Outcome Evaluation on the Regional Programme Outcome #2: Strengthen institutions to promote inclusive participation, prevent conflict and build peaceful societies

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Evaluation Plan:
2018-2021, RBAS
Evaluation Type:
Outcome
Planned End Date:
07/2021
Completion Date:
07/2021
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
No
Evaluation Budget(US $):
37,000

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Title Outcome Evaluation on the Regional Programme Outcome #2: Strengthen institutions to promote inclusive participation, prevent conflict and build peaceful societies
Atlas Project Number:
Evaluation Plan: 2018-2021, RBAS
Evaluation Type: Outcome
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 07/2021
Planned End Date: 07/2021
Management Response: No
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 1.1.1 Capacities developed across the whole of government to integrate the 2030 Agenda, the Paris Agreement and other international agreements in development plans and budgets, and to analyse progress towards the SDGs, using innovative and data-driven solutions
  • 2. 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
  • 3. Output 2.2.1 Use of digital technologies and big data enabled for improved public services and other government functions
  • 4. Output 2.2.2 Constitution-making, electoral and parliamentary processes and institutions strengthened to promote inclusion, transparency and accountability
  • 5. 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
  • 6. Output 3.1.1 Core government functions and inclusive basic services4 restored post-crisis for stabilisation, durable solutions to displacement and return to sustainable development pathways within the framework of national policies and priorities
  • 7. Output 3.3.2 Gender-responsive and risk-informed mechanisms supported to build consensus, improve social dialogue and promote peaceful, just and inclusive societies
Evaluation Budget(US $): 37,000
Source of Funding: TRAC
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 37,760
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
ABHIJIT BHATTACHARJEE Independent Evaluation Consultant abhijit@results-matter.co.uk
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders:
Lessons
1.

Lack of social protection and growing inequality will continue to be important issues in the region, and the pandemic has exacerbated these issues in an already volatile, conflict-ridden context, with increasing social exclusion leading to further polarization within the Arab society.

 

 

 

 


2.

The primary value added by a regional programmes has been through: (a) facilitating regional networking and dialogue on regional issues and matters which are sensitive to be raised directly at country level; (b) research and knowledge development, exchange, sharing and learning within the region; (c) introducing innovative methods and international standards in programming; (d) bringing about a coherence in approach among various countries to addressing some of the globally complex issues and priorities like SDGs, anti-corruption, violent extremism, etc; and (e) advocacy on sensitive issues by mobilizing regional institutions and networks.


3.

Partnerships with the private sector have been leveraged to good effect by the Regional Programme.


4.

The dispersed approach to partnership with the LAS by different thematic units within UNDP leads to sub-optimal outcomes.


5.

UNDP’s monitoring and reporting which are heavily activity-oriented could be improved so as to present a clearer picture of the significant outcomes which the regional programme is realizing on the ground.


Findings
Recommendations
1

Given the slow progress on gender issues in the region and challenges in mainstreaming gender, the RBAS needs to consider well-designed projects with dedicated resources which promote strategic work on gender equality issues bult around specific SDG-5 indicators, implemented through regional networks and partnerships.

2

The Coordination Group of Arab National and Regional Developmental Institutions need to urgently develop a plan of action with clear delineation of scope and timelines regarding handover of the ADP, while ensuring that UNDP continues to play the proactive role it plays with governments and official agencies in relation to their capacity building and sharing of experiences which UNDP is uniquely placed to do with its region-wide presence.

3

If UNDP continues to manage the ADP, in discussion with the UN ESCWA, UNDP needs to harmonize the ADP with the data portal provided by the former in order to avoid duplication.

4

Building on the work on strengthening digital governance begun in 2020, develop an analytical framework for digitalization strategy which prioritizes areas that directly benefit the poor and marginalized first, so that digitalization works for the latter.

5

Improve communication about the scope of the regional programme with senior management in country offices and partners.

6

Working with all development partners and UN agencies which support the LAS, develop a joint approach and institutional development plan for the LAS on critical areas of importance for the Sustainable Goals Agenda.

7

Introduce result-oriented analytical tools in monitoring and reporting of progress of the regional programme.

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