Assessment of Development Results: Burkina Faso

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Evaluation Plan:
2009-2013, Independent Evaluation Office
Evaluation Type:
ICPE/ADR
Planned End Date:
03/2009
Completion Date:
03/2009
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
--

This evaluation covers the period from 2002 to 2008. UNDP demonstrated comparative strengths in the domain of governance (support to the Parliament and decentralization). Another important contribution was to develop innovative pilot activities: the success obtained through multifunctional platforms to generate power and electricity in rural areas, the development of non-timber forest products or the support to civil society initiatives to fight HIV-AIDS epidemics have served as models for a number of other interventions and have attracted significant financing.

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Title Assessment of Development Results: Burkina Faso
Atlas Project Number:
Evaluation Plan: 2009-2013, Independent Evaluation Office
Evaluation Type: ICPE/ADR
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 03/2009
Planned End Date: 03/2009
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
Team Leader
Team Leader
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders:
Countries: BURKINA FASO
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1 UNDP, involved through the UNDG, should accelerate the process of bringing its procedures and operating methods in line with the principles of the Paris Declaration at a central, institutional level.
2 UNDP office should continue to actively contribute towards the development partners elaboration of the framework document for all partners (the Common Country Assistance Strategy)
3 The participation of UNDP in the thematic groups of the UNS should be reassessed to avoid duplication with new structures implemented in consultation with the partners
4 The 2011-2015 Country Programme should maintain the same overall lines as the Programme in progress, while being more selective as regards interventions along these lines and taking into account the comparative advantage of UNDP, its mandate and its financial resources. The flagship projects of UNDP ? support to parliament, decentralization, and microfinance, along with the PAMAC and multifunctional platforms- should constitute the backbone of the programme
5 In addition, the programme should adopt the principle of geographical concentration of activities on the ground, which should be based on clear and transparent criteria that favour the most deprived areas. This will maximize opportunities for creating synergy between projects, make UNDP action more visible, and allow more intensive monitoring on the ground. In this context UNDP should study the possibility of establishing a permanent presence in the region, if possible, along with other members of the UNS
6 The Country program should strengthen its advisory functions and its advocacy to Government and partners as its principal means of influencing strategic choices concerning development, while aligned with the interests of the most deprived segments of the population
7 The next Country Program should continue to emphasize innovative projects and activities that have the potential for attracting additional financing for Burkina Faso.
8 I the area of the fight against HIV/Aids, the 2011-2015 Programme should continue to support the PAMAC, but also strengthen the capabilities of CORAB
9 The Country Office should strengthen its advisory functions and its advocacy to the Government and TFPs as its principal means of influencing strategic choices concerning development, while aligned with the interests of the most deprived segments of the population.
10 The next Country Programme should continue to emphasize innovative projects and activities that have the potential for attracting additional financing for Burkina Faso. This approach can accompany the geographical concentration recommendation previously mentioned. It will be necessary to follow up and strengthen support in the area of climate change, to develop a new generation of multifunctional platforms based on greener production, and to emphasize a ?vertical? (commodity chain) approach, particularly as concerns the development of non-wood forest products.
11 In the area of the fight against HIV/AIDS, the 2011-2015 Programme should continue to support the PAMAC, but also strengthen the capabilities of CORAB.
12 In the area of gender, the country office should: - Integrate task relative to gender in term of reference used by the management team - Strengthen the gender focal point function by creating a task force in charge of promoting, monitoring, and evaluating the systematic integration of gender in the policies, programmes and projects of UNDP - Continue its leadership with regard to gender sensitive budgeting - Strengthen its collaboration with civil society (especially women?s organization and the media) through the joint Gender program under development by UNS - Invest in the capitalization and sharing of experiences related to gender, and so in collaboration with the minister in charge of gender issues at the national level
13 In the area of gender, the Country Office should - integrate tasks relative to gender in the terms of reference used by the management team; - strengthen the gender focal point function by creating a task force in charge of promoting, monitoring, and evaluating the systematic integration of gender in the policies, programmes and projects of UNDP; - continue its leadership with regard to gender-sensitive budgeting; - strengthen its collaboration with civil society (especially women's organizations and the media) through the Joint Gender Programme under development by the UNS; - invest in the capitalization and sharing of experiences related to gender, and do so in collaboration with the minister in charge of gender issues at the national level.
14 Project design should be improved, especially: - By seeking a better definition of the results expected and their indicators at the moment of design, and through the implementation of an effective system of monitoring and evaluation - By making sure that there is a permanent database that permits monitoring of indicators of outcomes, and the resources necessary for this monitoring are written into the budget - By systematically identifying an exit strategy and one for the sustainability of results, including concrete and measurable indicators and a road map
15 Activities related to capacity development should be analyzed in depth and an inventory of the capacity development activities should be prepared in order to ensure proper correspondence to the global institutional practices of UNDP and to joint approach developed between TFPs. This exercise should result in a more coherent approach that will extend over all the programmes and projects financed by UNDP. Particular effort will be required to develop the means of measuring the effectiveness of capacity development activities
16 The country Office should be more involved with direct monitoring of projects and should make more regular field visit. This implies particular attention to available human resources in the Country Office and continuing the current review of internal administrative procedures, which remain very cumbersome
17 The Country Office should explore the possibility of increased partnership with universities and other recognized experts in order to benefit from an independent think tank, and to reaffirm intellectual leadership in the area of development
1. Recommendation: UNDP, involved through the UNDG, should accelerate the process of bringing its procedures and operating methods in line with the principles of the Paris Declaration at a central, institutional level.
Management Response: [Added: 2010/04/21] [Last Updated: 2010/04/27]

