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Mid-Term Evaluation of the Lake Tanganyika Integrated Management Programme
Commissioning Unit: Zambia
Evaluation Plan: 2011-2015
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 07/2011
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Zambia
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation: Evaluation Recommendation 1: If not well monitored and implemented, the IGAs that have been driven by the access to the revolving fund may increase sedimentation in the medium to long-term. There is great need to find someone to take over the project activities and particularly so the revolving fund. Several options are possible including the following 2: (i) Have a scaled down PMU consisting of one person (perhaps the project manager) for another year after project phase out whose focus should be consolidation of the project gains. The consolidation and the rest of the ToRs of such a person should include: (a) ensuring greater integration of project activities into all the appropriate government and district council structures; (b) ensuring a smooth takeover of the revolving fund by a suitable institution (the process of bringing on board such an institution will hopefully be finalized within the next few weeks) by providing the necessary institutional memory, (ii) developing suitable mechanisms as well as their operationalization for replication of the project activities.
Management Response: [Added: 2012/01/26] [Last Updated: 2012/01/26]

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Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Conclude an MOU with Zambia National Farmers Union
[Added: 2012/01/26] [Last Updated: 2017/11/01]
CD/UNDP_ Environment and Energy Unit 2012/03 Completed The MOU was concluded the revolving funds transferred to the Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU). History
2. Recommendation: Evaluation Recommendation 2: Capacity building of community members through Training of Trainers has lacked the necessary backup support for it to realize its optimum potential in terms of impact at community level. There is need to follow-up trainees following ToT sessions with the view to assessing their performance on the ground. This will enable district level stakeholders to identify key constraints slowing down uptake of what community members are trained in. This will provide an avenue for dealing with the identified issues. One way would be to include in the annual work plans and budgets of various stakeholder institutions specific actions aimed at dealing with the identified constraints.
Management Response: [Added: 2012/01/26] [Last Updated: 2012/01/26]

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Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Undertake Follow ups and have on the Training of Trainers given in previous years as part of the consolidated budgeted for 2012 to enhance the impact of the training on the ground
[Added: 2012/01/26] [Last Updated: 2017/11/01]
PIU 2012/03 Completed The follow ups were undertaken jointly with partner institutions to build their capacity to continue monitoring progress beyond project life. History
3. Recommendation: Evaluation Recommendation 3: The development and adoption of sustainable forest management systems by community members has not reached its full potential due to inadequate options with respect to most suitable tree species for woodlots. ICRAF needed to provide more support and backstopping to communities on a considerable number of most appropriate species thereby provide community members with sufficient options and support on identifying most suitable tree species, but also in monitoring their performance as different species are tried.
Management Response: [Added: 2012/01/26] [Last Updated: 2012/01/26]

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Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
ICRAF to start conducting workshops for Officers from Partner institutions and built their capacity in tree identification of most suitable tree species.
[Added: 2012/01/26]
ICRAF 2011/10 Completed ICRAF held workshop for Officers from Partner institutions from 24th to 29th October 2011 and built their capacity in tree identification of most suitable tree species. These trainings are on-going and ICRAF will provide field guides for the field Officers (Government Officers from Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry) to use
4. Recommendation: Evaluation Recommendation 4: The IGAs being driven by the implementation of the revolving fund have the potential to increase sedimentation in the lake unless suitable measures are taken. Apart from the recommendation in (i) (b) above, there is need to ensure that whichever institution takes over the revolving fund should have sufficient knowledge in conservation farming, natural resource management and lake sedimentation issues. Where an institution is found to have adequate capacity for other necessary elements for the effective implementation of the revolving fund but lacks in the environmental related issues mentioned above, the programme manager should ensure that such an institution is capacity built accordingly.
Management Response: [Added: 2012/01/26] [Last Updated: 2012/01/26]

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Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
To identify an institution that has a strong background in conservation farming to take over the revolving fund and IGA activities.
[Added: 2012/01/26]
PIU, UNDP_ Environment and Energy Unit and MLGHEEP 2012/03 Completed The identified institution (Zambia National Farmers Union-ZNFU) has a strong background in conservation farming; however, arrangements have been made to facilitate capacity building sessions for the ZNFU field team. The Officers based at the Mbala offices of ZNFU who will be interacting with the Farmers will be capacity built by the UNDP project team to enhance their skills in environmental related issues.
5. Recommendation: Evaluation Recommendation 5: Progress in value adding processing to boost income generation has lacked follow-up. Focus has been on training community representatives on various value-adding processing using ToT. However, there was no evidence of follow-up training following ToT nor monitoring of those trained to establish their performance, a similar point to recommendation 1 above.
Management Response: [Added: 2012/01/26] [Last Updated: 2012/01/26]

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Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Undertake follows ups to check the performance of the people that have been trained over the years
[Added: 2012/01/26] [Last Updated: 2017/11/01]
PIU 2012/04 Completed The Revolving fund officers introduced a checklist which was used during follow up to assess the performance of the project. History
Conduct a final evaluation with population based sample to assess progress in attainment of project outcomes.
[Added: 2012/01/26] [Last Updated: 2017/11/01]
PIU, UNDP_ Environment and Energy Unit and MLGHEEP 2012/05 Completed The final evaluation was conducted under this same 2011-2015 Evaluation Plan in August 2012. History
6. Recommendation: Evaluation Recommendation 6: There is capacity to support individual farmers and people, but capacity to manage at the ?catchment level? remains weak. There is need to increase capacity at district and higher levels. Engaging higher levels (national and provincial) is critical given that plans are under way to introduce the river basin approach which cannot be effectively coordinated and managed at district and lower levels. Recommendation under issue 0.0 would go along way in ensuring the manager takes up this issue during the 12 month extended period as the basin approach is likely to become law by that time.
Management Response: [Added: 2012/01/26] [Last Updated: 2012/01/26]

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Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The ICRAF Monitoring workshop held in Mbala in October 2011 also addressed the issue of scaling up with officers from National, Provincial and District levels from Forestry, Agriculture, Lands and Water Affairs. 2 More such workshops are planned before the end of the Project so as to ensure that the catchment level approach is firmly inculcated in the relevant officers
[Added: 2012/01/26]
PIU, UNDP_ Environment and Energy Unit No due date No deadline established The ICRAF Monitoring workshop held in Mbala in October 2011 also addressed the issue of scaling up with officers from National, Provincial and District levels from Forestry, Agriculture, Lands and Water Affairs. 2 More such workshops are planned before the end of the Project so as to ensure that the catchment level approach is firmly inculcated in the relevant officers

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