Development of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Framework for Alternative/ Renewable Energy across All Three Tiers of Government for Renewable Energy for Rural Areas Programme

Rupantaran Nepal assigned to develop a monitoring, evaluation and learning framework for alternative/ renewable energy across all three tiers of government in Nepal by GIZ under Renewable Energy for Rural Areas (RERA) programme from January, 2019 to September, 2019. The assignment is for three tiers of government and consultation and discussion were done in Province-1 and Sudur Paschim Province where RERA programme was in operation.

The objective of this assignment was to develop MEL Framework for renewable energy at three tiers in new federal context of Nepal in close cooperation with Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC). More specifically, it focused on the development of MEL framework based on existing data, results, in terms of outputs and outcomes, and analyzed the potentials for attaining the target outcomes and outputs in future.

The RN was accomplished this assignment in four different phase;

Completion of Phase I– Analysis (Report)-Technical Analysis Report: In this phase, RN has conducted an inception meeting with various stakeholders- AEPC, GIZ, Ministry and CSOs, carryout stakeholder analysis, outline of technical analysis and submitted inception report including updated plan, approaches and methods. Likewise, RN carried-out technical analysis review of the existing monitoring, evaluation and learning system, identify gaps, needs and challenges to align with the federal structure and mechanism. The RN also presented and submitted the TAR report and concept note for MEL Framework Development and agreed to develop result framework of three tiers of government prior to MEL Framework.

Completion Report of Phase II – RE Result Framework- RN undertook task analysis of the RE related, regulation, policies, plan, strategies and framework and consolidated into key themes to need to be included in the result framework. Based on this analysis and TAR a result framework of LGs, FG and PGs drafted and undertook consultation with AEPC, GIZ and selected CSOs and LGs of Province-1. The consistency and coherence across LGs, PGs and FG of the framework reviewed and updated. 

Completion of Phase III–Draft MEL Framework: In line with result frame work a MEL matrix has been development and finally prepared a MEL framework across three tiers of government. The all frameworks shared with AEPC and GIZ for inputs and feedback. RN updated the MEL framework in line with suggestion and comments.  In addition RN prepared a MEL framework roll-out plan and agreed to the AEPC and GIZ.

Completion of Phase IV- Consultation and Capacity Building on MEL Framework: In In leadership of the AEPC and management of the GIZ, two events of capacity building were facilitated by RN team in Province-1 and Sudur Paschim Province. These events consider as roll-out of the MEL framework and officials of the LGs, PGs and provision planning commission were attended in the event. Based on this events, the MEL framework were updated and submitted to the AEPC and GIZ for further action and integration

The assignment activities were successfully completed by following the consultative and deliberated process. However, more period of time was taken than expected in the assignment. Additional human resource directly provided to peer review and technical support as needed in the course of the assignment. 

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