Mid-Term Evaluation of the Strengthening Institutional Capacity for Development Effectiveness and Accountability Programme

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Evaluation Plan:
2012-2018, Malawi
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
12/2016
Completion Date:
12/2016
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
40,000

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Title Mid-Term Evaluation of the Strengthening Institutional Capacity for Development Effectiveness and Accountability Programme
Atlas Project Number: 71958
Evaluation Plan: 2012-2018, Malawi
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 12/2016
Planned End Date: 12/2016
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Poverty and MDG
  • 2. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
  • 1. Output 7.3. National development plans to address poverty and inequality are sustainable and risk resilient
  • 2. Output 7.4. Countries enabled to gain equitable access to, and manage, ODA and other sources of global development financing
Evaluation Budget(US $): 40,000
Source of Funding: TRAC/CS
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 34,758
Joint Programme: Yes
Joint Evaluation: Yes
  • Joint with UN Agencies
  • Joint with UNICEF and UNFPA
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Stephen Chipika Dr. schipika@gmail.com
Peter Mwanza Mr. viwemi@yahoo.com
Stephen Chipika Dr. schipika@gmail.com
Peter Mwanza Mr. pcmconsult.pcm@gmail.com
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: MFDP, Ministry of Local Government, DPs
Countries: MALAWI
Comments:

The title of the evaluation has changed to match the project title.  The previous title was entered before the project was formulation in 2011.

Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Development partners are looking forward to government taking more decisive leadership and undertaking objective analysis that would bring up priorities that actually show comparative advantages of investing in the chosen areas in relation to those not prioritized. The analysis and synthesis should go to a level where for example the national benefits of investing in the sector, for example, food and nutrition security would be stated clearly, with evidence, compared to the other sectors.  While everything can be categorized as priority, the NDS should come up with critical manageable priorities that require investment in the medium term.

2

Is there need for UNDP/European Union (EU) to support another the Strengthening Institutional Capacity for Development Effectiveness and Accountability Programme (DEAP)?, drawing on lessons learnt from the current phase, future support can ensure adequate financial resources are mobilized; Have more substantive technical assistance (TA) to support programme, in a focused and more comprehensive manner, targeting  delivery in key pillars of DEAP with much stronger results focus; New DEAP design be accompanied with a strong performance and results tracking system (beyond activities analysis/reviews);  programme steering committee (PSC) focusing more on policy, strategic issues and results; There is need for the UNDP, the EU and the Government of Malawi (GoM) to recommit themselves to fast-tracking implementation of key out-standing and priority activities, on the basis of the annual work plans and programme reviews.  Where human resource gaps are noted, including quality, these ought to be addressed.

3

Gender Equality: Improvements are required to consistently use gender analysis/assessments and disaggregate the data to show how groups - men, women, boys and girls - benefit.

1. Recommendation:

Development partners are looking forward to government taking more decisive leadership and undertaking objective analysis that would bring up priorities that actually show comparative advantages of investing in the chosen areas in relation to those not prioritized. The analysis and synthesis should go to a level where for example the national benefits of investing in the sector, for example, food and nutrition security would be stated clearly, with evidence, compared to the other sectors.  While everything can be categorized as priority, the NDS should come up with critical manageable priorities that require investment in the medium term.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/28]

UNDP agrees with the recommendation and will provide technical expertise to assist Government with in-depth analysis leading to the identification of priorities.   

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Provide technical expertise to identify key development priorities for inclusion in the national development strategy.
[Added: 2016/12/28] [Last Updated: 2018/11/13]
Responsive Institutions and Citizen Engagement (RICE) Portfolio with support from the Development Impact Advisory Team (DIAT). 2017/10 Completed UNDP featured the iSDG model to guide the identification of priority areas for the national strategy. History
2. Recommendation:

Is there need for UNDP/European Union (EU) to support another the Strengthening Institutional Capacity for Development Effectiveness and Accountability Programme (DEAP)?, drawing on lessons learnt from the current phase, future support can ensure adequate financial resources are mobilized; Have more substantive technical assistance (TA) to support programme, in a focused and more comprehensive manner, targeting  delivery in key pillars of DEAP with much stronger results focus; New DEAP design be accompanied with a strong performance and results tracking system (beyond activities analysis/reviews);  programme steering committee (PSC) focusing more on policy, strategic issues and results; There is need for the UNDP, the EU and the Government of Malawi (GoM) to recommit themselves to fast-tracking implementation of key out-standing and priority activities, on the basis of the annual work plans and programme reviews.  Where human resource gaps are noted, including quality, these ought to be addressed.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/28]

UNDP agrees with this recommendation and will consider supporting a successor programme based on the lessons learned. UNDP will also assist the project’s management to explore measures to fast track implementation of key outstanding activities.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Develop a new project concept note based on the lessons learned and emerging priorities in enhancing development effectiveness.
[Added: 2016/12/28] [Last Updated: 2018/11/13]
RICE Portfolio 2018/12 Completed An outline for a successor project has been drafted. History
Lobby key partners including the European Union to mobilize resources for implementation of successor project.
[Added: 2016/12/28] [Last Updated: 2018/11/13]
RICE Portfolio 2018/10 Completed UNDP has engaged EU to support the successor project. The EU have commissioned an evaluation of the project to informed its decision. History
Support project planning to fast-track implementation of key activities.
[Added: 2016/12/28] [Last Updated: 2018/11/13]
RICE Portfolio 2018/10 Completed The project was extended to allow implementation of outstanding activities. History
3. Recommendation:

Gender Equality: Improvements are required to consistently use gender analysis/assessments and disaggregate the data to show how groups - men, women, boys and girls - benefit.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/28]

UNDP agrees with the recommendation and will ensure that the UNDP gender analysis guide is applied in theory of change for new project and also in development of its monitoring & evaluation framework.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Train program staff in gender analysis using the UNDP Gender Analysis guide.
[Added: 2016/12/28] [Last Updated: 2018/07/20]
Country Office Gender Seal Team 2018/10 Overdue-Initiated The exercise will be conducted part of the activities under the Gender Seal framework. History
Support a gender analysis review for the new project.
[Added: 2016/12/28] [Last Updated: 2018/11/13]
RICE Portfolio 2018/10 No Longer Applicable [Justification: This activity will be considered as part of the formulation process of the new project.]
New project document not expected until early next year. History
Support inclusion of gender mainstreaming targets in the project M&E framework.
[Added: 2016/12/28] [Last Updated: 2018/11/13]
RICE Portfolio 2018/10 Completed UN Women supported the project in the areas of gender-based budgeting. History

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