? Advocacy continued by our office (eg first country to participate in a common basket, program approach advocated but difficult to highlight in Atlas; ? Support CONEA and STELA in Burkina

Key Actions:

2. Recommendation: UNDP office should continue to actively contribute towards the development partners elaboration of the framework document for all partners (the Common Country Assistance Strategy)
Management Response: [Added: 2010/04/21] [Last Updated: 2010/04/27]

Advocacy for the JAS. New CCA/UNDAF guidelines 2010 refer to this. ? Alignment of the calendar SCADD and UNDAF done for 2011-2015 ? Joint diagnosis conducted with national partners and others actors and is used instead of CCA.

Key Actions:

3. Recommendation: The participation of UNDP in the thematic groups of the UNS should be reassessed to avoid duplication with new structures implemented in consultation with the partners
Management Response: [Added: 2010/04/21] [Last Updated: 2010/04/27]

Harmonization process already underway ? Working Groups on the JAS have been set up ? UNDAF 2011-2015 envisages a rationalized approach to thematic groups consistent with SCADD

Key Actions:

4. Recommendation: The 2011-2015 Country Programme should maintain the same overall lines as the Programme in progress, while being more selective as regards interventions along these lines and taking into account the comparative advantage of UNDP, its mandate and its financial resources. The flagship projects of UNDP ? support to parliament, decentralization, and microfinance, along with the PAMAC and multifunctional platforms- should constitute the backbone of the programme
Management Response: [Added: 2010/04/21] [Last Updated: 2010/04/27]

? Panea 2nd version finalized ? Troika functional ? Joint Multi-Donor Programme provided support for the implementation of PANEA ? Transfer of the STELA to the Government

Key Actions:

5. Recommendation: In addition, the programme should adopt the principle of geographical concentration of activities on the ground, which should be based on clear and transparent criteria that favour the most deprived areas. This will maximize opportunities for creating synergy between projects, make UNDP action more visible, and allow more intensive monitoring on the ground. In this context UNDP should study the possibility of establishing a permanent presence in the region, if possible, along with other members of the UNS
Management Response: [Added: 2010/04/21] [Last Updated: 2010/04/27]

Already planned while continuing programs at national level ? Mapping of the region of Mouhoun done

Key Actions:

6. Recommendation: The Country program should strengthen its advisory functions and its advocacy to Government and partners as its principal means of influencing strategic choices concerning development, while aligned with the interests of the most deprived segments of the population
Management Response: [Added: 2010/04/21] [Last Updated: 2010/04/27]

UNDP plans to strengthen its own capacity Examples of policy advice given.: notes on social transfers, note on the Presidential Investment Council, a study on the impact of economic growth and public policies on poverty and inequality, study on capacity planning 3 sectors (rural development, health and education)

Key Actions:

7. Recommendation: The next Country Program should continue to emphasize innovative projects and activities that have the potential for attracting additional financing for Burkina Faso.
Management Response: [Added: 2010/04/21] [Last Updated: 2010/04/27]

? This process in ongoing CPD due in NY May 2010 ? For the new generation of multifunctional platforms: the importance of strengthening the link with the creation of wealth ? Economic Diversification

Key Actions:

8. Recommendation: I the area of the fight against HIV/Aids, the 2011-2015 Programme should continue to support the PAMAC, but also strengthen the capabilities of CORAB
Management Response: [Added: 2010/04/21] [Last Updated: 2010/04/27]

? Capacity building of CSOs will be a priority in the next program ? Study on the future institutional and mission PAMAC conducted in 2008

Key Actions:

