Final evaluation of UN Joint Programme for Gender Equality and Women's empowerment

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Evaluation Plan:
2011-2015, Uganda
Evaluation Type:
Outcome
Planned End Date:
06/2015
Completion Date:
06/2015
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
40,000
Executive Summary The United Nations Joint Programme for Gender Equality (UNJPGE) was a five-year programme (2010-2014) funded through a GBP 12,927,611 grant from the Department for International Development (DFID), under UK Aid1. Eight UN agencies participated in the programme (known as Participating UN Agencies (PUNOs))2. The UNJPGE was implemented at national and district level. Ten districts received programme interventions including: Gulu, Lira, Nebbi, Masaka, Mbarara, Pallisa, Moroto, Kween, Kaabong, and Kitgum. The programme intended to achieve gender equality in access to and use of services and opportunities in Uganda through delivering five outcomes. Outcome 1 sought to strengthen government capacity for gender-responsive planning, budgeting and programme management, while Outcome 2 was aiming at improving access to legal, health and psychosocial services by SGBV survivors. Outcome 3 was to increase school participation, completion and achievement rates of girls in primary education. Outcome 4 was focused on increasing capacity of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to advocate and demand accountability from government for delivery on gender responsive laws, policies and strategies. Lastly, Outcome 5 was to result in UN partners delivering effective, strategic and efficient support for gender-responsive governance. Outcomes 1 to 4 were funded through the DFID committed funds while Outcome 5 was financed by PUNOs. Overall, the UNJPGE scores a B. Despite a myriad of challenges, the programme managed to achieve results that have the potential for delivering more gender-responsive government programmes. However, these results need to be consolidated by: a) building capacity for implementation; and b) accountability and oversight for performance. Without this support the risk for reversal of gains is very high. The momentum on gender created within government needs to be utilized to facilitate changes that are still required to advance the gender agenda. 1.1 Lessons Learnt Many lessons can be distilled from UNJPGE implementation. The lessons have been organised around the following: 1) Mainstreaming gender responsive planning, budgeting and service delivery in government; 2) Establishing a multi-sectoral approach to providing GBV services to survivors 3) Girls Education; 4) Engagement of government by CSOs on GEWE commitments; and 5) The UN delivering as one on Gender.

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Title Final evaluation of UN Joint Programme for Gender Equality and Women's empowerment
Atlas Project Number: 00059780
Evaluation Plan: 2011-2015, Uganda
Evaluation Type: Outcome
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 06/2015
Planned End Date: 06/2015
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Gender
  • 2. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
  • 1. Output 3.3. National institutions, systems, laws and policies strengthened for equitable, accountable and effective delivery of HIV and related services
SDG Goal
  • Goal 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  • Goal 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
SDG Target
  • 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
  • 1.b Create sound policy frameworks at the national, regional and international levels, based on pro-poor and gender-sensitive development strategies, to support accelerated investment in poverty eradication actions
  • 5.5 Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life
Evaluation Budget(US $): 40,000
Source of Funding: UNWomen
Joint Programme: Yes
Joint Evaluation: Yes
  • Joint with UN agencies
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders:
Countries: UGANDA
Comments:

Programme end date was extended to end 2015 with receipt of additional funding.

Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1 Engage all stakeholders early in the design of the programme and ensure design is informed by a robust understanding of the problem and underlying causes.
2 Select thematic areas that provide the best value for money
3 Geographic scope should not be too wide to undermine depth of support
4 Human rights based approaches should be mainstreamed in the design
1. Recommendation: Engage all stakeholders early in the design of the programme and ensure design is informed by a robust understanding of the problem and underlying causes.
Management Response: [Added: 2015/07/28]

Recommendation noted and wider stakeholder engagement is emphasised in programme formulation

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Stakeholder consultations in CPD design
[Added: 2015/07/28]
CD/ACD 2015/06 Completed
2. Recommendation: Select thematic areas that provide the best value for money
Management Response: [Added: 2015/07/28]

Recommendation accepted. For future joint programmes this will be considered

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Thematic areas and partnerships have been carefully selected in the new CPD
[Added: 2015/07/28]
2016/06 Completed
3. Recommendation: Geographic scope should not be too wide to undermine depth of support
Management Response: [Added: 2015/07/28]

This has been noted and in the CPD 2016-2016, geographical focus for UNDP programme has been narrowed done to Northern and N. Eastern Uganda

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Selection of smaller geographical area for Implementation
[Added: 2015/07/28]
ACD 2015/06 Completed New CPD geographical focus on Northern and Eastern Uganda
4. Recommendation: Human rights based approaches should be mainstreamed in the design
Management Response: [Added: 2015/07/28]

This Human rights and gender approaches have already been mainstreamed in all interventions in the new CPD 2016-2010.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Integrate HRBA in new programming and projects
[Added: 2015/07/28] [Last Updated: 2015/09/03]
Programme Team Leaders 2015/06 Completed HRBA has been integrated in new CPD

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