Final Evaluation: Decentralization Support Programme

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Evaluation Plan:
2008-2013, Bhutan
Evaluation Type:
Project
Planned End Date:
06/2009
Completion Date:
06/2008
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
60,000

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Title Final Evaluation: Decentralization Support Programme
Atlas Project Number:
Evaluation Plan: 2008-2013, Bhutan
Evaluation Type: Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 06/2008
Planned End Date: 06/2009
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Democratic Governance
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
  • 1. National, regional and local levels of governance expand their capacities to reduce conflict and manage the equitable delivery of public services
Evaluation Budget(US $): 60,000
Source of Funding: UNDP, UNCDF, JICA
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: Yes
  • Joint with UNDP, UNCDF, JICA
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Team Leader
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: MoHCA, GNHC, UNDP, UNCDF, JICA
Countries: BHUTAN
Comments: A midterm evaluation was conducted for the 5 year project. A Final evaluation taking into consideration the recommendations from the mid-term evaluation was completed following the documentation of lessons learned from the field.
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1 Need for more intensive and sustained training and capacity development
2 Need to create a decentralized mode of training delivery
3 Facilitated exposure on UNCDF regional good practices
4 Performance based funding process
5 Modifications to funds flow procedures
6 Enhance programme readiness
1. Recommendation: Need for more intensive and sustained training and capacity development
Management Response: [Added: 2010/06/07]

Ensure that the recommendations are taken onboard and incorporated to the upscaling of the decentralization and local governance programme to avoid similar constraints in the future

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Development partners to advice government on the need to do proper study on the basic capacity needs for local governments for decentralized development planned, implementation and sustainability of programmes
[Added: 2010/06/07] [Last Updated: 2010/06/16]
LDD, GNHC 2010/07 Completed National Capacity Development Strategy being developed by national and international consultants hired by DLG and will be completed by July 2010 and presented to RGoB.
2. Recommendation: Need to create a decentralized mode of training delivery
Management Response: [Added: 2010/06/07]

Advice the IP on the need to outsource training and create a more demand driven rather supply driven logic to training of local governments

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Suggested possibilities to outsource training to private and national training institutes
[Added: 2010/06/07] [Last Updated: 2010/06/16]
LDD 2010/06 Completed Two rounds of TOT provided to private and national training institute officials. A final selection of 8 trainers selected as qualified who trained the LG functionaries in the 20 districts in April- May 2010.
3. Recommendation: Facilitated exposure on UNCDF regional good practices
Management Response: [Added: 2010/06/07]

Proposed during the formulation of the new programme (LGSP) to include it as an effective learning and sharing of best practices

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
LDD suggested to undertake it as an activity in the 2010 work plan
[Added: 2010/06/07] [Last Updated: 2010/06/16]
LDD and DLG 2010/06 Completed Five officials from the LDD and DLG central and district level visited Bangladesh and Nepal on a learning, exchange visit on local governance issues (capacity development, participatory processes, annual grants performance measures and minimum conditions) from May 16-26, 2010.
4. Recommendation: Performance based funding process
Management Response: [Added: 2010/06/07]

Ensure the performance based funding advice is provided to new programme (LGSP)

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
LDD advised to look at performance based funding
[Added: 2010/06/07] [Last Updated: 2011/11/18]
LDD 2011/06 Completed Piloted under the Local Governance Support Programme (LGSP) 2008-2013 to improve performance on the public financial management for local development.
5. Recommendation: Modifications to funds flow procedures
Management Response: [Added: 2010/06/07]

Fiscal decentralization policy changes implemented in the LGSP institutionalization of capital annual grants to local governments requires that fund flow mechanisms to be reviewed and modified to enable effective delivery of public services

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
LDD and Ministry of Finance advised to align fund flow with regard to the institutionalization of the fiscal decentralization policy and programmes of the government
[Added: 2010/06/07] [Last Updated: 2010/06/16]
LDD and MoF 2010/06 Completed Discussions resulted into close consultation and coordination in the communication of the planning and budgets to LGs.
6. Recommendation: Enhance programme readiness
Management Response: [Added: 2010/06/07]

Advice LDD to develop capacity at the national and local levels for the fiscal decentralization development activities

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
LDD to take lessons from the DSP and its evaluations for developing national capacities
[Added: 2010/06/07] [Last Updated: 2010/06/16]
LDD and DLG 2013/06 Completed Will be addressed in detail under the Capacity Development Strategy for local governments being developed.

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