Proverty Reduction Programme

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Evaluation Plan:
2011-2015, Eswatini
Evaluation Type:
Outcome
Planned End Date:
11/2013
Completion Date:
11/2013
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
50,000
The Poverty Reduction Programme of the Government of Swaziland/UNDP Country Programme Action Plan 2011-2015

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Title Proverty Reduction Programme
Atlas Project Number:
Evaluation Plan: 2011-2015, Eswatini
Evaluation Type: Outcome
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 11/2013
Planned End Date: 11/2013
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Poverty and MDG
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
  • 1. Capacities of national and local institutions enhanced to scale up proven MDG acceleration interventions and to plan, monitor, report and evaluate the MDG progress in the context of related national development priorities
Evaluation Budget(US $): 50,000
Source of Funding: Project Funds
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Bactha Consulting - Dr. Backson Sibanda Team Leader backson.sibanda@gmail.com
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: Ministry of Economic Planning and Development, Civil Society, Donors, UNDP and communities
Countries: ESWATINI
Comments: This is an outcome evaluation
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1 It is recommended that UNDP and the Government of Swaziland develop and implement a capacity development and capacity retention strategy to facilitate the remaining CPAP implementation period in order to increase the chances of sustainability of the benefits of CPAP.
2 It is recommended that SWAP develop a strategic capacity building programme for all public sector personnel with responsibilities for SWAP activities. The capacity development must target all four pilot Sector Ministries and MEPD.
3 UNDP ? The downstream/grassroots initiatives supported by UNDP are producing visible changes in people?s lives towards reducing poverty. It is recommended that UNDP considers creating a balance between upstream support and link that with its support for downstream/grassroots projects which are demonstrating poverty reduction.
4 UNDP ? Mobilise resources for the Women Cross Border project which is threatened with closure in December 2013 following the withdrawal of support to that project which was administered by UNDP. This is a grassroots project that is showing potential and should not be allowed to collapse when so much commitment has been shown by both the beneficiaries and other partners.
5 UNDP should consider mobilising resources in order to financially support the young girls? internship programme which is supported by the Business Women?s Forum. The initiative supported 13 girls and placed them on internships in a number of companies. At the end of their internships all the 13 girls were employed either by the same companies or were recommended for employment to other companies.
6 UNDP should work with the Business Women Forum and approach UNIDO to provide funding and technical expertise to BWF?s efforts of supporting women producing industrial products and crafts.
7 Donors in line with the Paris Declaration and other international agreements should desist from by-passing ACMS and provide AID through the ACMS coordination mechanism.
1. Recommendation: It is recommended that UNDP and the Government of Swaziland develop and implement a capacity development and capacity retention strategy to facilitate the remaining CPAP implementation period in order to increase the chances of sustainability of the benefits of CPAP.
Management Response: [Added: 2014/02/26]

The CO will continue to training and upgrade the capacity of planning officers in key ministries to enhance knowledge, capacity transfer and effective implementation of development projects and programmes. We will explore the use of National Training Institution to reinforce our continuous training activities, as well as bring the training closer to technical departments at the national and regional levels. The following activities will be implemented in close collaboration with National partners in 2014 and beyond towards enhancing programme implementation capacities.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Provide training TOT M&E for all planners
[Added: 2014/02/26] [Last Updated: 2014/12/19]
Ministry of Economic Planning and Development (MEPD) and UNDP 2014/09 Completed Training will provide for all planers in sectoral Ministries to strengthen M&E capacity for better monitoring and reporting
2. Recommendation: It is recommended that SWAP develop a strategic capacity building programme for all public sector personnel with responsibilities for SWAP activities. The capacity development must target all four pilot Sector Ministries and MEPD.
Management Response: [Added: 2014/02/26]

