Outcome Evaluation: Human and Social Development

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Evaluation Plan:
2009-2014, Kuwait
Evaluation Type:
Outcome
Planned End Date:
11/2015
Completion Date:
11/2015
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
20,000

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Title Outcome Evaluation: Human and Social Development
Atlas Project Number:
Evaluation Plan: 2009-2014, Kuwait
Evaluation Type: Outcome
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 11/2015
Planned End Date: 11/2015
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Poverty and MDG
  • 2. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
  • 1. Output 4.1. Country led measures accelerated to advance women's economic empowerment
  • 2. Output 4.4. Measures in place to increase women's participation in decision-making
  • 3. Enhanced scope of women's participation in economic activities and in the free market
  • 4. Expanded participation of women realised in political decision making
Evaluation Budget(US $): 20,000
Source of Funding:
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
A. F. (Bob) ODEH Consultant bob.odeh@gmail.com
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders:
Countries: KUWAIT
Comments: This evaluation is completed.
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1 Evaluation Recommendation No. 1: UNDP should continue to build partnerships with civil society organizations to work within the social fabric of Kuwait at large.
2 Evaluation Recommendation No. 2: A gender equity strategy will re-enforce the family system, while at the same time, addressing the needs of women during different life stages, pre and post fertility, social isolation, and the needs of women without male partners (the equivalent of single mothers in Western societies.
3 Evaluation Recommendation No. 3: it is recommended that UNDP develop an SME initiative in support of economic diversification for youth employment.
4 Evaluation Recommendation No. 4: UNDP should support moving Kuwait into the knowledge global economy, in addition to its development efforts in the other portfolios within the CPD.
5 Evaluation Recommendation No. 5: UNDP Kuwait should adopt and internalize UNDP Corporate Results Based Management, which is still in the early stages. Major achievements have been realized in the creation of comprehensive databases. Because the RBM is relatively new to most staff, it is important that program advisors ensure that the SMART criteria are included in the planning stage to support and effective M&E system.
6 Evaluation Recommendation No. 6: UNDP should steer away from dispersed, ad hoc assignments, but most of its support be provided within the framework of specific, and target driven programs, to ensure sustainability.
7 Evaluation Recommendation No. 7: UNDP should focus more on getting involved in upstream activities, so that it can provide advice to policy makers on strategic development issues.
8 Evaluation Recommendation No. 8: Relevant UN agencies should be associated, along with UNDP, in the process of preparing the new CPD.
9 Evaluation Recommendation No. 9: Documentation of project implementation should be always available electronically, with frequent updates, to stakeholders involved in that particular project.
10 Evaluation Recommendation No. 10: Mid-term evaluation by a tripartite committee should be undertaken for each project, coupled with a terminal evaluation.
1. Recommendation: Evaluation Recommendation No. 1: UNDP should continue to build partnerships with civil society organizations to work within the social fabric of Kuwait at large.
Management Response: [Added: 2016/01/13]

Management Response: The CO agrees with this recommendation. UNDP continued to include CSOs as a targeted beneficiary of the Socioeconomic portfolio.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP CO will develop a dedicated project with MOSAL in support of CSO and include CSOs in most related socioeconomic projects as key partnership.
[Added: 2016/01/13] [Last Updated: 2018/12/15]
Programme team 2018/12 Completed The country office developed a project document which included CSOs, however the government didn't approve/ sign off on the project. The country office does however have a joint project with the GSSCPD and KFAS (CSO) to support the Kuwait Public Policy Center. History
2. Recommendation: Evaluation Recommendation No. 2: A gender equity strategy will re-enforce the family system, while at the same time, addressing the needs of women during different life stages, pre and post fertility, social isolation, and the needs of women without male partners (the equivalent of single mothers in Western societies.
Management Response: [Added: 2016/01/13]

Management Response: The CO agrees with this recommendation. UNDP CO is including gender aspect and attributes within all Socioeconomic portfolio projects that address women needs, fertility issues and single mothers? needs.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP CO will develop a dedicated project with MOSAL for key development of gender sensitive social development strategy.
[Added: 2016/01/13] [Last Updated: 2018/12/15]
Programme team 2018/12 Completed The country office has initiated a dedicated gender project between the GSSCPD and Kuwait University that tackles gender sensitive issues and policies. History
3. Recommendation: Evaluation Recommendation No. 3: it is recommended that UNDP develop an SME initiative in support of economic diversification for youth employment.
Management Response: [Added: 2016/01/13]

Management Response: The CO agrees with this recommendation. UNDP CO establish synergies with private sector as the main engine for growth and sustainable development mainly in the SMEs.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP CO will incorporate the private sector within its socioeconomic portfolio projects with focus on SMEs.
[Added: 2016/01/13] [Last Updated: 2018/12/15]
Programme team 2018/12 Completed The CO has developed a new project document with the support of the UNDP Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development. However, after the government elected to forgo the project and focus on other projects. The CO does however engage with the private sector regularly through round table discussions and other initiatives. History
4. Recommendation: Evaluation Recommendation No. 4: UNDP should support moving Kuwait into the knowledge global economy, in addition to its development efforts in the other portfolios within the CPD.
Management Response: [Added: 2016/01/13]

