Assessment of Development Results: Malaysia

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Evaluation Plan:
2014-2017, Independent Evaluation Office
Evaluation Type:
ICPE/ADR
Planned End Date:
12/2014
Completion Date:
12/2014
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
160,000

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Title Assessment of Development Results: Malaysia
Atlas Project Number:
Evaluation Plan: 2014-2017, Independent Evaluation Office
Evaluation Type: ICPE/ADR
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 12/2014
Planned End Date: 12/2014
Management Response: Yes
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
Evaluation Budget(US $): 160,000
Source of Funding:
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders:
Location of Evaluation: Country Level
Countries: MALAYSIAMALAYSIA
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1 As Malaysia prepares to launch its final five-year plan designed to achieve Vision 2020 and high-income status, UNDP should continue to identify gaps and challenges faced by the poorest and most excluded groups to assist Malaysia in reducing inequalities. At the same time, UNDP should help Malaysia look beyond 2020 to continue and/or begin addressing other challenges to sustainable human development that are likely to remain even as economic targets are met.
2 In determining specific areas of intervention for the next country programme, UNDP and the Government should identify where UNDP?s Strategic Plan 2014?2017, UNDP Malaysia?s comparative expertise, the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, and the Government of Malaysia?s priorities intersect, to ensure that the country programme is focused and designed to ultimately address the opportunities and capabilities of the poorest and most excluded, as well as promote sustainability.
3 UNDP should build on its work on reducing inequalities, its reputation as a trusted development partner, and its mandate as a member of the UN system to continue to advocate for gender equality and women?s empowerment, and to more systematically use gender analysis and disaggregated data in programme planning and implementation. The country office should develop a gender strategy to inform its own programme design, appraisal, monitoring and evaluation. Furthermore, in terms of ensuring a broad-based understanding of gender mainstreaming within the office, the country office may wish, as a first step towards more effective programming, to volunteer for the Gender Equality Seal Assessment.
4 Given that spatial inequalities remain, UNDP may consider, in consultation with the Government, a stronger state-level engagement in the next country programme, focusing on the states with the highest rates of multidimensional poverty and/or the greatest inequalities.
5 UNDP should continue to strengthen its monitoring and evaluation systems, as well as its reporting and communication on results and contributions to outcome-level change.
1. Recommendation: As Malaysia prepares to launch its final five-year plan designed to achieve Vision 2020 and high-income status, UNDP should continue to identify gaps and challenges faced by the poorest and most excluded groups to assist Malaysia in reducing inequalities. At the same time, UNDP should help Malaysia look beyond 2020 to continue and/or begin addressing other challenges to sustainable human development that are likely to remain even as economic targets are met.
Management Response: [Added: 2015/04/24] [Last Updated: 2015/05/05]

The CO accepts the recommendation. CO development activities in 2015 will continue to prioritize 10th Malaysia Plan priority to address the multiple deprivations and improve the wellbeing of low income households and vulnerable groups and to reduce inequality in all its forms. The new CPD 2016-2020 will be fully aligned to the 11th Malaysia Plan's priorities/ game-changers, which emphasize inclusiveness and enhancing the wellbeing of the bottom 40 percent of the population. The new country programme also will address remaining development challenges (identified from the MDG 2015 achievement status and Post-2015 Development Agenda?s National Consultations, and through the national development planning process and discussions around the emergent SDGs) and integrate 11MP thrusts of sustainability, risk reduction and resilience building in all development activities. In looking ahead to new SDG commitments, programme design for the CPD 2016-2020 will also seek to support a development agenda that goes beyond 2020.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Design of Country Programme Document: 2016-2020 (CPD) and Country Programme Action Plan: 2016-2020 (CPAP) 1)Feedback on the development priorities from Government, CSOs, think-tanks and relevant private sector partners will be solicited and utilized to frame the substantive outline of UNDP?s CPD. (by 23 March 2015); 2) Assessments of Malaysia?s MDG achievements at the end of 2015, Post-2015 Development Agenda National Consultations, and the emerging SDGs and their related indicator framework, will serve as a baseline and inputs to frame the substantive outline of UNDP?s CPD. (by 23 March 2015); 3) The 11MP to be announced in May 2015 and discussion on its Priorities, game-changers and programmes, and UNDP Strategic Plan will be utilized to frame UNDP?s CPAP 2016-2020. (by 31 Aug 2015); 4) Feedback on the development priorities by the Government, CSOs, think-tanks and relevant private sector will be solicited and utilized to frame the substantive programme of UNDP?s CPAP. (by 30 Oct 2015)
[Added: 2015/05/05] [Last Updated: 2015/11/20]
UNDP Programme Cluster 2015/10 Completed There are 4 key actions with their respective due dates and all have been undertaken.
2. Recommendation: In determining specific areas of intervention for the next country programme, UNDP and the Government should identify where UNDP?s Strategic Plan 2014?2017, UNDP Malaysia?s comparative expertise, the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, and the Government of Malaysia?s priorities intersect, to ensure that the country programme is focused and designed to ultimately address the opportunities and capabilities of the poorest and most excluded, as well as promote sustainability.
Management Response: [Added: 2015/04/24] [Last Updated: 2015/05/05]

