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Annual Assessment (Mid-term) of Local Government Initiatives on Climate Change in Bangladesh Project
Commissioning Unit: Bangladesh
Evaluation Plan: 2017-2021
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 06/2022
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Bangladesh
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation:
  1. LoGIC’s success is primarily due to the intensity and active engagement of the project staff in planning, delivery, and monitoring. However, to ensure sustainability and scaling up, the focus going forward will need to be on mainstreaming the project within the government system. Although the project is being implemented under the National Implementation Mode, there is a need to embed it successfully within the parent LGD department. This can be done by:
    1. Deepening the level of awareness of LoGIC amongst the senior officials of LGD and issuing directives to the district and Upazila officials to monitor, facilitate, and mainstream climate adaptation within the existing LGD programs and schemes implemented at the local level. 
    2. Using the Climate Risk Atlas as a tool to embed climate adaptation in planning LGSP works at UP, Upazila, and district levels. The LGD/LGI should encourage and support UP chairpersons and elected representatives to adopt the Atlas for planning both LGSP the ADP. LoGIC can provide structured support for this in the remaining time to strengthen the embedding process.
    3. Streamlining and simplifying LoGIC processes for sustained use and training on the institutionalization of these processes at the UP level. 
    4. Supporting LGD to leverage additional resources from the Finance Ministry during the budget preparation process for local climate-adaptive projects and schemes, which would complement or supplement LoGIC funding and help scale up.
Management Response: [Added: 2022/07/25]

Agreed.

LGSP will end in 2022 and its modality is expected to be mainstreamed by the LGD. By institutionalizing risk reduction action plan in UP planning process, mainstreaming of climate risks will be part of UP process.  Through inclusion of climate rationale in allocation formula, government’s Annual Development Programme fund transfer will ensure sustainability of climate change issue in UP resource allocation.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1 Project Steering Committee (PSC) meeting for awareness of LOGIC model in Local Government Department officials
[Added: 2022/07/25]
LOGIC PMU 2022/12 Initiated
1.3 Training for the Union Parishads, government officials, CSOs and local institutions on the process of climate risk
[Added: 2022/07/25] [Last Updated: 2022/07/26]
LoGIC PMU 2022/12 Initiated Due to the election of the Union Parishads, the activity is delayed. The training schedule has been prepared and will start in August 2022. History
1.4 Training of the Union Parishads on LoGIC process including simplified PBCRG indicators
[Added: 2022/07/25] [Last Updated: 2022/09/26]
LoGIC PMU 2022/12 Initiated The schedule of the training of Union Parishad has been finalized. The trainings will be completed by December 2022. History
1.5 Develop Climate Vulnerability Index (CVI) for LGIs to include as criteria for budget allocation from LGD to LGIs
[Added: 2022/07/25] [Last Updated: 2022/07/26]
LoGIC PMU 2022/12 Initiated The draft of the Climate Vulnerability Index (CVI) for LGIs is already developed. Now, the validation and consultation with the ministry are ongoing. History
1.6 Local Government Division has a primary commitment of co-finance of $75 million with GCF's expected contribution of $25 million as grant, $25 million as guarantees and $50 million as reimbursable grant - $100 million in total.
[Added: 2022/07/25]
LoGIC PMU 2023/06 Initiated
1.2 Risk updating, risk prioritising and develop climate model of 7 Districts, 18 Upazila and 72 Union Parishads
[Added: 2022/07/25] [Last Updated: 2022/07/26]
LoGIC PMU 2022/07 Completed Risk prioritised and climate model developed for 7 Districts, 18 Upazila and 72 Union Parishads History
2. Recommendation:

LoGIC should also focus on building strong and formalized linkages and engagement with other relevant line departments at the national and local levels, which hitherto has been limited and ad-hoc. These include LGED, and the Ministries of Environment and Water Resources, Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries.  Apart from the national level, the project also needs to focus on improving the local level capacity.

Also, building the capacity of the local CSOs (which has not been a major focus to date) would help in mobilizing and amplifying the voice of the most climate-vulnerable in planning and decision making. At the beneficiary level, it is equally important to facilitate market linkages, access to low-cost capital, and build portable skills for sustaining and scaling up their individual or groups' livelihood options.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/07/25]

Agreed.

