EVALUATION OF NEP: SUPPORT FOR LOCAL GOVERNANCE AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM (UNV CONTRIBUTION TO UN JOINT PROGRAM)

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Evaluation Plan:
2009-2011, UNV
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
11/2012
Completion Date:
11/2012
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
--

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Title EVALUATION OF NEP: SUPPORT FOR LOCAL GOVERNANCE AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM (UNV CONTRIBUTION TO UN JOINT PROGRAM)
Atlas Project Number:
Evaluation Plan: 2009-2011, UNV
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 11/2012
Planned End Date: 11/2012
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Poverty and MDG
  • 2. Democratic Governance
  • 3. Crisis Prevention & Recovery
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. 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. 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
  • 4. Strengthened national capacities to integrate into the global economic system and to negotiate and manage traditional & emerging development finance for inclusive development
  • 5. 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
  • 6. Strengthened national capacity for inclusive governance and coordination of national HIV responses, and for the protection of human rights of people affected by HIV, including women and other vulnerable groups
  • 7. 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
  • 8. Civil society, including civil society organizations and voluntary associations, and the private sector contribute to the MDGs in support of national planning strategies and policies
  • 9. Access to information policies support accountability and transparency
  • 10. National, regional and local levels of governance expand their capacities to reduce conflict and manage the equitable delivery of public services
  • 11. Strengthened capacities of national human rights institutions
  • 12. Strengthened national, regional and local level capacity to mainstream gender equality and women's empowerment in government policies and institutions
  • 13. Strengthened national-, regional- and local-level capacity to implement anti-corruption initiatives
  • 14. National and local institutions have the capacities to reduce the impact of disasters, especially climate change related disasters, on vulnerable communities
  • 15. National and local institutions have the capacities to prevent, reduce and mitigate the impact of conflict
  • 16. National and local institutions have the capacities to fulfill key functions of government for recovery in early post-crisis situations
  • 17. National and local institutions have the capacity to respond to gender-based violence and to increase women's civic engagement, participation and leadership in crisis prevention, ongoing crisis and post-crisis contexts
  • 18. Livelihoods and economic recovery generated, including infrastructure restoration, employment and sustainable income earning opportunities for crisis affected communities
Evaluation Budget(US $): --
Joint Programme: No
Mandatory Evaluation: No
Joint Evaluation: Yes
  • Joint with UN system
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Team Leader
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders:
Location of Evaluation: Country Level
Countries: NEPAL
Comments: In 2008, United Nations Joint Programme, by request of the Government of Nepal brought together activities of six UN agencies- UNDP, UNV, UNICEG, UNFPA, UNCDF and UN WOMEN to support the national Local Governance and Community Development Programme (LGCDP). The purpose of the UN Joint Programme is to contribute towards poverty reduction in the country through improved and more inclusive local governance and service delivery. The specific objective of the UNJP, in line with the overall LGCDP programme is to support the strengthening of the ?demand? side to local governance. It aimed at enhancing citizen/community ?voice? and engagement with local governments and at increasing the intensity with which communities participate in service delivery.
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1 The LGCDP programme, UN Joint programme brought together the activities of five UN agencies ? UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA, UNV and UNCDF. The final evaluation report was ready in late November 2012. Thereafter, it was decided that the project will go through a no-cost extension upto July 2013, allowing time for completion of activities. The UNV component within the LGCDP had a few activities pending, however, changes in govt policies have limited the extent to which the activities can be concluded. with the departure of the UNV PO, UNV has faced operational issues in preparation of a joint management response, however work has taken place on implementing evaluation recommendations. Recommendation 1. UNV can contribute in making the grounds ready in Nepal for new ways of volunteerism to thrive. For this it should initiate discourses at the national level, collaborate with academic institutions for studies and research, and work closely with local and national government agencies on voluntary programmes and practices and identify and help mobilize untapped potential for volunteering.
2 Recommendation 2. UNV can use the lessons from this program on partnering with Government and implementing programs in the future in Nepal and elsewhere. It should develop relationship and form partnership and alliances with government and non-government stakeholders at the local level for more effective implementation of the programme.
3 Recommendation 3. Knowledge and understanding about volunteerism is critical for the success of volunteer movement. Therefore, before sending out volunteers to the designated places, UNV should provide substantial orientation that adequately develops an understanding about the volunteers? roles and also around the ideas of volunteerism.
4 Recommendation 4. Orientation to the volunteers as well as other stakeholders regarding their roles and responsibilities is important to avoid any confusion regarding role redundancies and build support for volunteers within the institution. UNV should prepare different and appropriate packages for such orientation in consultation with the agencies like NDVS.
5 Recommendation 5. Increased learning and gaining work experience is one of the reasons why volunteers take up voluntary positions. Thus it is very important to structure the entire programme in a way that provides concrete learning outcomes through a more systematic process of hiring, orientation, deployment, monitoring and learning.
6 Recommendation 6. It is very important to build a clear motivation factor for volunteers to be part of a national volunteerism programme including adequate resources to perform their responsibilities at their duty station. UNV should ensure such motivating factors and logistic support are built in the package for new volunteers.
7 Recommendation 7. In a multi-partnership program as this, UNV should have a mutually agreed monitoring mechanism in place to ensure timely implementation of all deliverables by each partner and quick response to delays and problems.
8 Recommendation 8. In a country like Nepal where politics and governance are often unstable, any new programme needs to have a clear exit strategy and plans for readjustment to accommodate unpredictable changes in the context.
9 Recommendation 9. UNV should explore ways in which the volunteers that it has trained and developed can be mobilized in other similar programmes so as to build on to their rich experience and further advance their learning.
10 Recommendation 10. An impact study should be carried out after few years to access the impact this exercise on the volunteers themselves. Its findings should provide valuable insights for further understanding about volunteerism and future use of volunteers.
1. Recommendation: The LGCDP programme, UN Joint programme brought together the activities of five UN agencies ? UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA, UNV and UNCDF. The final evaluation report was ready in late November 2012. Thereafter, it was decided that the project will go through a no-cost extension upto July 2013, allowing time for completion of activities. The UNV component within the LGCDP had a few activities pending, however, changes in govt policies have limited the extent to which the activities can be concluded. with the departure of the UNV PO, UNV has faced operational issues in preparation of a joint management response, however work has taken place on implementing evaluation recommendations. Recommendation 1. UNV can contribute in making the grounds ready in Nepal for new ways of volunteerism to thrive. For this it should initiate discourses at the national level, collaborate with academic institutions for studies and research, and work closely with local and national government agencies on voluntary programmes and practices and identify and help mobilize untapped potential for volunteering.
Management Response: [Added: 2013/03/27]