UNDP will continue to support the Poverty Monitoring Unit to promote knowledge on the benefits of the Sector Wide approach, strengthen ownership of the concepts and list application for planning and budgeting.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Sensitise key sectors on the sector wide approach and its application
[Added: 2014/02/26] [Last Updated: 2018/08/22]
MEPD 2015/03 Completed The Sectoral Unit under MEPD will now play an oversight role in the implementation of SWAp. The capacity of the unit will be strengthen to ensure effective coordination and implementation of SWAp across all the sectors. History
3. Recommendation: UNDP ? The downstream/grassroots initiatives supported by UNDP are producing visible changes in people?s lives towards reducing poverty. It is recommended that UNDP considers creating a balance between upstream support and link that with its support for downstream/grassroots projects which are demonstrating poverty reduction.
Management Response: [Added: 2014/02/26]

UNDP policy advisory services, advocacy and capacity building work at the highest levels of government is showing positive results contributing to transformational change. UNDP will continue to provide support for pilot initiatives at the downstream levels to inform upstream initiatives. UNDP is currently supporting some pilot downstream activities around climate change adaptation where grassroots activities will be facilitated for ?Green Economy?.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
CO will continue to support resource mobilization efforts to upscale activities at the grassroots level.
[Added: 2014/02/26] [Last Updated: 2018/08/22]
UNDP 2015/12 Completed MIC status is a challenge in leveraging partner?s resources to implement downstream activities. History
4. Recommendation: UNDP ? Mobilise resources for the Women Cross Border project which is threatened with closure in December 2013 following the withdrawal of support to that project which was administered by UNDP. This is a grassroots project that is showing potential and should not be allowed to collapse when so much commitment has been shown by both the beneficiaries and other partners.
Management Response: [Added: 2014/02/26]

The CO has facilitated several capacity building activities right from the formulation phases of the programmes to facilitate sustainability of the project. The CO will review this recommendation with all stakeholders, especially with the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Trade to explore the possibility of up scaling its implementation. The CO is also undertaking resource mobilisation and will continue to form alliance with other granting partners to support such important initiative.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
4.1 UNDP provided budget to cushion gaps in resources. 4.2 Develop proposal for leveraging resources to support WICBT
[Added: 2014/02/26] [Last Updated: 2014/12/19]
UNDP 2014/12 Completed UN Women has a new mandate to play an oversight role on women empowerment. SAD C Council of NGOs, UNIDO and COMESA will be approached to support up scaling of the project.
5. Recommendation: UNDP should consider mobilising resources in order to financially support the young girls? internship programme which is supported by the Business Women?s Forum. The initiative supported 13 girls and placed them on internships in a number of companies. At the end of their internships all the 13 girls were employed either by the same companies or were recommended for employment to other companies.
Management Response: [Added: 2014/02/26]

UNDP will work with Federation of Swaziland Employees to mainstream the internship programme as part of the federations programme to ensure its sustainability.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Develop proposals to support BWF
[Added: 2014/02/26] [Last Updated: 2018/08/22]
UNDP 2015/01 Completed FSE is positioning itself to take over the project History
6. Recommendation: UNDP should work with the Business Women Forum and approach UNIDO to provide funding and technical expertise to BWF?s efforts of supporting women producing industrial products and crafts.
Management Response: [Added: 2014/02/26]

Working with BWF, the CO is drafting proposals for submission to potential partners/donors.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Draft proposal indicating areas of support
[Added: 2014/02/26] [Last Updated: 2018/08/22]
UNDP 2015/01 Completed Currently women are undergoing training on standards through Swaziland Association Standard Authority (SWASA) History
7. Recommendation: Donors in line with the Paris Declaration and other international agreements should desist from by-passing ACMS and provide AID through the ACMS coordination mechanism.
Management Response: [Added: 2014/02/26]

The CO will continue to work with ACMS to strengthen its coordination for better tracking of all external AID in the country both form development partners and form NGOs. Further support will be provided for the review of the 2000 Aid Coordination Policy for the integration of the Paris Declaration outcomes and the management of the donor and development partners resources.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Review of National Aid Policy
[Added: 2014/02/26] [Last Updated: 2018/08/22]
Aid Coordination Managment Unit (ACMS) 2015/03 Completed Request has been received from MEPD for support History

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