Thursday, October 23, 2014

Monitoring a Regional Environmental Project for Accountability: Lessons from the Lake Victoria Environment Management Project Phase II (LVEMPII) Civil Society Watch Project (2009 – 2014) of the East African Sustainability Watch Network to the Post-2015 Agenda

This Paper is a contribution from the East African Sustainability Watch Network (comprising Tanzania Coalition for Sustainable Development with secretariat in Mwanza; Sustainable Environmental Development Watch Network based in Kisumu, Kenya; and Uganda Coalition for Sustainable Development based in Kampala, Uganda) to the UNDG Consultation: Participatory Monitoring and Accountability which is co facilitated by UNICEF, UN Women and UNDP with support from Governments of Canada, Peru and Republic of Korea

The East African Sustainability Watch  (EA SusWatch) Network is implementing the LVEMP II Civil Society (CS) Watch Project which is a three-year monitoring project of the East African Sustainability Watch (EA SusWatch) Network (November 2011 – October 2014). The Project’s overall goal is to contribute to the promotion of sustainable environmental and natural resources management in the Lake Victoria Basin, with a short-term goal to register 100% realization of the execution of Component 3 of the Lake Victoria Environmental Management Project’s Adaptable Program Lending 1 (APL1) in terms of: community involvement and appreciation of Sustainable Land Management (SLM) sub projects.

LVEMPII CS Watch Project has three immediate objectives: to periodically assess and document community beneficiary experience, capacity, knowledge and level of adoption of sustainable land management (SLM) practices under LVEMP II, in selected areas in River Nyando (Kenya), River Simiyu (Tanzania) and River Katonga (Uganda) arising from the Community-Driven Development sub-projects that aim at reducing non-point sources of pollution into Lake Victoria so as to influence project implementation; to influence the operationalization of East African Community Climatic Change Policy (EACCCP) provisions by LVEMP II, Lake Victoria Basin Commission, Lake Victoria Fisheries Organisation and other regional institutions and interventions starting with assessing compliance of the key sectors of water supply and sanitation; agriculture and food security and rural energy supply; to further develop the EA SusWatch Network’s institutional capacity as a regional CSO network enabling environmental and natural resources – related collective quality monitoring and watchdog roles for LVEMP II and other interventions in the Lake Victoria Basin. 

This paper provides the rationale of the LVEMPII CS Watch Project, livelihood challenges (related to land-use, population growth and fisheries sector) in the Lake Victoria basin that supports one of the densest rural populations in the world. The Paper provides monitoring and accountability opportunities created under this Project; Key activities implemented, level of engagement of EA SusWatch Network with LVEMPII implementers and actors; lessons learnt and recommendations for the Post-2015 Agenda; what has not worked and planned follow up intervention areas.

The paper emphasizes the importance of putting people first while promoting learning and knowledge sharing among all actors alongside the usual ‘Progress Reports’