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Evaluation on Sound Environmental management for sustainable development
Commissioning Unit: Lesotho
Evaluation Plan: 2013-2018
Evaluation Type: Outcome
Completion Date: 12/2016
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Lesotho
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation:
UNDP broaden its conceptualization of its strategic partnerships with central level GOL institutions. The UNDP should continue to expand the range of partners it works with, and the way in which it works with them. 
Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/23]

 Work more closely with districts or lower levels of Governtment ministries, community councils, user groups and other actors at community level. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Ensure representation of local authorities and NGOs in Project Steering Committees. Build partnerships at district and communities level
[Added: 2016/12/23]
Sustainable Development Specialist 2017/12 Overdue-Initiated To be done for ongoing and new projects History
2. Recommendation:
UNDP needs to acknowledge the difficulty of achieving the outcomes it seeks in project documents and reflect them in their results and resource frameworks so that it doesn’t end up over-promising and under-delivering. The development challenges that the UNDP is tackling under CPD Focus Area #2 have proven to be extremely resistant to quick and easy resolution. In many ways, they are generational challenges involving reforms to long-practiced traditions and requiring changes in individual behaviors by large portions of the population spread out over large areas of the country. Therefore, it is recommended that the UNDP revisit its approach to preparing project documents and results frameworks in a more realistic and achievable way, fully acknowledging the difficulty of the tasks it is undertaking. 
Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/23]

Strengthen joint planning and reviewing of projects aimed to achieve this outcome. Identify external factors and opportunities that could be jointly addressed with other actors. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Organise planning and review meetings with government and other actors working in this focus area.
[Added: 2016/12/23]
Sustainable Development Specialist and Deputy Resident Representative 2017/03 Overdue-Not Initiated Dates to be agreed with government History
3. Recommendation:

UNDP needs to hold its implementing partners more accountable for achieving outcomes. Therefore, it is recommended that the UNDP consider urging the GEF and other donors to use ‘conditionality’ when preparing loans or grants to the GOL, and evaluate its implementing partners as a ‘common practice’ in all its projects. These steps, and others, might incentivize the GOL to improve its own performance and achievement of mutually agreed-to goals and outcomes.    

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/23]

Partner with other UN agencies and development partners in advocating for accountability by government for achievement of this outcome.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Organize joint meeting with other UN agencies and development partners to strategize on how to make and /or encourage government to be more accountable towards achievement of its national goals, hence achievement of this outcome.
[Added: 2016/12/23] [Last Updated: 2020/01/02]
Sustainable Development Specialist and Deputy Resident Representative 2017/03 Overdue-Initiated History
4. Recommendation:

UNDP should analyze the common threads running through all the evaluations of past projects within this Programme with a view to taking actions to correct consistent shortcomings in project implementation and gaps between projects on all current and future interventions. Finally, the long gaps in between projects should be minimized through ‘bridging mechanisms’ to maintain programme continuity. The GEF-SGP might well fill this role with small “demonstration” projects. Whatever mechanism is used, it is important to avoid the appearance of doing ‘one-on, one-off’ projects, and not being seen as a dependable development partner by the GOL. 

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/23]

Some initial steps appear to have been taken on the RVCC Project in terms of locating more project field facilitators closer to field activities to reduce the logistical obstacles to accessing them and maintaining a more constant presence and closer working relationships with them. Projects to be designed in such a way that there will be gaps in between of projects.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Start resource mobilization for next programming cycle and formulation of projects that will be building on already on going
[Added: 2016/12/23]
Sustainable Development Specialist and Deputy Resident Representative 2017/12 Overdue-Initiated History

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