Afghanistan Local Governance Programme (LoGo) (October 2015-November 2017) Midterm Evaluation Report

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Evaluation Plan:
2015-2019, Afghanistan
Evaluation Type:
Project
Planned End Date:
02/2018
Completion Date:
01/2018
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
50,000

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Title Afghanistan Local Governance Programme (LoGo) (October 2015-November 2017) Midterm Evaluation Report
Atlas Project Number: 00090448
Evaluation Plan: 2015-2019, Afghanistan
Evaluation Type: Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 01/2018
Planned End Date: 02/2018
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Democratic Governance
  • 2. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
  • 1. Output 3.1. Core functions of government enabled (in post conflict situations) to ensure national ownership of recovery and development processes
Evaluation Budget(US $): 50,000
Source of Funding: Project resources
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 50,000
Joint Programme: No
Mandatory Evaluation: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Imad Saed Consultant
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: Indepedent Directorate for Local Governance (IDLG)
Countries: AFGHANISTAN
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

National Technical Assistance modality must come to a successful end where category (A) staff should be absorbed by Tashkeel.

2

LoGo project needs to change course of activities to adapt to the draft of the Sub-National Governance Policy.

3

UNDP is highly recommended to provide tangible technical support to the finalization and implementation of the Sub-National Governance Policy.

4

The support to enhance municipal revenues should be the flagship component in the LoGo project. 

5

Technical capacities of the LoGo project team component leads should be re-evaluated and developed.

6

Specialized technical expertise should be made available to the LoGo project management team.

7

UNDP should seek partnership with UN sister agencies in providing technical support at the subnational and local levels.

8

Management arrangements of the LoGo project should be revised to increase the decision-making role of the IDLG.

1. Recommendation:

National Technical Assistance modality must come to a successful end where category (A) staff should be absorbed by Tashkeel.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/10/08]

Agree: IDLG has already taken steps in reducing NTAs from 129 to 40 by December 2017. Moreover, IDLG will be supported to work out a transition plan for the remaining NTAs, with specific focus on the grade A NTAs as suggested by MTE.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Exit plan to be developed in the first quarter of 2018 for the remaining NTAs.
[Added: 2018/10/08]
IDLG/UNDP 2018/03 Completed IDLG has confirmed that IARCS has agreed to advertise all the director positions through CBR and positions will be filled by June 2018.
UNDP will support IDLG to work out a clear transition plan with specific focus on the grade A NTAs as recommended by MTE.
[Added: 2018/10/08]
IDLG/UNDP 2018/03 Completed UNDP informed IDLG that support for National Technical Assistance modality will be discontinued as of end of March for category (A) staff who should then be absorbed by Tashkeel. IDLG requested extending the deadline for all NTA positions including grade A NTAs to 30 June 2018 when line function positions are to be moved to the Tashkeel. A number of Tashkeel positions were announced based on the CBR procedures.
2. Recommendation:

LoGo project needs to change course of activities to adapt to the draft of the Sub-National Governance Policy.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/10/08]

Agree:UNDP in consultation with IDLG and the project board will take the following two steps in meeting this recommendation

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The project, in consultation with IDLG, has incorporated new activities in the draft interim AWPs for 2018. These AWPs activities are based on priorities of IDLG and the draft SNGP.
[Added: 2018/10/08]
IDLG/UNDP 2018/04 Completed Interim work plan for the first three months of 2018 has been developed and approved by the board on 18 Feb 2018.
UNDP in consultation with IDLG will make a substantive revision of the RRF of the project to support the translation of the yet to be approved SNGP into practice – including through the development of a dedicated national priority programme (SNG NPP).
[Added: 2018/10/08]
IDLG/UNDP 2018/03 Completed Preparations for revising the RRF (to be accompanied by subsequent minor revisions to the prodoc to bring it in line with the new RRF) have been made.
3. Recommendation:

UNDP is highly recommended to provide tangible technical support to the finalization and implementation of the Sub-National Governance Policy.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/10/08]

Agree:UNDP has already provided financial and technical support for the development of the draft SNGP and will provide further technical expertise based on IDLG’s specific requests.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Provide additional technical support to IDLG on finalization of SNGP and SNG NPP, in response to specific requests/identified priorities.
[Added: 2018/10/08] [Last Updated: 2018/12/09]
UNDP 2018/12 Completed UNDP will provide short term subject matter technical experts.
Establishing a Senior Technical Advisor Position (P4; TA) – for 6 months with possibility for extension, to provide ongoing policy support to IDLG and the project
[Added: 2018/10/08]
UNDP 2018/06 Completed The TOR has been agreed with IDLG, the position has been established and the vacancy will be advertised as soon as the AWP is approved.
Provide technical inputs on the draft SNGP. Draw on UNDP regional and country level presence to collect inputs for a comparative analysis on the organization and functioning of local government units in several countries. The input will be utilized to inform the development of the regulatory framework necessary for the implementation of SNGP.
[Added: 2018/10/08]
UNDP 2018/06 Completed Bangkok Regional Hub Advisor on Core Government Functions provided technical inputs and substantive comments on SNGP draft 1.7. Input provided has been appreciated by IDLG leadership. Inputs for the comparative study were also provided to IDLG as per their requested.
4. Recommendation:

The support to enhance municipal revenues should be the flagship component in the LoGo project. 

