UNDCS FINAL EVALUATION

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Evaluation Plan:
2016-2020, Turkey
Evaluation Type:
UNDAF
Planned End Date:
02/2021
Completion Date:
01/2021
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
50,000

This Executive Summary presents the findings of an independent evaluation of the United Nations Development Cooperation Strategy (UNDCS) for 2016-2020. The evaluation was commissioned by the UN Country Team (UNCT) in Turkey, with oversight provided by the Evaluation Steering Committee (ESC), which functions as the decision-making organ for the UNDCS evaluation. The evaluation was conducted between January and May 2020 by a team of three independent consultants contracted by the Institute for Development Impact (I4DI), an independent evaluation service provider. The UNDCS was built around four pillars of cooperation: inclusive growth and sustainable development, democratic governance and human rights, gender and women's empowerment, and migration and international protection. The evaluation focused on the outcomes of the activities of the UN agencies operating in Turkey, their implementations and their achievements. In scope, it covers the totality of the 2016- 2020 UNDCS portfolio of programmes from January 2016 to the time when the evaluation field work was conducted in February-March 2020.

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Title UNDCS FINAL EVALUATION
Atlas Project Number:
Evaluation Plan: 2016-2020, Turkey
Evaluation Type: UNDAF
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 01/2021
Planned End Date: 02/2021
Management Response: Yes
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
Evaluation Budget(US $): 50,000
Source of Funding:
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 80,498
Joint Programme: Yes
Joint Evaluation: Yes
  • Joint with UN Agencies
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Baris Dulkadir baris.dulkadir@un.org TURKEY
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: Ministry of Development
Countries: TURKEY
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Recommendation 6. The UN should maintain and enhance its partnerships with civil society, the private sector, and with government.

2

Recommendation 7. The UN should continue to be a beacon and upholder of human rights, governance and equality and a supporter of the most vulnerable groups.

3

Recommendation 8. UN should continue investing efforts to address gaps in availability of data to measure progress against SDGs, ensuring that disaggregated data is available for different groups left behind.

4

Recommendation 9. Given the ambiguous prospects for the Syrian refugee population hosted in Turkey and uncertain funding prospects, a consistent investment in different strategies, including exit strategy and transition from humanitarian to development priorities should be formulated and new partnerships should be designed. An urgent engagement on public or private finance for refugee-focused programmes is needed to bring sustainability to the results achieved so far for the most vulnerable.

1. Recommendation:

Recommendation 6. The UN should maintain and enhance its partnerships with civil society, the private sector, and with government.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/01/27]

The recommendation is accepted and following key actions proposed by UNDP.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP will accelerate its work with private sector on SDG integration, in terms of policy response, financing, data collection and innovation in prioritized areas of development including but not limited to circular economy, gender equality an disaster preparedness through Busines for Goals and Connecting Business Platforms
[Added: 2021/02/15]
UNDP 2023/12 Initiated History
UNDP will actively contribute to UN Partnerships in Development task force and transfer accumulated experience and knowledge on private sector partnerships and financing for development
[Added: 2021/02/15]
UNDP 2021/12 Initiated History
UNDP will seek ways to engage CSOs in decision making mechanisms mostly at the local level via preparing a civic engagement strategy and an action plan for improving partnerships of CSOs with local authorities.
[Added: 2021/02/15]
UNDP 2023/12 Not Initiated History
2. Recommendation:

Recommendation 7. The UN should continue to be a beacon and upholder of human rights, governance and equality and a supporter of the most vulnerable groups.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/01/27]

This recommendation is accepted and following key actions are proposed by UNDP.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP CO will lead Results Group on Democratic Governance and Human Rights for the next 5 years
[Added: 2021/02/15]
UNDP 2025/12 Initiated
3. Recommendation:

Recommendation 8. UN should continue investing efforts to address gaps in availability of data to measure progress against SDGs, ensuring that disaggregated data is available for different groups left behind.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/01/27]

This recommendation is accepted and following key actions are proposed by UNDP.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP will enhance partnership with local authorities to collect/analyze data on SDGs through the improvement/introduction of database systems and develop tailored service delivery policies for disadvantaged groups
[Added: 2021/02/15]
UNDP, Union of Municipalities 2025/12 Initiated
UNDP will enhance cooperation with Public/private sector to map analyze investment opportunities and strengthen ecosystem for innovative financing in a way to respond to specific needs of groups left behind
[Added: 2021/02/15]
UNDP, B4G, CBI 2025/12 Initiated
UNDP will enhance its cooperation with Strategy and Budget Office (SBO) and TUIK (Turkish Statistical Institute) for enhanced coordination to monitor/report on SDGs with a specific focus on LNOB approach at national and local levels
[Added: 2021/02/15]
UNDP, SBO, TUIK 2025/12 Not Initiated
4. Recommendation:

Recommendation 9. Given the ambiguous prospects for the Syrian refugee population hosted in Turkey and uncertain funding prospects, a consistent investment in different strategies, including exit strategy and transition from humanitarian to development priorities should be formulated and new partnerships should be designed. An urgent engagement on public or private finance for refugee-focused programmes is needed to bring sustainability to the results achieved so far for the most vulnerable.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/01/27]

This recommendation is accepted and following key actions are proposed by UNDP.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP will continue diversifying its donor portfolio with IFI, DFI and institutional donors, (EU and European states, Arab states, USA, Canada, Japan etc) to develop a multi years and plan to sustain its support to refugees.
[Added: 2021/02/15]
UNDP Turkey, HQ, regional office 2025/12 Initiated
UNDP as a co-chair of the 3RP will continue advocating for more funding and interest in the model of resilience building at individuals, community and institutional levels with regular donors meetings, collaboration with IFIs and government stakeholders, sharing experiences with other governments, be part of community of practice etc. Strong emphasis will be taken on the localization approach (e.g. municipalities), social cohesion and engagement with the private sector to continue building up the self-reliance of refugees and impacted host communities while reinforcing the resilience of public institutions.
[Added: 2021/02/15]
UNDP, UNHCR, RC office, 3RP partners 2022/12 Initiated
In collaboration with UN agencies and RC office, UNDP will strive to align the 3RP resilience objectives/indicators with the UNSDCF to help contribute to long term planning and funding of the resilience approach.
[Added: 2021/02/15]
UNDP, UNHCR and 3RP partners 2022/12 Initiated
UNDP will develop a Durable Solutions to Displacements priority as part of its CPD. Within this theme, resilience-based development will be reinforced to support a gradual transition from humanitarian to development priorities aligned with the double nexus, 3RP objectives and partners as well as the new UNSDCF and National Development Plan
[Added: 2021/02/15] [Last Updated: 2021/07/06]
UNDP Turkey Program Team, 3RP team and RC office 2020/09 Completed CPD has been completed and approved by HQ in September 2020 where durable solutions has been identified as a priority and a strategy has been prepared accordingly. Please check approved CPD as attached. History

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