Final evaluation of UN Joint Programme on HIV and AIDS

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Evaluation Plan:
2011-2015, Uganda
Evaluation Type:
Outcome
Planned End Date:
12/2014
Completion Date:
11/2014
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
40,000
SUMMARY In 2007, the UN in Uganda responded to the UN reform to improve its effectiveness, relevance and coordination to position UN as a strategic partner to the national AIDS response. Hence the Joint United Nations Programme of Support on AIDS (JUPSA) was established in 2007-2012 and a Joint UN Team on AIDS set up to oversee and monitor its implementation. JUPSA was aligned to UNDAF 2010-2014; The National Development Plan (2011-2014); The National HIV Strategic Plan (2011/12-2014/15) and to priority areas in the UNAIDS vision on getting to Zero New Infections, Zero AIDS-related Deaths and Zero Discrimination. JUPSA provides upstream support; it is a coordination mechanism for UN agencies to support HIV and AIDS interventions, and hence JUPSA is not a direct implementer. The overall objective of the evaluation was to undertake an in-depth analysis of the JUPSA Programme in order to generate comprehensive and specific evaluation feedback on the implementation of the Programme. The evaluation findings informed priorities for the January ? December 2015 Bridging Work Plan. LESSONS LEARNT I. The JUPSA model facilitated scaling up the resource envelope through pooling of funds and employing a coordinated approach to the HIV and AIDS response; thus minimises duplication of interventions and increases efficiency as well as effectiveness. II. The re-engagement of parliament, political, religious and cultural leadership yields stronger political will and better results. III. The establishment of the JSC that involves the government, private sector, the UN, development partners and PLHIV fosters national ownership of the JUPSA and collaboration for its delivery. IV. Limited involvement of the government at district level in the initial planning processes of JUPSA interventions leads to limited ownership of the programs, hence may limit its sustainability. V. Delays experienced by the UN system; followed by delays from government and other implementing partners system creates ?multiple delays? which is not desirable.

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Title Final evaluation of UN Joint Programme on HIV and AIDS
Atlas Project Number:
Evaluation Plan: 2011-2015, Uganda
Evaluation Type: Outcome
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 11/2014
Planned End Date: 12/2014
Management Response: Yes
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
Evaluation Budget(US $): 40,000
Source of Funding: HIV JP UN agencies
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: Yes
  • Joint with UNDP;UNAIDS;WHO;ILO
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Provide and Equip Limited Firm www.provide-equip.com UGANDA
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: AMICAALL;Uganda Aids Commission;UNASO; Ministry of Health; MoH, Ministry of Gender ;
Countries: UGANDA
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1 Strengthen stakeholder engagement and coordination Districts need to be involved at all levels of planning processes to ensure smooth service delivery, ownership and sustainability. Improve coordination and information sharing within IPs and other key stakeholders and provide feedback on evaluation results to consulted stakeholders and strengthen the linkages between the ministries and district actors in terms of communication, support supervision and technical guidance.
2 Improve accountability and transparency among stakeholders There is need for ADPs to collectively review funds given to stakeholders in form of transport refunds and sitting allowances of stakeholders in order to address responsiveness and accountability issues.
3 Strengthen and improve JUPSA coordination and functioning Re-brand and improve JUPSA visibility. Articulate JUPSA role, accomplishments and value addition in work plans and reports at all levels. Put in place a communication strategy to enhance the visibility of JUPSA. Increase the participation of ADPs in JUPSA implementation, monitoring and evaluation so as to appreciate JUPSA scope and functions better. JUPSA should consider moving from focusing at the national level to the sub-national level and create a niche there.
4 Strengthen JUPSA M&E Ensure consistent and systematic tracking of JUPSA performance indicators and include them in eMIS. Documented and share best practices from other countries. Enhance the capacity of PUNOs as well as IPs in M&E to ensure regular tracking of implementation and evaluation of the programme. Instutionalise regular review meetings between UN TWGs and IPs to review implementation progress, challenges, and lessons learned and best practices. Use IP quarterly reports to address the issue of different reporting cycles among the UN, ADPs and government institutions.
5 To include gender mainstreaming with elements line collecting sex‐disaggregated data; identifying gaps through gender analysis and consultations with both women and men; and raising awareness about gaps through policy dialogue and advocacy
6 Maintain the sustainability interventions Continue working through existing government, cultural and religious structures and strengthen their capacity to provide quality HIV and AIDS services. Develop a clear and sustainable exit plan
1. Recommendation: Strengthen stakeholder engagement and coordination Districts need to be involved at all levels of planning processes to ensure smooth service delivery, ownership and sustainability. Improve coordination and information sharing within IPs and other key stakeholders and provide feedback on evaluation results to consulted stakeholders and strengthen the linkages between the ministries and district actors in terms of communication, support supervision and technical guidance.
Management Response: [Added: 2015/07/29]

