Women in Local Democracy Project Mid-Term Evaluation

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Evaluation Plan:
2016-2020, Armenia
Evaluation Type:
Mid Term Project
Planned End Date:
12/2016
Completion Date:
09/2016
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
10,000

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Title Women in Local Democracy Project Mid-Term Evaluation
Atlas Project Number: 00082040
Evaluation Plan: 2016-2020, Armenia
Evaluation Type: Mid Term Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 09/2016
Planned End Date: 12/2016
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Democratic Governance
  • 2. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
  • 1. Output 4.4. Measures in place to increase women's participation in decision-making
Evaluation Budget(US $): 10,000
Source of Funding:
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: Yes
  • Joint with SDC
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders:
Countries: ARMENIA
Comments:

SDC did not share the entire TOR. Only UNDP related part is attached, as provided by SDC Armenia

Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Improved exchange and coordination between different women’s empowerment programs and initiatives would be beneficial for ensuring their cross-fertilization and learning from experience. The fact that two main supporters of such initiatives – UNDP and GIZ – are already bound as partners in this program provides a good basis for strengthening such coordination.

2

To compensate for a lack of women in Councils of the enlarged municipalities, and to avoid gender blindness of Local Self-Government (LSG) bodies, emphasis can be made on the introduction of women’s committees and promoting the appointment of women in village-level working groups. Mainstreaming gender equality through LSG management processes, such as through planning and budgeting, is another important approach to be further pursued. At the same time, it is also important to start working early in the to-be-enlarged communities on capacity development of potential female candidates.

3

To the extent possible, future interventions should include components/ small-scale support schemes targeting on involvement of men. The primary target group can include: LSG officials, families of active women and youth. More active showcasing of redistribution of gender roles (including appealing to competitiveness) can be useful in fighting stereotypes.

4

UNDP should continue lobbying for a mixed election system in the Electoral Code.

1. Recommendation:

Improved exchange and coordination between different women’s empowerment programs and initiatives would be beneficial for ensuring their cross-fertilization and learning from experience. The fact that two main supporters of such initiatives – UNDP and GIZ – are already bound as partners in this program provides a good basis for strengthening such coordination.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/12]

Taken into consideration.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Facilitation of donor/support organizations’ coordination mechanism, through: (i) regular meetings to discuss the ongoing issues and trends at the intersection of gender equality and local governance; (ii) maintenance of database of ongoing initiatives, as well as already existing WiLD project Google mapping tool.
[Added: 2016/12/12] [Last Updated: 2017/12/02]
UNDP Armenia WiLD 2 Project 2018/12 Completed Information has been exchanged with the main organizations dealing with women political empowerment issues – GIZ and CoE - trough Local Governance in Armenia program coordination modality. Bi-lateral meetings were held on specific thematic issues around women political participation issues with GIZ and CoE. UNDP and GIZ in joint effort organized an event for national and local leaders on international framework on gender equality. Project updates the matrix of ongoing projects on women empowerment twice per year. History
Building programmatic synergies between the WiLD project and other ongoing initiatives, including joint initiatives or combining resources for better results.
[Added: 2016/12/12] [Last Updated: 2017/12/02]
UNDP Armenia WiLD 2 Project 2018/12 Completed Bi-lateral meetings were held with GIZ and CoE on specific thematic issues around women political participation. UNDP and GIZ jointly organized an event for national and local leaders presenting and discussing international framework on gender equality. History
2. Recommendation:

To compensate for a lack of women in Councils of the enlarged municipalities, and to avoid gender blindness of Local Self-Government (LSG) bodies, emphasis can be made on the introduction of women’s committees and promoting the appointment of women in village-level working groups. Mainstreaming gender equality through LSG management processes, such as through planning and budgeting, is another important approach to be further pursued. At the same time, it is also important to start working early in the to-be-enlarged communities on capacity development of potential female candidates.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/12] [Last Updated: 2017/12/02]

