Building peace in Nepal: Ensuring a participatory and secure transition: Final Evaluation

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Evaluation Plan:
2013-2017, Nepal
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
12/2016
Completion Date:
11/2015
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
47,622

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Title Building peace in Nepal: Ensuring a participatory and secure transition: Final Evaluation
Atlas Project Number:
Evaluation Plan: 2013-2017, Nepal
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 11/2015
Planned End Date: 12/2016
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Crisis Prevention & Recovery
  • 2. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
  • 1. Output 5.5. Policy frameworks and institutional mechanisms enabled at the national and sub-national levels for the peaceful management of emerging and recurring conflicts and tensions
Evaluation Budget(US $): 47,622
Source of Funding: UN Peace Fund for Nepal
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 25,000
Joint Programme: No
Mandatory Evaluation: No
Joint Evaluation: Yes
  • Joint with UN Women
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: UNDP, UNW, Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction
Countries: NEPAL
Comments:

This project is linked to the following CPAP outcome: National actors and institutions have managed conflict risk and are progressively consolidating the peace. (Outcome 9)

Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Joint programming between UN Women and UNDP is recommended in future programming to address peacebuilding needs

2

Develop a consolidated theory of change at the design phase if a project is a joint initiative by two or more than two agencies

3

Apply flexibility to review the relevance of activities if peacebuilding context changes during the project period

4

Link Peacebuilding initiatives to development and local governance and reflect this in the project’s theory of change

5

In an inter-agency project like EPST, it is recommended to recruit a project coordinator with certain managerial responsibilities to enhance the project's vertical and horizontal coordination 

6

Link peacebuilding and security project with local development to maximize impact and sustainability

7

Develop a clear and coherent approach and criteria to select partners 

8

Support and forge collaboration with existing networks and structures than creating new structures to work particularly in such initiatives as collaborative dialogue and community security 

9

Develop a consolidated monitoring and reporting system to enable the project team to track progress and impacts of the project 

10

Support local government bodies at the bottom level such as DDCs and VDCs  to localize GRB 

11

Improve vertical community between line agencies to maximize the project’s outcomes

12

Strengthen government line agencies as well as national and local civil society organizations to effectively implement the NAP on UNSCR 1325 and 1820 

1. Recommendation:

Joint programming between UN Women and UNDP is recommended in future programming to address peacebuilding needs

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/13]

There are opportunities to capitalize the lessons learned from EPST and contribute in consolidating peace. This evaluation has shown that combining initiatives on community security; women, peace and security; and collaborative dialogue can be useful to address peacebuilding needs of women, youth and conflict affected people as well as to prevent violence in communities. Such inter-agency initiatives covering different aspects of peacebuilding needs will be relevant to contribute to big picture of peacebuilding, 'peace writ large'.  Hence UNDP/PBRU will explore the possibilities to develop joint programming focusing on women, peace and security.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Develop a joint proposal based on the foundation of EPST
[Added: 2016/12/13]
Peacebuilding and Recovery (Democratic Transition) and Social Cohesion and Democratic Participation Project together with UN Women 2014/12 Completed Developed a joint proposal (Gender Promotion Initiative) to localize women, peace and security agenda in central Terai districts of Nepal. The joint proposal was accepted and funded through Peace building Support Office.
2. Recommendation:

Develop a consolidated theory of change at the design phase if a project is a joint initiative by two or more than two agencies

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/13]

During the EPST implementation it was realized that a consolidated ToC is required than working on specific outputs of the respective agencies. It was quite difficult for the project team to track progress on how they contributed to peace writ Large despite producing good results at the output level. A careful consideration would be made to develop a consolidated ToC at the design phase while developing a joint project

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Prepapre a joint ToC in the design phase
[Added: 2016/12/13]
Peacebuilding and Recovery (Democratic Transition) and Social Cohesion and Democratic Participation Project together with UN Women 2014/12 Completed Developed a consolidated ToC while designing the new project
3. Recommendation:

Apply flexibility to review the relevance of activities if peacebuilding context changes during the project period

