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
UNDP Signature Solution:
  • 1. Governance
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
SDG Goal
  • Goal 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  • Goal 17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development
SDG Target
  • 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
  • 17.16 Enhance the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in all countries, in particular developing countries
Evaluation Budget(US $): 24,096
Source of Funding: Project (donor) funds (EU)
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 20,949
Joint Programme: 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] [Last Updated: 2021/01/21]
Inclusive Growth Cluster, UNDP Moldova CO 2020/12 Completed Based on the cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment, the IMC and LEADER approaches piloted within the UNDP interventions (Focal Regions and Confidence Building Measures) will be codified into legal acts aiming at enhancing local service delivery. UNDP will support the Ministry in their development and promotion. History
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] [Last Updated: 2021/01/21]
Inclusive Growth Cluster, UNDP Moldova CO 2020/12 Completed The intermunicipal cooperation (IMC) model and the LEADER approach have been further promoted, developed and scaled up within UNDP interventions. Thus, the Focal Regions project promotes not only the classical model of IMC around public services, but also inter-municipal economic cooperation. The project also promotes the scaling up of the LEADER approach with innovative economic recovery elements, particularly in the Ungheni district, where it had been missing. Also, within the Confidence Building Measures Programme, a small project support scheme was designed with IMC elements: support was provided for small to medium-sized infrastructure projects for joint applications (at least one community from left and one community from right river bank) building IMC-type of cooperation across the post-conflict divide. History
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] [Last Updated: 2020/01/10]
Inclusive Growth Cluster, UNDP Moldova CO 2019/12 Completed The new UNDP local development projects (second phase of the Migration and Local Development project effective as of January 2019, and the Focal Regions programme effective as of November 2019), have embedded the principles of transparency and accountability of LPAs through streamlined planning, people’s participation in the decision-making process (including disadvantaged and marginalized), the SMART development improving the local governance efficiency and the local economic development. Based on these, the methodological approaches have been developed and already successfully tested within the MiDL project. Moreover, the lessons learnt have been included into a practical Guidelines on Local Economic Development ready to be used by LPAs and development partners, while the migrants’ engagement in local development is to be presented in an applicable manner in the-to-be-developed Guidelines. The above-mentioned empirically-based methodological documents, as well as the other practices tested within the Focal Regions programme will guide the further UNDP work at the local level. History
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] [Last Updated: 2020/01/10]
Inclusive Growth Cluster, UNDP Moldova CO 2019/12 Completed The ongoing Confidence Building Measures and the Cross-River Capacities for Trade projects, operating in the Transnistria region and the security zone put a great emphasis on developing private sector capacities to understand the market needs, produce quality goods, comply to regulatory requirements, develop sales strategies and penetrate new markets. This is being done through direct capacity development activities, combined with developing the capacities of relevant Business Associations (generic or sectorial) for ensuring the sustainability of the efforts at the project end. Concrete results are already visible and measured through export contracts and trade figures. History
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] [Last Updated: 2020/01/10]
Inclusive Growth Cluster, UNDP Moldova CO 2019/12 Completed During the preparations for the new Migration and Local Development and Focal Regions projects, their complexity has been assessed vis-à-vis their lifespan. As a result, the MiDL project was designed to be implemented during a four-year period, while the Focal Regions will be implemented during five years. History
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] [Last Updated: 2020/07/02]
Inclusive Growth Cluster, UNDP Moldova CO 2020/06 Completed In accordance with the national public framework for SME support, the most appropriate national counterpart to cooperate with when it comes to SMEs support schemes is ODIMM – the National SME Development Agency. Therefore, the ODIMMs SME support programmes have been assessed, and as a result the Agency has been included as a partner in the implementation of the Confidence Building Measures Programme. History
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] [Last Updated: 2020/07/02]
Inclusive Growth Cluster, UNDP Moldova CO 2020/06 Completed Completed as part of the SME support calls within the Confidence Building Measures, Ad Trade and Focal Regions projects launched in 2020. History

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