Posted on January 15, 2021 7:40:00 AM
The second independent verification of the milestones of the Letter of Intent between the DRC and CAFI analysed the level of achievement of intermediate milestones (2018) and progress towards final milestones (2020).
In addition to the figures, the report provides an analysis of which programme funded by CAFI through the FONAREDD is contributing to which milestones, and with what degree of success.
The report notes a positive trend towards achieving 29 interim milestones (2018) compared to the first independent verification.
The scoring system under the Letter of Intent was a choice between fully achieved, partially achieved or not achieved at all.
The number of fully achieved milestones has increased from 4 to 5 and the number of partially achieved milestones from 17 to 20. Only 3 milestones are not achieved at all (down from 7 in 2018). To add more nuance to the analysis, the report shows that out of the 20 partially achieved milestones, 7 milestones show a positive momentum towards full achievement in 2021.
Progress towards the 2020 milestones related to agricultural policy, energy policy, forest code, family planning and REDD+ governance is less significant. As for the milestones relating to improved cookstoves (energy), stabilisation of illegal logging and REDD+ standards for the mining and hydrocarbon sector, progress had yet to be demonstrated, the report concludes.
The report identifies some of the causes that have slowed progress towards achieving the milestones, and measures implemented to address them. Among others, the international health crisis in 2020 had a strong impact on programme implementation. In addition, delays in the approval and implementation processes of programmes and activities, particularly in the forestry sector remain a concern.
Despite these difficulties, this second independent verification observes an overall positive dynamic in the DRC: The system set up by the FONAREDD Secretariat has generally improved, especially in terms of monitoring and evaluation, communication and coordination with government administrations, and awareness-raising of a range of stakeholders, notably with the organization of the first FONAREDD Forum in 2020.
As far as programming is concerned, practically all sectoral and integrated programmes initially planned have been launched and/or are now active, including on sustainable management of agriculture and forests and on family planning.
The independent report identifies some recommendations to improve achievement towards all milestones:
The report is now part of the background documents for the Annual review of the partnership between the DRC and CAFI, and a useful source in the discussions on a 2nd partnership for the period 2021-2030.
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