Assessment of Development Results: Angola

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Evaluation Plan:
2009-2013, Independent Evaluation Office
Evaluation Type:
ICPE/ADR
Planned End Date:
12/2013
Completion Date:
11/2013
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
160,000

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Title Assessment of Development Results: Angola
Atlas Project Number:
Evaluation Plan: 2009-2013, Independent Evaluation Office
Evaluation Type: ICPE/ADR
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 11/2013
Planned End Date: 12/2013
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
Ana Rosa Soares Evaluation Manager ana.soares@undp.org BRAZIL
Dr. Cristina Udelsmann Rodrigues Co-team leader
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders:
Location of Evaluation: Country Level
Countries: ANGOLA
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1 Recommendation 1. The UNDP Regional Bureau for Africa (RBA) should assist UNDP Angola to develop the next programme with clearer and logical theories of change for each agreed outcome.
2 Recommendation 2. UNDP Angola needs to strengthen formal and informal means of proactive dialogue with Angolan partners at the level of decision-making, and with technical implementation staff.
3 Recommendation 3. UNDP Angola should concentrate interventions in fewer and more strategic areas where it can add more value. It should avoid the necessity of managing projects with smaller budgets where UNDP?s contribution cannot be sustained.
4 Recommendation 4. UNDP Angola should improve knowledge management and better communicate the results already obtained. It should reinforce the exchange of knowledge and the use of UNDP?s specialized networks to generate and promote learning that can strategically feed into timely and better informed decision-making.
5 Recommendation 5. UNDP Angola needs to improve efficiency in operations and should invest in an added-value flow analysis of existing operations processes, which are not adequately understood by some staff in programme and operations.
6 Recommendation 6. UNDP Angola needs to improve programme efficiency to avoid delays and promote better articulation and communication between operations and programme units and between UNDP and stakeholders.
7 Recommendation 7. In coordination with the Regional Bureau for Africa, the country office should examine ways of improving inter-agency efforts, learning from what has worked well elsewhere in the region, to strengthen coordination of the United Nations System.
1. Recommendation: Recommendation 1. The UNDP Regional Bureau for Africa (RBA) should assist UNDP Angola to develop the next programme with clearer and logical theories of change for each agreed outcome.
Management Response: [Added: 2014/02/28] [Last Updated: 2014/03/25]

The formulation of the 2015-2019 CPD will be closely aligned to the 7 theories of change outlined in the UNDP 2013-2017 Strategic Plan

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1. Collaborate with RBA in prep of new CPD (?15-?19)
[Added: 2014/03/25]
SMT/PROGRAMME 2014/03 Completed
1.2. Formulation of new CPD (?15-?19) linked to UNDP SP
[Added: 2014/03/25]
SMT/PROGRAMMES 2014/03 Completed
2. Recommendation: Recommendation 2. UNDP Angola needs to strengthen formal and informal means of proactive dialogue with Angolan partners at the level of decision-making, and with technical implementation staff.
Management Response: [Added: 2014/02/28] [Last Updated: 2014/03/25]

The CO will explore new areas of support in Human Rights, Elections, strengthening CSOs in the area of gender, increase work with private sector, and regularizing reporting and engagement with the Ministry of Planning on issues related to MDG reporting, data for development.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1 Support CSOs in national elections, broad-based consultations in UNPAF formulation, expansion of support to Human Rights in Angola
[Added: 2014/03/25]
GOVERNANCE UNIT 2012/08 Completed
2.2 Regularize meetings/reporting with MinPlan and expand number of partners within government
[Added: 2014/03/25]
PROGRAMME 2014/12 Completed
2.3 Strengthen partnership network with CSOs, establish CSR network with Private Sector
[Added: 2014/03/25]
POVERTY UNIT 2014/12 Completed
3. Recommendation: Recommendation 3. UNDP Angola should concentrate interventions in fewer and more strategic areas where it can add more value. It should avoid the necessity of managing projects with smaller budgets where UNDP?s contribution cannot be sustained.
Management Response: [Added: 2014/02/28] [Last Updated: 2014/03/25]

