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Final Evaluation for Ghana & Zambia renewable energy project
Commissioning Unit: China
Evaluation Plan: 2016-2020
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 12/2019
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: China
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation:

UNDP to continue engaging in trilateral cooperation projects with national implementation.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/12/15]

Agreed. UNDP China will continue engaging in trilateral cooperation projects, including projects with national implementation; to facilitate communication and relations between three or more partners/countries for better development results and mutual South South learning.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Launch TrC RETT projects in Sri Lanka and Ethiopia (the latter being NIM)
[Added: 2019/12/16]
UNDP China, China South South Facility (CSSF) 2019/08 Completed 2 projects to be launched
Launch TrC projects under Chinese South-South Cooperation Assistance Fund drawing lessons from this evaluation
[Added: 2019/12/16] [Last Updated: 2019/12/29]
UNDP China, China South South Facility (CSSF) 2020/06 Initiated History
2. Recommendation:

Further promote South-South Cooperation for the private sector

Management Response: [Added: 2019/12/16]

Management response: UNDP fully recognizes the importance of involving the private sector, why private sector engagement has a key role in existing trilateral cooperation projects that both will continue to grow throughout the implementation of these projects and in future trilateral cooperation that engages the Chinese government.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Initiate the second phase of the China-Ghana RETT project with a on the Joint Venture between Chinese and Ghanaian companies for solar manufacturing in Ghana
[Added: 2019/12/16] [Last Updated: 2019/12/29]
UNDP China, SD team and China South South Facility (CSSF) 2020/12 Initiated History
Develop a concept for engaging Private Sector under the South South Cooperation Assistance Fund
[Added: 2019/12/16]
UNDP China, China South South Facility (CSSF) 2019/12 Completed
3. Recommendation:

Encourage robust project design with adequate result frameworks that allow proper M&E

Management Response: [Added: 2019/12/16]

UNDP China Take note of the recommendation and recognize that the results framework of the project, which stems from 2013, would have benefitted from a results-based design to better monitor actual changes as a result of the project. As the project is coming to an end in six months from now no specific action point for the project, but for UNDP China to ensure a stronger Quality Assurance process and in particular RBM is ensured for existing and future SSC/TrC projects.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Programme and Project Management training for all personnel at the Global Partnership Cluster (GPC) at UNDP China
[Added: 2019/12/16]
UNDP China 2019/08 Completed 3-day training 20-22 August 2019
Conduct Project Design Hacker’s Kit workshop at the UNDP China, South South Facility
[Added: 2019/12/16]
UNDP China, CIP and China South South Facility (CSSF) 2019/09 Completed 2-hour portfolio sensemaking training
4. Recommendation:

Early identification of difficulties and integrate risk assessment in the results framework

Management Response: [Added: 2019/12/16]

UNDP China agrees and recalls the importance of reviewing procedures (incl. procurement) of various actors to identify any bottlenecks and risks, and to keep adequately monitor those risks throughout the project.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Do Risk Matrix review by the PMs on a quarterly basis for all SSC/TrC projects at UNDP China; and updated on a regular basis, and brought to the attention of the (Global) project boards or related as needed.
[Added: 2019/12/16] [Last Updated: 2019/12/29]
UNDP China, CSSF 2019/12 Completed Confirmed by PM. History
Programme and Project Management training for all personnel at the Global Partnership Cluster (GPC) at UNDP China
[Added: 2019/12/16]
UNDP China 2019/08 Completed 3-day training 20-22 August 2019
5. Recommendation:

Guard the project against the impact of currency fluctuations

Management Response: [Added: 2019/12/16]

UNDP China agrees with the recommendation and will put in place closer monitoring of project financing for SSC/TrC projects, particularly currency exchange rates.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Programme and Project Management training for all personnel at the Global Partnership Cluster (GPC) at UNDP China
[Added: 2019/12/16]
UNDP China 2019/08 Completed 3-day training 20-22 August 2019
6. Recommendation:

Simplify the project management structure of the projects and strengthen M&E

Management Response: [Added: 2019/12/16]

UNDP China agrees that project management would have benefitted from being streamlined through an integrated project design of both projects, to simplify reporting and monitoring of progress and the overall integration; to facilitate UNDP China’s role as the overall coordinator of the project, and to facilitate communication among all parties and encourage continuous learning and experience exchange among all stakeholders.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Set-up one Multi-Country/SSC Project Document for projects funded under SSCAF
[Added: 2019/12/16] [Last Updated: 2019/12/29]
UNDP China, CSSF 2019/09 Completed Confirmed by PM. History
7. Recommendation:

