Assessment of Development Results: Zimbabwe

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Evaluation Plan:
2014-2017, Independent Evaluation Office
Evaluation Type:
ADR
Planned End Date:
11/2015
Completion Date:
09/2015
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
160,000

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Title Assessment of Development Results: Zimbabwe
Atlas Project Number:
Evaluation Plan: 2014-2017, Independent Evaluation Office
Evaluation Type: ADR
Status:Completed
Completion Date:09/2015
Planned End Date: 11/2015
Management Response:Yes
Corporate Outcomes (UNDP Strategic Plan 2008-20013)
Evaluation Budget(US $): 160,000
Source of Funding:
Joint Programme:No
Mandatory Evaluation:No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
GEF Evaluation:No
Key Stakeholders:
Location of Evaluation:Country Level
Countries: ZIMBABWE
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1 UNDP should develop and implement with the Government of Zimbabwe a transition strategy that ensures the Ministry of Health (MoHCC) has the capacity, human resources and system controls in place to take full management management control as PR of all GFATM accounts in Zimbabwe by 2017.
2 UNDP should position the Resilience Building Fund at the leading edge of a recalibration of its engagement in Zimbabwe, balancing the current emphasis on central government ministry capacity with significantly greater engagement through pilot programmes at local government and community levels.
3 UNDP should develop close linkages and synergies between its support to resilience and disaster management, and its support for environmental protection and sustainable development. UNDP should consider working with the relevant government ministries to pursue additional GEF funding that can reinforce and extend its planned resiliencebuilding work.
4 While support to the operationalization of the NPRC should be a priority, UNDP should also carry out a situation analysis to inform future UNDP programming and strategies for peacebuilding and conflict resolution, and to ensure this work reflects changing circumstances in Zimbabwe.
5 UNDP should consider whether an enhanced IRBM programme could be used to establish broader capacity development goals that can drive institutional strengthening across the civil service, rather than through ad hoc, smallscale capacity building efforts showing minimal results. It should also consider phasing out general support for capacity building in the economic and financial management agencies.
6 UNDP should follow up with the United Nations DPA and Zimbabwe Electoral Commission to smooth the process for UNDP reengagement in provision of technical support. Technical support for electoral process improvement is an area where UNDP has carved out a globally-strong reputation that can be put to good use in Zimbabwe.
7 UNDP should make the land management support programme with MLRR a top priority during the next programme cycle, providing necessary support to the Government of Zimbabwe to adopt and implement land tenure security policies and regulations, streamline land administration structures and regulations, complete the backlog on land valuation and compensation, and strengthen dispute and conflict resolution systems, structures and procedures.
8 To improve its capacity building efforts on gender mainstreaming, UNDP should consider employing a gender specialist to work directly with the Women Caucus, the Gender Committee and forge effective linkages with government (MWAGCD). This is particularly important now, as Zimbabwe develops and enacts legislation in support of the new Constitution.
1. Recommendation: UNDP should develop and implement with the Government of Zimbabwe a transition strategy that ensures the Ministry of Health (MoHCC) has the capacity, human resources and system controls in place to take full management management control as PR of all GFATM accounts in Zimbabwe by 2017.
Management Response:

The recommendation is well noted. As part of the new implementation arrangements for the New Funding Model (NFM) for TB and Malaria Grants, Global Fund has appointed UNDP CO to provide support services to MoHCC as the new PR for the two grants. A roadmap for the smooth transition of the two grants to MoHCC has been developed and is being implemented. In line with the roadmap, and in consultation with MoHCC and with technical support from the HIV Support Team, a three-year Capacity Development Plan (2015-2017) has been developed and jointly funded by UNDP and the Global Fund. Implementation of the CD plan will help to strengthen the capacities of the MoHCC and other potential partners in the areas of financial management, supply chain management, (including procurement), monitoring and evaluation, policy development and overall grant management. UNDP is also monitoring the Programme Coordinating Unit (PCU)?established at the MoHCC to coordinate grant implementation? in grant management as part of the transition process.

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2. Recommendation: UNDP should position the Resilience Building Fund at the leading edge of a recalibration of its engagement in Zimbabwe, balancing the current emphasis on central government ministry capacity with significantly greater engagement through pilot programmes at local government and community levels.
Management Response:

The recommendation is well noted and has been taken on board. UNDP has been supporting the establishment of a Zimbabwe Resilience Fund, in line with the new CPD?s holistic approach to poverty reduction, herby adopting a sustainable balance between ?upstream? and ?downstream? support.

