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Terminal Evaluation of the Strengthening Climate Information and Early Warning Systems project
Commissioning Unit: Malawi
Evaluation Plan: 2012-2018
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 12/2018
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Malawi
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation:

When designing new projects especially in low-income countries, always realistically enumerate specific post-project incremental costs, such as operational and maintenance costs, needed for ensuring project sustainability and for reliable operation of installed equipment, and clearly identify credible sources of long-term post-project funding. Only project proposals with enumerated and secured post-project financing in a long-term should be approved.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/01/05]

UNDP agrees that project results should be sustainable, and one of the indirect results from this project was increased financing for Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services which the evaluator did not acknowledge. However, the increased financing did not cover operation and maintenance costs as government did not establish a business case for beneficiaries of the established early warning to pay for some service and generate revenue for operating maintaining the systems. Given that all projects have a specific timeline, UNDP Malawi is of the position that projects which involve new innovations and procurement of equipment should have the operation and maintenance costs taken over by the host government, preferably by clearly establishing a business case for the private sector so that interventions and results are fully owned and sustained.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Future similar projects will have deliberate commitments from the host government at inception stage on post-project operation and maintenance costs
[Added: 2019/01/05]
Resilience and Sustainable Growth Portfolio 2018/12 Completed This is an undertaking which will be monitored throughout the 2019-2023 Country P rogramme.
2. Recommendation:

UNDP and GoM are encouraged to motivate international donors to support development of a single coordinated long-term DRM/EWS national implementation plan/action plan that would increase ownership and coordination responsibility of the GoM and allow international donors to finance implementation of specific phases or areas of the DRM/EWS action plan.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/01/05]

UNDP Malawi agrees with the recommendation as it would improve coordination among different players in the country. While UNDP does not have control over government decisions, efforts will be made to support development of protocols for coordinating DRM/EWS action plan. At the time of the evaluation, Malawi government had completed a National Resilience Strategy (NRS) which is aiming coordinating DRM and EWS initiatives, UNDP will support implementation of the NRS.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Support implementation of the National Resilience Strategy
[Added: 2019/01/05]
Resilience and Sustainable Growth Portfolio. 2018/12 Completed The Country Office is prepared draft project document on disaster risk reduction which will support the operationalization of National Resilienc Strategy.
3. Recommendation:

In any follow-up to this EWS Project, strengthen EWS coordination horizontally and vertically, in order to improve effectiveness of early warning dissemination and to support the goal of prospective development of an integrated nation-wide early warning system. Utilize the experience of NGOs/CSOs in Malawi and consider their active engagement in organizing early warning dissemination within communities, and in developing community-specific concrete response capability and risk knowledge among population.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/01/05]

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Support development of National Guidelines for Community Based Early Warning Systems
[Added: 2019/01/05]
Resilience and Sustainable Growth 2018/12 Completed UNDP has made concrete plans to support development of guidelines by March, 2019.

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