Tracking climate resilience in the Federated States of Micronesia
The Adaptation Fund awarded the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) a five year grant to address pressing water security and coastal resilience concerns across the four states and six offshore islands of Micronesia. The most important initiatives include legislative and policy reforms, the implementation of water harvesting and storage systems in the states of Yap, Chuuk, and Pohnpei, and road relocation and coastal protection in Kosrae.
Above: Community workshops in the Federated States of Micronesia. Photo courtesy of DECEM.
The Department of Energy, Climate Change and Emergency Management (DECEM) encountered some challenges in monitoring the project's progress in detail, including assessing changes in community behaviour as a result of the interventions. The lack of a monitoring system and tracking processes in the field, as well as the challenging remote locations, drove the need for an efficiently designed monitoring system that could record project achievements from community to national level.
Akvo was asked to develop digital monitoring tools to track project achievements in the community (quantitative and qualitative data) while reducing the risk of data fabrication. The team were also looking to document stories from the field that were linked to achievement indicators. Akvo conducted desk reviews of project documents and reports, re-adjusted the project's monitoring framework, and gave workshops on how to operationalise the monitoring forms at community level. We also trained the team in collecting and documenting project stories.
The assistance provided by Akvo in the form of mentoring, training, and developing a digital platform for monitoring is expected to help project teams record and document project achievements more efficiently and measurably. This way, the team can gain insights into whether sufficient changes are being achieved in line with project objectives, and how the initiatives can be improved.