Final Evaluation of Reinforcement of Local Democracy (LOD 3) project

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Evaluation Plan:
2010-2014, Bosnia and Hercegovina
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
03/2014
Completion Date:
05/2014
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
10,000

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Title Final Evaluation of Reinforcement of Local Democracy (LOD 3) project
Atlas Project Number: 00083030
Evaluation Plan: 2010-2014, Bosnia and Hercegovina
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 05/2014
Planned End Date: 03/2014
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
  • 1. Output 2.4. Frameworks and dialogue processes engaged for effective and transparent engagement of civil society in national development
Evaluation Budget(US $): 10,000
Source of Funding: EU
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 10,000
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Laia Castells Vicente Ms.
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders:
Countries: BOSNIA AND HERCEGOVINA
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1 In order to maximise the impact of the project prospects, LOD IV should enhance the LSUs and CSOs? capacities to embrace the principle of managing for results, starting with their own results-oriented strategies and continuing to focus on results at all stages of the development cycle.
2 LOD sustainability should be promoted further and the use of the project?s benefits beyond the project lifespan, vertically and horizontally.
3 Support and information to municipalities and CSOs should be provided in order to work together on preparation of joint proposals and be able to attract donor funding, such as IPA funds and others.
4 UNDP could also play a key role in supporting municipalities to better engage with the CSO sector, by reinforcing the capacities of local authorities to better communicate and relate with CSOs.
5 Services provided by CSOs should be improved in specific social sectors.
6 UNDP /EC could work to further activate CSO networking and increase their fundraising skills.
1. Recommendation: In order to maximise the impact of the project prospects, LOD IV should enhance the LSUs and CSOs? capacities to embrace the principle of managing for results, starting with their own results-oriented strategies and continuing to focus on results at all stages of the development cycle.
Management Response: [Added: 2014/12/22] [Last Updated: 2014/12/22]

Key Actions.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
LOD IV extended the project life cycle to 27 months.
[Added: 2014/12/22] [Last Updated: 2016/12/21]
LOD Project team 2014/06 Completed Discussed with LOD PB but the donor (EU) ceased the initiative due to technical reason related to duration of intervention funded by IPA funds and their initiative to modify LOD and as a part of the EU response to floods. All project activities related to the Project Document are conducted within the mentioned period. The final project report should be submitted to the donor for approval up to 6 months after official project closure (31 August 2016). History
LOD IV municipal selection process puts a stronger focus on ILDP targeted municipalities
[Added: 2014/12/22] [Last Updated: 2016/12/21]
UNDP RRD Sector 2014/06 Completed Close cooperation established with ILDP project in selection of municipalities History
LOD IV should promote further commitment from selected municipalities to increase the proportion of resources to be distributed to CSOs' projects through public calls and to make a more efficient use of the LOD Methodology during, at least, two annual budget exercises
[Added: 2014/12/22] [Last Updated: 2016/12/21]
LOD Project team 2016/05 Completed Agreed as a segment of project approach and as such incorporated in MoUs signed with all 12 partner LSUs. History
In order to increase capacities of CSOs in the following categories; project proposal writing, strategic planning, fund-raising, absorption and implementation capacities, training should be devised even using municipal funds.
[Added: 2014/12/22] [Last Updated: 2016/12/21]
LOD Project team 2016/05 Completed LOD team has intensify the support for all CSOs through training organised as a project activity. History
2. Recommendation: LOD sustainability should be promoted further and the use of the project?s benefits beyond the project lifespan, vertically and horizontally.
Management Response: [Added: 2014/12/22]

Key actions.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
LOD IV should continue the support provided to the Associations of Municipalities and Cities through further training in communication and budget planning.
[Added: 2014/12/22] [Last Updated: 2016/12/21]
LOD Project team/ RRD Sector 2015/01 Completed At the beginning of the 2015 UNDP RRD sector will coordinate different initiatives including LOD in order to jointly support ACMs History
At the beginning of the 2015 UNDP RRD sector will coordinate different initiatives including LOD in order to jointly support ACMs.
[Added: 2014/12/22] [Last Updated: 2016/12/21]
LOD Project team/ILDP 2014/06 Completed History
Standardized training programme on LOD methodology should be developed and offered to all local governments country-wide.
[Added: 2014/12/22] [Last Updated: 2016/12/21]
LOD Project team/MTS 2016/05 No Longer Applicable The process was initiated with UNDP/MTS and will be executed by the end of LOD IV History
LOD methodology should be converted as e-training
[Added: 2014/12/22] [Last Updated: 2016/12/21]
LOD Project team/MTS 2016/06 No Longer Applicable The process was initiated with UNDP/MTS and will be executed by the end of LOD IV History
Collaboration with TACSO and CBGI and similar interventions should be continued and stronger to maximize effects
[Added: 2014/12/22] [Last Updated: 2016/12/21]
LOD Project team/partner projects No due date Completed Under the facilitation of EU as major donor in this sector coordination and cooperation on this level was established and improved over the period History
3. Recommendation: Support and information to municipalities and CSOs should be provided in order to work together on preparation of joint proposals and be able to attract donor funding, such as IPA funds and others.
Management Response: [Added: 2014/12/22]

