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+Ghana Sustainable Land and Water Management
+Ghana Statistical Development Program
+Ghana Local Government Capacity Support Program
+Ghana Land Administration Project-2

Ghana Sustainable Land and Water Management?
Implementing Agency: Ministry of Environment Science and Technology,?Contact:?Dr. Nicholas Iddi [email protected]??
Key Dates
Approval Date?????????????????????????30-Nov-2010
Effectiveness Date???????????????????09-Mar-2010
Original Closing Date???????????????15-Feb-2016

Amt committed:?US$8.4 million?Amt disbursed:?US$3.5 million
Global Environmental Objectives:? Project Development Objective is (PDO):?
To (a) demonstrate improved sustainable land and water management practices aimed at reducing land degradation and enhancing maintenance of biodiversity in selected micro-watersheds, and (b) strengthen spatial planning for identification of linked watershed investments in the Northern Savannah region of Ghana.
Key Indicators for Project Development Objective:
– Area of land in selected micro-watersheds under new Sustainable Land and Watershed Management (SLWM) technologies (ha);
– Management effectiveness according to METT score in Gbele Resource Reserve and Wuru Kayero and Wahabu Wiasi corridor sites (score, disaggregated);
– Pre-feasibility studies conducted for new large-scale multipurpose water storage investments (number)

Component(s)???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Cost(m)
Capacity Building for integrated spatial planning?????????????????????1.00
Water and Land Management????????????????????????????????????????????????6.45
Project Management and Coordination??????????????????????????????????0.70

?Overall Ratings
Progress towards achievement of GEO??????????????????Moderately Satisfactory
Overall Implementation Progress (IP)?????????????????????Moderately Satisfactory?

Implementation Status Overview?:Based on the information provided by the Borrower the overall project implementation status in the period covered by this report (November-2012 April 2013) is deemed to be moderately satisfactorily due to the uneven progress between project components and to some implementation challenges.
1. Component 1, implemented by Savannah Agricultural Development Authority (SADA), is delayed although a project office was established in Tamale. Some mapping exercises were carried out and initial discussions for the development of the integrated spatial master Plan for the Northern Savannah Zone took place.
However, substantial effort from SADA is required to produce integrated spatial master Plan for the Northern Savannah Zone in 2013. The initial mapping due for 2012 is not yet completed and the conceptualization of the GIS system supporting the spatial master plan is yet to occur.
2. Under component 2 the activities for watershed management have progressed well during 2012, with the sensitization and mobilization of local government agencies and communities (21 communities) for the preparation of participatory watershed management plans in six watersheds.
The plans are already under implementation and most activities should be carried out during the rainy season that normally starts in March. There was also progress in the Evaluation and Strategy for Payment for Environment Services (PES), where the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) started drafting an action plan to develop the PES strategy for the project. The Project’s Monitoring and Evaluation system is not yet in place and a task force was put in place to deliver draft Terms of Reference for the assignment are under discussion with the Bank.
3. On component 3 the Borrower is still preparing an addendum to the Project Implementation Manual, setting forth the eligibility criteria and detailed procedures for the selection, approval and implementation of Subprojects, including a model form of the Subproject Agreement. A draft was reviewed by the Bank which recommended some adjustments to ensure that the models are culturally adequate to project implementation cultural environment. There were minor short comings in the project?s financial management arrangements. The challenges in Financial Management are being addressed and terms of reference for a comprehensive training program for the Project Team (i.e. project management, procurement, financial management, safeguards and strategic communications) were prepared. An action plan is currently under implementation to address the deficiencies. The 2013 work and procurement plans have been prepared and reviewed by the Bank. Some adjustments were recommended and are being implemented by the Project. Based on the above the Team considers that it may be opportune to take advantage of the discussions of possible Additional Financing operation to discuss a project restructuring so as to promote a swifter and smoother project implementation. As of April 2013 the disbursement rate under the GEF grant had reached 40.4% At the same time, firm commitments and disbursement of counterpart financing by Government of Ghana have reached US$ 3.4 million, or 43% of the counterpart financing amount.
Key Decisions Regarding Implementation
The project has secured GEF-5 resources in the amount of USD 8.73million (under the Sahel and West Africa Program) as an Additional Financing to the operation. The rationale for expanding the current project is that: (i) the proposed up-scaling in coverage will provide adequate scale to generate and demonstrate results at a watershed level; (ii) the project was
originally designed with a wider coverage, which could not be funded under the then available GEF-4 resources. Specifically, the additional financing is expected to provide financing to support two additional sites within the Western wildlife corridor (WWC), twelve additional districts for SLWM and land use planning activities and expansion of scope to cover climate changes and sustainable forest management activities. The preparation of the additional financing operation, will also allow an opportunity to restructure some aspects of the project that have hampered swift implementation, notably the financial management arrangements, the overall project oversight arrangements and, likely the component 1 of the project (see also components for challenges and update on the progress). Overall, the objectives of the project will remain unchanged, unless the component 1 is decided to be dropped during the upcoming mission in May 2013. However, the?output indicators defined to attain the PDO will be slightly revised to include aspects of the additional financing and any small restructuring of the component activities as deemed necessary.

