Assessment of Development Results:Jordan

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Evaluation Plan:
2014-2017, Independent Evaluation Office
Evaluation Type:
ADR
Planned End Date:
06/2017
Completion Date:
12/2016
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
160,000

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Title Assessment of Development Results:Jordan
Atlas Project Number:
Evaluation Plan: 2014-2017, Independent Evaluation Office
Evaluation Type: ADR
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 12/2016
Planned End Date: 06/2017
Management Response: Yes
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
  • 1. Output 1.3. Solutions developed at national and sub-national levels for sustainable management of natural resources, ecosystem services, chemicals and waste
  • 2. Output 2.6. Legal reform enabled to fight discrimination and address emerging issues (such as environmental and electoral justice
  • 3. Output 3.2. Functions, financing and capacity of sub-national level institutions enabled to deliver improved basic services and respond to priorities voiced by the public
Evaluation Budget(US $): 160,000
Source of Funding:
Joint Programme: No
Mandatory Evaluation: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders:
Countries: JORDAN
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Jordan’s governance and socioeconomic reforms are unfinished business. The focus of the UNDP programme on democratic governance and public sector reforms, socioeconomic development and environmental sustainability will thus continue to be relevant into the next programme cycle. To increase its impact, UNDP should establish the causal relationships and intersections between the development challenges it aims to address, such as the connection between unemployment and poverty, between good governance and economic reform, and between environmental degradation and poverty. 

2

The Syrian refugee situation is likely going to extend over a longer period than was initially foreseen, and UNDP should continue to plan for this. 

3

The country office should prioritize gender mainstreaming in the next country programme. This should include preparing a gender strategy and a related implementation framework. 

4

The UNDP role as lead UN agency for coordination in Jordan needs to be strengthened.

5

UNDP should use its comparative advantage with the Government to continue advocacy on sensitive issues, such as wider engagement of civil society in programme interventions.

1. Recommendation:

Jordan’s governance and socioeconomic reforms are unfinished business. The focus of the UNDP programme on democratic governance and public sector reforms, socioeconomic development and environmental sustainability will thus continue to be relevant into the next programme cycle. To increase its impact, UNDP should establish the causal relationships and intersections between the development challenges it aims to address, such as the connection between unemployment and poverty, between good governance and economic reform, and between environmental degradation and poverty. 

Management Response:

UNDP support was instrumental in furthering national capacities to undertake key governance reforms, especially in electoral assistance and modernization of public administrative reforms. UNDP also had notable successes in climate change issues and mainstreaming environmental sustainability, as evidenced by different evaluations. UNDP pioneered the implementation of sustainable livelihoods interventions, highlighted as successful interventions at the regional and global levels.

 

 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1)UNDP will establish the causal relationships and intersections between the development challenges it aims to address and the programme in its next CPD; 2)The new country programme will apply a programme approach that fosters programme synergies; will balance support at national and sub-national levels, and further focus on poverty-environment inter linkages; 3)Training for all officers on M&E for strengthened M&E capacities and skills in the country office; 4)Continued advocacy with government institutions for up taking governance reforms, and replication of livelihoods activities by national institutions; 5)The environment programme will explore GEF financing for innovative spatial analysis and geographic information systems and remote sensing technologies; will work with the concerned national institutions to promote the “environmental economics” concept and develop national relevant capacities in that regard; and will continue working on integration of environmental concerns across sectors by exploring new different instruments and approaches. UNDP 2018/01 Initiated
2. Recommendation:

The Syrian refugee situation is likely going to extend over a longer period than was initially foreseen, and UNDP should continue to plan for this. 

Management Response:

UNDP Jordan finalized a Resource Mobilization Strategy that was approved by RBAS, and will evaluate its implementation over the course of the coming years.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1) UNDP Jordan will implement the elaborated resource mobilization strategy endorsed by RBAS, making sure that it continues to do donor intelligence, try to increase government cost-sharing, and respond to national priorities to make sure that enough resources are available for the implementation of the next CPD; 2) The Country Office will implement all the recommendations of the HQ Business process re-engineering mission, especially the workflow and the SOPs that have been elaborated for the seven key business processes. The office will review the SOPs periodically and reflect any changes required for their implementation. UNDP 2018/01 Initiated
3. Recommendation:

The country office should prioritize gender mainstreaming in the next country programme. This should include preparing a gender strategy and a related implementation framework. 

Management Response:

UNDP finalized its gender strategy and applied for the Gender Seal in November 2016. The CO could not afford- budget wise- to recruit a dedicated Gender Specialist, and rather opted in this case to have a Gender Team.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1) The Country Office will implement that elaborated gender mainstreaming strategy and the action plan, including training of all UNDP staff on GMS, provision of relevant resources, screening of project documents and donor reports, among others; 2) Once implementation starts, UNDP will evaluate the GMS implementation strategy and will discuss within the office and with counterparts any changes that are required. UNDP 2018/06 Initiated
4. Recommendation:

The UNDP role as lead UN agency for coordination in Jordan needs to be strengthened.

Management Response:

UNDP coordinates key sectors in the UNCT, including, but not limited to, the elaboration of the MDGR, the finalization of a policy options paper on PAR, the elaboration of a one UN approach to PVE, etc. UNDP also coordinates all issues related to the resilience axis, including the preparation of the vulnerability assessment, preparation of the JRP, and the 3RP.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP to continue to lead on key areas of expertise in the UNCT, especially resilience and PVE. UNDP, on behalf of the UNCT, to finalize the issuance of the MDGR, the National strategy on Youth, the 3RP, the resilience report and vulnerability assessment, and the one-UN-approach on PVE. UNDP 2018/01 Initiated
5. Recommendation:

UNDP should use its comparative advantage with the Government to continue advocacy on sensitive issues, such as wider engagement of civil society in programme interventions.

Management Response:

UNDP has been advocating with the GoJ for increased involvement of NGOs in project implementation. In the last quarter of 2016, UNDP signed agreements with 37 CBOs with the government.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP to continue advocacy on above issues UNDP 2018/01 Initiated

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