Evaluation of the project Economic Empowerment, Zambia
Evaluation of the project Economic Empowerment, Zambia

Evaluation of the project Economic Empowerment, Zambia

The project, implemented between 2016-2018, was co-funded under the Czech Trilateral development cooperation instrument to complement funds provided by the Joint Country Program comprised of Norwegian Church Aid, DanChurch Aid and Christian Aid UK. The project aimed to improve the position of women in Zambian society and to contribute to their financial independence by supporting the creation of small businesses generating profits.
The evaluation assessed the project against the OECD DAC evaluation criteria (relevance, effectiveness, efficiency impacts and sustainability). Particular attention was paid to project management and organization, targeting and impacts on intended beneficiaries.
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Organization of 4 one-week-long seminars to strengthen civil society and trust among civil society and Ukrainian security services
Organization of 4 one-week-long seminars to strengthen civil society and trust among civil society and Ukrainian security services

Organization of 4 one-week-long seminars to strengthen civil society and trust among civil society and Ukrainian security services

The main aim of this project was to support the development of the Ukrainian civil society with emphasis on trust-building with the police. The secondary aim is the encouragement of an assertive approach of citizens towards government institutions.
Engagement in this project required gender sensitization in the field. This involved: presentation on gender-based violence and crime management in 12 project locations to local civil society, police and students. Radio broadcasts about the same issue. Promoting ties between civil society and police by helping to organize common interactive learning sessions with the participation of local civil society. The Gender Equality Expert also spoke on the local radio in the Luhansk region about gender-based violence. Other activities included monitoring of the security situation in the Luhansk and Donetsk region along the war line. Participating in meetings with relevant key officials from the local and central government and security representatives. Gathering of data to inform the project reporting.
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Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Project: Feasibility Study and Preliminary Engineering Designs (Phase I)
Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Project: Feasibility Study and Preliminary Engineering Designs (Phase I)

Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Project: Feasibility Study and Preliminary Engineering Designs (Phase I)

The Project aims to improve the current situation in the water supply and sanitation sector, with focus on nine districts in the Khatlon region.
Consultancy services included contributions to the Environmental and Social Analysis section of the Feasibility Study, to the Environmental and Social Management Framework and to the Resettlement Policy Framework as well as support to overall coordination and data collection at the local levels.
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Nurek Water and Wastewater Project, Corporate Development, Social Support and Stakeholder Participation Programme
Nurek Water and Wastewater Project, Corporate Development, Social Support and Stakeholder Participation Programme

Nurek Water and Wastewater Project, Corporate Development, Social Support and Stakeholder Participation Programme

The Water Supply Company of the city of Nurek was established and started to operate as an independent business entity in 2014. The Company provides water supply and wastewater treatment services to the city as well as to parts of two adjacent districts. The project complements the rehabilitation of the water supply system and selected wastewater improvements and aims at improving billing and collection efficiency and financial and operational management, leading to the ultimate reduction in operating and maintenance costs for water supply and reducing wastage of water. It encompasses institution building assistance to the Company in the form of a Corporate Development Programme, Social Support Programme, and a Stakeholder Participation Programme.
Consultancy services focus on supporting the service provider and the city with: Establishing and mainstreaming environmental management processes and management systems compliant with relevant standards and procedures. Developing effective social protection measures for households unable to pay tariffs. Facilitating inclusive dialogue between the service provider, clients and other relevant parties. Raising awareness on issues related to water supply and sanitation and encouraging transparency. Identifying opportunities aimed at promoting equal access to employment and skills.
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Evaluation of the Project
Evaluation of the Project

Evaluation of the Project "Usage of renewable sources of energy for district heating system in the village of Nemila, Bosnia and Herzegovina"

The main activities of the project were to build a biomass heating plant (for wood chips) and the basic network of the heat distribution in the village of Nemila, located near the town of Zenica. The village of Nemila suffered during the heating seasons from significant air pollution. The pollution was caused mainly by the exhalations produced by individual housings using the traditional solid fuel. This led to health risks associated with the upper respiratory tract and other related diseases as well as to the environmental damages. Replacement of individual heat sources by central heating based on the use of cheap organic fuel contributed to a significant reduction of air pollution bringing up other positive impacts (health, environment, improvement of tourist attraction of the area etc.). Usage of renewable organic fuel serves as a long term sustainable source of energy as there is a considerable amount of wood processing factories situated in the area of village of Nemila. The project facilities were heavily damaged by 2014 floods. Within the follow-up reconstruction the heat line distributions and technologies of boiler room were repaired. Afterwards, the project was handed over to the town of Zenica. The heating plant is currently being operated by local association – public company GRIJANJE d.o.o. Zenica.
The main purpose of the evaluation is to provide recommendations for further planning of development cooperation of the Czech Republic in the sustainable energy sector or eventually, in the field of environmental protection and climate. Recommendations shall consider the needs of Bosnia and Herzegovina focused on the thematic areas relevant for the future Program of the Bilateral Development Cooperation of Czech Republic with Bosnia and Herzegovina 2018 - 2023, i.e. economic growth or sustainable management of natural resources. Recommendations of the evaluation will be used in the preparation of the medium-term plan for the development cooperation with Bosnia and Herzegovina and also in the preparation and implementation of future projects. Evaluation will be performed in accordance with the internationally recognized OECD/DAC criteria with an emphasis on the long-term impacts and sustainability of benefits and will pilot the methodology of cross-cutting evaluation principles of the Czech Republic Development Cooperation: Good governance, Environment and sustainable development, Human rights and gender equity.
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Tajik Water II – City of Khorog - Corporate Development and City Support Programmes
Tajik Water II – City of Khorog - Corporate Development and City Support Programmes

