“Strengthening Parliamentary Governance in Moldova”

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Evaluation Plan:
2018-2022, Moldova
Evaluation Type:
Mid Term Project
Planned End Date:
12/2018
Completion Date:
12/2018
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
25,000

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Title “Strengthening Parliamentary Governance in Moldova”
Atlas Project Number: 00088088
Evaluation Plan: 2018-2022, Moldova
Evaluation Type: Mid Term Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 12/2018
Planned End Date: 12/2018
Management Response: Yes
UNDP Signature Solution:
  • 1. Governance
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 2.2.2 Constitution-making, electoral and parliamentary processes and institutions strengthened to promote inclusion, transparency and accountability
  • 3. Output 2.2.3 Capacities, functions and financing of rule of law and national human rights institutions and systems strengthened to expand access to justice and combat discrimination, with a focus on women and other marginalised groups
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
  • Goal 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
SDG Target
  • 16.6 Develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels
  • 16.7 Ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels
  • 5.5 Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life
Evaluation Budget(US $): 25,000
Source of Funding: Project (donor) funds - SIDA
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 29,048
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Jonas Lövkrona jonas.lovkrona@gmail.com
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: Parliament of the Republic of Moldova
Countries: MOLDOVA, REPUBLIC OF
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Ensure that plans and activities reflect a strategic selection of policy issues and technical constraints

2

Focus the support geared towards the implementation of the Gender Equality Action Plan on consolidating already on-going activities in the area of gender analysis of legislation

3

Implement strategic activities of Anti-Corruption Action Plan

4

Focus support on the implementation of the Secretariat’s Strategic Development Plan

5

Develop and systematize the approach to training and wider competency building among MPs and Secretariat

6

Review the intervention logic of the project and adjust/improve the project Results and Resources Framework (RRF)

7

Enhance internal and external coordination of the project

8

Develop an exit strategy based on different scenarios

1. Recommendation:

Ensure that plans and activities reflect a strategic selection of policy issues and technical constraints

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/27]

The Project team made an assessment of all activity areas and proposed strategic activities for the 2019 work plan

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1 Support the development and operationalization of the e-parliament system
[Added: 2018/12/27] [Last Updated: 2020/05/07]
UNDP Project Team 2020/09 Initiated The SPGM project duration has been extended to 30th September 2020, to allow the PRM working Group sufficient time to validate the workflows in the system, as well as to conduct the second iteration of the testing activities. Following these steps, the acceptance of the system is to be completed. History
1.2 Provide training to the new Members of Parliament following the 2018 parliamentary elections
[Added: 2018/12/27] [Last Updated: 2020/01/02]
UNDP Project Team 2019/12 Completed Induction Training Programme, Infographics reflecting the Parliament’s functions and the roles of the Standing Committees and the Members of Parliament elaborated and handed over to the Parliament Secretariat for further use; Capacities and skills of 46 (27m/19w) newly elected Members of Parliament for interacting with mass-media and constituencies and in legal drafting had been developed through a series of training. History
1.3 Capacity development in the Gagauz People’s Assembly
[Added: 2018/12/27] [Last Updated: 2020/01/02]
UNDP Project Team 2019/12 Completed Capacities of 44 (20w/24m) staffers and Members of the Gagauz People’s Assembly in planning, monitoring, evaluation, risk assessment[1] (??????? ??? ?????????????? ???: http://halktoplushu.md/index.php/novosti/2784-trening-dlya-predstavitelej-nsg) and legal drafting were developed through a series of tailor-made training,[2] (????? ????????????????? ??????? ? ??????? ??????????????? ???????: http://halktoplushu.md/index.php/novosti/2912-kursy-sovershenstvovaniya-navykov-v-oblasti-zakonodatelnoj-tekhniki) while knowledge of 6 staffers (1m/5w) about the work practice at the national Parliament in strategic planning, law making, oversight, documents management, outreach and communication was expanded in a 2-week internship.[3] (????????? ????????? ???????? ???????? ?????????? ???? ?????? ?? ??????????: https://point.md/ru/novosti/politika/chinovniki-narodnogo-sobraniia-gagauzii-perenimaiut-opyt-kolleg-iz-parlamenta) History
1.4 Deepen Parliament’s engagement with CSOs through the parliamentary openness process
[Added: 2018/12/27] [Last Updated: 2020/01/02]
UNDP Project Team 2019/12 No Longer Applicable [Justification: It was not possible to implement the activity due to the complex political situation in the Parliament ]
History
2. Recommendation:

Focus the support geared towards the implementation of the Gender Equality Action Plan on consolidating already on-going activities in the area of gender analysis of legislation

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/27]

Continuation of work on gender-impact analysis of selected bills with the Secretariat of Parliament

