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  Title UNCDF Special Projects Implementation review Exercise (SPIRE) Phase I
  Client UNOPS
  Continent Worldwide Country Worldwide
  Service1 M&E Service2
  Sector1 Local Development Sector2
  Period 01/2010 to 11/2011
  Euro 594,141
  Partners ES Global - Canada
  Description The Special Projects Implementation Review Exercise (SPIRE) of UNCDF projects in the Local Development and Inclusive Finance practice areas has three key objectives:
- To ensure UNCDF compliance with the mandatory evaluation requirements specified in its evaluation policy for the period 2009-2010, through an outsourced arrangement which produce high quality evaluations that contain findings and recommendations of value to stakeholders and decision-makers;
- To develop/experiment with cost-effective and rapid methods of undertaking mid-term and final evaluations in order to yield credible, effective, independent evaluations in an efficient manner.
- To connect country programme evaluations with UNCDF’S corporate strategy thereby enabling cross-country comparison and the tracking of progress towards global objectives.
In addition, the SPIRE exercise also aims at contributing to a rethinking of UNCDF’s evaluation policy in relation to accountability requirements, knowledge management potential, results-based management arrangements as well as the role of evaluation in measuring UNCDF’s capacity to leverage its funds and influence policy.
The first phase of the assignment (2010) foresees:
- The development of a methodological and conceptual framework that will combine the need to take into account the specific nature of the individual programmes with the need for cross-comparisons and trend identification between evaluation findings.
- The carrying out eight project evaluations. Of these six fall within the LD practice area (five mid-term and one final evaluation) and will focus on: support for local institutional development and capacity building, local level resources mobilization and public expenditure management; establishment of a "performance-linked" local development funding facility, support for policy development at the national level; and two fall within the Inclusive finance practice area (both mid-term evaluations) and will focus on: financial sector assessments, which diagnose and identify constraints and opportunities to enhance the participation of poor households and micro and small firms in the financial sector, on the development of nationally owned vision, strategy and action plans for inclusive financial sectors, that involve the adoption by the government of a national strategy.
The evaluation teams will assess the extent to which the programmes – through the provision of seed capital, technical support and policy advice - have contributed to the building of stronger local government systems and financial sectors so as to improve the provision of basic services and open access to economic opportunities for the poor.
It is expected that the results of the country evaluations will: i) reinforce the results of country programmes by improving their orientation, linking evaluation with IF/LD design and maintaining and building partnerships with donors and government partners for resource mobilization; and ii) contribute, individually and through comparative analysis and synthesis of findings across countries, to the assessment of their alignment and contribution to the attainment of UNCDF’s strategic objectives .
 
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  Title Country Portfolio Evaluation - WFP Rwanda 2006-2010
  Client World Food Programme
  Continent Africa Country Rwanda
  Service1 M&E Service2
  Sector1 Rural Development Sector2
  Period 10/2010 to 03/2011
  Euro 138,381
  Partners -
  Description Independent, external, assessment of the efficiency, effectiveness, impact, relevance, and sustainability of the Country Portfolio Evaluation (CP) of WFP in Rwanda.
The CPE encompasses the whole of WFP programme related activities during a specific period. This evaluation assessed the performances and results of the portfolio as a whole and provided evaluative insights to make evidence-based strategic decisions about WFP’s positioning in the country, about strategic partnerships, the design of operations and their implementation.
The rationale for the CPE was to assist the Rwanda Country Office (CO) in reviewing past performance and comparative advantages. This evaluation supported the CO’s efforts to define the strategy for future WFP activities in Rwanda.
The evaluation served the dual objectives of accountability and learning.
As such, the evaluation:
• Assessed and reported on the performance and results of the country portfolio in line with the WFP mandate and in response to humanitarian and development challenges in Rwanda (accountability); and
• Determined the reasons for observed success/failure, whilst drawing lessons from experience to produce evidence-based findings enabling the CO to make informed strategic decisions about the way to position itself in Rwanda, form strategic partnerships and improve the design of operations and their implementation whenever possible.
 
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  Title Country Portfolio Evaluation - WFP Kenya 2006-2010
  Client World Food Programme
  Continent Africa Country Kenya
  Service1 M&E Service2
  Sector1 Rural Development Sector2
  Period 11/2010 to 08/2011
  Euro 124,182
  Partners -
  Description Independent, external, assessment of the efficiency, effectiveness, impact, relevance, and sustainability of the Country Portfolio Evaluation (CP) of WFP in Kenya.