Tajik Water II – City of Khorog - Corporate Development and City Support Programmes

The city of Khorog has a population of about 30,000 and is located in the mountainous eastern part of Tajikistan in the Pamir Mountains. Water supply and sanitation services are provided by the Khorog Water Company. The objective of this project is to assist the Company to further improve its institutional development, building on the improvements made in a previous phase. The project consists of three parts: Part I – Continued Corporate Development Programme; Part II – Stakeholder Participation Programme; and Part III – Continued City Support Programme.
Consultancy services encompass: (i) Support with the preparation and implementation of Gender and Equal Opportunities Plan: Review of equal opportunities and gender issues to be addressed within the Company as well as in service provision. Formulating Gender and Equal Opportunities Plan; support with the implementation of agreed measures. (ii) Support in environmental management: Review of the existing Environmental Action Plan (EAP) and environmental management system; identification of areas for improvement; establishing awareness of environmental responsibility; recommendations for improvements and for further development of the EAP. Implementation support of the updated EAP. (iii) Support the Company and the City in the planning and implementation of the Stakeholders’ Participation Programme aimed at enhancing public ownership by encouraging water conservation, increasing public participation in the provision of water and wastewater services (service quality, rehabilitation activities, tariffs integrating poverty and social issues) and raising public awareness on issues related to the project implementation and water use.
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Green Cities Action Plan, Tbilisi
Green Cities Action Plan, Tbilisi

Green Cities Action Plan, Tbilisi

Major environmental concerns for cities range from the quality of air and traffic congestion to pressure on limited green space, land and water resources. Urban activities, and how they are organized deeply affect the environment, and the overall quality of life of urban populations. For the sustainable development of green cities, it is critical to recognize the relationship between environmental aspects and economic and social issues. As a part of the Green Cities Initiative, the Bank together with the OECD and ICLEI prepared a methodology for the development of Green City Action Plan (GCAP). The Methodology is designed to guide a City through 4 main steps of the development and implementation of a GCAP – from establishing a Green City Baseline, developing a vision, preparing the GCAP, implementing the actions and reviewing progress. The objective of this project is to apply the Methodology and assist the City of Tbilisi in developing and adopting a Green City Action Plan.
Consultancy services encompass: Preparing the first full draft of GCAP based on inputs from all four steps of the Plan’s development; incorporating amendments by the Client. Preparing draft public presentation, assisting with the preparation and implementation of the presentation. Assisting the Client in preparing a presentation of the draft Council resolution on the GCAP at the Council meeting. Preparing plan for monitoring the implementation of and progress on selected key measures based on Green City Indicators. Organizing three one-day training and capacity building workshops for City officials.
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Mitigation of Risks from Dumpsite of Hazardous Waste – Cismichioi, Moldova
Mitigation of Risks from Dumpsite of Hazardous Waste – Cismichioi, Moldova

Mitigation of Risks from Dumpsite of Hazardous Waste – Cismichioi, Moldova

The dumpsite of hazardous waste in Cismichioi has been developed between 1977 – 1987. It contains between 4-16 thousand tons of pesticides and other chemical substances stored in concrete cases and underground repositories, partially isolated by plastic wraps. Their estimated volume could be up to 27,000 m3. The exact content of the storages, status of their protection or the level of potential leakages in the surrounding areas are not known. The purpose of the project is the identification and assessment of potential environmental risks and liabilities and the preparation of a detailed feasibility study outlining mitigation measures in accordance with guidelines of the Czech Ministry of Environment.
Consultancy services encompass support with project planning, budgeting and formulation, technical aspects of tender documentation, as well as with the evaluation of proposals. The consultant also provides implementation support and technical backstopping and assists the CZDA with monitoring of project progress and results.
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Evaluation of two Projects in the Natural Resource Management Sector in Ethiopia
Evaluation of two Projects in the Natural Resource Management Sector in Ethiopia

Evaluation of two Projects in the Natural Resource Management Sector in Ethiopia

The principal purpose of this evaluation was to obtain information that will guide decision-making on upcoming interventions of Czech development cooperation in Ethiopia in the sectors Soil and Water Conservation and Water Supply and Sanitation (WASH).
The evaluation included two completed projects: Anti-erosion Measures in the Surrounds of Lake Awassa and Sustainable Management of Soil, Forest and Water Resources as a Pilot Model for Community Development in Southern Ethiopia. Both projects were implemented in Southern Nations, Nationalities and People’s Region (SNNPR) of Ethiopia under the Czech development cooperation. Scope included assessment against the OECD DAC evaluation criteria and cross cutting principles of the Czech development cooperation: Good governance, human rights and gender and environment.
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Transfer of know-how on Approaches to Remediation of Environmental Burdens, Mongolia (Phases I and II)
Transfer of know-how on Approaches to Remediation of Environmental Burdens, Mongolia (Phases I and II)