Key actions.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
AMCs' capacities could be further enhanced to become key players in assisting municipalities in the identification of needs/ programming, representing local government interests before donors and taking a pro-active role in design of policies/reforms related to local governance in BiH.
[Added: 2014/12/22] [Last Updated: 2016/12/21]
LOD Project team/ RRD Sector 2015/01 Completed At the beginning of the 2015 UNDP RRD sector will coordinate different initiatives including LOD in order to jointly support ACMs History
AMCs' capacities could be further enhanced so they can promote LOD methodology vertically and horizontally in the remaining Municipalities that will not be targeted by LOD IV
[Added: 2014/12/22] [Last Updated: 2016/12/21]
LOD Project team/ RRD Sector 2015/01 Completed At the beginning of the 2015 UNDP RRD sector will coordinate different initiatives including LOD in order to jointly support ACMs History
UNDP/EC could continue working in close cooperation with ACM to provide them with technical capacity and support to develop a clear long-term development strategy with clear action plans so as to become more outcome oriented and have a better understanding of what their role should be.
[Added: 2014/12/22] [Last Updated: 2016/12/21]
LOD Project team/ RRD Sector 2015/01 Completed At the beginning of the 2015 UNDP RRD sector will coordinate different initiatives including LOD in order to jointly support ACMs. History
4. Recommendation: UNDP could also play a key role in supporting municipalities to better engage with the CSO sector, by reinforcing the capacities of local authorities to better communicate and relate with CSOs.
Management Response: [Added: 2014/12/22]

Key actions.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP could work on improvement Policy dialogue between CSOs and all levels of government bodies needs to be improved.
[Added: 2014/12/22] [Last Updated: 2016/12/21]
LOD Project team 2015/06 Completed LOD IV will execute more specific trainings and will organised study tour for Mayors as well in order to support LSUs in cooperation with CSOs. History
5. Recommendation: Services provided by CSOs should be improved in specific social sectors.
Management Response: [Added: 2014/12/22]

Key actions.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP/EC could engage in the formation and support of such panels to set up minimum standards for service delivery in social sectors of interest.
[Added: 2014/12/22] [Last Updated: 2016/12/21]
UNDP/EC 2016/05 No Longer Applicable LOD IV project has already initiated creation of these panels in social inclusion (using cooperation with CSO EDUS) but the process will be continued throughout LOD IV History
LOD IV project has already initiated creation of these panels in social inclusion (using cooperation with CSO EDUS) but the process will be continued throughout LOD IV.
[Added: 2014/12/22] [Last Updated: 2016/12/21]
UNDP/LOD IV 2016/05 Completed Direct result of panels will be creation of the document that will be defined as a frame of standards. This needs to be formulated by an expert in each targeted sector who will be engaged by LOD IV History
6. Recommendation: UNDP /EC could work to further activate CSO networking and increase their fundraising skills.
Management Response: [Added: 2014/12/22]

Key actions.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Efforts should be undertaken in order for CSOs to develop long-term planning skills and adequate fundraising mechanisms in order to reduce their dependency on donors' aid.- to offer both capacity building assistance and the opportunity to enter into activity-based partnerships.
[Added: 2014/12/22] [Last Updated: 2016/12/21]
LOD Project Team 2016/05 Completed This action is linked with response under 1.4 above and as such is initiated but LOD IV will continue developing tools for this action. History
Greater efforts should be made to encourage leading domestic NGOs and all external assistance projects to mobilise stronger organisations to work with smaller and less developed CSOs.
[Added: 2014/12/22] [Last Updated: 2016/12/16]
LOD Project Team. 2015/02 Completed LOD IV team uses all opportunities to encourage both large and grassroots CSO to cooperate. This is heavily promoted during open days though suggesting the partnerships on each open day event organised in LOD IV partner LSUs. This will be continued on each following Public call. History

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