Youth Employment Programme (YEP) - MTE

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Evaluation Plan:
2013-2017, Samoa
Evaluation Type:
Mid Term Project
Planned End Date:
10/2017
Completion Date:
11/2017
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
20,000

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Title Youth Employment Programme (YEP) - MTE
Atlas Project Number: 00087395
Evaluation Plan: 2013-2017, Samoa
Evaluation Type: Mid Term Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 11/2017
Planned End Date: 10/2017
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
  • 1. Output 1.1. National and sub-national systems and institutions enabled to achieve structural transformation of productive capacities that are sustainable and employment - and livelihoods- intensive
SDG Goal
  • Goal 16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
  • Goal 8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
SDG Target
  • 16.7 Ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels
  • 8.6 By 2020, substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training
Evaluation Budget(US $): 20,000
Source of Funding:
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 17,820
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: Yes
  • Joint with ILO, UNV, UNESCO, FAO, IFAD
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Stephen Chipika Mr schipika@gmail.com
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: GoS, CSOs, NGOs
Countries: SAMOA
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 1: YEP to be extended by a minimum of one year to enable a proper winding down of the current programme phase; enabling adequate time to design the follow up phase of the programme.

2

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 2: The present YEP PMU ought to be turned into a Technical Assistance Team (TAT), with all key staffing gaps filled, which include senior economic empowerment officer.

3

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 3: Review YEP design so it fits into the current scheme of things, linking up with the national policy development processes, especially the current National Youth Policy (2016 – 2020), refocusing the actions, more upstream, use of downstream effort to feed into scaled up engagement up-stream. The future YEP design must also be planned on the basis of more realistic financial resource planning, ensuring correlation between the actions and available financial resource envelope.

4

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 4: Policy advocacy and key issues of financial inclusion need to be prioritised in the design and institutional implementation arrangements, with clearer policy level targets and indicators defined in the logframe. There is also need for capacitating the monitoring and evaluation component of the YEP, at the MWCSD, ensuring a result based M & E system. Consideration was needed for short-term external expertise to nurture and mentor in-house human resource capacity. It is noted that efforts towards this in the form of UNDP technical advisers and UNVs, have been provided to the MWCSD. A UNV from Japan to support YEP activities in Savaii was due to start at the end of October 2017. UNDP’s regional technical adviser, operating from its regional sub-office in Fiji, also acted as Chief Technical Adviser (CTA) for the project and provided substantive technical inputs to the project. Going forward, the technical support needs to be continued, and possibly scaled up.

5

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 5: The role of the UNRC in ensuring visibility of the YEP at high policy level also needs to be strengthened and consolidated to ensure sustained government buy-in at the highest decision-making structures, namely the Executive and other arms of the state such as the Legislature and Cabinet and Local Government.

6

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 6: There are opportunities for the UN to provide more substantial technical assistance (TA), in the medium and long term. The MTE recommends that the UN and cooperating partners adopt more robust financing strategies for the YEP, innovative and sustainable approaches that should feed into the next YEP design.  The mechanisms can incorporate the PPPs which the YEP had already begun to explore in many of its components and sub-components; 

7

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 7: The National Youth Volunteer Service Scheme – UN/MWCSD ensures current efforts feed into a sustainable youth employment and empowerment mechanism, nationally owned, beyond the YEP funded phase;

8

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 8: There is need for the UN and MWCSD to firm up the institutional and organisational structure of the SBI and small business development initiative, with the understanding that the MWCSD has as its mandate a focus on social development; whilst MCIL for example, has a focus on productive enterprises;

9

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 9: There is need for clearer implementation, coordination and monitoring of and evaluation arrangements, with improved accountability

10

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 10: The UN and development partners needed to make concerted effort to capacitate the Samoan National Youth Council to become a more vibrant organisation, with better human resources capacity and skills and better funding base to tackle youth development issues, including youth unemployment. This capacity is needed at the operational and technical as well as at the strategic and policy level.

