Liberia UNDAF Mid Term Evaluation

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Evaluation Plan:
2008-2012, Liberia
Evaluation Type:
UNDAF
Planned End Date:
12/2010
Completion Date:
12/2010
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
30,000

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Title Liberia UNDAF Mid Term Evaluation
Atlas Project Number:
Evaluation Plan: 2008-2012, Liberia
Evaluation Type: UNDAF
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 12/2010
Planned End Date: 12/2010
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Democratic Governance
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
  • 1. UNDAF Mid Term and Terminal Evaluation
Evaluation Budget(US $): 30,000
Source of Funding:
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: Yes
  • Joint with UNCT, Government of Liberia Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
RC Office Team Leader
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders:
Countries: LIBERIA
Comments: The UNCT will lead and fund the UNDAF Mid Term Evaluation.
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1 1. The UN system should continue with its planned consultation and negotiation with Government at the strategic and the operational levels to clarify how best the UN system can respond to the PRS-related Buchanan Report regarding priority deliverables taking cognizance of the life cycle of UN programmes and projects
2 2. Closer attention should be given to early planning for the sustainability of expected results and to an exit strategy for the UN system in the focus area, in close consultation with counterpart ministries and agencies
3 3. The UN system should continue to support the ministries and agencies with particular attention to the NCDS and to helping with a learning-by-doing approach
4 4. The phased withdrawal of UNMIL offers the UN system and Government an opportunity to jointly plan more closely than before, particularly with the end of the current PRS and the UN moving towards Delivering as One using the revising of the UNDAF and the preparation of the UNDAF AWPs for 2011
5 5. A major challenge for the UN system is facilitating financial reporting that is directly linked to the UNDAF AWPs and by extension, to the forthcoming One Programme in 2012. It is recommended that a small ad-hoc group of representative financial specialists from the UN agencies, the World Bank and the mission be formed as soon as possible under the aegis of the IAPT to see how this might best be addressed
6 6. The Government and the UN system should begin to identify the lessons that are to be learned from the current PRS even at this PRS pre-conclusion stage, and to feed those lessons into the revising of the UNDAF if at all possible
7 7. The Government and the UN system should assess the practical implications of their respective annual planning/budget cycles being different, and to examine ways of addressing this difference at the earliest opportunity
8 8. The Government and the UN system should assess the implications of the Elections 2011 and what it will mean in practical terms for endorsing the new national strategy, revising the UNDAF and preparing for the One Programme
9 9. The UN system should confirm that there are no activities outside the UNDAF other than administration and support
10 10. The UN system should examine the strategic linkages between OG 1 and OG 3, and determine if there is a need to re-structure these two OGs
11 11. The UN system should confirm the need for a separate OG for addressing HIV and AIDS, rather than following the Government?s approach of considering it cross-cutting
12 12. The Government and the UN system should jointly examine their respective capability to adopt and apply RBM principles in their respective M&E systems, and then decide on how best to jointly address any shortcomings
13 13. The UN system should adopt and apply RBM principles in its M&E system, using the revising of the UNDAF Results Framework to become a proper ?Results and Accountability? Framework as the key exercise facilitated by RBM training expertise within the UN system. This exercise and expertise should be shared with Government so that it is a joint learning-by-doing opportunity
14 14. The UNDAF revision exercise including the preparation of a SMART M&E framework should be led by the IAPT. The cadre of M&E specialists in IAPT should advise and assist the OGs and WGs throughout this process. This M&E framework will contribute to the foundation of the One Programme
15 15. The IAPT should be empowered and supported to lead the UNDAF and M&E framework revision, and to implement the roadmap that it set out at the UNDAF MTR Meeting
16 16. The UN system should resolve any doubts or misunderstandings amongst the OG participants as the importance of the UNDAF as the strategic document, and what that means for all participants from now on in terms of planning, monitoring and reporting
17 17. UNDAF-related meetings within the UN system and also participation in PRS meetings should continue to follow the recommendations set out in the Proposal for the Management and Implementation of the UNDAF
18 18. PRS Pillar Technical Advisors should attend and participate in the UNDAF OG and WG meetings
19 19. The UN system including the World Bank should take the opportunity to advise and assist the Government to establish a plenary donor coordination forum (i.e. a ?Resources and Results? forum) with particular attention to PRS- and post-PRS-related matters
20 20. UNDAF senior management to address the weak links between the five OGs
21 21. UNDAF senior management to meet periodically on a formal basis to review overall progress, issues and constraints, and to run a ?health-check? of how well the UNDAF is actually going
22 22. Each OG should take the opportunity to revisit and refresh the management and participation arrangements of the OG as appropriate, taking into account UNMIL drawdown and any significant changes in UNDAF structure and content
23 23. UNCT should use and refer to the UNDAF document in the first instance when discussing programme planning and resource mobilization
1. Recommendation: 1. The UN system should continue with its planned consultation and negotiation with Government at the strategic and the operational levels to clarify how best the UN system can respond to the PRS-related Buchanan Report regarding priority deliverables taking cognizance of the life cycle of UN programmes and projects
Management Response: [Added: 2011/05/20]

Recommendations noted and will be acted upon.

Key Actions:

2. Recommendation: 2. Closer attention should be given to early planning for the sustainability of expected results and to an exit strategy for the UN system in the focus area, in close consultation with counterpart ministries and agencies
Management Response: [Added: 2011/05/20]

Recommendations noted and will be acted upon.

Key Actions:

3. Recommendation: 3. The UN system should continue to support the ministries and agencies with particular attention to the NCDS and to helping with a learning-by-doing approach
Management Response: [Added: 2011/05/20]

UN has been in the forefront of the establishment and support to the NCDS.