Transfer of know-how on Approaches to Remediation of Environmental Burdens, Mongolia (Phases I and II)

With the transition to market economy in the nineties, the Government of Mongolia started to address environmental burdens inherited from the Soviet period and sometimes exacerbated by the transition to market economy. The major ones include storages of fuels and chemicals with uncontrolled leakages of oil substances, often dilapidated and potentially polluted military zones, or the emergence of small scale, unregulated mining with the possible consequences of contamination by mercury, cyanide and other heavy metals.
Consultancy services encompass support with project planning, budgeting and formulation, technical aspects of tender documentation, as well as with the evaluation of proposals. The consultant also provides implementation support and technical backstopping and assists the CZDA with monitoring of project progress and results.
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Remediation of Environmental Burdens caused by Petroleum Substances in Lunga and Marculesti, Moldova (Phases III and IV)
Remediation of Environmental Burdens caused by Petroleum Substances in Lunga and Marculesti, Moldova (Phases III and IV)

Remediation of Environmental Burdens caused by Petroleum Substances in Lunga and Marculesti, Moldova (Phases III and IV)

The project aims to improve the environment and health of population by the mitigation of negative environmental impacts caused by pollution from petroleum substances deposited at a former military airport in Mărculeşti. Extensive leakages from improperly secured fuels cause pollution of groundwater that the majority of population in the area uses as source of drinking water. Rehabilitation of the area started with the assessment of risks followed by a feasibility study. A hydraulic pump and treat technology has been selected as the best option for groundwater treatment. The decontamination process is systematically monitored and data series used for prognosis of pollution migrations and for updating risk analysis.
Consultancy services encompass support with project planning, budgeting and formulation, technical aspects of tender documentation, as well as with the evaluation of proposals. The consultant also provides implementation support and technical backstopping and assists the CZDA with monitoring of project progress and results.
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Evaluation of 3 Projects of Czech Development Cooperation in Serbia in the Environmental Sector
Evaluation of 3 Projects of Czech Development Cooperation in Serbia in the Environmental Sector

Evaluation of 3 Projects of Czech Development Cooperation in Serbia in the Environmental Sector

The evaluation included three projects: Increasing the Capacity of Drinking Water Supply in the Region of Boričevac Town (2008 – 2010); Site Investigation and Rehabilitation of Ada Huja Area (2008 – 2010) and Introducing Environmentally Sound Disposal of Petroleum Substances and Hazardous Wastes (2006 – 2010). The project “Increasing the Capacity of Drinking Water Supply in the Region of Boricevac Town” aimed at increase the capacity of potable water supply to citizens of the Valjevo city and its district of Boricevac by creating technical conditions enabling the connection of over 7,000 citizens to water supply network. The project “Site investigation and remediation of the region of Ada Huja” aimed at the improvement of environment and health in the Serbian capital of Belgrade by means of creating conditions for the rehabilitation of the Ada Huja peninsula region. The project "Introducing Environmentally Sound Disposal of Petroleum Substances and Hazardous Wastes " combined complex technical, chemical and logistical know – how which included solutions to the broad spectrum of problems with environmental burdens, created by the operation of the Panchevo refinery.
The main purpose of this evaluation was to obtain lessons learned and information to be used in decision-making as regards future interventions of Czech development cooperation (CZDC) in Serbia in the environment sector. The evaluation covered the OECD/DAC criteria: relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability and long-term impacts as well as cross cutting issues of the CZDC: Good governance, environment, human rights and gender.
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Mitigation of Environmental Burdens Caused by Pesticides, Moldova (Phases I and II)
Mitigation of Environmental Burdens Caused by Pesticides, Moldova (Phases I and II)

Mitigation of Environmental Burdens Caused by Pesticides, Moldova (Phases I and II)

In Moldova, blanket use of pesticides in agriculture has been discontinued in the nineties. The remaining supplies have been stored in regional central storages without detailed evidence of their chemical composition. Solid pesticides in plastic bags were stored in closed plastic barrels, liquid in metal barrels. A number of donors launched projects aiming at their removal including, since 2011, the Czech Republic. The project focused on Singerei, Oniscani, Pelivan and Papauti localities with the aim to remove and dispose of the toxic waste, and to assess the environmental and health impacts of the residual pollution.
The consultancy included identification of warehouses with obsolete pesticides in the project area, the assessment of their condition and potential risks and the prioritization of interventions. On the basis of this assessment, the consultant assisted with drafting project and tender documentation including budget and with providing implementation support and monitoring services including recommendations for the Czech Development Agency on future direction of the similar interventions in the project area.
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