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Final evaluation: Sustainable Management of Water Resources in rural areas in Uzbekistan: Component 2 on Technical Capacity Building (EU Water)
Commissioning Unit: Uzbekistan
Evaluation Plan: 2021-2025
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 04/2021
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Uzbekistan
Documents Related to overall Management Response:  
1. Recommendation:

Stakeholders stated a clear interest in upscaling the project results and expanding implementation. Considering the project's success upscaling and/or implementation to other areas should therefore be considered.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/06/22]

The recommendation accepted. The experience and knowledge gained during the implementation of the project will be taken into account in the formation and implementation of new projects in the field of the environment and the development of advisory services in agriculture. In particular, the AKIS project considers actions towards increasing the capacity of water managers, farmers, research institutes and specialists.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1. To link the project results and integrate its successful practices into Desira UAKIS project actions towards increasing the capacity of water managers, farmers, research institutes and specialists.
[Added: 2021/06/22]
ECAC 2021/12 Not Initiated
2. Recommendation:

Project results should continue to be monitored to ensure that implemented practices are well sustained.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/06/22]

The recommendation accepted. The project results will be tracked to the extent possible within other ongoing and upcoming initiatives of UNDP related to natural resources management. From the national partner (Ministry of Water Resources) side the monitoring is being executed by the Information Analytical Resource Center.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1. To prepare at least one article jointly with the Ministry of Water Resources based on their monitoring outputs of the sustainability of the main project results.
[Added: 2021/06/22]
ECAC 2023/03 Not Initiated History
3. Recommendation:

Stakeholders participating in training reported that more applicable approaches would be welcome (for instance, field works, site visits, etc). This should be considered for future training and capacity-building events.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/06/22]

Partially agree. The project’s training activities were implemented by applying “learning by doing” approach except for specific training on information/knowledge transfer/exchange.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1. While formulating a training program to stakeholders at the initial stage of the new AKIS project to integrate successful approaches and methods tested in the given project specific attention will be paid to planning “field days”, local site visits to review demonstration plots, innovative practices, etc.
[Added: 2021/06/22]
ECAC 2021/12 Not Initiated
4. Recommendation:

As the quality of provided training was assessed as high, it is recommended future training in a similar manner.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/06/22]

The recommendation accepted. In its future programming, UNDP will integrate the project’s demonstrated approach in the provision of training activities. UNDP assisted in the formulation and adoption of the National Capacity Building Program adopted in March 2021. The Center for training and re-training of water managers and specialists at the TIIAME that responsible for the implementation of the Program will be using for training the modules developed within the Water project. This will ensure the sustainability of the project’s approach in capacity building.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
4.1. To integrate the project’s demonstrated approach in a training course design and delivery methods to a new Uzbek Agriculture Knowledge and Innovation System (UAKIS) activity within the newly launching DESIRA UAKIS project.
[Added: 2021/06/22]
ECAC 2022/12 Not Initiated
5. Recommendation:

The project brings a meaningful social effect/contribution, and as such is a good practice example for the implementation of similar approaches in other areas with similar conditions.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/06/22]

The recommendation accepted. In its future programming, UNDP will continue to replicate and extend achieved results as well as fruitful approaches as piloted within the given project.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
5.1. To introduce the project’s approaches in bringing social effects through improving the access to water into the technical assistance program of the UNDP/GEF Mountain Ecosystems project and other relevant interventions.
[Added: 2021/06/22]
ECAC 2022/03 Not Initiated
6. Recommendation:

Project startup has been slow. Measures should be installed so that for future projects a faster project startup can be achieved.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/06/22]

Partially agree. The delay in the start of the project was due to the need to allocate office space by the national partner that needed to be renovated. Recruitment of the project staff has taken longer than expected. UNDP has arranged measures in place to avoid such delays, however, there are some activities beyond UNDP control.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP has arranged measures in place to avoid such delays, however, there are some activities beyond UNDP control.
[Added: 2021/06/22]
ECAC 2021/06 Completed UNDP has arranged measures in place to avoid such delays, however, there are some activities beyond UNDP control.

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