INDEPENDENT EVALUATION OF THE 2012-2015 ZIMBABWE UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE FRAMEWORK

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Evaluation Plan:
2012-2015, Zimbabwe
Evaluation Type:
UNDAF
Planned End Date:
08/2014
Completion Date:
08/2014
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
50,000

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Title INDEPENDENT EVALUATION OF THE 2012-2015 ZIMBABWE UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE FRAMEWORK
Atlas Project Number:
Evaluation Plan: 2012-2015, Zimbabwe
Evaluation Type: UNDAF
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 08/2014
Planned End Date: 08/2014
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Poverty and MDG
  • 2. Democratic Governance
  • 3. Crisis Prevention & Recovery
  • 4. Environment & Sustainable Development
  • 5. Cross-cutting Development Issue
  • 6. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 7.3. National development plans to address poverty and inequality are sustainable and risk resilient
Evaluation Budget(US $): 50,000
Source of Funding: UNRCO
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: UN Agencies and Government of Zimbabwe
Countries: ZIMBABWE
Lessons
1.

: The main constraints presented were the lack of Government’s full leadership in aid coordination including bilateral aid coordination and ZUNDAF TGs do not have a multi-year programme and funding, consistent Government engagement and representation in the TG level was inadequate, the M&E framework favors quantitative indicators and multiple reporting requirements increasing transaction costs, among other constraints.


Findings
1.

It was clarified that the ZUNDAF is also part of Government planning and programming, a multi-sectoral approach could be better integrated, the M&E framework should consider qualitative indicators and reporting requirements should be standardized.


Recommendations
1

Programming principles of gender and the human rights-based approach were applied consistently at the project level but should have been mainstreamed throughout the ZUNDAF Thematic Areas

2

Efficiency: the HACT was not working as well as it could be and there are issues around the different financial and administrative systems and approaches among UN organizations as they increase administrative burdens and reduce efficiency

3
  1. Effectiveness – Results, M&E and Sustainability:overall progress towards achieving targets was on track and good. In general M&E worked well in ZUNDAF processes, however there was a call for an increased synergy among Government and UN M&E as well as enhancing access to ZIMSTAT. Also, there is need for a harmonization of national M&E processes like planning, mid-year reviews and annual reviews. In concluding, it was recommended that results should be more structured, including mention of all sectors involved
4

Effectiveness – Coordination the existence and functioning of the OPC/UNRCO has proved useful in bringing together stakeholders and that UNDAF TG work feeds well into the Zim ASSET clusters of government. Room for improvement lies within strengthening participation and coordination with the private sector and all CSOs (national and international) at TG level. Furthermore, representation to be at director level on the side of government combined with ZUNDAF being an agenda item at the Party of Secretaries would allow for greater synergy

5

Effectiveness – Partnerships and Resource Mobilization: generally successful, was recommended that development partners broaden their base of funding and that funds should eventually be managed by the Government through the Ministry of Finance. Closer working ties and monitoring of NGO budgets and progress was highlighted as important and better collaboration with the private sector and media were recommended

1. Recommendation:

Programming principles of gender and the human rights-based approach were applied consistently at the project level but should have been mainstreamed throughout the ZUNDAF Thematic Areas

Management Response: [Added: 2016/08/24]

This recommendation is noted. Programming principles have been fully applied when developing the 2016-2020 ZUNDAF including gender mainstreaming strategic guide developed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Programming principles to be applied when developing the 2016-2020 ZUNDAF.
[Added: 2016/08/24]
ZUNDAF Theme Group 2016/01 Completed
2. Recommendation:

Efficiency: the HACT was not working as well as it could be and there are issues around the different financial and administrative systems and approaches among UN organizations as they increase administrative burdens and reduce efficiency

Management Response: [Added: 2016/08/24]

Management introduced HACT training was provided to partners

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Micro and Macro HACT assessment to be undertaken by all UN Agencies partners
[Added: 2016/08/24]
Operation Management Team 2016/06 Completed
3. Recommendation:
  1. Effectiveness – Results, M&E and Sustainability:overall progress towards achieving targets was on track and good. In general M&E worked well in ZUNDAF processes, however there was a call for an increased synergy among Government and UN M&E as well as enhancing access to ZIMSTAT. Also, there is need for a harmonization of national M&E processes like planning, mid-year reviews and annual reviews. In concluding, it was recommended that results should be more structured, including mention of all sectors involved
Management Response: [Added: 2016/08/24]

Noted and liaised with OPC to ensure alignment of M&E processes of the Government and ZUNDAF.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
This action to be reflected in the 2016-2020 ZUNDAF. The mid-year review for 2016 has to be undertaken jointly.
[Added: 2016/08/24] [Last Updated: 2017/12/26]
ZUNDAF Results Group 2017/12 Completed History
4. Recommendation:

Effectiveness – Coordination the existence and functioning of the OPC/UNRCO has proved useful in bringing together stakeholders and that UNDAF TG work feeds well into the Zim ASSET clusters of government. Room for improvement lies within strengthening participation and coordination with the private sector and all CSOs (national and international) at TG level. Furthermore, representation to be at director level on the side of government combined with ZUNDAF being an agenda item at the Party of Secretaries would allow for greater synergy

Management Response: [Added: 2016/08/24]

The recommendation is noted. 2016-2020 ZUNDAF coordination mechanisms have been formalized with letter of appointment from the UN Resident Coordinator to all members of the Results Group.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The ZUNDAF results group to be co-chaired by a UN rep and Permanent Secretary (heads of Government in line ministries).
[Added: 2016/08/24] [Last Updated: 2017/12/26]
ZUNDAF Results Group, PMT and UN Country Team 2017/12 Completed This is already ongoing for the year of 2017 was implemented for all the ZUNDAF Results Groups. History
5. Recommendation:

Effectiveness – Partnerships and Resource Mobilization: generally successful, was recommended that development partners broaden their base of funding and that funds should eventually be managed by the Government through the Ministry of Finance. Closer working ties and monitoring of NGO budgets and progress was highlighted as important and better collaboration with the private sector and media were recommended

Management Response: [Added: 2016/08/24]

The recommendation is noted.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Template of financial reporting as per the Ministry of Finances guidance has been developed and the UN through UNRCO to report on a quarterly basis to the MoF using the new template for Q1 and Q2 of 2016
[Added: 2016/08/24]
ZUNDAF Results Group 2016/07 Completed

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