Evaluation of the “Support to Agriculture and Rural Development” SARD Programme in ATU Gagauzia and Taraclia district and neighbouring communities. Report (III) Final Evaluation

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Evaluation Plan:
2018-2022, Moldova
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
01/2019
Completion Date:
01/2019
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
24,096

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Title Evaluation of the “Support to Agriculture and Rural Development” SARD Programme in ATU Gagauzia and Taraclia district and neighbouring communities. Report (III) Final Evaluation
Atlas Project Number: 00089235
Evaluation Plan: 2018-2022, Moldova
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 01/2019
Planned End Date: 01/2019
Management Response: Yes
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 1.1.2 Marginalised groups, particularly the poor, women, people with disabilities and displaced are empowered to gain universal access to basic services and financial and non-financial assets to build productive capacities and benefit from sustainable livelihoods and jobs
  • 2. Output 1.2.1 Capacities at national and sub-national levels strengthened to promote inclusive local economic development and deliver basic services including HIV and related services
Evaluation Budget(US $): 24,096
Source of Funding: Project (donor) funds (EU)
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 20,949
Joint Programme: No
Mandatory Evaluation: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Brigitte Mehlmauer-Larcher International Consultant
Ghenadie Cojocau National Consultant
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders:
Countries: MOLDOVA, REPUBLIC OF
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Support the government to adjust the current legal framework or prepare new legislation to ensure sustainability of SARD activities (such as IMC, Leader)

2

Retain and further build capacities of LPAs and private businesses by promoting continuous capacity building

3

Less complex types of interventions or prolonging the implementation of this type of projects could improve the efficiency of the programme intervention. Future programme implementations should also be built on existing capacities created 

4

Use the procedures of Agency for Intervention and Payments for Agriculture (AIPA) for the management of SME support scheme (instead of contracting a private consultancy for the management of the entire application, contracting, and payment)

5

Adjust process of selection of the beneficiaries of grant support for SMEs (require a more elaborated and detailed business plan as part of the application; ensure that the support goes to those companies complying with national standards and requirements).

1. Recommendation:

Support the government to adjust the current legal framework or prepare new legislation to ensure sustainability of SARD activities (such as IMC, Leader)

Management Response: [Added: 2019/01/17]

UNDP will explore opportunities for further supporting the Government in the improvement of legal framework related to inter-municipal cooperation (IMC) and Leader in the framework of new and/or on-going projects

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1 UNDP will continue the dialogue on the adjustment of the IMC, LEADER regulatory frameworks and strengthening local public service provision
[Added: 2019/01/17]
Inclusive Growth Cluster, UNDP Moldova CO 2020/12 Not Initiated
1.2 Both IMC and LEADER approaches will be further promoted in UNDP community development interventions, scaling up the positive SARD results in the field (such as future EU Micro regions project, CBM, where possible).
[Added: 2019/01/17]
Inclusive Growth Cluster, UNDP Moldova CO 2020/12 Initiated
2. Recommendation:

Retain and further build capacities of LPAs and private businesses by promoting continuous capacity building

Management Response: [Added: 2019/01/17]

Capacity development is a cross-cutting area of UNDP intervention, as well as a signature solution in the new UNDP Strategic Plan, and will continue to be tailored to the new initiatives at local level in Moldova

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1 UNDP, through local development projects, will continue applying good governance principles (e.g MiDL project). Enhancing transparency, accountability, efficiency and effectiveness of local governments, participatory strategic planning and inclusive local development will be part of the methodological approaches at local level of future EU Micro regions project
[Added: 2019/01/17]
Inclusive Growth Cluster, UNDP Moldova CO 2019/12 Initiated
2.2 Private sector capacities will be enhanced through targeted interventions in regions with special status, such as Transnistria and in the upcoming EU Micro regions project
[Added: 2019/01/17]
Inclusive Growth Cluster, UNDP Moldova CO 2019/12 Initiated
3. Recommendation:

Less complex types of interventions or prolonging the implementation of this type of projects could improve the efficiency of the programme intervention. Future programme implementations should also be built on existing capacities created 

Management Response: [Added: 2019/01/17]

SARD laid the foundation for EU Delegation to initiate direct support to Gagauzia based on UNDP pilot-tested models. However, the recommendation will be considered during further programming

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1 UNDP will assess the complexity of new programs at the early design stage and will consider a longer lifespan of the projects, to be negotiated and agreed-upon with main counterparts
[Added: 2019/01/17]
Inclusive Growth Cluster, UNDP Moldova CO 2019/12 Initiated
4. Recommendation:

Use the procedures of Agency for Intervention and Payments for Agriculture (AIPA) for the management of SME support scheme (instead of contracting a private consultancy for the management of the entire application, contracting, and payment)

Management Response: [Added: 2019/01/17]

The recommendation is well noted and in all similar cases, UNDP will apply its rules and regulations for selecting ‘responsible parties’ upon a thorough assessment is conducted. This recommendation should still be assessed with caution in the context of ongoing public administration reform

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
4.1 Assess AIPA’s capacities in the context of SMEs support scheme envisaged (ex. Support to Confidence Building Measures Programme, etc)
[Added: 2019/01/17]
Inclusive Growth Cluster, UNDP Moldova CO 2020/06 Not Initiated
5. Recommendation:

Adjust process of selection of the beneficiaries of grant support for SMEs (require a more elaborated and detailed business plan as part of the application; ensure that the support goes to those companies complying with national standards and requirements).

Management Response: [Added: 2019/01/17]

The CO will explore opportunities to introduce recommended criteria, where relevant, in the selection process of grant beneficiaries.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
5.1 Recommended criteria for grant beneficiaries, will be included, where relevant, in the selection process, ensuring that (1) detailed business plan is elaborated as part of the application; (2) respective documents from responsible authorities (e.g. environmental agency, food safety agency) are submitted as part of the application, where relevant.
[Added: 2019/01/17]
Inclusive Growth Cluster, UNDP Moldova CO 2020/06 Not Initiated

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