The CPE encompasses the whole of WFP programme related activities during a specific period. This evaluation assessed the performances and results of the portfolio as a whole and provided evaluative insights to make evidence-based strategic decisions about WFP’s positioning in the country, about strategic partnerships, the design of operations and their implementation.

The rationale for the CPE was to assist the Kenya Country Office (CO) in reviewing past performance and comparative advantages. This evaluation supported the CO’s efforts to define the strategy for future WFP activities in Kenya.
The evaluation served the dual objectives of accountability and learning.
As such, the evaluation:
• Assessed and reported on the performance and results of the country portfolio in line with the WFP mandate and in response to humanitarian and development challenges in Kenya (accountability); and
• Determined the reasons for observed success/failure, whilst drawing lessons from experience to produce evidence-based findings enabling the CO to make informed strategic decisions about the way to position itself in Kenya, form strategic partnerships and improve the design of operations and their implementation whenever possible.
 
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  Title Final Evaluation of the Khenifra project “Participative Rural Development in the Middle Atlas Mountain Range”
  Client EC
  Continent Mediterranean Basin Country Morocco
  Service1 M&E Service2
  Sector1 Rural Development Sector2
  Period 06/2010 to 07/2010
  Euro 59,263
  Partners In association with Transtec (Belgium), Consortium Leader FWC lot 1
  Description "The Khenifra project, with a budget of 21 million Euros, was carried out between 2001-2009 in a zone covering 12 rural communities of the Khenifra Province, with characteristic forest and agricultural ecosystems. Activities were carried out taking into account 4 complementary components: a) capacity building and the creation of local associations; b) agricultural land use and development; c) animal husbandry and health; d) participative forest management; e) socio-economic infrastructure and equipment; and f) microcredit.

The objective of this mission was to carry out a final evaluation of the Khenifra project and to build up on that experience and other similar projects conducted in other forest zones of Morocco over the past ten years, in order to define a model of participative and sustainable management, to contribute to the set-up of sectoral strategies in Morocco and learn the lessons from the project to use in potential future initiatives of rural development, especially as regards rural poverty reduction, the management of natural resources, and institutional capacity building in Morocco.

The mission was based on seven evaluation criteria, namely: relevance, efficacy, efficiency, impact, sustainability, coherence/complementarity, and community added value, in order to assess to which extent the approach used and the intervention modes foreseen within the Khenifra financing agreement had brought any advantage compared to similar interventions in the same sectors covered carried out in the same region or at country level and financed by the Government, EU Members States or other donors.

The evaluation was carried out by three international experts, two of which provided by DRN, and conducted in three phases, a preliminary documentary phase, a field phase and a synthesis phase.
 
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  Title Support to the identification and formulation of the Regional Programme for social cohesion in Latin America - EuroSociAL (2nd phase)
  Client European Commission
  Continent Latin America Country Latin America
  Service1 Study Service2 Advisory
  Sector1 Development Aid Sector2
  Period 04/2010 to 07/2010
  Euro 196,460
  Partners Soges (Consortium leader)
  Description "The overall objective of the mission was to define the setting of the existent implicit and explicit demand of stakeholders in Latin American Countries regarding the activities foreseen within the framework of the programme EuroSociAL II (Social Cohesion). This programme had for objective to support the national public policies aimed at improving levels of Social Cohesion, by strengthening those local institutions involved in the activities of the programme.

The experts involved were to cover two groups of Latin American countries; The first team covered and visited the following countries : Ecuador, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama, and Venezuela, whilst the second team was in charge of Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Mexico.
The experts submitted to the European Commission:
- A country report for each of the countries visited, which included the analysis of i) the directions and possible reforms in the thematic areas and in the policies regarding the EuroSoCIAL programme in each particular country; ii) the potential demand, implicit and explicit, of EUROsociAL kind of activities, and of other activities in the area of Social Cohesion; iii) the complexity of the requested activities; iv) the demand of a second mission of experts; v) the existent and possible complementarity with other sub-regional and bilateral EC and other donors' programmes.
The study was carried out by 4 international consultants all provided by DRN.
 
