Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Acceleration - FE

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Evaluation Plan:
2013-2017, Samoa
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
03/2016
Completion Date:
10/2016
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
20,000

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Title Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Acceleration - FE
Atlas Project Number: 00061890
Evaluation Plan: 2013-2017, Samoa
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 10/2016
Planned End Date: 03/2016
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
  • 1. Output 7.6. Innovations enabled for development solutions, partnerships and other collaborative arrangements
Evaluation Budget(US $): 20,000
Source of Funding: Project budget
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 15,000
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Donata Maccelli Ms donatamaria@yahoo.com
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: GoS
Countries: SAMOA
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

The project has effectively stimulated and improved policy and strategy streamlining in many sectors, from trade to environment, institutional strengthening, and gender equality themes.

2

Although the intervention presents a wide range of themes, issues and activities, these have been well aligned with priorities and coherently responded to needs.

3

Sustainability is good and most project outputs have been incorporated into country’s policies, strategies and operational mechanisms. 

4

Continuity is required in order to take advantage of results and outputs developed under the Project, in particular in gender issues and VAW. These achievements need to be consolidated through further cooperation. 

5

Coordination with other UN agencies operating in the country should be further strengthened to ensure unity of messages delivered, efficiency and effectiveness, and to achieve higher credibility. 

6

The demand driven approach used in the formulation of the initiative has very effectively contributed to enhance commitment, ownership and embedding of the project’s results into national practices, policies and working mechanisms. 

7

The success of the project has also demonstrated that the project-based-approach – which is currently largely criticised among development partners – can be successful if the actions are demand-driven.

8

The relative rapidity and flexibility of the initiative in addressing selected areas have also contributed to UNDP better credibility and reputation, and have minimised the shortcomings of the UN system and delivery mechanisms which are in general considered lengthy and bureaucratic.

1. Recommendation:

The project has effectively stimulated and improved policy and strategy streamlining in many sectors, from trade to environment, institutional strengthening, and gender equality themes.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/20]

No comment necessary

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
No comment necessary
[Added: 2016/12/20]
No comment necessary 2016/11 Completed
2. Recommendation:

Although the intervention presents a wide range of themes, issues and activities, these have been well aligned with priorities and coherently responded to needs.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/20]

No comment necessary

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
No action required
[Added: 2016/12/20]
No comment necessary 2016/11 Completed
3. Recommendation:

Sustainability is good and most project outputs have been incorporated into country’s policies, strategies and operational mechanisms. 

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/20] [Last Updated: 2016/12/20]

No comment necessary

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
No action required
[Added: 2016/12/20]
No comment necessary 2016/11 Completed
4. Recommendation:

Continuity is required in order to take advantage of results and outputs developed under the Project, in particular in gender issues and VAW. These achievements need to be consolidated through further cooperation. 

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/20] [Last Updated: 2016/12/20]

No comment necessary

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Continuity funding activities on gender equality and VAW using innovative methodologies and tools, such as those used in the initiative (TLDP, BTI).
[Added: 2016/12/20] [Last Updated: 2017/12/20]
UNDP 2017/12 Completed The Gender Project is ongoing however BTI and CC activities have now been taken over by the government (Ministry of Women, Community & Social Development) and no longer active in this project. History
5. Recommendation:

Coordination with other UN agencies operating in the country should be further strengthened to ensure unity of messages delivered, efficiency and effectiveness, and to achieve higher credibility. 

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/20] [Last Updated: 2016/12/20]

The management agrees with this recommendations, UNDP has taken the lead in developing and sourcing funds for two UN Joint programmes e.g. the Youth Employment Programme with ILO and 4 other UN agencies; as well as with UN women in Increasing the Political Participation of Women in Samoa (IPPWS) Project. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Explore opportunities to conduct joint programmes with other UN agencies, e.g. ILO.
[Added: 2016/12/20] [Last Updated: 2017/12/20]
UNDP 2017/12 Completed The management agrees with this recommendation. UNDP has taken the lead in developing and sourcing funds for two UN Joint programmes e.g. the Youth Employment Programme with ILO and 4 other UN agencies; as well as with UN Women in Increasing the Political Participation of Women in Samoa (IPPWS) Project. The One UN Youth Employment Programme (YEP) is ongoing in close collaboration with the 5 participating UN Agencies. The development of a Phase 2 of the Increasing the Political Participation of Women in Samoa (IPPWS2), is ongoing with UN Women and several government and non-government stakeholders. The aim is to commence implementation by the second quarter 2018, with suitable funding support from DFAT and/or the Republic of Korea. History
6. Recommendation:

The demand driven approach used in the formulation of the initiative has very effectively contributed to enhance commitment, ownership and embedding of the project’s results into national practices, policies and working mechanisms. 

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/20] [Last Updated: 2016/12/20]

The management agrees with the recommendation and will forward this to the central Bureau for Programme and Policy Support. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
No action required
[Added: 2016/12/20]
UNDP 2016/11 Completed
7. Recommendation:

The success of the project has also demonstrated that the project-based-approach – which is currently largely criticised among development partners – can be successful if the actions are demand-driven.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/20] [Last Updated: 2016/12/20]

The management agrees with the recommendation and will forward this to the central Bureau for Programme and Policy Support.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
No action required
[Added: 2016/12/20]
UNDP 2016/12 Completed
8. Recommendation:

The relative rapidity and flexibility of the initiative in addressing selected areas have also contributed to UNDP better credibility and reputation, and have minimised the shortcomings of the UN system and delivery mechanisms which are in general considered lengthy and bureaucratic.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/20] [Last Updated: 2016/12/20]

The management agrees with the recommendation and will forward this to the central Bureau for Programme and Policy Support. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
No action required
[Added: 2016/12/20]
UNDP 2016/12 Completed

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