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Effective management of environment, natural resources, climate change and disaster risk
Commissioning Unit: Malawi
Evaluation Plan: 2012-2018
Evaluation Type: Outcome
Completion Date: 09/2015
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Malawi
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation: UNDP should accelerate work in order to provide impulses for relevant products obtained through the implementation of Outcome 1.2 to be approved as binding policies and to be implemented in Malawi. This entails being attentive to (and strengthening where it is fit) weak national policy absorption capacity, weak national governance, as well as frail budgeting structures that hinder implementation of policies and hampers improved management of environment, natural resources and climate change for sustainable development at national and district levels. That is, it is imperative that policy frameworks be implemented in a planned and coherent manner within the remaining period of this UNDAF.
Management Response: [Added: 2016/01/13] [Last Updated: 2016/01/13]

The recommendation is acceptable. UNDP will continue to facilitate consultative meetings between policy makers and technical staff to finalise and approve the forest, climate change, meteorology, national parks and wild life and agriculture policies. In addition, UNDP will support capacity development initiatives in planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of climate change, resilience building, disaster risk reduction to ensure improved absorption of funds.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1. Support consultative meetings to advocate for approval of policies and allocation of resources
[Added: 2016/01/13] [Last Updated: 2017/11/21]
Resilience and Sustainable Growth (RSG) 2016/09 Completed History
2. Facilitate preparation and dissemination of policy briefs
[Added: 2016/01/13] [Last Updated: 2018/08/17]
RSG 2016/10 Completed Done for specific projects.e.g the Poverty and Environment Initiative. History
3. Support training in project management skills
[Added: 2016/01/13] [Last Updated: 2018/11/13]
RSG 2018/12 No Longer Applicable [Justification: There no provisions for this activity.]
History
2. Recommendation: UNDP's portfolio related to the current Outcome should enhance engagement with and support of non ? state actors, including local communities, the private sector, non ? governmental organizations and civil society. Furthermore, it should also enhance engagement with and support of relevant district ? level institutions. Projects that already contemplate local interventions and specific sites where the projects/programmes will take place should boost these aspects providing increased support and/or being attentive to implementation.
Management Response: [Added: 2016/01/13] [Last Updated: 2016/01/13]

Agreed. UNDP will encourage the government to involve of NGOs, CSOs, private sector in the programming of climate change, disaster risk management, environment and natural resources management.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1. Facilitate mapping of potential of CSOs, Private to participate in the project.
[Added: 2016/01/13] [Last Updated: 2018/08/17]
RSG 2018/12 Overdue-Initiated History
2. Assist efforts to capitalize the National Climate Fund to enable CSOs to access resources for implementation of local initiatives.
[Added: 2016/01/13] [Last Updated: 2018/08/17]
RSG 2018/12 Overdue-Initiated History
3. Recommendation: UNDP project development should be based on a thorough exhaustive knowledge of the areas where an intervention will take place, not only knowledge of social and economic components but also knowledge of natural resources and environment variables as well as what impacts climate change is having in the particular area where work will take place.
Management Response: [Added: 2016/01/13]

Agreed. The recommendation is in line with current UNDP programming requirements to include thorough assessment of issues, target groups, geographical areas and risks, among other elements to ensure solid basis for interventions.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3. Undertake thorough assessment of social, economic, environment, natural resources and climate change situation for CPD programming
[Added: 2016/01/13] [Last Updated: 2018/08/17]
RSG 2018/02 Completed The office conducted a development problem tree analysis as part of the Country Programme Document formulation process. History
4. Recommendation: UNDP?s downstream and upstream work needs to be linked, with downstream nourishing upstream work with successes, and thus aiding in upscaling and enhancing catalytic effects of local level interventions and avoid continuous ?piloting.?
Management Response: [Added: 2016/01/13]