Management Response: The CO agrees with this recommendation. UNDP CO is providing support for disseminating Knowledge global economy concept in all CPD?s portfolios.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP CO will co-organize and will provide technical support for the Knowledge Economy Center of Kuwait
[Added: 2016/01/13] [Last Updated: 2018/12/15]
Programme team 2018/12 Completed Through the ICDI/KNDP Project, support to the knowledge economy center is being provided. A consultant is hired under the project to ensure that best practices are being applied. History
5. Recommendation: Evaluation Recommendation No. 5: UNDP Kuwait should adopt and internalize UNDP Corporate Results Based Management, which is still in the early stages. Major achievements have been realized in the creation of comprehensive databases. Because the RBM is relatively new to most staff, it is important that program advisors ensure that the SMART criteria are included in the planning stage to support and effective M&E system.
Management Response: [Added: 2016/01/13]

Management Response: UNDP is aware of the consultant recommendation and agree it. UNDP will provide assistance for understanding RBM concept and integrate it within projects? planning stage.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP CO developed SOPs on projects? implementation and identification of roles.
[Added: 2016/01/13] [Last Updated: 2016/11/28]
Programme team M&E Specialist 2016/06 Completed CO has developed SOPs for project implementation in consultation with key stakeholders in addition to identification of roles. History
UNDP CO is providing training for UNDP programme and projects? staff and government counterparts on the implementation of the SOPs
[Added: 2016/01/13] [Last Updated: 2016/11/28]
Programme team M&E Specialist 2016/06 Completed CO has provided several training sessions on UNDP programme and projects implementation. attached is CO master training plan that have been implemented. History
SOPS implementation will be reviewed annually for any gaps to be addressed
[Added: 2016/01/13] [Last Updated: 2016/11/28]
Programme team M&E Specialist 2016/12 Completed CO has initiated annual revision of SOPs for addressing any gaps in Project implementation. History
6. Recommendation: Evaluation Recommendation No. 6: UNDP should steer away from dispersed, ad hoc assignments, but most of its support be provided within the framework of specific, and target driven programs, to ensure sustainability.
Management Response: [Added: 2016/01/13]

Management Response: UNDP agrees with the consultant recommendation. UNDP CO ensures on the importance of conducting regular meetings with the core stakeholders for developing AWP and target-driven programme. Core stakeholders should provide their needs by the beginning of the year to minimize ad hoc assignments.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP CO projects will include key elements of sustainability from design to implementation and exit.
[Added: 2016/01/13] [Last Updated: 2016/11/28]
Programme team, M&E Specialist 2016/12 Completed CO has ensured all project document to include key elements of sustainability through increase ownership by stakeholders and exist strategies. History
7. Recommendation: Evaluation Recommendation No. 7: UNDP should focus more on getting involved in upstream activities, so that it can provide advice to policy makers on strategic development issues.
Management Response: [Added: 2016/01/13]

Management Response: UNDP CO agrees with this recommendation. UNDP CO is targeting high-level policies through socioeconomic portfolio projects for better policy advice.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP CO is integrating strategic development issues within projects related to socioeconomic portfolio for better policy formulation.
[Added: 2016/01/13] [Last Updated: 2018/12/15]
DRR Programme team 2018/12 Completed Through the support to the KPPC Project, policy making through behavior science is being provided. The CO also has project with Kuwait University that provide policy advice on women empowerment History
8. Recommendation: Evaluation Recommendation No. 8: Relevant UN agencies should be associated, along with UNDP, in the process of preparing the new CPD.
Management Response: [Added: 2016/01/13]

Management Response: UNDP CO agrees with the consultant recommendation. UNDP involved all related UN agencies in the formulation of the new CPD.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP CO will develop new projects that will benefit from technical expertise of the UN agencies.
[Added: 2016/01/13] [Last Updated: 2018/12/15]
DRR Programme team 2018/12 Completed The CO has project as well as joint projects that benefit from the expertise of UN Agencies such as UN Women, UN Habitat, UNODC, ILO, UNESCO, and UNEP. The new CPD is being developed with national and international partners, including other UN Agencies with internal and external consultations over a period of three months. While being enforced by the development of the new strategic partnership framework. History
9. Recommendation: Evaluation Recommendation No. 9: Documentation of project implementation should be always available electronically, with frequent updates, to stakeholders involved in that particular project.
Management Response: [Added: 2016/01/13]

Management Response: UNDP CO agrees on the importance of this recommendation. This will help CO in better monitoring of the socioeconomic portfolio projects? activities and keeping relevant stakeholders informed.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP CO analysts to ensure the regular update of project documentation on Atlas.
[Added: 2016/01/13] [Last Updated: 2018/12/15]
Programme team, M&E Specialist 2018/12 Completed All project are regularly updated on ATLAS including uploading the necessary documents. History
10. Recommendation: Evaluation Recommendation No. 10: Mid-term evaluation by a tripartite committee should be undertaken for each project, coupled with a terminal evaluation.
Management Response: [Added: 2016/01/13]

Management Response: UNDP CO agrees with the consultant recommendation. UNDP CO ensured on the mid-term and final evaluation of all socioeconomic portfolio projects through integrating these evaluations within their projects? documents and WAPs.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP CO included within all socioeconomic portfolio projects specific budgeted evaluations.
[Added: 2016/01/13] [Last Updated: 2018/12/15]
Programme team, M&E Specialist 2018/12 Completed All CO projects include a budget for Evaluation. History

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