Discussions underway with govt, UNDP, UNCDF, universities and development partners to support a university volunteer component within LGCDP phase II. Furthermore, once the UNV global youth programme is finalised, this will allow more avenues for collaboration towards integrating youth volunteering modalities to meet local needs.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents

[Added: 2013/03/27]
UNV No due date No deadline established On track
2. Recommendation: Recommendation 2. UNV can use the lessons from this program on partnering with Government and implementing programs in the future in Nepal and elsewhere. It should develop relationship and form partnership and alliances with government and non-government stakeholders at the local level for more effective implementation of the programme.
Management Response: [Added: 2013/03/27] [Last Updated: 2013/03/28]

Lessons learnt will be considered in developing future programmes.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents

[Added: 2013/03/27]
UNV No due date No deadline established Ongoing
3. Recommendation: Recommendation 3. Knowledge and understanding about volunteerism is critical for the success of volunteer movement. Therefore, before sending out volunteers to the designated places, UNV should provide substantial orientation that adequately develops an understanding about the volunteers? roles and also around the ideas of volunteerism.
Management Response: [Added: 2013/03/27] [Last Updated: 2013/03/28]

Orientation packages and learning strategy being developed by the volunteer knowledge and innovation section for better orientation of UN Volunteers prior to taking up their UNV assignments.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents

