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Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI) Thailand
Commissioning Unit: Thailand
Evaluation Plan: 2012-2016
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 11/2012
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Thailand
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation: Programme closure - Consolidation of existing information and sharing of lessons. Three focus areas for this process have been identified by the evaluation team with the PMU needing to further review these recommendations based on their knowledge of the stakeholders and geographical locations. The three areas are: 1. Consolidate results and lessons from SGA process to enable it to be formalised and adapted for future use in the Thai context 2. Consolidation and sharing of lessons learned from the PEI programme 3. Identification of projects of interest
Management Response: [Added: 2013/01/08] [Last Updated: 2013/01/15]

The three focus areas are in line with activities under the PMU work plan during the last quarter of PEI phase I (January-March 2013) whereby (1) a policy brief containing key findings and lessons of SGA process as well as a guideline for future conduct of SGA in Thailand will be developed, (2) a final project review report containing achievements, lessons learned, recommendations to improve design and implementation of the project, and identification of follow-up actions will be drafted and discussed during the terminal project board meeting. It should be noted that the process will be undertaken with an aim to operationally close the Phase I project in accordance with the UNDP operational procedure, whether or not the project will be continued.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
(1) Key Results and lessons from SGA-PEI process were consolidated in the Final Project Review Report which was subsequently endorsed on 8 March 2013; (2) SGA Policy Brief, SGA Guidelines, Poverty-Environment Indicator Policy Brief have been developed and, once completed, will be circulated and uploaded to the PEI Thailand website. The expected date of completion would be 31st March 2013; and (3) The SGA network forum will be held on 19th April 2013 to share lessons learned from SGA process as well as to discuss potentials and limitations of SGA and other assessment tools for development planning.
[Added: 2013/03/28] [Last Updated: 2013/12/23]
Pawin Talerngsri 2013/04 Completed 1. Key results and lesson from SGA-PEI process were consolidatetd in the final project review report which was subsequently endorsed on 8 March 2013; 2. SGA policy Brief, SGA Guidelines, Povery-Environment Indicator Policy Brief were developed, circulated, and uploaded to the PEI Thailand Website since April 2013. 3. The SGA network forum was held on 19th April 2013 to share lessons learned from SGA process as well as to discuss potentials and limitations of SGA and other assessment tools for development planning.
2. Recommendation: Maintenance of flagship projects and Review of entry points into the national planning process. Two proposed key activities are: 1. Support to priority programmes 2. Assessment of priority entry points
Management Response: [Added: 2013/01/08] [Last Updated: 2013/01/15]

The PMU agrees that some flagship projects under the PEI phase I should be further supported whether or not under PEI programme and has set out an activity to undertake stakeholder analysis during the last quarter of PEI project (or after the project closure) to identify the most suitable entry point. There will also be a need to think through the modality to maintain the flagship projects.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
(1) A concept note on transitional phase of PEI project in Thailand containing the detailed work plan for (1) PEI further support on one flagship activity in Nan province and (2) stakeholder analysis for potential entry points of the 2nd phase of PEI was drafted and submitted to the regional and Global PEI team for consideration. (2) The flagship activity is related to the Sustainable Watershed Management whereby dialogues among private investors, maize producers and distributors, and final buyers will be organized to find ways and means to help address sustainable business practices along the maize supply chain. Further consultations with the private sector and PEI regional team on this proposed activity have also been undertaken. The activity will be carried out during April-June 2013. (3) A plan for undertaking stakeholder analysis was also developed with an aim to explore potential areas of PEI interventions as well as potential channels and entry points for the second phase of PEI. The activity will be carried out during April-June 2013.
[Added: 2013/03/28] [Last Updated: 2017/05/03]
Pawin Talerngsri 2014/12 Completed 1. A concept note on transitional phase of PEI project in Thailand containing detailed work plan for (1) PEI Further support on sustainable maize production in Nan province and (2) stakeholder analysis for potential entry point of the 2nd phase of PEI was endorsed by the regional PEI Team in April 2013. 2. Consultations with Thailand?s Feed Mill Association ? the large private investor and final maize buyer - were held to find ways and means to address sustainable business practices along the maize supply chain during May-July 2013. The private sector agreed to engage further in development of ?sustainable Maize Standard? to be used as a guideline for purchasing maize. 3. The project initiation plan for ?sustainable maize production? was drafted and agreed among related stakeholders in August 2013 and the process of standard development was initiated in September 2013. The process is still ongoing since several stakeholders including maize producers, distributors, and final buyers need to be inclusively engaged. It is expected that the standard will be completed by q3 2014. Also, pilot areas as well as key stakeholders to be involved in the pilot phase will be identified by q3 2014. 4. The full project document for the 2nd phase of PEI will be drafted during q3/4 2014 and consultations will be held with an aim to finalize the project documents by q4 2014. History
3. Recommendation: Establishment of a full programme should be based on the outcomes of the above two steps. It should consider how the objectives of the PEI should be operationalized in Thailand and identify clear windows of opportunity to deliver change. Critically should it continue to wish to work with government it should ensure buy in from senior government officials prior to initiation. Proposed strategies to help support this process include: Increasing demand for improved environmental governance (bottom up approach), Engagement of Private sector actors at national scales (bridging approach? linking national and subnational), and Engagement of other National level commissions (bridging approach - linking national and subnational)
Management Response: [Added: 2013/01/08] [Last Updated: 2013/01/15]

This recommendation may not be suitably and practically implemented in the short run but might be considered again after carefully reviewing the outcomes of the two above steps, as well as gaining clearer view of the suitable key players, implementing partners, as well as windows of opportunity to deliver change. PEI Phase One had intended to create the ?bridging effect? as pointed out in the evaluation; however, it was not achieved. Given the evaluation recommendations and lessons-learned, management is of the view that it would be more effective to make a pause to reflect and to think more carefully about entry points and modality, before embarking on any full intervention, be it under PEI and any other new project, on this front.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
No action initiated. A consultation with PEI regional team will be undertaken after the transitional phase of PEI Thailand, as by that time, potential channels and entry points, as well as areas of future PEI interventions will become clearer, taking the stakeholder analysis findings into consideration.
[Added: 2013/03/28]
No due date No deadline established

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