Homes Rehabilitation Phase III

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Evaluation Plan:
2018-2022, Palestine
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
07/2019
Completion Date:
06/2019
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
7,000

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Title Homes Rehabilitation Phase III
Atlas Project Number: 00090065
Evaluation Plan: 2018-2022, Palestine
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 06/2019
Planned End Date: 07/2019
Management Response: Yes
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 1.1.2 Marginalised groups, particularly the poor, women, people with disabilities and displaced are empowered to gain universal access to basic services and financial and non-financial assets to build productive capacities and benefit from sustainable livelihoods and jobs
Evaluation Budget(US $): 7,000
Source of Funding: Project Funding
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 7,000
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Abdel Wahab Al-Sabbagh Independent Evaluator OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: OFID, local community, and Welfare Association
Countries: OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES
Comments:

Draft under review.

Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Evaluation Recommendation 1:

House maintenance and rehabilitation in East Jerusalem is considered as a positive form of the initiative which strives for fostering the steadfastness of Jerusalemite citizens as well as improving their standard of living in light of the weak interventions and increasing marginalization. Thus, we recommend encouraging financiers to proceed in implementing similar projects due to the immense need for them, and also to increase funding for such projects and expand their scope in several neighborhoods and regions of Jerusalem and old city.

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Evaluation Recommendation 2

Cooperation between several representatives who are similar in delivering such projects is considered an urgent need; as cooperation in all activities and efforts will increase the positive impact of such projects. The simplest form of this cooperation is providing a database of applicants to be administrated by UNDP as an international organization with the participation of concerned institutions, and UNDP may play a role in coordination between donors.

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Evaluation Recommendation 3

I think that it may be useful to search for a mechanism to expand beneficiaries’ participation in identifying their main priorities according to their economic and social problems. This means that it is not sufficient to prepare a questionnaire, but rather it is necessary to make long and extended discussions with beneficiaries; as I think that this will assist in finding solutions not only associated with the utilization of empty spaces or maintenance of buildings. Therefore, it is necessary to allocate longer time and wider space to carry out a sociological survey of the applicant families.

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Evaluation Recommendation 4:

Despite of the policy which aims to the preservation of buildings through rehabilitation and provision or improvement of services, it is not only adequate to renovate the historical buildings from inside to ensure the their sustainable viability, but it is also necessary to make a more comprehensive improvement of the building including the yard or several yards together; thus contributing to elevate the functional and historical value of the building and effectively ensure protecting buildings from external influences.

1. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation 1:

House maintenance and rehabilitation in East Jerusalem is considered as a positive form of the initiative which strives for fostering the steadfastness of Jerusalemite citizens as well as improving their standard of living in light of the weak interventions and increasing marginalization. Thus, we recommend encouraging financiers to proceed in implementing similar projects due to the immense need for them, and also to increase funding for such projects and expand their scope in several neighborhoods and regions of Jerusalem and old city.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/08/08]

House rehabilitation project is considered as one of UNDP flagship for reinforcing resilience of the Palestinian community in East Jerusalem. The project lies at the center of strategic and policy engagement at all levels, including UNDP PPF. Serious resource mobilization efforts are underway for securing additional resources to meet the existing demand. As for the house rehabilitation response, a review of small-scale rehabilitation will be initiated.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1 Development and formulation of new concept notes for addressing the immense needs for improving the housing conditions in East Jerusalem
[Added: 2019/08/08]
Rania Nubani May Daghash Motaz Dawabsheh 2020/04 Not Initiated
1.2 Embark on resource mobilization actions including resources of the Government
[Added: 2019/08/08]
Rania Nubani May Daghash Motaz Dawabsheh 2020/04 Initiated
1.3 Facilitate resource mobilization interventions including site visits and awareness campaigns
[Added: 2019/08/08]
Rania Nubani May Daghash Motaz Dawabsheh 2020/04 Not Initiated
2. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation 2

Cooperation between several representatives who are similar in delivering such projects is considered an urgent need; as cooperation in all activities and efforts will increase the positive impact of such projects. The simplest form of this cooperation is providing a database of applicants to be administrated by UNDP as an international organization with the participation of concerned institutions, and UNDP may play a role in coordination between donors.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/08/08]

