Final Project Evaluation for the Project Women in Elections in Bosnia and Herzegovima

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Evaluation Plan:
2021-2025, Bosnia and Hercegovina
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
06/2021
Completion Date:
06/2021
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
15,000

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Title Final Project Evaluation for the Project Women in Elections in Bosnia and Herzegovima
Atlas Project Number: 00105416
Evaluation Plan: 2021-2025, Bosnia and Hercegovina
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 06/2021
Planned End Date: 06/2021
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Governance
  • 2. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 1.2.1 Capacities at national and sub-national levels strengthened to promote inclusive local economic development and deliver basic services including HIV and related services
SDG Goal
  • Goal 10. Reduce inequality within and among countries
  • 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
  • 16.7 Ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels
  • 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 $): 15,000
Source of Funding: donor's funds
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 11,000
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Nationality
Charlemagne Gomez Evaluation Expert
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: Ministry of Human Rights and Refugees Bosnia and Herzegovina; Gender Agency Bosnia and Herzegovina; Central Election Commission Bosnia and Herzegovina; Civil society organizations.
Countries: BOSNIA AND HERCEGOVINA
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Granting of an extension to ensure continuity into the next electoral cycle and to build on the structures and partnerships established up in the first phase, particularly including WF4D. It is essential to ensure the continuation of the current project while an assessment is conducted, and a new Project Document written and approved. It is important that momentum is not lost over the next year to ensure a smooth transition to a new project with UNDP at the helm and to ensure support to the upcoming electoral process and to build upon the successes and key structures already established under the Project Wumen in Elections.

2

Undertaking of key lessons learned exercises to feed into a new project.

3

Further support to female candidates by ensuring gender sensitive reporting and tracking of hate speech.

4

Consideration for a new project should revolve around the electoral cycle including training for aspiring and current MPs

5

Consideration should be given to expand the outreach to key beneficiaries such as civil society, ethnic leaders, religious leaders and a more effective campaign with regards to media.

6

Consideration should be given to further promotion of the key products developed under the Project, utilization thereof to develop a curriculum for potential female candidates (brochure on strategic approach to women candidate’s success in election campaigns)

7

IT literacy Education

8

Mapping of support to women’s leadership and empowerment of all other stakeholders both national and international

9

Conduct an analysis why women´s election was significantly high in LGs while in others it decreased substantially

10

Increased Support to the Committee on Gender Equality Parliamentary Assembly.

11

Promotion and replication of gender action plans as well as development of M & E frameworks to ensure implementation of GAPs.

12

Agreement on increased governance mechanisms to ensure a “healthy and bidirectional flow of information between UNDP and UN Women”.

13

Enhance the reports by use of most significant change stories, more reference to indicators and use of gender sensitive indicators for both outputs.

14

Considerations using data in a more user-friendly format, use of info graphs to reflect where activities have taken place, persons reached etc.

Management Response Documents
1. Recommendation:

Granting of an extension to ensure continuity into the next electoral cycle and to build on the structures and partnerships established up in the first phase, particularly including WF4D. It is essential to ensure the continuation of the current project while an assessment is conducted, and a new Project Document written and approved. It is important that momentum is not lost over the next year to ensure a smooth transition to a new project with UNDP at the helm and to ensure support to the upcoming electoral process and to build upon the successes and key structures already established under the Project Wumen in Elections.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/08/28]

The recommendation is valid and accepted. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Continuation of the current project while an assessment is conducted
[Added: 2021/08/29]
UNDP Project Team 2021/05 Completed Continuation ensured through the Project extension.
Project documentation for extension of the project written and approved.
[Added: 2021/08/29]
UNDP Project Team 2021/05 Completed Project extension approved on 26 May 2021
Smooth transition to a new project with UNDP at the helm and to ensure support to the upcoming electoral process and to build upon the successes and key structures already established under the Project Women In Elections.
[Added: 2021/08/29] [Last Updated: 2022/03/09]
UNDP Country Office Senior Management and Project Team 2022/03 Completed Draft of Concept for 2nd phase of “WiE” project developed and shared with donor. History
2. Recommendation:

Undertaking of key lessons learned exercises to feed into a new project.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/08/29]

Recommendation valid and accepted.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Organization of a structured brainstorming session with UN Women devoted to identification and articulation of lessons learnt and discussion on recommendations.
[Added: 2021/08/29] [Last Updated: 2021/12/22]
UNDP Project team, UN Women 2021/12 Completed Structured brainstorming sessions were organized by UNDP with UN Women representatives in order to identify and articulate lessons learned and incorporate the findings into the concept for the next phase. History
Generation of a brief note on lessons learnt and a list of recommendation.
[Added: 2021/08/29] [Last Updated: 2021/12/22]
UNDP Project team 2021/12 Completed Jointly, teams of UN Women and UNDP have discussed lessons learned and possible future course of cooperation and and UN Women is actively involved in development of the concept for the next Project phase. History
3. Recommendation:

