Effectively responded to human development challenges and reduced inequalities

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Evaluation Plan:
2008-2012, Malaysia
Evaluation Type:
Outcome
Planned End Date:
04/2011
Completion Date:
04/2011
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
9,700

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Title Effectively responded to human development challenges and reduced inequalities
Atlas Project Number:
Evaluation Plan: 2008-2012, Malaysia
Evaluation Type: Outcome
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 04/2011
Planned End Date: 04/2011
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Poverty and MDG
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Capacities of national and local institutions enhanced to scale up proven MDG acceleration interventions and to plan, monitor, report and evaluate the MDG progress in the context of related national development priorities
  • 2. Inclusive growth and social equity promoted through pro-poor macroeconomic and fiscal policies that support income, employment and social protection of youth, women and vulnerable groups in a sustainable way
  • 3. Strengthened national capacity for inclusive governance and coordination of national HIV responses, and for the protection of human rights of people affected by HIV, including women and other vulnerable groups
  • 4. Achieving the MDGS
Evaluation Budget(US $): 9,700
Source of Funding: UNDP Malaysia
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Nationality
Thierry Lemaresquier, Pao Li Lim Team Leader
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: EPU
Countries: MALAYSIA
Comments: CPD Outcome 2008-2012 (All 3 Outcomes were evaluated at the same time, rather than 3 separate Outcome evaluations)
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1 Corporate UNDP should provide greater support to the efforts made to enhance UNDP?s strategic value to Malaysia.
2 EPU should step up its support and strengthen its leadership role in programme coordination and implementation
3 In line with the 2009 repositioning, EPU and UNDP should undertake joint efforts to improve further programme coherence, quality and impact.
1. Recommendation: Corporate UNDP should provide greater support to the efforts made to enhance UNDP?s strategic value to Malaysia.
Management Response: [Added: 2011/05/31] [Last Updated: 2011/11/06]

The RR has raised this matter with both the UNDP Administrator during the UNDP Global Management Meeting (June 2011) and also with the Associate Administrator during her visit (July 2011). Emphasis is being placed on prioritizing the country office?s needs for specific support for upstream policy work through the provision of: (a) global expertise available at UNDP and/or available through its specialist networks, communities of practice, etc.; and (b) evidence-based policy advice in the five priority areas identified in the 2009 repositioning. The RR will also be discussing the needs and strategies of the country office with fellow UN colleagues at the UN Workshop on Positioning in Middle Income Countries in the Asia-Pacific, scheduled for 11-12 October 2011 in Bangkok.

Key Actions:

2. Recommendation: EPU should step up its support and strengthen its leadership role in programme coordination and implementation
Management Response: [Added: 2011/11/06] [Last Updated: 2011/11/06]

In the last 3 years, the CO has begun to see a strengthened and more coordinated role by EPU in collaboration with UNDP. This applies to the process of identification, selection, design, and monitoring of projects. Since 2011 onwards, all new UNDP projects identified and designed are required to clearly articulate their linkage to the 85 National Initiatives under the 10th Malaysia Plan and to justify and elaborate on their value-add and linkage to national priorities. This is one step towards ensuring that UNDP?s policy interventions are aligned to the country?s needs and aspirations. This step should also enable the promotion of programme coherence and complementarity within and across practice areas. In addition, we will also continue with our project reviews twice a year, chaired by EPU Corporate Services and the International Section (EPU-CSI) with the collaboration of all relevant EPU Sections. These review meetings have been extremely useful in ensuring that we are able to address key operational challenges with respect to programme and project ownership and implementation. A Seminar on Programme of Cooperation between the Government of Malaysia and the UNDP was held on 25th July 2011 and allowed UNDP to jointly promote a full understanding of the repositioning decisions made in August 2009 among all programme partners, especially with respect to UNDP support for upstream policy work in the five priority areas as well as the obligations of implementing partners and the MTR recommendations. We have also informed them about the new proposed Country Programme Document (2013-2017) which will be developed in the coming months.

Key Actions:

3. Recommendation: In line with the 2009 repositioning, EPU and UNDP should undertake joint efforts to improve further programme coherence, quality and impact.
Management Response: [Added: 2011/11/06] [Last Updated: 2011/11/06]

1. Evaluate comprehensively, in light of the five priority areas, the relevance of the outputs listed under each of the three CPAP outcomes, and recommend the deletion of those outputs which fall outside the new CPAP architecture.We have reviewed and discussed this matter in great detail with colleagues in EPU and our recommendation for the adjustments to the CPAP Outcomes and Outputs is attached as Annex 1. 2. Set in motion and support the elaboration of Malaysia?s first National Human Development Report, with a view to its publication before the end of the current cycle (December 2012). A meeting was held on 17th October 2011 and the matter has been discussed and initiated. 3. Identify opportunities for new partnerships with civil-society organizations and the private sector, with a view to promoting multi-stakeholder involvement in CPAP implementation and programme outreach, impact and sustainability in relevant areas. The process for the development of the next Country Programme (2012-2017) will begin in November 2011 and continue until June 2012. During that time frame, the CO will be in touch with both civil society organizations and the private sector, both to explore areas of collaboration as well as inputs for the direction of the next country programme.

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