Assessment of Development Results: Georgia

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Evaluation Plan:
2009-2013, Independent Evaluation Office
Evaluation Type:
ICPE/ADR
Planned End Date:
03/2010
Completion Date:
06/2010
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
--

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Title Assessment of Development Results: Georgia
Atlas Project Number:
Evaluation Plan: 2009-2013, Independent Evaluation Office
Evaluation Type: ICPE/ADR
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 06/2010
Planned End Date: 03/2010
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: GEORGIA, REPUBLIC OF
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1 Given the small size of the country office?s resource base and the uncertainty of future funding situation, UNDP should sharpen the role it plays in the country as a promoter of human development through its policy advice and programme activities, and be strategically selective on the areas of its interventions and support.
2 UNDP should take a more result-oriented programme approach than a project-based approach, and make clear with partners what it is aiming to achieve through its policy advice and programme activities. For a true result-oriented approach, UNDP should also consider delinking programmatic and organizational structures to make the most effective use of expertise available in the small office with a view to achieving results. In designing its programme, UNDP should carefully select indicators that are better aligned with the intended results to be achieved.
3 UNDP should also be selective in capacity development initiatives and aim to support institutions that would engage in an endogenous process of improvement and reform.
4 UNDP should continue to support the Government reform initiatives through its innovative Capacity Building Fund and On-Demand Consultancy Services. In doing so, it should try to focus on initiatives that, in its analysis, would help in making progress in human development rather than simply providing capacity supplement to the requesting agency.
5 UNDP should explore more proactive ways to promote policy debate, for example, by initiating a discussion forum to address human development issues, supported by its corporate expertise and experiences from its successful projects.
6 In view of potential risks posed by the multi-ethnic and multi-religious construct of the country, UNDP should consider introducing, as a cross-cutting issue, confidence-building dimension in a broader range of projects where possible and appropriate. The methods used in the FOSTER project or by the PDO?s Tolerance Centre provide good examples in this regard.
7 In view of the status of Georgia as a middle-income country and the uncertainty in the future landscape of development assistance, UNDP Georgia should find opportunities to reflect on its value added to the country and articulate its raison d?ĂȘtre to outside partners.
1. Recommendation: Given the small size of the country office?s resource base and the uncertainty of future funding situation, UNDP should sharpen the role it plays in the country as a promoter of human development through its policy advice and programme activities, and be strategically selective on the areas of its interventions and support.
Management Response: [Added: 2010/06/24] [Last Updated: 2010/06/25]

The CPD and UNDAF for 2011-2015 reflect the strategic priorities of UNDP and the UN in Georgia. The areas of cooperation in the next UNDP programme cycle have been identified based on country needs and UNDP?s comparative advantage, namely Poverty Reduction, Democratic Development and Disaster Risk Reduction.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Finalize CPAP 2011-2015, which reflects the strategic priorities of cooperation
[Added: 2010/06/25] [Last Updated: 2011/12/28]
UNDP Georgia Senior management and Programme team No due date No deadline established CPAP 2011-2015 is approved. It is focused on three priority areas: democratic development, poverty reduction and disaster risk reduction
Implement the Country programme
[Added: 2010/06/25]
UNDP Georgia CO 2014/12 Overdue-Not Initiated This action is continuous
2. Recommendation: UNDP should take a more result-oriented programme approach than a project-based approach, and make clear with partners what it is aiming to achieve through its policy advice and programme activities. For a true result-oriented approach, UNDP should also consider delinking programmatic and organizational structures to make the most effective use of expertise available in the small office with a view to achieving results. In designing its programme, UNDP should carefully select indicators that are better aligned with the intended results to be achieved.
Management Response: [Added: 2010/06/24] [Last Updated: 2010/06/25]

UNDP Georgia has already initiated design of a programme approach for the new Country Programme cycle (2011-2015). UNDP will review the project implementation practices and realign them with the programme implementation.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Finalize CPAP 2011-2015 with a view to implementing a programme approach
[Added: 2010/06/25] [Last Updated: 2011/12/28]
UNDP Georgia Senior management and Programme team 2011/06 Completed Structure of CPAP and the way priority areas are identified allow to introduce programmatic approach. UNDP Georgia is gradually moving towards it. Examples are new programmes on Legal Empowerment, Increasing Employability, COmmunity Revitalizaion in conflict affected areas, etc. This process continues.
Streamline the Country Programme monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework, and projects? M&E frameworks for achieving stronger results
[Added: 2010/06/25] [Last Updated: 2011/12/28]
UNDP Georgia Senior management and Programme team No due date No deadline established This action is continuous
3. Recommendation: UNDP should also be selective in capacity development initiatives and aim to support institutions that would engage in an endogenous process of improvement and reform.
Management Response: [Added: 2010/06/24] [Last Updated: 2010/06/25]