11

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 11: Savaii Cocoa – Climate Change and Disaster Resilience – There is need for more synergised approach between YEP stakeholders, namely, UNDP and FAO inputs to the value chain development, both hardware and software skills, technical and marketing capacity development, drawing upon lessons learnt in the current development phase; and with involvement of local private sector champions and promoters, other key partners such as SBEC, CoC and MCIL.

12

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 12: Farm to Table – A value chain approach to organic farming – This has been funded by the UNDP SDGs Trust Fund for 18 months duration. The intervention needs to be more closely supervised by the YEP PMU, to ensure its full integration into the policy, legislative and M&E frameworks under the MWCSD. This will ensure its sustainability and scalability beyond the lifetime of the project

1. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 1: YEP to be extended by a minimum of one year to enable a proper winding down of the current programme phase; enabling adequate time to design the follow up phase of the programme.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/19]

Management Response: UNDP agrees with the recommendation and has extended the project to end December 2018, noting that the MWCSD had requested a 4-year extension of the IUNYEP. Currently, awaiting a formal endorsement of this request from the Ministry of Finance to UNDP.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1. Evaluate the needs of programme for extension a. As per request received from MWCSD on 6/11/17 to allow more time for the project to achieve its objectives. b. Spot check on MWCSD being undertaken from 4-5 Dec., 2017.
[Added: 2017/12/19] [Last Updated: 2017/12/20]
UNDP Governance & Poverty Reduction Unit (GPRU) & MWCSD Economic Development Division. 2017/12 Completed History
1.2. Identify steps for wind down phase
[Added: 2017/12/19] [Last Updated: 2018/10/22]
UNDP Governance & Poverty Reduction Unit (GPRU) & MWCSD Economic Development Division. 2018/10 Completed Final YEP APR and Terminal Report being prepared by the project Manager in time for tabling at the last YEP Partner Agency's meeting during week of 5th November 2018, as well as the last National Community Sector Steering Committee (which is the de facto YEP Project Board) in November. FACE Forms for Quarter 3 and 4 being followed-up with the Ministry of Finance. Programme Associate and PO will ensure that at least 80% of budgets are committed before December 2018. TOR and advertisement for YEP Terminal Evaluation Consultant being drafted. Ad to be placed on UN Job Site by December 2018. (Note; TE to be completed by June 2019). History
2. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 2: The present YEP PMU ought to be turned into a Technical Assistance Team (TAT), with all key staffing gaps filled, which include senior economic empowerment officer.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/19] [Last Updated: 2018/10/21]

Management Response: UNDP agrees that this structure might fit better into the new organizational configuration of the MWCSD.

 

The recruitment of the senior economic empowerment officer is pending in UNDP and will be prioritized in the new year (extended period with new TRAC allocation from UNDP). The MWCSD also supports the recommendations and will look at also recruiting a Principal Social Entrepreneurship Officer, to take over the position of M & E Specialist which has been redirected to the Division for Research, Information Analysis, Policy and Communication

 

As at 22 October 2018. A Principle Private Sector Engagement Officer was hired by the MWCSD under the YEP P,MU, as well as a M&E Officer. These 2 Officers supported the Project Manager in expanding the partnerships with the private scetor particulalrly in the Internship progrmame where an 80% rate of retention of the Interns with the private compnay they interned with, was seen. More companies had to be sourced to be hosts of the Interns. However a senior economist was not engaged due to limited resources. UNDP's TRAC funds for 2018 were reduced globally therefore, this greatly impacted the AWP for YEP. Only activities funded by other sources such as EWACC, SDGs Trustb Fund for Farm to Table, FAO Fruit Tree project, etc., were carried out. UNDP's regional Inclusive Growth resources however, were successfully leveraged for activities such as the transport for EWACC grant recipients, M&E for Savaii Koko initiative and internship programme.  By mid 2018 however the M&E Officer left the team. This recommendation is hampered by the low availability of funds and finding the right candidates for the job.

