The purpose of the process evaluation of its 2011-2015 renewable energy infrastructure investments is to independently inform the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) of improvements and learnings that can be made to the planning and management of such Activities. This includes the concept, design, implementation and completion phases. The improvements and learnings should be used to improve performance of other energy and non-energy Activities in the Pacific and potentially elsewhere in the world.
This report covers the second stage of evaluation of MFAT’s 2004-2015 infrastructure investments in the Pacific. Renewable energy Activities were evaluated in four countries: the Cook Islands, Tonga, Tokelau and Samoa. Extensive document review and stakeholder interviews, including in country interviews, of these Activities were undertaken to inform the evaluation. A number of key findings were identified covering the topics of planning, management, and Activity design, effective capacity building, maintenance and cross-cutting Issues. The findings showed a number of themes consistent with an earlier review of completed infrastructure investments (Stage One of this evaluation) that will be useful for MFAT to learn from in the future. An overarching results framework for renewable energy Activities was also developed identifying outcomes, outputs, indicators and a Monitoring and Evaluation Plan. The implementation of these key recommendations and the application of the overarching results framework will result in better project design and more successful outputs and outcomes that satisfy the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) criteria.