In preparation for project closing, the ProGED Project conducted an End of Project Evaluation (PEV), looking into the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) criteria for evaluation, namely, relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability. The PEV was conducted on 19 June to 1 July 2016 by a team of three experts led by Ms Sabine Schacknat, an external consultant based in Germany.
The evaluation used a mixed methodology to gather qualitative data from relevant stakeholders on a sample basis to get insights from the target group which are the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), the intermediaries (enablers and suppliers), other partner organizations and the implementing partner organization, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), at the on national and subnational level, to determine the extent of achievement of the project’s objective in increasing the competitiveness of MSMEs by adopting environment friendly and climate smart strategies.
An additional feature of the PEV is the assessment of the project through the lens of Capacity WORKS. Project implementation was evaluated in terms of the five success factors of: strategy, steering structure, cooperation, processes and learning and innovation.
The evaluation team gave ProGED an overall rating of “VERY SUCCESSFUL” based on the OECD DAC criteria and made a pronouncement that “ProGED can serve as a good practice example for other projects on the application of Capacity WORKS”.
The evaluation was very timely as it provides clear recommendations to the project in the remaining six months to ensure that the project initiatives and results are embraced and sustained by the partners. Several inphasing events are being conducted in the 7 regions, covering 16 provinces, to share the achievements of the project and to show to the MSMEs the commitment of other agencies to support them in enhancing their competitiveness despite climate change and environmental degradation. Transition activities are also ongoing to include capacity building activities to the staff of additional 14 DTI provincial offices that will integrate greening strategies into their projects, activities and plans (PAPs) without project support, including the use of a GED replication toolkit to ensure that other interested implementers can continue the promotion of Green Economic Development even beyond project closing.