?Ghana Statistics Development Program?
Implementing Agency; Ghana Statistical Service,?Contact Sylvester Gyamfi,[email protected]gov.gh,
?Key Dates
Approval Date?????????????????????????25-Aug-2011
Effectiveness Date???????????????????07-Feb-2011
Original Closing Date???????????????31-Aug-2016
Revised Closing Date??????????????30-Jun-2013

Amt committed?US$6.2m?Amt disbursed?US$4.5million
Project Development Objectives:To strengthen the National Statistical System in the production and dissemination of timely and robust statistics relevant for evidence-based policy-making and other uses

?Component(s)??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Cost(m)
1 Institutional reform and organisational change??????????????????????????9.36
2 Enhancing capacity????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????14.96
3 Data development and dissemination???????????????????? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ??11.73
4 Project Management and Monitoring and Evaluation???????????????1.30
Overall Ratings
Progress towards achievement of PDO?Moderately Unsatisfactory
Overall Implementation Progress (IP)????Moderately Unsatisfactory
Overall Risk Rating????????????????????????????? ??Moderate

Implementation Status Overview:?This project was approved by the World Bank’s Board of Directors in August 2011 to help the country implement the Ghana Statistics Development Plan (2009-2013). The project was submitted to Government of Ghana Cabinet in November 2011 and received Cabinet approval in March 2012. It was submitted for Parliamentary approval in May 2012. Due to forthcoming elections Parliament were unable to approve the project at that time. It will be resubmitted to Parliament in early 2013 (following the December 2012 election). A request?for extension of the period between Board approval and signing and effectiveness has been requested by the Minister of Finance and submitted to the Regional Vice President for consideration.
Key Decisions Regarding Implementation :Once Parliamentary approval is given and the legal documents signed by the Minister of Finance project implementation will begin.

Ghana Local Government Capacity Support Project?
Implementing Agency(ies): Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, Ministry of Employment and Social Welfare.?Contact: Mrs. Levina Owusu emal:[email protected]
?Key Dates
Approval Date?????????????????????????22-Mar-2011
Effectiveness Date???????????????????15-Nov-2011
Closing Date????????????????????????????30-Jun-2017

Amt committed:?US$175m???Amt disbursed:?US$26.7m
Project Development Objectives
i. To strengthen the intergovernmental fiscal framework;
ii. To strengthen local public financial management and accountability for improved infrastructure and services in urban assemblies; and
iii. To improve citizens’ engagement with urban assemblies and their perceptions of urban management.

?Component(s)???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Cost(m)
Strengthening the fiscal framework for decentralization???????????????????????????? ? ??4.90
Enhancing decentralized urban service delivery??????????????????????????????????????156.20
Stimulating demand for accountable local gov service delivery????????????????????3.80
Institutional and Project Management Support?????????????????????????????????????????? ???5.90
?Overall Ratings
Progress towards achievement of PDO?Satisfactory
Overall Implementation Progress (IP)????Satisfactory
Overall Risk Rating????????????????????????????????Moderate

Implementation Status Overview:?This is the fourth Implementation Status Results (ISR) following the February 3 – 15, 2013 Implementation Support Mission. As of February 25, 2013, IDA had disbursed $US 26.75 million out of the original US$175 million approved amount, representing about 15.3% disbursement. The disbursement ratio will improve once the current withdrawal applications for DA1 as well as the second tranche of the Urban Development Grant (UDG) for 2012 are processed. Although project implementation is at an early stage, the mission confirms that the project objectives and results indicators are relevant and achievable during the project period. There is good progress in the implementation of the project including agreed actions during the September 2012 mission. The Government of Ghana team is commended for providing detailed documentation on the implementation status for the various activities under the Project.

Ghana Land Administration Project – 2
Implementing Agency(ies): Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources,?Contact: Dr. Isaac Bonsu Karikari email:[email protected]
Key Dates
Approval Date?????????????????????????31-Mar-2011
Closing Date????????????????????????????31-Mar-2016
Effectiveness Date???????????????????08-Aug-2011

Amt committed?US$50m?Amt disbursed?US$8.1m
Project Development Objectives:?To consolidate and strengthen land administration and management systems for efficient and transparent land services delivery

Component(s)??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Cost(m)
Strengthening the Policy, legal and regulatory Framework for Land Administration?????????????????? ?5.00
Decentralization and Improving Business and service Delivery Processes??????????????????????????????23.51
Improved maps and Spatial data for land Administration?????????????????????????????????????????????????????? ? ??31.51
Human Resource Development and Project management?????????????????????????????????????????????????????? 10.78
Overall Ratings
Progress towards achievement of PDO??Satisfactory
Overall Implementation Progress (IP)?????Moderately Satisfactory
Overall Risk Rating????????????????????? ??? ??? ?? Moderate

Implementation Status Overview:?Overall, the Project Development Objective (PDO) rating is maintained at satisfactory because the project is still on track to meet the project development objectives, although it is lagging behind due to the slow start of implementation. However, disbursement is expected to soon catch up with projections because a number of contracts have been signed, some are about to be signed and quite a few are under implementation. A total of nearly 40 contracts (valued at US$12.66 million) have been awarded within the last six months and a number of them are under implementation including: Land Bill and Land Use Planning Bill, streamlining of business processes through re-engineering and automation of the records management, production of communication and public outreach. Procurement of a couple of other contracts is at advanced stages and soon these contracts will also be signed and work will commence. Among the outcome indicators, the project has made considerable progress in the registration of land titles, with over 11,000 land transactions registered against an annual target of 4,000?transactions. Due to the lag in disbursement (at 12.5%, compared to the projection of 25% by mid this year), implementation progress is downgraded to moderately unsatisfactory. The team will closely follow-up the implementation of the agreed strategies (such as direct payments for big contracts and close follow-up with implementing Agencies) to ensure that implementation progress is brought back to Satisfactory within the next six months.
Key Decisions Regarding Implementation: ?The mission has agreed on an ambitious action plan, including strategies to ensure efficient contract management and speeding up the pace of disbursement by among others, ensuring frequent (at least once every month) submission of withdrawal applications and arranging for direct payments for the big contracts. Detailed action plan for the next six months is provided under Section 5 of the Aide Memoire.

 

Source: World Bank

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