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Welcoming an EU Monitoring Mission

Welcoming an EU Monitoring Mission

As part of the standard follow-up to a project co-funded by the European Commission, a monitoring mission was carried out by an evaluator from Europe, Carlos Schubert. It turned into a whirlwind tour – five cities in two countries in the space of just eight days (18 – 26 November). The aim was to investigate how project results were being sustained after the end of the project.

Due to time constraints, it was decided to concentrate the visit on just two of the five DELGOSEA project countries, Thailand and Indonesia. In Thailand, where Mr Schubert travelled from 19 – 22 November, accompanied by Peter Koeppinger, the DELGOSEA network director and Tharee Kamuang, a previous national coordinator for DELGOSEA in Thailand, meetings took place with DELGOSEA’s main implementing partner, the National Municipal League of Thailand (NML) in Bangkok. Next stop was the pilot city of Pakkret near Bangkok, where the restoration of an old market put the town firmly on the tourist map and encouraged the revival of old cultural traditions. A short flight to Chiang Rai, where three municipalities had cooperated to find a solution to their waste management problems, rounded off the Thailand leg of the trip.

The Delegation of the EU in Jakarta, that had been responsible for the management of the DELGOSEA project from the EU side, was an important first port of call for Mr Schubert in Indonesia, giving him the opportunity to find out more on the project’s background and implementation history. The field visit took the evaluator, accompanied in Indonesia by Natalis Padang, the previous national coordinator of DELGOSEA for Indonesia and current secretary of the DELGOSEA Standing Committee, to Wakatobi, a coastal town on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. Waste management had been the issue here as well, focusing on developing methods for involving the whole community in recycling and clean-up activities, as well as innovative way of dealing with wastewater to prevent it from polluting the ocean environment.

In all places, the monitoring mission concentrated on sustainability issues: what were the projects’ results were activities continuing? Had the target group benefited, i.e. had it been an effective project and was there a wider impact on the population of the towns and cities?

The DELGOSEA network is curious to find out what the evaluator made of it all and how the projects look to the impartial eye of an outsider. 

For more information on the DELGOSEA pilot cities:

Overview of Pilot Local Governments / Municipalities