End of Program Evaluation of the Rwanda UNDAF (2008-2013)and its contribution to the Government of Rwanda Development Priorities

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Evaluation Plan:
2013-2018, Rwanda
Evaluation Type:
UNDAF
Planned End Date:
11/2013
Completion Date:
11/2013
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
100,000

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Title End of Program Evaluation of the Rwanda UNDAF (2008-2013)and its contribution to the Government of Rwanda Development Priorities
Atlas Project Number:
Evaluation Plan: 2013-2018, Rwanda
Evaluation Type: UNDAF
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 11/2013
Planned End Date: 11/2013
Management Response: Yes
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
Evaluation Budget(US $): 100,000
Source of Funding: One Fund
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: Yes
  • Joint with All UN agencies in Rwanda
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Rudy Broers Team Leader rbroers@universalia.com
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: Government, Development Partners, UN agencies, Civil Society
Countries: RWANDA
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1 Recommendation 1 The coming UNDAP programme areas should articulate a clear theory of change for the next country program and define its role within the change process to maximize its comparative advantage and resources in Rwanda
2 Recommendation 2 In its upcoming programming in Rwanda, the UN RCO and the PPOC should define sustainability strategies. These should include exit strategies, identification of risks and mitigation strategies to achieve sustainable results, and more sustainable approaches to capacity development
3 Recommendation 3 The UN should develop a simplified results framework and a monitoring system to track and report on its performance in realizing planned objectives
4 Recommendation 4 The UNCT should provide the resources so that the RCO may develop a more holistic approach to communication that complements the One-UN?s range of programming and ensures adequate provision for strategic needs
5 Recommendation 5 The UNCT should determine a model whereby the RCO has greater support on M&E and policy leadership, thus bringing greater coherence to the One-UN in this area.
6 Recommendation 6 The UNCT and RCO should revisit early reflections on staff capacities with a view to enhancing its human resources mix to meet changing and emerging needs
7 Recommendation 7 The UNCT in Rwanda should continue to prioritize transparency with the GoR in a number of key areas, particularly related to funding mechanisms
1. Recommendation: Recommendation 1 The coming UNDAP programme areas should articulate a clear theory of change for the next country program and define its role within the change process to maximize its comparative advantage and resources in Rwanda
Management Response: [Added: 2014/02/27]

the recommendations is agreed. The UNDAP 2013-2018 includes this.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1. Clarify UN program theory of change for each UNDAP outcome
[Added: 2014/02/27]
M&E group 2014/06 Overdue-Initiated
1.2. Clarify UN role and relative contribution to the change
[Added: 2014/02/27]
M&E GRoup 2014/06 Overdue-Initiated
2. Recommendation: Recommendation 2 In its upcoming programming in Rwanda, the UN RCO and the PPOC should define sustainability strategies. These should include exit strategies, identification of risks and mitigation strategies to achieve sustainable results, and more sustainable approaches to capacity development
Management Response: [Added: 2014/02/27]

Agreed. The UNDAP 2013-2018 pays specific attention to his recommendation.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1. Consider ?sustainability? in the design of new programs and monitor it throughout the life of the program
[Added: 2014/02/27]
All agencies No due date No deadline established
2.2. UN should clarify, develop and foster a common understanding, approach, and strategy to capacity development that fosters sustainable institutional development
[Added: 2014/02/27]
All agencies No due date No deadline established
3. Recommendation: Recommendation 3 The UN should develop a simplified results framework and a monitoring system to track and report on its performance in realizing planned objectives
Management Response: [Added: 2014/02/27]

The UNDAP 2013-2018 includes a very specific RRF as per the recommendation.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1. The UN RCO should develop a single simplified results framework that is shared by all and that has a specified number of results and agreed indicators that could be tracked, measured and analyzed with more frequency, particularly with regard to capacity development and policy development
[Added: 2014/02/27]
M&E groups 2013/09 Completed
3.2. The RCO and UNCT should be the primary driver of results-based management for Rwanda One UN program
[Added: 2014/02/27]
RCO No due date No deadline established
3.3. Organize joint review and evaluations of UNDAP (with Government and Development Partners) will do much to demonstrate effectiveness of the One UN in these efforts
[Added: 2014/02/27]
M&E Groups No due date No deadline established
Design an integrated computerized web based system to track results (Di-monitor)
[Added: 2014/02/27]
M&E group 2014/01 Completed
4. Recommendation: Recommendation 4 The UNCT should provide the resources so that the RCO may develop a more holistic approach to communication that complements the One-UN?s range of programming and ensures adequate provision for strategic needs
Management Response: [Added: 2014/02/27]

The UNCT agreed to a 2.5% charge to the One UN Fund specifically for One UN Communication. In the mean time, the UN Communications Group already operations on the basis of this budgetary allocation.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
4.1. Strengthen communication for results including strategic communications plan, and making funding arrangements so that the communications group can make timely interventions in such areas as:  Posting regular communications and updates, and more rigorous use of social media,  Web based databases outlining key DaOinterventions, innovations, pilots and programme result,  Press conferences and media engagements to highlight good practices of the GoR as well as reminders of the normative role of the Government to meet its international obligations  Communicate key achievements and UN contribution to EDPRS II outcomes.
[Added: 2014/02/27]
UN Communications group 2014/01 Completed
5. Recommendation: Recommendation 5 The UNCT should determine a model whereby the RCO has greater support on M&E and policy leadership, thus bringing greater coherence to the One-UN in this area.
Management Response: [Added: 2014/02/27]

In line with the SOPs of DAO, the M&E group is now chaired by a Head of Agency.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
5.1. RCO must be equipped (with Communications, M&E and Policy expertise) to support the UNCT in critical and sensitive policy issues
[Added: 2014/02/27]
RCO 2014/07 Overdue-Initiated
6. Recommendation: Recommendation 6 The UNCT and RCO should revisit early reflections on staff capacities with a view to enhancing its human resources mix to meet changing and emerging needs
Management Response: [Added: 2014/02/27]

Agreed. The RCO is recruiting a Policy Advisor for the RCO (P4).

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
6.1. UNCT and RCO should pay closer attention to the skills and achievements of its personnel in meeting and contributing to the UNDAP results in favor of the EDPRSII.
[Added: 2014/02/27]
UNCT No due date No deadline established
7. Recommendation: Recommendation 7 The UNCT in Rwanda should continue to prioritize transparency with the GoR in a number of key areas, particularly related to funding mechanisms
Management Response: [Added: 2014/02/27]

Agreed. the One UN Steering has been revitalized and the TORs of the One UN Steering Committee and the One UN Fund for Rwanda have been revised to increase transparancy and accountability

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
7.1. A commitment from the UNCT and RCO to continue to support the Aid Effectiveness agenda and improve its DPAF results in a collective manner
[Added: 2014/02/27]
UNCT No due date No deadline established
7.2. A commitment from the RCO to renew the One UN Steering Committee in order to bring transparency to the government and donors on all One UN matters. This Steering Committee should be accompanied by selected key performance indicators from UNDG which can be tracked regularly
[Added: 2014/02/27]
RC/UNCT 2013/08 Completed
7.3. A commitment from the UNCT to share funding information with the GoR including the Ministry of Finance on a quarterly basis, so that all new funding (vertical and One UN) can be properly accounted for
[Added: 2014/02/27]
RC/UNCT 2013/08 Completed
7.4. A commitment from DRGs within the new UNDAP to carry out at least one joint evaluation over the course of the next five years
[Added: 2014/02/27]
DRGs/M&E group 2018/06 Overdue-Initiated

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