Monitoring and Evaluation Support for a National Project for Kenya: ‘Enhancing access to weather and climate information for Kenya’s coastal region’
 

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Monitoring and Evaluation Support for a National Project for Kenya: ‘Enhancing access to weather and climate information for Kenya’s coastal region’
Last Updated: October 30th, 2018

The Weather and Climate Information SERvices for Africa (WISER) programme, funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) is providing up to £35 million over four years (ending March 2020) to enhance the resilience of African people and economic development to weather and climate related shocks. The programme aims to improve the generation and use of the weather and climate information across Sub-Saharan Africa, with an initial focus on the East Africa region. The WISER programme has two main parts:

(1) a pan-African programme focussing on improvement of the governance and enabling environment for weather and climate services. This is predominantly being achieved through support to the Africa Climate Policy Centre (ACPC).
(2) a regional programme primarily focussing on the East Africa region (Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda) (WISER-EA) aimed at improving the quality and relevance of weather and climate information and supporting its uptake and use.

The Met Office has been commissioned by DFID to act as Fund Manager for the WISER–EA programme and as such will provide technical coordination and allocate and manage funds for WISER-EA projects.

Funding has been allocated under the WISER programme, to support a national project for Kenya ‘Coastal resilience and improved services for potato production (Kenya) ‘. The project is split into two sub-projects, ‘Increasing the Resilience of Kenya’s Potato Sector and ‘Enhancing access to weather and climate information for Kenya’s coastal region’. The project seeks to deliver accessible and decision-relevant weather and climate information for 300,000 households in Kenya’s coastal region with a focus on 4 counties; Mombasa, Kwale, Kilifi and Taita Taveta. It’s scope covers three main areas;
(1) the development and delivery of demand led and decentralised KMD services in coastal Kenya;
(2) development of proposals for the streamlining of KMD’s forecasting to improve existing and facilitate delivery of new products and services in response to demand from users in the coastal counties, and;
(3) investment in improved marine forecasting techniques to provide better downscaled information, early warnings and associated advisories.

LTS is supporting the project ‘Enhancing access to weather and climate information for Kenya’s coastal region’ in conducting a series of monitoring and evaluation activities to track changes in the reach and impact of weather and climate information services enhanced or developed by the project. LTS is working closely with KMD, the Met Office and end users to facilitate participatory monitoring and evaluation approaches that highlight and document good practice on access, understanding, use and benefits of climate information services.
LTS’ deliverables are linked to the logframe outputs for the project and include:
(i.) Production of a Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for the Project including baseline and endline assessments; and
(ii.) Assessing the socio-economic benefits of the project’s activities.

Framework Agreement governing the purchase of consultancy services for climate, forestry and low-carbon development
Last Updated: October 18th, 2018

The overall thematic focus of the framework agreement is related to green economy, low carbon development and international climate change policy, especially REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation). The framework agreement will mainly, but not exclusively, be used for consultancy services related to the Norwegian International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI). The consultancy services fall within four different types of assignments/call-offs: i) Project proposal appraisals ahead of funding decisions; ii) Mid-term and end-reviews; iii) Technical assessments. This includes follow-up on recommendations from reviews/appraisals; and iv) Technical assistance to partner institutions, including capacity building and training. Assignments completed so far or in progress after the first seven months of framework implementation include a Review of the GGGI Programme in Indonesia 2012-2017; an Appraisal of the project document “Reducing the impact of large-scale agricultural investments in the Mekong region on communities, forest and climate change”; a Review of programme collaboration between NEPAD and Norad; an End Review of “Organizational Capacity Building, Conservation Agriculture, Gender and Land Rights MOZ-12/0047” and Appraisal of the Project Proposal “Support to a Sustainable and Equitable Improvement of Small Scale Farmer’s Livelihoods in Mozambique” MOZ-18/0001; a Mid Term Evaluation (MTR) of the Result Based Payment to the CRGE Facility – PA for REDD+ [Ethiopia]; an Appraisal of three project documents for the “Law Enforcement Assistance Programme to reduce tropical deforestation (LEAP) – An INTERPOL-UNODC-RHIPTO programme”; an Appraisal of the project document “Targeted Support to the Climate and Land Use Alliance 2018-22 Strategy: Primary Focus on Brazil & Indonesia”; and an Appraisal of a project document from One Acre Fund.

Mainstreaming Lessons Learned from Adaptive Agriculture in the Arid and Semi-Arid lands (ASALs) under the REACT programme
Last Updated: October 18th, 2018

Summary:
LTS is undertaking a learning assignment to “identify the key success factors for mobilising the private sector in the marginal environments of ASALs of sub-Saharan Africa”. The purpose of the study is to identify the key success factors for mobilising the private sector in the marginal environments of ASALs of sub Saharan Africa. Findings from the study will be used to guide future investments in the ASALs, both through specific funding windows and more generally.

Tourism and Eco-tourism Potential in Targeted Forest Landscapes
Last Updated: October 18th, 2018

Summary:
The objective of the LFSP is to generate sustainable social, economic and environmental benefits by effectively and collaboratively planning, developing and managing tourism around Liberia’s natural resources. The program will support the Government’s agenda for the growth of industries that contribute to sustained growth, poverty reduction, and shared prosperity while addressing fragility and building resilience. The Forestry Development Authority has contracted the Solimar team to conduct a thorough review and assessment of the existing and potential natural, cultural and heritage-based tourism attractions in and around the targeted protected areas and recommend a pilot project for one of the identified sites. LTS has been contracted by solimar to provide the Forest Landscape Expert to support the analysis of national conservation policy, regional priorities, and threats to biodiversity including those that are direct results from tourism and local communities.

