Final evaluation Technical Support to Implementation of the Developmental Housing Initiatives

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Evaluation Plan:
2017-2022, Saudi Arabia
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
04/2022
Completion Date:
04/2022
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
No
Evaluation Budget(US $):
25,000

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Title Final evaluation Technical Support to Implementation of the Developmental Housing Initiatives
Atlas Project Number: 00123413
Evaluation Plan: 2017-2022, Saudi Arabia
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 04/2022
Planned End Date: 04/2022
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Poverty
  • 2. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 2.1.2 Capacities developed for progressive expansion of inclusive social protection systems
SDG Goal
  • Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
SDG Target
  • 11.3 By 2030, enhance inclusive and sustainable urbanization and capacity for participatory, integrated and sustainable human settlement planning and management in all countries
  • 11.a Support positive economic, social and environmental links between urban, peri-urban and rural areas by strengthening national and regional development planning
Evaluation Budget(US $): 25,000
Source of Funding: Government
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 25,000
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Nationality
Sheikh Salim Altaf Independent Housing Evaluator INDIA
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: Ministry of Municipal Rural Affairs and Housing (MoMRAH)
Countries: SAUDI ARABIA
Comments:

The projct is a joint project between UNDP and UN-Habitat.

Implementing party: Ministry of Municipal Rural Affairs and Housing (MoMRAH)

Implementing Partner: UNDP

Executing Partner: UN-Habitat

Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Further studies and supplementary case studies should be prepared. There is a clear need for contextual case studies to further establish the role and responsibilities of NGOs in such scenarios where contextual understanding is one of the key factors in the delivery of social/developmental housing programs. 

2

- A ready-to-use handbook/manual for professionals & NGOs should be developed for effective use of the proposed Business Plan covering all the facets. 

- More participation and buy-in from the Govt. agencies & key stakeholders should be designed as an integral part of the program design for effective implementation and knowledge sharing.A requisite communication plan for Effective Convergence, Knowledge Management & Transfer systems could be designed.

3

- The observation during the evaluation process highlighted time and again the role and contribution required by Saudi Nationals during various stages of the project. It will be in the common interest of the current and various other ongoing initiatives to have an elaborate engagement strategy and plan for Saudi Nationals. Leveraging UN-Habitat’s extensive experience with the ‘people’s process’ approach this can be taken as an essential component of the project outcomes. 

- Based on the evaluation, Business Plan & financing concepts from case studies should have been more exhaustive and it recommended that the financial incentivization model for Beneficiaries, NGOs, and key participants in the value chain should be included. Ready reckoner/templates for NGO partnerships, and agreements would standardize and streamline engagement & operations. 

4

The use of output indicators from the Strategic Plan (Integrated Results and Resources Framework?- IRRF) in addition to specific results indicators would have helped cover cross-cutting issues.Need linkage of policy review with housing need assessment and required housing stock. Continue to work through UNDP proposed six signature solutions on poverty and inequality, governance, resilience, environment, energy, and gender equality as these are where country needs are greatest. 

5

Need for more participation of Saudi Nationals in the project & Effective governance, implementation road map, and monitoring systems to achieve desirable results.  

The future phases of such programs should encourage and ensure the participation of Saudi National experts at all given stages. This will ensure a contextual output in the project and promote – ‘Housing for all Saudis, by Saudis’ It is vital that the project owner and the supervisor be the same for more ownership of delivery. The Developmental Housing could have implemented stronger direct supervision of the project.

6

Additional studies for the critical areas not covered in the project could be included in the future phases of the program or supplementary deep-dive studies could be designed. National housing information database for a targeted approach, segmentation, and providing adequate support services. ESG Audit process & awareness building through planned IEC interventions 

7

A GIS based Spatial Analysis guidebook of DH sites/locations shall be critical for future site identification, analysis & design process 

8

Additional requirements of new standards for one non-profit housing project in one Saudi city should be developed through a participatory planning process engaging students both male and female. 

9

A 5-point agenda for Development Housing Initiatives – 1) Technical Advisory, 2) Policy Advocacy, 3) Inclusive Development, 4) IEC & Capacity Building, 5) Promote Sustainability and development goals. Need for a Development Housing (DH) Implementation Plan

10

Additional studies for the critical areas not covered in the project could be included in the future phases of the program or supplementary deep-dive studies could be designed.  

11

Exhaustive capacity building and engagement plans must be developed for future projects. Competency Framework of NGOs, handholding and Capacity Building based on KPIs. Competency Framework of NGOs, handholding and Capacity Building based on KPIs More elaborative gender action plans to be designed around the DH initiatives.

12

Detailed Development Housing (DH) value-chain analysis could be included in the future phases of the program or supplementary studies could be designed. 

13

Technical and contextual deep dive topic study of Supply-Side topics to meet the Demand Side requirements.

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