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Mid-term evaluation on Phase I of ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme
Commissioning Unit: Bureau for Policy and Programme Support
Evaluation Plan: 2018-2021
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 05/2018
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Bureau for Policy and Programme Support
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation:

Evaluation recommendation 1: Place increased focus on extracting and distilling learning from the current project during the last 7 months of the project’s duration.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/17]

During the project’s transition period covering November 2018-February 2019, country coordinators in the 6 focus countries are documenting emerging best practices and lessons learnt from in-country project implementation. At the regional level, the project’s implementation team is also compiling emerging best practices and lessons learnt, particularly in the implementation of the Return-to-Work projects by training alumni.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1 Country coordinators documenting emerging best practices and lessons learnt.
[Added: 2018/12/17] [Last Updated: 2019/03/05]
BPPS – LVMM project 2019/05 Overdue-Initiated Due to the no-cost extension, documentation of best practices will continue until end of May 2019 History
1.2 Regional project implementation team compiling emerging best practices and lessons learnt.
[Added: 2018/12/17] [Last Updated: 2019/03/05]
BPPS – LVMM project 2019/05 Overdue-Initiated Due to the no-cost extension, documentation of best practices will continue until end of May 2019 History
1.3 Inclusion of a dedicated session on emerging best practices and lessons learnt in the Final Project report.
[Added: 2018/12/17] [Last Updated: 2019/03/05]
BPPS – LVMM project 2019/05 Completed A dedicated section on emerging best practices and lessons learnt has been included in the Final Project report History
2. Recommendation:

Evaluation recommendation 2: Use the remaining period of the current Programme to start large-scale preparatory work on key aspects of a Successor Phase 2 Programme.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/17] [Last Updated: 2018/12/17]

The project has commenced with the development of a large-scale business support and acceleration programme, through a structured ASM formalisation programme in 4 focus countries as a first step. This effort is complemented by support from the small-grants disbursement to get the newly formed cooperatives and associations “business-ready”. A scaled-up capacity development strategy, programme and delivery capacity has been developed for the Phase 2 programme, with the Phase 1 focus countries expected to disseminate learning curricula and knowledge to ACP countries in their regions.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1 Compilation of an ASM formalisation guide for replication in other participating countries.
[Added: 2018/12/17] [Last Updated: 2019/03/05]
BPPS – LVMM project 2019/01 Completed See Conceptual Framework for ASM Formalisation in Annex 2 History
2.2 Compilation of key curricula and relevant resource materials into an overall capacity development and resources toolkit and/or compendium.
[Added: 2018/12/17] [Last Updated: 2019/03/05]
BPPS – LVMM project 2019/02 Completed Key curricula and relevant resource materials are compiled in Annex 3 History
2.3 Formalisation of the role of phase 1 focus countries to disseminate learning curricula and knowledge as part of south-south cooperation and knowledge sharing.
[Added: 2018/12/17] [Last Updated: 2019/03/05]
BPPS – LVMM project 2019/01 Completed The role of the phase 1 focus countries has been concretized in phase 2 as per the Project Document awaiting partner approval. History
3. Recommendation:

Evaluation recommendation 3: Develop and chart a clear timing and plan for the finalization of a Phase 2 programme concept and launch of this Phase 2 ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/17]

Specific milestones have been set and are being achieved in the finalization of a Phase 2 programme concept.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1 Development of a Phase 2 Action Document.
[Added: 2018/12/17]
BPPS – LVMM project 2018/08 Completed
3.2 Development of a Phase 2 Description of Action Document / Project proposal.
[Added: 2018/12/17] [Last Updated: 2019/03/05]
BPPS – LVMM project 2018/12 Completed The phase 2 Project Document is awaiting necessary partner approvals. History
3.3 Discussion of Phase 2 Action Document by EDF Committee.
[Added: 2018/12/17] [Last Updated: 2019/03/05]
BPPS – LVMM project 2018/12 Completed The EC’s EDF committee meeting held on 20 November approved the Action Document History
4. Recommendation:

