End of Term Evaluation of the Malawi Electoral Cycle Support Project

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Evaluation Plan:
2019-2023, Malawi
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
05/2021
Completion Date:
07/2021
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
No
Evaluation Budget(US $):
40,000

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Title End of Term Evaluation of the Malawi Electoral Cycle Support Project
Atlas Project Number: 00103966
Evaluation Plan: 2019-2023, Malawi
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 07/2021
Planned End Date: 05/2021
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Governance
  • 2. Gender
  • 3. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 2.2.2 Constitution-making, electoral and parliamentary processes and institutions strengthened to promote inclusion, transparency and accountability
  • 2. Output 2.6.1 Capacities strengthened to raise awareness on and undertake legal, policy and institutional reforms to fight structural barriers to women’s empowerment
SDG Goal
  • Goal 16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
  • Goal 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
SDG Target
  • 16.1 Significantly reduce all forms of violence and related death rates everywhere
  • 16.6 Develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels
  • 16.7 Ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels
  • 5.2 Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation
  • 5.5 Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life
Evaluation Budget(US $): 40,000
Source of Funding: Non-core
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 23,955
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Nationality
Charlemagne Gomez Ms.
David Nungu Mr.
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: Malawi Electoral Commission, Centre for Multi-party Democracy
Countries: MALAWI
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Need to extend the current project until the end of 2021. Should be a granting of an extension to ensure continuity into the next electoral cycle and to bridge the support until a new project document is approved.

2

Need for greater support to non-State actors in the electoral process

Emphasis on supporting civil society, media and key stakeholders such as religious leaders and community leaders to ensure check and balances on the overall electoral process. Emphasis on supporting civil society, media and key stakeholders such as religious leaders and community leaders to ensure check and balances on the overall electoral process.

3

Greater project outreach to wider electoral stakeholders

Consideration should be given to expand the outreach to key beneficiaries such as civil society, religious leaders and the media especially with regards to civic/voter education and engaging with political parties.

4

Selected support to certain areas of MEC including support to outreach to stakeholders to build trust in the institution and build better communication and outreach tools to promote MECs transparency.

5

A more strategic approach towards women’s political participation based on research identifying the key gaps to effective political participation utilising the six step approach where appropriate/relevant.  (Such an approach can be divided between different implementers ensuring a coordinated and consolidated approach.

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