Assessment of Development Results: Pakistan

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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 $):
135,000

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Title Assessment of Development Results: Pakistan
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 3.3. National institutions, systems, laws and policies strengthened for equitable, accountable and effective delivery of HIV and related services
Evaluation Budget(US $): 135,000
Source of Funding:
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 135,000
Joint Programme: No
Mandatory Evaluation: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders:
Countries: PAKISTAN
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Leveraging its strong relationship with the national and provincial governments, UNDP should focus its programme efforts to accelerate a development- oriented agenda (support to state building) in the next cycle. Each thematic programme should be guided by a clear strategy, envisaged to achieve the objectives as defined in its country programme.

2

UNDP should strengthen its upstream policy work to influence policy, institutional reforms, and creation of systems. UNDP’s internal sector-specific knowledge and expertise should be strengthened.

3

UNDP should strengthen its coordination and partnership with other UN agencies in all its programme areas, including the areas requiring collective efforts within the UN in advancing national-level development goals (e.g. SDGs) as well as in early recovery efforts with other humanitarian actors.

4

UNDP should more explicitly articulate gender equality and women’s empowerment in its programming strategy. These efforts should be led by senior management.

5

In collaboration with the appropriate government partners, UNDP should revisit its overall NIM strategy to ensure efficiency and effectiveness of UNDP-supported NIM projects. Particular efforts should be made in strengthening of the project management structure, oversight mechanisms, and implementation strategies.

6

UNDP should strengthen its result-based approach.

7

UNDP should invest in fostering innovation and cross-fertilization of programme efforts.

1. Recommendation:

Leveraging its strong relationship with the national and provincial governments, UNDP should focus its programme efforts to accelerate a development- oriented agenda (support to state building) in the next cycle. Each thematic programme should be guided by a clear strategy, envisaged to achieve the objectives as defined in its country programme.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/08/14] [Last Updated: 2017/10/11]

In the new Country Programme (2018-2022), UNDP Pakistan has approached the development strategy from three entry points in each of the thematic area (governance, community resilience/climate change, crisis prevention & stabilization). enabling environment, institutional capacities, community level. The new Country Programme is based on a clearly articulated theory of change elaborating clear inter-linkages between the thematic programme areas. 

Key Actions:

2. Recommendation:

UNDP should strengthen its upstream policy work to influence policy, institutional reforms, and creation of systems. UNDP’s internal sector-specific knowledge and expertise should be strengthened.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/08/14] [Last Updated: 2017/10/11]

UNDP Pakistan will review its capacities to ensure that these are in alignment with the new country programme needs as well as with available funds. However, the bulk of the technical expertise is project-specific and therefore UNDP will rely on high caliber chief technical advisors as experts in various fields (e.g. Rule of Law, Human Rights, Legislature, Stabilisation, Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation including Renewable Energy, Natural Resource Management (Land/Forest/Water), etc.).

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
In the new programme cycle, the first and foremost entry point to implement UNDP Pakistan development agenda is focussing on supporting state institutions at federal, provincial, and district level to develop legal frameworks, strategies, policies, and adapt policies in line with international conventions and treaties. This work also entails facilitating the provincial and local governments to incorporate SDGs and Vision 2025 in their development plans and growth strategies. Also in collaboration with UNDP China, CO will be undertaking a socio-economic impact assessmen of CPEC in the context of SDGs in Pakistan. Our policy work through the Development Advocate Pakistan (DAP) will carry on engaging perspectives on development from a wide set of stakeholders that include experts, Government, students and women. Some of the most prominent themes will include financing for development, local governance, education, the national budget, electoral reform, Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) mainstreaming and climate change. In order to help Pakistan access global climate finance and implement systemic change, UNDP launched the first national analysis of climate-related public expenditure and will be closely working with the Government to integrate climate change into budgeting across all affected sectors and also to develop climate financning framework.
[Added: 2017/10/11]
Unit Assistant Country Directors, Strategic Management Unit, Deputy Country Director - Programme 2021/12 Initiated
3. Recommendation:

UNDP should strengthen its coordination and partnership with other UN agencies in all its programme areas, including the areas requiring collective efforts within the UN in advancing national-level development goals (e.g. SDGs) as well as in early recovery efforts with other humanitarian actors.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/08/14] [Last Updated: 2017/10/11]

UNDP is already exploring opportunities for enhancing the collaboration with UN agencies and leverage the collective efforts of the UN system to build synergies, reduce transaction costs and enhance development results (e.g. DRM with WFP, FAO and IOM; rule of law with UNODC and UN-WOMEN, FATA Recovery with UNICEF, FAO, WFP, etc). Stronger collaboration with the Resident Coordinator office and the UNCT is already being established namely around the work on SDGs.

Key Actions:

4. Recommendation:

UNDP should more explicitly articulate gender equality and women’s empowerment in its programming strategy. These efforts should be led by senior management.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/08/14] [Last Updated: 2017/10/11]

UNDP has reactivated the Gender Seal Certification process led by the Country Director.  

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The Gender Marker and gender integration in programmes will be assessed and applied systematically through the internal project quality assurance mechanisms.  Collaboration with UN-WOMEN is being sought more proactively (rule of law, elections & parliament, etc).
[Added: 2017/10/11]
Unit Assistant Country Directors, Strategic Management Unit, Deputy Country Director - Programme, Country Director 2021/12 Initiated
5. Recommendation:

In collaboration with the appropriate government partners, UNDP should revisit its overall NIM strategy to ensure efficiency and effectiveness of UNDP-supported NIM projects. Particular efforts should be made in strengthening of the project management structure, oversight mechanisms, and implementation strategies.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/08/14] [Last Updated: 2017/10/11]

UNDP Pakistan has worked with the Government focal department i.e. Economic Affairs Division to revisit the tailored NIM guidelines and have been sucessful in replacing the altered guidelines with the corporate NIM guidelines. As a result of UNDP efforts, the government has also agreed to get the government line departments/ministries to be micro assessed as part of HACT regime.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Capacity development of the government institutions on HACT and NIM will be carried out in addition to their inclusion within the CPD for effective monitoring. In the new CPD the implementation modality will be utilised which will facilitate UNDP CO in delivering the best development results efficiently and effectively.
[Added: 2017/10/11]
Assistant Country Director, Environment & Climate Change Unit, Deputy Country Director - Programme 2021/12 Initiated
6. Recommendation:

UNDP should strengthen its result-based approach.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/08/14] [Last Updated: 2017/10/11]

UNDP, in line with UNSDF monitoring and evaluation framework, will work with other UN agencies on joint monitoring and evaluation exercises in the new programme. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP Pakistan web-based monitoring and evaluation system (STAR) will be used in collaboration with RC Office One View system to monitor and report on the progress made against the United Nations Sustainable Development Framework (UNSDF) outcomes aligned with SDG goals.
[Added: 2017/10/11]
Programme Officers, Project M&E Officers, Strategic Management Unit 2021/12 Initiated
7. Recommendation:

UNDP should invest in fostering innovation and cross-fertilization of programme efforts.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/08/14] [Last Updated: 2017/10/11]

Noted. In the next programme cycle (2018-2022), UNDP will strive to strengthen capabilities for SDGs achievement at the national, provincial and district level will include horizontal coordination across sectors and public-private partneships, and vertically across various levels of government. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Innovation and cross-fertilisation will be achieved by identification of gaps and the assessment of progress towards the SDGs through research, analysis, innovation and advocacy, including the National Human Development Index, the Multi-Dimensional Poverty Index and the Development Finance Assessment. UNDP will make a substantive contribution to local peace and development, bringing forward innovative and replicable models for scaling up accompanied with knowledge products to help inform the policy direction. An Innovation Group has been formed tasked with identifying innovation entry points and one example has been participation in the IData Studio in addition to the SDGs localising innovation fund. UNDP Pakistan is also streamlining/mapping its interventions in FATA and SDGS across the thematic areas of governance, resilience, climate change and policy development.
[Added: 2017/10/11]
Unit ACDs, SMU, DCD-P 2021/12 Initiated

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