Final Project Evaluation of Integrated Governance Programme II

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Evaluation Plan:
2022-2026, Maldives
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
05/2022
Completion Date:
05/2022
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
10,000

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Title Final Project Evaluation of Integrated Governance Programme II
Atlas Project Number: 00093667
Evaluation Plan: 2022-2026, Maldives
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 05/2022
Planned End Date: 05/2022
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Poverty
  • 2. Governance
  • 3. Gender
  • 4. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 1.1.1 Capacities developed across the whole of government to integrate the 2030 Agenda, the Paris Agreement and other international agreements in development plans and budgets, and to analyse progress towards the SDGs, using innovative and data-driven solutions
  • 2. Output 1.6.2 Measures in place and implemented across sectors to prevent and respond to Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV)
  • 3. Output 2.2.2 Constitution-making, electoral and parliamentary processes and institutions strengthened to promote inclusion, transparency and accountability
  • 4. 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
  • 5. Output 3.2.1 National capacities strengthened for reintegration, reconciliation, peaceful management of conflict and prevention of violent extremism in response to national policies and priorities
SDG Goal
  • Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  • 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 17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development
  • Goal 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
  • Goal 9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
SDG Target
  • 11.b By 2020, substantially increase the number of cities and human settlements adopting and implementing integrated policies and plans towards inclusion, resource efficiency, mitigation and adaptation to climate change, resilience to disasters, and develop and implement, in line with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, holistic disaster risk management at all levels
  • 16.3 Promote the rule of law at the national and international levels and ensure equal access to justice for all
  • 16.6 Develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels
  • 16.7 Ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels
  • 16.a Strengthen relevant national institutions, including through international cooperation, for building capacity at all levels, in particular in developing countries, to prevent violence and combat terrorism and crime
  • 17.14 Enhance policy coherence for sustainable development
  • 17.17 Encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships
  • 5.2 Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation
  • 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
  • 9.b Support domestic technology development, research and innovation in developing countries, including by ensuring a conducive policy environment for, inter alia, industrial diversification and value addition to commodities
Evaluation Budget(US $): 10,000
Source of Funding: Project budget
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 10,000
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Nationality
Ahmed Shahid MALDIVES
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: President Office, Elections Commission, Parliament, Local Government Authority, Local Councils, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Youth, Community Empowerment and Sports, Civil Society, Supreme Court and other courts, Attorney General Office, Prosecutor General Office, Human Rights Commission, Ministry of Gender Japan, UK, EU, DFAT/ AusAid
Countries: MALDIVES
Comments:

A light final evaluation was conducted in October 2021 and the final draft of the evaluation report has been shared.

CO is finalizing the final project evaluation report.

Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

UNDP should give more emphasis on grassroots empowerment, including CSOs, community actors and human rights defenders, to expand the civic space and improve the demand side for more democratic, transparent, accountable and accessible governance in any future intervention of similar nature. 

2

UNDP should continue to promote gender equality, encompassing legislative and institutional changes, grassroots mobilisation of women, capacity and opportunity, sensitisation and social dialogue to address issues of discrimination, gender stereotypes and prejudices in all similar future interventions.

3

UNDP should give more emphasis on political and economic empowerment of youth, persons with disabilities, the poor and marginalised communities through more research into causes of social exclusion, disenfranchisement and disengagement, and help create further avenues and opportunities for young people to contribute towards national development.

4

UNDP should increase attention to strengthening a culture of respect for human rights, by targeting legislative change, institution building (especially support to HRCM), grassroots human rights NGOs and human rights defenders, and rights-holders’ awareness and capacity to demand their rights, using more locally driven approaches.  

5

UNDP’s focus on post-COVID-19 recovery should include creating new opportunities for communities to build resilience, livelihoods and social support in a manner that creates more opportunities for the marginalised communities and individuals, at the same time promoting social justice and ensuring that no one is left behind. 

6

UNDP should focus on supporting legislative change and building institutional mechanisms that would help local governments to be more meaningful, effective and accountable to the people through sustained capacity development support and regular monitoring, and by adopting digital and technology-driven solutions and other forms of digital governance initiatives.  

7

UNDP should broaden its partners and stakeholders in governance interventions to include the academia and private sector partners in relevant interventions to create further synergy. 

8

UNDP should focus on strengthening programme governance to include better accountability on programme delivery, and focus on developing more specific and quantifiable baseline data on all areas of programme intervention and continue to collect monitoring data at regular intervals to effectively measure impact on the ground.  