Management agrees with recommendation. Stakeholder engagement is taken as key with particular focus on Urban Local governments

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Involve Urban Local Governments in all planning processes for service delivery, ownership and sustainability. Improve coordination and information sharing with IPS and other stakeholders:
[Added: 2015/07/29]
JUPSA focal point 2015/06 Completed
2. Recommendation: Improve accountability and transparency among stakeholders There is need for ADPs to collectively review funds given to stakeholders in form of transport refunds and sitting allowances of stakeholders in order to address responsiveness and accountability issues.
Management Response: [Added: 2015/07/29]

Management agrees with comment and will review recommendation with ADP to come up with common position

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Partner with other ADPs to collectively review funds for transport refund and other allowances. UNDP IP audited to ensure accountability issues are addressed
[Added: 2015/07/29]
JUPSA focal point 2015/04 Completed
UNDP interventions in the JP are focused at subnational level, in urban LGs.
[Added: 2015/07/29]
IP and JUPSA focal point 2014/12 Completed UNDP Implementation targeting Local government urban councils
3. Recommendation: Strengthen and improve JUPSA coordination and functioning Re-brand and improve JUPSA visibility. Articulate JUPSA role, accomplishments and value addition in work plans and reports at all levels. Put in place a communication strategy to enhance the visibility of JUPSA. Increase the participation of ADPs in JUPSA implementation, monitoring and evaluation so as to appreciate JUPSA scope and functions better. JUPSA should consider moving from focusing at the national level to the sub-national level and create a niche there.
Management Response: [Added: 2015/07/29]

Recommendation is noted. Visibility will be a focus in remaining period and Joint M&E activities will be implemented

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Increase JUPSA visibility with UNDP partners. Ensure partners include visibility in project implementation
[Added: 2015/07/29]
JUPSA Focal point 2014/12 Completed
UNDP interventions in the JP are focused at subnational level, in urban LGs.
[Added: 2015/07/29]
2014/12 Completed
4. Recommendation: Strengthen JUPSA M&E Ensure consistent and systematic tracking of JUPSA performance indicators and include them in eMIS. Documented and share best practices from other countries. Enhance the capacity of PUNOs as well as IPs in M&E to ensure regular tracking of implementation and evaluation of the programme. Instutionalise regular review meetings between UN TWGs and IPs to review implementation progress, challenges, and lessons learned and best practices. Use IP quarterly reports to address the issue of different reporting cycles among the UN, ADPs and government institutions.
Management Response: [Added: 2015/07/29]

Recommendation is noted. UNDP will ensure Tracking of JUPSA indicator performance and continue reporting in UN TWG, and ensire harmonized reporting

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Continue tracking JUPSA performance indicators in eMIS; Ensure IPs Participate in UN TWGs
[Added: 2015/07/29]
JUPSA FOCAL POINT 2016/09 Completed
5. Recommendation: To include gender mainstreaming with elements line collecting sex‐disaggregated data; identifying gaps through gender analysis and consultations with both women and men; and raising awareness about gaps through policy dialogue and advocacy
Management Response: [Added: 2015/07/29]

This recommendation is agreed to and gender disaggregation will be focused on

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Ensure reports have Gender disaggregated data in reports and advocacy activities
[Added: 2015/07/29] [Last Updated: 2016/02/23]
JUPSA focal pint 2015/09 Completed reports are Gender Segregated
6. Recommendation: Maintain the sustainability interventions Continue working through existing government, cultural and religious structures and strengthen their capacity to provide quality HIV and AIDS services. Develop a clear and sustainable exit plan
Management Response: [Added: 2015/07/29]

Management agrees with Evaluation team and will include sustainability interventions in programme

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Develop exit and sustainability plan for IP; A Resource mobilization done by IPs
[Added: 2015/07/29]
JUPSA focal point 2015/09 Overdue-Initiated AMICAALL conducted fundraising campaign 27 July 2015 that raised resources for IP activities.

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