Rule of Law Access to Justice Programme

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Evaluation Plan:
2012-2017, Palestine
Evaluation Type:
Mid Term Project
Planned End Date:
06/2013
Completion Date:
05/2013
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
20,000

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Title Rule of Law Access to Justice Programme
Atlas Project Number: 00075076
Evaluation Plan: 2012-2017, Palestine
Evaluation Type: Mid Term Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 05/2013
Planned End Date: 06/2013
Management Response: Yes
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
Evaluation Budget(US $): 20,000
Source of Funding: CSA Funding
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Richard H. Langan J.D., LL.M
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: N/A
Countries: OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1 Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 1: UNDP?s achievements and performance mitigate in favour of continued funding and a subsequent phase of the programme
2 Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 2: UNDP should advocate with the Palestinian Authority to transition additional numbers of the Stabilisation Fund post to regular civil service contracts and procure a commitment from the Palestinian Authority to fund these positions
3 Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 3: UNDP should continue to advocate for the expansion of the draft Legal Aid Law to come into compliance with international best practice
4 Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 4: While UNDP/PAPP has addressed the issue of lack of access to ?Area C? via its support to civil society and advocacy, more could be done to capacitate the Palestinian Authority to advocate directly with the Israeli government
5 Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 5: UNDP/PAPP is encouraged to critically assess the performance of each of the CSO grant recipients, as well as their demonstrated capacities and relative strengths for both awareness-raising and advocacy
1. Recommendation: Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 1: UNDP?s achievements and performance mitigate in favour of continued funding and a subsequent phase of the programme
Management Response: [Added: 2014/05/16]

With the technical support of BCPR/ROLJS, UNDP/PAPP has put in place a comprehensive follow-up programme, which brings together the activities and interventions in the rule of law sector under a single programming framework.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1 Develop new programming framework in line with the recommendations listed in the evaluation report (Completed in Q4 2013) 1.2 Ensure formal endorsement by the Palestinian Authority (Ongoing Q2 2014) 1.3 Mobilise adequate financial resources (Completed Q1 2014)
[Added: 2014/05/16] [Last Updated: 2017/10/13]
Maarten Barends 2014/06 Completed Update - 1.1 Completed in Q4 2013 - Document (Final Programme Document UNDP/UN Women Joint Rule of Law Programme 2014-2017) Update - 1.2 and 1.3 Completed - Document (Final Programme Document UNDP/UN Women Joint Rule of Law Programme 2014-2017) Previous comment - 2 key actions were taken and completed but one key action still ongoing. History
2. Recommendation: Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 2: UNDP should advocate with the Palestinian Authority to transition additional numbers of the Stabilisation Fund post to regular civil service contracts and procure a commitment from the Palestinian Authority to fund these positions
Management Response: [Added: 2014/05/16]

By the end of the programme, the Palestinian Authority managed to transition 27 of the 32 Stabilisation Fund posts to permanent civil service contracts. In addition, the Palestinian Authority has agreed to phase out all remaining Stabilisation Fund posts by 2015

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1. Transition majority of Stabilisation Fund posts to regular civil service contracts (Completed Q3 2013) 2.2. Agree on clear benchmarks for the further phasing out of Stabilisation Fund posts under new programming framework (Ongoing 2015)
[Added: 2014/05/16] [Last Updated: 2017/10/13]
Maarten Barends 2015/12 Completed Update - 2.2 Completed too - Support via the Stabilization Fund finalized by end of 2015, with final absorption of remaining positions onto government payroll by 2016 Previous comment - One key result completed in Q3 2013 and the second is going History
3. Recommendation: Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 3: UNDP should continue to advocate for the expansion of the draft Legal Aid Law to come into compliance with international best practice
Management Response: [Added: 2014/05/16]

Management Response: In addition to providing detailed comments on the draft Legal Aid Law, UNDP/PAPP has organised a national legal aid conference to allow government officials, civil society representatives and academia to discuss the draft law

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1 Provide the Ministry of Justice with detailed comments on the draft Legal Aid Law (Completed Q3 2013) 3.2 Organise national legal aid conference (Completed Q2 2013)
[Added: 2014/05/16]
Maarten Barends 2013/06 Completed
4. Recommendation: Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 4: While UNDP/PAPP has addressed the issue of lack of access to ?Area C? via its support to civil society and advocacy, more could be done to capacitate the Palestinian Authority to advocate directly with the Israeli government
Management Response: [Added: 2014/05/16]

Management Response: UNDP/PAPP has significantly scaled up its support the Joint Legal Committee established as part of the Oslo II Accord (1995)

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
4.1 UNDP/PAPP has seconded a fulltime coordinator to revive the Joint Legal Committee (Completed Q1 2013) 4.2 UNDP/PAPP has commissioned a report on the impact of Israeli movement and access restrictions on the functioning of the Palestinian justice and security sectors ( Ongoing Q2 2014)
[Added: 2014/05/16] [Last Updated: 2017/10/13]
Maarten Barends 2014/06 Completed Update - The second Completed in Q3 but not published due to lack of quality Previous comment - 1 key result completed in Q1 2013 and the second is still ongoing until mid 2014. History
5. Recommendation: Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 5: UNDP/PAPP is encouraged to critically assess the performance of each of the CSO grant recipients, as well as their demonstrated capacities and relative strengths for both awareness-raising and advocacy
Management Response: [Added: 2014/05/16]

As part of the preparations for the programme?s second phase, UNDP/PAPP has invited Palestinian and Israeli CSOs to be part of its Civil Society Roster. As part of the pre-qualification process, UNDP/PAPP assesses an array of organisational capacities, including project management capacity, human resources, financial and administration capacity, and organisational structure and governance

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
5.1 Publish invitation to the pre-qualification process (Completed Q1 2014) 5.2 Carry-out a thorough vetting process to assess the organisational capacities of over 100 CSO applicants (Ongoing Q2 2014)
[Added: 2014/05/16] [Last Updated: 2017/10/13]
Maarten Barends 2014/06 Completed Update - 5.2 Completed Q2 2014 - Roster fully established Previous comment - 1 Key action completed on Q1 2014 and the second is Ongoing Q2 2014 History

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