Joint Justice Project (JJP)

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Evaluation Plan:
2021-2025, Somalia
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
03/2022
Completion Date:
03/2022
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
30,000

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Title Joint Justice Project (JJP)
Atlas Project Number: 00113322
Evaluation Plan: 2021-2025, Somalia
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 03/2022
Planned End Date: 03/2022
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Governance
  • 2. Resilience
  • 3. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. 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
  • 2. 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 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
SDG Target
  • 16.3 Promote the rule of law at the national and international levels and ensure equal access to justice for all
  • 16.8 Broaden and strengthen the participation of developing countries in the institutions of global governance
Evaluation Budget(US $): 30,000
Source of Funding: MPTF, TRAC
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 20,000
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: Yes
  • Joint with UN Agencies
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Nationality
Elca Stigter Evaluator
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: FGS, FMS, civil society, donors, private sector, UN Agencies.
Countries: SOMALIA
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Design a phase II of the JJP which considers the recommendations and lessons learned of this evaluation (UNDP, UNSOM with participation of PUNOs, RCO (SJF Secretariat), MoJ, judiciary, civil society organizations and donors)

 

 

2

Prepare a ToC in which the connectedness to all parts of the criminal justice chain, and the JCP and JPP, has been made explicit, in a participatory and inclusive manner (incl. PUNOs, donors, women’s organizations, relevant justice institutions/MoJ), and a logical framework with SMART indicators that capture the ambition of transformational change and increased access to justice of all social groups (UNDP, UNSOM with participation of PUNOs, RCO (SJF Secretariat), MoJ, judiciary, civil society organizations and donors)

3

Strengthen the project management team of the JJP, including by means of budgeting for a UNDP project manager, staff with expertise in gender and inclusion and monitoring and evaluation and dedicated senior field staff at each FMS (UNDP, UNSOM with participation of PUNOS, RCO (SJF Secretariat), MoJ, judiciary, civil society organizations and donors)

4

Strengthen monitoring and evaluation of the JJP by means of a) developing an M&E framework; b) M&E – indicators incl. gender indicators that also cover the intended judicial reform and connectivity between the different levels/non-formal and formal levels; c) establish a reporting mechanism that is based on milestones, and agreed on intervals and deadlines; d) Conduct research & set up a functioning community of practice; Since this is a joint programme UNDP is not able to monitor any of the activities for the other implementing partners. Further working with IDLO due to the HQ MOU M&E, audit is not undertaken by UNDP; so some clear guidance is required on how and who would be conducting the M&E (UNDP, UNSOM with participation of PUNOS, RCO (SJF Secretariat), MoJ, judiciary, civil society organizations and donors)

5

Develop and implement long-term capacity-building strategy for all components and actors, including a) mentoring and other training methods in addition to class room capacity-building; b) institutionalizing training curricula and trained trainers in existing institutions in criminal/civil justice; c) strengthening M&E; d) examining options to introduce practical experience into BA Degrees (e.g. moot courts); e) supporting internships for all BA graduates to offer continued financial support/equal opportunities); f) design a nonviolent communication training module for university-level social work course  (UNDP, UNSOM with participation of PUNOS, RCO (SJF Secretariat), MoJ, judiciary)

6

Review the governance mechanisms of the JJP, and a) at a minimum, include the judiciary as co-chairs of the SC; b) consider establishing a two-level governance mechanism with a strategic/political level and a technical level; c) include civil society organizations with the right profile to support the programme to meet its objectives; d) create a programme secretary with agreed on programme management responsibilities. (UNDP, UNSOM, MoJ, Judiciary, PUNOS, RCO (SJF Secretariat), donors)

7

Strengthen programme sustainability by a) preparing an exit strategy at the very beginning that adequately considers sustainability with respect to all project results, in order to guide decision-making in this field; b) enable and agree on a gradual process of transfer of responsibilities and budgetary items, linked to milestones; c) seek/guarantee long-term funding to support long-term capacity-building processes (UNDP, UNSOM, MoJ/judiciary, PUNOS, RCO (SJF Secretariat), donors)

