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New publications: UKES presentations/posters
Last Updated: August 15th, 2017

LTS was invited to make four presentations and a poster at this year’s UK Evaluation Society confernece on “use and usability of evaluation” 10/11 May, which we also sponsored. The LTS poster won the “best poster” award.

The event and the presentations went well and we have been asked to present papers for the conference edition of the UKES newsletter.

Please click on the links below to access the presentations and poster.

Presentation 1: ECRP learning processes: engagement, learning activities, influence.

Presentation 2: Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning at Multiple Levels, 25 Years of the Darwin Initiative.

Presentation 3: Climate adaptation and resilience impact assessments: Identifying ways to improve usefulness and feasibility.

Presentation 4: Evaluation of the Congo Basin Forest Fund.

Poster: By building capacity for M&E in biodiversity are we building up conservation optimism?

New Project – Further development of a common mapping platform and methodology for local land use planning in Cameroon
Last Updated: June 8th, 2017

Deforestation in Cameroon is on the rise – largely driven by expansion of agro-industry, slash and burn agriculture, logging, fuelwood demands, mining and infrastructure development. Competition for productive land in Cameroon has increased, notably with foreign companies seeking large tracts of land (10,000 hectares and above) for agricultural development.

The EFI Common Mapping Platform (CMP) plays a central role in building commitment to a bottom up, participatory approach that brings together multiple stakeholders to foster a common understanding and agreement on land uses, institutions (rules) for future land management and activities necessary to achieve sustainable land management.

For more information on this project, please visit the following link: Further Development of a Common Mapping Platform and Methodology for Local Land Use Planning in Cameroon

Contract award : Portfolio review & gap analysis for the Multi-Sectoral Investment Plan for Climate Resilience
Last Updated: February 24th, 2017

Ethiopia’s Multi-Sector Investment Plan for Climate Resilience pursues a multi-sectoral approach that identifies priority investments in the agriculture, forestry, water, livestock and energy sectors that enhance climate resilience.  The multi-sectoral approach is being used to enhance the likelihood of achieving the transformational effects required from Ethiopia’s green growth strategies. This assignment reviews existing investments and gaps in the resilience building portfolio, and will develop the investment plan.

Contract award: Study of Value Chain Development under the Sustainable Land Management Programme II in Ethiopia
Last Updated: January 25th, 2017

LTS has been awarded a new contract. The direct, near term objective of this ‘Study of value chains under the Sustainable Land Management Programme (SLMP) II in Ethiopia’ assignment is to propose the development of value chains for selected commodities in the SLMP and identify policy gaps hindering involvement of the private sector in these value chains, including possible options for local processing.

Contract award: Bioenergy for Sustainable Energy Access in Africa
Last Updated: November 29th, 2016

LTS International (LTS), in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh (UoE) and E4tech, aim to implement Phase I of the DFID-funded Bioenergy for Sustainable Energy Access in Africa (BSEAA) research assignment. The 12-month study will investigate the challenges and opportunities affecting the adoption and roll out of bioenergy across Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), and provide recommendations on affordable, accessible and innovative bioenergy technologies and business models that will improve poor people’s access to bioenergy. Phase I will lead to a follow-on project, BSEAA Phase II, which is likely to include further targeted research and may lead to direct DFID investment in promising bioenergy technologies in SSA. LTS will play a leading and managerial role in the assignment responsible for the overall coordination and delivery of outputs to the client. Specific tasks include academic literature review, public/donor stakeholder identification and consultation, country screening, technology prioritization, in-country visits and consultations, and leadership in consolidating learnings and handing over the results to Phase II suppliers.

Contract award: Development of a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Approach for the WISER Programme
Last Updated: November 29th, 2016

LTS is developing a monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) approach for the DFID funded Weather and Climate Information Services for Africa (WISER programme). The 35million pound WISER programme aims to empower local communities and regional decision-makers through a better understanding of weather and climate. Operating across East Africa, the programme funds a range of activities from strengthening climate information partnerships to enhancing national climate services. The programme partners include the UK Met Office and the Africa climate Policy Centre based in Ethiopia. LTS will ensure that the programme has a robust MEL framework that can be effectively implemented and ensure good evidence to learning can be generated in the long term about the programme as a whole and its various sub-components. The framework will be (i) easy to understand and communicate (ii) actionable (iii) fully costed and (iv) represent good value for money. The work will be soundly based on existing and emerging understanding of the monitoring and evaluation of weather climate programmes, DFID best practice and link with the International Climate Fund (ICF) indicators where appropriate.

Contract Award: Evaluation of the Congo Basin Forest Fund
Last Updated: November 29th, 2016

The Congo Basin Forest Fund (CBFF) is a ten year programme, which was established in 2008 and is set to finish in 2018. LTS has been contracted to provide a near terminal evaluation of the CBFF. This evaluation will inform decision making at the executive level (the donors, CBFF Governing Council; GC, AfDB Board, etc.) and ensure accountability and lesson learning at the project level (for the CBFF Secretariat and implementing partners/project grantees).

Contract award: Scaling out Devolved Climate Finance in Tanzania
Last Updated: July 26th, 2016

LTSA is providing Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (ME&L) to the Scaling up Devolved Climate Finance in Tanzania project. LTSA will be developing an ME&L strategy, build the M&E capacity of various government institutions and provide ongoing technical advice, support and training where necessary to the project MEL Coordinator.

Contract award: Evaluation of the Land Rights and Natural Resources Programme
Last Updated: July 26th, 2016

LTS will conduct an End-Term Evaluation of the the Land Rights and Natural Resource Management Program (LRNRM) being implemented by MPIDO in 4 counties (Kajiado, Narok, Nakuru and Baringo) in Kenya since 2000. The assignment will involve an evaluation methodology including literature review, key interviews and focus group discussions.

Contract award: Mid-term Review of Malawi Livelihood programs
Last Updated: July 14th, 2016

The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Lilongwe signed four new development programmes within the Agriculture and Food Security Portfolio in 2014, all of which have an agreement period of five years.

LTS has been contracted by NORAD for the Mid Term Review of these programmes. The main purpose of the assignment is to assess the achievement of the programs against the goals, impacts and outputs outlined in the projects document, and propose recommendations for future work and support.

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