Support to the Enhancement of Human Rights Framework in Angola 2012-2017

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Evaluation Plan:
2015-2019, Angola
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
11/2017
Completion Date:
11/2017
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
5,000

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Title Support to the Enhancement of Human Rights Framework in Angola 2012-2017
Atlas Project Number: 00067184
Evaluation Plan: 2015-2019, Angola
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 11/2017
Planned End Date: 11/2017
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Democratic Governance
  • 2. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
  • 1. Output 2.3 Capacities of human rights institutions strengthened
Evaluation Budget(US $): 5,000
Source of Funding: TRAC
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 5,000
Joint Programme: No
Mandatory Evaluation: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Desiderio Segundo Consutant desideriosegundo@hotmail.it
Desiderio Manuel Segundo Senior Consultant desideriosegundo@hotmail.it
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: -Led MINJU - Human Rights State Secretariat -Office of the Ombundusman -Implementing partners
Countries: ANGOLA
Lessons
1.

Bureaucratic factors, mainly on the side of partners, often conditioned the implementation of some planned activities, hence affecting project effectiveness. The DIM modality however was instrumental in mitigating these challenges and in propelling the achievement of the project’s objectives and results. UNDP’s project manager and the resident technical assistant that the project provided to the Ministry of Justice and Human rights were effective agents in ensuring planned activities were followed through, and they were key enablers through critical contribution to project implementation.

Contrary to common perceptions, the notion and knowledge on human rights can be assimilated and adopted by rural communities. This is evident in the results of the human rights promotional activities that the project carried out through the Provincial Human Rights Committees, civil society organizations implementing partners and the Institute for Citizenship. It is therefore a key lesson learned that the project should strengthen and further diversify its human rights promotional means and mediums, as well as strengthen work and/or partnership with civil society organizations to reach as many people as possible, particularly in remote and rural contexts.


Findings
1.

The evaluation found that the project achieved all its objectives and significantly contributed to the achievement of Angola’s obligations vis-à-vis regional and international human rights commitments. The project also significantly contributed to behaviour change among public officials in the context of justice administration and human rights observation by improving their institutional and personnel capacities and inducing an important human rights approach to their work and engagement with the public. The project built bridges between public institutions and civil society organizations working in human rights, having enabled partnerships and forging of positive interactions between them.

The evaluation found that the project had an important impact on the Angolan society, which has effectively benefited from institutions and mechanisms for the direct resolution of local problems and conflicts. This achievement provides sustainability to the project. With the awareness and capacities developed, such actions can continue to be realized even in the absence of the project.


Recommendations
1

Recommendation 1: For the next programming, it is recommended for the project to have two clear components. The first component should maintain assistance to institutional capacity building, with government institutions as Key partners, and to continue supporting the State in the fulfilment of its obligations towards individuals/the citizens. A second component should promote an active civil society that can ensure the promotion and protection of human rights. In this way, the project would better promote a critical spirit of performance in human rights in the country.

2

Recommendation 2: The project programming could involve other areas of UNDP work and the work of other UN Agencies in Angola so that the project may have coherent, compatible and interconnecting measurement elements with other areas and agencies

3

Recommendation 3: Promote in the coming years an inter-ministerial initiative led by the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights capable of influencing the performance of other ministries of extreme importance to provide rights and dignity in the service to citizens and promote human rights education in the subsystem of elementary education.

4

Recommendation 4: Direct or indirectly involve other potential public partners that have a relevant role to play in access to justice and protection and promotion of human rights, such as the Provincial Human Rights Committees and Centres for Extra-Judicial Resolution of Conflicts.

5

Recommendation 5:    Involvement and stimulation of debates with civil society and social partners.

6

Recommendation 6:  Promoting the dissemination of human rights in public media through interactive, recreational and educational programs on human rights e.g. televised tribunal as a program on legal framework, rule of law, legal procedures, etc.

7

Recommendation 7:  Enable national and non-Luanda based exchanges with Provincial Human Rights Committees and provide mechanisms to assess their local action to create synergies among them, to standardize their actions and to promote wider discussions on rights throughout the country, taking into account the specific problems of each region or province.