8

Strengthen coordination with partner agencies, including a) by agreeing on a clear division of responsibilities between UNDP and UNSOM; b) setting up coordination mechanisms with the JPP, JCP and other joint programmes with community-based initiatives; c) strengthen RoL wide coordination mechanism(s); d) strengthen coordination with humanitarian actors such as UNHCR and non-UN agencies, such as USAID (coordination as at the CAS strand 2c. (UNDP, UNSOM, PUNOS, RCO (SJF Secretariat), donors with cooperation MoJ/judiciary)

9

Strengthen gender mainstreaming and advance women’s rights in the programme planning/implementation/M&E, including by means of a) aligning the JJP with international and national strategies on women, peace and security and the advancement of women’s rights; b) design gender-sensitive indicators, M&E framework and data collection and analysis tools; c) include women’s civil society organizations in design, implementation and governance mechanisms in line with the programme’s objectives; d) promote the inclusion of female graduates in judicial and other governmental institutions; e) monitor more closely the effects of programme activities on women’s rights and the application of traditional justice mechanisms. (UNDP, UNSOM, PUNOS, MoJ/judiciary, civil society organizations)

10

Continue and expand technical assistance to informal justice mechanisms, such as by a) harmonizing approaches of the ADR centres; b) expand community conversations, ADR centres, legal aid and mobile courts to cover more districts; c) build staff capacity, including with nonviolent communication skills; d) standardize data collection; e) strengthen procedural safeguards, referral pathways, information sharing and coordination amongst informal and formal justice actors (UNDP, UNSOM, IDLO, other PUNOS, MoJ/judiciary and other law enforcement/justice actors)

1. Recommendation:

Design a phase II of the JJP which considers the recommendations and lessons learned of this evaluation (UNDP, UNSOM with participation of PUNOs, RCO (SJF Secretariat), MoJ, judiciary, civil society organizations and donors)

 

 

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

Accepted

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1 Justice month consultations at all FMS and Banadir concluded in December 2021 which provide justice sector priorities as identified by stakeholders  Consolidated report on the justice sector priorities identified. 1.2 Consultant recruited to develop political economy analysis, to develop understanding of partners of political, economic and social power structures and actors pertaining to the rule of law.(Conduct a political economy analysis) 1.3 Recruit a consultant to assist in finalization of justice sector strategy of the government and the development of the design of the new JJP prodoc– June/July 2022 1.4 finalize the justice sector strategy of the government
[Added: 2022/03/23] [Last Updated: 2022/03/28]
UNDP 2022/08 Initiated History
2. Recommendation:

Prepare a ToC in which the connectedness to all parts of the criminal justice chain, and the JCP and JPP, has been made explicit, in a participatory and inclusive manner (incl. PUNOs, donors, women’s organizations, relevant justice institutions/MoJ), and a logical framework with SMART indicators that capture the ambition of transformational change and increased access to justice of all social groups (UNDP, UNSOM with participation of PUNOs, RCO (SJF Secretariat), MoJ, judiciary, civil society organizations and donors)

Management Response: [Added: 2022/03/23]

Accepted

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1 Recruit a Consultant to develop draft political economy analysis . 2.2 Develop a draft TOC on the law justice chain. 2.3 Logical framework with SMART indicators developed in new programme
[Added: 2022/03/23]
UNDP, UNSOM 2022/07 Initiated
3. Recommendation:

Strengthen the project management team of the JJP, including by means of budgeting for a UNDP project manager, staff with expertise in gender and inclusion and monitoring and evaluation and dedicated senior field staff at each FMS (UNDP, UNSOM with participation of PUNOS, RCO (SJF Secretariat), MoJ, judiciary, civil society organizations and donors)

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

Partially Accepted.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1 UNDP project manager hired and onboarded . 3.2 PMU structure designed in new JJP phase
[Added: 2022/03/23] [Last Updated: 2022/03/28]
UNDP UNDP with PUNOS 2022/07 Initiated History
4. Recommendation:

