Final Evaluation of Livelihood Improvement for population of 9 districts of Tajikistan (LIRP) project

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Evaluation Plan:
2016-2020, Tajikistan
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
12/2017
Completion Date:
12/2017
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
10,000

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Title Final Evaluation of Livelihood Improvement for population of 9 districts of Tajikistan (LIRP) project
Atlas Project Number: 00085269
Evaluation Plan: 2016-2020, Tajikistan
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 12/2017
Planned End Date: 12/2017
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Poverty and MDG
  • 2. 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 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
SDG Target
  • 1.2 By 2030, reduce at least by half the proportion of men, women and children of all ages living in poverty in all its dimensions according to national definitions
  • 1.4 By 2030, ensure that all men and women, in particular the poor and the vulnerable, have equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to basic services, ownership and control over land and other forms of property, inheritance, natural resources, appropriate new technology and financial services, including microfinance
Evaluation Budget(US $): 10,000
Source of Funding: project budget
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 20,332
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Cristina MOSNEAGA International Consultant
Farukh SULTANOV Local Consultant
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: Russian government, MEDT RT, Local administration of target regions
Countries: TAJIKISTAN
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Take a flexible approach so that project activities can remain demand driven and take into account specific needs in the target areas. One option is to avoid setting ambitious objectives that are hard to measure and quantify (e.g. setting the target at one million people). Another option is to have fewer types of pre-defined activities and leave room for selection of interventions at the inception of project operations.

2

The quality of selected indicators could be improved by focusing on results rather than process of activities. Such indicators would be more useful in assessing impact and value for money.

3

Future projects involving local and district authorities should also include some policy work and advocacy at the national level. Such interventions are not easy to steer and would require a co-ordinated effort among multiple UN agencies and other development partners.

4

Continue working with young people, both women and men, in particular offering them the opportunity to acquire professional skills that would render them employable beyond manual labour or seasonal agricultural labour. One option would be streamlining specialized courses on entrepreneurship into university or TVET curricula. Depending on the target group, courses could range from short-term to full university degree and could also comprise teaching useful language skills (Russian and English) that are currently very low in the country (especially in rural areas).

5

Special attention should be given to rural youth, in particular women. In that sense, it is also recommended that projects and initiatives focusing on women be implemented with support from female staff in view of establishing trust and open channels of communication.  

6

Future interventions should continue promoting “South-South” exchanges with developing countries and exchanges between districts in Tajikistan and with neighboring countries and continue selecting relevant participants (both among public and private sectors) so that visits could result in actual contracts and business opportunities.

7

Consider continuation of microcredit activities in future projects as demand for accessible credits remains very high in the country and  explore the possibility of diversifying credit products: middle sized more experienced businesses require bigger credits.

8

Future projects should consider taking a cluster / sector approach and finance the whole production chain (e.g. from growing to production/processing to selling). Some districts are more advanced than others, therefore they require support at a different level (e.g. scaling up and exports). Such activities could lead to concrete results in terms of new enterprises created or existing enterprises expanded and the creation of additional jobs.

1. Recommendation:

Take a flexible approach so that project activities can remain demand driven and take into account specific needs in the target areas. One option is to avoid setting ambitious objectives that are hard to measure and quantify (e.g. setting the target at one million people). Another option is to have fewer types of pre-defined activities and leave room for selection of interventions at the inception of project operations.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/27] [Last Updated: 2017/12/27]

acknowledged

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1 UNDP will set adequate and measurable objectives. It was considered during development of the Project Document on new project on “Promotion of socio-economic opportunities of women and youth in Zerafshan Valley”
[Added: 2017/12/27]
UNDP CP Manager 2017/12 Completed Will be also considered in other projects
2. Recommendation:

The quality of selected indicators could be improved by focusing on results rather than process of activities. Such indicators would be more useful in assessing impact and value for money.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/27] [Last Updated: 2017/12/27]

acknowledged

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1 UNDP will consider improving quality of selected indicators by focusing on results rather than process of activities.
[Added: 2017/12/27] [Last Updated: 2018/11/28]
UNDP CP Manager 2018/12 Completed considered during design of new projects and initiatives. History
3. Recommendation:

Future projects involving local and district authorities should also include some policy work and advocacy at the national level. Such interventions are not easy to steer and would require a co-ordinated effort among multiple UN agencies and other development partners.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/27]

acknowledged

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1 Project team will consider conducting policy work and advocacy at the national level as a result of work conducted at the local level. It will be implemented through documenting best practices and development of knowledge products.
[Added: 2017/12/27]
UNDP CP Manager 2020/12 Initiated This recommendation is long term and should be considered constantly
4. Recommendation:

Continue working with young people, both women and men, in particular offering them the opportunity to acquire professional skills that would render them employable beyond manual labour or seasonal agricultural labour. One option would be streamlining specialized courses on entrepreneurship into university or TVET curricula. Depending on the target group, courses could range from short-term to full university degree and could also comprise teaching useful language skills (Russian and English) that are currently very low in the country (especially in rural areas).

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/27]

acknowledged

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
4.1 UNDP will continue its activities related to young people through its new initiatives and its already part of the new project financed by Government of Norway.
[Added: 2017/12/27]
UNDP CP Manager 2020/12 Initiated This recommendation is long term and should be considered constantly.
4.2 UNDP will explore opportunities to work with national level agencies and partners from business incubators to introduce courses on entrepreneurship into the education process that will support to strengthen project results of the LIRP project
[Added: 2017/12/27]
UNDP CP Manager 2019/12 Initiated
5. Recommendation:

Special attention should be given to rural youth, in particular women. In that sense, it is also recommended that projects and initiatives focusing on women be implemented with support from female staff in view of establishing trust and open channels of communication.  

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/27]

acknowledged

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
5.1 Special attention is given to rural youth, in particular women and PWD in the future initiatives of UNDP.
[Added: 2017/12/27]
UNDP CP Manager 2017/12 Completed It’s already considered during design of new projects and initiatives. Particularly within the project on “Promotion of socio-economic opportunities of women and youth in Zerafshan Valley”.
6. Recommendation:

Future interventions should continue promoting “South-South” exchanges with developing countries and exchanges between districts in Tajikistan and with neighboring countries and continue selecting relevant participants (both among public and private sectors) so that visits could result in actual contracts and business opportunities.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/27]

acknowledged

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
6.1 This recommendation was fully considered under the implementation of LIRP project during organization of in-country study tours and as well as to foreign countries and it will be considered under future initiatives. In the future, promoting “South-South” exchanges with developing countries and exchanges between districts in Tajikistan will be continued.
[Added: 2017/12/27]
UNDP CP Manager 2020/12 Initiated on-going
7. Recommendation:

Consider continuation of microcredit activities in future projects as demand for accessible credits remains very high in the country and  explore the possibility of diversifying credit products: middle sized more experienced businesses require bigger credits.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/27]

acknowledged

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
7.1. To consider continuation of microcredit activities in future projects as demand for accessible credits and explore the possibility of diversifying credit products in future proposals to potential donors.
[Added: 2017/12/27] [Last Updated: 2018/11/28]
UNDP CP Manager 2018/12 Completed Its considered, particularly under UNDP “Innovative solutions for nationalizing and localizing SDGs and economic empowerment of women, youth and PWD (ISDGs)” project grants for microcredit activities is provided. History
7.2. To extend duration of grant agreements on microcredits under the LIRP project to extend results of the project till December 2019.
[Added: 2017/12/27] [Last Updated: 2018/09/03]
UNDP CP Manager 2018/02 Completed 4 organizations received grants for provision of microcredits were extended till December 2019, other to be done in the beginning of 2018. History
8. Recommendation:

Future projects should consider taking a cluster / sector approach and finance the whole production chain (e.g. from growing to production/processing to selling). Some districts are more advanced than others, therefore they require support at a different level (e.g. scaling up and exports). Such activities could lead to concrete results in terms of new enterprises created or existing enterprises expanded and the creation of additional jobs.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/27]

acknowledged

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
8.1. To consider taking a cluster / sector approach and finance the whole production chain.
[Added: 2017/12/27]
UNDP CP Manager 2020/12 Initiated It was considered during implementation of LIRP project and will be considered during design of future projects and initiatives.

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