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  • Sri Lanka Community Forestry Project

    AidWorks Initiative Number INK 103 (Agreement No. 61574)

    MIDTERM REVIEW EVALUATION REPORT

    Anuradhapura: Community forests established and maintained by the Forest Departments Project activities with local communities

    22 October 2014 SLCFP MTR Final Draft 22 October, 2014 Page 1

  • CONTENTS Initiative Summary .......................................................................................................................................... 5

    Acknowledgments ........................................................................................................................................... 5

    Authors Details ............................................................................................................................................... 5

    Disclaimer ......................................................................................................................................................... 6

    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY ................................................................................................. 7

    Background and Context of the Sri Lanka Community Forestry Project ................................................ 7

    The Purpose and Focus of the Mid-Term Evaluation ................................................................................. 7

    Objectives of the Review. .......................................................................................................................... 7

    Description of Evaluation Activities. ....................................................................................................... 7

    Scope of the Review: .................................................................................................................................. 8

    A Brief Outline of the Evaluation Findings ................................................................................................. 8

    Effectiveness. ............................................................................................................................................... 8

    Efficiency. .................................................................................................................................................... 8

    Gender Equality. .......................................................................................................................................... 8

    Community Acceptance ............................................................................................................................. 9

    Monitoring and Evaluation. ....................................................................................................................... 9

    Impact ........................................................................................................................................................... 9

    Sustainability................................................................................................................................................ 9

    Learning. ....................................................................................................................................................... 9

    A Brief Outline of the Lessons and Recommendations ............................................................................. 9

    Evaluation Criteria Ratings .......................................................................................................................... 10

    List of Acronyms ........................................................................................................................................... 12

    Currency Equivalents .................................................................................................................................... 12

    INTRODUCTION ................................................................................................................. 13

    Initiative Background .................................................................................................................................... 13

    Objectives of the Review .............................................................................................................................. 14

    Stakeholders in the MTR .............................................................................................................................. 14

    Evaluation Scope and Methods - Standard Evaluation Questions .......................................................... 14

    Evaluation Methodology .............................................................................................................................. 15

    Scope of the Review ...................................................................................................................................... 15

    EVALUATION FINDINGS ............................................................................................ 16

    Key Program Achievements ........................................................................................................................ 16

    Component 1 - Field Activities: .............................................................................................................. 16

    Component 2 - Institutional Support for the Forest Department: ....................................................... 17

    Regulations for amended Forest Ordinance .......................................................................................... 17

    Training: ..................................................................................................................................................... 17

    SLCFP MTR Final Draft 22 October, 2014 Page 2

  • Preparation of Training and Extension Materials: ................................................................................ 18

    Translations into the Tamil language: .................................................................................................... 18

    Procurement .................................................................................................................................................... 18

    Technical Assistance: .................................................................................................................................... 19

    General Observations .................................................................................................................................... 19

    Evaluation Criteria Ratings .......................................................................................................................... 21

    The Paris Declaration and the Accra Accord ........................................................................................ 21

    Specific Observations.................................................................................................................................... 23

    Effectiveness .............................................................................................................................................. 23

    Efficiency ................................................................................................................................................... 24

    Gender Equality ......................................................................................................................................... 24

    Social Impacts and Community Acceptance ......................................................................................... 26

    Monitoring and Evaluation ...................................................................................................................... 31

    Impact ......................................................................................................................................................... 31

    Sustainability .............................................................................................................................................. 31

    Analysis and Learning .................................................................................................................................. 32

    CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS ........................................... 35

    Conclusions .................................................................................................................................................... 35

    Lessons, Recommendations and a Follow-Up Schedule ......................................................................... 36

    Lessons ........................................................................................................................................................ 36

    Recommendations ..................................................................................................................................... 36

    A Follow-Up Schedule ............................................................................................................................. 37

    ANNEXES ................................................................................................................................... 38

    Annex A: Terms of Reference ..................................................................................................................... 38

    Annex B: Forest Department officers and community members consulted. ......................................... 41

    Annex C: Review Program and Field