Enabling civil society to play a greater role in advancing gender equality and women's rights

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Evaluation Plan:
2016-2020, Azerbaijan
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
02/2018
Completion Date:
04/2018
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
15,000

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Title Enabling civil society to play a greater role in advancing gender equality and women's rights
Atlas Project Number: 89106
Evaluation Plan: 2016-2020, Azerbaijan
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 04/2018
Planned End Date: 02/2018
Management Response: Yes
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 1.1.2 Marginalised groups, particularly the poor, women, people with disabilities and displaced are empowered to gain universal access to basic services and financial and non-financial assets to build productive capacities and benefit from sustainable livelihoods and jobs
Evaluation Budget(US $): 15,000
Source of Funding: Project budget
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 13,745
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Zehra Kacapor-Dzihic Evaluator zkacapor@gmail.com
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: State Committee for Family, Women and Children Affairs
Countries: AZERBAIJAN
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Continue to support to the realization of women’s economic and social rights in Azerbaijan through scaling up the model across the country.

 

The project has succeeded in achieving important results in empowering women entrepreneurs, activists and NGOs. The model developed and tested by UNDP that includes packages of capacity building support; WRC development and registration; business start-up and function as well as overall women empowerment have proven to be functional. In order to ensure equal development of different regions, UNDP in cooperation with SCFWCA and donors should explore how to provide continued support to national actors to apply and build on these models in their communities and regions.

 

2

Engage with a wider pool of women NGOs from central and regional levels in future interventions.

UNDP partnered with NGO WARD in achieving results within the Specific objective 1 and 2 of the project with a number of NGOs targeted as beneficiaries of assistance. In the potential future interventions, UNDP should partner with a wider pool of NGOs to ensure equal representation and strengthening their capacities in promoting the role of women in socio-economic life.

3

Develop the theory of change of the concept of women economic and social empowerment

The project so far has been based on the log frame presenting the results framework. However, taking into account the nature of the project and the level of change it aims to achieve, it is advised that the Project (if continued or replicated) develops a Theory of change to capture this desired change.

4

Conduct cost-benefit analysis of the projects contributions

Official project figures of established businesses and jobs created are important but do not allow for understanding of the full scope of project’s contribution towards positive outcomes of women’s social and economic empowerment. If in any way feasible, UNDP is advised to conduct a cost-benefit analysis to understand better what the model is bringing to local communities and wider Azerbaijan’s society

5

Continue supporting NGOs towards strengthening their capacities and role in CEDAW monitoring.

The project laid strong grounds for NGOs to understand and be able to monitor CEDAW implementation. In order to build up on this, and ensure more sustainable efforts of NGOs in this field, UNDP should continue these efforts that may lead to NGOs readiness to develop a strong and evidence based alternative CEDAW report by 2019.

6

Continue critical support to communities, which struggle with adequate social inclusion of women.

UNDP’s work thus far provided important lessons learned and experiences, pointing that most needs and at the same most returns come when investing in poor and excluded communities. UNDP should continue providing support to women from such communities as investment in critical agents of change

1. Recommendation:

Continue to support to the realization of women’s economic and social rights in Azerbaijan through scaling up the model across the country.

 

The project has succeeded in achieving important results in empowering women entrepreneurs, activists and NGOs. The model developed and tested by UNDP that includes packages of capacity building support; WRC development and registration; business start-up and function as well as overall women empowerment have proven to be functional. In order to ensure equal development of different regions, UNDP in cooperation with SCFWCA and donors should explore how to provide continued support to national actors to apply and build on these models in their communities and regions.

 

Management Response: [Added: 2018/05/15] [Last Updated: 2018/05/15]

Agree

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP in cooperation with SCFWCA and donors will explore opportunities to provide continued support to national actors to apply and build on project models and lessons learnt from previous projects. Currently establishment of three new WRC’s in Gusar, Khazar and Zagatala, and support to development of 4 existing in Masalli, Sabirabad, Neftchala and Salyan, have been agreed with the donors (USAID and SDC) and planned for 2018-2021.
[Added: 2018/05/15]
UNDP SCFWCA Donors 2021/07 Initiated
2. Recommendation:

Engage with a wider pool of women NGOs from central and regional levels in future interventions.

