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Final Evaluation for the Strengthening the Governance of Climate Change Finance to benefit the poor and vulnerable
Commissioning Unit: RBAP
Evaluation Plan: 2014-2017
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 02/2017
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: RBAP
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation:

5 Recommendations for forward programming

The Final Review Terms of Reference require the consultant to help „make recommendations regarding specific actions or new approaches that might be useful and „identify potential areas to be continued and strengthened or to be excluded in the future programme. In this light, the following recommendations are provided with respect to the proposed next phase of support: 

Recommendation 1: Continue to pursue the core strategy of supporting aid effectiveness principles and synergies of effort with UNDP COs.

This includes:

  • Continuing to work in support of national planning and budget systems so that they can more effectively identify and track climate relevant finance (primarily from the domestic budget)
  • Working with and through existing or new UNDP CO programmes
  • Being flexible and responsive to local needs and priorities, including those of UNDP COs; and 

The programme should also be in a position to provide some core financial support to each CO, e.g. for a dedicated locally-engaged staff member to help interface between the regional programme and the CO.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/04/16] [Last Updated: 2021/02/28]

UNDP Response in the new Proposal Design

  • Country-level theories of change were developed with intensive consultation with UNDP Country Offices in order to:
    1. Identify existing and new national programmes to work with and
    2. Be responsive to local needs and priorities
  • Programme design continues with existing modalities of providing financial support to each CO (for a dedicated locally engaged staff) to help implement the programme activities at the country level and provide the interface with the regional programme.

Programme design (Outputs 1 & 2 activities) continue to support the implementation of reforms to national planning and budget systems, including tracking gender responsive climate change public expenditures.

Key Actions:

2. Recommendation:

Recommendation 2:  Re-design the programme logic and results framework, including key elements of the overall theory of change, so that objectives are more realistic and the limited resources available to the programme are more effectively targeted.

This includes:

  • Re-defining programme impact, outcome, and output statements, which are more logically linked in a hierarchy of means to an end.  Output statements should be more clearly within the influence of the programme to deliver. 
  • Improving outcome and output indicators to more directly measure achievement of outputs and contribution to outcome, including an assessment of process and product quality.
  • Discontinuing the objective of trying to directly strengthen the capacity of other regional institutions, while continuing to share knowledge and undertake collaborative actions with institutions in the region. 
  • Continuing to strengthening UNDP BRH’s own role as a regional platform for knowledge sharing; and 

More clearly defining (and limiting) the country level ‘capacity development’ role that the programme is expected to directly play and support. 

Management Response: [Added: 2017/04/16] [Last Updated: 2021/02/28]

  • Overall theory of change and results framework are strengthened, particularly based on experience from Phase 1 and the Dfid-funded part of UNDP’s regional programme on governance of climate finance.
  • The proposal will include a regional theory of change as well as theory of change developed for each country of the programme.
  • The Programme design explicitly allocate additional resources (compared to Phase 1) to deliver the gender equality objective of the programme.
  • The programme design positions UNDP BRH as the regional platform to facilitate South South knowledge exchange and regional cooperation.

The programme maintains the activities with regional institutions, however shifting more focus to the Pacific where a regional approach is merited.

Key Actions:

3. Recommendation:

Recommendation 3 : Continue to give clear focus to helping countries better target domestic climate change finance to benefit the poor and vulnerable, but more clearly define what the programme can realistically influence in this regard, including with respect to promoting gender equality.

This includes:

  • Not trying to integrate poverty and gender analysis directly in to all climate financing analytical tools, but rather using other complementary data sets /information to overlay on to the financing analysis / information.
  • Focusing particularly on improved analysis of CC adaptation budgets / expenditures (rather than mitigation), primarily for agriculture, land / water resource management, disaster risk reduction and adaptive social protection programmes. 
  • Continuing (albeit cautiously) to support ongoing country-level assessment / analysis of the role that Adaptive Social Protection approaches and programmes can play in helping deliver climate finance benefits to the poor and vulnerable, at least in Bangladesh and Cambodia. 

Seeking additional dedicated programme resource for analysing and integrating poverty / vulnerability and gender dimensions into climate finance work, and helping produce relevant knowledge products

Management Response: [Added: 2017/04/16] [Last Updated: 2021/02/28]

  • The programme has taken a sectoral approach to budget reform implementation, focusing on supporting ministry of agriculture with view to scale up to other climate related sectors.
  • The programme toolkits are now integrated with gender dimensions (see Annex V for TORs of Toolkits).

The programme continues the work on Adaptive Social Protection under Output 2. 

Key Actions:

4. Recommendation:

Recommendation 4 : Prioritise the programme’s role in generation of empirical evidence / data and knowledge products to influence the allocation of budgetary resources to meet climate change policy priorities.

This includes:

  • Building on and continuing to support the review, updating and improvement of CPEIRs and/or CFFs, given the demonstrated interest in the work undertaken so far, ongoing scope for improvements, and the useful role this can play in helping analyse changes over time.
  • Pursuing opportunities to implement, test and refine the Climate Change Integration Index methodology already developed.  
  • Giving greater focus to the programme’s role in supporting ‘knowledge to policy’ processes.  This would require, among other things, enhanced attention to and resourcing of, key elements of the programme’s (updated) Communications Strategy. 
  • More clearly limiting programme activities in other areas, such as for national capacity development and providing any direct support for implementation of national level projects, given overall programme budget limitations. 
Management Response: [Added: 2017/04/16] [Last Updated: 2021/02/28]

  • The programme continues to pursue and strengthened CPEIR, CCFF, CCBII with expanded implementation and integrated gender dimensions.
  • The programme also includes resources to implement the communications strategy, in particular to support the ‘knowledge to policy’ processes.

The programme still pursue capacity building at the national level as part of implementation of budget reforms. Without capacity building, the programme risks sustainability and ownership by the governments. 

Key Actions:

5. Recommendation:

Recommendation 5 : Should the programme seek to expand in to the Pacific, ensure that this is appropriately resourced within the region.

This includes:

  • Funding a full time international TA position, probably best based in Suva Fiji, ideally within an established regional agency such as the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (assuming the programme would wish to provide support to more than just one Pacific Island country); and
  • Ensuring adequate administrative and technical support was also provided for working in this geographically wide / dispersed region
Management Response: [Added: 2017/04/16] [Last Updated: 2021/02/28]

The programme allocates additional resources to the Pacific recognising the importance of the region but also the demand given its geographical characteristics.

Key Actions:

6. Recommendation:

Recommendation 6 : Continue to actively seek the merging all donor financing for the regional programme into one mutually agreed / unified programme.

This includes:

•          Seeking to establish a unified programme results framework, time line, budget and reporting requirements that is jointly financed by all interested donors.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/04/16] [Last Updated: 2021/02/28]

The programme manager continues to request Dfid to consider increasing joint-programming with this programme where possible (beyond Output 3).

Key Actions:

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