8

Recommendation 8:  It is recommended that UNDP develops criteria for measuring project results, defining context-sensitive and easily verifiable indicators, and enhance its project monitoring role as well as a more efficient, uniform record of physical and electronic files.

9

Recommendation 9:  Regardless of its delineated areas of engagement and target groups, the project should pay more attention to vulnerable groups e.g. children, the elderly and women, with special attention to the group of women victims of domestic violence.

10

Recommendation 10:  Assess demand for potential implementing partners or funders to secure funds that match the magnitude of the project's ambition and provide new areas for action such as complementary training for young graduates and workers who are involved in Human Rights, public and private research on concrete actions of the project and the human rights situation in Angola and extend its range of action also to higher education institutions and professional organizations that act or have their focus in this area e.g. Angolan Bar Association OAA, Association of Social Service Professionals of Angola, etc.

1. Recommendation:

Recommendation 1: For the next programming, it is recommended for the project to have two clear components. The first component should maintain assistance to institutional capacity building, with government institutions as Key partners, and to continue supporting the State in the fulfilment of its obligations towards individuals/the citizens. A second component should promote an active civil society that can ensure the promotion and protection of human rights. In this way, the project would better promote a critical spirit of performance in human rights in the country.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/11/27] [Last Updated: 2017/11/27]

Management Response: CO will improve its intervention in human rights in 2018-2021 by framing its intervention in the context of the Agenda 2030 and particularly the SDG 16. The realization of the Agenda 2030 requires the active participation of all stakeholders including civil society.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Improved intervention strategy in human rights in 2018-2021.
[Added: 2017/11/27] [Last Updated: 2018/08/14]
UNDP in consultation with targeted IPs 2018/04 Completed First draft of new program document concluded. History
2. Recommendation:

Recommendation 2: The project programming could involve other areas of UNDP work and the work of other UN Agencies in Angola so that the project may have coherent, compatible and interconnecting measurement elements with other areas and agencies

Management Response: [Added: 2017/11/27]

Management Response: CO’s new intervention in 2018-2021 will seek to contribute to the realization of a just and inclusive society in Angola where human rights, access to justice and gender and women’s empowerment are pursued in partnership with government and non-governmental stakeholders. As such, this approach will better enable synergies between different areas of UNDP work and linkages with the work of other UN agencies in Angola.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
CO will have a single portfolio project with 3 integrated outputs: human rights, access to justice and gender. Each output will have a separate AWP and will complement one another.
[Added: 2017/11/27] [Last Updated: 2018/03/23]
UNDP and partners 2017/12 Completed Portfolio project to be completed and signed by end of 2017. History
3. Recommendation:

Recommendation 3: Promote in the coming years an inter-ministerial initiative led by the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights capable of influencing the performance of other ministries of extreme importance to provide rights and dignity in the service to citizens and promote human rights education in the subsystem of elementary education.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/11/27]

Management Response: UNDP and Ministry of Justice and Human Rights are planning to establish SDG16 multi-stakeholder national support platform to enable coordination among public institutions, ministries and private and civil sectors. This platform will enable to build national capacity to respond to the targets and indicators of SDG 16, to coordinate efforts and to develop an inclusive methodology for sectoral monitoring and reporting on SDG 16 progress.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Establishment of SDG 16 multi-stakeholder national support platform.
[Added: 2017/11/27] [Last Updated: 2018/08/14]
UNDP and Ministry of Justice and Human Rights. 2021/12 Initiated High level discussion on this plan is envisaged for December 2017. History
4. Recommendation:

Recommendation 4: Direct or indirectly involve other potential public partners that have a relevant role to play in access to justice and protection and promotion of human rights, such as the Provincial Human Rights Committees and Centres for Extra-Judicial Resolution of Conflicts.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/11/27]

Management Response: CO’s new intervention in 2018-2021 will involve two levels of engagement: upstream and downstream. The latter will focus particularly on local engagement with local actors and institutions on access to justice and human rights protection.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Output on access to justice for new portfolio project will engage directly with Centres for Extra-Judicial Resolution of Conflicts and Provincial Human Rights Comts.
[Added: 2017/11/27] [Last Updated: 2018/08/14]
UNDP and partners 2020/12 Initiated Centres of Extra-Judicial Resolution of Conflicts are being engaged as new project partners. History
5. Recommendation:

Recommendation 5:    Involvement and stimulation of debates with civil society and social partners.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/11/27]

Management Response: Partnership with civil society and other social stakeholders will be strengthened in CO’s new intervention in the areas of human rights, access to justice and gender.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Civil society organizations will be integral part of SDG 16 multi-stakeholder national platform.
[Added: 2017/11/27] [Last Updated: 2018/08/14]
UNDP and Ministry of Justice and Human Rights and civil society organizations. 2021/12 Initiated The platform should be active during the programme cycle (2018-2021). History
6. Recommendation:

Recommendation 6:  Promoting the dissemination of human rights in public media through interactive, recreational and educational programs on human rights e.g. televised tribunal as a program on legal framework, rule of law, legal procedures, etc.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/11/27]

Management Response: one output in CO’s intervention in 2018-2021 will be to strengthen human rights education through the implementation of the National Human Rights Education Strategy (2018-2020).

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Implementation of the National Human Rights Education Strategy (2018-2020).
[Added: 2017/11/27] [Last Updated: 2018/11/06]
UNDP and partners. 2021/12 Initiated The national strategy involves different sectors and levels and education means. History
7. Recommendation:

Recommendation 7:  Enable national and non-Luanda based exchanges with Provincial Human Rights Committees and provide mechanisms to assess their local action to create synergies among them, to standardize their actions and to promote wider discussions on rights throughout the country, taking into account the specific problems of each region or province.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/11/27]

Management Response: CO’s intervention in 2018-2021 will involve two levels of engagement: (i) upstream i.e. technical assistance and policy advisory at national level and (ii) downstream i.e. enable/support linkages between national and local institutions and actions and respond directly to specific local issues through transformative actions.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Downstream engagement.
[Added: 2017/11/27] [Last Updated: 2018/08/14]
UNDP and partners 2021/12 Initiated Direct and localized targeted actions for transformation. History
8. Recommendation:

Recommendation 8:  It is recommended that UNDP develops criteria for measuring project results, defining context-sensitive and easily verifiable indicators, and enhance its project monitoring role as well as a more efficient, uniform record of physical and electronic files.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/11/27]

Management Response: Project planning in 2018-2021 intervention will be improved with clearer and more embedded results capturing indicators.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
More effective project planning with clear results capturing indicators for 2018-2021.
[Added: 2017/11/27] [Last Updated: 2018/11/06]
UNDP 2018/12 Completed New Prodoc will have more effective results capturing indicators. History
9. Recommendation:

Recommendation 9:  Regardless of its delineated areas of engagement and target groups, the project should pay more attention to vulnerable groups e.g. children, the elderly and women, with special attention to the group of women victims of domestic violence.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/11/27]

Management Response: New portfolio project will integrate gender and women’s empowerment as a key output.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Gender and women’s empowerment as a key project portfolio output.
[Added: 2017/11/27] [Last Updated: 2018/11/06]
UNDP 2018/12 Completed Gender input and output in new intervention. History
10. Recommendation:

Recommendation 10:  Assess demand for potential implementing partners or funders to secure funds that match the magnitude of the project's ambition and provide new areas for action such as complementary training for young graduates and workers who are involved in Human Rights, public and private research on concrete actions of the project and the human rights situation in Angola and extend its range of action also to higher education institutions and professional organizations that act or have their focus in this area e.g. Angolan Bar Association OAA, Association of Social Service Professionals of Angola, etc.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/11/27]

Management Response: the implementation of the National Human Rights Education Strategy (2018-2020) contemplates these different dimensions. The main challenge however is funding. CO’s core funding is increasingly reducing. Through portfolio sub-projects, CO will seek to mobilize non-core resources as a means of upscaling.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Mobilization of non-core resources to upscale intervention.
[Added: 2017/11/27] [Last Updated: 2018/08/14]
UNDP senior management 2021/12 Initiated CO is engaging in resource mobilization. History

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