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Evaluation of the Global Risk Identification Programme
Commissioning Unit: Bureau for Policy and Programme Support
Evaluation Plan: 2009-2013
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 12/2012
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Bureau for Policy and Programme Support
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
1. Recommendation: No GRIP Follow up Phase in its current form. It is the considered view of this evaluation that there should not be any continuation or follow up phase of GRIP either as designed or as it currently being run. The multi-agency multi donor funded thematic program on risk assessment has been de facto discontinued since 2009, and cannot be resurrected from its current status. Recommendations on dealing with specific current multi agency dimensions of the programming such as the EG DLD will be given later. The UNDP GRIP as mechanism to provide country support since 2009 has maintained its separate identity and functioned with too much autonomy, insufficient integration with the regional service centers and without sufficient recognition of other approaches to the subject within UNDP and beyond. However continuation of country support function, which is the identified comparative advantage of UNDP and well integrated with the rest of DRRRR, is recommended.
Management Response: [Added: 2014/01/09] [Last Updated: 2014/01/09]

The BCPR management agrees with the suggested recommendation. The UNDP BCPR will discontinue GRIP as a global project, and initiate actions required to ensure continuation of country support function, which is the identified comparative advantage of UNDP, within the composition of the existing Disaster Risk Reduction and Recovery Team of BCPR.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1. Discontinue GRIP as a global project
[Added: 2014/01/09]
BCPR 2013/06 Completed
1.2 Relocate the Risk Assessment Specialist (P4) post to New York, reformulating the Terms of Reference to ensure better integration with DRRRT's work in the area of Climate Risk Management and Urban Risk Management.
[Added: 2014/01/09] [Last Updated: 2014/12/12]
BCPR 2014/06 Completed The post of Risks Assessment Specialist was relocated to UNDP HQ in New York.
1.3 Convert one of the two current GRIP (project) posts into a mainstream DRRRT post based in New York
[Added: 2014/01/09] [Last Updated: 2014/12/12]
BCPR 2014/06 Completed The posts in UNDP headquarters were established to take over the relevant GRIP functions. The recruitment process was completed.
1.4 Integrate some of the risk identification related functions into the functions of regional disaster reduction advisors and regional Practice Coordinators. This will need to be complemented by provision of work plan budget to hire national/ regional expertise on an as needed basis.
[Added: 2014/02/14] [Last Updated: 2014/12/12]
BCPR 2014/06 Completed Relevant functions have been integrated in the TORs of the regional advisors placed in the regional centers.
2. Recommendation: Given UNDP?s role and history in multi-agency partnerships in DRR, the evaluation recommends that UNDP should stay engaged in the multi-agency partnership, emphasizing priority partnerships with UNISDR and GFDRR both in the context of their global roles but also in relation to country level activity. In the context of UNISDR this has relevance in relation to the GAR, Prevention Web, and in the use of risk assessments and risk information in both the resilient cities and the safe schools and hospitals campaigns.
Management Response: [Added: 2014/01/09]

UNDP fully acknowledges the need to engage in inter-agency collaboration around clearly defined areas. The due emphasis in this processes will be given to partnerships with ISDR and the World Bank/ GFDRR around specific areas

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1. Identify two countries where UNDP programming will be undertaken with special emphasis will be made on multi-agency partnerships, including collaboration with UNISDR and GFDRR UNDP programming.
[Added: 2014/01/09] [Last Updated: 2014/12/12]
BCPR 2014/03 Completed UNDP is working with GFDRR and UNISDR to develop joint methodologies and templates for Country Risk Profiles. A pilot program is currently ongoing in the Caribbean region, with plans to expand to the Indian Ocean Islands. GFDRR, UNDP and ISDR plan to expand this to 40 low and middle income countries over the next three years. GFDRR is also working with UNISDR in Pakistan as part of a broader initiative on risk assessment and risk financing.
2.2 In countries where CADRI supports development of comprehensive strategies, make provision for DRRRT services to generate national level risk analyses for strategic planning, UNDAFs etc.
[Added: 2014/01/09] [Last Updated: 2014/12/12]
BCPR 2014/03 Completed Risk assessment services are provided to the country offices embarking on the panning processes on an ongoing basis.
3. Recommendation: UNDP should link risk assessment to other areas of UNDP?s portfolio and applying risk assessment information in solving specific identified development problems. UNDP should draw on its past experience and pilot a more systematic approach to building resilience. UNDP should consider strengthening the linkages between national and regional assessment and action, and partnerships with regional intergovernmental organisations, facilitating south-south and regional cooperation among governments.
Management Response: [Added: 2014/01/09]

Within the overall DRRRT strategy, and building on the evaluation findings and an in-depth review (ongoing) of UNDP's risk information portfolio and of country level loss and damage databases formulate a programme framework for UNDP?s continued engagement in the area of risk identification

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1 Formulate a programme framework for UNDP's continued engagement in the area of risk identification, taking into consideration best practices and lessons learned.
[Added: 2014/01/09] [Last Updated: 2014/12/12]
BCPR 2014/06 No Longer Applicable

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