Strengthening Community Resilience and Regional Cooperation for Prevention of Violent Extremism in Central Asia

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Evaluation Plan:
2016-2020, Kazakhstan
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
03/2021
Completion Date:
03/2021
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
40,000

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Title Strengthening Community Resilience and Regional Cooperation for Prevention of Violent Extremism in Central Asia
Atlas Project Number: 00110934
Evaluation Plan: 2016-2020, Kazakhstan
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 03/2021
Planned End Date: 03/2021
Management Response: Yes
UNDP Signature Solution:
  • 1. Governance
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 2.2.1 Use of digital technologies and big data enabled for improved public services and other government functions
SDG Goal
  • Goal 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
SDG Target
  • 1.5 By 2030, build the resilience of the poor and those in vulnerable situations and reduce their exposure and vulnerability to climate-related extreme events and other economic, social and environmental shocks and disasters
Evaluation Budget(US $): 40,000
Source of Funding: Project
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 20,000
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Thomas Vasseur International Consultant thomas.vasseur@gmail.com
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders:
Countries: KAZAKHSTAN
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

The strategic approach promoted by the project entails a transformative process which implies a commitment which is longer than a single project phase. The convincing results obtained to date confirms the PVE is a strongly appropriate investment for social cohesion and VE prevention. The worrying socio-economic damage of COVID-19 can potentially feed VE drivers, thus reinforcing the necessity to pursue a scaling up approach.

2

Scale up the project by expanding the project’s geographic scope to new locations. The existing approach should be maintained with an emphasis on strengthening the outreach capacity by widening the range of local stakeholders and increasing their participation to youth community involvement.

3

Allocate financial and human resources to enhance the support to the development of M&E capacity that will improve the monitoring and understanding on the complexity of change (e.g., by integrating qualitative indicators of change.

4

Integrate a remote-control management approach into the next PVE project phase.

5

Make a further use of the potential offered by the regional platform and dynamics created by the PVE project.

6

Scale-up the economic component of the project.

7

Now that the project appears to have successfully shifted stakeholders ‘perspective from a repressive to a preventive approach and that an inclusive approach has produced widely acknowledged results, the evaluation suggests UNDP to take the inclusiveness advocacy effort to a higher level, especially with State Institutions and relating it to UNDP’s social inclusion agenda.

1. Recommendation:

The strategic approach promoted by the project entails a transformative process which implies a commitment which is longer than a single project phase. The convincing results obtained to date confirms the PVE is a strongly appropriate investment for social cohesion and VE prevention. The worrying socio-economic damage of COVID-19 can potentially feed VE drivers, thus reinforcing the necessity to pursue a scaling up approach.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/03/28]

The strategic approach promoted by the project entails a transformative process which implies a commitment which is longer than a single project phase. The convincing results obtained to date confirms the PVE is a strongly appropriate investment for social cohesion and VE prevention. The worrying socio-economic damage of COVID-19 can potentially feed VE drivers, thus reinforcing the necessity to pursue a scaling up approach.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Develop a full-fledged proposal for the Project Phase II provided the Donor interest is confirmed.
[Added: 2021/03/28]
Governance Unit 2021/03 Completed
2. Recommendation:

Scale up the project by expanding the project’s geographic scope to new locations. The existing approach should be maintained with an emphasis on strengthening the outreach capacity by widening the range of local stakeholders and increasing their participation to youth community involvement.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/03/28]

Recommendation is fully accepted. There is an intention to scale up the project geographically to locations that are prone to the risk of radicalization of youth. Solutions designed and successfully piloted with the Japan funded PVE Project will be further refined and developed for addressing the needs of the most vulnerable youth. This is subject to approval of the Project Phase II by the donor.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Ensure more localities at high risk of youth radicalization are covered by PVE interventions provided the funding for the new Project is secured.
[Added: 2021/03/28]
Programme team 2021/04 Overdue-Initiated Programme team
3. Recommendation:

Allocate financial and human resources to enhance the support to the development of M&E capacity that will improve the monitoring and understanding on the complexity of change (e.g., by integrating qualitative indicators of change.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/03/28]

Recommendation is fully accepted.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Engage additional M&E expertise through regional network for PVE-related activities.
[Added: 2021/03/28]
Governance Unit 2021/12 Initiated
4. Recommendation:

Integrate a remote-control management approach into the next PVE project phase.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/03/28]

Recommendation is partially accepted. During the first phase of the project, the PVE team included project specialists on the ground for a better interaction with at-risk-youth, front line service providers and local authorities. The interaction of UNDP specialists with local authorities and beneficiaries followed sanitary norms endorsed by the Government during the outbreak.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Better utilization of digital tools for management of project activities while striking the right balance between face-to-face and digital interaction
[Added: 2021/03/28]
Governance Unit 2021/12 Initiated
5. Recommendation:

Make a further use of the potential offered by the regional platform and dynamics created by the PVE project.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/03/28]

Recommendation is fully accepted. Implementation of the regional component of the Japan funded PVE project [incl. research, regional dialogues, youth exchanges, conferences and knowledge/tools sharing on PVE] created an excellent platform for expanding PVE work in the region, cross-country learning and shaping common values of youth in the region. UNDP COs already work together building on this body of work with an aim of maximizing benefits for young people across the regions and catalyze PVE work.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Design further PVE activities utilizing knowledge and expertise generated through the regional component implementation.
[Added: 2021/03/28]
Governance Unit 2021/12 Initiated
6. Recommendation:

Scale-up the economic component of the project.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/03/28]

Recommendation is fully accepted. It is planned that the economic empowerment component will be scaled up within the next phase of the project (if approved by the donor) in consultation with the governments of participating countries to identify appropriate localities. Moreover, the solutions developed within Japan funded Project are being considered by the governments for implementation through the domestic funding in other development areas (e.g. women’s empowerment in Kazakhstan).

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
To identify new project localities jointly with national partners to scale up the economic component at the design stage of the next phase.
[Added: 2021/03/28]
Governance Unit 2021/12 Initiated
7. Recommendation:

Now that the project appears to have successfully shifted stakeholders ‘perspective from a repressive to a preventive approach and that an inclusive approach has produced widely acknowledged results, the evaluation suggests UNDP to take the inclusiveness advocacy effort to a higher level, especially with State Institutions and relating it to UNDP’s social inclusion agenda.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/03/28]

Recommendation is fully accepted. UNDP will leverage PVE-centered partnerships both locally and internationally by the means of the systematic advocacy efforts to advance inclusivity across sectors and geographical localities.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Consolidate project experiences / tools / solutions in from of complete packages for further utilization by national partners and civic society
[Added: 2021/03/28]
Programme team 2021/12 Initiated

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