Gender Equitable Local Development - GELD (2008-2013) Final Evaluation

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Evaluation Plan:
2012-2013, UNCDF
Evaluation Type:
Final Others
Planned End Date:
04/2013
Completion Date:
10/2013
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
100,000

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Title Gender Equitable Local Development - GELD (2008-2013) Final Evaluation
Atlas Project Number:
Evaluation Plan: 2012-2013, UNCDF
Evaluation Type:Final Others
Status:Completed
Completion Date:10/2013
Planned End Date: 04/2013
Management Response:Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Poverty and MDG
  • 2. Democratic Governance
Corporate Outcomes (UNDP Strategic Plan 2008-20013)
  • 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. Inclusive growth and social equity promoted through pro-poor macroeconomic and fiscal policies that support income, employment and social protection of youth, women and vulnerable groups in a sustainable way
  • 3. National, regional and local levels of governance expand their capacities to reduce conflict and manage the equitable delivery of public services
  • 4. Legislatures, regional elected bodies, and local assemblies have strengthened institutional capacity, enabling them to represent their constituents more effectively
  • 5. Strengthened national, regional and local level capacity to mainstream gender equality and women's empowerment in government policies and institutions
Evaluation Budget(US $): 100,000
Source of Funding: Programme funds
Joint Programme:No
Mandatory Evaluation:Yes
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Hans B. Olsen Team leader
Verena Lahousen Team leader
GEF Evaluation:No
Key Stakeholders:UNCDF, UN Women, national counterparts, Belgian Government, programme beneficiaries
Location of Evaluation:Global
Countries: RWANDA MOZAMBIQUE SENEGAL TANZANIA (UNITED REPUBLIC OF ) SIERRA LEONE
Comments:Because programme activities are taking place in multiple countries simultaneously, this counts as a programme evaluation
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1 An approach less ambitious in quantity and more ambitious in quality of results.
2 Fold all existing programmes of GRB and GELD work under one programme.
3 Policy and advocacy: Higher technical persons in country
4 Make use of existing and specific strategies and tools from both UNCDF and UNWOMEN for capacity development
5 Have clear capacity development strategies in place
6 Identify entry points, and concrete tools to be used
7 GELD training and planning manual
8 GELD theory of change and comparative advantages for UNCDF and UNWOMEN
1. Recommendation: An approach less ambitious in quantity and more ambitious in quality of results.
Management Response:

GELD has not fully utilized the financing instruments of Local Development Finance, and thus, did not follow the rigorous M&E, Work Planning and results based approach. This will be in the heart of the design of the global initiative IELD including a clear process oriented methodology, planning, communication strategy, advocacy strategy, resource mobilization, gender based indicators, a baseline for measuring progress among others.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1 Conduct a gender-sensitive mapping and local economic assessment of target localities to identify the key entry points for UNCDF interventions in partnership with UNDP?s gender Economist Network. UNCDF LD Practice Programme Manager, UNDP Gender Team TBD 2014/12 Completed This activity is now a core component of the new Global Programme Inclusive and Equitable Local Development. The Gender sesnsitve local econoic assessment is being developed by UNCDF and UNWomen. Expected Output 1.1 and output 1.2
1.2 Ensure that IELD country level interventions are responsive to bottlenecks identified through the gender sensitive socio-economic assessments. UNCDF/UNDP Co/UNWomen Co 2015/12 Completed This activity is now a core component of the new Global Programme Inclusive and Equitable Local Development. Output 1.3 and Output 2
1.3 Review and genderize at least two of UNCDF LD financing instruments to provide innovative options for inclusive and equitable local investments. UNCDF LDFP programme manager/UNDP Gender Team Focal Point 2014/12 Completed These two activites are now part of the new Global Programme IELD. The financing instruments are being genderized under the leadership of UNDP and UNCDF.
1.4 Develop a robust results framework for IELD programme accompanied by a results-based monitoring system with gender-disaggregated data and baseline statistics collected at the local level. UNCDF LDFP programme manager/UNDP Gender Team Focal Point supported by the Gender Economists network 2015/04 Completed The IELD programme was finalized with an updated RRF and baselines
2. Recommendation: Fold all existing programmes of GRB and GELD work under one programme.
Management Response:

PEM, GRB, UNCDF LD financing instruments, focus on Local Economic Development and Women?s economic empowerment, Public and Private investments are now all properly being integrated into the new Global Programme IELD similar to the other LD Global programmes and approaches.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1 Integrate PEM of GELD, GRB, LD Financing instruments and mechanisms, and refine the focus to local economic development through the gender lens under the global programme IELD LD practice management HQ 2014/12 Completed The new IELD project document has incorporated all those actions
3. Recommendation: Policy and advocacy: Higher technical persons in country
Management Response:

The main weakness of GELD is that it was a standalone programme which did not fully utilize the senior technical advisors and programme officers in the field. IELD will be built and led by the various technical advisors and specialists in the field supported by a large network of gender economists through UNDP/UNWomen.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1 Maximize the use of existing specialized gender economist networks and UNCDF's Technical Advisors network to effectively design IELD programmes at country level. Technical advisors, CTAs, Instruments users, programme manager 2015/12 Completed This is now a core activity of the new IELD programme, the RTAs are leading the process at country level
4. Recommendation: Make use of existing and specific strategies and tools from both UNCDF and UNWOMEN for capacity development
Management Response:

IELD is now built around the utilization of 3 of LDFP financing instruments LDF, LFI and G2P. IELD is also utilizing UN Women?s gateway on women?s economic empowerment, as well as UNDP?s advocacy and KM campaigns and networks.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
4.1 Engender at least 2 of UNCDF financing instruments LDF Programme Manager/UNDP Gender Team Focal Point, Gender Economists network 2014/12 No Longer Applicable No longer applicable under this evaluation
5. Recommendation: Have clear capacity development strategies in place
Management Response:

IELD is developing a comprehensive training modules targeted to local officials on various important issues related to gender and local development. Additionally, IELD is utilizing the capacity development programme GEPMI of UNDP which focuses on building capacities of officials on gender and economic empowerment which is now to be integrated in IELD.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
5.1 Set of training modules on gender and local economic development for local authorities will be established LDFP Programme Manager/UNDP Gender Team Focal Point/ Assigned Gender Economist consultants 2014/12 No Longer Applicable integrated under IELD
6. Recommendation: Identify entry points, and concrete tools to be used
Management Response:

LD practice has recently revised their corporate indicators in line with the new core approach. A simple methodology for ensuring the continuous monitoring and evaluation of results has been established. IELD is also based on a demand driven strategy that provides a specific financing instrument approach to the specific support needed at the country level. For example, LFI can be used as the entry point to unlock domestic capital for women?s economic empowerment and entrepreneurship at the local level.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
6.1 LD Practice to develop and circulate the new indicators LDPF Management team in HQ, UNCDF Head of Management 2014/06 Completed
6.2 New methodology for reporting to be established. (at the corporate level) LDPF Management team in HQ, UNCDF Head of Management 2014/06 Completed
6.3 Capacity building to technical advisors to be provided on reporting on the new indicators LDPF Management team in HQ, UNCDF Head of Management 2015/10 Completed This is a core activity in the new IELD programme. Capacities will be introduced in 2016 AWP
7. Recommendation: GELD training and planning manual
Management Response:

Agreed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
7.1 Robust set of training modules to be developed on gender and local economic development for Local Authorities to integrate gender equality into the PEM, implementation, monitoring and evaluation . The training modules will also be used to build capacities of advisors responsible for delivering the programme. LDF Programme Manager/UNDP Gender Team focal point/ Gender Economists network 2014/12 Completed These are now approved in the new IELD project document and UNDP is tasked with developing them
8. Recommendation: GELD theory of change and comparative advantages for UNCDF and UNWOMEN
Management Response:

Agreed that this is very important to document. IELD has a very rigorous KM and advocacy strategy.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
8.1 Partner with UN Women gateway on women's economic empowerment to enhance and advocate the importance of addressing gender equality at the local level including through online discussions and a specified section in the gateway dedicated to gender and local economic development. LDFP HQ management team 2015/03 Completed
8.2 Develop communication materials to highlight and advocate the importance of addressing gender equality in local economic frameworks and investments. LDFP Programme Manager 2014/12 Completed

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