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  Title Ex ante evaluation of the situation of local development in the Sahelian zone, and final evaluation of the pilot development project for the spirulina algae value chain.
  Client EC Delegation in Chad
  Continent Africa Country Chad
  Service1 M&E Service2
  Sector1 Rural Development Sector2
  Period 06/2010 to 08/2010
  Euro 93,000
  Partners In association with Transtec (BE), leader of the FWC lot 1
  Description "The general objective of the project was to carry out, just months before the launch of the future Local Development and Natural Resources Management Support Programme (LDNRM Support Programme), two evaluations missions: 1) first, a final evaluation of the ‘Pilot Project for the Spirulina algae value chain’, which was developed with FAO and implemented in March 2007 for a duration of 42 months, and 2) in a second phase, an ex-ante evaluation of the local development situation in the Sahelian Zone, and in particular in those counties where the Spirulina algae value chain project was running.

Each of the two missions had specific objectives:
- The final evaluation mission intended to assess whether the pilot project had brought improvements in terms of the technology used for producing the Spirulina algae and in terms of the quality of the algae produced, as well as improvements in terms of marketing methods/strategies and capacity building for the women groups producing the algae. It also had to assess whether income generating activities had developed in the area.

- The ex-ante evaluation, on the other hand, was meant to : i) assess the local development situation; ii) define the main areas of intervention for the LDNRM Support Programme; and iii) specify priority activities to be undertaken as soon as the Support Programme would be launched.

This project was therefore divided in two individual missions. A final report was written for each of the missions, which were carried out by 3 experts, 2 of whom were provided by DRN.
 
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  Title Urgent Mobilisation of an Expert in Trade Negotiation Strategies for the CEEAC in Brussels
  Client TradeCom Facility
  Continent Africa Country Europe (Brussels, Geneva) and short missions to CEEAC countries.
  Service1 TA Service2
  Sector1 Regional Integration Sector2 Capacity Building
  Period 06/2010 to 11/2010
  Euro 149,750
  Partners -
  Description "Signed in January 2009, EPA negotiations have been in standby since February of the same year, due to strong disagreements between the EU on one hand, and the CEMAC on the other hand about market entry offers and regulations deemed to build competitivity and capacities in the countries of the region. During the summit of Kinshasa in October 2009, however, the heads of States of the CEEAC have decided to revive the process.

The overall objective of this project is to promote sustainable development and contribute to poverty reduction in ACP countries through regional integration, as well as to the progressive integration of those countries in the world economy.

In line with the political and economic context, the specific objective of this project is to provide high-quality expertise to the CEEAC/CEMAC configuration in EPA negotiations, via a representative office in Europe (Brussels), during the third and last round of EPA negotiations. with the aim to finalize the signature of a regional EPA that will promote and enhance regional integration and sustainable development of the area. The mission will ensure a constant and daily follow-up of trade negotiations and trade policies, not only in CEEAC configuration, but also in other African regions, so that all parts are aware of the developments of EPA negotiations.

The project is developed along two dimensions : technical follow-up and substantial support to technical negotiations and high level diplomacy.

DRN has provided the expert, specialist in trade negotiations and policies, whose role it is to enhance and facilitate the information relating to EPA negotiations between CEEAC and CEMAC Secretariats, EU Institutions, Geneva and Central African governments, to coordinate and consolidate the positions of the two regional institutions and TO pursue greater visibility for the Central African region. Furthermore, the expert is to work in close relations with Diplomatic staff and the ACP Secretariat in order to mobilize Donors' financial commitment to support EPA implementation.
The expert is based in Brussels, and acts as the reference person for the CEEAC. Short-term diplomatic and technical missions to the Central African Region and EU member states ARE part of the assignment.
 
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  Title Support to the Office for the coordination and follow-up of the CARICOM, WHO and FTAA agreements to set up the lists of engagements of Haiti in the Services and Investments sectors, within the CARIFORUM-EC EPA.
  Client TradeCom Facility
  Continent Caribbean Country Haiti
  Service1 TA Service2
  Sector1 Regional Integration Sector2 Capacity Building
  Period 08/2010 to 11/2010
  Euro 168,900
  Partners -
  Description In December 2009, the Haitian Government officially signed the CARIFORUM-EC Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs), but negotiated for the chapter relating to trade in services and investments to be postponed, due to the difficulties to present a list of engagements in those two sectors.
In this context, the overall objective of this mission is to provide technical assistance to the Haitian government, namely the Office for the coordination and follow-up of the CARICOM, WTO and FTAA agreements, in order to present the final position of Haiti as regards the service and investment sectors.
Two experts: a legal specialist and an economist were recruited to carry out various consultations with the main stakeholders in services and investments as well as the administration in charge of regulation of both sectors, in order to:
• Analyse bilateral trade exchanges between Haiti and the EC or with groups of EC Member States in the key services and investments sectors.
• Examine the exiting arrangements on trade in services and investments included in the CARIFORUM-EC EPA in order to assess the need for restrictions, exclusions and/or necessary transition periods in Haiti’s list of engagements, whilst taking into account the interests of the country.
• Review the current national legislation and/or regulations covering trade in services and investments in order to suggest potential changes to the legal framework or to prepare ToR for AT missions intended for the preparation of laws and regulations in sectors where these are absent, insufficient or obsolete.