Key Actions:

4. Recommendation: 4. The phased withdrawal of UNMIL offers the UN system and Government an opportunity to jointly plan more closely than before, particularly with the end of the current PRS and the UN moving towards Delivering as One using the revising of the UNDAF and the preparation of the UNDAF AWPs for 2011
Management Response: [Added: 2011/05/20]

Initial steps towards the process have started. The UNCT is working toward a common workplan for all UN offices.

Key Actions:

5. Recommendation: 5. A major challenge for the UN system is facilitating financial reporting that is directly linked to the UNDAF AWPs and by extension, to the forthcoming One Programme in 2012. It is recommended that a small ad-hoc group of representative financial specialists from the UN agencies, the World Bank and the mission be formed as soon as possible under the aegis of the IAPT to see how this might best be addressed
Management Response: [Added: 2011/05/20]

Initial steps towards the process have begun.

Key Actions:

6. Recommendation: 6. The Government and the UN system should begin to identify the lessons that are to be learned from the current PRS even at this PRS pre-conclusion stage, and to feed those lessons into the revising of the UNDAF if at all possible
Management Response: [Added: 2011/05/20]

The UN System and Government are currently working together on PRS2.

Key Actions:

7. Recommendation: 7. The Government and the UN system should assess the practical implications of their respective annual planning/budget cycles being different, and to examine ways of addressing this difference at the earliest opportunity
Management Response: [Added: 2011/05/20]

Recommendations noted and will be acted upon.

Key Actions:

8. Recommendation: 8. The Government and the UN system should assess the implications of the Elections 2011 and what it will mean in practical terms for endorsing the new national strategy, revising the UNDAF and preparing for the One Programme
Management Response: [Added: 2011/05/20]

Recommendations noted and will be acted upon.

Key Actions:

9. Recommendation: 9. The UN system should confirm that there are no activities outside the UNDAF other than administration and support
Management Response: [Added: 2011/05/20]

Recommendations noted and will be acted upon.

Key Actions:

10. Recommendation: 10. The UN system should examine the strategic linkages between OG 1 and OG 3, and determine if there is a need to re-structure these two OGs
Management Response: [Added: 2011/05/20]

Recommendations noted and will be acted upon.

Key Actions:

11. Recommendation: 11. The UN system should confirm the need for a separate OG for addressing HIV and AIDS, rather than following the Government?s approach of considering it cross-cutting
Management Response: [Added: 2011/05/20]

Recommendations noted.

Key Actions:

12. Recommendation: 12. The Government and the UN system should jointly examine their respective capability to adopt and apply RBM principles in their respective M&E systems, and then decide on how best to jointly address any shortcomings
Management Response: [Added: 2011/05/20]

The M&E technical group which supports the IAPT on M&E activities, is currently working in that direction.

Key Actions:

13. Recommendation: 13. The UN system should adopt and apply RBM principles in its M&E system, using the revising of the UNDAF Results Framework to become a proper ?Results and Accountability? Framework as the key exercise facilitated by RBM training expertise within the UN system. This exercise and expertise should be shared with Government so that it is a joint learning-by-doing opportunity
Management Response: [Added: 2011/05/20]

The M&E technical group which supports the IAPT on M&E activities, is currently working in that direction.

Key Actions:

14. Recommendation: 14. The UNDAF revision exercise including the preparation of a SMART M&E framework should be led by the IAPT. The cadre of M&E specialists in IAPT should advise and assist the OGs and WGs throughout this process. This M&E framework will contribute to the foundation of the One Programme
Management Response: [Added: 2011/05/20]

Recommendations noted.

Key Actions:

15. Recommendation: 15. The IAPT should be empowered and supported to lead the UNDAF and M&E framework revision, and to implement the roadmap that it set out at the UNDAF MTR Meeting
Management Response: [Added: 2011/05/20]

Recommendations noted.

Key Actions:

16. Recommendation: 16. The UN system should resolve any doubts or misunderstandings amongst the OG participants as the importance of the UNDAF as the strategic document, and what that means for all participants from now on in terms of planning, monitoring and reporting
Management Response: [Added: 2011/05/20]

Recommendations noted.

Key Actions:

17. Recommendation: 17. UNDAF-related meetings within the UN system and also participation in PRS meetings should continue to follow the recommendations set out in the Proposal for the Management and Implementation of the UNDAF
Management Response: [Added: 2011/05/20]

Recommendations noted.

Key Actions:

18. Recommendation: 18. PRS Pillar Technical Advisors should attend and participate in the UNDAF OG and WG meetings
Management Response: [Added: 2011/05/20]

Recommendations noted.

Key Actions:

19. Recommendation: 19. The UN system including the World Bank should take the opportunity to advise and assist the Government to establish a plenary donor coordination forum (i.e. a ?Resources and Results? forum) with particular attention to PRS- and post-PRS-related matters
Management Response: [Added: 2011/05/20]

The process is ongoing.

Key Actions:

20. Recommendation: 20. UNDAF senior management to address the weak links between the five OGs
Management Response: [Added: 2011/05/20]

Recommendations noted.

Key Actions:

21. Recommendation: 21. UNDAF senior management to meet periodically on a formal basis to review overall progress, issues and constraints, and to run a ?health-check? of how well the UNDAF is actually going
Management Response: [Added: 2011/05/20]

This process is ongoing.

Key Actions:

22. Recommendation: 22. Each OG should take the opportunity to revisit and refresh the management and participation arrangements of the OG as appropriate, taking into account UNMIL drawdown and any significant changes in UNDAF structure and content
Management Response: [Added: 2011/05/20]

Recommendations noted.

Key Actions:

23. Recommendation: 23. UNCT should use and refer to the UNDAF document in the first instance when discussing programme planning and resource mobilization
Management Response: [Added: 2011/05/20]

Recommendations noted.

Key Actions:

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