2005 - 2007 Review of Democratic Governance Sub-programme

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Evaluation Plan:
2005-2007, Lesotho
Evaluation Type:
Others
Planned End Date:
02/2007
Completion Date:
02/2007
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
--

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Title 2005 - 2007 Review of Democratic Governance Sub-programme
Atlas Project Number:
Evaluation Plan: 2005-2007, Lesotho
Evaluation Type: Others
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 02/2007
Planned End Date: 02/2007
Management Response: Yes
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
Evaluation Budget(US $): --
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
DR S Jallow Team Leader
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders:
Countries: LESOTHO
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1 Elections - More voter education needs to be undertaken to deepen the understanding of the political process and the importance of voting
2 Although not a real recommendation - it was noted that the establishment of the Human Rights Commission was an important result that was not achieved
3 Again, not a real recommendation, but it was noted that Public Service Delivery is still a significant issue
4 Concerns noted regarding the limited time available to the IEC to attend to election-related logistics before the General Elections of February 2007
5 The Parliament Internet Café needs a dedicated technical staff to manage the Internet and the IT systems and infrastructure. A Systems Administrator or person with similar skills will be useful in making sure the systems function properly and their integrity is maintained at all times. Also more space is required
6 Need to re-organise or re-engineer the Ministry of Local Government to position it to better perform its functions and strengthen its capacity to coordinate assistance from donors
7 Time taken by UNDESA in processing the bids from companies for the ICT infrastructure also hindered implementation
8 Vigorous and proactive follow-up regime backed by an appropriate execution modality (a hybrid of NEX/AEX/DEX could be considered) could be useful in speeding up implementation.
9 Abide by the recommendations of the auditors
1. Recommendation: Elections - More voter education needs to be undertaken to deepen the understanding of the political process and the importance of voting
Management Response: [Added: 2011/01/10]

Voter and Civic Education are important components of Consolidation of Democracy and Good Governance (successor project) including (finally) linkages with NGO partners to carry out this work effectively and efficiently

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Voter education
[Added: 2011/01/10] [Last Updated: 2011/04/05]
Governance specialist No due date No deadline established incorporated in prodoc of successor project
2. Recommendation: Although not a real recommendation - it was noted that the establishment of the Human Rights Commission was an important result that was not achieved
Management Response: [Added: 2011/01/10]

Estlabishment of such a democratic institution lies outside of the control of the UNDP, however, the organisation continued to support the Government in doing such and in 2010 drafting instructions were approved by Cabinet so we are hopeful that the commission will be established in 2011.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Continue to advocate for the establishment of HRC
[Added: 2011/01/10]
Management No due date No deadline established Ongoing task
3. Recommendation: Again, not a real recommendation, but it was noted that Public Service Delivery is still a significant issue
Management Response: [Added: 2011/01/10]

UNDP has continued its support to eGovernance and also broadened it by supporting the Ministry of Public Service with Change Management support to effectively carry out its role in supporting line ministries to enhance their service delivery. Also UNDP continued to support decentralisation as the main means to achieve service delivery through the Ministry of Local Government. UNDP is a main partner in the DPs forum on decentralisation and the Service Delivery Agenda

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Programme development on public service delivery
[Added: 2011/01/10] [Last Updated: 2011/04/05]
Governance team and Management No due date No deadline established Two specific programmes have been developed taking these issues into account, although we have divested from eGovernance as this is no longer considered the main issue for service delivery
4. Recommendation: Concerns noted regarding the limited time available to the IEC to attend to election-related logistics before the General Elections of February 2007
Management Response: [Added: 2011/01/10]

UNDP has no control nor influence over the decision to hold national nor local elections. However, through an ongoing programme of support (even during non-election periods), UNDP continues to support the IEC in terms of building capacity for elections. Also UNDP through its regional centers as well as linking in to DPA in trying to ensure a roster of experts is available to quickly deploy when required.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Partnership building and continued support
[Added: 2011/01/10]
Governance team and management No due date No deadline established Programme of inter-electoral support developed and being implemented
5. Recommendation: The Parliament Internet Café needs a dedicated technical staff to manage the Internet and the IT systems and infrastructure. A Systems Administrator or person with similar skills will be useful in making sure the systems function properly and their integrity is maintained at all times. Also more space is required
Management Response: [Added: 2011/01/10]

Somewhat outside of the control of the UNDP, however we have continued to provide IT support to parliament including the MPs (dedicated training on internet, powerpoint, word and excel) and in the new parliament building, more space has been allocated to the IT section. Secondly, communication and website assistance are an integral part of the programme of support to the national assembly and senate

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Continued ICT assistance
[Added: 2011/01/10]
Governance team No due date No deadline established Integral part of programme of support
6. Recommendation: Need to re-organise or re-engineer the Ministry of Local Government to position it to better perform its functions and strengthen its capacity to coordinate assistance from donors
Management Response: [Added: 2011/01/10]

Decentralisation is very well coordinated at donor level (monthly donor meetings in addition to ad hoc communication and sharing of tools etc). At the end of 2010 the Ministry recognised the need for them to take the lead role in coordination and since then have called for Ministry - DP coordination meetings for which UNDP was actively advocating. It is our hope that this continues in 2011

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Advocate for ministry led coordiantion
[Added: 2011/01/10]
Governance Team and management No due date No deadline established Ministry now coordianting and calling the meetings
7. Recommendation: Time taken by UNDESA in processing the bids from companies for the ICT infrastructure also hindered implementation
Management Response: [Added: 2011/01/10]

Accepted as an issue especially when dealing with Non Resident Agencies. However, the Delivering As One approach that UN Lesotho embarked on as a self started has greatly improved communication and collaboration with NRAs.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
better collaboration with other agencies
[Added: 2011/01/10]
Management No due date No deadline established DaO approach although the collaboration with UNDESA has expired at the end of the project
8. Recommendation: Vigorous and proactive follow-up regime backed by an appropriate execution modality (a hybrid of NEX/AEX/DEX could be considered) could be useful in speeding up implementation.
Management Response: [Added: 2011/01/10]

UNDP is providing a high level of CO support to NIM - although ensuring that the Implementing Partner remains in the lead and responsible, the office supports implementation by providing procurement, HR and financial assistance. At the same time, we are working towards building capacities so that this support can be diminished over time without losing the implementation capacity.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Continued operational capacity building coupled with CO support to NIM
[Added: 2011/01/10]
Operations team No due date No deadline established Ongoing efforts, especially to reduce the level of support presently provided.
9. Recommendation: Abide by the recommendations of the auditors
Management Response: [Added: 2011/01/10]

Accepted and done - 2008 NIM audit was partially satisfactory and 2009 NIM audit was satisfactory. Management is involved in ensuring follow up on identified issues

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Ensure follow up regime on Audit
[Added: 2011/01/10]
PMSU No due date No deadline established 2009 audit satisfactory

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