Final evaluation of the project "Social Inclusion through Leadership Skills for Disabled Women in Turkmenistan

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Evaluation Plan:
2010-2015, Turkmenistan
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
09/2015
Completion Date:
09/2015
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
9,955

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Title Final evaluation of the project "Social Inclusion through Leadership Skills for Disabled Women in Turkmenistan
Atlas Project Number: 00088849
Evaluation Plan: 2010-2015, Turkmenistan
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 09/2015
Planned End Date: 09/2015
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
  • 1. Output 3.2. Functions, financing and capacity of sub-national level institutions enabled to deliver improved basic services and respond to priorities voiced by the public
Evaluation Budget(US $): 9,955
Source of Funding: UNDP, UNDEF
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 9,955
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders:
Countries: TURKMENISTAN
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1 Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 1: Support the Government with developing of the National Disability Strategy. Given the complexity of disability policy agenda and strong experience of UN system in implementing UN as One Programs, it may be beneficial to establish a high level Advisory Board with representation from lead Government ministries and agencies, UN agencies and other donors to provide strategic guidance at the critical milestones of the National Disability Strategy development. Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 1: Support the Government with developing of the National Disability Strategy. Given the complexity of disability policy agenda and strong experience of UN system in implementing UN as One Programs, it may be beneficial to establish a high level Advisory Board with representation from lead Government ministries and agencies, UN agencies and other donors to provide strategic guidance at the critical milestones of the National Disability Strategy development.
2 Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 2: Examine the barriers and opportunities faced by individuals of ALL disability groups and support building mechanism for regular dialogue of PWDs with the Government. Over the last ten years UNDP has collaborated extensively with DBST that actively promotes the interests of visually and hearing impaired individuals that constitute only a segment of all PWDs. The accurate data on disability is needed not only to capture the real situation in the country but also to assess the real impact of the Government actions advancing human rights of PWDs at the household and individual level.
3 Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 3: Implement a range of broad awareness raising campaigns and targeted public servants disability trainings, in partnership with main line ministries. Changes in public attitudes are necessary to advancing the inclusion of PWDs. The right policies and strategies can be adopted but people?s beliefs about individuals with disabilities determine how they are treated in all aspects of their lives. If the public has charity views of disability and believes that PWDs are incapable of full participation in society, these attitudes shape the processes of PWDs? inclusion in society. The consultant strongly recommends implementing diverse awareness-raising campaigns at the national and local levels to reinforce the positive image of PWDs as holders of all the human rights and to break down cultural barriers and prejudices against persons with disabilities. The media should be encouraged and trained to portray PWDs from the perspective of social and human rights model of disability.
4 Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 4: Collaborate with the architects to develop/enforce accessibility standards.
5 Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 5: Mainstream disability into UNDP operations, where possible. Disability-related issues should be considered when designing all UNDP projects and programs. This can be done by engaging PWDs in the project design phase, the design of specific interventions, and/or implementing a quota for beneficiaries who are PWDs in each project.
6 Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 6: Strengthen focus on outcome and impact in any disability-focused Projects.
1. Recommendation: Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 1: Support the Government with developing of the National Disability Strategy. Given the complexity of disability policy agenda and strong experience of UN system in implementing UN as One Programs, it may be beneficial to establish a high level Advisory Board with representation from lead Government ministries and agencies, UN agencies and other donors to provide strategic guidance at the critical milestones of the National Disability Strategy development. Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 1: Support the Government with developing of the National Disability Strategy. Given the complexity of disability policy agenda and strong experience of UN system in implementing UN as One Programs, it may be beneficial to establish a high level Advisory Board with representation from lead Government ministries and agencies, UN agencies and other donors to provide strategic guidance at the critical milestones of the National Disability Strategy development.
Management Response: [Added: 2015/10/30]

UNDP will support the Government of Turkmenistan to develop the National Disability Strategy to advance human rights of people with disabilities and ensure compliance with UN CRPD