 

 

 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1. All key staffing gaps filled a. Hire senior economic empowerment officer. b. Hire Principal Social Entrepreneurship Officer c. Identify other staffing gaps d. Hire staff to fill gaps
[Added: 2017/12/19] [Last Updated: 2018/10/22]
UNDP GPRU & MWCSD 2018/06 Completed All recruitment depend on funds availability. A Social Entrepreneur Specialist was hired by UNDP under a separate project but who was able to assist the MWCSD and YEP to develop a concept note on the economic empowerment of vulnerable women, which contributed to the study undertaken later by the regional economist. History
3. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 3: Review YEP design so it fits into the current scheme of things, linking up with the national policy development processes, especially the current National Youth Policy (2016 – 2020), refocusing the actions, more upstream, use of downstream effort to feed into scaled up engagement up-stream. The future YEP design must also be planned on the basis of more realistic financial resource planning, ensuring correlation between the actions and available financial resource envelope.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/19] [Last Updated: 2018/10/21]

Management Response: UNDP accepts this recommendation for a second phase of the IUNYEP but a 1-year extension of the project will not allow sufficient time to make an effective change to the approach as per MTE. This is particularly true, for example in relation to the National Youth Policy (2016-2020).  The MWCSD has reported that work on finalizing the National Youth Policy will be completed in 2018.  Much of the draft National Youth Policy had been addressed in the IUNYEP design Phase 1, and MWCSD supports continuing to do so as recommended in the proposed 4-year extension of the project and hase II planning to be more realistic to ensure that outcomes are achievable for the given timeframe.

 

As at 22 October 2018:  UNDP's regional ecobnomist had completed a 2-week scoping mission to Samoa from 16-27 July 2018. The next phase of rhe YEP is premised on his followig recommendations::  

  • Through the existing YEP programme, trust and effective working relationships have been developed with a range of key employers, including developing a detailed understanding of what they are looking for in employees. At the same time, through the relationships developed with young participants, the programme has developed understanding of existing skills and aspirations, especially amongst the most vulnerable and marginalized young people.
  • This understanding of both the supply side of the labour market (potential employees) and the demand side (potential employers), positions the project well to play a very valuable role in facilitating labour market functioning to improve young people’s employment prospects. Partly this would involve improving matching between employers and employees, for example through improvements to the online E-Youth Hub system. But it would also involve more pro-active support to bridge the gap between supply and demand, for example through provision of targeted training opportunities, or continuation of the internship programme which effectively ‘de-risks’ hiring by creating an extended, subsidised probationary period which encourages employers to take chances hiring marginalised young people that they otherwise would not.
  • This implies that a successor project could usefully take the form of a platform, providing a range of supporting services to both employers and potential young employees to facilitate and increase successful employment matches. An initial sketch of what the high-level platform architecture could look like is attached.
  • This approach would allow relevant agencies and partners could contribute based on their comparative advantages, but as part of a coherent overall offer that provides the targeted services for which we know that there is both interest on the part of the youth and demand on the part of employers.
  • To achieve a meaningful One-UN approach to developing a successor project, it will be important to bring interested agencies into consultations early on in the process. Initial discussions with those agencies that are part of the existing project were held as part of the mission. However, in order to support a productive discussion, it would be useful to have an initial idea of the broad outline of a potential successor programme. To that end, follow-up actions include drafting a short note outlining the proposed platform approach, which can be used to inform a discussion amongst potential partner agencies.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1 Reevaluation of financial resource planning a. specifically actions and how they correlated with available finances.
[Added: 2017/12/19] [Last Updated: 2018/10/22]
UNDP & Government (MWCSD & MOF) 2018/10 Completed Due to the unexpected reduction of TRAC availability, UNDP had to re-prioritize funds allocated across the board to all its projects for Samoa. Therefore, only USD$71,600 was allocated to the YEP from TRAC in 2-018 to cover PMU costs. All other project activities were funded from other sources of funds AWP 2018 attached. History
3.2. Reengagement with National Youth Policy a. Discussion of length of time needed for proper adjustment of YEP programme to fit NYP processes
[Added: 2017/12/19] [Last Updated: 2018/10/22]
UNDP & MWCSD 2018/06 Completed This is deferred to second phase of YEP due to funding limitations in the project in 2018. History
4. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 4: Policy advocacy and key issues of financial inclusion need to be prioritised in the design and institutional implementation arrangements, with clearer policy level targets and indicators defined in the logframe. There is also need for capacitating the monitoring and evaluation component of the YEP, at the MWCSD, ensuring a result based M & E system. Consideration was needed for short-term external expertise to nurture and mentor in-house human resource capacity. It is noted that efforts towards this in the form of UNDP technical advisers and UNVs, have been provided to the MWCSD. A UNV from Japan to support YEP activities in Savaii was due to start at the end of October 2017. UNDP’s regional technical adviser, operating from its regional sub-office in Fiji, also acted as Chief Technical Adviser (CTA) for the project and provided substantive technical inputs to the project. Going forward, the technical support needs to be continued, and possibly scaled up.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/19]

