Empowered Partnership for Sustainable Development Programme in Ukraine

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Evaluation Plan:
2018-2022, Ukraine
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
01/2022
Completion Date:
02/2022
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
15,000

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Title Empowered Partnership for Sustainable Development Programme in Ukraine
Atlas Project Number: 99918
Evaluation Plan: 2018-2022, Ukraine
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 02/2022
Planned End Date: 01/2022
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Others
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
  • 2. Output 2.5.1 Solutions developed, financed and applied at scale for energy efficiency and transformation to clean energy and zero-carbon development, for poverty eradication and structural transformation
Evaluation Budget(US $): 15,000
Source of Funding: Project budget, donor
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 10,500
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Nationality
Maia Giorbelidze GEORGIA, REPUBLIC OF
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders:
Countries: UKRAINE
Lessons
1.

1. The inclusion of civil society organizations in the cross-sectoral partnerships provides strong added value and allows to draw on the network of expertise that CSOs contain through their members and experience of engaging with the respective governance domains. It also serves to reinforce the connection between governmental and non-governmental actors in addressing development challenges.

2. The UNDP’s involvement in public sector reforms brings increased credibility.

3. Generally, the representatives of local authorities valued the enhanced interaction between themselves and CSOs. 

4. The holistic approach, the evident changes in the level of awareness among key stakeholders about specific topics, and the great sense of appreciation expressed by the public agencies, all indicate that the “Empowered Partnership for Sustainable Development” project has been able to adequately address the needs of beneficiary public institutions, enabling them to better delivery their services

5. The project has been able to create solid foundations upon which to strengthen public administration systems, to identify “champions,” and to support their capacity building. However, the steps so far taken (as considered by the interviewees) should be continued to achieve a long-lasting impact. 

6. The evaluation found that project-supported initiatives often become a catalyst for larger-scale change or serve as a solid foundation for further capacity-building actions in public institutions.

7. The pandemic challenged the implementation of the results also created new opportunities. Shifting the delivery process to an online mode enabled the challenge-driven partnerships to save precious funds in the budget and implement new activities thus achieving a greater impact with a more diversified target group.

8. Establishing trust between the members of multi-sectoral partnership took time and, in some cases, caused challenges in managing the initiatives. However, once trust was formed, the process went smoothly

9. The evaluation has found the SymbioCity approach to be a relevant framework to support sustainability processes. In accordance with both the desk review and the interviews, its basic feature, namely its inter-sectoral and participative/inclusive planning approach, is in line with current mainstream thinking promoted by UNDP, but the reality on the ground is slightly different. Therefore, it was adjusted to the local context, without diminishing its main features. A common denominator for all supported initiatives was that they all are linked to, and apparently fit into, the local multi-dimensional ecosystems that are congruent with the ideas in the SymbioCity approach.

10. The evaluation found that the partnerships, which include among others private sector representatives, have a higher level of sustainability and replicability. In cases where the private sector was a co-financer in the challenge-driven partnership, the integration of an “efficient” way of doing business is fostered and it increased the scalability and replicability of the results.

11. Given the demand-driven nature of the project, the impact is evidenced on each local solution level, while aggregating the influence and capturing outcomes on inter-partnership or cross-project level is limited. At the same time, due to established experience exchange mechanism and ongoing communication, the supported initiatives and partnerships have cross-fertilized each other, which can be further employed and taken to a higher level in the follow-up action.

12. Striking the balance between implementation of challenge-driven partnerships and working on policy level through development of recommendations and guidelines was challenging and required application of iterative approach in order to integrate the lessons learned at different stages of the project implementation.

13. The extent and the breadth of the project impact was higher on smaller size hromadas/communities with less financial resources invested compared to larger ones. At the same time, models and development solutions successfully piloted in the larger communities/municipalities have high replication potential and are relevant for both small and large communities. However, models and solutions implemented are equally applicable, replicable, and relevant for scaling up for all three types of hromadas, - city territorial hromada, settlement territorial hromada and rural territorial hromada, - irrespective of their sizes, along with regions on subnational level, involving several different hromadas


Findings
Recommendations
1

The project is recommended to ensure higher level of visibility (short-term recommendation)

2

The project is to advance the policy work and direct the efforts towards institutionalization of the approaches applied through challenge-driven partnerships (short-term recommendation)

3

Develop a shared platform knowledge base which would capture all intellectual outputs developed within the project (e.g., case-studies, methodologies, presentations) and all relevant holistic sustainable development approaches/concepts.