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3. Recommendation: UNDP should develop close linkages and synergies between its support to resilience and disaster management, and its support for environmental protection and sustainable development. UNDP should consider working with the relevant government ministries to pursue additional GEF funding that can reinforce and extend its planned resiliencebuilding work.
Management Response:

The recommendation is taken on board and UNDP is working towards this objective. The hazard mapping exercise conducted under the resilience building work will also serve as a baseline for some of the projects, while the CO is exploring pursuing additional GEF Funding.

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4. Recommendation: While support to the operationalization of the NPRC should be a priority, UNDP should also carry out a situation analysis to inform future UNDP programming and strategies for peacebuilding and conflict resolution, and to ensure this work reflects changing circumstances in Zimbabwe.
Management Response:

The recommendation is noted, with the following observations: „„ National healing and reconciliation is a key national process with the constitution making a provision for the establishment of the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission. „„ The anticipation of sustained support to Peacebuilding and social cohesion in the country takes cognizance of the changing development and social landscape. „„ The 2014 Governance Outcome Evaluation outlined that the constitutionalization of the peace architecture and the country wide civil society run peace project which is laying the infrastructure and processes for peace making at community level were two important achievements. „„ The 2016-2020 ZUNDAF identifies the need to further foster co-existence and social cohesion in the country, by supporting the development of policy frameworks and institutional mechanisms for the peace architecture at both national and sub-national levels. In line with the ZUNDAF and new CPD (2016-2020), the CO is designing a new programme focusing on deepening the foundation for peace, dialogue and social cohesion. „„ In the design of the new programme, UNDP will engage the services of a senior peace building expert to support participatory and inclusive stakeholder consultative processes leading the design of the new support framework on peace and reconciliation.

Key Actions:

5. Recommendation: UNDP should consider whether an enhanced IRBM programme could be used to establish broader capacity development goals that can drive institutional strengthening across the civil service, rather than through ad hoc, smallscale capacity building efforts showing minimal results. It should also consider phasing out general support for capacity building in the economic and financial management agencies.
Management Response:

The recommendation is well noted. UNDP recognizes the need to strengthen IRBM processes and capacities of Government partners. Given the limited resources, and the support provided by other development organizations in that regard (e.g. ADB), the CO will not be in a position to develop a stand-alone IRBM programme.

Key Actions:

6. Recommendation: UNDP should follow up with the United Nations DPA and Zimbabwe Electoral Commission to smooth the process for UNDP reengagement in provision of technical support. Technical support for electoral process improvement is an area where UNDP has carved out a globally-strong reputation that can be put to good use in Zimbabwe.
Management Response:

The recommendation is noted and has already been taken on board. At the request of the Government of Zimbabwe, the UN carried out an electoral needs assess ment mission (NAM) in May 2015.The NAM assessed the capacity needs of ZEC and other election stakeholders as well as the electoral environment and legislative framework governing elections in the country. A preparatory assistance project to operationalise the NAM?s recommendations for short term support to ZEC is being initiated, while a comprehensive support programme is being developed.

Key Actions:

7. Recommendation: UNDP should make the land management support programme with MLRR a top priority during the next programme cycle, providing necessary support to the Government of Zimbabwe to adopt and implement land tenure security policies and regulations, streamline land administration structures and regulations, complete the backlog on land valuation and compensation, and strengthen dispute and conflict resolution systems, structures and procedures.
Management Response:

The recommendation is well noted and already being addressed. A support programme for the Ministry of Land is currently being implemented for the period 2014-2017. The programme looks at issues related to land tenure policies and regulations, land administration, land dispute and conflict resolution mechanisms amongst others.

Key Actions:

8. Recommendation: To improve its capacity building efforts on gender mainstreaming, UNDP should consider employing a gender specialist to work directly with the Women Caucus, the Gender Committee and forge effective linkages with government (MWAGCD). This is particularly important now, as Zimbabwe develops and enacts legislation in support of the new Constitution.
Management Response:

The recommendation is noted and taken on board. Upon the CO?s Gender Seal Committee?s recommendation, a gender specialist position will be established. The gender specialist will not only provide internal gender mainstreaming support, but will also work directly with the Ministry of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development.

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