FINAL PROJECT EVALUATION OF THE LAND REFORM AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT PROJECT IN SOUTH AFRICA

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Evaluation Plan:
2020-2025, South Africa
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
01/2021
Completion Date:
01/2021
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
30,000

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Title FINAL PROJECT EVALUATION OF THE LAND REFORM AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT PROJECT IN SOUTH AFRICA
Atlas Project Number: 00093971
Evaluation Plan: 2020-2025, South Africa
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 01/2021
Planned End Date: 01/2021
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 Goal
  • Goal 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
SDG Target
  • 1.1 By 2030, eradicate extreme poverty for all people everywhere, currently measured as people living on less than $1.25 a day
  • 1.3 Implement nationally appropriate social protection systems and measures for all, including floors, and by 2030 achieve substantial coverage of the poor and the vulnerable
  • 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 $): 30,000
Source of Funding: Government co-sharing
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 18,396
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Cara Hartley Consultant cara@pdg.co.za
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: South African Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD)
Countries: SOUTH AFRICA
Comments:

This evaluation will provide information to DALRRD, project donors and other stakeholders about the project results achieved through its implementation, with the resources allocated. The evaluation will be used to inform the remaining period of project implementation, and its potential next phase.
Therefore, it will be imperative:
o To review, evaluate and document the projects’ achievements, shortcomings, lessons learnt, relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability, as well as any effects other on the project on vulnerable groups especially in rural and previously disadvantaged communities.
o To assess and document effectiveness and efficiency of UNDP support to the project.

Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

DALRRD and UNDP should have an engagement dedicated to ensuring that the relevant senior executives of both DALRRD and UNDP review the work done under the Project, based on  the evaluation report and the knowledge products of this partnership.

2

In case of staff changes or restructuring of the policy development function, DALRRD and UNDP should support comprehensive handover of the Project (including knowledge products and relationships/stakeholder connections). UNDP should support such a handover process even if the Project is not renewed.

3

Ensure adequate Project length in future programme with at least minimum four years for the implementation of the programme.

4

In light of the merger in the DALRRD, the restructuring of the UN system in South Africa, and the need for UN agencies to deliver as one, the new Project should be designed to draw on the contributions of other UN agencies, especially FAO, IFAD and WFP, based on lessons learned and knowlege sharing.

5

The Project should institutionalise technical expertise into its design such as appointment of a Technical Expert as a project resource alongside the Project Manager; appointment of a Resident Advisor; or appointment of a panel of experts.

6

There is a need to strengthen cost-sharing approach for rescource mobilization and allocation.

7

Retain upstream focus, supplement with downstream work as appropriate to reinforce the policy contribution of the Project on the ground.

8

The Project should regularise engagements with the political executive to involve the UNDP Rresident Representative, the Minister, Deputy Minister or other political role players who are directly involved in the Project’s work to strengthen ownership and build awareness of the evidence being generated.

9

The steering committee should agree on a set of criteria to guide decisions on the allocation of Project resources.

Management Response Documents
1. Recommendation:

DALRRD and UNDP should have an engagement dedicated to ensuring that the relevant senior executives of both DALRRD and UNDP review the work done under the Project, based on  the evaluation report and the knowledge products of this partnership.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/02/10] [Last Updated: 2021/02/16]

Fully agree,  Evaluation Report and Knowledge Products to be reviewed and cleared by the management.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Complete and disseminate knowledge products generated by the project.
[Added: 2021/02/10] [Last Updated: 2021/06/16]
UNDP Inclusive Growth Programme 2021/12 Initiated The parties involved has been still working on the dimensions and details of what will constitute the new cooperative agreement. As a result, key actions which are associated with the development of the new Prodoc has been delayed. Until such time that all the parties agree on the bases of new cooperation, this cannot be done. Parties engagements on this are still in progress. History
2. Recommendation:

In case of staff changes or restructuring of the policy development function, DALRRD and UNDP should support comprehensive handover of the Project (including knowledge products and relationships/stakeholder connections). UNDP should support such a handover process even if the Project is not renewed.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/02/16]

Fully Agree, any changes to staffing will be communicated with the DALRRD on time.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Communicate regularly to DALRRD any changes to project staff including changes in UNDP’s Management
[Added: 2021/02/16] [Last Updated: 2021/06/16]
UNDP Inclusive Growth Programme 2021/12 Initiated The parties involved has been still working on the dimensions and details of what will constitute the new cooperative agreement. As a result, key actions which are associated with the development of the new Prodoc has been delayed. Until such time that all the parties agree on the bases of new cooperation, this cannot be done. Parties engagements on this are still in progress. History
3. Recommendation:

Ensure adequate Project length in future programme with at least minimum four years for the implementation of the programme.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/02/16]

Agree, project time frame determination is guided by standard procedures and UNDP Strategic Plan, UNSDCF and CPD

