End of Term Evaluation of the Malawi Human Rights Support Project

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Evaluation Plan:
2012-2018, Malawi
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
08/2016
Completion Date:
09/2016
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
35,000

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Title End of Term Evaluation of the Malawi Human Rights Support Project
Atlas Project Number: 00067141
Evaluation Plan: 2012-2018, Malawi
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 09/2016
Planned End Date: 08/2016
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Democratic Governance
  • 2. Cross-cutting Development Issue
  • 3. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
  • 1. Output 2.3 Capacities of human rights institutions strengthened
  • 2. Output 2.4. Frameworks and dialogue processes engaged for effective and transparent engagement of civil society in national development
SDG Goal
  • Goal 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  • Goal 16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
SDG Target
  • 1.2 By 2030, reduce at least by half the proportion of men, women and children of all ages living in poverty in all its dimensions according to national definitions
  • 16.1 Significantly reduce all forms of violence and related death rates everywhere
  • 16.3 Promote the rule of law at the national and international levels and ensure equal access to justice for all
  • 16.6 Develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels
Evaluation Budget(US $): 35,000
Source of Funding: TRAC
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 29,393
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Cliff Bernard Nuwakora Mr. cliff.nuwakora@gmail.com UGANDA
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: Malawi Human Rights Commission; Office of the President and Cabinet, Development Partners, Civil Society Organizations
Countries: MALAWI
Comments:

The title of the evaluation has been updated to match the project name.  The timing of the evaluation has been revised in respect of other CO commitments.

Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Develop a Successor Programme: This should consolidate, popularize and cascade the achievements downstream up to the grass root community levels in a bid to promote and protect human rights holistically. The following should be taken into considerations as crucial actions:

  • Emerging issues and lessons learnt under this project such as minority rights, issues of innovative capacity building of institutions and organizations, as well as supporting the downstream levels to ensure that the demand side of human rights by the population should be enhanced through active and robust participation of non-state actors (NSAs);
  • Minority Rights:  For any future program to be appreciated, it should take into account the issues of minority rights such as LGBT, HIV and the Law, Disability, from the design stage. These emerging human rights issues should also be premised on deeper research, investigations and public inquiries as a way of getting the root causes of specific human rights violations for proper litigation and awareness purposes;
  • The design of the successor program should continue to be aligned to the Democratic Governance Sector Strategy, National Action Plan for Human Rights and MHRC Strategic Plan and ensure logical alignment of activities across these major documents;
  • The design should take into account the need for Mid Term Review; exit strategy, clear definition of strategic approaches as well as program delivery instruments like Results based management among others.

Mainstreaming of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): The successor program should take into account the SDGs as a new global development framework.

2

Enhance Monitoring and Evaluation with Results based Management and real time monitoring.

3

Strengthen innovative capacity building initiatives through volunteerism and human rights forum among others.

4

Review and development of a National Civic Education Framework.

1. Recommendation:

Develop a Successor Programme: This should consolidate, popularize and cascade the achievements downstream up to the grass root community levels in a bid to promote and protect human rights holistically. The following should be taken into considerations as crucial actions:

  • Emerging issues and lessons learnt under this project such as minority rights, issues of innovative capacity building of institutions and organizations, as well as supporting the downstream levels to ensure that the demand side of human rights by the population should be enhanced through active and robust participation of non-state actors (NSAs);
  • Minority Rights:  For any future program to be appreciated, it should take into account the issues of minority rights such as LGBT, HIV and the Law, Disability, from the design stage. These emerging human rights issues should also be premised on deeper research, investigations and public inquiries as a way of getting the root causes of specific human rights violations for proper litigation and awareness purposes;
  • The design of the successor program should continue to be aligned to the Democratic Governance Sector Strategy, National Action Plan for Human Rights and MHRC Strategic Plan and ensure logical alignment of activities across these major documents;
  • The design should take into account the need for Mid Term Review; exit strategy, clear definition of strategic approaches as well as program delivery instruments like Results based management among others.