Management Response Documents
1. Recommendation:

UNDP should give more emphasis on grassroots empowerment, including CSOs, community actors and human rights defenders, to expand the civic space and improve the demand side for more democratic, transparent, accountable and accessible governance in any future intervention of similar nature. 

Management Response: [Added: 2022/08/01]

Fully accepted

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
This recommendation has been reflected in the new IGP phase III project, under outputs: 3.1) Empower civil society and foster safe, learning spaces for civic engagement of young people and women, and 2.3) Support towards strengthening national human rights frameworks, institutions, and advocacy activities that are in the workplan are, for instance, a handbook and workshop for human rights defenders. Activities for the 2022 AWP includes: 1) Practices Parliament Series, the first batch was organized in May 2022, in partnership with People’s Majis. Two more will follow this year 2) Two projects under the Grants Programme for CSOs on women empowerment were completed in 2022. Five projects are on-going
[Added: 2022/08/01]
Yasmeen Rasheed 2022/12 Completed
2. Recommendation:

UNDP should continue to promote gender equality, encompassing legislative and institutional changes, grassroots mobilisation of women, capacity and opportunity, sensitisation and social dialogue to address issues of discrimination, gender stereotypes and prejudices in all similar future interventions.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/08/01]

Fully accepted

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
This recommendation has been reflected in the new IGP phase III project, under outputs: 1.2) Empowering women’s leadership in local councils, governance and decision making; 3.1) Empower civil society and foster safe, learning spaces for civic engagement of young people and women; and 2.1) Enabling efficient access to quality legal and justice sector services, especially for women. Activities for the 2022 AWP includes: 1) Support to LGAs to build capacity of local councils and WDCs focusing on women’s leadership in local councils; 2) Practices Parliament Series, the first batch was organized in May 2022, exclusively women were the target group. Two more will follow this year; 3) Two projects under the Grants Programme for CSOs on women empowerment were completed in 2022. Five projects are on-going; 4) Partnership with Family Legal Clinics on the provision of legal aids with women as the main target group
[Added: 2022/08/01]
Yasmeen Rasheed 2022/12 Completed n/a History
3. Recommendation:

UNDP should give more emphasis on political and economic empowerment of youth, persons with disabilities, the poor and marginalised communities through more research into causes of social exclusion, disenfranchisement and disengagement, and help create further avenues and opportunities for young people to contribute towards national development.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/08/01]

Fully accepted

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
This has been reflected in the new IGP phase III project, under outputs: 3.1) Empower civil society and foster safe, learning spaces for civic engagement of young people and women; 3.2) Foster social cohesion, peace, and tolerance; 3.3) Promote social entrepreneurship, innovation and MSME development. Activities for the 2022 AWP includes: 1) Two projects under the Grants Programme for CSOs on women empowerment were completed in 2022. Five projects are on-going 2) Implement the recommendations from the Youth Vulnerability Assessment and the Rights Side of Life survey 3) Social Innovation Camp will be organized in 2022 4) Conduct economic empowerment trainings focusing on WDCs in partnership with the Ministry for Economic Development (MED) 5) Organize Badhahi Film Series on various thematic areas related to social cohesion in 2022 6) Review of the National Action Plan on PWDs with the Ministry of Gender
[Added: 2022/08/01]
Yasmeen Rasheed 2022/12 Initiated History
4. Recommendation:

UNDP should increase attention to strengthening a culture of respect for human rights, by targeting legislative change, institution building (especially support to HRCM), grassroots human rights NGOs and human rights defenders, and rights-holders’ awareness and capacity to demand their rights, using more locally driven approaches.  

Management Response: [Added: 2022/08/01]

Fully accepted

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The new programme phase has already mobilized more than 40% compared to the previous phase (IGP II) towards programmes and activities on human rights promotion which are mainstreamed across the portfolio. Activities have been reflected in the new IGP phase III project, under outputs: 2.1) Enabling efficient access to quality legal and justice; 2.2) Increasing judicial independence and trust sector services, especially for women; and 2.3) Support towards strengthening national human rights frameworks, institutions, and advocacy; 2.4) Integrate human rights into businesses and private sector governance ‘FairBiz’; 2.5) Facilitate rights of persons with disabilities through improved policy frameworks and advocacy Activities under the 2022 AWP includes: 1) Developed a five-year action plan for the National Human Rights Commission of Maldives 2) Developed human rights defender’s manual in partnership with the National Human Rights Commission of Maldives 3) Support the roll-out of the Civil Procedures Code and the Evidence Act in partnership with the Attorney General Office 4) Support National Dialogue on introduction of Business and Human Rights in the Maldives
[Added: 2022/08/01]
Yasmeen Rasheed 2022/12 Initiated
5. Recommendation:

UNDP’s focus on post-COVID-19 recovery should include creating new opportunities for communities to build resilience, livelihoods and social support in a manner that creates more opportunities for the marginalised communities and individuals, at the same time promoting social justice and ensuring that no one is left behind. 