Involvement of other line department offices have already been initiated at local level. Project has already listed the CSOs and involved them at Union level interventions. A partner organization named ‘PCC & MEC’ has been engaged to ensure financial inclusion and market linkage support to the climate adaptive livelihoods implemented by CRF beneficiaries.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1 Strengthen linkages between project beneficiaries and Upazila govt. line department officials e.g. agriculture, livestock, fisheries etc. Project is benefiting from and using inputs from these line departments on both PBCRG and CRF funded schemes.
[Added: 2022/07/25]
LoGIC PMU 2022/12 Initiated
2.2 Capacity building of CRF beneficiaries on financial inclusion services and market linkage
[Added: 2022/07/25] [Last Updated: 2022/07/26]
LoGIC PMU 2022/12 Initiated The training module is prepared and under review. The training will start in September 2022. History
2.3 Cooperative formation of CRF beneficiaries is being facilitated for market linkage and access to capital.
[Added: 2022/07/25]
LoGIC PMU 2023/09 Initiated
2.4 For amplifying voice of the people, a social audit manual has been developed and training of CSOs will be provided on social audit process.
[Added: 2022/07/25]
LoGIC PMU 2023/09 Initiated
3. Recommendation:

Given that LoGIC is being conceived and developed as a proof of concept for local climate adaptation, it needs to generate and share learnings of both process and implementation across other UPs for scaling up. This aspect has been largely missing. Here, learnings and experiences could be shared among the pilot UPs, which might help them adopt best practices and avoid the pitfalls.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/07/25]

Partially Agreed.

Cross learnings will be planned for processes and systems, but climate change issue is location-specific, and vulnerability varies from place to place.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1 Conduct Annual Progress Review, Mid-term Evaluation and End-line survey to capture learning and experiences of LoGIC.
[Added: 2022/07/25]
LoGIC PMU 2024/12 Initiated
3.2 Organize national level policy dialogue with key national stakeholders and development partners for sharing LoGIC learning and experience on local level risk informed planning, local climate financing and mainstreaming climate adaptation actions.
[Added: 2022/07/25] [Last Updated: 2022/11/27]
LoGIC PMU 2023/01 Initiated History
3.3. Organize advocacy meeting with different ministries, CSO and other stakeholders for sharing LoGIC learning and experience on local climate fiscal framework (LCFF).
[Added: 2022/07/25] [Last Updated: 2022/11/27]
LoGIC PMU 2022/12 Initiated History
3.4. Cross learning/Learning sharing visit within districts (LoGIC working area).
[Added: 2022/07/25] [Last Updated: 2022/11/27]
LoGIC PMU 2022/12 Initiated History
4. Recommendation:

The other important area for the project to invest in over the remaining period is policy advocacy.  Along with deepening the engagement with the Government for policy advocacy, it is also essential that the project develops a policy influencing strategy that could lay out the issues, approaches, mode, and responsibilities. Policy advocacy work needs to go beyond workshops. Here, LoGIC could explore other approaches such as developing policy briefs, hosting talk shows, engaging with the media, and reaching out to key influencers or advisors in government.  Also, broadening the policy dialogue platform to incorporate and create more space for donors to engage on relevant policy issues might be helpful since they also have other funding and strategic political leverage that could help in taking forward the agenda.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/07/25]

Agreed.

A number of policy issues have been identified and work is in progress for mainstreaming. Donors have already been involved in management, monitoring and policy advocacy issues.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
4.1. Organize advocacy meeting with different ministries, CSO and other stakeholders on climate LCFF
[Added: 2022/07/25]
LoGIC PMU 2022/12 Initiated
4.3 Safeguarding the climate investment: a) Climate risk insurance, b) Environmental risk insurance and c) Disaster risk insurance
[Added: 2022/07/25]
LoGIC PMU 2022/12 Initiated
4.2. Organize inter-ministerial meeting of working group on the inclusion of climate change vulnerability in IGFT allocation formula for local government bodies
[Added: 2022/07/25] [Last Updated: 2022/09/26]
LoGIC PMU 2022/09 Completed The meeting was held in September 2022 as planned. History

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