The expected results of the mission are:
• The level of openness of the main services sectors( i.e. professional services, financial services, telecommunications, transport services, the construction industry and the retail sector) has been identified;
• The legal and regulatory framework for services and investments has been revised according to international rules, whilst respecting the sectoral development strategies of the country, and general directions have been suggested for potential new sectoral regulations, where laws and regulations are absent, insufficient or obsolete.
• A potential list of engagements for the services and investments sectors is presented, complying with WTO regulations.
Two workshop will be organised for the key stakeholders. The first one will take place at the beginning of the mission to inform them on the impact of the EPA and the mission’s objectives, whilst the conclusive workshop will be held at the end of the mission to discuss, validate and endorse the main findings of the experts with the key stakeholders
 
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  Title Study to determine the most suitable structure for the implementation of a Micro-Projects Programme.
  Client EC Delegation in Swaziland
  Continent Africa Country Swaziland
  Service1 Study Service2
  Sector1 Rural Development Sector2
  Period 06/2009 to 07/2009
  Euro 24,990
  Partners In assocation with Transtec (Belgium), Consortium leader, FWC lot 1
  Description "The global objective of the assignment was to determine the most suitable structure for the implementation of the 10th EDF Micro Projects Programme. The specific objective was to assist the Ministry of Economic Planning and Development in determining
the most suitable legal arrangement and the most suitable organisational arrangement to facilitate co-ordination and implementation of the Micro Projects Programme;
Main outputs of the mission have been the following:
• A supported recommendation in respect of the most appropriate legal structure of the MPP Co-ordination Unit, with step-by-step procedure for establishing the relevant structure;
• A supported and realistic recommendation on the organisational structure of the MPP Co-ordination Unit;
• Basic job descriptions to support the proposed organisational structure of the MPP Co-ordination Unit;
• Basic position-linked candidate profiles to support the proposed organisational structure of the MPP Co-ordination Unit.
 
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  Title Identification study in the governance sector
  Client EC Delegation in Swaziland
  Continent Africa Country Swaziland
  Service1 Study Service2
  Sector1 Development Aid Sector2
  Period 08/2009 to 12/2009
  Euro 121,684
  Partners ECO 3 (Consortium Leader)
  Description The global objective of the assignment was to support the identification and preparation of the future EC support programme under the governance sector in Swaziland. The specific objective was to assess whether such support could effectively be implemented through the project approach. The identification and formulation study provided the decision makers in the Government of Swaziland and the European Commission with sufficient information to:
1. justify acceptance of the proposed intervention;
2. select the preferred option amongst different alternatives in each of the three governance categories identified, on which to base the financing and implementation of the proposed intervention;
3. for the preferred option(s), identify and argue the objectives, purpose, expected results and main activities of the proposed project; including, in consultation with stakeholders, possible benchmarks and targets for reforms which are included in the government commitments or on sectoral performance indicators;
4. Prepare complete documentation to allow for formulation of the preferred option(s) to be retained for the design of the project.
The Study produced an identification study, a programme identification fiche, a programme(s) action fiche, relevant technical administrative provisions and a detailed budget in accordance with the EDF procedures.
 
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  Title End of Programme Evaluation of the Programme "Support to the competitiveness of the rice sector in the Caribbean"
  Client EC Delegation to Guyana, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago, Aruba and the Netherlands Antilles
  Continent Caribbean Country Guyana and Suriname
  Service1 TA Service2
  Sector1 Development Aid Sector2 Capacity Building
  Period 10/2009 to 11/2009
  Euro 50,912
  Partners Soges (Italy), Consortium leader
  Description The overall objective of this mission was to carry out an end of programme evaluation of the Programme “Support to the competitiveness of the rice sector in the Caribbean”, and more specifically in Guyana and Suriname, in order to assess a) whether this programme had contributed to the region’s social and economic development, by enhancing the competitive position of producers, processors, millers and others actors in the industry, as well as by improving productivity, management, research, training and marketing, and b) whether it had helped prevent the potential socio-economic deterioration resulting from the ongoing process of trade liberalisation.
The specific objective was to evaluate the Programme relative to design and implementation, relevance, efficiency of its implementation, means and costs, effectiveness, impact and sustainability, with a special attention given to these latter two factors.
The evaluators conducted interviews with members of the Contracting Authority, Deputy Regional Authorizing Officers in Guyana and Suriname, staff of the national and regional PMUs, Caribbean Rice Association, research institutions in Guyana and Suriname that were beneficiary of the Programme, representatives of commercial banks that implemented activities for the Programme commodity associations in both countries, and with any person or national/international institution active in the rice sector as deemed appropriate.
The Evaluation was carried by two international experts; DRN provided the expert number 2.
 
