Terminal Evaluation: Support to Improved Voter and Civic Education for the 2011 Presidential and 2012 National Assembly Elections

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Evaluation Plan:
2012-2016, Gambia
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
11/2013
Completion Date:
05/2014
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
10,000

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Title Terminal Evaluation: Support to Improved Voter and Civic Education for the 2011 Presidential and 2012 National Assembly Elections
Atlas Project Number: 00079933
Evaluation Plan: 2012-2016, Gambia
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 05/2014
Planned End Date: 11/2013
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
  • 1. Output 2.1. Parliaments, constitution making bodies and electoral institutions enabled to perform core functions for improved accountability, participation and representation, including for peaceful transitions
Evaluation Budget(US $): 10,000
Source of Funding: Election Basket Fund
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: Yes
  • Joint with Basket Fund donors
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Baboucarr Sarr National Consultant baboumodousarr@yahoo.co.uk
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: GOTG
Countries: GAMBIA
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1 UNDP continue collaboration with Government and Development Partners to promote comprehensive Voter and Civic Education as a neutral intervention worthy of support
2 Independent Electoral Council (IEC) to revive the Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) and urgently initiate the requisite electoral reforms required to facilitate resource mobilization and be in a better position to organize elections that fully comply with international electoral standards and best practices.
3 UNDP and Development Partners assist in better targeting of voter and civic education campaigns by building IEC capacity to disaggregate the voter turnout data by gender and age group.
4 UNDP and Development Partners assist NCCE to run continuous civiceducation as well as establish a formal relationship with Ministries of Youth (Youth Parliament and Youth Ambassador Initiatives) and Basic and Higher Education to reach in and out school youth.
5 Considering that more than 60% of the population are categorized as youth and more than 50% as women, NCCE to put more emphasis on the demographics and advocate for youth and women to be adequately represented in the leadership and decision making positions of political parties, CBOs and Kafos.
1. Recommendation: UNDP continue collaboration with Government and Development Partners to promote comprehensive Voter and Civic Education as a neutral intervention worthy of support
Management Response: [Added: 2014/10/06] [Last Updated: 2014/10/06]

Given governance country context and declining voter turn out, voter and civic education will remain a top priority for the rest of the CPAP

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Support to the National Council for Civic Education (NCCE) for civic education advocacy and awareness for the rest of the CPAP
[Added: 2014/10/06] [Last Updated: 2017/06/06]
Governance and Human Right Unit, NCCE 2016/12 Completed Support to the NCCE to undertake nationwide civic education is ongoing, with the use of community radio station to ensure wider outreach NCCE supported during the Presidential Elections and carried out nationwide civic education using different fora - Radio, Television and face to face. History
2. Recommendation: Independent Electoral Council (IEC) to revive the Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) and urgently initiate the requisite electoral reforms required to facilitate resource mobilization and be in a better position to organize elections that fully comply with international electoral standards and best practices.
Management Response: [Added: 2014/10/06]

Country Office (CO) will continue engagement with IEC on the need for urgent electoral reforms before next cycle of elections.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Hold consultations with IEC and prepare for a National Assembly Member(NAM) to determine scope/level of UNDP support for next electoral cycle (2016 -2018)
[Added: 2014/10/06] [Last Updated: 2017/06/09]
CO, IEC, RBA, DPA/EAD, 2014/12 Overdue-Initiated Since elections are seen by UNDP as a process-driven issue, NAM and CO will put emphasis on electoral reforms, i.e re-demarcation of boundaries, media access and amendments to the electoral Act, etc CO supported IEC and other CSOs through the Electoral project 2016-2018 History
3. Recommendation: UNDP and Development Partners assist in better targeting of voter and civic education campaigns by building IEC capacity to disaggregate the voter turnout data by gender and age group.
Management Response: [Added: 2014/10/06]

Direct support to the IEC will be based on recommendations of the proposed NAM

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Request and Approval of a NAM Finalised TOR for NAM Backstop NAM Discuss draft NAM Report with IEC and relevant stakeholders Finalized NAM Report Electoral support prodoc formulated for 2016-2018 electoral cycle
[Added: 2014/10/06] [Last Updated: 2017/06/09]
CO,IEC, RBA, DPA/EAD 2015/03 Completed Elections prodoc developed, approved and implemented History
4. Recommendation: UNDP and Development Partners assist NCCE to run continuous civiceducation as well as establish a formal relationship with Ministries of Youth (Youth Parliament and Youth Ambassador Initiatives) and Basic and Higher Education to reach in and out school youth.
Management Response: [Added: 2014/10/06]

CO has noted this and will continue to work with NCCE to reach more youths

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Nationawide civic education is on-going as per 2014 AWP, but with emphais on youth and women groups
[Added: 2014/10/06]
CO, NCCE 2014/12 Overdue-Initiated NCCE is now engaging youths through Civic Groups/Clubs in senior Secorndary Schools as well as the Youth ParliamentInitiative
5. Recommendation: Considering that more than 60% of the population are categorized as youth and more than 50% as women, NCCE to put more emphasis on the demographics and advocate for youth and women to be adequately represented in the leadership and decision making positions of political parties, CBOs and Kafos.
Management Response: [Added: 2014/10/06]

The inter-agency coordination mechanism on electoral assistance has issued a new policy directive on promoting women's political and electoral participation. CO will implement new policy directive through NCCE and also assist NCCE consolidate new partnerships with local youth and women's groups.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Based on CO guidance and the new policy directive, NCCE will submit proposed activities by end September 2014
[Added: 2014/10/06]
Governance and Human Rights Unit, NCCE, WANEP, IPAC 2014/12 Overdue-Initiated

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