Civil Society Development Programme

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Evaluation Plan:
2005-2010, Serbia
Evaluation Type:
Project
Planned End Date:
05/2005
Completion Date:
05/2005
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
--
This report is a mid-term review of two activities carried out by the UNDP Civil Society Development programme team. They are 1) UNDP's support to the Civil Society Advisory Committee to the Poverty Reduction Strategy, and 2) UNDP's support to the Social Innovations Fund of the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Policy. It aims to provide guidance to the UNDP team on its work to support these two activities in the period to December 2006, or beyond.

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Title Civil Society Development Programme
Atlas Project Number:
Evaluation Plan: 2005-2010, Serbia
Evaluation Type: Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 05/2005
Planned End Date: 05/2005
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Poverty and MDG
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
Evaluation Budget(US $): --
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Nationality
RICHARD ALLEN Team Leader
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders:
Countries: SERBIA
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1 Both the challenges of 'scaling up' and 'closing the loop' are currently outside the terms of reference of the Social Innovations Fund. SIF is undoubtedly contributing to the knowledge base necessary for social system reform, and indeed, it is providing (temporarily) some extraordinary services at local level. But for SIF and the other reform efforts to have a lasting effect, significant work needs to be done to incorporate the experience of SIF into national policy formulation. The Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Policy is developing a strategy and implementation plan for social protection system reform, and they are proposing a mechanism for better co-ordination of reform projects. These initiatives need to be supported-although not uncritically-by UNDP and interested donors. Another area for consideration is the involvement of the Faculty of Social Sciences, currently the only institution responsible for the training of social workers. The SIF team, academic staff responsible for establishing the curriculum, and other social welfare reform projects may wish to enter into a dialogue (if they are not already doing so) about any necessary changes to the education of social workers in the light of their experience on the ground. This dialogue could be extended to include the Ministry of Education and the Vocational Education and Training project.
1. Recommendation: Both the challenges of 'scaling up' and 'closing the loop' are currently outside the terms of reference of the Social Innovations Fund. SIF is undoubtedly contributing to the knowledge base necessary for social system reform, and indeed, it is providing (temporarily) some extraordinary services at local level. But for SIF and the other reform efforts to have a lasting effect, significant work needs to be done to incorporate the experience of SIF into national policy formulation. The Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Policy is developing a strategy and implementation plan for social protection system reform, and they are proposing a mechanism for better co-ordination of reform projects. These initiatives need to be supported-although not uncritically-by UNDP and interested donors. Another area for consideration is the involvement of the Faculty of Social Sciences, currently the only institution responsible for the training of social workers. The SIF team, academic staff responsible for establishing the curriculum, and other social welfare reform projects may wish to enter into a dialogue (if they are not already doing so) about any necessary changes to the education of social workers in the light of their experience on the ground. This dialogue could be extended to include the Ministry of Education and the Vocational Education and Training project.
Management Response: [Added: 2009/10/09]

Support the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Policy in developing a strategy and action plan for reform of the social protection system. This plan is vital for ensuring the institutionalisation of reforms already started. It is therefore essential that the lessons learned from SIF and the other two reform projects are considered during the formulation and review of this plan

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Since SIF's organisational status and functioning depends on UNDP it will be necessary to find an alternative organisational status.
[Added: 2009/10/09]
Serbia 2009/12 Completed Gvt. not in position to take the full ownership over SIF functioning due to budget deficit problem

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