Management Response: [Added: 2022/08/01]

Fully accepted

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
This recommendation has been reflected in the new IGP phase III project and is more strongly evident in the partnerships formed with agencies such as LGA and MED. IGP III has more concrete fiscal empowerment interventions and approaches such as leveraging the amendments to the decentralization Act of 2019 especially pertaining to fiscal decentralization. Key outputs that has been designed to facilitate this objective includes: 3.1) Empower civil society and foster safe, learning spaces for civic engagement of young people and women; and 3.3) Promote social entrepreneurship, innovation and MSME development Activities for the 2022 AWP includes: 1) Social Innovation Camp will be organized in 2022 2) Conduct economic empowerment trainings focusing on WDCs in partnership with the Ministry for Economic Development (MED)
[Added: 2022/08/01]
Yasmeen Rasheed 2022/12 Initiated
6. Recommendation:

UNDP should focus on supporting legislative change and building institutional mechanisms that would help local governments to be more meaningful, effective and accountable to the people through sustained capacity development support and regular monitoring, and by adopting digital and technology-driven solutions and other forms of digital governance initiatives.  

Management Response: [Added: 2022/08/01]

Fully accepted

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
This recommendation has been reflected in the new IGP phase III project, under outputs: 1.1) Enhancing institutional capacities and systems of governance through digital transformation and people-centered development; 1.3) Enhancing transparency and accountability of governance processes; 1.4) Harmonizing local and national development planning Activities under the 2022 AWP includes: 1) Continue supporting the enhancement of the digital platform for the Local Councils in partnership with LGAs 2) Support the parliament in adopting citizen engagement intervention 3) Support the LGAs in adopting citizen engagement intervention 4) Continue supporting to LGAs in further gender mainstreaming of the local development planning processes
[Added: 2022/08/01]
Yasmeen Rasheed 2022/12 Initiated
7. Recommendation:

UNDP should broaden its partners and stakeholders in governance interventions to include the academia and private sector partners in relevant interventions to create further synergy. 

Management Response: [Added: 2022/08/01]

Fully accepted

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1. Academia engagement partnership to be broadened to include academia in programme governance and oversight through including in programme board and technical committees. As a resource, academic institutions will also be engaged for research interventions pertaining to governance.. One of the initiative this year is the partnership with Maldives National University to conduct the 3rd phase of the Value in Crisis survey
[Added: 2022/08/01]
Yasmeen Rasheed 2022/12 Initiated
2. On intervention with the private sector, UNDP will expand its partnership channels in addition to the engagement on particular activities of interest to private sector such as the Miyaheli Programme. This includes, broadening of private sector role as a responsible stakeholders in the continuation and substantiation of UNDP’s work on integrating human rights into businesses and private sector governance ‘FairBiz’.
[Added: 2022/08/01]
Yasmeen Rasheed 2022/12 Initiated
8. Recommendation:

UNDP should focus on strengthening programme governance to include better accountability on programme delivery, and focus on developing more specific and quantifiable baseline data on all areas of programme intervention and continue to collect monitoring data at regular intervals to effectively measure impact on the ground.  

Management Response: [Added: 2022/08/01]

Fully accepted

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1. Programme board has been enhanced. Representatives from different stakeholders – civil society, national and local government, NGOs – are in the current board. Project board meetings are held on an annual basis and until the end of the programme cycle
[Added: 2022/08/01]
Yasmeen Rasheed 2022/12 Completed
2. Together with the project team, a dedicated RBM supports were provided to ensure that baseline, milestones and targets (BMT) are regularly monitored and review at least twice a year until the end of the programme cycle
[Added: 2022/08/01]
Yasmeen Rasheed, Vathanya Vichitlekarn 2022/12 Completed
3. The project team together with a RBM staff have ensured that the means of verification for each output/activity are realistic and tangible. Monitoring data is being collected through office internal monitoring platform
[Added: 2022/08/01]
Yasmeen Rasheed, Vathanya Vichitlekarn 2022/12 Completed

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