Final evaluation of UN Joint Programme for Gender Equality – II Phase

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Evaluation Plan:
2016-2020, Georgia
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
03/2021
Completion Date:
03/2021
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
50,000

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Title Final evaluation of UN Joint Programme for Gender Equality – II Phase
Atlas Project Number: 87573
Evaluation Plan: 2016-2020, Georgia
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 03/2021
Planned End Date: 03/2021
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 $): 50,000
Source of Funding: SIDA
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 28,300
Joint Programme: Yes
Joint Evaluation: Yes
  • Joint with UN Agencies
  • Joint with UN Women UNFPA
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Meredith Brown International Evaluation Consultant meredith@calibratesolutions.ca
Medea Badashvili National Evaluation Consultant medo.badashvili@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
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Recommendation 1 In its formulation of Phase III of the programme, the UNJP should continue to refine the Theory of Change and programme design to ensure alignment with the needs of the most disadvantaged women and girls and in line with key UN principles including Leave No One Behind.

2

Recommendation 2: In its formulation of Phase III of the programme, the UNJP should commit to a more aspirational programme, aiming for ambitious results with bold targets.

3

The UNJP should continue its ongoing advocacy to secure the national gains on women’s political participation. At the local level, the UNJP should amplify the Women Councilors’ Task Force and other key advocacy networks including the WIGs, with a focus on increased participation in the local level elections in 2021.

4

Recommendation 4: The UNJP should explore career options for women that respond to evolving opportunities in Georgia’s economy

5

Recommendation 5: The UNJP should explore the link between its efforts related to vocational educational training and other economic empowerment programs and its efforts to provide economic rehabilitation to women survivors of VAWG/DV.

6

Recommendation 10: The UNJP should maintain a targeted focus on strengthening civil society, especially local women’s organizations and networks.

7

Recommendation 11: The UNJP should develop a strategy for maintaining the long-term support of current champions and expanding the categories of champions to match the needs of its target beneficiaries.

8

Recommendation 12: The UNJP should develop a coordinated and timed transition plan to the end of the programme and move to a more targeted set of activities.

9

Recommendation 13: The UNJP should develop a holistic and evidence-based strategy for the inclusion of the LGBTQI community in the programme, that acknowledges and respects the diversity of the community and its members and adopts a Do No Harm approach

1. Recommendation:

Recommendation 1 In its formulation of Phase III of the programme, the UNJP should continue to refine the Theory of Change and programme design to ensure alignment with the needs of the most disadvantaged women and girls and in line with key UN principles including Leave No One Behind.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/06/14]

Accepted: All UNJP PUNOs agree with this recommendation

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.3 Conduct Perception Study on SOGI in Georgia.
[Added: 2021/06/14]
UNDP, UN Women, UNFPA 2021/12 Initiated In the frameworks of the UNJP’s transitional phase, the PUNOs in partnership with Women’s Initiatives’ Supporting Group (WISG) will conduct another round of the perception study on SOGI in Georgia carried out by WISG in 2015. Currently, the new methodology is being reviewed by the PUNOs in partnership with WISG. The study will allow for a comparative analysis of trends after five years and see existing challenges regarding the LGBTIQ community in Georgia. Results of the study should create bases for implementing other activities of the Phase II of the programme as well as for planning Phase III proposal.
1.4 Develop Special Report on LGBTIQ Human Rights Situation in Georgia and to ensure that these target groups are better reflected in the PDO’s annual human rights report
[Added: 2021/06/14]
UNDP, UN Women, UNFPA 2021/12 Initiated In the frameworks of the UNJP’s transitional phase, the PUNO’s are supporting the Public Defender of Georgia to develop the first ever Special Report of the Public Defender on LGBTIQ Human Rights Situation in Georgia and to ensure that these target groups are better reflected in the PDO’s annual human rights report. The report will form an unprecedented solid evidence base for policy dialogue and advocacy for LGBTIQ issues in the future.
1.1 During the development of the next phase, ensure that intersectional disadvantage as well as an explicit focus on the most disadvantaged women and girls is taken into account.
[Added: 2021/06/14]
UNDP, UN Women, UNFPA 2021/12 Not Initiated For the subsequent programming, the PUNOs will target the LBTIQ and women with disability as proven one of the most disadvantaged groups during the pandemic.
1.2 Seek out and reflect evidence to support greater understanding of the needs and circumstances of key target groups such as women with disabilities, women in ethnic minorities, rural and remote women, elderly women.
[Added: 2021/06/14]
UNDP, UN Women, UNFPA 2021/12 Not Initiated The PUNOs will explore opportunities for needs analysis of women with disabilities, women in ethnic minorities and women from rural and remote areas, elderly women for phase III programming.
1.5 Develop a public awareness-raising strategy to promote zero tolerance towards homo, bi and transphobia and popularize existing services for the LGBTIQ community.
[Added: 2021/06/14]
UNDP, UN Women, UNFPA 2021/12 Not Initiated In the frameworks of the UNJP’s transitional phase, the PUNOs have already contracted WISG to design a public awareness-raising strategy to promote zero tolerance towards homo, bi and transphobia and popularize existing services for the LGBTIQ community to be based on the findings of the public perceptions study on LGBTIQ issues
1.7 Based on the findings of the studies, develop a package of recommendations on legislative amendments, policy initiatives, state programmes and specialized services needed to meet the needs of the LGBTIQ community.
[Added: 2021/06/14]
UNDP, UN Women, UNFPA 2021/12 Not Initiated In the frameworks of the UNJP’s transitional phase, the PUNOs have already contracted WISG to develop a package of recommendations on legislative amendments, policy initiatives, state programmes and specialized services needed to meet the needs of the LGBTIQ community. The package will be based on the findings of the public perceptions study on LGBTIQ issues and the PDO Special Report on LGBTIQ.
1.8 Provide technical support and proposals aimed at mainstreaming LGBTIQ issues in any legislative and policy-making processes related to discrimination, gender-based violence, hate crimes or related areas, including into the subsequent cycles of the national human rights strategy and action plan and national action plan on violence against women and domestic violence.
[Added: 2021/06/14]
UNDP, UN Women, UNFPA 2021/12 Not Initiated In the frameworks of the UNJP’s transitional phase, the PUNOs have already contracted WISG to provide policy advice and mainstream LGBTIQ issues in any legislative and policy-making processes related to discrimination, gender-based violence, hate crimes or related areas, including into the subsequent cycles of the national human rights strategy and action plan and national action plan on violence against women and domestic violence.
1.9 Consider the focus on the most disadvantaged women and girls in Phase III proposal.
[Added: 2021/06/14] [Last Updated: 2021/06/25]
UNDP, UN Women, UNFPA 2021/12 Not Initiated The proposal will be prepared by end of 2021, therefore due date is postponed to Dec-2021. History
2. Recommendation:

Recommendation 2: In its formulation of Phase III of the programme, the UNJP should commit to a more aspirational programme, aiming for ambitious results with bold targets.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/06/14]

Accepted: All UNJP PUNOs agree with this recommendation. The targets set under Phase II of the program have been met and surpassed. Considering experience of Phase II, realistic and more ambitious targets will be set for the next proposal, including the contingency plan for underachievement.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1 During the development of the next phase of the programme, assess previous programme targets, consider opportunities to aim higher and ensure a common understanding of the possibility of failure to reach the targets
[Added: 2021/06/14]
UNDP, UN Women, UNFPA 2021/12 Not Initiated The drafting process will start after holding an initial meeting with the donor.
2.2 Ensure endorsement for more aspirational targets among project partners.
[Added: 2021/06/14]
UNDP, UN Women, UNFPA 2021/12 Not Initiated Within the drafting process, PUNOs will ensure to endorse for more aspirational targets.
3. Recommendation:

The UNJP should continue its ongoing advocacy to secure the national gains on women’s political participation. At the local level, the UNJP should amplify the Women Councilors’ Task Force and other key advocacy networks including the WIGs, with a focus on increased participation in the local level elections in 2021.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/06/14]

Accepted: UNDP agrees with this recommendation

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1 Together with international partners, reinforce advocacy to protect the gains achieved in the 2020 electoral reform process
[Added: 2021/06/14]
UNDP 2021/12 Initiated Advocacy brief for the international community has been developed.
3.2 Engage in immediate programming to support increased participation in local elections, including using the existing women’s networks.
[Added: 2021/06/14]
UNDP 2021/12 Initiated Leadership school for potential local women councilors has been launched; advocacy with regional party structures to take place in 2021. Women’s political participation is a significant portion of the cooperation with the Gender Equality Council in realm of the upcoming local elections. Joint activities are being planned with the Gender Equality Council.
3.3 In planning the next phase, assess the potential of the Women Councilors’ Task Force and other women’s networks to serve as nation-wide ambassadors promoting the role of women in decision-making.
[Added: 2021/06/14]
UNDP 2021/12 Initiated Institutional strengthening of the WCTF has been initiated, institutional development action plan is being developed.
4. Recommendation:

Recommendation 4: The UNJP should explore career options for women that respond to evolving opportunities in Georgia’s economy

Management Response: [Added: 2021/06/14]

Accepted: UNDP agrees with this recommendation

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
4.1 In next phase of the programme, further advance the work already to develop the care economy as a new avenue for economic empowerment for women.
[Added: 2021/06/14]
UNDP 2022/12 Not Initiated Activities will be planned accordingly in the next phase of the programme.
4.2 In the future phase, engage in ongoing labour market analysis to ensure training and entrepreneurship grants are targeting the gaps
[Added: 2021/06/14]
UNDP 2022/12 Not Initiated Activities will be planned accordingly in the next phase of the programme.
4.3 In the future phase, ensure training and capacity development is supported by public awareness related to social norms.
[Added: 2021/06/14]
UNDP 2023/12 Not Initiated Activities will be planned accordingly in the next phase of the programme.
5. Recommendation:

Recommendation 5: The UNJP should explore the link between its efforts related to vocational educational training and other economic empowerment programs and its efforts to provide economic rehabilitation to women survivors of VAWG/DV.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/06/14]

Partially accepted: During 2020, UNDP and UN Women introduced first synergies between VET support and protection of survivors of VAWG/DV