4

Continue fostering inclusion of private sector companies in developing solutions for local challenges and promote their co-financing in the initiatives (to be reflected in the next phase of the project implementation)

5

Make grant selection criteria more detailed by elaborating sub-set of questions with respective scoring in order to streamline the initiative selection process within the steering committee members (to be reflected in the next phase of the project implementation)

6

Integrate common outcome measurement indicators across the challenge-driven solution to aggregate the results and capture the project impact (to be reflected in the next phase of the project implementation)

7

Further capacity building of local authorities in application of holistic, comprehensive and systemic approach to local development (e.g. SymbioCity Approach) is essential particularly in foster inclusive rural development (to be reflected in the next phase of the project implementation). 

8

Create the Community of Practice among the challenge-driven partnership stakeholders to UNDP foster knowledge and experience sharing inter and intra sectors (to be reflected in the next phase of the project implementation)

9

Differentiate the level of financing based on the financial affordability of Hromadas. (to be reflected in the next phase of the project implementation)

10

Foster the inclusion of vulnerable groups in project activities and consider supporting specific inclusion-related solutions on local level (to be reflected in the next phase of the project implementation). 

1. Recommendation:

The project is recommended to ensure higher level of visibility (short-term recommendation)

Management Response: [Added: 2022/06/02]

The recommendation is accepted. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1. Full-time position of Communication Specialist for Phase-II of the project is planned to ensure improved communication campaign and wider dissemination of project’s results.
[Added: 2022/06/02]
Mustafa Sait-Ametov, Programme Manager 2023/06 Initiated Project proposal submitted for donor’s review
2. Recommendation:

The project is to advance the policy work and direct the efforts towards institutionalization of the approaches applied through challenge-driven partnerships (short-term recommendation)

Management Response: [Added: 2022/06/02]

The recommendation is accepted. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1. The project will finalize the recommendations for public administration and local authorities on building multisectoral challenge-driven partnerships addressing COVID-19 impact on women and men and post-crisis recovery, and guidelines on co-funding of joint initiatives within the challenge-driven partnerships in cooperation with the Ministry for Communities and Territories Development.
[Added: 2022/06/02]
Mustafa Sait-Ametov, Programme Manager 2022/07 Initiated
3. Recommendation:

Develop a shared platform knowledge base which would capture all intellectual outputs developed within the project (e.g., case-studies, methodologies, presentations) and all relevant holistic sustainable development approaches/concepts.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/06/02]

Partially accepted.

During Phase I, the project has established an online public platform https://www.facebook.com/groups/UNDP.partnership/ serving as a knowledge base with key stakeholders and beneficiaries participating for experience sharing.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1. Share with partners and stakeholders working in the area of decentralization reform intellectual outputs developed within the projects (case studies, methodologies, presentations) collected and captured either in governmental knowledge-based platform (decentralization.gov.ua), UNDP website or by establishing the project-based one.
[Added: 2022/06/02]
Mustafa Sait-Ametov, Programme Manager 2023/06 Initiated
4. Recommendation:

Continue fostering inclusion of private sector companies in developing solutions for local challenges and promote their co-financing in the initiatives (to be reflected in the next phase of the project implementation)

Management Response: [Added: 2022/06/02]

The recommendation is fully accepted. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
4.1 Develop and mobilize funding for implementing a project proposal for Phase II of the project with one of the focuses on providing support to for sustainable recovery of MSMEs affected by the war
[Added: 2022/06/03]
Mustafa Sait-Ametov, Programme Manager 2023/06 Initiated
5. Recommendation:

Make grant selection criteria more detailed by elaborating sub-set of questions with respective scoring in order to streamline the initiative selection process within the steering committee members (to be reflected in the next phase of the project implementation)

