Samoa Parliamentary Support Project (SPSP) - FE

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Evaluation Plan:
2013-2017, Samoa
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
05/2016
Completion Date:
10/2016
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
20,000

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Title Samoa Parliamentary Support Project (SPSP) - FE
Atlas Project Number: 00065357
Evaluation Plan: 2013-2017, Samoa
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 10/2016
Planned End Date: 05/2016
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
  • 1. Output 2.2. Institutions and systems enabled to address awareness, prevention and enforcement of anti-corruption measures across sectors and stakeholders
Evaluation Budget(US $): 20,000
Source of Funding:
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 20,000
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: Yes
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Frank Feulner Mr ffeulner@gmail.com
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: GoS, AusAid, OCLA
Countries: SAMOA
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Continue capacity building among MPs and OCLA staff given the positive outcomes achieved so far.

2

A continuation of the parliamentary information and outreach to constituencies beyond youth and women is encouraged.

3

Support should be provided to further improve the website content and annual report of parliament, i.e. creation of a SOP for uploading to the website of all verbatim plenary recordings, within 24 hours after the session, or SOP on the uploading the recordings of committee meetings within 24 hours.

4

Future UNDP support to the Parliament of Samoa should muster the UN family’s expertise and experience that are relevant to the portfolios of parliamentary committees, including from FAO, ILO, UNICEF, UN Women, UNFPA, WHO, etc.

5

South-South cooperation among Pacific parliaments should be further improved. This could be done by establishing a larger parliamentary staff training ‘hub’ in the Pacific region, that is not a physical centre but rather a facility that could be hosted in different Pacific parliaments throughout the year. Such a facility could provide trainings, enable peer learning, strengthen networking, and foster exchange of experiences among parliamentary staff. The new ‘hub’ could have agreements with universities in the region to provide additional legal and management expertise and thereby making staff training an even more sustainable and regional affair.

6

For any future engagement of the Parliament of Samoa by UNDP, an experienced parliamentary coordinator or adviser should be available, i.e. based at the UNDP MCO Samoa or at the OCLA.  This adviser should coordinate any support provided to MPs, committees, and the OCLA based on best practice, and in addition ensure a concerted approach and provision of technical assistance by the UN family.

7

Future support to parliament has to be strategic, inclusive in terms of planning, and focused on results. A suitable implementation modality has to be agreed. 

8

Gender equality and SDGs should be more streamlined across activities in any future project design and subsequent implementation.

1. Recommendation:

Continue capacity building among MPs and OCLA staff given the positive outcomes achieved so far.

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

The management agrees with this recommendation and has all the intention to continue the initiative provided funding can be mobilized from development partners. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
To continue capacity building among MPs and OCLA staff given the positive outcomes achieved so far.
[Added: 2016/12/20] [Last Updated: 2018/10/22]
UNDP, MPs & OCLA 2018/12 Completed Unlikely to start in this programme cycle ending December 2017. History
2. Recommendation:

A continuation of the parliamentary information and outreach to constituencies beyond youth and women is encouraged.

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

The management agreed to this recommendation and will factor this into future project development.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
A continuation of the parliamentary information and outreach to constituencies beyond youth and women is encouraged.
[Added: 2016/12/20] [Last Updated: 2018/10/22]
UNDP, OCLA, MPs 2018/12 Completed Unlikely to start in this programme cycle ending December 2017. History
3. Recommendation:

Support should be provided to further improve the website content and annual report of parliament, i.e. creation of a SOP for uploading to the website of all verbatim plenary recordings, within 24 hours after the session, or SOP on the uploading the recordings of committee meetings within 24 hours.

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

The management agreed to this recommendation and will factor this into future project development.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Support will be provided to further improve the website content and annual report of parliament, i.e. creation of a SOP for uploading to the website of all verbatim plenary recordings, within 24 hours after the session, or SOP on the uploading the recordings of committee meetings within 24 hours.
[Added: 2016/12/20] [Last Updated: 2017/12/20]
UNDP, OCLA 2017/12 Completed This has been factored into the new project design. History
4. Recommendation:

Future UNDP support to the Parliament of Samoa should muster the UN family’s expertise and experience that are relevant to the portfolios of parliamentary committees, including from FAO, ILO, UNICEF, UN Women, UNFPA, WHO, etc.