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1. Identify key national ministries and entities who will be engaged into the dialogue on development of the Disability Strategy
[Added: 2015/10/30] [Last Updated: 2017/05/01]
UNDP, DG portfolio 2017/03 Completed Parliament of Turkmenistan, NIDHR, Ministry of Labour and Social protection, Ministry of Healthcare, State Statistics Committee Ministry of Education, Ministry of Construction and public disability organization is suggested to be involved in dialogue. National Action Plan on Disability was adopted in Jan 2016. History
1.2. Establish Advisory Board represented by government ministries and agencies, UN agencies and other donors to provide strategic guidance on development and implementation of Disability strategy
[Added: 2015/10/30] [Last Updated: 2016/12/20]
UNDP, DG portfolio 2016/12 Completed Advisory Board consisting representatives from key government agencies as well as UN agencies were established to discuss the possibilities of developing Disability Strategy for the county. History
1.3. Initiate dialogue with the identified national partners: Share international best practices, arrange discussion Forum, develop Plan of Action
[Added: 2015/10/30] [Last Updated: 2016/12/20]
UNDP, DG portfolio 2016/07 Completed In the framework of the current disability project with DBST, 2 National Forums were conducted with representatives of key stakeholders from government and public organizations and dialogue was initiated regarding provision of vocational training and employment opportunities for PWDs, international best practices were shared with participants and follow-up actions were discussed. History
1.4. Development of the project document focusing on the national strategy in the area of disability
[Added: 2015/10/30] [Last Updated: 2016/12/20]
UNDP, DG portfolio, project staff 2016/06 Completed UNDP in consultation with UNCT is planning to develop a joint project in the area of disability. First round of discussions were held in 2016, the draft project proposal will be developed in early 2017. History
2. Recommendation: Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 2: Examine the barriers and opportunities faced by individuals of ALL disability groups and support building mechanism for regular dialogue of PWDs with the Government. Over the last ten years UNDP has collaborated extensively with DBST that actively promotes the interests of visually and hearing impaired individuals that constitute only a segment of all PWDs. The accurate data on disability is needed not only to capture the real situation in the country but also to assess the real impact of the Government actions advancing human rights of PWDs at the household and individual level.
Management Response: [Added: 2015/10/30]

UNDP can support the government to establish a mechanism for disability data collection and analysis to identify the real situation of PWDs in the country and identify educational needs of people with disabilities on different professions and ways to train them in different vocational training institutions of sector ministries.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1. Connect PWDS with government ministries and agencies to air out their rights and needs
[Added: 2015/10/30] [Last Updated: 2017/01/13]
UNDP, DBST, other national partners 2016/12 Completed History
2.2. Capacity building of government officials to be aware of barriers and challenges that PWDS often face
[Added: 2015/10/30] [Last Updated: 2016/12/20]
UNDP, UNCT 2016/10 Completed In a recent workshop organized in the framework of human right project of UNDP, representatives from key government agencies like Parliament of Turkmenistan, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Labour , Institute for Democracy and Human rights under President of Turkmenistan were updated regarding challenges and difficulties PWDs face in terms of their social inclusion, training and employment opportunities. History
2.3. Conduct needs assessment among PWDs to identify their demand for different professions and possibility of their inclusion to different vocational training institutions capabilities for With the help of the DBST to conduct
[Added: 2015/10/30] [Last Updated: 2017/01/13]
Democratic Governance Portfolio, Project management 2017/01 Completed History
2.4. Build working relationship with training institutions of sector ministries to expand training opportunities for PWDs
[Added: 2015/10/30] [Last Updated: 2017/05/01]
UNDP, DBST and other NGOs, sector ministries 2017/01 Completed Good working relations were established with Ministry of Textile. Currently 10 girls with hearing impairments study at Textile college for the profession of tailor. History
2.5. Pilot enrollment of PWDs in vocational training programs of different sector ministries
[Added: 2015/10/30] [Last Updated: 2017/05/01]
UNDP, DBST and other NGOs, sector ministries 2017/01 Completed 10 girls with hearing impairment were enrolled at 10 month courses at Textile college in Sep 2016-June 2017. History
3. Recommendation: Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 3: Implement a range of broad awareness raising campaigns and targeted public servants disability trainings, in partnership with main line ministries. Changes in public attitudes are necessary to advancing the inclusion of PWDs. The right policies and strategies can be adopted but people?s beliefs about individuals with disabilities determine how they are treated in all aspects of their lives. If the public has charity views of disability and believes that PWDs are incapable of full participation in society, these attitudes shape the processes of PWDs? inclusion in society. The consultant strongly recommends implementing diverse awareness-raising campaigns at the national and local levels to reinforce the positive image of PWDs as holders of all the human rights and to break down cultural barriers and prejudices against persons with disabilities. The media should be encouraged and trained to portray PWDs from the perspective of social and human rights model of disability.
Management Response: [Added: 2015/10/30]

During the next CPD in partnership with government, relevant national partners and NGOs to develop broad public awareness activities on disability issues