Management Response: UNDP agrees with this recommendation and will continue to avail its support to providing experts to the project.

 The UNV from Japan was introduced to the IUNYEP Project Manager and MWCSD on Monday, 27/11/17.  The MWCSD has welcomed the UNV from Japan who will be introduced to the rest of the Ministry next week.  They are working with the host of the Savaii Koko on a workplan that will fit with their own program and provide the support required for the sustainability, monitoring and evaluating of the Savaii Koko.  There are logistics that must be addressed also. Support recommendation in capacitating the M&E component to ensure a result based M&E system and continuous TA support wherever necessary to ensure that we maintain a high deliverable rate.  

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1. Analysis of financial inclusion with implementation arrangements a. review of the costs of activities, targets and indicators.
[Added: 2017/12/19] [Last Updated: 2018/10/22]
UNDP GPRU & Pacific Financial Inclusion Adviser & MWCSD 2018/03 Completed Financial Inclusion Adviser not available to undertake this exercise however it can be included as part of Phase II of YEP. History
2.2. Review of monitoring and evaluation system.
[Added: 2017/12/19] [Last Updated: 2018/10/22]
UNDP GPRU & Pacific Financial Inclusion Adviser & MWCSD 2018/03 Completed A M&E Officer was hired for the YEP PMU as part of review process. She was later transferred to the MWCSD Research, Planning & Policy Divisions which was tasked to coordinate all M&E systems for all projects being managed by the Ministry. Ms. Rankin however resigned around August 2018 to go overseas, so the project did not have a M&E Officer officer after that. However, the Research, Planning & Policy Division used its M&E UNV from UNDP. to continue coordinating this for the Ministry overall,. Since the YEP is closing in December 2018 anyway, there was no decision to try and recruit a replacement for Ms. Rankin. History
2.3 Identify areas in which technical support could be upscaled a. consider the possibility of hiring technical support directly for project
[Added: 2017/12/19] [Last Updated: 2018/10/22]
UNDP GPRU & Pacific Financial Inclusion Adviser & MWCSD 2018/03 Completed A Japanese Volunteer commenced working for YEP on 22 November 2017. See DOA attached. History
2.4 Identify areas in which human resource development can be facilitated a. consider the development of mentorship programmes
[Added: 2017/12/19] [Last Updated: 2018/10/22]
UNDP GPRU & Pacific Financial Inclusion Adviser & MWCSD 2018/03 Completed Due to the limited resources in the YEP in 2018 and fact that project is ending in December, it would be sensible to implement this recommendation in Phase II of YEP. History
5. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 5: The role of the UNRC in ensuring visibility of the YEP at high policy level also needs to be strengthened and consolidated to ensure sustained government buy-in at the highest decision-making structures, namely the Executive and other arms of the state such as the Legislature and Cabinet and Local Government.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/19]

Management Response: UNDP accepts this recommendation and acknowledges that it was one of the unachieved outcomes of the project to date. The MWCSD is convinced that the need for YEP visibility at such high level has been indirectly provided through the projects YEP has supported – and in events in which the Executive levels of government was present.  We do not see the need to do anything different other than working through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs where the support for such is required.  

