UNDAF end-of-cycle evaluation

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Evaluation Plan:
2016-2020, Uzbekistan
Evaluation Type:
UNDAF
Planned End Date:
11/2019
Completion Date:
12/2019
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
10,000

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Title UNDAF end-of-cycle evaluation
Atlas Project Number:
Evaluation Plan: 2016-2020, Uzbekistan
Evaluation Type: UNDAF
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 12/2019
Planned End Date: 11/2019
Management Response: Yes
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
Evaluation Budget(US $): 10,000
Source of Funding: UNDP TRAC
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 7,800
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: Yes
  • Joint with UN Agencies
  • Joint with UN Agencies
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: Government of Uzbekistan
Countries: UZBEKISTAN
Comments:

commissioned by UNRC Office

Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

# 1
Relevance: When formulating the new UNSDCF, ensure its relevance to the Uzbekistan context and its alignment with UN reforms:

1. Use an ecosystem approach to strengthen UNSDCF synergies with, and minimize duplication of, other DPs activities

2. Develop a streamlined results framework with no more than five outcome areas and with clear alignment to national SDGs; both the Uzbekistan MAPS as well as the global Agenda 2030 suggest possible themes for outcomes. Reference UNDAF outputs and output indicators only in Joint Work Plans (JWPs)

3. Formulate an overarching Theory of Change (ToC) for the UNSDCF as well as Theories of Change for each Outcome Area for greater cohesion. Noting that the current understanding of RBM among the UN team is uneven, it is recommended that external expertise be engaged for both of these tasks

4. More explicitly support national priorities on youth employment readiness and job creation by featuring youth prominently in at least one outcome statement, in addition to the planned JP NEET

5. Pursue more integrated programming approaches for SDG acceleration 6. Conduct a critical self-assessment of UN comparative advantages to realistically inform planning, programming, and financing in the new UNSDCF, as well as to ensure relevance in the rapidly evolving Uzbekistan context

2

#2

Effectiveness: Strengthen the effectiveness of the UNDAF in the areas of Financing and Partnership: 1. Widen the UNDAF’s resource base: • Increase the UNCT’s level of understanding on innovative financing options and how they can support SDG, through guidance and training from a recognized UN partnership authority such as the UN Global Compact, the UNOSSC or the UN DESA Financing for Development Office, among others • After the 2019 DFA, co-create an UNDAF/UNSDCF financing strategy in collaboration with the GoU, including forms of development financing beyond traditional multilateral aid such as non-DAC donor funding, SSC, domestic revenue mobilization, private sector partnerships and blended financing options

3

#2.2

Effectiveness: Strengthen the effectiveness of the UNDAF in the areas of Financing and Partnership: 2. Build closer interaction with the private sector: o Map and explore community investment initiatives with local and international private sector actors o Consider initiating an informal private sector advisory committee under the leadership of the RC o Explore establishing a UN-led multi-stakeholder partnership platform such as an SDG Partnership Platform to catalyze and broker partnerships o Leverage current financial and non-financial private sector partnerships for additional financing 3. Continue to engage with Government and other relevant stakeholders for the development of a regulatory framework for Islamic finance 4. Further strengthen partnerships with IFIs, for example, through the extension of cross-cutting UNDAF thematic groups, such as extending the UN GTG into a cross-sector GTG with other DPs 5. Pursue more pooled funding, including thematic trust funds such as the JP Aral Sea MPHSTF

4

#3

Strengthen the effectiveness of the UNDAF in the areas of

Budget Reporting 1. Agencies must continue to lobby their regional and headquarters offices for a harmonized approach to UNDAF budget reporting that is mutually acceptable to both agencies’ HQs and to DCO

Monitoring and Evaluation 2. Noting agency staff turnovers, provide annual RBM training to programme and M&E staff to ensure that there are necessary competencies in this area 3. Recognizing that the current level of understanding of RBM principles among the UN team is uneven, engage external expertise to guide the development of ToCs for the UNSDCF and for each of its Outcome Areas (see also above, Relevance)

Knowledge Management 1. Strengthen UNDAF knowledge management and RCO’s role as an UNDAF One Stop Shop by archiving all UNDAF-related documents not included in the UNINFO system, including RG minutes and joint monitoring reports, with RCO

1. Recommendation:

# 1
Relevance: When formulating the new UNSDCF, ensure its relevance to the Uzbekistan context and its alignment with UN reforms:

1. Use an ecosystem approach to strengthen UNSDCF synergies with, and minimize duplication of, other DPs activities

2. Develop a streamlined results framework with no more than five outcome areas and with clear alignment to national SDGs; both the Uzbekistan MAPS as well as the global Agenda 2030 suggest possible themes for outcomes. Reference UNDAF outputs and output indicators only in Joint Work Plans (JWPs)

3. Formulate an overarching Theory of Change (ToC) for the UNSDCF as well as Theories of Change for each Outcome Area for greater cohesion. Noting that the current understanding of RBM among the UN team is uneven, it is recommended that external expertise be engaged for both of these tasks

4. More explicitly support national priorities on youth employment readiness and job creation by featuring youth prominently in at least one outcome statement, in addition to the planned JP NEET

5. Pursue more integrated programming approaches for SDG acceleration 6. Conduct a critical self-assessment of UN comparative advantages to realistically inform planning, programming, and financing in the new UNSDCF, as well as to ensure relevance in the rapidly evolving Uzbekistan context

Management Response: [Added: 2020/06/01] [Last Updated: 2020/06/01]

