Final Report of The Evaluation of Electoral Integrity and Democratic Empowerment Project In Nigeria

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Evaluation Plan:
2018-2022, Nigeria
Evaluation Type:
Mid Term Project
Planned End Date:
05/2022
Completion Date:
04/2022
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
20,000

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Title Final Report of The Evaluation of Electoral Integrity and Democratic Empowerment Project In Nigeria
Atlas Project Number: 00078949
Evaluation Plan: 2018-2022, Nigeria
Evaluation Type: Mid Term Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 04/2022
Planned End Date: 05/2022
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Governance
  • 2. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 2.2.2 Constitution-making, electoral and parliamentary processes and institutions strengthened to promote inclusion, transparency and accountability
SDG Goal
  • 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
SDG Target
  • 16.3 Promote the rule of law at the national and international levels and ensure equal access to justice for all
  • 16.6 Develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels
  • 16.7 Ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels
Evaluation Budget(US $): 20,000
Source of Funding:
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 5,357
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Nationality
ONWUEMELE Andrew Prof
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)
Countries: NIGERIA
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Going forward and as first step leader in electoral support, UNDP should consider embarking on wide consultations with donors and other partners in order to identify and address issues that contributed to their non-participation in the planned JDBF for the implementation of the electoral integrity and democratic empowerment project.

2

UNDP should consider designing a long-term electoral support intervention using the JDBF approach and the ECA principles and targeting multiples of election management bodies and involving several stakeholders in both management and implementation with roles of stakeholders clearly defined while ensuring a fair division of labour amongst donors to promote their interest and visibility.

3

Going forward, UNDP should consider adopting global indicators for measuring electoral integrity interventions with clearly defined baseline and targets. This is important to establishing the counterfactual and impact of the intervention at the end of project implementation

4

UNDP should consider expanding the size of the project team members to incorporate key personnel such as Monitoring and Evaluation officer, Finance, Gender, etc. with a different skill set which they can bring to bear during project implementation to improve the effectiveness of project implementation. This should be done irrespective of the size of the budget and the project duration

5

While partnership is at the heart of every project UNDP implements in Nigeria, for the electoral support interventions UNDP partnership strategy should focus more on long-term partnerships targeting more donors rather than one-off partners as in the case of the electoral integrity project where few of the partners came only to implement a few of the activities.

6

UNDP should seek for opportunities to generate its own funds for project implementation activities to be able to implement their project in situations of failure of donor partners to contribute to project funding

1. Recommendation:

Going forward and as first step leader in electoral support, UNDP should consider embarking on wide consultations with donors and other partners in order to identify and address issues that contributed to their non-participation in the planned JDBF for the implementation of the electoral integrity and democratic empowerment project.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/09/05]

Agree. UNDP will ensure wide consultations with donors and partners in the formulation of future election programmes.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP management had engaged with the development partners and taken stock of the issues and took appropriate action to address them.
[Added: 2022/09/05]
UNDP Senior Management 2022/06 Completed
2. Recommendation:

UNDP should consider designing a long-term electoral support intervention using the JDBF approach and the ECA principles and targeting multiples of election management bodies and involving several stakeholders in both management and implementation with roles of stakeholders clearly defined while ensuring a fair division of labour amongst donors to promote their interest and visibility.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/09/05]

Agree.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP RR is the Co-Chair of Nigeria’s Development Partners’ Group (NDPG) and a member of Key Political Partners’ Group (KPPG) and is using the platforms to rally the partners behind a JDBF for elections in Nigeria.
[Added: 2022/09/05]
UNDP RR 2022/06 Completed This action is not a one-time based activity but a continuous one that is also on an ongoing basis.
3. Recommendation:

Going forward, UNDP should consider adopting global indicators for measuring electoral integrity interventions with clearly defined baseline and targets. This is important to establishing the counterfactual and impact of the intervention at the end of project implementation

Management Response: [Added: 2022/09/05]

Agree.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP new election programme’s indicators will be aligned with global indicators and have clearly defined baselines and targets.
[Added: 2022/09/05]
Programme manager 2022/07 Completed
4. Recommendation:

UNDP should consider expanding the size of the project team members to incorporate key personnel such as Monitoring and Evaluation officer, Finance, Gender, etc. with a different skill set which they can bring to bear during project implementation to improve the effectiveness of project implementation. This should be done irrespective of the size of the budget and the project duration

Management Response: [Added: 2022/09/05]

Agree: UNDP election programme is often managed by Programme Management Unit (PMU) with full staff complement of varied skill set and expertise.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
PMU will be established once the election programme is created and funded.
[Added: 2022/09/05]
UNDP Senior Management 2022/08 Completed
5. Recommendation:

While partnership is at the heart of every project UNDP implements in Nigeria, for the electoral support interventions UNDP partnership strategy should focus more on long-term partnerships targeting more donors rather than one-off partners as in the case of the electoral integrity project where few of the partners came only to implement a few of the activities.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/09/05]

Disagree: The electoral integrity project was designed with a robust partnership strategy built on the previous UNDP managed JDBF for elections.  However, the delay in undertaking NAM and leadership instability in UNDP caused a serious setback to the project funding.

Key Actions:

6. Recommendation:

UNDP should seek for opportunities to generate its own funds for project implementation activities to be able to implement their project in situations of failure of donor partners to contribute to project funding

Management Response: [Added: 2022/09/05]

Partially Agree: Election programme is often funded by an array of development partners under the leadership of UNDP.  UNDP funds are used to catalyze the process while galvanizing the support of other partners to contribute to funding election cycle programme.

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