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1. UNRC to meet with branches of Government to discuss YEP a. Discussion of phase two and subsequent buy-in from GOVT at policy level
[Added: 2017/12/19] [Last Updated: 2018/10/22]
UNDP & MOF 2018/06 Completed Former UNRC, Ms. Lizbeth Cullity, held he YEP high on her agenda and actively promoted and engaged with all donors and even the Prime Minister on the next phase of YEP. History
6. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 6: There are opportunities for the UN to provide more substantial technical assistance (TA), in the medium and long term. The MTE recommends that the UN and cooperating partners adopt more robust financing strategies for the YEP, innovative and sustainable approaches that should feed into the next YEP design.  The mechanisms can incorporate the PPPs which the YEP had already begun to explore in many of its components and sub-components; 

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/19]

Management Response: UNDP accepts this recommendation and will take it into account in the development of a second phase of the IUNYEP. The MWCSD also agree with the recommendation and increasing opportunities for vulnerable people is highly recommended

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1 Identify weakness in financing strategies a. strengthen financial strategies surrounding these weaknesses
[Added: 2017/12/19] [Last Updated: 2018/10/22]
UNDP GPRU & MOF 2018/06 Completed UNDP in collaboration with YEP PMU has actively engaged in the high level movements in the government to promote innovative digital solutions especially among young soicla entrepreneurs. Therefore, as part of the Digital Pacificf Conference held in Apia in June 218, a side event on Youth Co-Lab was held involving 20 young social entrepreneurs in Samosa. They were given training in a short period of time to pitch their ideas to the high number of global private sector investors attending the Digital Conference for financial and/or technical assistance. 3 won and were selected for participation in global young entrepreneurial events and computer. see attached one example. Other avenues for financial support to youth are being actively pursued by UNDP and will be highlighted in the Phase II of YEP. History
7. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 7: The National Youth Volunteer Service Scheme – UN/MWCSD ensures current efforts feed into a sustainable youth employment and empowerment mechanism, nationally owned, beyond the YEP funded phase;

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/19]

Management Response: UNDP accepts this recommendation and acknowledges that it was one of the unachieved outcomes of the project to date. The MWCSD is already developing the framework and platform that will see more opportunities and improvements in service delivery through the NYV Scheme

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1. description activities, then specifics as needed a. IUNYEP E-hub fully functional and high usage by youth in Samoa. b. Capacity of the Samoa National Youth Council (CNYC) to manage and maintain the NYV scheme in built with possible TA.
[Added: 2017/12/19] [Last Updated: 2018/10/22]
UNDP GPRU, MWCSD & SNYC 2018/03 Completed The idea of e-platforms in Phase II of YEP would be an ideal time to revisit this output. History
8. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 8: There is need for the UN and MWCSD to firm up the institutional and organisational structure of the SBI and small business development initiative, with the understanding that the MWCSD has as its mandate a focus on social development; whilst MCIL for example, has a focus on productive enterprises;

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/19] [Last Updated: 2017/12/19]

Management Response: UNDP accepts this recommendation and acknowledges that it was one of the not fully achieved outcomes of the project to date. Follow-up with the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade have been made and will be closely monitored to its ultimate fulfillment. The MWCSD will continue to deliver in the next four years economic development programs for “vulnerable” Samoans, which no one else wants to concentrate services and resources on.  This will be provided with the Without Walls component of the SBI, while we seek funding for the Within Walls component, until Chamber of Commerce, SBEC or any other private sector is ready to continue.  

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1 description activities, then specifics as needed a. SBI building construction started. b. Youth Employment Scheme through the Community Sector Support Programme (CSSP) established and grants being given to youth.
[Added: 2017/12/19] [Last Updated: 2020/01/05]
MWCSD & MOF 2019/03 No Longer Applicable [Justification: The Government of Samoa focus shifted and no funds to achieve this key action This was reported in Progress Report #3 to Cabinet Development Committee, for consideration and assistance in resource mobilization]
History
.2 The Small Business Enterprise Centre (SBEC) consolidates suite of SBI training and services once SBI is up and running by end 2018.
[Added: 2017/12/19] [Last Updated: 2020/01/05]
MWCSD & SBEC 2019/03 No Longer Applicable [Justification: Cannot implement as Key Action .1 was not achievable due to lack of funds and Government's shift in focus.]
History
3.3 Equipment for SBI funded by Govt of Japan purchased & installed in the new SBI premises
[Added: 2017/12/19] [Last Updated: 2020/01/05]
MWCSD & SBEC 2019/03 No Longer Applicable [Justification: Change of government focus at the time of initiation.]
History
9. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 9: There is need for clearer implementation, coordination and monitoring of and evaluation arrangements, with improved accountability

