Mid-term Evaluation of ‘EU Justice and Legal Empowerment Project in Vietnam’ (carried out and paid by the EU - 84003)

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Evaluation Plan:
2022-2026, Viet Nam
Evaluation Type:
Mid Term Project
Planned End Date:
06/2022
Completion Date:
03/2022
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
15,000

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Title Mid-term Evaluation of ‘EU Justice and Legal Empowerment Project in Vietnam’ (carried out and paid by the EU - 84003)
Atlas Project Number: 00084003
Evaluation Plan: 2022-2026, Viet Nam
Evaluation Type: Mid Term Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 03/2022
Planned End Date: 06/2022
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Governance
  • 2. 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
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
  • 16.6 Develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels
Evaluation Budget(US $): 15,000
Source of Funding: European Union (funded directly by the EU)
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 13,830
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Nationality
Bunafsha Gulakova International Evaluator
Nguyen Thi Minh Hai National Evaluator
Vu Cong Giao National Evaluator
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: Ministry of Justice (MOJ), National Assembly (NA) and provincial People’s Councils; Supreme People’s Court (SPC); Supreme People’s Procuracy (SPP); Viet Nam Lawyers’ Association, Viet Nam Bar Federation and other civil society legal aid providers; legal academic institutions; UNICEF, UNODC and other UN agencies; European Union and other development partners.
Countries: VIET NAM
Comments:

UNSDCF Outcome 4 (CPD Outcome 3): By 2026, people in Viet Nam, especially those at risk of being left behind, will have benefited from and have contributed to a more just, safe and inclusive society based on improved governance, more responsive institutions, strengthened rule of law and the protection of and respect for human rights, gender equality, and freedom from all forms of violence and discrimination in line with international standards.

Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Recommendation 1: Strengthen the result framework by including relevant indicators to ensure more result-oriented implementation, and monitor outcome results

2

Recommendation 2: Ensure that the perception of the impact is balanced across the main stakeholders, ensuring that there is a mutual understanding of what the goal of the EUJULE is and how this success and change should be measured towards the end of the Programme

3

Recommendation 3: Consider introducing relevant best EUMS or EU and CoE best practices to leverage the EU-added value

4

Recommendation 4: Discuss with the Human Rights Institute the possibilities of creating a digital Human Rights Library to sustain the wealth of the knowledge and research developed within the EUJULE. The Human Rights Institute could serve as a custodian and sustain the efficient, effective, and sustained use of these resources. Once established, the development partners could consult the digital library and update the necessary tools instead of duplicating the efforts. (This recommendations for all Programe, including PAGoDA which lead by UNDP, JIFF (CSO component) and Human Rights Institute)

5

Recommendation 5: 

In the next EUJULE phase, design a distinctive component that supports Vietnam in the implementation of relevant recommendations from the UPR and UN Treaty Bodies with the following result areas:

A) Support in the development of National Human Rights Institutes harmonised with the Paris Principles Support the development of National Human Rights Institutes, including National Mechanism on Prevention of torture.

B) Support the State in fulfilling the UN Recommendation on ratifying the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, aiming to abolish the death penalty.

C) Facilitating technical assistance to the State and specifically to the MoJ in reporting on ICCPR. To this end, intervention could be designed to support reform on the moratorium or complete eradication of the death penalty through ratifying its Second Optional Protocol.

D) An inter-agency, comprehensive national mechanism and action plan across all UN HRs mechanisms that address HRs implementation and reporting by themes, rather than by treaty.

Management Response Documents
1. Recommendation:

Recommendation 1: Strengthen the result framework by including relevant indicators to ensure more result-oriented implementation, and monitor outcome results

Management Response: [Added: 2022/07/28] [Last Updated: 2022/07/28]

Agreed

Outcome indicators should be reviewed and strengthened to enable measurement of outcome results and impacts (in agreements with MOJ, national partners and EU Delegation).

It should be noted that there are challenges in proposing new indicators that could measure the impact, outcome results that reflect the nature of interventions of the programme.  The sources/means of verification might not available or data was not officially publicized. In addition, the updated log-frame with new outcome indicators need to be agreed and reflected in amendment of the agreement between EU and UN (Rider 4).

