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Outcome Mid-Term Review Report Review of the Environmental Sustainability, Climate Change and Resilience Pillar
Commissioning Unit: Tanzania
Evaluation Plan: 2016-2021
Evaluation Type: Outcome
Completion Date: 11/2018
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Tanzania
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation:

The projects contributing to the Pillar outputs are complex and are delivering many results that are not captured by the indicators of the Pillar in the UNDAP. In addition, while the indicators of the Pillar provide a mechanism to monitor and capture production of project outputs, they limit analysis of the project’s contribution to Country Programme Document Outcome. It is recommended that a pillar-level strategy document be developed to spell out how the projects will contribute to the pillar outputs and the Country Programme Document outcome, linking project indicators more clearly to pillar indicators.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/05/09] [Last Updated: 2020/12/13]

Agrees

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Review pillar’s indicators to capture more results once new project approval are granted.
[Added: 2019/05/10] [Last Updated: 2020/09/23]
Pillar Lead/Programme Specialist and M&E Specialist 2019/12 Completed Done History
Review projects targets and baseline values for indicators for better reporting.
[Added: 2019/05/10] [Last Updated: 2020/09/23]
Pillar Lead/Programme Specialist and M&E Specialist 2019/12 Completed Done History
Develop Pillar M&E Plan and Communication Strategy to support results documentation and reporting based on CPD and UNDAP indicators.
[Added: 2019/05/10] [Last Updated: 2020/09/23]
Pillar Lead/Programme Specialist and M&E Specialist 2019/12 Completed Done History
2. Recommendation:

UNDP should increase effort in resource mobilization, formulate budgeted exit strategies for projects and help them capitalize

Management Response: [Added: 2019/05/10] [Last Updated: 2020/12/06]

Agrees

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Develop an Environment and Climate Change Pillar specific Partnership & Resource Mobilization Strategy accompanied with an implementable Action Plan.
[Added: 2019/05/10] [Last Updated: 2020/09/23]
Pillar Lead/Programme Specialist 2019/12 Completed none History
Solicit government’s leadership in facilitating resource mobilization through strategic and continuous engagement of the relevant government institutions.
[Added: 2019/05/10] [Last Updated: 2020/09/01]
Pillar Lead/Programme Specialist 2019/12 Completed This was done, the pillar initiated the environment day where all government counterparts where invited together with the newly appointed envoys. The main aim was to introduce our programmes, unlock opportunities for partnerships and resource mobilization History
Working with the relevant government institutions in developing projects’ budgeted exit strategies with a key focus on achieving full ownerships of projects’ interventions.
[Added: 2019/05/10] [Last Updated: 2020/06/05]
Pillar Lead/Programme Specialist 2019/12 Completed We have two exit strategy documents for the projects which are ending this year, the strategies have been prepared and endorsed by the Project boards for implementation. History
3. Recommendation:

UNDP should pay more attention to sustainability issues at project design, and that it uses best practices from its large network of projects globally to tackle difficult challenges

Management Response: [Added: 2019/05/10] [Last Updated: 2020/12/13]

Agrees

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Implementation of the actions in Recommendation 2 above shall contribute to sustainability; this shall be considered in future project design processes.
[Added: 2019/05/10] [Last Updated: 2020/09/23]
Pillar Lead/Programme Specialist 2019/06 Completed done History
4. Recommendation:

Projects without gender action plans should formulate one as soon as possible

Management Response: [Added: 2019/05/10] [Last Updated: 2020/12/06]

Agrees

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Ensure that gender is mainstreamed in all projects
[Added: 2019/05/10] [Last Updated: 2020/09/01]
Pillar Lead/Programme Specialist and M&E & Communication specialists 2019/12 Completed This was done, the pillar initiated the environment day where all government counterparts where invited together with the newly appointed envoys. The main aim was to introduce our programmes, unlock opportunities for partnerships and resource mobilization History
5. Recommendation:

Recommendation 1: Indicators and monitoring: The projects contributing to the Pillar outputs are complex and are delivering many results that are not captured by the indicators of the Pillar. In addition, while the indicators of the Pillar provide a mechanism to monitor and capture production of project outputs, the limit analysis of the project’s contribution to CPD Outcome. It is recommended that the Pillar indicators be revised to enable both the capturing of more project results and analysis of contribution to outcomes. It is also recommended that targets and baseline values be provided for indicators currently lacking these values, and that baseline value for indicator 1.4 be refined. The target value for indicator 1.3 should also be adjusted. In addition, a definition of the indicators should clarify the dimensions of strategies and plans, to improve the accuracy of monitoring and reporting. For example does a village whose two divisions had a plan or strategy count just as much as a district that formulated a district-level plan?

Management Response: [Added: 2020/12/01] [Last Updated: 2020/12/06]

Key Actions:

6. Recommendation:

Recommendation 2: Finance and co-finance continues to be a challenge. UNDP, in partnership with the government and all other partners have mobilized US$ 129,229,009 – when the older projects are included – and $ 39.9 million during the period under review. While these are impressive amounts, financing still presents a significant challenge to meeting the target of supporting 28 highly degraded districts to reduce poverty in a gender sensitive manner, through environmental conservation, employment creation and climate resilient and sustainable livelihoods. While the MTR recognizes that UNDP has put tremendous effort to mobilize innovative partnerships and identify news sources of funds, it recommends increasing this effort. In particular, projects should formulate budgeted exit strategies, which UNDP should help them capitalize. Without additional funding, many of the demonstrated methodologies and technologies are not upscaled, reducing the effectiveness of the overall development effort in the country.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/12/01] [Last Updated: 2020/12/06]

Key Actions:

7. Recommendation:

Recommendation 3: Sustainability: Initiatives piloted by the projects under the three outputs of Pillar II generally have fewer environmental, institutional framework and governance risks to sustainability, but stronger socio-economics and financial risks to sustainability. It is recommended that UNDP pay more attention to sustainability issues at project design, and that it uses best practices from its large network of projects globally to tackle this difficult challenge.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/12/01] [Last Updated: 2020/12/06]

Key Actions:

8. Recommendation:

Recommendation 4: Gender: Although the gender marker was introduced in 2009, only the newest projects (about to start implementation) have a gender marker and a gender strategy. Indeed, the oldest projects in the Pillar – Miombo Woodlands, Climate Information, SPANEST, CADESE - did not have gender
disaggregated indicators. Nevertheless, UNDP has actively promoted the empowerment of vulnerable groups – women and youth - in all its projects and activities. While the MTR recognizes that projects under the Pillar have improved gender mainstreaming, capturing and reporting achievements on empowerment as new projects have been designed, it recommends that projects without a gender action plan formulate one as soon as possible.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/12/01] [Last Updated: 2020/12/13]

Key Actions:

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