Summary of Publication
The Strengthening Disaster Risk Management Project (SDRMP) was a three year (2015-2018), $3 million project that sought to assist the Government of Papua New Guinea to strengthen its disaster risk management capacities. The project was implemented by the United Nations Development Programme in collaboration with the National Disaster Centre and targeted Provincial Disaster Offices.
An independent review of the SDRMP was commissioned in 2018 to inform its future direction, and following this, a no-cost extension was granted until June 2019. The review focused on the project’s performance relating to relevance, effectiveness, sustainability, gender and disability inclusiveness, and monitoring and evaluation. The review found that overall delivery of the SDRMP was relevant and aligned to national policy and country context. Despite a challenging implementing environment, the SDRMP has been able to demonstrate improvements in disaster risk management capabilities at the national and sub-national levels. A significant achievement for the SDRMP was the instrumental role it played in the development of Papua New Guinea’s recently launched National Disaster Risk Reduction Framework 2017-2030.
DFAT broadly accepts the findings and recommendations and welcomes the review as a constructive and useful contribution to strengthening our ongoing partnership. The review makes 20 recommendations in planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the project, some of which have been incorporated into the project’s current annual work plan. Other recommendations provided by the review are for further DFAT consideration for future support.
DFAT will adopt recommendations as specified in its management response with either an immediate timeframe, a more transitional approach and/or into the next phase of its support.