The recommendation made by the evaluator is excellent point. UNDP is engaged with national partners and counterparts for the development of unified database that will serve the whole efforts, specifically in maximizing impact and avoiding duplication of efforts towards synergy and coordination. The administration of the database is delicate issue that will be addressed at the level of the Government including Ministry of Jerusalem Affairs.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1 Initiate discussion with counterparts for systemizing the data collection and assessing the feasibility of a unified database
[Added: 2019/08/08] [Last Updated: 2019/10/02]
Rania Nubani May Daghash Motaz Dawabsheh 2019/09 Completed A coordination mechanism was established with counterparts, such as Welfare Association, Al Rafah, Jordanian Engineers Association. In this fora, discussions on the systematisation of data collection are ongoing whereas a platform will be established. History
2.2 Produce a proposal for database management for the review and endorsement of national counterparts
[Added: 2019/08/08] [Last Updated: 2019/11/28]
Rania Nubani May Daghash Motaz Dawabsheh 2019/11 Completed UNDP was fully engaged during the past period in supporting the key partners for the provision of data management system that has been operationalized. It is managed by Welfare Association. UNDP has been granted with access and data entry at the project team level started. History
3. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation 3

I think that it may be useful to search for a mechanism to expand beneficiaries’ participation in identifying their main priorities according to their economic and social problems. This means that it is not sufficient to prepare a questionnaire, but rather it is necessary to make long and extended discussions with beneficiaries; as I think that this will assist in finding solutions not only associated with the utilization of empty spaces or maintenance of buildings. Therefore, it is necessary to allocate longer time and wider space to carry out a sociological survey of the applicant families.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/08/08]

Comprehensive review of the assessment and selection processes will be commissioned in line with the comments/ remarks provided by the evaluator. Consultations will be made with national counterparts and verification will be initiated.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1 Review the assessment and selection process
[Added: 2019/08/08] [Last Updated: 2019/11/28]
Rania Nubani May Daghash Motaz Dawabsheh 2019/11 Completed UNDP proposed to the Islamic Development Bank to re-look into the whole implementation processes of house rehabilitation interventions in East Jerusalem. A proposal and action plan were shared, including a methodology for the enhancement of the assessment and selection processes. History
3.2 Initiate consultations and in-depth discussion at internal and external levels (House Rehabilitation Consortium: Welfare Association, Abu Zahra, Ministry of Jerusalem Affairs)
[Added: 2019/08/08] [Last Updated: 2020/02/20]
Rania Nubani May Daghash Motaz Dawabsheh 2020/02 Completed Consultations were initiated and are ongoing with key stakeholders for house rehabilitation in Jerusalem. This will result in the creation of a platform for the harmonization of the house rehabilitation response to be financed by the IsDB. History
3.3 Review, validation and endorsement of the assessment and selection processes
[Added: 2019/08/08]
Rania Nubani May Daghash Motaz Dawabsheh 2020/05 Not Initiated
4. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation 4:

Despite of the policy which aims to the preservation of buildings through rehabilitation and provision or improvement of services, it is not only adequate to renovate the historical buildings from inside to ensure the their sustainable viability, but it is also necessary to make a more comprehensive improvement of the building including the yard or several yards together; thus contributing to elevate the functional and historical value of the building and effectively ensure protecting buildings from external influences.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/08/08]

UNDP is taking note of this recommendation. The assessment and planning of house rehabilitation will be amended to look into comprehensive assistance rather than focused housing interventions, taking into consideration the need for validating such engagement with cultural heritage lenses.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
4.1 Review the rehabilitation procedures and processes, with the engagement of a cultural heritage expert
[Added: 2019/08/08] [Last Updated: 2020/02/03]
Rania Nubani May Daghash Motaz Dawabsheh 2020/01 Completed attachment added History
4.2 Consultations/ meetings with donors for comprehensive response including the focus on historical values of buildings being at World Heritage Site (Old City)
[Added: 2019/08/08] [Last Updated: 2020/02/20]
Rania Nubani May Daghash Motaz Dawabsheh 2020/02 Completed Consultations were initiated and are ongoing with key stakeholders for house rehabilitation in Jerusalem. This will result in the creation of a platform for the harmonization of the house rehabilitation response to be financed by the IsDB History

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