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SONGHAI terminal evaluation
Commissioning Unit: Gambia
Evaluation Plan: 2017-2021
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 03/2017
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Gambia
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation:
  1. Supported the consolidation of the Gambia Songai Initiative (GSI) by providing necessary funds for investment to operate at full scale capacity to enhance its financial viability.
Management Response: [Added: 2017/08/17]

To adopt an interim strategy to speed up implementation of the remaining activities of the pilot phase and development of a comprehensive business plan that lead to sustainability

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Develop sustainability plan
[Added: 2017/09/26]
Abdou Touray 2017/12 Overdue-Not Initiated
2. Recommendation:
  1. GSI IPS, CPs and donors especially the four major partners (MOYS, Ministry of Agriculture, MOTIE, UNDP and FAO) should harmonize their inputs and create more synergy especially in the Youth training, Farming system development, entrepreneurship development, value chain development by integrating GSI activities with domestic local initiatives.
Management Response: [Added: 2017/08/17]

Cooperation framework to be defined between the collaborating Ministries.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
integrating GSI activities with domestic local initiatives
[Added: 2017/09/26]
Abdou Touray 2018/12 Overdue-Not Initiated
3. Recommendation:

GSI training should be based on well-articulated human resource development plan to enhance relevance. This would require adopting well defined entry selection mechanism properly linked to demand for their services and future growth and professional development and/or career path of student such as technician, professional, trade, farmers, industrialist. Aditionally GSI must cooperation with other tertiary institutions such as the University of The Gambia (UTG), National Agriculture Research Institute (NARI), Gambia College, school of Agriculture, Management Development Institute in delivering training courses, curriculum development and standardization for universal recognition and acceptance. This is beneficial to students of GSI. Get accreditation.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/08/17]

Diversified training to ensure skills and enterprises relevant to the labour market to enhance the training specialization and source of income for the Centre.

Improved coordination and linkages with other institutions and projects for greater synergy and impact (other related government projects, NARI, /higher education, MFIs another youth employment and anti- migrations initiatives

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Ensure a diversified training curriculum at GSI
[Added: 2017/09/26]
Abdou Touray 2018/12 Overdue-Not Initiated
4. Recommendation:
  1. There is need to review and develop a responsive and efficient financial and procurement system that is sensitive to an agro-based program for smooth conduct of GSI business. Also, in the long term, put in place a full fledge project implementation unit capacitated to handle all fiduciary management aspect of GSI including financial management, monitoring and evaluation, accounting reporting of programme activities. This is critical in safeguarding both operational and FM independent of GSI.
Management Response: [Added: 2017/08/17]

An improved project management, financial and procurement management will be in place particularly in the next phase of assistance.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
An improved project management, financial and procurement management will be in place by 2018
[Added: 2017/09/26]
Abdou Touray 2018/04 Overdue-Not Initiated
5. Recommendation:
  1. Introduction of take-off grants to support GSI graduates and outsourced its administration to administration of credit scheme outsource to existing professionalized entities such as GIEPA start up support (BDS) scheme and the Social Development Fund; Step up resource and fund mobilization efforts by developing a clear resource mobilization strategic plan;
Management Response: [Added: 2017/08/17]

Each graduate trainee goes with an amount that was saved during the training. The idea was to place that to a matching grant facility under projects like NEMA, FASDEP or even reliance bank to attract three times or more of the saved amount. This would have enable them settle well with good start-up. Such arrangements could not materialize as expected but need to be pursued.

Resource mobilization plan to be developed.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Resource mobilization plan developed
[Added: 2017/09/26]
Abdou Touray 2018/12 Overdue-Not Initiated
6. Recommendation:
  1. Revisit MOU with SRC – Benin to go beyond TA Support but future cooperation and collaboration partnership in service delivery and networking;
Management Response: [Added: 2017/08/17]

Currently, technical and advisory support is the main services contracted to SRC which they have a comparative advantage. However, in addition some contracted are made for the supply of seeds and other equipment which they can source better.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
MoU reviewed and revisited including core UN principles of Do No Harm, SEA et all
[Added: 2017/09/26]
Abdou Touray 2018/04 Overdue-Not Initiated
7. Recommendation:
  1. Gambia Songhai Initiative or project be integrated with other anti-migration programme and supported as such to contribute towards stopping youth outflow through the backway or illegal routes;
Management Response: [Added: 2017/08/17]

The Songhai model is a useful and relevant development strategy to provide youths will gainful skills for employment and should form an integral part of any national effort to curb youth migration. The lessons learnt will be carried forward in future understandings.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Integrate GSI with other youth initiatives
[Added: 2017/09/26]
Abdou Touray 2018/10 Overdue-Not Initiated
8. Recommendation:

Institutionalized government subvention to GSI and releases it on timely basis

Management Response: [Added: 2017/08/17]

  1. Government increased funding in 2017 and promised to do more in the coming years.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
GoTG contribution to GSI institutionalized
[Added: 2017/09/26]
Abdou Touray 2018/03 Overdue-Not Initiated
9. Recommendation:
  1. Entrepreneurship development, administration of credit scheme out-source to existing professionalized entities such as GIEPA start up support (BDS) scheme and the Social Development Fund for linkages and synergy. Linking the Entrepreneurship training to the EMPRETEC project under GIEPA within the same funding source-UNDP
Management Response: [Added: 2017/08/17]

  1. Develop closer links and cooperation between Songhai training and the EMPRETEC project by ensuring all graduates of Songhai receive the entrepreneurship training.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Integrate EMPRETEC training within GSI curriculum
[Added: 2017/09/26]
Abdou Touray 2018/05 Overdue-Not Initiated

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