Strengthen monitoring and evaluation of the JJP by means of a) developing an M&E framework; b) M&E – indicators incl. gender indicators that also cover the intended judicial reform and connectivity between the different levels/non-formal and formal levels; c) establish a reporting mechanism that is based on milestones, and agreed on intervals and deadlines; d) Conduct research & set up a functioning community of practice; Since this is a joint programme UNDP is not able to monitor any of the activities for the other implementing partners. Further working with IDLO due to the HQ MOU M&E, audit is not undertaken by UNDP; so some clear guidance is required on how and who would be conducting the M&E (UNDP, UNSOM with participation of PUNOS, RCO (SJF Secretariat), MoJ, judiciary, civil society organizations and donors)

Management Response: [Added: 2022/03/23]

Accepted

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
4.1. Develop an M&E framework for the new phase 4.2. Conduct SGD16 surveys on indicators and COVID impact on institutions by UNDP for the programme 4.3 Develop gender-specific indicators in new phase framework. 4.4 Set SMART milestones and outline responsibilities across stakeholders.
[Added: 2022/03/23] [Last Updated: 2022/03/28]
UNDP UN Women UNDP and PUNOS 2022/10 Initiated History
5. Recommendation:

Develop and implement long-term capacity-building strategy for all components and actors, including a) mentoring and other training methods in addition to class room capacity-building; b) institutionalizing training curricula and trained trainers in existing institutions in criminal/civil justice; c) strengthening M&E; d) examining options to introduce practical experience into BA Degrees (e.g. moot courts); e) supporting internships for all BA graduates to offer continued financial support/equal opportunities); f) design a nonviolent communication training module for university-level social work course  (UNDP, UNSOM with participation of PUNOS, RCO (SJF Secretariat), MoJ, judiciary)

Management Response: [Added: 2022/03/23]

Partially Accepted

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
5.1 Conduct a participatory identification of partners capacity building needs. 5.2 Develop a capacity building plan 5.3 Develop an M&E Plan 5.4 Conduct M&E capacity building for partners 5.5 Partners consultations held on incorporation of practical experience in BA degrees; develop a design for law clinics at universities for new programme 5.6 Need to link internships with availability of government positions – if interns do not have opportunity for continued employment, internship scheme is unsustainable (Create an Internship plan and discuss sustainability with Civil Service Commission and government partners in the programme) 5.7 Non Violent Communication module designed under new phase and institutionalized
[Added: 2022/03/23] [Last Updated: 2022/03/28]
PUNOS UNSOM led with UNDP UNDP 2023/09 Not Initiated History
6. Recommendation:

Review the governance mechanisms of the JJP, and a) at a minimum, include the judiciary as co-chairs of the SC; b) consider establishing a two-level governance mechanism with a strategic/political level and a technical level; c) include civil society organizations with the right profile to support the programme to meet its objectives; d) create a programme secretary with agreed on programme management responsibilities. (UNDP, UNSOM, MoJ, Judiciary, PUNOS, RCO (SJF Secretariat), donors)

Management Response: [Added: 2022/03/23] [Last Updated: 2022/03/28]

Partially Accepted

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
6.1 Include Judiciary in programme steering committee 6.2 Prepare ToRs for the structure of programme governance mechanisms 6.3 Develop TOR for CSO reference group including women’s groups, disability rights groups and youth groups; activate CSO reference group by end 2022
[Added: 2022/03/23] [Last Updated: 2022/03/28]
MOJ FGS with UNSOM-UNDP UNDP UNDP and UN Women 2023/03 Not Initiated History
7. Recommendation:

Strengthen programme sustainability by a) preparing an exit strategy at the very beginning that adequately considers sustainability with respect to all project results, in order to guide decision-making in this field; b) enable and agree on a gradual process of transfer of responsibilities and budgetary items, linked to milestones; c) seek/guarantee long-term funding to support long-term capacity-building processes (UNDP, UNSOM, MoJ/judiciary, PUNOS, RCO (SJF Secretariat), donors)

Management Response: [Added: 2022/03/23]

