Midterm Outcome evaluation of the Governance programme

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2017-2021, Gambia
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Title Midterm Outcome evaluation of the Governance programme
Atlas Project Number: 00096755,00105411,00109930,00103813,00096128
Evaluation Plan: 2017-2021, Gambia
Evaluation Type: Outcome
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 04/2021
Planned End Date: 03/2020
Management Response: Yes
UNDP Signature Solution:
  • 1. Governance
  • 2. Resilience
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 1.2.3 Institutions and systems enabled to address awareness, prevention and enforcement of anti-corruption measures to maximize availability of resources for poverty eradication
  • 2. Output 2.2.2 Constitution-making, electoral and parliamentary processes and institutions strengthened to promote inclusion, transparency and accountability
  • 3. 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
  • 4. Output 3.3.2 Gender-responsive and risk-informed mechanisms supported to build consensus, improve social dialogue and promote peaceful, just and inclusive societies
SDG Goal
  • Goal 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  • 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 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
SDG Target
  • 1.a Ensure significant mobilization of resources from a variety of sources, including through enhanced development cooperation, in order to provide adequate and predictable means for developing countries, in particular least developed countries, to implement programmes and policies to end poverty in all its dimensions
  • 16.1 Significantly reduce all forms of violence and related death rates everywhere
  • 16.3 Promote the rule of law at the national and international levels and ensure equal access to justice for all
  • 16.5 Substantially reduce corruption and bribery in all their forms
  • 16.7 Ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels
  • 5.5 Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life
Evaluation Budget(US $): 40,000
Source of Funding: UNDP Trac
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 10,000
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Alhaji Bakary Marong Lead consulant Bakary Marong <bmarong700@gmail.com
Anthony Tayor Co-consultant amolat2003@gmail.com
Yayah Sireh Jallow Co-consultant ysirehj@gmail.com
Combah Gaye Legal/Gender Counsel CombaHgaye@gmail.com
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders:
Countries: GAMBIA
  1.  Recommendation: Accepted

Given the expansion and evolution of the Governance Portfolio since the Transition in 2017, UNDP should strengthen the capacity of the portfolio to manage the attendant high expectations.


To ensure smooth and effective project/programme implementation and sustainability, the government should address the security of tenure, staff turnover, and frequent staff movements.

  1.  Recommendation: Accepted

The CO continues to support capacity building and institutional strengthening initiatives/interventions among Implementing Partners - CSOs/NGOs and LGAs and Government for smooth and effective implementation, enhancement, and sustainability of the Governance Program.

  1.  Recommendation: Accepted

UNDP should strengthen M&E capacity within the Governance Portfolio (UNDP and Implementing Partners).

  1. Recommendation: Accepted

In the interest of efficiency, effectiveness, and economy, UNDP and Government should strengthen coordination, collaboration, and communication mechanisms within the Governance Programme.

  1. Recommendation: Accepted

UNDP should improve the visibility of its contribution to, and engagement with the Private Sector, especially in light of the achievements registered by the Governance Portfolio.

  1. Recommendation: Accepted

For the purposes of sustainability of the Governance Programme, Government should continue its support of project activities after project end and promote and pursue resource mobilization initiatives. In the same vein, UNDP should maintain frequent engagement with Implementing Partners and Development Partners through, but not limited to, the Development Partners Forum.

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