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  Title Technical Assistance Support Programme to Regional Integration in Central America (PAIRCA II)
  Client EC Delegation in Nicaragua & General Secretariat of the Central American Integration System
  Continent Latin America Country Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panamá. Possibly Belize & Dominican Republic
  Service1 TA Service2 Advisory
  Sector1 Regional Integration Sector2 Capacity Building
  Period 11/2009 to 11/2014
  Euro 1,917,250
  Partners College of Europe (BE), IALPA (Costa Rica & Guatemala), Agorà 2000 (IT)
  Description Support to the regional integration process through the improvement and consolidation of the institutional system, with a view to increasing its efficiency and legitimacy vis-à-vis the Central American governments and citizens, thus paving the way for an increased participation of the latter, both in the decision-making process and in the ownership of the benefits of the integration. Institutional support to the political bodies and institutions (mainly SICA General Secretariat, Court of Justice, regional Parliament, and SICA Consultative Committee) as a way to improve their role in the implementation of the strategic agenda and to improve the adoption and effective implementation of the presidential mandates.
Long, medium and short term experts will aim at achieving the following expected results:
1. Decision-making process at regional level is reinforced and the institutional reform and architecture is enhanced
2. Regional institutions' capacities are strengthened and coordination among them, as well as their articulation with national bodies, are enhanced
3. Civil Society participation in the regional integration process is improved and exchanges of experiences between Europe and CA are promoted and effectively undertaken
4. Public awareness and academic education on regional integration is enhanced and regional integration is progressively integrated in the curricula.
 
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  Title Technical Assistance for the Monitoring of Governance Programme in Guinea
  Client EC Delegation in Guinea
  Continent Africa Country Guinea
  Service1 TA Service2
  Sector1 Development Aid Sector2 Capacity Building
  Period 05/2009 to 12/2010
  Euro 199,466
  Partners ECO 3, Belgium
  Description The main objective of this project was to ensure the effective execution of governance programmes et accompanying measures in favour of the Development strategy of Guinea. The specific objective was to provide Technical Assistance in Good Governance, in order to ensure the effective execution and monitoring of projects carried out in Guinea. Specifically, the TA ensured: A). The monitoring of ongoing governance programmes’ implementation: 1) Support Programme to Non State Actors (AISHA - Civil Society Support Programme, PACNOP – Support Programme to the National Confederation of Farmers’ organisations); PASEL – Support programme for the stockbreeding sub-sector); 2) Support Programme for the strengthening of the decentralisation process, which aimed at supporting the government in the implementation of the Code for local authorities; 3) PAIG – Support Programme to the Justice Sector; B.) The support to the identification and formulation phases of the governance programmes foreseen in the framework of the 10th EDF: reflexion during the elaboration, continuity with the programmes implemented in the framework of 9th EDF, etc.
Specific activities of the TA included: a) - Occasional monitoring mission and reorientation of Good governance support programmes (PACNOP, AISCHA, PASEL, support to decentralisation, PAIG); b) Evaluation of programmes or programme components and proposal of potentially needed reorientations; c) Checking of technical and administrative aspects of calls for tenders/calls for proposals; d) Support to Evaluation committees, and participation to evaluations of tenders received in the framework of calls for tenders of governance programmes funded by the NIP 9th EDF; e) Proposals for possible synergy and complementarity with other programmes; f) Contribution to the identification and formulation of the support programme to the civil society et the support programme to the decentralisation process of the 10th EDF. The AT was carried out for a total of 18 months, in several occasional missions. The team included an expert, specialist of non state actors, a civil society expert, two decentralisation experts and an expert in the Justice sector. Four of the five experts were provided by DRN.
 