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Outline clear project lifespan in the project document
[Added: 2021/02/16] [Last Updated: 2021/06/16]
UNDP Inclusive Growth Programme 2021/12 Initiated The parties involved has been still working on the dimensions and details of what will constitute the new cooperative agreement. As a result, key actions which are associated with the development of the new Prodoc has been delayed. Until such time that all the parties agree on the bases of new cooperation, this cannot be done. Parties engagements on this are still in progress. History
4. Recommendation:

In light of the merger in the DALRRD, the restructuring of the UN system in South Africa, and the need for UN agencies to deliver as one, the new Project should be designed to draw on the contributions of other UN agencies, especially FAO, IFAD and WFP, based on lessons learned and knowlege sharing.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/02/16]

Fully Agree, UNDP will build synergies with other UN Agencies.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Enforce UN Delivery as One by coordinating UNDP, FAO, IFAD, WFP and other relevant agencies for the combined efforts and integrated/joint panning towards supporting the implementation of the DALRRD Project.
[Added: 2021/02/16] [Last Updated: 2021/06/16]
UNDP Inclusive Growth Programme, Resident Representative Office 2021/12 Initiated The parties involved has been still working on the dimensions and details of what will constitute the new cooperative agreement. As a result, key actions which are associated with the development of the new Prodoc has been delayed. Until such time that all the parties agree on the bases of new cooperation, this cannot be done. Parties engagements on this are still in progress. History
5. Recommendation:

The Project should institutionalise technical expertise into its design such as appointment of a Technical Expert as a project resource alongside the Project Manager; appointment of a Resident Advisor; or appointment of a panel of experts.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/02/16]

Agree, It will be included in the structure of the project as a function.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Incorporate technical experts into the project governance and PMU structures to serve as resident advisors or panel of experts to provide technical expertise to the project implementation and can be invited to participate during the PSC meetings.
[Added: 2021/02/16] [Last Updated: 2021/05/31]
Inclusive Growth Programme, Resident Representative Office 2021/12 Initiated Due date has been extended to June 2021 to December 2021. The parties involved are still working out the dimensions and details of what will constitute the new cooperative agreement. As a result, effecting all these activities (which are associated with the development of the new prodoc) has been delayed. Until such time that all the parties agree on the bases of new cooperation, this cannot be done. Parties engagements on this are in progress. History
6. Recommendation:

There is a need to strengthen cost-sharing approach for rescource mobilization and allocation.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/02/16]

Agree, UNDP will develop and implement the effective Resource Mobilisation Strategy.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Discuss the CSA arrangement with the Programme Board to get consensus for projects funding modality.
[Added: 2021/02/16] [Last Updated: 2021/05/03]
Resident Representative Office 2021/03 Completed The CO's Resource Mobilization Strategy was developed in January 2021 and there was also engagement with the DALLRD on the funding modality on 29 April 2021. History
7. Recommendation:

Retain upstream focus, supplement with downstream work as appropriate to reinforce the policy contribution of the Project on the ground.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/02/16]

Fully agree, downstream is very critical to test the effectiveness and the impact of the developed and passed policies.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Learn lessons from the Kruger National Park Land Claims Project on how the Project can be implemented for the downstream work at community level and how to negotiate new partnership.
[Added: 2021/02/16] [Last Updated: 2021/05/31]
UNDP Inclusive Growth Programme 2021/12 Initiated Due date has been extended to June 2021 to December 2021. The parties involved are still working out the dimensions and details of what will constitute the new cooperative agreement. As a result, effecting all these activities (which are associated with the development of the new prodoc) has been delayed. Until such time that all the parties agree on the bases of new cooperation, this cannot be done. Parties engagements on this are in progress. History
8. Recommendation:

The Project should regularise engagements with the political executive to involve the UNDP Rresident Representative, the Minister, Deputy Minister or other political role players who are directly involved in the Project’s work to strengthen ownership and build awareness of the evidence being generated.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/02/16]

Fully agree, Senior Management of UNDP and RCO to make means to reach out and possibly have a direct line with the Ministry.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Coordinate with the Office of the Director General for a meeting with the Minister.
[Added: 2021/02/16] [Last Updated: 2021/05/03]
UNDP Inclusive Growth Programme, Resident Representative Office 2021/12 Initiated Due date of the key action has moved to March 2021 to December 2021.Getting political principals in the time we want them is out of our control. The department is undergoing restructuring which makes it inefficient in any call for their attention. History
9. Recommendation:

The steering committee should agree on a set of criteria to guide decisions on the allocation of Project resources.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/02/16]

Fully Agree,

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Establish functional Steering Committee to oversee planning, guide allocation of resources and decision making based on the project results.
[Added: 2021/02/16] [Last Updated: 2021/05/31]
UNDP & DALRRD 2021/12 Initiated Due date has been extended to June 2021 to December 2021. The parties involved are still working out the dimensions and details of what will constitute the new cooperative agreement. As a result, effecting all these activities (which are associated with the development of the new prodoc) has been delayed. Until such time that all the parties agree on the bases of new cooperation, this cannot be done. Parties engagements on this are in progress. History

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