Final evaluation of the Output 2 of the Rural Growth Programme (RGP)

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Evaluation Plan:
2010-2015, Tajikistan
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
07/2013
Completion Date:
07/2013
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
40,122

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Title Final evaluation of the Output 2 of the Rural Growth Programme (RGP)
Atlas Project Number: 00097935
Evaluation Plan: 2010-2015, Tajikistan
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 07/2013
Planned End Date: 07/2013
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
  • 1. Output 1.1. National and sub-national systems and institutions enabled to achieve structural transformation of productive capacities that are sustainable and employment - and livelihoods- intensive
  • 2. Output 1.2. Options enabled and facilitated for inclusive and sustainable social protection
SDG Goal
  • Goal 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
SDG Target
  • 1.2 By 2030, reduce at least by half the proportion of men, women and children of all ages living in poverty in all its dimensions according to national definitions
  • 1.4 By 2030, ensure that all men and women, in particular the poor and the vulnerable, have equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to basic services, ownership and control over land and other forms of property, inheritance, natural resources, appropriate new technology and financial services, including microfinance
Evaluation Budget(US $): 40,122
Source of Funding: project budget
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 40,122
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Kris B. Prasada Rao International Evaluation Expert
Alisher Khaydarov National Evaluation Expert
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders:
Countries: TAJIKISTAN
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1 Build capacity to better understand and include soft measures in District Development Programs priorities/projects
2 Enhance Business Enabling Environment aspects in District Development Programs.
3 Increase the involvement of private sector in planning process.
4 Strengthen capacity to address environment in DDPs ? formulating priority actions that address the issues identified
5 Continue Trust Fund, but with increasing government contribution (in percent and actual figures) for each round.
6 Conduct an independent audit of TF incl. sub-projects, so government can prove is capacity to handle donors funds.
7 Include Trust Fund requirement for providing business justification (market, sales) for sub-project proposals ? and encourage soft investments.
8 Allow sufficient time to plan and implement TF sub-projects ? max 1 tranche per fiscal year.
9 Further support/enhance Gov M&E capacity (for DDPs, JDPs and projects) and gradually phase out UNDP M&E ? a more hands-off approach.
1. Recommendation: Build capacity to better understand and include soft measures in District Development Programs priorities/projects
Management Response: [Added: 2014/01/10]

The results of RGP Output 2 evaluation conducted and lessons learnt report will be taken into consideration to ensure strengthening of the national and local levels capacities;

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
To take into the consideration the results of evaluation and lessons learnt to further strengthen the capacities of national and local level authorities and other stakeholders through further scaling up initiatives in other regions of Tajikistan as well.
[Added: 2014/01/10] [Last Updated: 2014/12/29]
UNDP/CP, MEDT 2014/12 Completed
2. Recommendation: Enhance Business Enabling Environment aspects in District Development Programs.
Management Response: [Added: 2014/01/10]

The contents of DDPs will be enhanced during the annual review of DDP progress. BEE aspects will be further strengthened while scaling up initiatives;

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
BEE aspects are taken into the consideration in almost all DDPs however it will be further strengthen during the elaboration of other DDPs and possible review of methodology by MEDT
[Added: 2014/01/10] [Last Updated: 2015/09/17]
UNDP/CP, MEDT 2015/06 Completed All the DDPs contain special section on Development of Entrepreneurship. Taking into consideration the importance of the private sector contribution in the local development, the measures for business promotion in DDPs enhanced. The DDPs WGs have been trained with specific focus in development of small and medium business, entrepreneurship etc.
3. Recommendation: Increase the involvement of private sector in planning process.
Management Response: [Added: 2014/01/10]

The recommendation is valid and will be taken into account while scaling up initiatives to other districts;

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Since participatory principle is the main and important aspect of the local development planning process it is envisaged that the DDPs WGs and sub-WGs represent all the interested stakeholders, including private sector. The private sector is an active part of the DDPs implementation and therefore its participation will be gradually increased.
[Added: 2014/01/10] [Last Updated: 2015/09/17]
UNDP/CP, MEDT 2015/06 Completed The private sector and civil society organizations represented in the DDPs WGs
4. Recommendation: Strengthen capacity to address environment in DDPs ? formulating priority actions that address the issues identified
Management Response: [Added: 2014/01/10]

The recommendation is valid and the capacities in environment issues will be further strengthened through the implementation of PEI phase II and other initiatives;

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The capacities of national and local actors and stakeholders will be further strengthened through the implementation of other relevant scaling up initiatives
[Added: 2014/01/10] [Last Updated: 2015/09/17]
UNDP/CP, MEDT 2015/12 Completed The DDP WGs members of Khatlon, GBAO, Sughd and DRS have been trained in mainstreaming of P-E linkages into the planning processes. As well as series of trainings and study tours have been organized for the national stakeholders in Strategic Environmental Assessment, green economy indicators, Public Environmental Expenditure Review
5. Recommendation: Continue Trust Fund, but with increasing government contribution (in percent and actual figures) for each round.
Management Response: [Added: 2014/01/10]

To be further discussed with government partners while initiation of TF activities under the RGP extension phase and other possible UNDP initiatives

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
It will be considered during the RGP extension period for continuation of TF activities in 2014. Beside the TF mechanism has been applied in UNDP initiative in Rasht valley districts, where local authorities? contribution makes more than 15% of the total project budget. This approach is expected to be promoted further.
[Added: 2014/01/10] [Last Updated: 2014/12/29]
UNDP/CP, MEDT 2014/12 Completed
6. Recommendation: Conduct an independent audit of TF incl. sub-projects, so government can prove is capacity to handle donors funds.
Management Response: [Added: 2014/01/10]

The efficiency of all the sub-projects implemented within the TF mechanism will be audited;

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The independent audit launched in November 2013 and completed in January 2014.
[Added: 2014/01/10]
UNDP/CP 2014/01 Completed
7. Recommendation: Include Trust Fund requirement for providing business justification (market, sales) for sub-project proposals ? and encourage soft investments.
Management Response: [Added: 2014/01/10]

To be communicated with relevant stakeholders while continuation of existing Trust Fund mechanism under the RGP and BCPR funded project as well as other initiatives. However the hard infrastructure projects are highly demanded at local level due to lack of investments at local level.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The recommendation will be considered during the RGP extension period for continuation of TF activities in 2014.
[Added: 2014/01/10] [Last Updated: 2014/12/29]
UNDP/CP 2014/12 Completed
8. Recommendation: Allow sufficient time to plan and implement TF sub-projects ? max 1 tranche per fiscal year.
Management Response: [Added: 2014/01/10]

During the planning of the TF sub-projects the proper timeframe will be considered;

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The recommendation will be taken into the consideration during the extension period of RGP in 2014. However it will also depend from the project period.
[Added: 2014/01/10] [Last Updated: 2014/12/29]
UNDP/CP, MEDT 2014/12 Completed
9. Recommendation: Further support/enhance Gov M&E capacity (for DDPs, JDPs and projects) and gradually phase out UNDP M&E ? a more hands-off approach.
Management Response: [Added: 2014/01/10]

The Gov M&E capacity will be enhanced through all the initiatives in particular SENACAM and collaboration with MEDT;

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Government M&E capacities will be further strengthened through the upcoming SENACAM initiatives during 2014- 2015 years.
[Added: 2014/01/10] [Last Updated: 2017/12/21]
UNDP/CP, MEDT 2014/12 Completed on-going History

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