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Midterm Review Report for UNDP: Sustainable Water Management in Rural Areas in Uzbekistan (EU -Water) - Component 2: Technical capacity Building
Commissioning Unit: Uzbekistan
Evaluation Plan: 2016-2020
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 10/2018
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Uzbekistan
Documents Related to overall Management Response:  
1. Recommendation:

Where ever possible, the project should bundle resources and to run specific activities to increase the mental, financial, and operational capacity of maintenance and strategic planning. Particularly, the project could explore ways to establish a piloting funds (e.g. a water innovation funds), that increases the capacity for maintenance and strategic planning in three abovementioned dimensions.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/07/02] [Last Updated: 2019/07/05]

Within its capacity the project could assess the local finance institutions motivation/capacity in designing and introducing special low-cost water loans for Water Users Associations and other similar structures. The loans can meet the WUAs needs in short-term repair costs, system upgrades, for small capital projects, and emergency loans. Along with this, in the course of its programming UNDP will explore national government’s position on establishing a Rural Water Loan Fund.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Assess the local finance institutions motivation/capacity in designing and introducing special low-cost water loans for Water Users Associations
[Added: 2019/07/05] [Last Updated: 2020/06/23]
Project team, the Environment Cluster 2021/11 Not Initiated The reformation of WUA hasn't completed yet, and therefore there is no possibility to asses the new financing mechanism to be introduced for WUA, that a new UNDP water project (if initiated) would be in the position to asses the efficiency of resent reforms and propose recommendations if feasible. History
Explore national government’s position on establishing a Rural Water Loan Fund.
[Added: 2019/07/05] [Last Updated: 2020/06/23]
Project team, the Environment Cluster 2021/11 Not Initiated The reformation of WUA hasn't completed yet, and therefore there is no possibility to assess the new financing mechanism to be introduced for WUA, that the decree affects both actions as the low-interest loan and proposed Rural Water Fund is interlinked and assumed to support WUA. A new UNDP water project (if initiated) would be in the position to assess the efficiency of resenting reforms and propose recommendations if feasible. History
2. Recommendation:

It is recommended that the project will not restrict its capacity building only on the existing production chains (household vegetables/ fruits) and irrigated farms. The project should utilize its momentum and reputation to identify future opportunities for scaling up  innovation and to establish new forms of co-innovation in the agri-food sector that reduce significantly the absolute water consumption and increase the economic return.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/07/05]

Given the specifics of the project, which aims to strengthen the technical capacity in the water sector, agribusiness issues are beyond the scope of the project’s mandate. Nevertheless, we consider it useful to recommend the project to study the existing experience of project in the field of improving market conditions for small producers of agricultural products.

Key Actions:

3. Recommendation:

In case that the project will consider efforts to establish a roadmap for developing innovation hubs in Uzbekistan, it is recommended to initiate a dialogue with higher education institutes around the world to inventory best practices and lessons learned from intertwining higher education with actual water smart agro-business innovation on the ground.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/07/05]

This initiative was indeed discussed during the assessment. Due to the fact that this recommendation goes beyond the project’s mandate, it can be taken into account when developing new project proposals.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Include specific activities where relevant in future programming on initiating a dialogue with higher education institutes around the world to inventory best practices and lessons learned from intertwining higher education with actual water smart technologies in agriculture.
[Added: 2019/07/05]
Project Team and Sustainable Development Cluster 2020/12 Not Initiated
4. Recommendation:

In order to address and to prepare an inclusion of the points as mentioned in the evaluation report (section 6.2), the project should be extended by 1 year.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/07/05]

The donor supported the proposal to extend the project for another year to the end of 2020.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Undertake required actions on extension of the implementation period of the Water project from forty-eight to sixty months (no-cost extension) to the end of 2020.
[Added: 2019/07/05]
Project Team and Sustainable Development Cluster 2018/12 Completed
5. Recommendation:

Suggest new project activities after the lifetime of the project

Management Response: [Added: 2019/07/05]

The water sector is amongst key areas of focus for UNDP’s programming in Uzbekistan. UNDP works on an ongoing basis for country’s needs assessment on development assistance and explores resource mobilization opportunities for new initiatives covering policy advice and scaling up of the demonstration work on reduction of water losses in irrigation.

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