Capacity Development will remain a priority concentration for UNDP Georgia, in line with the corporate strategy and self-expressed country needs. Capacity Development will continue to be mainstreamed in all UNDP initiatives and will be shaped in a way to bring about a sustainable change. The enabling environment, institutional development and individual capacities will all be addressed in an integrated fashion. Capacity Development initiatives will be carefully evaluated for their potential for sustainable impact and recommended for implementation on this basis. In delivering the programme, national implementation and alignment to national systems will be prerequisites.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Mainstream the Capacity Development throughout the programme at the LPAC stage
[Added: 2010/06/25]
UNDP Senior Management and the Programme Team No due date No deadline established This action is continuous
4. Recommendation: UNDP should continue to support the Government reform initiatives through its innovative Capacity Building Fund and On-Demand Consultancy Services. In doing so, it should try to focus on initiatives that, in its analysis, would help in making progress in human development rather than simply providing capacity supplement to the requesting agency.
Management Response: [Added: 2010/06/24] [Last Updated: 2013/03/25]

UNDP will continue use of the CBF and On-demand facilities, with clear exit strategies, and will integrate the ?impact on Human development? as one of the selection criteria for the activities. This reccomendation was taken into account when designing a new phase of CBF (now Governance Reform Programme)

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Reassess use of the CBF and On-Demand schemes and revise he mechanisms, if needed for a more sustainable and long-term results
[Added: 2010/06/25]
UNDP Senior Management and the Governance Team No due date No deadline established This action is continuous
5. Recommendation: UNDP should explore more proactive ways to promote policy debate, for example, by initiating a discussion forum to address human development issues, supported by its corporate expertise and experiences from its successful projects.
Management Response: [Added: 2010/06/24] [Last Updated: 2010/06/25]

UNDP has been providing and will continue to provide competent advice, advocacy and recommendations to the government, civil society and private sector. Past UNDP contributions have proved to be very successful in stimulating policy dialogue and public debate on strategic topics. Products such as National Human Development Reports, Intellectual Property Rights Paper, Agricultural Diversification Study, other specialized studies and research will continue to be made available to the Government to promote evidence based policy-making and respective conclusions. UNDP contribution to policy debate will be better documented and communicated to the public.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Produce the National Human Development Report (2011)
[Added: 2010/06/25] [Last Updated: 2011/12/28]
UNDP Senior Management and Programme Team No due date No deadline established National Human Development Report will be produced in 2012. In 2011 the CO initiated a nation wide Vulnerability Assessmnet. The results of this survey will feed the NHDR.
Continue providing the government with expert advice and recommendations on topics of national importance through various means
[Added: 2010/06/25] [Last Updated: 2011/12/28]
UNDP Senior Management and Programme Team No due date No deadline established UNDP Georgia has initiated format of Strategic Partnerships, which allows to bring together key donnors to agree on the common position regarding major development issues. This allows the donor community to speak in one voice with the Government. UNDP is leading such Strategic Partnerships in Abkhazia, Regional Development, and Vocational Education.
Document and communicate the results of advocacy, advice and technical assistance to all stakeholders as well as the general public
[Added: 2010/06/25] [Last Updated: 2011/12/28]
UNDP Senior Management, Programme Team, communi-cations teams No due date No deadline established see above
6. Recommendation: In view of potential risks posed by the multi-ethnic and multi-religious construct of the country, UNDP should consider introducing, as a cross-cutting issue, confidence-building dimension in a broader range of projects where possible and appropriate. The methods used in the FOSTER project or by the PDO?s Tolerance Centre provide good examples in this regard.
Management Response: [Added: 2010/06/24] [Last Updated: 2010/06/25]

UNDP has already started to apply proactive measures to promote confidence building and conflict prevention through stand alone initiatives as well as by mainstreaming it among UNDPs wide areas of interventions. In addition to demonstrating an exceptional responsiveness and rapid reaction to the August 2008 conflict via launching a multi-component ?Early recovery? project in Shida Kartli, UNDP has already started feasible interventions that promote conflict prevention and confidence building in the county. The examples of multi-million projects on IDPs together with the Government of Norway and on Confidence Building together with the EU emphasize the repositioning of the CO in this direction. Mainstreaming of Conflict Prevention and Confidence Building throughout the entire programme will also be given a due attention.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Start the Peace and Development programme; Recruit the Peace and Development Advisors (international and national)
[Added: 2010/06/25] [Last Updated: 2011/12/28]
UNDP Senior Management and the CPR team No due date No deadline established Peace and DevelopmentUnit operational since January 2011.
Discuss the mainstreaming of Conflict Prevention and Confidence Building throughout the programme at the LPAC stage
[Added: 2010/06/25] [Last Updated: 2013/03/20]
UNDP Senior Management and programme team 2015/01 Overdue-Initiated This action will be continuous
7. Recommendation: In view of the status of Georgia as a middle-income country and the uncertainty in the future landscape of development assistance, UNDP Georgia should find opportunities to reflect on its value added to the country and articulate its raison d?ĂȘtre to outside partners.
Management Response: [Added: 2010/06/24] [Last Updated: 2010/06/25]

The upcoming CPD and CPAP reflect the valued added of UNDP to Georgia and align the UNDP programme fully with national priorities. Neutrality, flexibility and transparency remain key UNDP assets.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Finalize CPAP 2011-2015
[Added: 2010/06/25] [Last Updated: 2011/12/28]
UNDP Georgia Senior management and Programme team No due date No deadline established CPAP 2011-2015 finalised and approved by the GOvernment in June 2011.
Document and communicate UNDP achievements to external partners
[Added: 2010/06/25] [Last Updated: 2011/12/28]
UNDP Senior Management, Programme Team, communications teams No due date No deadline established This action is continuous

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