NGO TE Report-Ferretti-Final (PIMS 5126).doc - EU-NGOs Project Strengthening Environmental Governance by Building the Capacity of Non-Governmental

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EU-NGOs Project Strengthening Environmental Governance by Building the Capacity of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) (21.0401/2012/627878/SUB/ENV.E1) This project is funded by the European Union Terminal Evaluation Report April 25 th 2017 Elena Laura Ferret Independent Consultant EXTERNAL Terminal Evaluation EU-NGOs Project, March 2017 1
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Acknowledgements The Consultant would like to express her appreciation and gratitude to all those who gave their time and provided invaluable information during the Terminal Evaluation of the EU NGO Project “Strengthening Environmental Governance by Building the Capacity of Non-Governmental Organizations”; their thoughts and opinions have informed the evaluation and contributed to its successful conclusion. Special thanks go to the National Coordinators and Programme Assistants of the Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme in Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Morocco. All of them professionally supported the organization of meetings and contributed highly to the success of the missions in the four countries. Their hospitality in each country has been highly appreciated. EXTERNAL Terminal Evaluation EU-NGOs Project, March 2017 2
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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY ............................................................................................................................... 4 I Project Description ............................................................................................................................... 4 II Summary of Conclusions ..................................................................................................................... 5 IV Lessons Learnt .................................................................................................................................... 8 IV Recommendations ............................................................................................................................. 9 1. INTRODUCTION .................................................................................................................................... 14 1.1 Purpose of the evaluation .............................................................................................................. 14 1.2 Scope and methodology ................................................................................................................. 14 1.2.1 Limitations and elements of attention ..................................................................................... 15 2. PROJECT DESCRIPTION AND DEVELOPMENT CONTEXT ........................................................................ 17 2.1 Description of the project .............................................................................................................. 17 2.2 Environmental governance and civil society organizations background ......................................... 18 2.3 Main environmental governance challenges in the countries ........................................................ 18 3. FINDINGS .............................................................................................................................................. 20 3.1 Project Design / Formulation .......................................................................................................... 20 3.1.1 Project logic and strategy ........................................................................................................ 20 3.1.2 The management of risk ..................................................................................................... 21 3.1.3 The SGP structure and Project Management Arrangements ................................................... 21 3.2 Project Implementation ................................................................................................................. 24 3.2.1 Implementation approach and adaptive management ........................................................... 24 3.2.2 Functioning of the National Steering Committees ................................................................... 25 3.2.3 Financial planning and expenditures ....................................................................................... 26 3.2.4 Monitoring and Evaluation ...................................................................................................... 29 3.2.5 Visibility, Knowledge Management and Media Coverage ........................................................ 30 3.3 Project Results ................................................................................................................................ 32 3.3.1 Relevance ................................................................................................................................ 32 3.3.2 Efficiency ................................................................................................................................. 34 3.3.3 Effectiveness ............................................................................................................................ 38 3.3.4 Sustainability ....................................................................................................................... 44 3.3.5 Impact ..................................................................................................................................... 46 4. CONCLUSIONS, RECOMMENDATIONS & LESSONS ................................................................................ 51 4.1 Lessons learnt ................................................................................................................................. 52 4.2 Recommendations for sustainability and replication ..................................................................... 54 Annex A – Terms of Reference ................................................................................................................. 56 Annex B – Document consulted/available for consultation ................................................................... 57 Annex C – Evaluation Questions .............................................................................................................. 59 Annex D - Schedule, Itinerary and Institutions/People met: June-Sept. 2016 ....................................... 62 Annex E – Logical Framework EU NGOs Project, with comments and rating ......................................... 67 Annex F – Rating Table ............................................................................................................................ 68 Annex G –Grants Summaries of Achievements: Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, Morocco, Tunisia .......... 69 Annex H – Status of Grants Received/Implemented per Country/Region, Summary Table as of July/August 2016 ............................................................................................................................................ 99 EXTERNAL Terminal Evaluation EU-NGOs Project, March 2017 3
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EXTERNAL Terminal Evaluation EU-NGOs Project, March 2017 4
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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The present Report constitutes the Terminal Evaluation of Project “Strengthening Environmental Gover-
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