Independent Evaluation of Area Based Development Programme in Kashkadarya and Karakalpakstan Regions of Uzbekistan

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Evaluation Plan:
2009-2011, UNV
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
01/2011
Completion Date:
02/2012
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
--

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Title Independent Evaluation of Area Based Development Programme in Kashkadarya and Karakalpakstan Regions of Uzbekistan
Atlas Project Number: 00069502
Evaluation Plan: 2009-2011, UNV
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 02/2012
Planned End Date: 01/2011
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
  • 2. Policies, strategies and partnerships established to enhance public-private sector collaboration and private sector and market development that benefit the poor and ensure that low-income households and small enterprises have access to a broad range of financial and legal services
  • 3. Strengthened capacities to mainstream action into national policies, plans and strategies on the socio-economic causes and consequences of HIV and the linkage to the health MDG
  • 4. Strengthened national capacities for implementation of HIV funds and programmes, including those financed through multilateral initiatives like the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria
Evaluation Budget(US $): --
Joint Programme: No
Mandatory Evaluation: Yes
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Team Leader
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: UNDP, Government of Norway (co-funder), UNV, Council of Minister of Kareakalpakstan and the Khokimiyat of Kashkadarya, Mahalla Fund, Mahalla Committees in 100 villages and local population, UNDAF
Location of Evaluation: Country Level
Countries: UZBEKISTAN
Comments: UNDP has been implementing an Area-Based Development (ABD) Programme in Kashkadarya and Karkalpakstan regions of Uzbekistan since August 2008. This three-year ABD programme is directly linked to the first outcome of the country?s United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) as it contributes to strengthening national and local level capacity to develop, implement and monitor strategies for improving living standards and reducing poverty. Note: no Management Response
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1 Recommendation 1: consolidate the work done so far in the same geographical areas by building in systematic research, analysis, policy dialogue and advocacy into the programme.
2 Recommendation 2: document and internalize lessons from the programme and use these for continuous improvement in the programme.
3 Recommendation 3: further develop programme staff capacity in project cycle management and result-based management.
1. Recommendation: Recommendation 1: consolidate the work done so far in the same geographical areas by building in systematic research, analysis, policy dialogue and advocacy into the programme.
Management Response: [Added: 2013/03/27]

the recommendation is generally relevant and acceptable. It appropriately aims at consolidating the sustainability of positive ABD programme results by encouraging synergies among programme?s components and with other relevant UN and other donor programmes. Furthermore, the evaluator correctly highlights the requirement for the vertical ?scaling-up? of successfully piloted grass-roots local development models. Synergies among the four activity components of the ABD programme can be developed further through a more inclusive community development planning process, better focused on broadening the participation of vulnerable groups, notably to women and TB patients, and through the development and better coordination of information resources and decision-making processes at programme management level. The institutionalization of successful change processes piloted by the programme (that is to ensure the long-term sustainability of positive results) requires the launching of a policy dialogue with relevant government counterparts, and notably relevant health authorities in the specific case of the TB activity component. At the same time, the initiation and development of a sustained policy dialogue with government partners needs systematic documentation, analysis and dissemination of positive, replicable change processes, to the appropriate government decision-makers and other UN agencies and donors, as relevant. Though the evaluator?s report generally fulfils the ToR?s requirements, it is felt that more attention could have been paid in the report to the development of specific suggestions to enhance the skills of the community volunteers, promote volunteerism and empower vulnerable community members in relation to local governance decision-making processes.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
to gather, analyze and use data on the TB project?s performance and impact for discussion with relevant health authorities to explore mechanisms for ensuring recognition of the community volunteers as part of the health care system.
[Added: 2013/03/27]
UNV 2012/08 Completed Being implemented as part of a new Sustainable Livelihoods project in Karakalpakstan
2. Recommendation: Recommendation 2: document and internalize lessons from the programme and use these for continuous improvement in the programme.
Management Response: [Added: 2013/03/27]

the recommendation is relevant for the long-term sustainability of the programme?s positive results, and argues for the development of a knowledge base that would enhance UNDP current advocacy efforts for the institutionalization-by a mandate of government at central or provincial level- of the successful change models piloted under the programme. The recommendation is also relevant for the related efforts by UNDP towards attracting other donors funding for the continuation and improvement of the programme activity in the medium-term.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents

[Added: 2013/03/27]
UNDP 2012/07 Completed Please find additional information on the UNDPstatus of implementation of the TB project evaluation recommendations through the following link: http://erc.undp.org/evaluationadmin/manageresponse/view.html?evaluationid=5401
3. Recommendation: Recommendation 3: further develop programme staff capacity in project cycle management and result-based management.
Management Response: [Added: 2013/03/27] [Last Updated: 2013/03/27]

the overall recommendation is highly relevant and points to a real weakness in the programme?s human resources. The specific recommendation 3.1 is immediately implementable and should be realized in conjunction with the formulation of a detailed logical framework matrix for the AWP 2012 by the programme?s staff, guided and supported by the knowledge and skills of the Monitoring and Evaluation Unit. The specific recommendations 3.2 and 3.3 are also very relevant, but not feasible for they would require the recruitment of international expertise which is not currently acceptable by the Government partner within the existing budgetary limits.

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