Final Evaluation of the project "Enhancing Gender Equality and Mainstreaming in Afghanistan"

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Evaluation Plan:
2015-2020, Afghanistan
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
03/2020
Completion Date:
03/2020
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
70,000

The International Independent Evaluator (consultant) was supposed to arrive and get the actual works started in September 2019, but due to elections and corresponding developments that affected most of the movements particularly those traveling to Afghanistan, the process was postponed and started a week back instead. The consultant has started work on the project “Enhancing Gender Equality and Mainstreaming in Afghanistan” final evaluation. The data collection and field works have also started, which will be completed by early next week. The report would be ready by the second week of November 2019.

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Title Final Evaluation of the project "Enhancing Gender Equality and Mainstreaming in Afghanistan"
Atlas Project Number: 00091070
Evaluation Plan: 2015-2020, Afghanistan
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 03/2020
Planned End Date: 03/2020
Management Response: Yes
UNDP Signature Solution:
  • 1. Poverty
  • 2. Gender
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 2.6.1 Capacities strengthened to raise awareness on and undertake legal, policy and institutional reforms to fight structural barriers to women’s empowerment
SDG Target
  • 1.2 By 2030, reduce at least by half the proportion of men, women and children of all ages living in poverty in all its dimensions according to national definitions
  • 1.4 By 2030, ensure that all men and women, in particular the poor and the vulnerable, have equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to basic services, ownership and control over land and other forms of property, inheritance, natural resources, appropriate new technology and financial services, including microfinance
  • 17.18 By 2020, enhance capacity-building support to developing countries, including for least developed countries and small island developing States, to increase significantly the availability of high-quality, timely and reliable data disaggregated by income, gender, age, race, ethnicity, migratory status, disability, geographic location and other characteristics relevant in national contexts
  • 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 $): 70,000
Source of Funding: Project resources
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 70,000
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: Ministry of Women Affairs (MoWA)
Countries: AFGHANISTAN
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Explore ways of aligning EGEMA with other UNDP/UN projects. It is important to build synergy with other programmes in UNDP/UN, especially Gender is a cross cutting area in the UN. A joint UN Programme/Project is a step towards ‘Delivering as One.

2

It is important to have Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time bound (SMART) indicators at the initial stage of the project and let partners understand the specific and targeted objectives in order not to make unnecessary capacity building demands and hence deviate from your focus.

3

Learning from mistakes, it is important to have clear criteria for implementation of project and selection of beneficiaries especially in sub national level of insecurity. Involve every necessary stakeholder and follow up as often as it is possible by visits, phone calls and email correspondence (copying every stakeholder involved). This is to enable transparency and commitment. Most Ministries now have a plan, it is usually a success to harmonise your plans with theirs.

4

Conduct thorough research on interventions before developing a Project and involve IPs right from Project design. Always design an exit strategy when developing the Project. This is to ensure that project is sustained and continues, even after funding has ended. The design of the project should be more encompassing and explicit. The existence of a clear and well-structured design and implementation framework (durations, resources, beneficiaries and partners) including M&E framework at the outset of the project is a key factor for successful implementation

5

Be prepared for long term commitments when carrying out a strategic Behavior Change Programme and plan well for human and material resources to maintain behavior change and curtail relapses. Appoint qualified project staff from the regions to oversee regional offices especially where you have large-scale interventions that security may not permit you to visit often

6

With permission from higher authority, conduct institutional capacity assessment of MOWA and support the Ministry by providing them with a mentoring Programme geared at building a high level workforce for the public service

7

Finally, grow deeper instead of spreading thinly. Concentrate on doing a few things very well

8

Based on the recommendation of the stakeholder UNDP support should continue in gender equality and women empowerment because it takes a long time to change people’s attitude and Afghanistan needs assistance in this area. It is therefore recommended that the project be extended

1. Recommendation:

Explore ways of aligning EGEMA with other UNDP/UN projects. It is important to build synergy with other programmes in UNDP/UN, especially Gender is a cross cutting area in the UN. A joint UN Programme/Project is a step towards ‘Delivering as One.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/07/27]

Agreed: After the final evaluation, EGEMA project conducted the ‘Mapping of existing gender equality and women’s empowerment project and programme within UN Afghanistan

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Hiring a national consultant for the mapping
[Added: 2020/07/27]
Governance for Peace Unit and Procurement Unit 2019/10 Completed Hired
Conduct interviews (online and in-person) with responsible staffs from UN Agencies, Funds and Progammes
[Added: 2020/07/27]
Governance for Peace Unit 2019/12 Completed Conducted the interview
Finalize the mapping deliverable
[Added: 2020/07/27]
Governance for Peace Unit 2019/12 Completed Finalized by the consultant and approved by the Governance for Peace (G4P)
2. Recommendation:

It is important to have Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time bound (SMART) indicators at the initial stage of the project and let partners understand the specific and targeted objectives in order not to make unnecessary capacity building demands and hence deviate from your focus.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/07/27]

Agreed: For the extension of the EGEMA project until the 31st of December 2020, the project added three new SMART indicators under output 1 and 2.  