Agreed. Although UNDP support focused on upstream initiatives, downstream work is encouraged to validate the impact of interventions at the local level or inform policies.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1. Assess impact of downstream activities to determine initiatives for scaling up
[Added: 2016/01/13] [Last Updated: 2018/08/17]
RSG 2018/12 Overdue-Initiated History
2. Compile lessons learnt from pilot interventions and disseminate widely
[Added: 2016/01/13] [Last Updated: 2018/11/13]
RSG 2018/12 No Longer Applicable [Justification: No provisions for this activity and the programme cycle is ending in December, 2018.]
History
5. Recommendation: Projects, programs and processes supported by UNDP should contain clear and feasible exit strategies in order to promote implementation of policy, encourage institutional capacity building and promote sustainability. Those UNDP processes, programs and projects that are part of current Outcome 1.2 that do not have such a strategy should quickly determine one and begin implementing.
Management Response: [Added: 2016/01/13]

Agreed. UNDP will review its environment, natural resources and climate change project portfolio and prepare exit strategies as appropriate.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1. Prepare exit strategies for existing projects
[Added: 2016/01/13] [Last Updated: 2018/08/17]
RSG 2018/12 Overdue-Initiated History
2. Ensure inclusion of exit strategies for future projects
[Added: 2016/01/13] [Last Updated: 2018/11/13]
RSG 2016/01 Completed Since inclusion of sustainability plans and exit strategies is a project design requirement in the corporate project quality assurance assessment tool, it is expected that the CO will comply. History
6. Recommendation: Relevant areas within UNDP as lead agency of the Outcome at hand should also connect and collaborate. Very importantly, Democratic Governance area of UNDP should connect with Environment and Energy area in order to exchange knowledge, best practices and lessons learned regarding governability in Malawi and promoting implementation of ENR, CC, and DRM in the country. The same should occur regarding connections of Capacity Development and Environment and Energy units within UNDP in order to exchange knowledge, best practices and lessons learned regarding capacity building and capacity strengthening in ENR, CC and DRM in the country.
Management Response: [Added: 2016/01/13]

UNDP agrees with the recommendation and will encourage sharing of information and involvement between the Responsive Institutions and Citizen Engagement and Resilience and Sustainable Growth Portfolios.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1. Organize inter-portfolio information sharing sessions including joint project visits
[Added: 2016/01/13] [Last Updated: 2018/08/17]
RSG 2016/01 Completed Programme meeting agenda includes updates from portfolios for purposes of sharing experiences and information between portfoilos and units. History
2. Produce a guidance note on governability and implementation of ENR, CC, DRM programmes
[Added: 2016/01/13] [Last Updated: 2018/08/17]
Responsive Institutions and Citizen Engagement (RICE) 2016/10 No Longer Applicable [Justification: The Country Office is preparing guidelines for programme portfolio management which envisages contribution by the RICE portfolio in the implementation of ENR, CC, DRM initiatives..]
History
7. Recommendation: Given that UNDP puts a strong emphasis on developing and strengthening institutional capacities, capacity development for Malawi should be enhanced and be made more sustainable then it is now in order to achieve objectives that withstand over time, truly building long ? term institutional capacity through proper approaches. Here as in other areas of work, engagement should not be exclusively with national government, but should entail a broader spectrum of institutions (even with stakeholders which UNDP does not traditionally engage with): district and local level institutions, local stakeholder organizations, private sector, and other relevant organizations beyond national government.
Management Response: [Added: 2016/01/13]

Partially agreed. Much as UNDP champions institutional capacity development, its resources are limited has and hence focuses on developing the capacities of selected institutions. UNDP agrees with the need to review capacity building approaches and together with other UN agencies commissioned a study ed to review past capacity development initiatives to come up with effective and sustainable approaches to capacity development.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1. Implementation the recommendations of the capacity review study.
[Added: 2016/01/13] [Last Updated: 2018/11/13]
All programme units 2016/01 No Longer Applicable [Justification: There are no resources for implementing the recommendations of the study.]
History

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