Challenges:
Liberia’s ecotourism potential has long been recognized, but remains unachieved to date due to problems of sufficient political will, policy coherence, stakeholder coordination, infrastructure, human resources, access to financing, etc.

Solutions:
The LFSP includes support for drafting for an analytical study regarding the potential within the targeted forest landscapes. The study will assess the prospective for eco-tourism within and around those specified protected areas and develop a sample pilot Ecotourism project within one of them, based on the findings of the study.

Value and Benefits:
This study intends to determine the extent to which this underdeveloped sector could provide new revenues to the Liberian protected areas and to adjacent communities within the foreseeable future.

External Programme Evaluation of the Drylands Development Programme
Last Updated: June 13th, 2018

LTS is conducting a review of the Drylands Development Programme (DryDev), a six-year initiative funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) of the Netherlands. The review is assessing the;

  • relevance of the programme’s institutional arrangements and programmatic design and approaches;
  • efficiency with which the programme’s resources are being translated into quality and appropriate support;
  • programme’s likely effectiveness in achieving its expected outcomes and impacts for different categories of smallholder farmers; and
  • likelihood that any outcomes and impacts that will be achieved through the programme will be sustained following its closure.

The review will also make strategic and actionable recommendations in each of the four areas to enhance the existing programme as its implementation is being finalized and close out processes pursued; and inform a potential second phase of the programme and/or similar integrated programmes of this nature in the African drylands.

 

 

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Performance Evaluation: Improving Market Systems for Agriculture in Rwanda (IMSAR)
Last Updated: June 8th, 2018

The DFID-funded Improving Market Systems for Agriculture in Rwanda (IMSAR) aims to address the “inefficiency of market systems that prevent poor people from benefitting from agricultural opportunities”.  The ultimate aim of the programme (its expected impact) is to increase the incomes of poor households in targeted agricultural market systems.

LTS is the contracted to provide Performance Evaluation of the program. The aims of the independent performance evaluation contract, as summarised in the ToR are:

  • Evaluate the adaptiveness and “application of flexibility” of the TSP and AgDevCo in implementing the programme (this entails process evaluation, including ongoing reviews of the ToC);
  • Evaluate the programme performance through an ‘impact-oriented’ assessment of the programme’s effects on inter alia the poor, cross cutting issues (nutrition, climate change and gender) and agricultural markets as part of the EPE; and
  • Evaluate the programme coherence (internal and external) by assessing and demonstrating synergies realised across and between IMSAR components, as well as with other ongoing programmes and activities of other actors (where relevant).
Climate Change and Resilience Programme
Last Updated: April 24th, 2018

LTSA has been contracted to provide consulting services for a new 4-year multi-country climate change and resilience programme (CCP), which will support government and non-government actors to integrate effective climate change adaptation and resilience into development and disaster risk reduction plans and programmes in selected countries in Africa and Asia. 

Phata Case Study
Last Updated: April 19th, 2018

The AgDevCo Phata Case Study conducted by LTSM Chitukuko, the Malawi subsidiary of LTS, was a thorough review and qualitative analysis of the factors that led to the success of AgDevCo’s investment in the Phata Sugarcane Cooperative in Chikwawa, Malawi. This cooperative has seen rapid and profitable success in its first years and is currently scaling up and realising the same successes as it’s initial Phase One. AgDevCo is keen to learn what factors led to the success of this cooperative and its business model, what key lessons learned can be implemented in Phase Two and beyond, and what level of impact AgDevCo has had on the success of this cooperative. The output of this project is a 16 page, designed glossy that presents the findings of our analysis in a way that is easy to disseminate internally for AgDevCo and externally to other key organisations funding and working in the agribusiness investment sector.  Additionally, a 3-4-minute video has been produced using the results of the findings.

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Evaluation of the TIBA Centre
Last Updated: April 17th, 2018

Tiba is a multidisciplinary Centre for Tackling Infections to Benefit Africa (the TIBA Centre). TIBA is a partnership between UoE and leading African health policy scientists. TIBA will work on all aspects of infectious diseases management – from basic research to uptake by local communities – in a single, unified framework. LTS International has been contracted to support the UoE based management team prepare and conduct M&E of the TIBA project. The TIBA project has several phases and LTS provides monitoring and evaluation support to each one, and will conduct a final evaluation at project completion in 2021. A theory based approach is being taken to assess progress against an overall theory of change for the TIBA Centre. 

Renewable Energy Performance Platform (REPP)
Last Updated: April 17th, 2018

The Renewable Energy Performance Platform (REPP) is a £48m BEIS funded ICF programme. REPP aims to provides technical assistance (TA) and in select cases, results-based finance to small-medium scale renewable energy project developers operating in Sub-Saharan Africa to help them attract finance and to make their project commercially viable. The overall objective of this assignment was the execution of a mid-term evaluation of the REPP. The purpose of this evaluation assignment was to support learning for BEIS on ‘what is working, for whom and in what contexts’. Specifically, the evaluation provided BEIS with insights and analysis into the relevance, effectiveness and efficiency of REPP’s overall strategy, its services (RBF and TA), its governance and delivery structures/processes and the value for money it offers. The assignment was organised into three ‘Workstreams’ with corresponding outputs: a process evaluation, the design of a summative impact evaluation and a review of current results reporting arrangements. The findings of the process evaluation formed the basis for future impact evaluation and investigation into the REPP delivery and governance mechanisms were also be used to understand and assess current results reporting systems. LTS was the technical lead for this project and was responsible for overall team management, strategic oversight, coordination and delivery of all three project workstreams.

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