Final evaluation of the “Promotion of social and economic opportunities for women and youth in Zerafshan Valley of Tajikistan”

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Evaluation Plan:
2016-2020, Tajikistan
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
01/2020
Completion Date:
02/2020
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
No
Evaluation Budget(US $):
10,000

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Title Final evaluation of the “Promotion of social and economic opportunities for women and youth in Zerafshan Valley of Tajikistan”
Atlas Project Number: 00085269
Evaluation Plan: 2016-2020, Tajikistan
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 02/2020
Planned End Date: 01/2020
Management Response: Yes
UNDP Signature Solution:
  • 1. Poverty
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
SDG Target
  • 1.2 By 2030, reduce at least by half the proportion of men, women and children of all ages living in poverty in all its dimensions according to national definitions
  • 1.4 By 2030, ensure that all men and women, in particular the poor and the vulnerable, have equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to basic services, ownership and control over land and other forms of property, inheritance, natural resources, appropriate new technology and financial services, including microfinance
Evaluation Budget(US $): 10,000
Source of Funding: project funds
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 11,608
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Nataša Milenkovic Evaluation Consultant natasa.milenkovic@gmail.com
Jovidsho Juraev Evaluation Consultant
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, Local administrations of Sughd region
Countries: TAJIKISTAN
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Interlink job creation and educational projects with programmes that address the legal framework, the institutional setup, the performance of institutions, accountability chains, etc., with social innovation programs, and with environmental programs, in order to achieve a sustainable, systemic impact. Allow long-term implementation periods in programmes and provide for the systematic nature of the actions taken.

2

Social inclusion of women and youth is very important for development of soft programme components that support employment, and economic empowerment. It is very important to pay special attention to inclusion of women and youth in the communities’ life, while it is necessary to think over and implement a set of measures to increase their social activity and strengthen their capacities with the civic education (leadership, mobilization, participation in decision-making, community involvement).

3

Many cooperatives or dehkan farms have traditional, elderly men dominant leadership. In order to create more possibilities and support social inclusion of younger people and women, UNDP can train younger people and women, than talk with the management and suggest different cooperative structure that would involve young people and women.

4

UNDP can bring expertise and determine the most productive business ideas for SMEs in Tajikistan with consideration of the size of investment, locations, gender, age, loan characteristics, etc. “The bank of ideas” should be continuously updated and publicly available online.

5

Invest more in the equipment of workshops that employ women and support by agricultural machinery procurement; Capacity building and up-scaling toward creation of green jobs, such as organic agriculture, water supply, recycling, etc.

6

Mentorship of producers can be technical assistance or finding partners that can provide technical assistance, work on a clear and transparent communication and engage with partners and stakeholders (beneficiaries/users, buyers, supporting institutions, retail, promoters, etc.) In order to acquire enough mentors, UNDP could coordinate and network with organizations that offer volunteer placements, like UNV, EU volunteers, US Peace Corps, and also many smaller faith-based organizations.

7

Basic market analysis is needed at the beginning also. It helps producers to understand how you match buyer needs, and get information on what customers value, what are strengths and competitive advantages, how to use product differentiation strategies to set a product aside, assure quality, improve packing, labelling, communication to the market.

8

UNDP could support vocational schools with dormitories in Dushanbe. New and additional dormitory buildings for high school students could be built, both for girls and boys, so that young people from remote and poor regions could come and study needed crafts. It will be great if UNDP and Government could match funding and provide scholarships to high school students.

9

Donor coordination meetings should be organized in each region at least once every 2-3 months with the aim to reach synergy, matching funds and joint activities

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