Mid-Term evaluation of UN Joint Programme for Gender Equality – II Phase

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Evaluation Plan:
2016-2020, Georgia
Evaluation Type:
Mid Term Project
Planned End Date:
04/2019
Completion Date:
06/2019
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
40,000

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Title Mid-Term evaluation of UN Joint Programme for Gender Equality – II Phase
Atlas Project Number: 00087573
Evaluation Plan: 2016-2020, Georgia
Evaluation Type: Mid Term Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 06/2019
Planned End Date: 04/2019
Management Response: Yes
UNDP Signature Solution:
  • 1. Governance
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 2.2.3 Capacities, functions and financing of rule of law and national human rights institutions and systems strengthened to expand access to justice and combat discrimination, with a focus on women and other marginalised groups
SDG Goal
  • Goal 16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
SDG Target
  • 16.3 Promote the rule of law at the national and international levels and ensure equal access to justice for all
Evaluation Budget(US $): 40,000
Source of Funding: SIDA
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 72,616
Joint Programme: Yes
Joint Evaluation: Yes
  • Joint with UN Agencies
  • Joint with UN Women, UNFPA
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Bunafsha Gulakova Ms. gulakovabunafsha@gmail.com
Silvia Gurrola Bonilla Ms. silvia.gurrola@gmail.com
Michael Thomas Johnson Ms. mthfjohnson@gmail.com
Lela Shengelia Ms. lelasheng@gmail.com GEORGIA, REPUBLIC OF
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: Parliament of Georgia/GEC; HRIAC MOF, MOA, MES, MRDI, MESD,CSB, SC CSRDG, MSPA
Countries: GEORGIA, REPUBLIC OF
Comments:

Though tender was announced per initial plan (in summer). However, there was no qualified company identified and the project had to re-announce the tender, which prolonged selection process. Second announcement has rendered results and the company was identified. Currently the project is in the process of recruiting the company. Besides, the the project is joint and apart from UNDP there are 2 more UN agencies involved (UNW, UNFPA), and all decisions need to be agreed by 3 parties, this additionally required more time than only UNDP evaluation would do. Considering the above, the date for submission is postponed to April 2019.

Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Recommendation 1/ Consider further advocacy to enhance the human resource capacity of GE Commission under the Prime Minister’s Office given the risks to sustainability in the absence of adequate capacity within said office. There is a need for sustainability strategy that can leverage the institution’s strength and mitigate understaffing.

2

Recommendation 3/ The good practice of investing in youth and working with a local authority, like in municipality of Zugdidi, to reflect the needs of the future generation in the policy decision should be further replicated across the country, and especially, in Pankisi Gorge to prevent the radicalization of Muslim community and harmful practices towards women, and other vulnerable groups.

3

Recommendation 11/ Ensure that the practice of engaging the private sector in supporting project activities in outcome 1 is expanded and also applied to outcome 2 and outcome 3 where appropriate to support effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability. By matching the economic component with value and rights promotion, the relevance of the programme’s activities is also enhanced.

4

Recommendation 12/ Consider the additional indicators for Outcome 3: (a) Number of Memorandums of Understanding signed with the private sector; (b) Number of women beneficiaries of the programme who are employed or have gained employment – disaggregated by vulnerability (e.g. IDPs and ethnic minorities); (c) increase in budgetary appropriations in local/municipal development plans.

5

Recommendation 13/ Expand the scope of operational programming to the most remote regions heavily populated with IDPs and ethnic minorities.

6

Recommendation 14/ Increase the level of understanding of grassroots-level partners regarding the link between their needs, changes at policy level, and how these policies can be applies in practice to optimize the effective implementation of those policies.

1. Recommendation:

Recommendation 1/ Consider further advocacy to enhance the human resource capacity of GE Commission under the Prime Minister’s Office given the risks to sustainability in the absence of adequate capacity within said office. There is a need for sustainability strategy that can leverage the institution’s strength and mitigate understaffing.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/11/04]

Accepted: All UNJP PUNOs agree with this recommendation

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Advocate for the enhancement of the human resource capacity of GE Commission under the Prime Minister’s Office, through re-appointment of the Assistant to the Prime Minister on Human Rights and Gender Equality Issues and provision of secretarial services to the GE Commission.
[Added: 2019/11/04]
UNDP CO 2020/12 Initiated
2. Recommendation:

Recommendation 3/ The good practice of investing in youth and working with a local authority, like in municipality of Zugdidi, to reflect the needs of the future generation in the policy decision should be further replicated across the country, and especially, in Pankisi Gorge to prevent the radicalization of Muslim community and harmful practices towards women, and other vulnerable groups.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/11/04]

Partially Accepted: UNDP will consider strengthening interventions in this direction while planning future programming.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
In the process of planning future programming make special emphasis on deepening collaboration with UNFPA to support youth development, youth work, and to reflect the needs of the future generation in the policymaking. Work on elaborating Youth Index
[Added: 2019/11/04]
UNDP CO 2020/12 Not Initiated As part of the UN Coordination Group on Youth Issues and in cooperation with UNFPA, UNDP has been engaging in activities aimed at empowering youth within and outside the realm of UNJP target regions. In the process of planning future programming, special emphasis to be made on deepening collaboration with UNFPA to support youth development, youth work, and to reflect the needs of the future generation in the policymaking.
3. Recommendation:

Recommendation 11/ Ensure that the practice of engaging the private sector in supporting project activities in outcome 1 is expanded and also applied to outcome 2 and outcome 3 where appropriate to support effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability. By matching the economic component with value and rights promotion, the relevance of the programme’s activities is also enhanced.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/11/04]

Accepted: UNDP is in agreement with this recommendation and is already planning activities accordingly.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
As a result of reflection on this recommendation, UNDP aims at engaging the private sector where deemed needed within its activities in Outcome 1, 2, and 3 to support effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability, as well as matching the economic component with value and rights promotion.
[Added: 2019/11/04]
UNDP CO 2020/12 Initiated Specific interventions are being planned.
4. Recommendation:

Recommendation 12/ Consider the additional indicators for Outcome 3: (a) Number of Memorandums of Understanding signed with the private sector; (b) Number of women beneficiaries of the programme who are employed or have gained employment – disaggregated by vulnerability (e.g. IDPs and ethnic minorities); (c) increase in budgetary appropriations in local/municipal development plans.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/11/04]

Accepted: UNDP is in agreement with this recommendation and is already implementing it through creation of the joint data-base of beneficiaries

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1/ Strengthen M&E component and create a joint database of all UNJP (UNDP's component) beneficiaries
[Added: 2019/11/04] [Last Updated: 2020/01/16]
UNDP Gender project team 2019/12 Completed The project started to collect data for all 3 recommended indicators. History
2/ Further institutionalize the unique model of cooperation with the private sector established within outcome 1 of UNJP Note: Content-wise the proposed action is related and connected to outcome 1 of the UNJP, instead of outcome 3 as indicated in the recommendation (technical mistake, probably). Thus, respective activities are being planned within outcome 1, instead of outcome 3. Reflecting the proposed action within outcome 3 would be neither logical nor feasible.
[Added: 2019/11/04]
UNDP Gender project team 2020/06 Initiated UNDP plans to further institutionalize the unique model of cooperation with the private sector established within outcome 1 of UNJP. In particular, cooperation with the private sector to ensure high levels of employment for beneficiaries of professional education programmes. These collaborations will not only be strengthened but will also be extended to the policy level. This dialogue is part of vocational education reform that the Ministry of Education and Science is undergoing currently and UNDP is actively participating in the process.
3/ Further increase the role of local women and share of their advocacy initiatives in budgetary appropriations in local/municipal development plans
[Added: 2019/11/04]
UNDP Gender project 2020/12 Initiated Together with its partners, UNDP continuously works on increasing the role of local women and share of their advocacy initiatives in budgetary appropriations in local/municipal development plans. Activities are being carried out through 2019 and will continue in 2020, as well. In addition, UNDP conducts advocacy work for strengthening cooperation with local governments in target regions and communities. Moreover, UNDP plans to strengthen newly-established gender equality mechanisms at the local level by providing technical support and expertise.
5. Recommendation:

Recommendation 13/ Expand the scope of operational programming to the most remote regions heavily populated with IDPs and ethnic minorities.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/11/04]

Accepted: UNDP is in agreement with this recommendation and plans to expand the scope of operational programming to the most remote regions heavily populated with IDPs and ethnic minorities in future programming.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Expand the scope of operational programming to include especially remote and vulnerable communities.
[Added: 2019/11/04]
Gender project team 2020/12 Initiated
6. Recommendation:

Recommendation 14/ Increase the level of understanding of grassroots-level partners regarding the link between their needs, changes at policy level, and how these policies can be applies in practice to optimize the effective implementation of those policies.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/11/04]

Accepted: UNDP is in agreement with this recommendation and is already implementing it through UNJP's on-going activities

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1/ Hold all-partner bi-monthly update meetings
[Added: 2019/11/04]
Gender project 2020/12 Initiated UNDP is taking particular measures to increase the level of understanding of grassroots-level partners regarding the link between their needs, changes at the policy level, and how these policies can be applied in practice to optimize the effective implementation of those policies. In particular, by holding all-partner bi-monthly update meetings where UNDP updates partners on on-going policy work with various line ministries and plans further steps together with partners based on feedback from the ground.
2/ Serve as a bridge between policymakers and grassroots-level partners in policymaking
[Added: 2019/11/04]
Gender project 2020/12 Initiated In addition, UNDP serves as a bridge between policymakers and grassroots-level partners in policymaking. For example, working with VET centers and the Ministry of Education on amendments to vocational education modalities in Georgia, working with the Parliament and local partners in the format of thematic inquiries aimed at increasing women's economic participation, and so on.
3/ Conduct regular in-house capacity-building workshops with partners
[Added: 2019/11/04]
Gender project 2020/12 Initiated In order to increase the level of understanding of grassroots-level partners regarding the link between their needs, changes at the policy level, UNDP conducts regular in-house capacity-building workshops with partners, where apart from joint work, their sustainability strategies are being planned, and capacity-development activities are being carried out

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