Youth Empowerment in Kuwait

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Evaluation Plan:
2015-2019, Kuwait
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
12/2019
Completion Date:
12/2019
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
20,000

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Title Youth Empowerment in Kuwait
Atlas Project Number: 00100028
Evaluation Plan: 2015-2019, Kuwait
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 12/2019
Planned End Date: 12/2019
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 10. Reduce inequality within and among countries
  • 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
  • Goal 8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
SDG Target
  • 10.2 By 2030, empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status
  • 16.7 Ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels
  • 8.5 By 2030, achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value
Evaluation Budget(US $): 20,000
Source of Funding: Project fund
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 15,740
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Hanan Elguindy Evaluator hhhundp@gmail.com EGYPT
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: Ministry of State for Youth Affairs, Public Authority for Youth, GSSCPD
Countries: KUWAIT
Lessons
1.

Most of the population in Kuwait is considered young. This project may lead to a difference to the level of youth empowerment as per the aspirations of Kuwait National Plan 2035. According to the Public Authority for Civil Information, the Kuwaiti adolescents and youth [from 15 till 29 years] make up of 368053 inhabitants which is the greater percentage of the population (35%). So this project could make a difference on the Kuwait efforts to position itself as regional and global leader for youth empowerment issues.

The allocated time as per the developed strategy of the project is reasonable and based on a careful planning and analysis. However this was not actually implemented on the ground. Due to the challenges faced that has been analyzed earlier in this report, the time needed and the duration necessary for obtaining results were not really allocated on the ground. Hence I certainly recommend extending the project as per the exact time suggested to achieve the planned outcome. This is in order to be able to achieve results and outcome. The reason for this is strongly recommendable is justified because of the efforts exerted so far. All initial preparatory steps have been implemented with satisfactory level. So continuation for and building on the achievement so far will lead to contributing to  enhancing youth capacities, skills and capabilities of MOYA and YPA to better serve young Kuwait men and men.

 

  • Analyze: The indicators of output achievement and their transformation into outcome tangible progress is strongly recommended to be utilized so as to be able to manage based on achieving results.

The management towards results achievement would have been made it quiet evident on how to achieve the overall objective rather than focusing on certain interim deliverable such as the communication plan that consumed considerable efforts and resources.  

  • Decide: How the overall interventions and performance process may be error-free processes and what are the lessons learned.  

National ownership has been evident in this project and I strongly recommend UNDP to work on it if we want to achieve efficiency and sustainability of the project.  Involvement of key officials only proved not to be effective as they could be changed; hence it should be useful to involve as much as relevant officials as possible. Middle management, executives, researchers, information Departments in addition to media may be involved all along the initial phase and once a while at the milestones achievements.

Inclusive partnership is also strongly recommended for the modalities of operation in most of the activities. This may result in additional running cost but on the other hand it will help sustain results and minimize starting from the beginning when a top leader is replaced

  • Means of Control: compare target performance in consideration of the results and how the means of control and correction may be replicated. 

The achievement somehow, although satisfactory for some outputs, was not tangible towards achieving the project overall outcome that affects and interlinked with the National Plan and Strategy of Youth Empowerment. The overall image, as below, need to be clear and in front of each stakeholder for several reasons that evolves around youth empowerment need partnerships and support from several partners not only the responsibility of MOYA. But the MOYA and / or YPA has a functional coordination role to achieve such outcome.

  • Beneficiaries Satisfaction: evaluate and analyze the results themselves in views of the end beneficiaries.

Beneficiaries’ satisfaction has been a challenge and will no longer be available as long as there is no sense of mutual accountability and commitment. Results chains will logically link input, outputs, outcomes and impact towards beneficiaries satisfaction. Results chains will be flexibly used by different development actors/ stakeholder enabling them to capture the development process and their contributions towards this achievement. It is central for achieving Therefore, the suggested results chain is a central tool in the UNDP efforts to define shared goals and objectives, create dialogue on results, and align results with the national vision and thus achieve sustainability.

Transfer Evaluation into Learning

In order to ensure the “Do No Harm” approach and increase effectiveness, I recommend designing and applying project approaches while involving all parties concerned/ stakeholders on wider scale not only top key officials taking into consideration as well the participation of the end beneficiaries who are the young men and women of Kuwait.

I also strongly recommend that when the (a) next phase is extended to address some of the challenges that the first phase faced in terms of greater inclusion and national ownership.


Findings
1.

In Kuwait, youth constitutes approximately 72% of the population so this show the massive importance of this project which is compatible to the steps of  Kuwait to position itself as a youth leader at  the national and the regional levels through youth empowerment. There is as well strong commitment from the government to develop youth which has been evident in the fifth national development plan along with the UNDP office support to the initiatives of the government through the UNDP Country program Action Plan.

