical Institute (GTI) and Sierra Leone Standards Bureau were key stakeholders of this project and the Standards Bureau at the opening of the Cookstove and Charcoal Development Center (CCDC) had pledged to support the center to develop cookstove certification. With regards to the contiuous development of the CCDC, at project closure the Country Office had written to ECREE who had in their response pledged to continue supporting the center. Currently, there is a discussion between CCDC and WestWind Energy (private sector) for the testing of their cookstoves as WestWind is in the process of re-branding their product. The Road Map Workshop will be conducted in 2021 when TRAC resources become available, in collaboration with the Ministry of Energy, private sector and NGOs as a way of transfering knowledge to other partners and to explore potential engagement opportunities. The woodlot management committees have over the period been capacitated to manage the woodlots. The beauty of this project is that the communities recognise the importance of maintaining the woodlots if they are to continue the production of charcoal, which is seen as a means of livelihood for them.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP and MOE to jointly plan and implement knowledge-sharing workshop
[Added: 2020/10/28] [Last Updated: 2021/03/24]
UNDP Project Team 2021/06 Not Initiated History
2. Recommendation:

The project has supported the development of the National Energy Policy and Bioenergy Policy; these policies were validated during the project duration. However, enactment and popularization activities are still pending. UNDP may pursue MOE to enact these policies to support clean bioenergy development in the country. 

Management Response: [Added: 2020/10/28]

Fully accept. UNDP has officially written to the Hon. Minister of Energy in a letter dated 23rd July 2020 requesting the Ministry to speed up the enactment of the Policies and their implementation.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The policies to be approved by the Government of Sierra Leone for its implementation
[Added: 2020/10/28] [Last Updated: 2021/03/24]
Ministry of Energy 2021/07 No Longer Applicable [Justification: This proposed key action speaks to the same action as indicated in the second one under the same management response. Besides, it is not action oriented.]
History
Follow up with the Hon. Minister of Energy to ensure the approval of policies are done and implemented.
[Added: 2020/10/28] [Last Updated: 2021/03/24]
UNDP Project Team 2021/05 Not Initiated History
3. Recommendation:

Capacity building and awareness creation activities were performed under the project. Knowledge material developed for these activities must be documented and handed over to relevant partners and agencies including CCDC.  These knowledge materials and learning from the project can also be shared with other regional or local programs in Africa.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/10/28]

Fully accept. The Country Office will continue to work with GIZ and the Ministry of Energy to upload the knowledge materials developed for the project to the www.renewable-sierraleone.info and that of the website of the Ministry of Energy.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Knowledge materials to be uploaded to the websites stated above
[Added: 2020/10/28] [Last Updated: 2021/03/29]
UNDP Project Team and Communications Head 2021/06 Initiated History
4. Recommendation:

The project has also established forestry initiatives at the community level with local management committees to create a model for sustainable supply of biomass for charcoal production. The National Forestry Policy has not been updated since the start of the project and there may be an opportunity for the project to influence the forestry policy when updated. MAF can also take up the expansion of woodlots to newer areas using government funding support

Management Response: [Added: 2020/10/28]

Fully accept. UNDP from its TRAC resources provided resources for the review of the National Forestry Policy 1988. The Policy has now been reviewed, validated and the white paper is done. Additionally, the Government of Sierra Leone through the Ministry of Environment has launched a five million tree planting programme across the country in the next four years period. This year alone 1,500,000 trees have been planted

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Ministry of Environment with support from UNDP has reviewed and validated the National Forestry Policy 1988 to be approved by Government of Sierra Leone
[Added: 2020/10/28] [Last Updated: 2021/03/24]
UNDP Project Team and the Ministry of Environment 2021/03 Completed Work with the Ministry of Environment will continue this year and is ongoing. A lined up activities have been developed with them including lobbying with the Government for the approval of revised National policy 1988. History
Continue to collaborate with the Ministry of Environment to ensure the tree planting reaches newer areas in the Country.
[Added: 2020/10/28] [Last Updated: 2021/03/24]
Ministry of Environment 2021/07 Completed This is ongoing. In 2020, UNDP supported the Ministry of Environment to review the Forestry Act 1988 which they did. Substantial engagement with, and continued support for the Ministry of Environment is also underway to enhance effective management of the Environment including increased tree planting activities. History
5. Recommendation:

During 2019, project has developed financing schemes and also engaged potential partners including Ecobank and BRAC. There exists a great potential to operationalize these financing schemes to support improved cook stove (ICS)  entrepreneurs, efficient charcoal producers, and users. UNDP could keep engaged with these partners to support by providing knowledge support as well as linking them with other partners active in the sector.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/10/28]

Fully accept. UNDP will continue its engagement with Eco Bank and Brac as well as seek new partnerships. Currently, the CO is putting together a proposal for submission to the NAMA Facility and component two of this proposal will be focused on remaining activities under the efficient cookstove project. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Ensure the proposal covers the remaining activities of the efficient cookstove project.
[Added: 2020/10/28] [Last Updated: 2021/03/24]
UNDP Project Team and Clean Cooking Alliance 2020/12 Completed Done History
A follow-up meeting to be held with Eco Bank to provide financial scheme to support improved cookstove entrepreneurs
[Added: 2020/10/28] [Last Updated: 2021/03/24]
UNDP Project Team 2021/05 Not Initiated History

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