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/13]

Given that security and peacebuilding context can change over a time which can have impact on a project's activities and their relevance. Hence a regular context analysis would be practiced in order to inform and make changes in the programme

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Regular context updates to inform programming
[Added: 2016/12/13] [Last Updated: 2018/05/10]
Social Cohesion and Democratic Participation Project (SCDP) 2014/12 Completed SCDP practiced regular context analysis and updates and made changes in the programme activities on regular intervals through review meetings. History
4. Recommendation:

Link Peacebuilding initiatives to development and local governance and reflect this in the project’s theory of change

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/13]

Based on the learning of EPST, special attention would be given to link peacebuilding activities with other development projects in order to address longer term issues like economic poverty, local governance etc. while designing and implementing new projects

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Work in close coordination with development projects, link peacebuilding activities with local governance programmes
[Added: 2016/12/13] [Last Updated: 2018/05/10]
PBRU and Social Cohesion and Democratic Participation Project (SCDP) 2014/12 Completed Ensured better coordination with district and local level organizations (Government and Non-Government) while implementing GPI project. This was made possible because of the strong presence in the field with frequent monitoring and coordination meetings. History
5. Recommendation:

In an inter-agency project like EPST, it is recommended to recruit a project coordinator with certain managerial responsibilities to enhance the project's vertical and horizontal coordination 

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/13]

Have a provision of Project manager/coordinator as far as possible while implementing new joint projects

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Make a provision of recruiting a Project Coordinator with managerial skills while implementing a new joint project
[Added: 2016/12/13] [Last Updated: 2018/05/10]
PBRU and Social Cohesion and Democratic Participation Project (SCDP) 2014/12 Completed Unlike EPST project (which had a wider coverage), GPI focused in only two districts of Central Terai hence the management decided to put strong emphasis in deploying dedicated staff in the field and a senior staff from SCDP coordinated at the national level. Having a full time project coordinator would have been ideal but this was the best option as there was a very limited resource to implement the programme activities History
6. Recommendation:

Link peacebuilding and security project with local development to maximize impact and sustainability

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/13]

Based on the learning of EPST, special attention would be given to link peacebuilding activities with other development projects in order to address longer term issues like economic poverty, local governance etc. while designing and implementing new projects

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Work in close coordination with development projects, link peacebuilding activities with local governance programmes
[Added: 2016/12/13] [Last Updated: 2018/05/10]
PBRU and Social Cohesion and Democratic Participation Project (SCDP) 2014/12 Completed Ensured better coordination with district and local level organizations (Government and Non-Government) while implementing GPI project. This was made possible because of the strong presence in the field with frequent monitoring and coordination meetings History
7. Recommendation:

Develop a clear and coherent approach and criteria to select partners 

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/13]

This is relevant to UN Women’s work

Key Actions:

8. Recommendation:

Support and forge collaboration with existing networks and structures than creating new structures to work particularly in such initiatives as collaborative dialogue and community security 

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/13]

UNDP put a strong emphasis in working with the existing networks at the local and district level to implement GPI project

Key Actions:

9. Recommendation:

Develop a consolidated monitoring and reporting system to enable the project team to track progress and impacts of the project 

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/13]

Based on EPST’s learning, it is essential to develop consolidated monitoring and reporting system to track progress and impact of the joint project. UNDP ensured consolidated monitoring and reporting system while developing GPI project.

Key Actions:

10. Recommendation:

Support local government bodies at the bottom level such as DDCs and VDCs  to localize GRB 

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/13]

This is related to UN Women’s work

Key Actions:

11. Recommendation:

Improve vertical community between line agencies to maximize the project’s outcomes

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/13]

This is related to implementation of the National Action Plan 1325 and 1820 that was implemented through UN Women

Key Actions:

12. Recommendation:

Strengthen government line agencies as well as national and local civil society organizations to effectively implement the NAP on UNSCR 1325 and 1820 

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/13]

This is related to UN Women’s work

Key Actions:

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