Youth Economic Empowerment Project (WEEP) Phase II and Women Economic Empowerment Project (WEEP) Terminal Evaluation Report

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Evaluation Plan:
2012-2019, Yemen
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
12/2016
Completion Date:
06/2017
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
15,000

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Title Youth Economic Empowerment Project (WEEP) Phase II and Women Economic Empowerment Project (WEEP) Terminal Evaluation Report
Atlas Project Number: 00079771
Evaluation Plan: 2012-2019, Yemen
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 06/2017
Planned End Date: 12/2016
Management Response: Yes
UNDP Signature Solution:
  • 1. Poverty
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
SDG Goal
  • Goal 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
SDG Target
  • 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 $): 15,000
Source of Funding:
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 12,787
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Sadeq Al-Nabhnai Consultant
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders:
Countries: YEMEN
Comments:

Evaluation is posponed to December 2016 and the report is expected fist quarter next year.

Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

To support the flexibility of the project design and implementation strategy the project had to pay attentions to risks and contingencies similar to those met during the project implementation under which initial outputs were not fully achieved. The mechanism of risk mitigation should be cleared from the project start and regularly updated during project implementation. It is recommended to pay attention on the risks that jeopardized project impacts and sustainability, which are still valid. Such risks should be taken into account in the process of the project implementation, impact monitoring and follow up activities.

2

Access to market: The project has achieved significant results in creating self-employment and microbusinesses and made excellent achievements and changed the lives of many youth for better. However, access to market remains a major challenge and needs special attention. A special attention must be paid to markets as products without markets will do little. It is recommended to work with local communities to establish direct linkages between them and potential consumers.

3

Effective monitoring and evaluation is key to the success of any project especially in context like ours where project sites are not easily accessible and dealing with poor people. This will ensure effective implementation of project to achieve its goals. For monitoring, third party contracting is an option that should be examined from the onset of the project as reliance on local partners may induce caveats related to the timeliness and quality of field reporting

4

While the YEEP originally envisaged strong engagement of relevant line ministries, their participation was not fully realized during the implementation of the Project. This is attributed to the current political and security instability situations in the country. Stakeholder engagement should have been more effectively orchestrated through clearer activities, especially in the early stages and the formal oversight role of the Project board should be enhanced and fulfilled. 

5

Given the positive impacts accrued from the project, it is recommended that future project and programs of similar nature be given top priority by the Government, civil societies, and development partners.

6

Future programmes should stipulate measures for active involvement of public and private sectors in the implementation and support of similar projects and programmes.

1. Recommendation:

To support the flexibility of the project design and implementation strategy the project had to pay attentions to risks and contingencies similar to those met during the project implementation under which initial outputs were not fully achieved. The mechanism of risk mitigation should be cleared from the project start and regularly updated during project implementation. It is recommended to pay attention on the risks that jeopardized project impacts and sustainability, which are still valid. Such risks should be taken into account in the process of the project implementation, impact monitoring and follow up activities.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/08/07]

 

CO contracted Third Party Monitoring Agent (TPMA) to ensure inclusive monitoring and oversight

Key Actions:

2. Recommendation:

Access to market: The project has achieved significant results in creating self-employment and microbusinesses and made excellent achievements and changed the lives of many youth for better. However, access to market remains a major challenge and needs special attention. A special attention must be paid to markets as products without markets will do little. It is recommended to work with local communities to establish direct linkages between them and potential consumers.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/08/07] [Last Updated: 2017/08/07]

The ERRU is revising the application of the 3x6 approach for employment creation for improving the effectiveness and efficiency of its application. Access to market and finance is an area considered.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Enforce the services of business consultants to provide business advisory services to the micro-business and self-employed beneficiaries
[Added: 2017/08/07] [Last Updated: 2018/09/19]
ERRU 2018/08 No Longer Applicable [Justification: The key action cannot be implemented due to the ongoing war in many fronts in the country. Moreover, the CO focuses is now on resilience to provide urgent employability to Yemeni population to overcome the consequences of war and also to improve access to essential basic services. ]
Improve the effectiveness of the 3x6 approach History
Facilitate access of the micro-business and self-employed beneficiaries to finance for business expansion
[Added: 2017/08/07] [Last Updated: 2018/09/19]
ERRU 2018/08 No Longer Applicable [Justification: The key action cannot be implemented due to the ongoing war in many fronts in the country. Moreover, the CO focuses is now on resilience to provide urgent employability to Yemeni population to overcome the consequences of war and also to improve access to essential basic services. ]
Improve the effectiveness of the 3x6 approach History
3. Recommendation:

Effective monitoring and evaluation is key to the success of any project especially in context like ours where project sites are not easily accessible and dealing with poor people. This will ensure effective implementation of project to achieve its goals. For monitoring, third party contracting is an option that should be examined from the onset of the project as reliance on local partners may induce caveats related to the timeliness and quality of field reporting

Management Response: [Added: 2017/08/07]

CO contracted Third Party Monitoring Agent (TPMA) to ensure inclusive monitoring and oversight

Key Actions:

4. Recommendation:

While the YEEP originally envisaged strong engagement of relevant line ministries, their participation was not fully realized during the implementation of the Project. This is attributed to the current political and security instability situations in the country. Stakeholder engagement should have been more effectively orchestrated through clearer activities, especially in the early stages and the formal oversight role of the Project board should be enhanced and fulfilled. 

Management Response: [Added: 2017/08/07]

No action is required as the country is in crisis and all government institutions are paralyzed

Key Actions:

5. Recommendation:

Given the positive impacts accrued from the project, it is recommended that future project and programs of similar nature be given top priority by the Government, civil societies, and development partners.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/08/07]

No action is required. The CO is not likely to upscale the livelihoods programme in view of UNDP engagement to increase the coping mechanisms of the society in the current crisis

Key Actions:

6. Recommendation:

Future programmes should stipulate measures for active involvement of public and private sectors in the implementation and support of similar projects and programmes.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/08/07]

No action is required. The CO is not likely to upscale the livelihoods programme in view of UNDP engagement to increase the coping mechanisms of the society in the current crisis

Key Actions:

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