Final Evaluation of the Project Economic Governance for Growth

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Evaluation Plan:
2021-2025, Bosnia and Hercegovina
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
12/2021
Completion Date:
12/2021
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
15,000

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Title Final Evaluation of the Project Economic Governance for Growth
Atlas Project Number: 00113375
Evaluation Plan: 2021-2025, Bosnia and Hercegovina
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 12/2021
Planned End Date: 12/2021
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Poverty
  • 2. Governance
  • 3. 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 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 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  • Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  • Goal 2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
  • Goal 4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
  • Goal 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
  • Goal 8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
SDG Target
  • 1.2 By 2030, reduce at least by half the proportion of men, women and children of all ages living in poverty in all its dimensions according to national definitions
  • 12.b Develop and implement tools to monitor sustainable development impacts for sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and products
  • 2.3 By 2030, double the agricultural productivity and incomes of small-scale food producers, in particular women, indigenous peoples, family farmers, pastoralists and fishers, including through secure and equal access to land, other productive resources and inputs, knowledge, financial services, markets and opportunities for value addition and non-farm employment
  • 4.4 By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship
  • 8.2 Achieve higher levels of economic productivity through diversification, technological upgrading and innovation, including through a focus on high-value added and labour-intensive sectors
  • 8.3 Promote development-oriented policies that support productive activities, decent job creation, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and encourage the formalization and growth of micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises, including through access to financial services
Evaluation Budget(US $): 15,000
Source of Funding: project funds
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 8,000
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Nationality
Nedim Catovic Evaluation Expert BOSNIA AND HERCEGOVINA
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: Ten local governments, cantonal governments, ministries of education, private companies, selected elementary and high schools
Countries: BOSNIA AND HERCEGOVINA
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

UNDP should continue to strengthen institutionalization of entrepreneurship and STEM learning. Interventions initiated through EGG project, need to be expanded to all high schools, both vocational and gymnasiums, as well as in the last years of elementary schools throughout the country.

2

UNDP should focus on consolidation and expansion of SMART classrooms and technology-based infrastructure.

3

Target capacity development of high school teachers for hands on learning, entrepreneurship and STEAM.

4

 Integration of research findings on the future of information technology sector and automotive sector into formal curricula.

5

Support start-up and MSME development through access to financing, entrepreneurship courses, mentoring, SMART classrooms, life-long learning/development centers.

6

UNDP should keep focus on consolidation and expansion of R&D projects at universities. Considering success of the initial call for R&D projects and research at University of Sarajevo, similar activity should be further continued and expanded to other universities by combining financial participation of university and financial support of external partners including government funds.

7

Strengthen institutionalization of smarter spending and revenue generation by local and cantonal governments.

8

Focus on scale of redesigning and restructuring of government incentive schemes aimed at supporting entrepreneurship, private sector development and job creation.

1. Recommendation:

UNDP should continue to strengthen institutionalization of entrepreneurship and STEM learning. Interventions initiated through EGG project, need to be expanded to all high schools, both vocational and gymnasiums, as well as in the last years of elementary schools throughout the country.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/01/29]

The recommendation is accepted.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1 UNDP will continue to strengthen institutionalization of STEM learning.
[Added: 2022/01/29] [Last Updated: 2022/06/23]
UNDP Country Office in Bosnia and Herzegovina. 2023/12 Initiated The Project is conducting a comprehensive assessment of digital learning capabilities in primary and secondary education. In line with this activity, a specialized learning curricula covering IT will be introduced. In parallel, the project will develop a distance learning programme at university level to boost IT sector in BiH. History
1.2. UNDP will continue to formally introduce entrepreneurship learning in secondary curricula for vocational schools across the country.
[Added: 2022/01/29] [Last Updated: 2022/06/23]
UNDP Country Office in Bosnia and Herzegovina 2024/12 Initiated The Project is the phase of engaging consultant to revise previously developed Curricula for Vocational Schools. The exercise will also assess overall experience in piloting the existing Curricula. Accordingly, the Project will introduce entrepreneurship in at least 10 schools across the country. History
2. Recommendation:

UNDP should focus on consolidation and expansion of SMART classrooms and technology-based infrastructure.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/01/29]

The recommendation is accepted.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1. UNDP will continue with establishing STEM laboratories countrywide.
[Added: 2022/01/29] [Last Updated: 2022/06/23]
UNDP Country Office in Bosnia and Herzegovina 2022/12 Initiated The Project continuously expands STEM learning and equips 30 schools by now (both project phases), reaching out about 1000 pupils across BiH and securing preconditions for better IT literacy. History
3. Recommendation:

Target capacity development of high school teachers for hands on learning, entrepreneurship and STEAM.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/01/29]

The recommendation is accepted.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1. Assist with development of a systematic approach for quality entrepreneurship and STEAM.
[Added: 2022/01/29] [Last Updated: 2022/06/23]
UNDP Country Office in Bosnia and Herzegovina 2024/12 Initiated The Project generally support relevant ministries in improving environment for quality entrepreneurial learning and STEM. Formalized programmes covering IT and entrepreneurship will be developed. History
4. Recommendation:

 Integration of research findings on the future of information technology sector and automotive sector into formal curricula.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/01/29]

The recommendation is accepted.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
4.1. UNDP will engage to integrate research findings on the future of information technology sector and automotive into curricula for vocational schools across the country.
[Added: 2022/01/29] [Last Updated: 2022/06/23]
UNDP Country Office in Bosnia and Herzegovina 2023/12 Initiated In progress. History
5. Recommendation:

Support start-up and MSME development through access to financing, entrepreneurship courses, mentoring, SMART classrooms, life-long learning/development centers.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/01/29]

The recommendation is accepted.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
5.1 The Project will establish a network of entrepreneurship clubs, and create sustainable service lines to support new business set-up and development.
[Added: 2022/01/29] [Last Updated: 2022/06/23]
UNDP Country Office in Bosnia and Herzegovina 2024/12 Initiated The Project will engage a consultant to develop a concept for establishing entrepreneurship clubs. Accordingly, 10 such clubs will be established in 10 partner schools. Additionally, the project will initiate creation of business service lines to boost entrepreneurship. History
6. Recommendation:

UNDP should keep focus on consolidation and expansion of R&D projects at universities. Considering success of the initial call for R&D projects and research at University of Sarajevo, similar activity should be further continued and expanded to other universities by combining financial participation of university and financial support of external partners including government funds.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/01/29]

The recommendation is accepted.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
6.1 Assist with development of a comprehensive government R&D program and strategy.
[Added: 2022/01/29] [Last Updated: 2022/06/23]
UNDP Country Office in Bosnia and Herzegovina 2023/12 Initiated The Project initiated cooperation with Sarajevo Canton and provide assistance in preparation of R&D strategy. Furthermore, the Project also assists University of Sarajevo in implementing 56 R&D projects in 2022. In upcoming years of Project implementation, the Project will also develop and implement its own R&D grant scheme enabling a platform to support Universities in Sarajevo, Banja Luka and Mostar. History
7. Recommendation:

Strengthen institutionalization of smarter spending and revenue generation by local and cantonal governments.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/01/29]

The recommendation 7 is not applicable for the follow-up EGG2 intervention. Further UNDP engagement in public finance area will be channeled through other projects.

Key Actions:

8. Recommendation:

Focus on scale of redesigning and restructuring of government incentive schemes aimed at supporting entrepreneurship, private sector development and job creation.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/01/29]

The recommendation 8 is not applicable  for the follow-up EGG2 intervention. Further UNDP engagement relating government incentive grant schemes will be channeled through other projects.

Key Actions:

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