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Twenty-month evaluation of A.I.D.'s Forest Resources Management II (FRM II) project

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Contributors: J. Kathy Parker, Joshua Dickinson, Duncan Harkin, Robert Myhr

The Forest Resource Management II (FRM II) project was adopted by USAID in 1990 with the goal of promoting sustainable forest and natural resource use in developing countries. The project focused on sustainable development, especially with the use of trees in the public and private sector, and strengthening institutional capacities in tropical and subtropical developing countries. This 20-month evaluation of the project addressed the roles and accomplishments of the Forestry Support Program, the Peace Corps, and the Interamerican Management Consulting Corporation in FRM. Highlights and 160 recommendations are given in the report. The authors found the project to be largely successful, although the initiative for private enterprise had mixed results. They suggest that the projects should remain flexible to adjust to changes that are occurring in the support organizations such as USAID, while at the same time maintaining continuity in its work. The project could be expanded, with the assistance from the Peace Corps. New locations could be included such as Eastern Europe. The 160 detailed recommendations may be categorized into five areas of concern: Project redesign: assumptions, goals, project activities and relevancy should be evaluated and updated; Project financing: approved buy-ins were found to be inappropriate, and budgets should be modified to reflect proposed project expansions; Development of mechanisms to ensure partnership and trust; Expansion of private sector initiative: develop an action forum for forest production and protection; Increased monitoring of project impacts.

Author(s): J. Kathy Parker , Joshua Dickinson , Duncan Harkin , Robert Myhr

Publication Date: 1992

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