External Terminal Evaluation of the Transitional Justice & Human Rights Project

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Evaluation Plan:
2017-2023, Gambia
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
12/2021
Completion Date:
12/2021
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
45,000

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Title External Terminal Evaluation of the Transitional Justice & Human Rights Project
Atlas Project Number: 00103813
Evaluation Plan: 2017-2023, Gambia
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 12/2021
Planned End Date: 12/2021
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Governance
  • 2. Resilience
  • 3. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 1.2.3 Institutions and systems enabled to address awareness, prevention and enforcement of anti-corruption measures to maximize availability of resources for poverty eradication
  • 2. Output 2.2.3 Capacities, functions and financing of rule of law and national human rights institutions and systems strengthened to expand access to justice and combat discrimination, with a focus on women and other marginalised groups
  • 3. Output 3.3.2 Gender-responsive and risk-informed mechanisms supported to build consensus, improve social dialogue and promote peaceful, just and inclusive societies
SDG Goal
  • Goal 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  • 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
  • 1.a Ensure significant mobilization of resources from a variety of sources, including through enhanced development cooperation, in order to provide adequate and predictable means for developing countries, in particular least developed countries, to implement programmes and policies to end poverty in all its dimensions
  • 16.3 Promote the rule of law at the national and international levels and ensure equal access to justice for all
  • 16.5 Substantially reduce corruption and bribery in all their forms
  • 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 $): 45,000
Source of Funding: PBF
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 45,000
Joint Programme: Yes
Joint Evaluation: Yes
  • Joint with UN Agencies
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Nationality
Ida Pearson Human Right Specialist
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: Ministry of Justice, the National Assembly, the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC), the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and civil society organizations (including Women in Leadership and Liberation (WILL), African Network against Extrajudicial Killings and Enforced Disappearances (ANEKED), Transitional Justice Working Group (TJWG), The Girl’s Agenda, Nova Scotia Gambia, AIDS Free World and International Centre for Transitional Justice (ICTJ).
Countries: GAMBIA
Comments:

Following the submission of the draft final evaluation report, the team identifies some critical methodological, quality and reference issues that needs to be addressed before final submission. In order to ensure that the quality of the report is improved, the country office will like to request a month extension to rectify the concerns raised.

Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Raise funds to support the three remaining transitional mainstays namely the prosecutions, clemency policy and guarantees of non-recurrence chiefly security sector and judiciary reforms.

2

Further mobilize resources to supplement the reparations process individually and collectively.

3

Support the civil society capacity building to strengthen the demand side, support continuously the National Human rights commission and alike.

4

Avoid any coincidence between the transitional justice process’s timeframe and elections to prevent any jeopardy on transitional justice’ outcomes. In other words, transitional justice projects should always be implemented before any electoral process.

5

Improve the project indicators-based performance assessment (PIBPA) in reporting regularly indicators to facilitate the longitudinal analysis of the project ’s performance.

6

Keep on outreach activities in FONI to overcome skepticism.

7

Continuously support the strengthening of the civil society to improve the demand-side of human rights across The Gambia.

1. Recommendation:

Raise funds to support the three remaining transitional mainstays namely the prosecutions, clemency policy and guarantees of non-recurrence chiefly security sector and judiciary reforms.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/02/23] [Last Updated: 2022/03/01]

This recommendation is fully accepted

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The CO to engage in further resource mobilization for transitional justice (including technical support towards establishment of a national reparations framework), SSR, judicial and other governance reforms, as well as Rule of Law/support to the justice system.
[Added: 2022/02/23] [Last Updated: 2022/03/08]
Head of Governance 2023/12 Initiated History
2. Recommendation:

Further mobilize resources to supplement the reparations process individually and collectively.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/02/23] [Last Updated: 2022/03/08]

This recommendation is fully accepted on the basis that the recommendation to resource mobilize for the reparations process is emcompassed in Recommendation 1- to resource mobilize for transitional justice. It is to be noted however that in line with UN Policies on Reparations, UNDP cannot financially contribute to supplement individual or collective reparations, but would advocate for Government and other partners to do this.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The CO to engage in further resource mobilization for technical support towards the establishment of a national reparations framework and advocate for Government and donors' financial contributions towards reparations
[Added: 2022/03/08]
Head of Governance 2023/12 Initiated Under the ongoing joint UNDP-OHCHR post-TRRC Project, the CO has commenced support towards the establishment of a national reparations framework, by providing technical and financial support towards the establishment of the Victims Compensation Fund.
3. Recommendation:

Support the civil society capacity building to strengthen the demand side, support continuously the National Human rights commission and alike.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/02/23] [Last Updated: 2022/03/01]

This recommendation is fully accepted.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
CO to enhance its support towards capacity building of CSOs and NHRC, including the media, vulnerable and marginalized groups and academia.
[Added: 2022/02/23]
Head of Governance 2022/12 Initiated The post-TRRC project will provide extensive technical, advisory and financial support towards strengthening the capacity of CSOs and the NHRC to advocate for, monitor, support and report on the implementation of the TRRC recommendations. However, there is need to allocate more resources in this area during next CPD, not just on governance but all other clusters and cross cutting programmes.
4. Recommendation:

Avoid any coincidence between the transitional justice process’s timeframe and elections to prevent any jeopardy on transitional justice’ outcomes. In other words, transitional justice projects should always be implemented before any electoral process.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/02/23] [Last Updated: 2022/03/08]

This recommendation is rejected as it falls beyond the powers to UNDP to adhere to it. It is not possible for UNDP to influence the national electoral calendar to accomodate continuity of the same government that introduced transitional justice processes.

Key Actions:

5. Recommendation:

Improve the project indicators-based performance assessment (PIBPA) in reporting regularly indicators to facilitate the longitudinal analysis of the project ’s performance.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/02/23] [Last Updated: 2022/03/01]

This recommendation is fully accepted.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The CO will develop a robust M&E system
[Added: 2022/02/23]
Deputy Resident Representative and Unit Leads 2023/12 Not Initiated
6. Recommendation:

Keep on outreach activities in FONI to overcome skepticism.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/02/23] [Last Updated: 2022/03/01]

This recommendation is fully accepted.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Working with the PDA, the CO will include in its SSR/PVE/Peacebuilding strategy specific long term interventions targeting the Foni region.
[Added: 2022/02/23]
Head of Governance 2023/12 Not Initiated
7. Recommendation:

Continuously support the strengthening of the civil society to improve the demand-side of human rights across The Gambia.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/03/01] [Last Updated: 2022/03/08]

This recommendation is rejected because it is the same as recommendation number 3, which the CO fully accepts and has in place a key action to strengthen the demand side of human rights through continuous capacity building of civil society and the National Human Rights Commission.

Key Actions:

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