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

The management agreed to this recommendation and will engage other UN family expertise for supporting the parliament. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Future UNDP support to the Parliament of Samoa will muster the UN family’s expertise and experience that are relevant to the portfolios of parliamentary committees, including from FAO, ILO, UNICEF, UN Women, UNFPA, WHO, etc.
[Added: 2016/12/20] [Last Updated: 2017/12/20]
UNDP 2017/12 Completed This has been factored into the project design. History
5. Recommendation:

South-South cooperation among Pacific parliaments should be further improved. This could be done by establishing a larger parliamentary staff training ‘hub’ in the Pacific region, that is not a physical centre but rather a facility that could be hosted in different Pacific parliaments throughout the year. Such a facility could provide trainings, enable peer learning, strengthen networking, and foster exchange of experiences among parliamentary staff. The new ‘hub’ could have agreements with universities in the region to provide additional legal and management expertise and thereby making staff training an even more sustainable and regional affair.

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

The management agreed to this recommendation. Future project development will explore the possibilities of establishing a “parliamentary hub” for the region which should facilitate training, exchanges of knowledges and also collection of lessons learned and best practices. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Future project development will explore the possibilities of establishing a “parliamentary hub” for the region which will facilitate training, exchanges of knowledges and also collection of lessons learned and best practices.
[Added: 2016/12/20] [Last Updated: 2018/10/22]
UNDP OCLA 2018/12 Completed This has been factored into the new project design but implementation would need to wait until the project is fully funded. History
6. Recommendation:

For any future engagement of the Parliament of Samoa by UNDP, an experienced parliamentary coordinator or adviser should be available, i.e. based at the UNDP MCO Samoa or at the OCLA.  This adviser should coordinate any support provided to MPs, committees, and the OCLA based on best practice, and in addition ensure a concerted approach and provision of technical assistance by the UN family.

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

The management agrees with this recommendation and will factor the parliamentary advisor into the project design. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
For any future engagement of the Parliament of Samoa by UNDP, an experienced parliamentary coordinator or adviser should be available, i.e. based at the UNDP MCO Samoa or at the OCLA. This adviser should coordinate any support provided to MPs, committees, and the OCLA based on best practice, and in addition ensure a concerted approach and provision of technical assistance by the UN family.
[Added: 2016/12/20] [Last Updated: 2017/12/20]
UNDP 2017/12 Completed The MCO continues to work closely with the Effective Governance and Parliamentary Development Specialist/ Team Leader located in the UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji, to organize the participation of Samoan parliamentarians and parliamentary support staff to various ongoing regional and international training and knowledge exchange venues. History
7. Recommendation:

Future support to parliament has to be strategic, inclusive in terms of planning, and focused on results. A suitable implementation modality has to be agreed. 

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

The management agrees with this recommendation. Future project development would be more consultative and inclusive in term of planning and focus on results.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Future support to parliament has to be strategic, inclusive in terms of planning, and focused on results. A suitable implementation modality has to be agreed.
[Added: 2016/12/20] [Last Updated: 2017/12/20]
UNDP, OCLA 2017/12 Completed This has been factored into the new project detail History
8. Recommendation:

Gender equality and SDGs should be more streamlined across activities in any future project design and subsequent implementation.

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

The management agrees with this recommendation. Future project development will mainstream gender equality and SDGs across activities

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Gender equality and SDGs should be more streamlined across activities in any future project design and subsequent implementation.
[Added: 2016/12/20] [Last Updated: 2017/12/20]
UNDP, OCLA 2017/12 Completed This has been factored into the new project design. The IPPWS Phase 2 project is set to commence implementation in 2018, subject to funding, and seeks to increase the number of women MPs above the TSM of 10%. History

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