In the development of the new UNPAF and CPD RRF increase upstream advisory support initiatives that are reflective of SP IRRF

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1 Formulation of new CPD in alignment with ?13-?17 UNDP SP outcome objectives
[Added: 2014/03/25]
SMT/PROGRAMME 2014/12 Completed
3.2 Design FSE to reflect CO/UNDP planned shift to up-stream policy support
[Added: 2014/03/25]
SMT/PROGRAMME 2013/09 Completed
4. Recommendation: Recommendation 4. UNDP Angola should improve knowledge management and better communicate the results already obtained. It should reinforce the exchange of knowledge and the use of UNDP?s specialized networks to generate and promote learning that can strategically feed into timely and better informed decision-making.
Management Response: [Added: 2014/02/28] [Last Updated: 2014/03/25]

Deepen contact with MinPlan, RSC, and private sector ? and where appropriate invoke SSTC options -- in producing think-pieces, evaluations, and reports that contribute to developing a better understanding of the nature and scale of poverty and developing appropriate policy responses/actions to mitigate

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
4.1 Take leadership role in UNCT M&E Working Group
[Added: 2014/03/25] [Last Updated: 2018/02/01]
POVERTY UNIT 2015/01 Completed History
4.2 Contribute to design of national census to ensure development data collected
[Added: 2014/03/25]
POVERTY UNIT 2014/05 Completed
4.3 Enhanced SSTC and work with RSC in emerging programming areas of environment, democratic governance, and human rights
[Added: 2014/03/25] [Last Updated: 2018/02/01]
PROGRAMME 2014/12 Completed History
5. Recommendation: Recommendation 5. UNDP Angola needs to improve efficiency in operations and should invest in an added-value flow analysis of existing operations processes, which are not adequately understood by some staff in programme and operations.
Management Response: [Added: 2014/02/28] [Last Updated: 2014/03/25]

As part of the CO Management Audit preparations and office review of internal control framework and business process issues to be re-visited to locate areas for increased efficiency

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
5.1 Procure better banking service provider
[Added: 2014/03/25]
PROCUREMENT UNIT 2013/12 Completed
5.2 Hands one on one training of staff through review of all unit processes and filed documentation
[Added: 2014/03/25]
OPERATON & PROGRAMME 2013/12 Completed
5.3 Review of business processes
[Added: 2014/03/25]
OPERATIONS 2013/12 Completed
6. Recommendation: Recommendation 6. UNDP Angola needs to improve programme efficiency to avoid delays and promote better articulation and communication between operations and programme units and between UNDP and stakeholders.
Management Response: [Added: 2014/02/28] [Last Updated: 2014/03/25]

POWG meetings and office training sessions dedicated to greater compliance with POPP guidelines and recruiting a QA focal point between programmes and operation will be pursued.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
6.1 Prog/Operations meetings/discussion on topics noted as grey areas of knowledge
[Added: 2014/03/25] [Last Updated: 2014/03/26]
PROGRAMME &OPERATIONS 2013/12 Completed
6.2 Programme quality control focal point recruited
[Added: 2014/03/25]
PROGRAMME 2013/08 Completed
7. Recommendation: Recommendation 7. In coordination with the Regional Bureau for Africa, the country office should examine ways of improving inter-agency efforts, learning from what has worked well elsewhere in the region, to strengthen coordination of the United Nations System.
Management Response: [Added: 2014/02/28] [Last Updated: 2014/03/25]

Working the through the UNCT Programme Management Group (Chaired by UNDP) and in close cooperation with the RCO and RSC there will be and emphasis placed on enhancing programmatic coordination and cooperation in the preparations for the national MDG+15 consultations, UNPAF development, response to DRR, and the development of GEF proposals

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNCT collaboration on MDG+15
[Added: 2014/03/25]
SMT/PROGRAMMES 2013/09 Completed
7.2 Consultations and UNPAF preparations
[Added: 2014/03/25]
UNCT 2013/12 Completed
7.3 RSC collaboration on GEF IV, V, and LCDF projects
[Added: 2014/03/25]
ENVIRONMENT 2014/07 Completed LDCF on-going

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