End of Project Evaluation - Towards Greater Citizenry Participation

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Evaluation Plan:
2011-2015, Eswatini
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
10/2013
Completion Date:
03/2012
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
10,000

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Title End of Project Evaluation - Towards Greater Citizenry Participation
Atlas Project Number: 00070163
Evaluation Plan: 2011-2015, Eswatini
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 03/2012
Planned End Date: 10/2013
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Democratic Governance
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
  • 1. Strengthened capacities of national human rights institutions
Evaluation Budget(US $): 10,000
Source of Funding: Democratic Thematic Trust Funds
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Mazingira Consultancy Team Leader
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: Council of Swaziland Churches, Community Based Organizations, Media
Countries: ESWATINI
Comments: The Evaluation has been commissioned and will be finalised by end February 2012.
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1 7.1 One of the aims of the project was to promote greater understanding of Human Rights and knowledge of the Bill of Rights as enshrined in the Constitution. A period of 21 months (the time frame for the project) is too short for the entire Swaziland population to acquire such understanding and embrace the principles as part of their daily lives. It is recommended that project design adopts realistic time frames for effective project outcomes.
2 7.2 The evaluation noted the need to reconcile conflicting issues between the Constitution and traditional practices. However, most of these are not documented but are contained in the coded Swazi law and custom which was supported by UNDP, but has not been published. It is recommended that UNDP influences the publication of the coded Swazi law and custom to enhance the implementation of the Constitution. This will also enhance the sustainability of project benefits.
3 7.2.1 Enhancing HR knowledge and practice It was observed by the evaluation team that training materials for some marginalized groups were not available especially sign language materials for the deaf and Braille for the blind. It is recommended that these materials be developed by CSC for the sustainability of project benefits. It was also noted that relevant training materials for strengthening capacity at MISA, for the training of security institutions, professional bodies and other CSOs were not available. Strengthening capacity for these entities remains crucial if Human Rights are to be promoted, protected and respected in Swaziland. It is recognized that these materials are at a different level from those developed for communities and schools as they are more specialized. It is recommended that CSC develops these training materials in partnership with other local or regional organizations.
4 7.2.2 Community sensitization It has been noted that the sensitization of communities covered only a small part of the country. It is recommended that coverage be extended to other areas of the country in the proposed project extension.
5 7.2.3 Media empowerment The project has demonstrated the effectiveness of media participation in creating a HR culture. It is recommended that media empowerment which was not achieved be pursued through MISA under the proposed project extension to sustain project benefits.
1. Recommendation: 7.1 One of the aims of the project was to promote greater understanding of Human Rights and knowledge of the Bill of Rights as enshrined in the Constitution. A period of 21 months (the time frame for the project) is too short for the entire Swaziland population to acquire such understanding and embrace the principles as part of their daily lives. It is recommended that project design adopts realistic time frames for effective project outcomes.
Management Response: [Added: 2012/05/25]

Programme Managers need to be cognizant of time frame stipulated for the duration of the project versus project coverage when developing a project. Future projects designed will take into account realistic time frame and coverage.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Programme Managers need to be cognizant of time frame stipulated for the duration of the project versus project coverage when developing a project. Future projects designed will take into account realistic time frame and coverage.
[Added: 2012/05/25]
Project Managers 2012/04 Completed This recommendation has been incorporated to ensure that realistic time-frame is agreed upon.
2. Recommendation: 7.2 The evaluation noted the need to reconcile conflicting issues between the Constitution and traditional practices. However, most of these are not documented but are contained in the coded Swazi law and custom which was supported by UNDP, but has not been published. It is recommended that UNDP influences the publication of the coded Swazi law and custom to enhance the implementation of the Constitution. This will also enhance the sustainability of project benefits.
Management Response: [Added: 2012/05/25]

UNDP supported the documentation of Swazi Law and Customs to which a report was produced. The Government has the responsibility to codify Swazi Law and custom. UNDP can lobby for codification however this remains beyond UNDP mandate.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP supported the documentation of Swazi Law and Customs to which a report was produced. The Government has the responsibility to codify Swazi Law and custom. UNDP can lobby for codification however this remains beyond UNDP mandate.
[Added: 2012/05/25]
Swaziland Government 2012/04 No Longer Applicable Discussions have been held between UNDP and the Government. UNDP further support will be guided by Governments request on the next steps to be taken under this project. Therefore no due date has been set and status becomes not applicable.
3. Recommendation: 7.2.1 Enhancing HR knowledge and practice It was observed by the evaluation team that training materials for some marginalized groups were not available especially sign language materials for the deaf and Braille for the blind. It is recommended that these materials be developed by CSC for the sustainability of project benefits. It was also noted that relevant training materials for strengthening capacity at MISA, for the training of security institutions, professional bodies and other CSOs were not available. Strengthening capacity for these entities remains crucial if Human Rights are to be promoted, protected and respected in Swaziland. It is recognized that these materials are at a different level from those developed for communities and schools as they are more specialized. It is recommended that CSC develops these training materials in partnership with other local or regional organizations.
Management Response: [Added: 2012/05/25]

The development of standardized training manual is the mandate of the Commission on Human rights and Public Administration. This activity will now be implemented by the CHRPA. All the materials identified in the project such as brailed constitution are critical if the goal of the project was to reach all stakeholders on human rights. The brailed Constitution will be done within the extension period of the project.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The development of standardized training manual is the mandate of the Commission on Human rights and Public Administration. This activity will now be implemented by the CHRPA. All the materials identified in the project such as brailed constitution are critical if the goal of the project was to reach all stakeholders on human rights. The brailed Constitution will be done within the extension period of the project.
[Added: 2012/05/25]
UNDP and Association of the Blind 2012/06 Overdue-Initiated This evaluation indicated that it was one of those activities not undertaken during the stipulated time-frame of the project. Approval was receive to finalise it.
4. Recommendation: 7.2.2 Community sensitization It has been noted that the sensitization of communities covered only a small part of the country. It is recommended that coverage be extended to other areas of the country in the proposed project extension.
Management Response: [Added: 2012/05/25]

Civic education is a continuous exercise. Thus the Swaziland Council of Churches has mainstreamed HR in their programme and this continues to be a part of their programme delivery. The CHRPA also conducts civic education on Human Rights

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Civic education is a continuous exercise. Thus the Swaziland Council of Churches has mainstreamed HR in their programme and this continues to be a part of their programme delivery. The CHRPA also conducts civic education on Human Rights.
[Added: 2012/05/25]
Commission on Human Rights and Public Administration No due date No deadline established The CHRPA is conducting civic education on human rights. This initiatives falls within sustainability of project beyound the DGTTF funds.
5. Recommendation: 7.2.3 Media empowerment The project has demonstrated the effectiveness of media participation in creating a HR culture. It is recommended that media empowerment which was not achieved be pursued through MISA under the proposed project extension to sustain project benefits.
Management Response: [Added: 2012/05/25]

Media empowerment will be conducted during the extension of the project.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Media empowerment will be conducted during the extension of the project.
[Added: 2012/05/25]
Commission on Human Rights and Public Administration 2012/09 Overdue-Initiated This evaluation indicated that it was one of those activities not undertaken during the stipulated time-frame of the project. Approval was receive to finalise it.

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