The ultimate goal of this project is to develop programmes, activities and actions for implementation that will directly impact the efficient involvement and participation of youth in the development of their societies. The Final evaluation focused on the extent of project achievements in meeting the identified priority areas’ needs and the project’s response to those needs as they have evolved over the lifespan of the project.  The evaluation covered the project concept and activities, outputs, outcomes and provided information for further enhancement of the project’ s monitoring and evaluation strategy.

 

Data Collection

Evaluation methods suggested to be used by the evaluation expert includes:

 

  • Document review, that included all major documents such as the project document and its revision, progress reports, beneficiary entities forms…. etc (desk review study);
  • Presentations/inductions with project staff, primary internal and external stakeholders and social partners explaining the process, methodology, objectives and principles of the participatory evaluation which includes a detailed statement of proposed evaluation methods.
  • In country interviews with all key informants and key players: General Secretariat for Supreme Council for Planning and Development (GSSCPD), Ministry of State for Youth Affairs, UNDP, and other relevant stakeholders. Phone Interviews and Skype Meetings were also necessary, and meetings with relevant focal points at the regional level;
  • Preparation of Presentation of findings and recommendations to selected stakeholders and partners is ready and available upon request as part of the completed Evaluation Report.

Recommendations
1
  1. Extending the project as per the exact time suggested to achieve the planned outcome. This is in order to be able to achieve results and outcome. The reason for this is strongly recommendable is justified because of the efforts exerted so far. All initial preparatory steps have been implemented with satisfactory level. So continuation for and building on the achievement so far will lead to contributing to enhancing youth capacities, skills and capabilities of MOYA and YPA to better serve young Kuwait men and men.
2
  1. The indicators of output achievement and their transformation into outcome tangible progress is strongly recommended to be utilized so as to be able to manage based on achieving results.
3
  1. National ownership has been evident in this project and it is strongly recommend to UNDP to work on it if we want to achieve efficiency and sustainability of the project. Involvement of key officials only proved not to be effective as they could be changed; hence it should be useful to involve as much as relevant officials possible. Middle management, executives, researchers, information Departments in addition to media may be involved all along the initial phase and once a while at the milestones achievements.

Inclusive partnership is also strongly recommended for the modalities of operation in most of the activities. This may result in additional running cost but on the other hand it will help sustain results and minimize starting from the beginning when a top leader is replaced.

4
  1. Compare target performance in consideration of the results and how the means of control and correction may be replicated.
Management Response Documents
1. Recommendation:
  1. Extending the project as per the exact time suggested to achieve the planned outcome. This is in order to be able to achieve results and outcome. The reason for this is strongly recommendable is justified because of the efforts exerted so far. All initial preparatory steps have been implemented with satisfactory level. So continuation for and building on the achievement so far will lead to contributing to enhancing youth capacities, skills and capabilities of MOYA and YPA to better serve young Kuwait men and men.
Management Response: [Added: 2020/01/05]

The current CPD ends 2019 and there is no chance to extend the project beyond 2019. UNDP will attempt to have a second phase in 2020 for the new CPD

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP senior management will attempt with the governement to have a second phase project included in the CPD
[Added: 2020/01/06]
Senior Managament 2020/09 Initiated History
2. Recommendation:
  1. The indicators of output achievement and their transformation into outcome tangible progress is strongly recommended to be utilized so as to be able to manage based on achieving results.
Management Response: [Added: 2020/01/05]

This will be taken into consideration in the future and in the new CPD

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
This will be planned in our new projects for the new CPD when finalized
[Added: 2020/01/06]
Senior Management/Team Leaders 2020/09 Initiated History
3. Recommendation:
  1. National ownership has been evident in this project and it is strongly recommend to UNDP to work on it if we want to achieve efficiency and sustainability of the project. Involvement of key officials only proved not to be effective as they could be changed; hence it should be useful to involve as much as relevant officials possible. Middle management, executives, researchers, information Departments in addition to media may be involved all along the initial phase and once a while at the milestones achievements.

Inclusive partnership is also strongly recommended for the modalities of operation in most of the activities. This may result in additional running cost but on the other hand it will help sustain results and minimize starting from the beginning when a top leader is replaced.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/01/05]

Well noted. It will be implemented in the future and in the new CPD.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
In the new projects for the new CPD, as many as relevant officials will be invloved in the projets depending on the neture of the project
[Added: 2020/01/06]
Senior Management/Team Leaders 2020/09 Initiated History
4. Recommendation:
  1. Compare target performance in consideration of the results and how the means of control and correction may be replicated.
Management Response: [Added: 2020/01/05]

Well noted. It will be implemented in the future and in the new CPD.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
For future projects, the perfromance will be continously monitored and corrections will be done on time.
[Added: 2020/01/06]
Team Leaders/ Projects staff/Senior Managament 2020/09 Initiated

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