[Added: 2013/03/27]
UNV No due date No deadline established Work in progress as corporate initiative
4. Recommendation: Recommendation 4. Orientation to the volunteers as well as other stakeholders regarding their roles and responsibilities is important to avoid any confusion regarding role redundancies and build support for volunteers within the institution. UNV should prepare different and appropriate packages for such orientation in consultation with the agencies like NDVS.
Management Response: [Added: 2013/03/27] [Last Updated: 2013/03/28]

UNV has prepared a guide for host agencies outlining clear roles and responsibilities of all parties involved in hosting a UN volunteer. UNV will ensure that its shared with all stakeholders/host agencies.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents

[Added: 2013/03/27]
UNV No due date No deadline established On track
5. Recommendation: Recommendation 5. Increased learning and gaining work experience is one of the reasons why volunteers take up voluntary positions. Thus it is very important to structure the entire programme in a way that provides concrete learning outcomes through a more systematic process of hiring, orientation, deployment, monitoring and learning.
Management Response: [Added: 2013/03/27] [Last Updated: 2013/03/28]

UNV places importance on orientation and learning, and hence, a learning strategy is being developed by the volunteer knowledge and innovation section as a corporate initiative.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents

[Added: 2013/03/27]
UNV No due date No deadline established Work in progress as corporate initiative
6. Recommendation: Recommendation 6. It is very important to build a clear motivation factor for volunteers to be part of a national volunteerism programme including adequate resources to perform their responsibilities at their duty station. UNV should ensure such motivating factors and logistic support are built in the package for new volunteers.
Management Response: [Added: 2013/03/27] [Last Updated: 2013/03/28]

Motivation and support is an integral part of volunteering. UNV will draw lessons from this evaluation and ensure that proper logistics are provided by the host agencies to ensure support and maintain high levels of motivation.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents

[Added: 2013/03/27]
UNV No due date No deadline established Ongoing
7. Recommendation: Recommendation 7. In a multi-partnership program as this, UNV should have a mutually agreed monitoring mechanism in place to ensure timely implementation of all deliverables by each partner and quick response to delays and problems.
Management Response: [Added: 2013/03/27] [Last Updated: 2013/03/28]

Operating in a joint programme presents its own challenges. Notwithstanding, UNV will draw lessons and ensure future collaborations will address these issues to overcome and avoid delays.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents

[Added: 2013/03/27]
UNV No due date No deadline established Ongoing
8. Recommendation: Recommendation 8. In a country like Nepal where politics and governance are often unstable, any new programme needs to have a clear exit strategy and plans for readjustment to accommodate unpredictable changes in the context.
Management Response: [Added: 2013/03/27] [Last Updated: 2013/03/28]

At the time of programme formulation, risks and mitigation factors were/are considered. However, changes in political context and lack of resources often destabilize well thought through exit strategies. This will be considered as a lesson learnt in future collaborations.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents

[Added: 2013/03/27]
UNV No due date No deadline established Ongoing
9. Recommendation: Recommendation 9. UNV should explore ways in which the volunteers that it has trained and developed can be mobilized in other similar programmes so as to build on to their rich experience and further advance their learning.
Management Response: [Added: 2013/03/27] [Last Updated: 2013/03/28]

UNV maintains a dynamic roster of volunteer candidates which is open to all volunteers and other individuals interested in volunteering in future assignments. Through this mechanism it provides all interested individuals the opportunity to volunteer, noting however that volunteering is not to be considered as a career. Procedures to follow for rostering will be further communicated at the end of their assignments, so as to provide them the opportunity to a rich volunteer experience.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents

[Added: 2013/03/27]
UNV No due date No deadline established Ongoing
10. Recommendation: Recommendation 10. An impact study should be carried out after few years to access the impact this exercise on the volunteers themselves. Its findings should provide valuable insights for further understanding about volunteerism and future use of volunteers.
Management Response: [Added: 2013/03/27] [Last Updated: 2013/03/28]

Implementation of this recommendation is dependent on availability of resources.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents

[Added: 2013/03/27]
No due date No deadline established

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