Accepted

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
7.1 Include robust sustainability measures, including flexible and agile exit strategy that will be continually reviewed, in prodoc of next phase. 7.2 Study conducted on transfer of responsibilities through cost sharing of government budget. Further new programme could explore an affordability study for the security and justice sectors to be explored with the World Bank which can help in the faster development in the civil services reforms with a focus on the security and justice sector. Also the possibilities of a collaboration for an analytical study on court fees in Somalia which can be built for court revenue in future.
[Added: 2022/03/23] [Last Updated: 2022/03/28]
UNSOM-UNDP Supreme Court and MOJ FGS with UNSOM and UNDP 2023/03 Not Initiated History
8. Recommendation:

Strengthen coordination with partner agencies, including a) by agreeing on a clear division of responsibilities between UNDP and UNSOM; b) setting up coordination mechanisms with the JPP, JCP and other joint programmes with community-based initiatives; c) strengthen RoL wide coordination mechanism(s); d) strengthen coordination with humanitarian actors such as UNHCR and non-UN agencies, such as USAID (coordination as at the CAS strand 2c. (UNDP, UNSOM, PUNOS, RCO (SJF Secretariat), donors with cooperation MoJ/judiciary)

Management Response: [Added: 2022/03/23]

Partially Accepted

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
8.1 Incorporate accountability framework in new phase 8.2 Conduct discussions on area-based programming approach at the GFP Strategic level, to build synergies and pilot. 8.3 Reinforce the capacity of existing coordination mechanisms especially GFP at country level and FMS 8.4 Reinforce the capacity of existing CAS coordination mechanisms in new programme document
[Added: 2022/03/23] [Last Updated: 2022/03/28]
PUNOS UN GFP Quartet UNSOM UNSOM 2023/04 Not Initiated History
9. Recommendation:

Strengthen gender mainstreaming and advance women’s rights in the programme planning/implementation/M&E, including by means of a) aligning the JJP with international and national strategies on women, peace and security and the advancement of women’s rights; b) design gender-sensitive indicators, M&E framework and data collection and analysis tools; c) include women’s civil society organizations in design, implementation and governance mechanisms in line with the programme’s objectives; d) promote the inclusion of female graduates in judicial and other governmental institutions; e) monitor more closely the effects of programme activities on women’s rights and the application of traditional justice mechanisms. (UNDP, UNSOM, PUNOS, MoJ/judiciary, civil society organizations)

Management Response: [Added: 2022/03/23] [Last Updated: 2022/03/28]

Partially Accepted

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
9.1 New phase will be designed to synergise with the WPS programme and aligned with international and national strategies on women’s rights 9.2 Develop gender-specific indicators in new phase framework 9.3 Inclusion of women CSOs in design and implementation, particularly in community-level gender-responsive advocacy and outreach 9.4 Broadening the linkage with WPS programme on including women law graduates in government institutions 9.5 Utilize the findings of Universal Periodic Review to to ensure women’s effective participation in the programme intervention’s implementations and monitor progress on women's rights.
[Added: 2022/03/23] [Last Updated: 2022/03/28]
UNSOM-UNDP 2023/05 Not Initiated History
10. Recommendation:

Continue and expand technical assistance to informal justice mechanisms, such as by a) harmonizing approaches of the ADR centres; b) expand community conversations, ADR centres, legal aid and mobile courts to cover more districts; c) build staff capacity, including with nonviolent communication skills; d) standardize data collection; e) strengthen procedural safeguards, referral pathways, information sharing and coordination amongst informal and formal justice actors (UNDP, UNSOM, IDLO, other PUNOS, MoJ/judiciary and other law enforcement/justice actors)

Management Response: [Added: 2022/03/23]

Partially Accepted

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
10.1 Standardize ADR structures, in coordination with government 10.2 Increase sustainability and effectiveness of existing A2J mechanisms 10.3 Institutionalize NVC at MOJ’s and universities 10.4 Develop an SOP on data collection
[Added: 2022/03/23] [Last Updated: 2022/03/28]
MOJ FGS/FMS, UNDP, IDLO UNDP with MOJ FGS/FMS, Universities UNDP with UNSOM and IDLO 2023/10 Not Initiated History

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