Evaluation recommendation 4: Develop a Development Minerals Business Acceleration and Support System as a Core Component of a Phase 2 Programme.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/17]

Phase 2 Action Document and Phase 2 Description of Action Document have developed the concept for a staged approach for the implementation of a Development Minerals Business Acceleration and Support System for Phase 2 ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
4.1 Development of a Phase 2 Action Document.
[Added: 2018/12/17] [Last Updated: 2019/03/05]
BPPS – LVMM project 2018/08 Completed The phase 2 Action Document was approved by the EC’s EDF committee History
4.2 Development of a Phase 2 Description of Action Document / Project proposal.
[Added: 2018/12/17] [Last Updated: 2019/03/05]
BPPS – LVMM project 2019/01 Completed The phase 2 Project Document is awaiting necessary partner approvals. History
4.3 Discussion of Phase 2 Action Document by EDF Committee.
[Added: 2018/12/17] [Last Updated: 2019/03/05]
BPPS – LVMM project 2019/01 Completed Meeting held on 20 November approved the Action Document History
5. Recommendation:

Evaluation recommendation 5: Develop a Development Minerals Capacity Development Strategy and Work Programme for a scaled-up Successor Programme.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/17]

Building on the capacity development achievements in Phase 1 implementation, a scaled-up capacity development strategy, programme and delivery capacity has been developed for the phase 2 programme.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
5.1 Compilation of key curricula and relevant resource materials into an overall capacity development and resources toolkit and/or compendium to support Trained Trainers (ToT) from Phase 1 project implementation to replicate the trainings in phase 2.
[Added: 2018/12/17] [Last Updated: 2019/03/05]
BPPS – LVMM project 2019/02 Completed Key curricula and relevant resource materials are compiled in Annex 3 History
5.2 Monitoring the implementation of the adapted Development Minerals curricula by universities, research institutions and vocational training centres, through progress reports of Return-to-Work Projects (RWP).
[Added: 2018/12/17] [Last Updated: 2019/03/05]
BPPS – LVMM project 2019/05 Overdue-Initiated History
6. Recommendation:

Evaluation recommendation 6: Develop a medium-term Framework for the Development Minerals Programme.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/17]

Phase 2 Description of Action Document has developed the concept for a medium-term Framework for the Development Minerals Programme that includes Development Minerals Models work with Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions to support youth employment, skills development, gender-inclusive development and the improvement of child welfare .

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
6.1 Development of a Phase 2 Description of Action Document / Project proposal.
[Added: 2018/12/17] [Last Updated: 2019/03/05]
BPPS – LVMM project 2018/12 Completed The phase 2 Project Document is awaiting necessary partner approvals. History
7. Recommendation:

Evaluation recommendation 7: Carry out detailed and intensive formulation work on the Financing and Investment Component and the Business Acceleration Component (including in-country pilots).

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/17]

A compilation of case studies on the results and impact of the formalisation process and small-grants project is underway in the focus countries; and will greatly inform the business acceleration component of Phase 2. Similarly, data collection is underway in focus countries on access to finance for SMEs that took part and/or were visited as part of the training on inclusive finance for Development Minerals in 4 focus countries, to inform the financing and investment component of Phase 2.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
7.1 Compilation of case studies on the results and impact of the formalisation process and small-grants project in the focus countries
[Added: 2018/12/17] [Last Updated: 2019/03/05]
BPPS – LVMM project 2019/05 Overdue-Initiated The no-cost extension has provided an opportunity for more case studies to be captured until end of May History
7.2 Data collection on access to finance for SMEs that took part in the training on inclusive finance for Development Minerals in 4 focus countries.
[Added: 2018/12/17] [Last Updated: 2019/03/05]
BPPS – LVMM project 2019/05 Overdue-Initiated The no-cost extension has provided an opportunity for more data to be captured until end of May History

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