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Sustainable natural resources management, improved environmental protection, and increased access to alternative renewable energy
Commissioning Unit:Tajikistan
Evaluation Plan:2016-2020
Evaluation Type: Outcome
Completion Date:03/2016
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Tajikistan
1. Recommendation:

1. Expand the adoption of the NIM approach for the EEP portfolio. 

UNDP’s objective is to maximize the use of the NIM approach to implement projects. UNDP will make sure that the government gains experience in managing and overseeing projects following international project management standards and that the government is more responsible for the implementation of these projects. It is also well known that this project implementation modality is more conducive to develop strong national ownership of projects achievements.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/11/20]

UNDP will apply NIM approach for implementation of the projects by the governmental stakeholders with satisfactory HACT report and/or satisfactory annual audit reports for projects implemented (that are publicly available).

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1. Include government stakeholders for capacity assessment on project implementation as part of HACT exercise
[Added: 2016/11/20] [Last Updated: 2017/11/27]
Ms. Nargizakhon Usmanova, Programme Analyst of UNDP Tajikistan 2017/12 No Longer Applicable [Justification: UNDP approaches the decisions on project implementation modality on case by case basis ?n consultation with governmental stakeholders]
2. Involve governmental partners into project implementation via Letter of Agreement for DIM projects
[Added: 2016/11/20] [Last Updated: 2017/12/21]
Ms. Nargizakhon Usmanova, Programme Analyst of UNDP Tajikistan 2020/01 Initiated Continuous in 2017-2020 (by end of programme cycle)
2. Recommendation:

2. Better document the progress made by the EEP and use this information to promote the programme and its achievements.

The EEP 2011-2015 had a set of SMART programme-level indicators with their corresponding targets. As much as these indicators could be useful in measuring the progress made by the programme, they have not really been used. No progress reports are put together at the programme level. Instead, each project under the EEP is being monitored through their own set of indicators, however, this project-based progress monitoring information is not really collated together at the programme level. All this information could be more than just be a measurement of projects progress. Collated at the programme level, this information could be used to generate success stories.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/11/20]

Accepted. UNDP will make rigorous efforts to publicize its country-level work by publishing success stories and knowledge products.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Continue and enhance project-based monitoring and information management in order to have a collated document/ report of the results and achievements at the programme level
[Added: 2016/11/20]
Individual Project Managers 2020/12 Initiated EEP posters, one-pagers and success stories are developed and published in the form of EEP journal/ magazine/ knowledge product;
Consolidate the project based data to produce success stories and knowledge products on UNDP’s country level work in Energy and Environment.
[Added: 2016/11/20]
Individual Project Managers; Ms. Nargizakhon Usmanova, Programme Analyst of UNDP Tajikistan 2020/12 Initiated Continuous in 2017-2020
3. Recommendation:

3. Develop an information system to store information on EEP portfolio of projects with easy public access to facilitate the use of this valuable information.

Develop database that would include project documents, inception reports, progress reports, medium-term and end of project evaluation reports, on UNDP website.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/11/20]

Accepted.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
To develop a database to store information on EEP projects that would be readily available to the public via UNDP website.
[Added: 2016/11/20] [Last Updated: 2017/06/06]
Mr. Khurshed Kholov, Energy and Environment Programme Manager; Ms. Malika Khakimova, Programme Associate of UNDP Tajikistan 2017/03 Completed EEP information management system and database is established and backup system maintained regularly. Uploading the information on the website is on-going.
4. Recommendation:

4. Include gender considerations in programme and project strategies (expected results, indicators and targets) in order to become part of the implementation of the project as well as part of reporting project progress.

Gender considerations has not been consistently reported in projects progress reports. There are examples of projects that contributed to reducing gender inequality at local level, but it was not been consistently reported throughout the portfolio, including some project annual reports that did not even mention gender related progress.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/11/20]

Accepted. UNDP will adopt rigorous attempts for gender mainstreaming at the project design, implementation and reporting.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The gender-considerations will be integrated into project design during formulation of the programme or projects.
[Added: 2016/11/20]
Ms. Nargizakhon Usmanova, Programme Analyst of UNDP Tajikistan 2020/12 Initiated
The gender considerations and contributions to reducing gender inequality at project level will be regularly reported in the annual project reports.
[Added: 2016/11/20]
Individual Project Managers Mr. Khurshed Kholov, Energy and Environment Programme Manager 2020/12 Initiated
5. Recommendation:

5. Develop a strong consultation-collaboration process with national partners for the development of the next EEP corresponding to the period of the UNDAF 2016-2020.

Within the context of UNDP’s strong political capital in Tajikistan, it is recommended to develop the next EEP in strong consultation-collaboration with national partners, to ensure that the next EEP addresses national priorities and help the government leverage new investments in the environment, water and energy sectors. The development of the next EEP should consider how to more actively and proactively engage stakeholders and build partnerships. It should seek out feedback and participation – including the use of web and email tools such as social networking sites, UNDP Environmental Program website and regular email communications among stakeholders. The new programme should also explore new types of partnerships as appropriate in Tajikistan. No government or governmental agency can address all aspects of environmental challenges alone. Partnerships are required among agencies, and between government and different types of civil society institutions in order to meet these challenges for the good of society. UNDP is well positioned to build and measure such appropriate partnerships in future programme/projects in Tajikistan, including civil society organizations and academia entities.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/11/20]

The UNDP CO Senior Management made a decision that there is no need to formulate a new framework document for Energy and Environment Programme for 2016-2020, because the Energy and Environment Programme is an umbrella of projects with individual project documents and resources. As such, the framework document for Energy and Environment Programme for 2016-2020 will not imply or result in additional resource mobilization, therefore, the recommendation to develop the Energy and Environment Programme Document for 2016-2020 is not considered.

Key Actions:

6. Recommendation:

6. Incorporate cutting edge concepts such as ecosystem services and a focus on the economic value, ecosystem resilience and climate change adaptation into future environment projects development.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/11/20]

Accepted.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP will incorporate concepts such as ecosystem services and a focus on the economic value, ecosystem resilience and climate change adaptation into future project development.
[Added: 2016/11/20]
Ms. Nargizakhon Usmanova, Programme Analyst of UNDP Tajikistan 2020/12 Initiated
7. Recommendation:

7. Develop a resource mobilization strategy for the EEP 2016-2020

Management Response: [Added: 2016/11/20]

Accepted.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP undertakes a rigorous and aggressive resource mobilization strategy, approaching new emerging donors, such as Russian Trust Fund, Government of China, etc.
[Added: 2016/11/20]
Ms. Nargizakhon Usmanova, Programme Analyst of UNDP Tajikistan 2016/10 Completed

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