The CO accepts the recommendation. The linkage to the 11th Malaysia Plan's priorities/ game-changers and remaining development challenges (identified from the MDG 2015 status and Post-2015 Development Agenda's National Consultations, and the emerging SDGs) will be operationalized in the design of the new Country Programme Document 2016-2020 emphasizing active voice and participation of non-state actors and vulnerable groups, inter-institutional and state, federal and local level coordination and coherence, and strategic south-south cooperation.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1. Alignment of 2016-2020 CPD and CPAP Outcomes with Project Level Results to ensure that the country programme is focused, addresses opportunities and capabilities of the poorest and most excluded and promote inclusiveness, sustainability and resilience building, and draws on UNDP Malaysia?s comparative expertise. The CO CPD and CPAP will be aligned with the UN Strategic Partnership Framework and reflect UNDPs comparative expertise in the integrated development solutions offer to the Government of Malaysia. (Mar-Oct 2015); 2. Strengthen Malaysia?s development partnership to contribute to national, regional and global development agenda by reviewing opportunities and develop strategic initiatives across programme portfolios for South-South Cooperation partnerships as a core design principle explicitly included in the CPD and CPAP 2016-2020. 3. Strengthen Collaboration with Non-State Actors and local communities as Key National Development Partners and explore strategic collaborations to deepen evidence-based, policy-oriented research and innovative programmes to encourage and facilitate the voice and participation of poor and vulnerable communities as a as a core design principle explicitly included in the CPD and CPAP 2016-2020. 4. Strengthen collaboration with state and local authorities and inter-institutional coordination for improvement in development indicators for specific vulnerable groups and in lagging states and explore strategic collaboration with state and local authorities to deepen evidence-based, policy-oriented research and innovative programmes for improvement in state level human development indicators and explicitly included in the CPD and CPAP 2016-2020.
[Added: 2015/05/05] [Last Updated: 2015/11/20]
UNDP Programme Cluster 2015/12 Completed All actions have been incorporated explicitly within the CPD and CPAP 2016-2020. CPD was approved by the Executive Board on 2 September 2015
3. Recommendation: UNDP should build on its work on reducing inequalities, its reputation as a trusted development partner, and its mandate as a member of the UN system to continue to advocate for gender equality and women?s empowerment, and to more systematically use gender analysis and disaggregated data in programme planning and implementation. The country office should develop a gender strategy to inform its own programme design, appraisal, monitoring and evaluation. Furthermore, in terms of ensuring a broad-based understanding of gender mainstreaming within the office, the country office may wish, as a first step towards more effective programming, to volunteer for the Gender Equality Seal Assessment.
Management Response: [Added: 2015/04/24] [Last Updated: 2015/05/05]