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  Title Sector Policy Support Programme (SPSP) - Formulation Study
  Client EC Delegation in Bolivia
  Continent Latin America Country Bolivia
  Service1 Study Service2
  Sector1 Development Aid Sector2
  Period 04/2009 to 06/2009
  Euro 59,970
  Partners ATOS Origin (Belgium), Consortium Leader
  Description The National Indicative Programme (NIP/RIP) adopted by the European Commission in July 2007 has foreseen EC support to Bolivia's policies for employment creation and income generation. Within the framework of this Indicative Programme, a sector policy support programme has been developed with an allocation of € 23M for the government's sector plan for productive development.
“Production with more and better employment”. The purpose of this study was to provide support to the devolved government implementing institution PROBOLIVIA in the operational definition of the components of the sector plan targeted for EC support.
To that end the study has provided the necessary inputs to:
1) prepare an Action Fiche and the Technical and Administrative Provisions of the Financing
Agreement on which to base the financing and implementation of the proposed programme;
2) prepare a complete documentation to allow for the sound implementation of the programme based on good practices.

In particular, the following inputs have been provided:
a) a detailed logical framework in cascade for the various components of the programme;
b) a realistic and justified budget and implementation calendar
c) the definition of implementation responsibilities, including potential inter-institutional relations, also with sub-national levels;
d) an institutional needs assessment in relation to the implementation of the support programme;
e) the definition of target groups of the productive development components;
f) an outline of the functioning of grant funds in line with EC procedures;
g) the nature and scope of register and of business development services, and relation with existing entities;
h) baseline values and target values of the set of indicators, including the applicable EuropeAid
Standard Indicators;
i) a proposal for a result oriented monitoring system, based on existing public and private data sources.
j) a proposal for the incorporation of adequate environmental indicators and criteria, to be used for the monitoring and performance assessment of the SPSP.
Aspects concerning possible negative environmental impacts on the sector itself or on other environmentally sensitive sectors have been considered, as well as the selection of adequate support actions for environmental capacity building/institutional strengthening.
The study was carried out by a team of 2 international experts, both provided by DRN.
 
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  Title Technical Assistance Support to Food Security for Ultra-Poor (FSUP)
  Client European Commission
  Continent Asia Country Bangladesh
  Service1 TA Service2
  Sector1 Rural Development Sector2 Capacity Building
  Period 01/2009 to 01/2013
  Euro 1,473,686
  Partners In association with Agriconsulting, Italy (Leader)
  Description The main objective of the Food Security for Ultra-Poor Programme (FSUP) is to contribute to the reduction of extreme poverty and food insecurity of the most vulnerable women and their dependants, with special attention to the development of their capacities, the establishment of means for income generation and the promotion of household food security. The FSUP calls for the implementation of safety net type initiatives, mainly targeting rural ultra poor women, using successfully tested innovative approaches, and relying on the work of local NGOs (implementing partners).

The overall objective of this Technical Assistance is to provide support to the FSUP in order to maximise its effectiveness, impact and sustainability. A specific Programme Coordination Unit (PCU) has thus been set up, aiming at providing assistance mainly in the fields of programme coordination and M&E. The main tasks of the PCU include: i) to coordinate and monitor the interventions to be implemented under the FSUP; ii) to organise and manage external mid-term reviews and final evaluations of the above interventions; iii) to follow up implementing partners’ annual internal audit recommendations and provide support for their timely implementation; iv) to provide support to the programme partners implementing FSUP, in order to ensure effective and timely implementation and achievement of anticipated results and impact; v) to establish links between the FSUP interventions and other EC food security interventions, so as to maximise the exchange of best practices and lessons learned.

The following results will be achieved through the Technical Assistance's work:
• Effective programme monitoring systems developed and applied, and reporting done timely according to requirements;
• The various FSUP interventions share their experiences and benefit from these exchanges, as well as from exchanges with other similar interventions;
• Mid-term reviews and final evaluation missions take place on a timely basis and produce quality results. Recommendations from such missions are followed up;
• Audit reports recommendations are followed-up;
• Implementing partners are assisted for timely preparation of planning documents and periodic reporting;
• Visibility of EC and FSUP interventions is enhanced, through communication, publications and organization of workshops and events.

The PCU office has been staffed with an expatriate coordinator and a national team consisting of two M&E Specialists, a Financial Specialist, a Visibility & Communication Specialist and an MIS Expert (in addition to an Administrative Assistant and an Office Assistant/Messenger). The inclusion of such a team of national experts (all provided by DRN) is seen as an essential element to guarantee the achievement of the Technical Assistance’s objectives and results.
 
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