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1. Conduct regular sport, debate and other interactive activities with involvement of PWDs and public organizations
[Added: 2015/10/30] [Last Updated: 2017/09/18]
UNDP, UNCT, NGOs and other public organizations, government agencies 2017/07 Completed History
3.2. Support celebration of disability day by conducting different activities with and for PWDs with greater capture of public
[Added: 2015/10/30] [Last Updated: 2017/09/18]
UNDP, UNCT, NGOs and other public organizations, government agencies 2017/07 Completed History
3.3 Capacity development of line ministries and central agencies in disability and training on training on UN CRPD and state obligations and how to mainstream disability into ministry policies and programs
[Added: 2015/10/30] [Last Updated: 2017/05/01]
UNDP, UNCT 2017/01 Completed History
3.3. Produce different brochures, pamphlets and other information materials on the issue of PWDs, CRPD, etc. and disseminate that materials through different channels
[Added: 2015/10/30] [Last Updated: 2017/05/01]
UNDP, UNCT, NGOs 2017/03 Completed Within the framework of DBS project 200 copies of brochures, pamphlets and other information materials were published and distributed among public and NGOs. History
3.4. In collaboration with national partners implement public awareness campaigns in media and TV
[Added: 2015/10/30] [Last Updated: 2017/05/01]
UNDP, UNCT, NGOs 2017/01 Completed History
4. Recommendation: Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 4: Collaborate with the architects to develop/enforce accessibility standards.
Management Response: [Added: 2015/10/30]

UNDP is implementing a Project Improving Energy Efficiency in the Residential Buildings Sector of Turkmenistan. Through this Project at least 50 architects and/or engineers have been trained on energy efficient building reconstruction. As UNDP established good relations with the architects, it may beneficial to explore a possibility of implementing a joint Project focusing on developing and enforcing accessibility standards, at least in the area of construction.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Support government in developing minimum standards of access by PWDs to all buildings at the time they were being built and during major renovations
[Added: 2015/10/30] [Last Updated: 2017/09/19]
UNDP, national partners 2017/12 Completed In the framework of the project recommendations were provided to the Government to use minimum standards of accessibility for PWDs in all newly constructed buildings and major building renovations. Government is eager to use these standards in future construction projects. Furthermore, in the spring of 2017 by the order of the President of the country, construction of residential buildings for PWDs were started in Ashgabat and in all regional cities which will have all accessibility standards for PWDs. History
Include activities into on-going projects that will focus on overseeing and evaluating compliance with buildings? accessibility by PWDs
[Added: 2015/10/30] [Last Updated: 2017/09/19]
UNDP, Ministry of Construction 2017/12 Completed PWD issues are included to all on-going UNDP projects whether it is related with PWDs participation in different activities or compliance with standards related with PWD access. History
5. Recommendation: Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 5: Mainstream disability into UNDP operations, where possible. Disability-related issues should be considered when designing all UNDP projects and programs. This can be done by engaging PWDs in the project design phase, the design of specific interventions, and/or implementing a quota for beneficiaries who are PWDs in each project.
Management Response: [Added: 2015/10/30]

During implementation of new CPD (2015-2020) promote disability issues in all on-going and newly designed projects

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
5.1. Conduct disability awareness training for staff of UNDP and UNCT
[Added: 2015/10/30]
UNDP, UNCT 2015/03 Completed
5.2. Require projects to include disability related issues where possible and needed in developing work plan
[Added: 2015/10/30] [Last Updated: 2016/12/20]
UNDP, national partners 2016/06 Completed Recently, UNDP jointly with DBST submitted project proposal to potential donors from China. The aim of the project will be to improve training production enterprises of the DBST that will enable to improve professional skills and relevantly employment opportunities of PWDs. History
6. Recommendation: Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 6: Strengthen focus on outcome and impact in any disability-focused Projects.
Management Response: [Added: 2015/10/30]

The outcomes and impacts of Projects supporting PWDs may be difficult to measure as some changes occur at the levels of mindsets, resilience, self-confidence, and beliefs. It is advisable to be creative and innovative and expand the currently used objectively verifiable indicators to collect evidence pertaining to results

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
6.1. Define outputs, activities, results and indicators for projects in measurable terms
[Added: 2015/10/30] [Last Updated: 2016/12/20]
UNDP projects 2016/11 Completed History
6.2. Conduct regular survey of beneficiaries and partners to capture the impact at the levels of ultimate beneficiaries
[Added: 2015/10/30] [Last Updated: 2016/12/20]
UNDP projects 2016/10 Completed In the frameworjk of the current UNDP project with DBST survey was conducted among people with disabilities to find out most demanded professions among PWDs. As a result of the survey key professions desired by PWDs were identified and it was presented at the National Forum with participation of key stakeholders from government and public organizations. History

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