The CO accepts the recommendation that greater emphasis for gender mainstreaming be undertaken effectively across programme design and implementation. Country office will ensure gender agenda is operationalized with a comprehensive gender equality strategy supported by strengthened CO technical capacity and gender analysis and across all programme outcomes.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1. A dedicated Gender Analyst post is fully established. (1 Mar 2015); 2. Develop a UNDP Malaysia Gender Equality Strategy to guide the design of CPAP 2016-2020. (30 Dec 2015) 3. Mainstream gender across all CPAP 2016-2020 Outcomes and all proposed programmes. (30 Dec 2015); 4. Complete Gender Equality Seal certification assessment (30 Jun 2016); 5. Based on the results of Gender Equality Seal certification assessment, finalize UNDP Malaysia Gender mainstreaming tools for the design, appraisal, and monitoring of gender related outputs in the implementation of the CPD and CPAP 2016-2020. (30 Dec 2016)
[Added: 2015/05/05] [Last Updated: 2017/03/26]
UNDP Programme Cluster 2016/12 Completed The key actions have been completed. The assessment of the Gender Equality Seal team in January awarded CO with the Silver certification level. History
4. Recommendation: Given that spatial inequalities remain, UNDP may consider, in consultation with the Government, a stronger state-level engagement in the next country programme, focusing on the states with the highest rates of multidimensional poverty and/or the greatest inequalities.
Management Response: [Added: 2015/04/24] [Last Updated: 2015/05/05]

The CO accepts the recommendation to strengthen engagement with all relevant stakeholders at the state-level to address remaining development gaps with an emphasis on greater voice and participation of local communities and community-led development solutions.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1. Disseminate Expression of Interest - Partnership Template to selected State Level Government, Non- State Actors (CSOs, think-tanks, and relevant private sector) and explore strategic collaborations to deepen evidence-based, policy-oriented research and innovative programmes to encourage and facilitate the voice and participation of poor and vulnerable communities.; 2. Stakeholder consultation with State Level Government, Non-State Actors and local communities on development priorities for UNDP support in CPAP 2016-2020; 3. Finalize partners from State Level CSOs, think-tanks, relevant private sector and local communities to undertake new development collaboration in CPAP 2016-2020.
[Added: 2015/05/05] [Last Updated: 2016/05/30]
UNDP Programme Cluster 2016/12 Completed There are 3 key actions which will be operationalised in the first year of the CPD. The CO has begun to develop new projects in the new CPAP cycle which engages the state, private sector and CSOs as part of the new programme cycle. History
5. Recommendation: UNDP should continue to strengthen its monitoring and evaluation systems, as well as its reporting and communication on results and contributions to outcome-level change.
Management Response: [Added: 2015/04/24] [Last Updated: 2015/05/05]

The CO accepts the recommendation. Building upon the current monitoring and evaluation systems, the CO will further supplement its sources and modalities to further strengthen oversight, participation of stakeholders and assessment of progress towards development results as outlined by the CPD and CPAP Outcomes, 11th Malaysia Plan and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1. The 2016-2020 CPD and CPAP Results and Resources Framework as well as the Monitoring and Evaluation Plan will ensure Goals, Objectives, Outcomes, Output, Activities and indicators are in compliance with UNDP Results Based Management principles and utilizes the SMART principles. (30 Sep 2015); 2. Explore, strengthen and review innovative participatory approaches to monitor, evaluate and report on progress towards development results emphasizing on improving people centered/ community level impact. (30 Dec annually); 3. Annual Review of Project Level Results with 2016-2020 CPD and CPAP Outcomes and Outputs and progress towards the 11th Malaysia Plan and the Sustainable Development Goals. (30 Dec annually); 4. Strengthen communications for development through CO website, social media and development of an annual communications for development plan and strategic engagement with the media. (30 Mar annually)
[Added: 2015/05/05] [Last Updated: 2016/05/30]
UNDP Programme Clusters for all actions, and with: i)Implementing Partners (2 & 3); ii) UNDP Communications Officer (4). 2016/12 Completed There are 4 key actions with their respective due dates. 3 of the 4 key actions have annually recurring due dates. Evidence to be provided in December 2016 that the M&E elements are systematically embedded into the CO processes. History

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