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Added the new indicators
[Added: 2020/07/27]
Governance for Peace Unit and Programme strategy Results Unit 2019/12 Completed Revised M&E plan was submitted and approved by PSRU.
3. Recommendation:

Learning from mistakes, it is important to have clear criteria for implementation of project and selection of beneficiaries especially in sub national level of insecurity. Involve every necessary stakeholder and follow up as often as it is possible by visits, phone calls and email correspondence (copying every stakeholder involved). This is to enable transparency and commitment. Most Ministries now have a plan, it is usually a success to harmonise your plans with theirs.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/07/27]

Agreed: : After the evaluation, due to the restructuring of the UNDP Afghanistan, the sub national activities (under output 3, women’s economic empowerment and livelihood) were transferred to the Economic Transformation Unit

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Transfer the information of beneficiaries, stakeholders, implementing partners in sub national level to the Economic Transformation Unit
[Added: 2020/07/27]
Governance for Peace Unit & Economic Transformation Unit 2019/10 Completed The information had been shared with the unit.
4. Recommendation:

Conduct thorough research on interventions before developing a Project and involve IPs right from Project design. Always design an exit strategy when developing the Project. This is to ensure that project is sustained and continues, even after funding has ended. The design of the project should be more encompassing and explicit. The existence of a clear and well-structured design and implementation framework (durations, resources, beneficiaries and partners) including M&E framework at the outset of the project is a key factor for successful implementation

Management Response: [Added: 2020/07/27]

Agreed: For the 2020 AWP, the project planned to implement the exit strategy especially for the MA programme (Kabul University).

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Exit strategy activity: Strengthening the capacity of the faculty of Master’s in Gender and Women Studies
[Added: 2020/07/27]
Governance for Peace Unit 2020/12 Initiated The activity was planned for Q1 2020, however due to the COVID 19 it was postponed.
Exit strategy activity: Advocating the budget of the Master’s programme into the National Budget
[Added: 2020/07/27]
Governance for Peace Unit 2020/12 Initiated The activity was planned for Q1 2020, however due to the COVID 19 it was postponed.
5. Recommendation:

Be prepared for long term commitments when carrying out a strategic Behavior Change Programme and plan well for human and material resources to maintain behavior change and curtail relapses. Appoint qualified project staff from the regions to oversee regional offices especially where you have large-scale interventions that security may not permit you to visit often

Management Response: [Added: 2020/07/27]

Agreed: For 2020 AWP due to the budget restriction , the project does not have funding for the Behavior Change Programme.

 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Resource mobilization for the Behavior Change Programme
[Added: 2020/07/27]
Governance for Peace Unit 2020/12 Initiated Project manager submit the concept note on behavior change programme to programme officer
6. Recommendation:

With permission from higher authority, conduct institutional capacity assessment of MOWA and support the Ministry by providing them with a mentoring Programme geared at building a high level workforce for the public service

Management Response: [Added: 2020/07/27]

Agreed: EGEMA 2 Concept note has the output of the Institutional Capacity Assessment of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, based on this evaluation recommendation.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Development of the EGEMA 2 Concept Note
[Added: 2020/07/27]
Governance for Peace Unit 2020/06 Completed Current Project Manager submit the Concept note to Programme Officer
7. Recommendation:

Finally, grow deeper instead of spreading thinly. Concentrate on doing a few things very well

Management Response: [Added: 2020/07/27]

Agreed: EGEMA 2 Concept note has the deeper approach.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Development of the EGEMA 2 Concept Note
[Added: 2020/07/27] [Last Updated: 2020/08/04]
Governance for Peace Unit 2020/09 Overdue-Initiated The Programme Officer and the team currently working on the Concept Note to be finalized in August 2020. History
8. Recommendation:

Based on the recommendation of the stakeholder UNDP support should continue in gender equality and women empowerment because it takes a long time to change people’s attitude and Afghanistan needs assistance in this area. It is therefore recommended that the project be extended

Management Response: [Added: 2020/07/27]

Agreed:  This recommendation was made in 2019 as a final evaluation. Based on this recommendation the project was extended until December 2020.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Project extension
[Added: 2020/07/27]
Governance for Peace Unit 2019/12 Completed Project was extended with the donor agreement by 31 December 2020

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