UNDP partnered with NGO WARD in achieving results within the Specific objective 1 and 2 of the project with a number of NGOs targeted as beneficiaries of assistance. In the potential future interventions, UNDP should partner with a wider pool of NGOs to ensure equal representation and strengthening their capacities in promoting the role of women in socio-economic life.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/05/15]

Agree

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Considering absence of women NGOs on the regional level, within the project implementation period. The community members have been trained on NGO establishment and management. During the project implementation three women NGO’s have been established on the basis of the WRC’s. UNDP is planning to support the future development of these NGO’s and will ensure their engagement in future interventions. Within the joint UNDP/UN Women pipeline project named “Partnership for Women’s Economic Empowerment in South Caucasus” funded by the and SDC, cooperation with 2 NGO’s have been envisioned: AMFA and WARD.
[Added: 2018/05/15] [Last Updated: 2019/01/02]
UNDP 2018/12 Completed Update; To support the NGO’s established within the project duration, UNDP has provided capacity building activities in the area of fundraising and proposal writing. 5 regional NGO’s have been established in the period of 2017-2018. 3 NGO’s established within the EU funded project, 1 within USAID funded project and 1 within CocaCola funded project. In 2018, as results of the capacity building activities, NGO’s have submitted 3 projects to BP on Community Development Initiatives (in a waiting stage), 6 proposals to the NGO Council (1 was awarded, 4 in a waiting stage) and 7 proposals to the US Embassy (1 was funded). Within UNW funded project, cooperation envisioned in 2019 with AMFA. In partnership, led by the NGO ‘Support to women social participation in Neftchala’, 5 NGO’s in coalition have submitted the project proposal to the ‘Promoting the Role of Civil Society in Gender-Sensitive SDGs Implementation” project, which has been awarded in December 2018. The project implementation is planned in 2019. History
3. Recommendation:

Develop the theory of change of the concept of women economic and social empowerment

The project so far has been based on the log frame presenting the results framework. However, taking into account the nature of the project and the level of change it aims to achieve, it is advised that the Project (if continued or replicated) develops a Theory of change to capture this desired change.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/05/15]

Agree

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The project development so far has been based on the log frame presenting the objectives, development indicators and means of verification. However, taking into account the nature of the project and the level of change it aims to achieve, it is accepted that the Project develops a Theory of change to capture this desired change. Thus, it will be discussed with related stakeholders
[Added: 2018/05/15]
UNDP 2019/12 Initiated
4. Recommendation:

Conduct cost-benefit analysis of the projects contributions

Official project figures of established businesses and jobs created are important but do not allow for understanding of the full scope of project’s contribution towards positive outcomes of women’s social and economic empowerment. If in any way feasible, UNDP is advised to conduct a cost-benefit analysis to understand better what the model is bringing to local communities and wider Azerbaijan’s society

Management Response: [Added: 2018/05/15]

Agree

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Although this action was not part of the project, UNDP is accepting the value of a cost-benefit analysis as important tool to understand project impact in a more structural and strategic way. Therefore, UNDP will consider conducting cost-benefit analysis of the businesses established within the project ‘Economic Empowerment for Employment and Entrepreneurship’, funded by the USAID.
[Added: 2018/05/15]
UNDP 2019/09 Initiated
5. Recommendation:

Continue supporting NGOs towards strengthening their capacities and role in CEDAW monitoring.

The project laid strong grounds for NGOs to understand and be able to monitor CEDAW implementation. In order to build up on this, and ensure more sustainable efforts of NGOs in this field, UNDP should continue these efforts that may lead to NGOs readiness to develop a strong and evidence based alternative CEDAW report by 2019.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/05/15]

Agree

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP within future projects intends to continue the efforts that may lead to NGOs readiness to develop a strong and evidence based alternative CEDAW report by 2019, especially focusing on the NGO’s established within the project timeline.
[Added: 2018/05/15]
UNDP and NGOs 2019/12 Not Initiated
6. Recommendation:

Continue critical support to communities, which struggle with adequate social inclusion of women.

UNDP’s work thus far provided important lessons learned and experiences, pointing that most needs and at the same most returns come when investing in poor and excluded communities. UNDP should continue providing support to women from such communities as investment in critical agents of change

Management Response: [Added: 2018/05/15]

Agree

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP intends to continue providing support to women from such communities as investment in critical agents of change within future projects. Currently two projects have been initiated with the focus on women social and economic empowerment: “Partnership for Women’s Economic Empowerment in South Caucasus” funded by the UN Women and Swiss Cooperation and “Economic Empowerment for Employment and Entrepreneurship” funded by the USAID.
[Added: 2018/05/15]
UNDP SCFWCA Donors 2021/12 Initiated

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