Mainstreaming of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): The successor program should take into account the SDGs as a new global development framework.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/19]

The recommendation is agreeable, moving forward, there are plans to develop a successor program with all other UN agencies focusing on the recommended areas. Available tools such as Theory of Change, Gender Analysis and Political Economy analysis will used. UNDP along with other UN agencies will conduct a root cause analysis aligning with government priorities taking into account agency specific mandates.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Conduct an assessment of emerging issues to be considered in the successor program to inform programming on emerging
[Added: 2016/12/19] [Last Updated: 2018/04/10]
Responsive Institutions and Citzens Engagement (RICE) Portfolio 2017/12 Completed Assessment done during the 2019-2023 CPD planning process which entailed development of specific theory of change for the human rights area.. History
Develop a UN joint program that will cover emerging issues including minority rights and relevant SDGs targets.
[Added: 2016/12/19] [Last Updated: 2018/11/13]
RICE Portfolio 2018/12 Completed A joint project on supporting disability rights has been developed. History
2. Recommendation:

Enhance Monitoring and Evaluation with Results based Management and real time monitoring.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/19]

UNDP agrees to this recommendation and will explore current interventions potential areas to develop real time monitoring in the planned new program. The planned UN joint program to be developed will also aim to build capacity of partners in results based management.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Identify intervention areas which can be subject to real time monitoring.
[Added: 2016/12/19] [Last Updated: 2021/06/07]
RICE Portfolio 2018/12 Completed This was done as part of UN RCO initiative and Spotlight Initiative on Eliminating Violence Against Women and Girls. History
Build the capacity of government institutions in the adoption and application of the core UN programming instruments such as the Results Based Management (RBM), Harmonized Cash Transfer (HACT) and Rights Based Approach to Programming (RBAP).
[Added: 2016/12/19] [Last Updated: 2021/06/07]
RICE Portfolio 2018/12 Completed Series of RBM and HACT trainings conducted. History
3. Recommendation:

Strengthen innovative capacity building initiatives through volunteerism and human rights forum among others.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/19]

UNDP support on Capacity building through human rights forum is already underway. UNDP will further explore possibilities of utilizing volunteers in the implementation of human rights interventions.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Support transformative dialogue between MHRC and other stakeholders to actively engage in minority rights for instance HIV and the law, LGBT, Albinism, food rights.
[Added: 2016/12/19] [Last Updated: 2021/06/07]
RICE Portfolio 2018/12 Completed This is an ongoing exercise. Through the local Office of the Human RIghts High Commission, dialogue is done to ensure protection and promotion of the rights of minority groups. History
Develop capacity of NGOs under the human rights forum.
[Added: 2016/12/19] [Last Updated: 2018/04/10]
RICE Portfolio 2018/12 No Longer Applicable [Justification: No funds are available for this activity.]
History
Recommend inclusion of volunteers in the successor program following an assessment of existing schemes.
[Added: 2016/12/19] [Last Updated: 2021/06/07]
RICE Portfolio 2018/12 No Longer Applicable [Justification: This will be considered in subsequent programming cycle.]
History
Support capacity building for selected civil society organizations in the areas of advocacy and promotion of human rights awareness to ensure full participation of civil society organizations in the prevention of human rights violations.
[Added: 2016/12/19] [Last Updated: 2021/06/07]
RICE Portfolio 2018/12 No Longer Applicable [Justification: UNDP provided support to the Malawi Human Rights Commission with the expectation that the commission would engage civil society organizations.]
History
4. Recommendation:

Review and development of a National Civic Education Framework.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/19]

National initiative for civic education is working on the national civic education strategy, under the existing project, UNDP has been supporting development of a human rights education strategy. UNDP support will focus on finalizing the human rights education strategy.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Finalise the ongoing development of a national human rights civic education strategy.
[Added: 2016/12/19] [Last Updated: 2018/04/10]
RICE Portfolio 2018/12 Overdue-Initiated The strategy is in draft form. History
Rollout implementation of the national human rights civic education strategy.
[Added: 2016/12/19] [Last Updated: 2021/06/07]
RICE Portfolio 2018/12 No Longer Applicable [Justification: The rollout is contingent on availability of resources.]
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