Further support to female candidates by ensuring gender sensitive reporting and tracking of hate speech.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/08/29]

Recommendation valid and accepted.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Women in politics report that they are still discriminated upon and articles on women still center around what they wear and who they are, rather on their policies. Till date, although media has been supported, the next six months could build on the coalition and help develop a regulatory framework on the presentation of women and men by media outlets.
[Added: 2021/08/29] [Last Updated: 2021/12/22]
UNDP Project team 2021/12 Completed As explained. History
Further support could be provided to women on how to build their campaign online and utilizing social media and online tools for direct communication with the electorate
[Added: 2021/08/29] [Last Updated: 2021/12/22]
UNDP Project Team, UN Women 2021/12 Completed Training was delivered to women leaders focused on political activism, communications and campaigning. Second phase of the advocacy campaign was completed in December 2021. History
Support to women who suffer from some type of gender violence motivated by politics, possible avenues on tracking complaints and ensuring action is taken against.
[Added: 2021/08/29] [Last Updated: 2021/12/22]
UNDP Project team 2021/12 Completed Second phase of the advocacy campaign and Fem Power III Women Leadership Conference were focused on gender violence motivated by politics. History
4. Recommendation:

Consideration for a new project should revolve around the electoral cycle including training for aspiring and current MPs

Management Response: [Added: 2021/08/29]

Recommendation valid and accepted.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The next six months of the project should revolve around looking at the aims already made, particularly at the community and municipal level, and how this could be scaled up. Lessons learned from each of the key beneficiary institutions Baseline data should be collected.
[Added: 2021/08/29] [Last Updated: 2021/12/22]
UNDP Project team 2021/12 Completed All 10 partner local governments took part in the process of consultations and implementation of new and/or improved social services. History
Data to be collected during the process of improvement and introduction of new social services.
[Added: 2021/08/29] [Last Updated: 2021/12/22]
UNDP Project team 2021/11 Completed This idea is to be incorporated into the next project, that is to be presented to the donor during the first two months of 2022. History
Most recent data to be collected through the process of creation of Local Gender Action Plans that also foresees a thorough analytical phase in each participating Local Governments.
[Added: 2021/08/29] [Last Updated: 2021/12/22]
UNDP Project team 2021/12 Completed 9 local Gender Action Plans have been developed in consultations with local community stakeholders and all entered legislative procedures. History
5. Recommendation:

Consideration should be given to expand the outreach to key beneficiaries such as civil society, ethnic leaders, religious leaders and a more effective campaign with regards to media.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/08/29]

Recommendation valid and accepted.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
While a number of the beneficiaries did benefit from the project, a more strategic approach to include support and technical knowhow in the areas of women, youth, and electoral and systemic reform as well as attitudinal behavior and discrimination.
[Added: 2021/08/29] [Last Updated: 2022/03/09]
UNDP Project tea, UN Women 2022/02 Completed Two digital platforms to support women leadership, capacity building and networking developed (wf4d.ba and cikedukacija.ba) were developed. History
Consideration of enabling CSOs and media to better monitor hate speech, gender violence in politics, towards methodologies similar to those developed by Democracy Reporting International to gauge the extent of hate speech online.
[Added: 2021/08/29] [Last Updated: 2022/03/09]
UNDP Project team 2022/02 Completed UNDP supported CSO's media promotional campaign organized to promote gender equality and to build positive perception around the role of women as effective leaders, organized in 2021. History
6. Recommendation:

Consideration should be given to further promotion of the key products developed under the Project, utilization thereof to develop a curriculum for potential female candidates (brochure on strategic approach to women candidate’s success in election campaigns)

Management Response: [Added: 2021/08/31]

The evaluation is valid and accepted. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The knowledge products are key capacity building documents and training sessions around key issues could be focused on some of the key chapters. Particularly given the current COVID-19 pandemic, online and accessible training programmes will be important for the next generation of potential candidates.
[Added: 2021/08/31] [Last Updated: 2021/12/22]
UNDP Project team 2021/12 Completed Knowledge products have been presented publicly and placed online for wider use. History
Development of curricula and training programme on political competences and campaigning.
[Added: 2021/08/31] [Last Updated: 2021/12/22]
UNDP Project team. 2021/10 Completed The entire training programme has been designed and delivered to women leaders. History
7. Recommendation:

IT literacy Education

Management Response: [Added: 2021/08/31]

The recommendation is valid and accepted. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Course on IT literacy to be organized for the Women in elections-women leaders.
[Added: 2021/08/31] [Last Updated: 2021/12/22]
UNDP Project team 2021/12 Completed 62 persons had access to basic ECDL training. History
8. Recommendation:

