Independent Baseline Evaluation of the CommonSensing Project

United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)

The CommonSensing project aims to strengthen the capacities of Fiji, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu in reaching important sustainable development objectives and particularly Goals 9 (Industry, innovation and infrastructure) and 13 (Climate action) under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Commencing in 2018, the project is implemented by a consortium of partners specialising in satellite applications, geospatial and remote sensing, and is funded by the United Kingdom Space Agency through its International Partnership Programme.

This baseline evaluation establishes the entry-level conditions at the commencement of the project against which progress can be measured and assessed at the mid- and end-points. The evaluation examined in particular the entry-level conditions on climate information, food security and agricultural production, disaster risk reduction and climate finance. The evaluation also validated the theory of change, reviewed the project log frame and identified challenges facing project implementation. This report issues a set of eight recommendations which are designed to strengthen the project as it moves forward in implementation.

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