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Report for the Terminal Evaluation of the Project Strengthening Protected Areas Network in Southern Tanzania
Commissioning Unit:Tanzania
Evaluation Plan:2016-2021
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date:12/2017
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Tanzania
1. Recommendation:

Accelerate the adoption of the exit plan sustainability plan to fulfil achieving results from the SPANEST Project

Management Response: [Added: 2018/01/17] [Last Updated: 2018/01/17]

Agree.

 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
• Prioritized AWP 2018 prepared and implemented • Initiate the handing over activities to institutions as per exit strategy (to cater for the defects liability period on the system and equipment supported by the project) • Finalization of project completion reports
[Added: 2018/01/17] [Last Updated: 2018/08/22]
UNDP, Project Coordination Unit 2018/07 Completed
2. Recommendation:

Impel the finalization of the Project outstanding and pending activities soonest

Management Response: [Added: 2018/01/17] [Last Updated: 2018/01/17]

Agreed. This is covered under the first recommendation

 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
As per recommendation 1: the project team and TANAPA have agreed to finalize pending activities and funds provided
[Added: 2018/01/17] [Last Updated: 2018/08/22]
UNDP, PCU 2018/08 Completed
3. Recommendation:

Promote the upscaling and replication of good practices throughout the protected areas environment in Tanzania

Management Response: [Added: 2018/01/17] [Last Updated: 2018/01/17]

Agree.

 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
• Initiate plan to promote upscaling and replication. • Consolidate project success stories (best practices) into one document and share it amongst stakeholders.
[Added: 2018/01/17] [Last Updated: 2018/08/22]
UNDP, Government 2018/08 Completed
4. Recommendation:

Assure that there is continuity (dove tailing, and up taking) of achievements and processes in future projects, processes, and donor driven interventions in the area and nation-wide

Management Response: [Added: 2018/01/17] [Last Updated: 2018/01/17]

Agree/Disagree.

 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
• Advocate for continuity of the achievements and processes in future projects. • Consolidate challenges encountered during project implementation into one document and share it to relevant Ministries, wildlife authorities, government institutions and NGOs.
[Added: 2018/01/17] [Last Updated: 2018/08/22]
UNDP, Government 2018/08 Completed
5. Recommendation:

Design of future programmes needs to be robust if effects and outcomes are to be properly achieved

Management Response: [Added: 2018/01/17] [Last Updated: 2018/01/17]

Agreed as a lesson for future programming

 

Key Actions:

6. Recommendation:

An exit strategy or sustainability plan should be drafted earlier on during the programming process, beginning at design, and its adoption should be promoted throughout implementation

Management Response: [Added: 2018/01/17]

Agree

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
• Draft exit strategy and sustainability plan will be finalized and implemented – note is taken for future projects
[Added: 2018/01/17] [Last Updated: 2018/08/22]
Government and Project Coordination Unit 2018/08 Completed
7. Recommendation:

A project’s aims, objectives, outlook and scope should be made known from inception in a transparent manner

Management Response: [Added: 2018/01/17]

Agree

Key Actions:

8. Recommendation:

Development projects should clearly establish mechanisms and concrete processes to ensure that livelihoods are enhanced

Management Response: [Added: 2018/01/17]

Agree

Key Actions:

9. Recommendation:

Future programming should formalize and attempt to sustain all processes related to communities and their relation to protected areas, formalizing community outreach modalities and –most importantly-- providing alternatives to issues that engender many poaching activities and the reduction of human wildlife conflicts

Management Response: [Added: 2018/01/17] [Last Updated: 2018/01/17]

Agreed. Lessons learned from this project have been integrated in the GEF6 Global Wildlife Project for Tanzania (PIMS 5467).

Key Actions:

10. Recommendation:

Given that the mere production of plans, studies, and processes as outputs does not necessarily nor automatically translate into results or outcomes, the latter should be sought as part of a results-based Project

Management Response: [Added: 2018/01/17] [Last Updated: 2018/01/17]

Agreed. The UNDP CO will invest more efforts in ensuring that projects are implemented in a results (outcome)-oriented manner, and actively promote adaptive management based on thorough M&E processes

Key Actions:

11. Recommendation:

Project reformulations, changes, reforms and other such alterations need to be precise, and implemented (not only analysed) as soon as early signs of failings manifest themselves

Management Response: [Added: 2018/01/17] [Last Updated: 2018/01/17]

Agreed for future interventions

Key Actions:

12. Recommendation:

Future programming should base its capacity building activities based on a needs assessment and in conjunction with other interventions from other actors and donors in the areas where a project is being implemented

Management Response: [Added: 2018/01/17]

Agree for future interventions

Key Actions:

13. Recommendation:

Future programming should promote the upscaling and replication of lessons learned and good practices throughout the protected areas environment in Tanzania.  Attempt should be made to sustain processes related to communities and their relation to protected areas, formalizing community outreach modalities and providing alternatives to issues that engender many poaching activities and the reduction of human wildlife conflicts

Management Response: [Added: 2018/01/17]

Agree for future interventions

Key Actions:

14. Recommendation:

Future programming should cautiously be based on sustaining achievements, within UNDP programming but also with other donors, actors, and stakeholders intervening in the Project area while avoiding duplication and repetition of efforts

Management Response: [Added: 2018/01/17]

Agreed for future programming

Key Actions:

15. Recommendation:

UNDP needs to work with and assist the countries where interventions take place to aid them in applying processes that support projects’ technical and implementation capabilities (specially support project implementation and efficient decision – making capacities).  UNDP should guide the uptake process of the products that a project generates, ascertaining that products are translated into outcomes and results. UNDP should provide information on project management, monitoring and reporting and other such project requisites to adequately account for achievements and generate adaptive management as needed

Management Response: [Added: 2018/01/17]

Agreed for future programming

Key Actions:

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