Final evaluation of the Capacity Development Facility Project

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Evaluation Plan:
2016-2020, Kosovo
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
05/2017
Completion Date:
08/2017
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
15,000

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Title Final evaluation of the Capacity Development Facility Project
Atlas Project Number: 00070782
Evaluation Plan: 2016-2020, Kosovo
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 08/2017
Planned End Date: 05/2017
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Democratic Governance
  • 2. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
  • 1. Output 3.1. Core functions of government enabled (in post conflict situations) to ensure national ownership of recovery and development processes
Evaluation Budget(US $): 15,000
Source of Funding: 00187 NOR
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 5,018
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: Central and municipal institutions/direct beneficiaries, UNDP
Countries: KOSOVO
Lessons
1.

Strengthen project management structure

Considering the moderate project management size, the project could benefit more by mandating key experts deployed to also coordinate the work of other experts in specific activity/result areas of the project. The areas covered could be at the department or result level, and this approach would ensure greater project oversight and also coordination amongst different departments and experts in achieving project goals.

Expand at local government level

In cooperation with MLGA and MEI, the project should explore the possibilities for further expansion at local government level in strengthening municipal capacities to implement IPA funds, which is currently performing very low. The SAA and IPA are the two main tools that the EU uses to engage economically with Kosovo. Whereas the SAA provides a framework for a political dialogue between Kosovo and the EU, on the reforms that Kosovo needs to undertake for potential EU accession, the IPA is a financial tool that the EU uses to assist with such reforms. One part of this financial assistance is dedicated to economic reforms, while the rest is dedicated to reforms in other areas such as the rule of law or public administration reform.


Findings
1.

Evaluation finding and achievements of the project are:

Capacity development and trainings on SAA

High level advisory and technical support

Policy development support

Improvement of legal framework and harmonization with EU directives/ CDF legal support

Cooperation between UNDP and MEI


Recommendations
1

Focus on implementation of the European Reform Agenda (ERA)

2

Continue to contribute to institutional development by focusing on enhancing the institutional legitimacy

3

Continue with providing on-the-job and on-demand technical assistance and mentoring – and strengthen performance criteria

4

Strengthen project management structure

5

Expand at local government level

1. Recommendation:

Focus on implementation of the European Reform Agenda (ERA)

Management Response: [Added: 2017/09/15]

The project has provided high level expertise in drafting strategic documents and policies, as well as technical assistance to improve the coordination and address qualitatively the requirements of SAA. The CDF expert accomplish the actions under other EU related documents such as the European Reform Agenda (ERA) and the Economic Reform Program (ERP). The UNDP will continue to support Kosovo institutions with other projects focus on implementation of the European Reform Agenda (ERA).

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The recommendation will be taken into consideration when designing the follow-up project or other projects contributing to the same outcome
[Added: 2017/09/15]
Programme Team 2020/11 Not Initiated
2. Recommendation:

Continue to contribute to institutional development by focusing on enhancing the institutional legitimacy

Management Response: [Added: 2017/09/15]

One of the key objectives of the project was to contribute to institutional development and overall capacity development. The process included a tailor-made mix of technical and strategic policy advise including expert/advisory support.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
This recommendation will be taken into consideration when implementing a possible project contributing to the same outcome
[Added: 2017/09/15]
Project Staff 2020/12 Not Initiated
3. Recommendation:

Continue with providing on-the-job and on-demand technical assistance and mentoring – and strengthen performance criteria

Management Response: [Added: 2017/09/15]

The project had a strong focus on capacity development through on-the-job learning and mentoring as these approaches have proved to be effective in the current civil service context. Ultimately the officials who benefited from direct, tailored support, reported improved performance

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
This recommendation will be taken into consideration when designing a follow-up project or other projects contributing to the same outcome
[Added: 2017/09/15]
Programme Team 2020/12 Not Initiated
4. Recommendation:

Strengthen project management structure

Management Response: [Added: 2017/09/15]

UNDP was fully aware of the need to strengthen and expand the project management structure. The limitations on the initial project funds made it difficult to address this challenge directly. Instead, UNDP used synergies between projects and more direct programme support to ensure qualitative and timely implementation of activities.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
This recommendation will be taken into consideration when designing the follow-up project or other projects contributing to the same outcome
[Added: 2017/09/15]
Programme Team 2020/12 Not Initiated
5. Recommendation:

Expand at local government level

Management Response: [Added: 2017/09/15]

The recommendation is in line with UNDP’s longer-term, forward thinking, on capacity development at municipal level, including improved service delivery.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
This recommendation will be taken into consideration when designing the follow-up project or other projects contributing to the same outcome
[Added: 2017/09/15]
Programme Team 2020/12 Not Initiated

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