All are accepted

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Develop the Joint Work Plans with a reasonable number of outputs and measurable indicators
[Added: 2020/06/01] [Last Updated: 2021/03/30]
UNCT, UN Results Groups, M&ED Group 2021/04 Initiated The expected date of JWP finalization is April as per M&E focal point informed and guidance attached. History
Develop a streamlined Results Framework with no more than five outcomes informed by CCA, and drawn on MAPS recommendations and the national SDGs and targets
[Added: 2020/06/01]
UNCT, CCA Team, M&ED Group 2020/02 Completed
Establish indicator framework based on the national SDG indicators, that are measurable, with baseline data available and targets set in consultations with Government, to allow for enhanced monitoring and reporting
[Added: 2020/06/01] [Last Updated: 2020/10/29]
CCA Team, M&ED Group 2020/10 Completed The CF is finalized. Indicators-defines, baselines and targets are still to be defined in consultation with Government History
2. Recommendation:

#2

Effectiveness: Strengthen the effectiveness of the UNDAF in the areas of Financing and Partnership: 1. Widen the UNDAF’s resource base: • Increase the UNCT’s level of understanding on innovative financing options and how they can support SDG, through guidance and training from a recognized UN partnership authority such as the UN Global Compact, the UNOSSC or the UN DESA Financing for Development Office, among others • After the 2019 DFA, co-create an UNDAF/UNSDCF financing strategy in collaboration with the GoU, including forms of development financing beyond traditional multilateral aid such as non-DAC donor funding, SSC, domestic revenue mobilization, private sector partnerships and blended financing options

Management Response: [Added: 2020/06/01]

All are accepted

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Finalize the Development Finance Assessment (DFA)
[Added: 2020/06/01] [Last Updated: 2021/03/31]
UNDP 2021/03 Completed The document has been finalized and presented to the wide circle of stakeholders at the UN JP on INFF launch event History
Develop SDG Financing Strategy for new Cooperation Framework based on the DFA outcomes and in consultations with national stakeholders and development partners/ donors
[Added: 2020/06/01] [Last Updated: 2021/03/31]
RCO and UNDP 2021/03 Completed The Cooperation Framework comes with a chapter on Financing that was prepared based on the findings of the DFA. History
3. Recommendation:

#2.2

Effectiveness: Strengthen the effectiveness of the UNDAF in the areas of Financing and Partnership: 2. Build closer interaction with the private sector: o Map and explore community investment initiatives with local and international private sector actors o Consider initiating an informal private sector advisory committee under the leadership of the RC o Explore establishing a UN-led multi-stakeholder partnership platform such as an SDG Partnership Platform to catalyze and broker partnerships o Leverage current financial and non-financial private sector partnerships for additional financing 3. Continue to engage with Government and other relevant stakeholders for the development of a regulatory framework for Islamic finance 4. Further strengthen partnerships with IFIs, for example, through the extension of cross-cutting UNDAF thematic groups, such as extending the UN GTG into a cross-sector GTG with other DPs 5. Pursue more pooled funding, including thematic trust funds such as the JP Aral Sea MPHSTF

Management Response: [Added: 2020/06/01]

All are accepted

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Explore community investment initiatives with local and international private sector actors as part of the SDG Financing Strategy
[Added: 2020/06/01] [Last Updated: 2021/03/31]
RCO with UNDP support 2021/12 Initiated The Joint Programme on INFF will partly cover this and there is a plan to further engage the private sector in Uzbekistan to support the SDGs by the end of 2021 History
Organize consultations with business stakeholders to explore the opportunity for private sector engagement and partnerships and inform the SDG Financing Strategy
[Added: 2020/06/01] [Last Updated: 2020/12/15]
RCO with UNDP support 2020/11 Completed Global Compact – the UN RCO in cooperation with the UN Global Compact Office in New York organized an information session among organizations/businesses in Uzbekistan about the benefits of supporting sustainability principles through engagement with the UN Global Compact. The event took place on 18 November from 17:00 - 19:00, local Tashkent time. The Ambassador of Switzerland provided the Introductory Remarks. History
Provide policy advice and technical assistance to Government in establishing an institutional and regulatory framework for selected financial instruments, including Islamic Finance
[Added: 2020/06/01]
UNDP, UN RCO 2021/05 Not Initiated
4. Recommendation:

#3

Strengthen the effectiveness of the UNDAF in the areas of

Budget Reporting 1. Agencies must continue to lobby their regional and headquarters offices for a harmonized approach to UNDAF budget reporting that is mutually acceptable to both agencies’ HQs and to DCO

Monitoring and Evaluation 2. Noting agency staff turnovers, provide annual RBM training to programme and M&E staff to ensure that there are necessary competencies in this area 3. Recognizing that the current level of understanding of RBM principles among the UN team is uneven, engage external expertise to guide the development of ToCs for the UNSDCF and for each of its Outcome Areas (see also above, Relevance)

Knowledge Management 1. Strengthen UNDAF knowledge management and RCO’s role as an UNDAF One Stop Shop by archiving all UNDAF-related documents not included in the UNINFO system, including RG minutes and joint monitoring reports, with RCO

Management Response: [Added: 2020/06/01] [Last Updated: 2020/06/01]

All are accepted

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Organize annual training on RBM refreshment for inter-agency UN Groups
[Added: 2020/06/01] [Last Updated: 2021/03/31]
M&E D- Group 2021/12 Not Initiated This training is envisaged to be held over 2021 History

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