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1. Review the programme indicators
[Added: 2022/07/28]
EU JULE team, UNDP M&E team 2022/10 Initiated
1.2. In close consultation with MOJ, UNICEF, EUD and relevant national partners, review and validate the new log-frame indicators (to ensure more result-oriented implementation and monitor outcome results), then include the updated log-frame in Rider 4 (for 18-month extension)
[Added: 2022/07/28]
EU JULE team 2022/11 Initiated
2. Recommendation:

Recommendation 2: Ensure that the perception of the impact is balanced across the main stakeholders, ensuring that there is a mutual understanding of what the goal of the EUJULE is and how this success and change should be measured towards the end of the Programme

Management Response: [Added: 2022/07/28]

Agreed

Re-emphasize the impact of the programme and how to measure the changes to ensure the mutual understanding of the goal and key expected results of the EU JULE of main stakeholders

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1. Develop common messages on programme impacts (to be presented in 2022 annual PSC meeting) in order to ensure the mutual understanding of the overall objective, specific objectives as well as expected results of the EUJULE among main stakeholders.
[Added: 2022/07/28]
EU JULE team 2022/11 Initiated
2.2. Common messages on EUJULE impacts are used for EU JULE events’ opening remarks, press releases and other communication channels.
[Added: 2022/07/28]
EU JULE team 2022/11 Initiated
3. Recommendation:

Recommendation 3: Consider introducing relevant best EUMS or EU and CoE best practices to leverage the EU-added value

Management Response: [Added: 2022/07/28]

Agreed.

Tap into relevant European expertise and best practices of the EUMS with similar legal systems will be introduced, including study visit, to leverage the EU added value.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1. Discuss with national partners during the implementation of study activities that can benefit from best practices of EU member states (to include EUSM as international best practices)
[Added: 2022/07/28]
EU JULE team 2022/11 Initiated
4. Recommendation:

Recommendation 4: Discuss with the Human Rights Institute the possibilities of creating a digital Human Rights Library to sustain the wealth of the knowledge and research developed within the EUJULE. The Human Rights Institute could serve as a custodian and sustain the efficient, effective, and sustained use of these resources. Once established, the development partners could consult the digital library and update the necessary tools instead of duplicating the efforts. (This recommendations for all Programe, including PAGoDA which lead by UNDP, JIFF (CSO component) and Human Rights Institute)

Management Response: [Added: 2022/07/28]

Partially agreed.

UNDP and MOJ has not worked with the Human Rights Institute (HRI) under EU JULE Programme because HRI is not an implementing agency identified in the EU JULE Project Document. Creating a digital Human Rights Library Under may need technical and financial support. However, according to Vietnamese regulations, it would be difficult to support the agency which is not identified in the Project Document. UNDP will proactively work with MOJ to call a joint meeting between MOJ, JIFF Secretariat and UNDP, UNICEF with Human Rights Institute to discuss on the possibility of creating a digital Human Rights Library.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
4.1. Discuss with MOJ, propose a joint meeting between MOJ, JIFF Secretariat and UNDP, UNICEF with Human Rights Institute
[Added: 2022/07/28]
EU JULE team 2022/11 Initiated Minutes of the meeting History
5. Recommendation:

Recommendation 5: 

In the next EUJULE phase, design a distinctive component that supports Vietnam in the implementation of relevant recommendations from the UPR and UN Treaty Bodies with the following result areas:

A) Support in the development of National Human Rights Institutes harmonised with the Paris Principles Support the development of National Human Rights Institutes, including National Mechanism on Prevention of torture.

B) Support the State in fulfilling the UN Recommendation on ratifying the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, aiming to abolish the death penalty.

C) Facilitating technical assistance to the State and specifically to the MoJ in reporting on ICCPR. To this end, intervention could be designed to support reform on the moratorium or complete eradication of the death penalty through ratifying its Second Optional Protocol.

D) An inter-agency, comprehensive national mechanism and action plan across all UN HRs mechanisms that address HRs implementation and reporting by themes, rather than by treaty.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/07/28]

Agreed.

Include in the discussion with MOJ, national partners during the development of Programme Documents fort the next phase.

Be noted that the possibility of including a distinctive component in the next phase depends on the national partners’ priorities while keeping the balance among different outcomes of the new programme

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
5.1. During the formulation of the new EUJULE programme, discuss with MOJ, relevant national partners on the development of a component on improved human rights in Vietnam.
[Added: 2022/07/28]
EU JULE team 2022/12 Initiated

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