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Mid- term Project Evaluation of mainstreaming biodiversity into land use regulations and management at municipal Scale
Commissioning Unit:South Africa
Evaluation Plan:2013-2019
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date:12/2017
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: South Africa
1. Recommendation:

Develop a Theory of Change for the project intervention and review/update the project’s risk and assumptions on this basis. .

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/17] [Last Updated: 2017/12/19]

Fully agreed, there is a need to make explicit underlying intentions, risks and assumptions using evidence, in order to inform planning and more focused implementation of development challenges. Risks, strategic partnerships, learning and organizational development should form part of the central tenet of the change pathway/TOC journey.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Allocate resources towards the ToC journey, and implement it in an inclusive manner via the project’s result-based management framework;
[Added: 2017/12/19]
PMU, with external support, and PSC. CO M&E oversight support can also be provided. 2020/11 Initiated Strategic Review workshop with PSC and PMU undertaken 11-12 Dec. 2017
A ToC implementation roadmap with well-defined deliverables should be used as a guide, where due consideration should be given to a no-cost project extension request by SANBI if required.
[Added: 2017/12/19] [Last Updated: 2018/10/30]
PMU, with external support, and PSC. CO M&E oversight support can also be provided. 2018/10 Overdue-Initiated Service provider (INR) procured on a 2yr contract to support the ToC intervention.
Women and marginalized groups, and geographic areas should be considered
[Added: 2017/12/19] [Last Updated: 2018/09/20]
PMU, with external support and PSC. CO M&E oversight support can also be provided 2018/09 Completed Contract for procurement of Gender Consultant under issuance by PMU.
Consider longer term changes, even beyond project duration, in order to embed sustainability within the intervention.
[Added: 2017/12/19]
PMU, with external support and PSC. CO M&E oversight support can also be provided. 2020/12 Initiated To be addressed by Service Provider, INR, and PMU/PSC.
2. Recommendation:


Tweak the Project Board composition (through a joint review of needs) to ensure the steering is at a strategic level.

    

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/17] [Last Updated: 2017/12/19]

Agree with the recommendation but requires elaboation. Not only should the composition of the Project Board be strengthened to onboard more senior actors, but the Project Board’s TOR should also ensure that the project’s governance architecture and work channels (inter-organisational mechanisms, including inter- and intra-departmental mechanisms, as well as partnerships) are fully utilized to achieve effective, efficient, sustainable and results-orientated decisions, approvals, buy-in, consensus, and ‘for noting’, etc. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
TOR redefined, and new Board members invited to serve.
[Added: 2017/12/19] [Last Updated: 2018/09/20]
PMU, PSC 2018/07 Completed Actions discussed and agreed at Project Board meeting on 13 Dec 2017. 2. Candidates identified
3. Recommendation:

Align with SANParks and other stewardship partners to advance the post-declaration support agenda (e.g. via the 2nd Biodiversity Stewardship Conference).

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/17] [Last Updated: 2017/12/20]

Linkages between related projects should be identified and operationalized, most particularly BIOFIN as a convening platform, and relevant UNDP-GEF (Protected Areas and Sustainable Land Management) and SANBI-GEF (Water) projects.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Prioritized these linkages to address the TOC, and to keep a balance of the value-add of collaboration on similar challenges, geographies and thematic content (objectives), and ‘low hanging fruit’, such as for the advancement of formalizing and advancing stewardship.
[Added: 2017/12/19]
Day-to day engagement should be followed up by the PMU. Invitations should be sent to Project Managers to mutual planning sessions, and other work events of relevance to ensure synergies for mainstreaming, acceleration and policy support. 2020/12 Initiated Discussed and agreed at Project Board meeting 13 Dec 2017.

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