Management Response: [Added: 2018/10/08]

Agree: UNDP in consultation with IDLG DMM will ensure that the technical and advisory support necessary to help enhance municipal revenue generation is made available; the project will expand its work under this component in accordance with the recommendations of the MTE.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP in Consultation with IDLG DMM will provide additional technical support to IDLG to expand its work under this component and support municipalities to enhance revenue generation -- in accordance with the recommendations of the MTE.
[Added: 2018/10/08]
UNDP/IDLG/DMM 2019/12 Initiated Areas of expansion to enhance municipal revenue (including concrete indicative activities) have been incorporated in the substantive revision of the RRF of the project. UNDP will provide short-term technical expertise and the project will implement specific activities in the area of municipal revenue generation.
5. Recommendation:

Technical capacities of the LoGo project team component leads should be re-evaluated and developed.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/10/08]

Agreed: UNDP, in consultation with IDLG, and in line with the requirements of implementing the new SNGP (expected to be approved soon), will re-evaluate the project’s capacity needs and ensure that LoGo has adequate functions and capacities to implement the revised results framework.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
In the process of revising the project RRF to better respond to the requirements of implementing the future SNGP, the need for additional technical capacities will be identified. Specific technical capacity requirements will further be identified in the process of developing AWP. LoGo will involve more short-term expertise in the implementation of the project. It will also assess the TORs and capacities of the component leads based on the new RRF and AWP.
[Added: 2018/10/08]
UNDP/IDLG 2019/12 Initiated The new RRF and AWP will provide clear indication of the required technical expertise.
UNDP in consultation with IDLG will immediately work on recruiting a Senior Technical Advisor who will be based in IDLG and will act as the key technical resource for the project. The STA will also provide technical advice and on-the-job training support to component leads. Additionally, the project will explore the use of short- term technical experts to develop the skills of project staff.
[Added: 2018/10/08]
UNDP 2019/12 Initiated The TOR has been agreed with IDLG, the position has been created and the vacancy will be advertised as soon as the AWP is approved.
The TORs for the component lead posts that are/will become vacant will be reassessed/redesigned to ensure that incumbents with adequate technical capacities are recruited.
[Added: 2018/10/08]
UNDP 2018/06 Completed The ToR for the Municipality Component lead as well as for the vacant Civil Society Component lead will be revised.
6. Recommendation:

Specialized technical expertise should be made available to the LoGo project management team.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/10/08]

Agree

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP will seek to engage short-term subject matter experts in the implementation of the LoGo project based on the need of the project.
[Added: 2018/10/08]
UNDP 2019/12 Initiated Short-term subject matter experts will be sourced in response to specific project needs.
Engagement of technical experts, with budgetary and revenue generation expertise, in particular, will be increased.
[Added: 2018/10/08]
UNDP/IDLG 2019/12 Initiated Substantive budgetary and revenue generation expertise will be provided.
7. Recommendation:

UNDP should seek partnership with UN sister agencies in providing technical support at the subnational and local levels.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/10/08]

Agree

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The project will continue coordination with UN-Habitat and explore partnerships with UN Women, ILO, UNICEF and UNCDF. Systematic cooperation with UN Habitat will increase through focused meetings.
[Added: 2018/10/08]
UNDP 2019/12 Initiated The scaling back of UNAMA’s support to sub-national governance offers additional potential opportunities.
8. Recommendation:

Management arrangements of the LoGo project should be revised to increase the decision-making role of the IDLG.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/10/08]

Agree

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The revision of the LoGo’s results and resources framework will be done by a joint working group of IDLG, LoGo project and UNDP CO.
[Added: 2018/10/08]
UNDP/IDLG 2018/06 Completed RRF’s revision process will also offer a good opportunity to revisit and further clarify project planning and management arrangements.
UNDP in consultation with IDLG will develop a Guide on Project Management, Implementation and Internal Communication for LoGo.
[Added: 2018/10/08]
UNDP 2018/05 Completed Draft Guide has been developed and will be finalized during the project revision discussions.
The project will revive the governance structure provided for in the project document. In particular, it will activate the Project Management Committee and will re-activate output working groups. In addition, regular consultations between the Project Manager and National Project Director will be instituted.
[Added: 2018/10/08]
UNDP/IDLG 2018/06 Completed The frequency of meetings will be mutually agreed.

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