UNDP Liberia Country Programme 2004-2007

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Evaluation Plan:
2008-2012, Liberia
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
12/2007
Completion Date:
10/2008
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
62,000
Summary can be found on page vii of the attached document Lessons learned can be found on pages 32, 43, 54, 63, 78 and 90 of the attached documents.

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Title UNDP Liberia Country Programme 2004-2007
Atlas Project Number: Projects
Evaluation Plan: 2008-2012, Liberia
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 10/2008
Planned End Date: 12/2007
Management Response: Yes
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
Evaluation Budget(US $): 62,000
Source of Funding: Core Resources
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Nationality
Meg Gawler, Varney A. Yengbeh, Jr. & Alarick Tokpah Team Leader
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: Government of Liberia
Countries: LIBERIA
Comments: Evaluation was done by 3 independent evaluators, including 2 nationals and 1 international.
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1 1. Absence of a systematic operational M&E approach was rightly identified as one of the most constraints for the programme.
2 2. As mentioned in the evaluation report the donors were disappointed with UNDP?s reporting, especially financial reporting it needs immediate intervention for streamlining all the financial transaction.
3 3. Key Strategic Programme Areas (Projects on Human Rights, Gende, HIV/AIDS, Protection and Environmental Management)were not covered by UNDP.
4 4. In terms of budget distribution for different projects, DDRR project had the most (66%) allocation. And it is rightly identified that the budget for HRPG, HIV and EM programme was quite low.
1. Recommendation: 1. Absence of a systematic operational M&E approach was rightly identified as one of the most constraints for the programme.
Management Response: [Added: 2010/10/06] [Last Updated: 2010/10/06]

1. The lack of capacity both from UNDP and IPs made it difficult to establish regular monitoring system and keep track on project progress. But for the next phase programme M&E unit has been more organized and have already developed capacity, and working for establishing a regular monitoring system which will involve M&E key persons from each of the projects.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
New M&E Unit has been set up.
[Added: 2010/10/06]
M&E Specialist 2008/01 Completed This unit is headed by an M&E Officer with 3 staff members to ensure compliance.
2. Recommendation: 2. As mentioned in the evaluation report the donors were disappointed with UNDP?s reporting, especially financial reporting it needs immediate intervention for streamlining all the financial transaction.
Management Response: [Added: 2010/10/06]

2. UNDP Liberia has made tremendous strides in ensuring reports are timely and presented clearly to the donors. On this note, I can clearly say that progress has already been made and efforts are still ongoing for immediate improvement in this area.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
An experienced Financial Specialist hired to handle these issues.
[Added: 2010/10/06]
Financial Compliance 2008/01 Completed Ensuring Financial Compliance.
3. Recommendation: 3. Key Strategic Programme Areas (Projects on Human Rights, Gende, HIV/AIDS, Protection and Environmental Management)were not covered by UNDP.
Management Response: [Added: 2010/10/06]

It is true that the programme did not cover many of the strategic programme areas as mentioned in the report. However, UNDP-Liberia Country Programme for the following years has already created new dimensions which obviously follow and will incorporate most of the thematic and cross-cuttings issues in the programme. Precisely, efforts have been provided for more gender-sensitive and gender mainstreaming as well as addressing human rights violation issues. This will definitely bring positive changes in programme monitoring and reporting.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Gender Specialist hired.
[Added: 2010/10/06]
MainstreamingGenders in the country office. 2008/01 Completed
4. Recommendation: 4. In terms of budget distribution for different projects, DDRR project had the most (66%) allocation. And it is rightly identified that the budget for HRPG, HIV and EM programme was quite low.
Management Response: [Added: 2010/10/06]

4. Given the situation at that time where arms were still in the hands of ex-combatants, the major priority in bringing relief and sanity to Liberia was disarmament, demobilization, rehabilitation and reintegration. Therefore, DDRR was identified as key area where more resources were needed to put the country back on its feet. Remember that no activities were possible without the disarmament of ex-combatant. Now that the country is on the path of recovery, is positive to note that the UNDP Libeira has already given priority on ?gender mainstreaming? as evidenced by her gender-based programmes and the presence of a Senior Gender Advisor.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Resources are equitably distributed.
[Added: 2010/10/06]
UNDP Country Office. 2008/01 No Longer Applicable

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