CONCURRENT FEEDBACK SESSION OP 9 PROJECTS. Facilitator : Philip Weller NGO : Ger Bergkamp Rapporteur : Maryam Niamir-Fuller. PROCEDURAL ISSUES: TDA and SAP. importance of participatory process
CONCURRENT FEEDBACK SESSION OP 9 PROJECTS
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OP 9 requires even more participatory work than other OPs ; we need to develop real bottom-up processes that match upstream planning
Is “TDA to SAP” a good approach ?
in some cases it has not built upon existing or previous efforts (e.g. West Africa) and local knowledge and in other cases does not link or coincide with ongoing national planning frameworks
there is no process for M&E while doing SAP
TDA and SAP cont.
Posting “best practices” examples for TDA, SAP and Integrated Land and Water Management on the websites
Regional SAP has to be supported by National SAPs
Recommend organizing another special session/occasion to discuss further the value of the TDA-to-SAP approach
Effective communications strategy needed between project and all stakeholders
communication gap between local stakeholders and IA HQ and GEF
Best practices should be used in a timely manner, and should be disseminated between projects through exchanges.
Thematic mapping very useful tool, to determine “hot spots”, and use for dialogue and decision-making
rigidity of procedures
final Brief may not address real needs, because it is modified too much by GEFSEC and other reviews
Greater coordination of GEF projects with other ongoing or pipeline IA projects
Difficult to know what is coming down the pipeline; may result in duplication.
may take a long time
some IAs require too many signatures for the same project; need to standardize process
early involvement of OFP needed
PROCEDURAL: Financial continuity
Funding stream from project development to implementation must be continuous
Ownership and sustainability
must get inter-sectoral coordination and buy-in early in project development; not just land and water sectors, but also finance, foreign, etc.
OP 9 projects engage both development and environmental issues
projects must be driven by regional and national priorities and have their genesis in the region
need for capacity and institutional building before project start-up
Not enough work on building capacity during project lifetime (local community, counterparts)
Projects should be managed as much as possible by national and regional staff
OTHER TECHNICAL ISSUES
OP 9 projects are more holistic than others (biod, desertification, etc.) which is positive but it may be hard to find focus for the project, and what GEF increment should be, so we need good system boundary assessments.
Projects cannot only address technical needs, but also must be aware of political processes
Other Technical Issues cont.
Need better clarity and distinction between OP 8, 9 , 2 and 12
Lessons Learnt and M&E
Research must address project needs
Need more IA coordination, for lessons learnt
M&E systems have to be transparent, where countries report on processes and results; TPRs may not be best venue.
M&E has to cover post-project reviews.
Put TDA and SAP best practices examples on the websites
Review TDA and SAP approach
Careful definition and assessment of system boundary needed in OP 9 projects
Multi-sectoral coordination needed early on
Participatory process must be structured, systematic, and an integral part of the planning process.