Mapping of support to women’s leadership and empowerment of all other stakeholders both national and international

Management Response: [Added: 2021/08/31]

The recommendation is valid and accepted.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Strengthening collaboration with key actors such as OSCE, WFD, NDI and IRI and identify key gaps and areas of possible collaboration with both international partners and current partners which could continue or strengthen support to the key players in gender equality and women’s leadership.
[Added: 2021/08/31] [Last Updated: 2021/12/22]
UNDP Project team 2021/12 Completed All relevant stakeholders have been consulted and collaboration has been strengthened. History
Examine key success/best practices in the region and beyond on how to harness the momentum for systematic reform, look towards publications already developed on key success to reforms such as OSCE booklet on recommendations implementation of Electoral Reforms and other documents on women’s participation and how to enhance it.
[Added: 2021/08/31] [Last Updated: 2021/12/22]
UNDP Project team. 2021/12 Completed As explained. History
Mapping of best practices of other regions in UNDP and UN Women similar projects.
[Added: 2021/08/31] [Last Updated: 2022/03/09]
UNDP Project team 2022/02 Completed As explained. History
9. Recommendation:

Conduct an analysis why women´s election was significantly high in LGs while in others it decreased substantially

Management Response: [Added: 2021/08/31]

The recommendation is valid and accepted 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
It would be important to understand why there were substantial increases and decreases in the number of women being elected in the LGs where the project worked. To grasp any lessons learned to apply in the future could contribute to any even more successful outcome in the upcoming electoral cycle.
[Added: 2021/08/31]
UNDP Project team 2021/10 Completed Will be done with internal capacities
10. Recommendation:

Increased Support to the Committee on Gender Equality Parliamentary Assembly.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/08/31]

The recommendation is valid and accepted.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
It requires more concrete Plans to increase its visibility and importance and encouragement of its members to realize its Status and overall influence of gender concerns
[Added: 2021/08/31] [Last Updated: 2022/03/09]
UNDP Project Team, UN Women 2022/02 Completed Organized consultation and developed publications: 1. guidelines for "gender responsible parliaments"; 2. tools for periodical self assessment of parliamentary bodies and 3. communication and visibility strategy of Parliamentary Assembly Gender Equality Commission. History
11. Recommendation:

Promotion and replication of gender action plans as well as development of M & E frameworks to ensure implementation of GAPs.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/08/31]

The recommendation is valid and accepted 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Five new Local Gender Action Plans (LGAPS) will be developed from the scratch and three will be updated.
[Added: 2021/08/31] [Last Updated: 2021/12/22]
UNDP Project Team 2021/11 Completed The total of 9 Gender Action Plans has been developed and placed into the legislative procedure. History
12. Recommendation:

Agreement on increased governance mechanisms to ensure a “healthy and bidirectional flow of information between UNDP and UN Women”.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/08/31]

The evaluation is valid and accepted. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
To envisage in the proposal of the second phase that the project strengthens governance mechanisms, to ensure a “healthy and bidirectional flow of information to help inform and approve future support notably through the more regular convening of a technical committee between UNDP and UN Women to oversee any future action and ensure that bottlenecks and challenges to implementation are immediately discussed and resolved.
[Added: 2021/08/31] [Last Updated: 2022/03/09]
UNDP Project team 2022/02 Completed Completed within processes of the design of the second phase concept. History
13. Recommendation:

Enhance the reports by use of most significant change stories, more reference to indicators and use of gender sensitive indicators for both outputs.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/08/31]

The recommendation is valid and accepted.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The reports were of a high quality, but they could still benefit from showcasing key results by utilizing most significant change stories and referencing to what extent indicators have been achieved. More gender sensitive indicators should be utilized as well as disaggregated data when referring how many persons were reached, in order to capture how many men have been reached.
[Added: 2021/08/31] [Last Updated: 2021/12/22]
UNDP Project Team, UN Women 2021/12 Completed Segregated data have been introduced into the project practice, as advised. History
14. Recommendation:

Considerations using data in a more user-friendly format, use of info graphs to reflect where activities have taken place, persons reached etc.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/08/31]

The recommendation is valid and accepted.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
In order to better inform the DPs and to outreach to others, preparation of interactive PowerPoint presentations outlining key successes and achievement of indicators to date
[Added: 2021/08/31] [Last Updated: 2021/12/22]
UNDP Project team 2021/12 Completed Domestic partners have been informed with the power point presentation on success and achievements during both, Women Leadership Conference and the Project Board Meeting. History
Pilot an enhanced format during extension.
[Added: 2021/08/31] [Last Updated: 2021/12/22]
UNDP Project team 2021/12 Completed External reporting was additionally enhanced by introduction with introduction of video materials and real life stories, generated by the project. History

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