The Orange-Senqu River Basin originates in the highlands of Lesotho and runs for about 2300 km to its mouth on the Atlantic Ocean on the border between Namibia/South Africa. In 2000, the Orange-Senqu River basin state parties signed the agreement to promote transboundary cooperation that gave birth to the Orange-Senqu River Commission (ORASECOM).
This assignment involved the midterm review (MTR) of the full-sized UNDP-GEF funded Project titled Support to the Orange-Senqu River Basin Commission (ORASECOM). The Project aimed to implement priority areas as defined by the Orange-Senqu River Basin Strategic Action Plan (SAP).
The MTR assessed progress towards the achievement of the full-sized project objectives and outcomes as specified in the Project Document and assess early signs of project success or failure with the goal of identifying the necessary changes to be made to set the project on-track to achieve its intended results. The MTR also reviewed the project’s strategy and its risks to sustainability.
Further, the MTR assessed the impact of COVID 19 on the implementation of the project and made recommendations on necessary changes in order for the project to continue to make a reasonable level of implementation progress even with the COVID 19 pandemic situation.
The MTR process used a collaborative and participatory approach to gender-responsive methodologies and tools and ensured that gender equality and women’s empowerment, and other cross-cutting issues such as vulnerable groups and persons with disability, and SDGs, were incorporated into the MTR report.
The project involves the development of an inception report (complete) a draft evaluation report underpinned by desk research and interviews, and a final evaluation report, underpinned by stakeholder validation and client review. The final deliverables provided evidence-based recommendations for critical intervention to improve the effectiveness of the full-sized project.