Seek more strategic collaborations and partnerships

Management Response: [Added: 2019/12/16]

UNDP China recognize the need for being strategic in its collaboration and partnerships to build on work of existing project and partners to better scale up its activities as well as fostering relationships between south-south providers.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
SSC Engagement Strategy to be developed for the CSSF will include elements of increased partnership and learning under participating countries and actors under the CSSF SSC/TrC projects
[Added: 2019/12/16] [Last Updated: 2019/12/29]
UNDP China, CSSF 2020/06 Initiated History
8. Recommendation:

Promote South-South Cooperation among all participating countries

Management Response: [Added: 2019/12/16]

UNDP China fully agree to the need for promoting South-South Cooperation among all participating countries. This will be done going forward through activities in projects and across portfolios.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
For trilateral cooperation projects, develop standard operating practice to facilitate regular coordination between project partners for South South learning.
[Added: 2019/12/16] [Last Updated: 2019/12/29]
UNDP China, CSSF 2019/12 Completed Confirmed by PM. History
9. Recommendation:

Expand the scope of case studies presented to build capacity

Management Response: [Added: 2019/12/16]

UNDP China recognize the need for expanding the scope of case studies to build capacity, particularly for Chinese private sector investments in renewable energy technologies across countries in Africa and other non-participating countries. UNDP China also agree that exposing private sector and linking them to experienced investors in the Zambian and Ghanaian context would have benefitted.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP China to contribute to the global publications on SSC with partners such as UNOSSC
[Added: 2019/12/16] [Last Updated: 2019/12/29]
UNDP China, CSSF 2019/12 Completed Confirmed by PM. History
UNDP China will organize South South Exchange events under its SSCAF portfolio to facilitate knowledge exchange and provide opportunities for issues of concern
[Added: 2019/12/16]
UNDP China, CSSF 2020/12 Initiated
10. Recommendation:

Identify additional sources of financing for the project during the design phase

Management Response: [Added: 2019/12/16]

UNDP China agree that there was inadequate funding allocated in the design phase and identification of additional sources of financing should have had a clear strategy from the outset. The project did succeed in securing co-financing, but could improve its preparedness and engagement with networks and knowledge resources at UNDPs disposal.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Develop a concept on engaging private sector for the China South South Facility together with BKK regional hub
[Added: 2019/12/16] [Last Updated: 2020/01/13]
UNDP China, CSSF 2020/01 Completed This key action has been completed according to PM. Recorded on Jan 13, 2020. History
11. Recommendation:

Encourage Public Private Partnerships to incentivize RETT

Management Response: [Added: 2019/12/16]

UNDP China acknowledge the need for not only involving government in implementation but also pertaining to Public Private Partnerships for renewable energy technology (RET) to lowering risks for investing in RET.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Develop a concept on engaging private sector for the China South South Facility together with BKK regional hub
[Added: 2019/12/16] [Last Updated: 2020/01/13]
UNDP China, CSSF 2020/01 Completed This key action has been completed according to PM. Recorded on Jan 13, 2020. History
12. Recommendation:

Provide advisory services and capacity building to establish commercial partnerships

Management Response: [Added: 2019/12/16]

UNDP China recognize the need for advisory services and capacity building activities in engaging commercial partnerships, economic feasibility assessments, marketing, contract negotiation and securing funds from diversified sources for improved sustainability of RETT and strengthen partnerships between South-South partners.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Under the China, Sri Lanka-Ethiopia RETT project we will carry out match-making activities between businesses and academia. A key focus will be to establish commercial partnerships
[Added: 2019/12/16]
UNDP China, CSSF 2020/12 Initiated
13. Recommendation:

Consult with governments and key partners at the end of the project to design an exit strategy

Management Response: [Added: 2019/12/16]

Agreed to design an exit strategy, in particular to identify future areas in which UNDP can continue supporting the partners involved to ensure that the results continue beyond the duration of the project.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Prepare an end of project report and asset transfer list signed by relevant parties.
[Added: 2019/12/16] [Last Updated: 2019/12/29]
UNDP China, Ghana, Zambia 2020/06 Initiated History

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