To move into the third phase, the NCDDS deployed a new process for the assessment and appraisals of climate proofed activities that are run by local governments. This assessment and appraisal is a corner-stone of the LoCAL Performance Based Climate Resilience Grants process (PBCRG).
In July 2016, an assessment and appraisal mission took place in the north-east part of the country, to test the guidelines and improve methods designed under Local GCC programme of the Royal Government of Cambodia. This mission was a strategic moment between the second phase and the third phase.
Each step of the process provided important lessons to grow on. The appraisal mission for example, helped to underline two key aspects: accountability and participation. During the mission, various meetings were held to bring all the actors together to join at District level. Commune representatives join along with the District officers and heads, but the central government officials of the NCDDS were also very much present and active throughout the different stages of the process.
Two districts were covered during this appraisal mission. The same process was used in each district: District and central officials made their own assessment by visiting the project sites with village representatives and commune level clerks. The list of projects was read out to present all the projects to all participants. After reviewing the list of projects together, the group split into two teams - to save time but also to cover a larger number of projects. Feedback was directly gathered from beneficiaries. Each of the two groups also directly visited the project sites. In each site, the beneficiaries were present to explain how the project was implemented so that the team could take suggestions for improvements. No opportunities were lost - the evaluators also interviewed the villagers and passers-by to question them about the impact of the project.
National level staff from the NCDDS were in both teams, to backstop, note and verify findings. They followed a set of guiding criteria that include: the quality of the project implementation, the quality of the outputs, a beneficiary assessment and very strategically, a range of national level indicators designed to measure the mainstreaming of climate change at subnational level.
After the field visits, the team meet again to discuss and share their findings. with the District Officers and a round-up meeting is held to conclude the mission.