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
5.1 In the future phase, in concert with other UN work in this area, assess the opportunities to engage women survivors, including the development of a means to assess survivor readiness for economic rehabilitation.
[Added: 2021/06/14]
UNDP, UN Women 2023/12 Not Initiated History
5.2 In planning the next project phase, develop a joint area of programming between PUNOs to tackle this opportunity in innovative ways.
[Added: 2021/06/14]
UNDP, UN Women 2021/12 Not Initiated The EU-funded EVAWGG project implemented by UN Women is supporting the State Care Agency in the development of a socioeconomic rehabilitation programme for GBV survivors. UN Women and UNDP will ensure synergies and coordination between these two endeavors by making sure that the Agency’s beneficiaries have access to UNDP-supported VET programmes.
6. Recommendation:

Recommendation 10: The UNJP should maintain a targeted focus on strengthening civil society, especially local women’s organizations and networks.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/06/14]

Accepted: All UNJP PUNOs agree with this recommendation. New partnership has already been initiated with WISG to conduct the perception study on SOGI. UN agencies will integrate the perspective of strengthening Civil Society Organizations on the grass-root level in the new proposal.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
10.1 Conduct a fresh stakeholder mapping of the civil society, identifying ways to sustain successful local organizations.
[Added: 2021/06/14]
UNDP, UN Women, UNFPA 2021/12 Not Initiated PUNOs will conduct an informal mapping to inform the design of the III Phase programme document.
10.2 In planning the next phase, develop a concept for long-term support and empowerment of CBOs and CSOs, ensuring promotion of a value-driven approach.
[Added: 2021/06/14]
UNDP, UN Women, UNFPA 2022/12 Not Initiated History
7. Recommendation:

Recommendation 11: The UNJP should develop a strategy for maintaining the long-term support of current champions and expanding the categories of champions to match the needs of its target beneficiaries.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/06/14] [Last Updated: 2021/06/14]

Accepted: All UNJP PUNOs agree with this recommendation

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
11.1 Ensure that current champions, including politicians, community leaders and sports figures, are supported and engaged in next steps; assess their willingness to embrace new directions within the programme.
[Added: 2021/06/14]
UNDP, UN Women, UNFPA 2022/12 Not Initiated History
11.2 Consider identifying new champions that reflect targeted demographics, including representatives of international private sector.
[Added: 2021/06/14]
UNDP, UN Women, UNFPA 2022/12 Not Initiated History
8. Recommendation:

Recommendation 12: The UNJP should develop a coordinated and timed transition plan to the end of the programme and move to a more targeted set of activities.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/06/14]

Partially Accepted: the ongoing bridging year has been conceived with an emphasis on transition and, where appropriate, phase-out of certain activities. Based on the final evaluation findings, UNJP team will revise the logframe and will draft Phase III proposal accordingly. The activities that have been fully achieved and ready for the national ownership transition will be dropped, while others in need of further advocacy will be carried over in Phase III with realistic targets set.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
12.1 Review progress of the ongoing bridging phase and conduct a strategic analysis of the UNJP’s engagement levels in each area. Reframe engagement wherever appropriate
[Added: 2021/06/14]
UNDP, UN Women, UNFPA 2021/09 Initiated PUNOs will organize a formal brainstorming session in the wake of the Phase III drafting to plan engagement levels, areas and target groups based on the review of progress and needs identified as a result of a stakeholder consultation process.
9. Recommendation:

Recommendation 13: The UNJP should develop a holistic and evidence-based strategy for the inclusion of the LGBTQI community in the programme, that acknowledges and respects the diversity of the community and its members and adopts a Do No Harm approach

Management Response: [Added: 2021/06/14]

Accepted: All UNJO PUNO’s agree with this recommendation. UNJP is jointly leading a perception study on SOGI issues in 2021 based on which a communication strategy will be elaborated to lead advocacy and programming of SOGI issues within the framework of a new proposal.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
13.1 Conduct a robust survey of public attitudes towards LGBTQI community.
[Added: 2021/06/14]
UNDP, UN Women, UNFPA 2021/12 Initiated The PUNOs have already contracted WISG to conduct a public perceptions study on LGBTIQ issues. History
13.2 Develop Special Report on LGBTIQ Human Rights Situation in Georgia and ensure that these target groups are better reflected in the PDO’s annual human rights report.
[Added: 2021/06/14]
UNDP, UN Women, UNFPA 2021/12 Initiated UNDP, UN Women and UNFPA supports the Public Defender of Georgia to develop Special Report on LGBTIQ Human Rights Situation in Georgia and to ensure that these target groups are better reflected in the PDO’s annual human rights report.
13.3 Based on gathered evidence, develop a long-term strategy of engagement and public advocacy on LGBTQI issues, identifying particular opportunities that will allow the community to participate safely and effectively (respecting the Do No Harm principle).
[Added: 2021/06/14]
UNDP, UN Women, UNFPA 2021/12 Not Initiated The PUNOs have contracted WISG to jointly come up with a conceptual framework for further engagement of the UNJP on LGBTIQ issues based on the evidence based developed during the UNJP transitional phase.

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