Assessment of Development Results: Kyrgyzstan

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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 $):
104,000

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Title Assessment of Development Results: Kyrgyzstan
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 2.5. Legal and regulatory frameworks, policies and institutions enabled to ensure the conservation, sustainable use, and access and benefit sharing of natural resources, biodiversity and ecosystems, in line with international conventions and national
  • 3. Output 3.1. Core functions of government enabled (in post conflict situations) to ensure national ownership of recovery and development processes
Evaluation Budget(US $): 104,000
Source of Funding:
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 104,000
Joint Programme: No
Mandatory Evaluation: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders:
Countries: KYRGYZSTAN
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

UNDP should further focus its support on strengthening the capacity of national institutions, especially at the subnational level, to implement existing policies and legislation.

2

Capitalizing on its rich experience with local development, UNDP should support the government in strengthening its regional development model and, within that framework, further rationalize, refine and harmonize its own model of support to local development and community mobilization.

3

UNDP should further strengthen its results-based management system and risk management practices and capacities.

4

UNDP should pay greater attention to the sustainability of structures and initiatives it creates. Sustainability concerns should be integrated more effectively into the Country Office’s planning and monitoring processes.

5

There is scope for UNDP to further strengthen the gender-sensitivity approach and the gender-related impact of its programme.

Management Response Documents
1. Recommendation:

UNDP should further focus its support on strengthening the capacity of national institutions, especially at the subnational level, to implement existing policies and legislation.

Management Response:

Supporting institutions at all levels to be more accountable and inclusive with a focus on access to justice, human rights and gender equality commitments, and sustainable peace at community levels  is one of the key areas identified in the new UNDAF and CPD (2018-2022) for Kyrgyzstan which is very much in line with SDG 16. Therefore, UNDP will continue to provide support to strengthen the capacity of national and local institutions to implement existing policies and legislation. Namely, within the ongoing judicial legal reform the rule of law programme has developed the detailed action plans for the implementation of the package of approved laws in 2016 working closely with the Parliament and line ministries. The implementation plans put into practice the key national legislation on national and sub-national level. Along with this, the development assistance coordinated by UNDP will build the capacity of national institutions to deliver adequate services. This includes provision of various capacity development programs (trainings for judges and law enforcement agencies, parliamentary administrative staff, sharing best practices etc.), technical assistance and guidance. UNDP will continue strengthening capacity of the State Registry Service under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic and the Central Election Commission in the capital and territorial offices. As well, UNDP will enhance institutional and individual capacities for sustainable climate resilient natural resource management with focus on addressing land degradation, climate change adaptation, biodiversity conservation, integrated water resource management and sound management of waste and chemicals.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Ensure that the new CPD focuses on strengthening institutions at all levels to be more accountable and inclusive with a focus on access to justice, human rights and gender equality commitments, and sustainable peace at community levels. SMT/Programme officers 2017/12 Initiated
Design and initiated specific interventions with focus on strengthening the capacity of key institutions (i.e. Parliament, key ministries, local authorities, Civil Registry) Programme Unit 2017/12 Initiated
2. Recommendation:

Capitalizing on its rich experience with local development, UNDP should support the government in strengthening its regional development model and, within that framework, further rationalize, refine and harmonize its own model of support to local development and community mobilization.

Management Response:

Recommendation is accepted. UNDP Kyrgyzstan started the review its ABD programmes with the aim to strengthen the model of local and regional development in the country.  The strengthened model of local and regional development will be applied within the existing Area-Based Development in Osh, Batken and Naryn regions and further scale up. UNDP will continue to support the Government and local authorities to implement regional development model and coordinate the interventions of development partners at the local level.     

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Review its ABD programmes with the aim to strengthen the model of local and regional development in the country. Programme Unit 2017/12 Initiated
3. Recommendation:

UNDP should further strengthen its results-based management system and risk management practices and capacities.

Management Response:

The recommendation is accepted. The CO will strengthen its monitoring and evaluation culture among the staff and partners through better development and implementation of M&E plans. Measurable indicators will be integrated more effectively into the programme’s results frames, and other programme management documents. Risk logs are developed during the project design and carefully monitored and updated during the project implementation.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Upgrade data collection in the M&E systems M&E FP, UNDP Projects, CO 2017/12 Initiated
Measurable indicators are integrated more effectively into the CDP and projects RRFs M&E FP, UNDP Projects, CO 2017/12 Initiated
M&E plans are strengthened for effective monitoring and evaluation of the programme and projects M&E FP, UNDP Projects, CO 2017/12 Initiated
Risk logs are developed during the project design and carefully monitored and updated during the project implementation. Programme Officers 2017/12 Initiated
4. Recommendation:

UNDP should pay greater attention to the sustainability of structures and initiatives it creates. Sustainability concerns should be integrated more effectively into the Country Office’s planning and monitoring processes.

Management Response:

The recommendation is well noted and taken into account. Sustainability plan will be developed and carefully monitored throughout programme and projects implementation. The office is effectively working under the resource mobilization to continue the support in key areas after careful consideration and assessment at the end of the project.  In the HIV/TB programme area, UNDP continues to strengthen the capacity building work with the main partners to take over the PR role as planned in 2018.   

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Fully implement the Capacity Development and Transition Plan for the transfer of the role of PR to the Ministry of Health. Continue to strengthen the capacity of the main partners within the GF grants through various trainings. GF PIU 2017/12 Initiated
Strengthen CO’s knowledge management system Programme officers 2017/12 Initiated
Internal and external factors that affect the sustainability of programme and projects interventions are well accounted for and assessed at the design stage and during implementation. Programme officers 2017/12 Initiated
5. Recommendation:

There is scope for UNDP to further strengthen the gender-sensitivity approach and the gender-related impact of its programme.

Management Response:

UNDP Kyrgyzstan will continue to further strengthen the gender-sensitivity approach and the gender-related impact of its programme. In 2016 UNDP Executive Team started to review the Gender Mainstreaming activities of all UNDP projects with the purpose to strengthen gender approaches in line with UNDP’s Gender Equality Strategy. The Joint Gender Mainstreaming plan is being developed annually to ensure that at least 15% of each programme budget is dedicated for gender specific and gender mainstreaming activities. UNDP Gender team is fully involved in the appraisal and/or development of project’s concepts notes, documents and TORs according to the Interoffice memorandum “Follow-up on Gender Seal appraisal mission”, which confirms inclusion of proper gender analysis, disaggregated evidences and targeted approach. In 2016 UNDP has started the process of revalidation of its Gold Seal Certification and is planning to have revalidated it in 2017.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Revalidate UNDP Gold Seal Certification SMT/Gender FP 2018/12 Initiated
Elaboration and implementation of Joint Gender Mainstreaming Plan with more focus on women as agents of change especially at the local level SMT/PU/OU/PIU/ABD/Gender FP 2018/12 Initiated
Ensure more solid gender disaggregated evidence in the M&E framework, i.e. new CPD and Project documents M&E Officer/Programme Officers 2017/12 Initiated

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