9. Recommendation: The Country Office should strengthen its advisory functions and its advocacy to the Government and TFPs as its principal means of influencing strategic choices concerning development, while aligned with the interests of the most deprived segments of the population.
Management Response: [Added: 2010/04/21]

Key Actions:

10. Recommendation: The next Country Programme should continue to emphasize innovative projects and activities that have the potential for attracting additional financing for Burkina Faso. This approach can accompany the geographical concentration recommendation previously mentioned. It will be necessary to follow up and strengthen support in the area of climate change, to develop a new generation of multifunctional platforms based on greener production, and to emphasize a ?vertical? (commodity chain) approach, particularly as concerns the development of non-wood forest products.
Management Response: [Added: 2010/04/21]

Key Actions:

11. Recommendation: In the area of the fight against HIV/AIDS, the 2011-2015 Programme should continue to support the PAMAC, but also strengthen the capabilities of CORAB.
Management Response: [Added: 2010/04/21]

Key Actions:

12. Recommendation: In the area of gender, the country office should: - Integrate task relative to gender in term of reference used by the management team - Strengthen the gender focal point function by creating a task force in charge of promoting, monitoring, and evaluating the systematic integration of gender in the policies, programmes and projects of UNDP - Continue its leadership with regard to gender sensitive budgeting - Strengthen its collaboration with civil society (especially women?s organization and the media) through the joint Gender program under development by UNS - Invest in the capitalization and sharing of experiences related to gender, and so in collaboration with the minister in charge of gender issues at the national level
Management Response: [Added: 2010/04/21] [Last Updated: 2010/04/27]

This is ongoing: strengthening the approach based on human rights (which takes into account the gender dimension) in programs ? UNDP is also involved in UN Joint Programme on gender

Key Actions:

13. Recommendation: In the area of gender, the Country Office should - integrate tasks relative to gender in the terms of reference used by the management team; - strengthen the gender focal point function by creating a task force in charge of promoting, monitoring, and evaluating the systematic integration of gender in the policies, programmes and projects of UNDP; - continue its leadership with regard to gender-sensitive budgeting; - strengthen its collaboration with civil society (especially women's organizations and the media) through the Joint Gender Programme under development by the UNS; - invest in the capitalization and sharing of experiences related to gender, and do so in collaboration with the minister in charge of gender issues at the national level.
Management Response: [Added: 2010/04/21] [Last Updated: 2010/04/26]

Key Actions:

14. Recommendation: Project design should be improved, especially: - By seeking a better definition of the results expected and their indicators at the moment of design, and through the implementation of an effective system of monitoring and evaluation - By making sure that there is a permanent database that permits monitoring of indicators of outcomes, and the resources necessary for this monitoring are written into the budget - By systematically identifying an exit strategy and one for the sustainability of results, including concrete and measurable indicators and a road map
Management Response: [Added: 2010/04/21] [Last Updated: 2010/04/27]

Recruitment of M/E planned but not realized due to financial constraints of the Office. ? ASRO Support for the formulation of new projects ? RBM training provided to Team Leaders in October ? Regional training in Dakar

Key Actions:

15. Recommendation: Activities related to capacity development should be analyzed in depth and an inventory of the capacity development activities should be prepared in order to ensure proper correspondence to the global institutional practices of UNDP and to joint approach developed between TFPs. This exercise should result in a more coherent approach that will extend over all the programmes and projects financed by UNDP. Particular effort will be required to develop the means of measuring the effectiveness of capacity development activities
Management Response: [Added: 2010/04/21] [Last Updated: 2010/04/27]

Adoption of an approach to capacity building in the next CPD on the basis of needs assessment (CDA) on-going ? Mainstreaming of the capacity building dimension in all projects / programs ? Staff training on the UNDP's overall institutional practice in this area ? Task force on CD set up

Key Actions:

16. Recommendation: The country Office should be more involved with direct monitoring of projects and should make more regular field visit. This implies particular attention to available human resources in the Country Office and continuing the current review of internal administrative procedures, which remain very cumbersome
Management Response: [Added: 2010/04/21] [Last Updated: 2010/04/27]

Recognizing this weakness has been identified in CO Scan Headquarters and in the change management process; Attention to be paid to increased M/E

Key Actions:

17. Recommendation: The Country Office should explore the possibility of increased partnership with universities and other recognized experts in order to benefit from an independent think tank, and to reaffirm intellectual leadership in the area of development
Management Response: [Added: 2010/04/21] [Last Updated: 2010/04/27]

In the context of NHDR, we are already working with academics and experts; working with research institutes on the energy such as 2iE. Innovative partnership with BOAD

Key Actions:

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