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Midterm evaluation Catalysing Forest Sector project ETH
Commissioning Unit: Ethiopia
Evaluation Plan: 2021-2025
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 12/2021
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Ethiopia
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation:

Evaluation recommendation 1.    Sustained Financing: Availability and access to adequate funding remain one of the main barriers for scaling and sustaining project interventions. Further external financial support is required.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/12/17]

Fully accepted

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1 Initiate the development of the 2nd phase ISCFSDP to mobilize more resource in collaboration with the EFCCC and responsible Partners such as SLU
[Added: 2021/12/17] [Last Updated: 2022/04/15]
UNDP, EFCCC, CIFOR/SLU 2022/08 Initiated History
1.2 Hold Donor Coordination meetings in collaboration with EFCCC.
[Added: 2021/12/17] [Last Updated: 2022/04/15]
UNDP and EFCCC 2022/07 Initiated History
2. Recommendation:

Evaluation recommendation 2 Project Indicators: Key performance indicators used to determine the overall success of the project have seemingly been unofficially changed. The original 10 indicators in the 2018 signed Pro Doc are now replaced by 17 new indicators.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/12/17]

Fully accepted

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2..1 Organize a meeting with the SC and present the new 17 indicators and get official approval of the SC.
[Added: 2021/12/17] [Last Updated: 2022/04/15]
EFCCC and UNDP 2022/07 Initiated History
3. Recommendation:

Evaluation recommendation 3   Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E): The appropriate M&E system needs to be in place to actively monitor and periodically evaluate project performance, secure necessary funds and ensure quality.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/12/17]

Fully accepted

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1 Allocate adequate funds in 2022 AWP and beyond
[Added: 2021/12/17] [Last Updated: 2022/04/15]
CRES/ PMU 2022/03 Completed Completed History
3.2 Organize monthly Quality Assurance meetings
[Added: 2021/12/17] [Last Updated: 2022/04/15]
CRES and PDRMH 2022/03 Completed Completed History
4. Recommendation:

Evaluation recommendation 4. Risk log: A project risk log needs to be developed, monitored, and reported to capture risks to the overall programme. This process can greatly assist in the identification of issues and mitigating actions

Management Response: [Added: 2021/12/17]

Fully accepted.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
4.2. Review the risk treatment and hold a discussion with stakeholders
[Added: 2021/12/17] [Last Updated: 2022/04/15]
CRES/ PMU 2022/07 Initiated History
4.1. Update project risk log quarterly in ATLAS.
[Added: 2021/12/17] [Last Updated: 2022/04/15]
CRES/ PMU 2022/03 Completed Completed History
5. Recommendation:

Evaluation recommendation 5 Theory of Change (ToC): Project ToC is important for effective project delivery and in assessing the merits of the program and its framework to achieve the desired outcomes e.g., impacts. After review of project key performance indicators, revisit the ToC by hosting a virtual workshop with IPs and relevant stakeholders

Management Response: [Added: 2021/12/17]

Fully accepted

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
5.1 Draft the reconstructed TOC along with the development of the 2nd phase of ISCFSDP
[Added: 2021/12/17]
UNDP, EFCCC, and Partners 2022/07 Initiated
5.2. Hold a virtual workshop with IPs to discuss the reconstructed TOC
[Added: 2021/12/17]
UNDP, EFCCC, and partners. 2022/07 Initiated History
6. Recommendation:

Evaluation recommendation 6. Regular reporting is a key aspect of any public, private or development-orientated project. Reporting keeps all stakeholders informed with respect to progress, delays, and any upcoming needs, etc.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/12/17]

Fully accepted

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
6.1. Share periodic reports for all stakeholders on regular basis and
[Added: 2021/12/17] [Last Updated: 2022/04/15]
UNDP and EFCCC 2022/04 Completed Completed History
6.2. Organize a meeting to discuss reporting challenges
[Added: 2021/12/17] [Last Updated: 2022/04/15]
UNDP and EFCCC 2022/04 Completed Completed History
7. Recommendation:

Evaluation recommendation 7 Forest Database: To advance Ethiopia’s forestry sector, the collection and storage of forestry statistics will become essential. Efforts are ongoing to develop a database system at the commission, but it’s likely the system won’t be ready any time soon.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/12/17]

Fully accepted

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
7.1 Establish Forest database within the CSA profile
[Added: 2021/12/17] [Last Updated: 2022/04/15]
UNDP and EFCCC 2022/08 Initiated History
8. Recommendation:

Evaluation recommendation 8. Private Sector Engagement: Involvement of the private sector in the forestry sector is a key area of the ISCFSD project. To promote a thriving economically resilient forestry sector, the Government of Ethiopia needs to encourage the development of well-managed professional businesses across each segment of the forestry value chain.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/12/17]

Fully accepted

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
8.1 Implement the diagnostic study on opportunities, challenges, and Incentive for private sector investment in forestry and forest product processing in Ethiopia
[Added: 2021/12/17]
UNDP and EFCCC 2022/12 Not Initiated

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