Both considerations were made by the Project Coordinator based on the project lessons learnt. The respective approaches are integrated in the programmatic activities.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Support formation of women groups (committees, networks, clubs) in user-driven modality through social innovation components of the Project (e.g. Demo Lab; innovative ideas competition and awards granted for prototyping and testing the new models). Contribute to the legislation reform, especially related to local governance sphere. Advocate for affirmative actions for women at local level
[Added: 2016/12/12] [Last Updated: 2017/12/02]
UNDP Armenia WiLD 2 Project 2018/12 Completed A user-driven approach was successfully tested through Demo Co-Design Lab, three citizen engagement solutions were prototyped and tested. The approach will be applied further in WiLD 2 Phase 2 project for initiation of new ideas and replication of tested ones in other consolidated communities. Recommendations for national and local governments for stimulating women engagement in local governance issues were prepared and presented to the government partners. History
Capacity development module is developed for the newly enlarged community on gender mainstreaming in the community local governance. The module is linked to community planning and budgeting processes, as well as community development priorities.
[Added: 2016/12/12] [Last Updated: 2017/12/02]
UNDP Armenia WiLD 2 Project 2017/12 Completed “Gender mainstreaming in local governance” training was conducted in four consolidated communities. The training participants were predominantly male. The analysis of training showed that it positively affected the perception of local government representatives on gender equality issues in relation to local planning and community development in general.The training covered also issues of conducting gender analysis in the community. History
To prepare female cadre for 2016 autumn local elections, the WiLD project started pre-electoral support outreach seminars and trainings from February 2016.
[Added: 2016/12/12] [Last Updated: 2017/12/02]
UNDP Armenia WiLD 2 Project 2016/09 Completed In case the RA Government decided to do more clustering in Syunik and Vayots Dzor regions of Armenia, the WiLD project will swiftly arrange the preelectoral work in the respective communities. History
3. Recommendation:

To the extent possible, future interventions should include components/ small-scale support schemes targeting on involvement of men. The primary target group can include: LSG officials, families of active women and youth. More active showcasing of redistribution of gender roles (including appealing to competitiveness) can be useful in fighting stereotypes.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/12] [Last Updated: 2017/12/02]

The recommendation is taken into consideration and respective measures integrated into the programmatic components.

 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Men serving and working in the newly-clustered communities are trained on gender aspects.
[Added: 2017/11/24]
UNDP Armenia WiLD 2 Project 2017/12 Completed “Gender mainstreaming in local governance” training was conducted in four consolidated communities with the developed module. The training participants are predominantly male. The training results point that it positively affect perception of local government representatives change on the aspects of gender equality, and its specifics for local planning and development issues. History
Further building on the results of the “I am the Community” Youth Leadership Model, which includes both male and female youngsters, the WiLD project is introducing “I am the Community” club to discuss topics related to gender and local governance in broader youth circles.
[Added: 2017/11/24] [Last Updated: 2017/12/02]
UNDP Armenia WiLD 2 Project 2018/12 Completed Youth empowerment is integrated in the WiLD 2 phase 2. The “I AM the Community” network will be expanded, club set and functional. UNDP plans also to engage this youth force in the work related to community governance and development. The example is the Citizen Satisfaction Baseline Assessment of community investment project, the fieldwork to be conducted by selected representatives of the mentioned youth force. History
4. Recommendation:

UNDP should continue lobbying for a mixed election system in the Electoral Code.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/12] [Last Updated: 2016/12/12]

Lobbying for the mixed electoral system and introduction of gender quota at the local level are on the WILD project’s high-priority agenda.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The Project will continue lobbying for the introduction of minimum 30% gender quota in the clustered (enlarged) communities.
[Added: 2016/12/12] [Last Updated: 2017/12/02]
UNDP Armenia WiLD 2 Project 2017/12 Completed 30% gender quota in two major cities introduced (Gyumri and Vanadzor) The project, in joint effort with other national/international counterparts, will continue to lobby for affirmative measures within WiLD 2 phase 2 to be applied countrywide History
The Project voices the necessity of the gender quota all over Armenia during all public awareness events (incl. TEDx salon event), media events and interviews, as well as capacity development events.
[Added: 2016/12/12] [Last Updated: 2017/12/02]
UNDP Armenia WiLD 2 Project 2017/12 Completed UNDP management and project management highlight the issue in all public and expert-level events. Recommendations for national and local governments for stimulating women engagement in local governance issues have been prepared to provide to government partners by end-2017. History

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