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/19]

Management Response: UNDP accepts this recommendation and will work closely with the MWCSD to ensure improvements are made. The MWCSD is already taking strides to improve in all these areas and in focusing more on policy development and high- level implementation, outsourcing implementation.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1. description activities, then specifics as needed a. Better coordination supported by a IUNV located in the Policy & Planning Dvn of MWCSD.
[Added: 2017/12/19] [Last Updated: 2018/10/22]
UNDP & MWCSD 2018/03 Completed IUNV to start at MWCSD on 11/12/17 History
10. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 10: The UN and development partners needed to make concerted effort to capacitate the Samoan National Youth Council to become a more vibrant organisation, with better human resources capacity and skills and better funding base to tackle youth development issues, including youth unemployment. This capacity is needed at the operational and technical as well as at the strategic and policy level.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/19]

Management Response: UNDP & the MWCSD accepts this recommendation and acknowledges that it was one of the unachieved outcomes of the project to date.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1 description activities, then specifics as needed a. Re-assessment of capacity needs in SNYC and attempts to fil some key positions made under IUBYEP.
[Added: 2017/12/19] [Last Updated: 2018/10/22]
UNDP & MWCSD 2018/06 Completed The situation of SNYC is a complicated one and outside the influence of YEP and UNDP. UNDP will keep a close watch on any progression on the organizational viability of the SNYC and assist where and when appropriate. History
11. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 11: Savaii Cocoa – Climate Change and Disaster Resilience – There is need for more synergised approach between YEP stakeholders, namely, UNDP and FAO inputs to the value chain development, both hardware and software skills, technical and marketing capacity development, drawing upon lessons learnt in the current development phase; and with involvement of local private sector champions and promoters, other key partners such as SBEC, CoC and MCIL.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/19]

Management Response: UNDP accepts this recommendation and acknowledges that it can be improved. The MWCSD also apports the recommendation for better coordination with similar projects and looking at expanding this in the next four years

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1. description activities, then specifics as needed a. UNV from Japan to assess where the most impact could be made re. this recommendation and assist with resource mobilization 7 partnership building.
[Added: 2017/12/19] [Last Updated: 2018/10/22]
UNDP UNV & MWCSD 2018/06 Completed The UNV from Japan has been deployed by UNDP to WIBDI to provide support to the Farm to Table component of YEP. Refer DOA attached earlier in this report. History
1.2 FAO & UNDP to work closer together in TCP project in Savaii.
[Added: 2017/12/19] [Last Updated: 2019/01/28]
UNDP & FAO 2018/12 Completed History
12. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 12: Farm to Table – A value chain approach to organic farming – This has been funded by the UNDP SDGs Trust Fund for 18 months duration. The intervention needs to be more closely supervised by the YEP PMU, to ensure its full integration into the policy, legislative and M&E frameworks under the MWCSD. This will ensure its sustainability and scalability beyond the lifetime of the project

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/19]

Management Response: UNDP & the MWCSD accept this recommendation and acknowledges that it can be achieved

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1. description activities, then specifics as needed a. The Women in Business Development Inc., (WIBDI) to communicate more frequently with IUNYEP Project Manager in order to maximise the use of numbers of young farmers able to participate in the F2T programme.
[Added: 2017/12/19] [Last Updated: 2018/10/22]
UNDP & WIBDI 2018/06 Completed Yes, this has been happening throughout 2018, where the YEP PM has been visiting WIBDI more often and participating in Farm to Table events. History

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