Management Response: [Added: 2022/06/16]

The recommendation is accepted. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
5.1. Develop a ToR for Grant Steering Committee with detailed selection criteria and scoring scheme under the phase-II of the project
[Added: 2022/06/16]
Mustafa Sait-Ametov, Programme Manager 2023/06 Not Initiated
6. Recommendation:

Integrate common outcome measurement indicators across the challenge-driven solution to aggregate the results and capture the project impact (to be reflected in the next phase of the project implementation)

Management Response: [Added: 2022/06/16]

The recommendation is accepted. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
6.1. Develop SMART outcome indicators for assessing impact of the Phase II of the project and tracking progress through UNDP Ukraine Integrated Monitoring and Reporting Platform
[Added: 2022/06/16]
SPP and RBM Unit, project team 2023/06 Initiated
7. Recommendation:

Further capacity building of local authorities in application of holistic, comprehensive and systemic approach to local development (e.g. SymbioCity Approach) is essential particularly in foster inclusive rural development (to be reflected in the next phase of the project implementation). 

Management Response: [Added: 2022/06/16]

The recommendation is accepted. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
.1. Develop a project proposal for Phase II of the project that would build on holistic, comprehensive and systemic approach to local development for the implementation of capacity development interventions focusing especially on response and recovery measures to address impact of the war at the local level
[Added: 2022/06/16]
Mustafa Sait-Ametov, Programme Manager 2022/09 Initiated Proposal submitted for donor’s review
7.2. The project will engage with national and international bodies of local self-governance (Association of Cities of Ukraine, Association of Amalgamated Territorial Communities, SALAR) during designing a ToR for capacity development programme to ensure it is the best tailored to be needs of local beneficiaries
[Added: 2022/06/16]
Mustafa Sait-Ametov, Programme Manager 2023/06 Not Initiated
8. Recommendation:

Create the Community of Practice among the challenge-driven partnership stakeholders to UNDP foster knowledge and experience sharing inter and intra sectors (to be reflected in the next phase of the project implementation)

Management Response: [Added: 2022/06/16]

The recommendation is accepted. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
8.1. Develop and further enhance in Phase-II of the project a platform in the social media among the partnership stakeholders to foster knowledge and experience sharing.
[Added: 2022/06/16]
Mustafa Sait-Ametov, Programme Manager 2023/06 Initiated Recommendation is partially implemented. https://m.facebook.com/events/1031964137567690?active_tab=about
9. Recommendation:

Differentiate the level of financing based on the financial affordability of Hromadas. (to be reflected in the next phase of the project implementation)

Management Response: [Added: 2022/06/16]

The recommendation is accepted. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
9.2. Guidelines on co-funding of joint initiatives within the challenge-driven partnership, developed by the project jointly with the Ministry of Communities and Territories Development will be disseminated among local beneficiaries to potentially increase their financial affordability by exploring alternative co-financing opportunities
[Added: 2022/06/16]
Mustafa Sait-Ametov, Programme Manager 2023/06 Initiated
9.1 The threshold for hromadas co-financing will be established in an inclusive and participatory manner, by the Grant Steering Committee which would consist of the governmental and local self-governance representatives, representatives of hromadas to ensure the biggest access and affordability for hromandas and leaving no one behind.
[Added: 2022/06/16]
Mustafa Sait-Ametov, Programme Manager 2023/06 Not Initiated
10. Recommendation:

Foster the inclusion of vulnerable groups in project activities and consider supporting specific inclusion-related solutions on local level (to be reflected in the next phase of the project implementation). 

Management Response: [Added: 2022/06/16]

The recommendation is accepted. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
10.1. Develop a project proposal for Phase II of the project that would build on inclusive and transparent approach to ensure that war-affected women and men in the targeted local communities benefit from implemented recovery initiatives addressing the multi-dimensional challenges faced by territorial communities
[Added: 2022/06/16]
Mustafa Sait-Ametov, Programme Manager 2023/06 Initiated Proposal for Phase-II is submitted for donor’s review

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