Evaluation of project Capacity Building for Nation Building in the Netherlands Antilles

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Evaluation Plan:
2008-2011, Trinidad and Tobago
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
09/2011
Completion Date:
09/2011
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
25,000

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Title Evaluation of project Capacity Building for Nation Building in the Netherlands Antilles
Atlas Project Number: 00072101
Evaluation Plan: 2008-2011, Trinidad and Tobago
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 09/2011
Planned End Date: 09/2011
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Democratic Governance
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Civil society, including civil society organizations and voluntary associations, and the private sector contribute to the MDGs in support of national planning strategies and policies
  • 2. Access to information policies support accountability and transparency
Evaluation Budget(US $): 25,000
Source of Funding: Programme Cost Sharing
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Nationality
Alexa Khan Team Leader
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: Governments of Curacao and Sint Maarten
Countries: TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1 Building on the experience of this project, the new development cooperation agreements should be based on a comprehensive diagnosis of the variables that will facilitate nation building in Curacao and Sint Maarten.
2 The UNDP should consider supporting study tours to Aruba to ensure that Curacao and Sint Maarten benefit from that country?s transition experience.
3 The UNDP needs to reassess how the MDG process is communicated to country partners. Rather than focus on the production of a report, the utility of the MDG process as a tool for national development planning needs to be emphasized.
4 The involvement of key stakeholders in project conceptualization is also crucial to promoting ownership and buy in.
5 The UNDP should commission a ?good practices? manual or guidelines on the process of developing MDG reports or national development strategies.
6 The creation of an MDG implementation strategy should be included as a mandatory output to the MDG Reporting process.
7 The follow up activities recommended by the Change management Consultant are still valid and relevant to the needs of both countries. As such, it is recommended that implementation of these should be pursued.
8 Follow up training in Devinfo and another more focused workshop on accessing UN system resources should be implemented.
9 Countries without the benefit of a UN office should be able to utilize the UN Volunteer system for project implementation support.
1. Recommendation: Building on the experience of this project, the new development cooperation agreements should be based on a comprehensive diagnosis of the variables that will facilitate nation building in Curacao and Sint Maarten.
Management Response: [Added: 2011/12/28] [Last Updated: 2011/12/28]

New project documents have been developed: one for Curacao and one for Sint Maarten taking into account these lessons learned and variables described.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Take into account situational analysis for development of new project documents for Curacao and Sint Maarten
[Added: 2011/12/28]
Programme Officer 2011/11 Completed Curacao project document signed in Dec 2011 and Sint Maarten project document on schedule to be signed Q1, 2012. It needs to be noted that the CO does not have a sub office in Curacao and Sint Maarten which makes it more challenging to comprehensively take into account the situation in these countries. Now that new projects with staff will have started by Q1, 2012 it will be much easier for the CO to keep up to date with the latest developments.
2. Recommendation: The UNDP should consider supporting study tours to Aruba to ensure that Curacao and Sint Maarten benefit from that country?s transition experience.
Management Response: [Added: 2011/12/28]

We have considered this however both Curacao and Sint Maarten are in touch with Aruba on an ongoing basis and there is not much value added with UNDP organizing seperate study tours. For the new projects for Curacao and Sint Maarten UNDP will keep in mind however the Aruba experiences and look for any opportunities to connect to Aruba experiences.

Key Actions:

3. Recommendation: The UNDP needs to reassess how the MDG process is communicated to country partners. Rather than focus on the production of a report, the utility of the MDG process as a tool for national development planning needs to be emphasized.
Management Response: [Added: 2011/12/28]

The next projects for Curacao and Sint Maarten will put into use the MDG report as the main deliverables for these projects will be to develop national development plans for each country. UNDP through its project will make active use of the MDG report and people previously involved in its drafting incl. MDG working groups.The project for Curacao was signed in December 2011. The project for Sint Maarten is envisaged to be signed Q1 2012.

Key Actions:

4. Recommendation: The involvement of key stakeholders in project conceptualization is also crucial to promoting ownership and buy in.
Management Response: [Added: 2011/12/28]

For the new projects in Curacao and Sint Maarten key stakeholders were involved in project conceptualization. Both projects will contain significant consultative dialogue process around the national development plans which will further ensure buy in of key stakeholders.

Key Actions:

5. Recommendation: The UNDP should commission a ?good practices? manual or guidelines on the process of developing MDG reports or national development strategies.
Management Response: [Added: 2011/12/28]

Agreed. This will be communicated to the Panama regional centre to take action on.

Key Actions:

6. Recommendation: The creation of an MDG implementation strategy should be included as a mandatory output to the MDG Reporting process.
Management Response: [Added: 2011/12/28]

This is also an issue that needs to be communicated to UNDP corporate for action and follow up.

Key Actions:

7. Recommendation: The follow up activities recommended by the Change management Consultant are still valid and relevant to the needs of both countries. As such, it is recommended that implementation of these should be pursued.
Management Response: [Added: 2011/12/28]

The follow up activities will be shared with the project management of the new projects in Curacao and Sint Maarten. The UNDP TT Office feels however that care should be taken in considering all follow up activities as it will be very important to ensure not to open the scope of the new development projects too widely as it could endanger proper achievement of development results as listed in the project document.

Key Actions:

8. Recommendation: Follow up training in Devinfo and another more focused workshop on accessing UN system resources should be implemented.
Management Response: [Added: 2011/12/28]

In the new projects for Curacao and Sint Maarten follow up training on DevInfo is already planned and budgeted for. Workshops on accessing UN system resources will be considered on a practical basis as they relate to the outputs of the new projects.

Key Actions:

9. Recommendation: Countries without the benefit of a UN office should be able to utilize the UN Volunteer system for project implementation support.
Management Response: [Added: 2011/12/28]

Agreed and will be communicated to the Panama regional centre. This modality was already used in the project under evaluation and the new projects in Curacao and Sint Maarten will also use UNVs in their project management structure.

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