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1 Support the integration of the gender-impact analysis in the ex-post impact reports
[Added: 2018/12/27] [Last Updated: 2019/12/06]
UNDP Project Team 2019/11 No Longer Applicable [Justification: The action could not be implemented as originally envisaged given the lack of the Parliament’s Action Plan on Oversight, as such the laws to be subjected to ex post impact assessment could not be identified and analysis could not be carried out. The project conducted however two rounds of trainings on post legislative scrutiny for parliamentary staffers where the importance of analysis from gender perspective of legislation was also tackled. ]
History
2.2 Assess the creation of new Women’s Caucus
[Added: 2018/12/27] [Last Updated: 2020/01/02]
UNDP Project Team 2019/12 No Longer Applicable [Justification: Partially achieved: The first meeting of the women members of Parliament chaired by the Speaker to discuss the relaunch of the Women’s Caucus was facilitated jointly with UN Women and the agreement was achieve that UN Women will provide further support to the Women’s Caucus, as UNDP project is closing. ]
History
2.3 Support the focal point in the Secretariat for the work on gender
[Added: 2018/12/27] [Last Updated: 2019/12/06]
Secretariat of the Parliament 2019/10 No Longer Applicable [Justification: The action cannot be completed prior to project closure, given that the Women MPs caucus has only had a first meeting on the 26th November. The work of the caucus will take speed only in the beginning of 2020. Thus there was not been an opportunity to address the possibility of creating a focal point within the Secretariat. Still the project transferred knowledge and information to the technical project coordinator.]
History
3. Recommendation:

Implement strategic activities of Anti-Corruption Action Plan

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/27]

A number of activities have been included in the 2019 work plan in the area of anti-corruption.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1 Integrate anti-corruption issues in the work on post-legislative scrutiny planned with selected
[Added: 2018/12/27] [Last Updated: 2019/11/14]
UNDP Project Team 2019/09 No Longer Applicable [Justification: This action was cancelled since currently there is no Plan on Parliamentary Oversight developed at the level of PRM and the planned work cannot be carried out. Originally the activity was designed to ensure sustainability of the work related to the Parliament’s Anti-corruption Action Plan and the Charter of the Moldova National Chapter of the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC). Given the delay in creation of the working bodies of the Parliament, the legislature did not developed and approved the Plan on Parliamentary Oversight. Thus the work of the committees related to oversight is sporadic and is driven by the priorities of the governing coalition. As a result the work planned under this activity, foreseen to be conducted through means of ex-post impact assessment of previously adopted laws, with the support of national consultancy, could not be scheduled and delivered. ]
History
3.2 Develop a guidance note for newly elected Members of Parliament on conduct and ethics
[Added: 2018/12/27] [Last Updated: 2019/10/14]
UNDP Project Team 2019/09 Completed The handbook, containing a chapter on ethics and conduct has been developed and distributed to Parliamentary fractions. History
3.3 Engage the new legislature on the Open Parliament agenda
[Added: 2018/12/27] [Last Updated: 2019/11/14]
UNDP Project Team 2019/09 No Longer Applicable [Justification: The priorities on the PRM agenda for the next few months do not include this item. Although, the project shared strategic documents and organised meetings with Speaker’s advisers on cooperation with civil society to suggest potential interventions, as well as the Draft Parliamentary Action Plan has been shared with the project focal points. However in the remaining period for project implementation further work in this regard is not possible. ]
History
3.4 Assess the continuation of the GOPAC Chapter
[Added: 2018/12/27] [Last Updated: 2019/11/14]
UNDP Project Team 2019/09 No Longer Applicable [Justification: Information on the work of GOPAC has been disseminated to all MPs in the first weeks of September. To date no interest has been shown from any of the factions. It is envisaged that in the remaining period for project implementation further work in this regard is not possible.]
History
4. Recommendation:

Focus support on the implementation of the Secretariat’s Strategic Development Plan

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/27]

A number of activities have been included in the 2019 work plan towards the Secretariat’s Strategic Development Plan

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
4.1 Support the implementation of the e-parliament system, ex-post assessment of legislation and public consultation on bills (mobile committee hearings)
[Added: 2018/12/27] [Last Updated: 2020/05/07]
UNDP Project Team 2020/09 Initiated Support in the implementation of the e-parliament system extended to 30th September 2020 History
4.2 Support the evaluation of the 2016-2019 Parliament Strategic Development Plan
[Added: 2018/12/27] [Last Updated: 2020/01/02]
Secretariat of the Parliament 2019/12 No Longer Applicable [Justification: Cancelled at the Parliament’s request. The evaluation was performed by the Parliament’s Secretariat without UNDP’s support demonstrating the sustainability of the previous project’s investment in staff’s capacities. ]
History
5. Recommendation:

Develop and systematize the approach to training and wider competency building among MPs and Secretariat

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/27]

The activities listed below have been included in the 2019 work plan to pilot different approaches to trainings

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
5.1 Conduct a training needs assessment as a basis for developing a capacity development plan tailored to particular competence gaps
[Added: 2018/12/27] [Last Updated: 2020/01/02]
UNDP Project Team 2019/12 Completed A series of meetings between the project staff and the Chairpersons of the selected Standing Committees and all political factions’ leaders took place, and a questionnaire to identify the capacity development needs had been circulated to the members of Parliament. The results of the assessment had been handed over to the Secretariat to be implemented in the next years. History
5.2 Pilot different approaches to motivate Members of Parliament to take part in the training during the induction program (e.g. intensive short-term modules and out of Chisinau training)
[Added: 2018/12/27] [Last Updated: 2019/10/14]
UNDP Project Team 2019/09 Completed Despite the SPGM project team efforts to initiate new approaches in the induction of MPs, the PRM working group, din not conduct any induction and orientation activities for newly elected MPs. Only the newly designed and structured MPs handbook, containing info-graphics on key functions of the legislature, have been provided to MPs. Additionally, with the appointment of a new Deputy Secretary General, in charge of capacity development activities, the project team submitted all concept papers and developed documents related to MPs induction, as well as organized discussions on the task associated to MPs orientation and Induction. Date of completion 20 September 2019. History
5.3 Support the creation of a pool of trainers, who can replicate the training in the future
[Added: 2018/12/27] [Last Updated: 2020/01/02]
UNDP Project Team 2019/12 No Longer Applicable [Justification: Cancelled at the Parliament’s request due to the lack of available resources for the implementation of the scheme after the project’s closure.]
History
5.4 Develop a fellowship program for selected GPA staffers for on-the-job learning and networking
[Added: 2018/12/27] [Last Updated: 2019/12/06]
UNDP Project Team 2019/10 Completed Completed on 30th October 2019. http://parlament.md/Actualitate/Comunicatedepresa/tabid/90/ContentId/5541/Page/9/language/ro-RO/Default.aspx History
6. Recommendation:

Review the intervention logic of the project and adjust/improve the project Results and Resources Framework (RRF)

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/27]

The Project team will adjust the intervention logic and the RRF

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
6.1 Update the Results and Resources Framework (RRF) by replacing the impact statement and put statements with outputs statements
[Added: 2018/12/27] [Last Updated: 2019/03/12]
UNDP Country Office 2019/02 No Longer Applicable [Justification: Embassy of Sweden representatives have communicated that they are not interested in an update of the RRF at this stage of the project.]
History
6.2 Include in the progress reports an account of progress made towards all (new) outputs and outcomes and a breakdown of budget versus actuals by output
[Added: 2018/12/27] [Last Updated: 2019/08/02]
UNDP Project Team 2019/07 No Longer Applicable [Justification: This is a follow up action for key activity 6.1, which has been previously listed as No Longer Applicable, as the Embassy is no longer interested in the update of the RRF. Thus no action will be undertaken in this regard as no update of RRF was undertaken. ]
History
7. Recommendation:

Enhance internal and external coordination of the project

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/27]

The Project team will step up its coordination with the new legislature after the election and continue its good cooperation with twinning and other assistance projects

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
7.1 Engage into a dialogue with three of the newly appointed Standing Committees to gauge political commitment for oversight work
[Added: 2018/12/27] [Last Updated: 2020/01/02]
UNDP Project Team 2019/12 No Longer Applicable [Justification: The consultations with four newly appointed Standing Committees took place, but the Parliament had not drafted the Oversight Action Plan due to political tensions. ]
History
7.2 Ensure that 2019 budget funds managed by the Parliament (i.e. HACT) and UNDP are used in a mutually complementary manner, as part of well-sequenced and integrated capacity development efforts
[Added: 2018/12/27]
UNDP Project Team /Secretariat 2018/12 Completed
7.3 Share a calendar of project activities with other parliamentary projects on twice-yearly basis
[Added: 2018/12/27] [Last Updated: 2020/01/02]
UNDP Project Team 2019/12 Completed A coordination and information sharing meeting with the development partners (EUD, USAID, IRI, NDI, Sweden, and GIZ) was organized in February, and a series of bi-lateral meetings with EUD, GIZ, OHCHR and UN Women for ensuring the handover of UNDP’s work were held resulting in reaching the agreements on the further way of actions. History
8. Recommendation:

Develop an exit strategy based on different scenarios

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/27]

UNDP will engage the Swedish Embassy and the Project Steering Committee in exit discussions and develop a clear strategy

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
8.1 Develop the 2019/2020 Work Plan
[Added: 2018/12/27] [Last Updated: 2020/01/02]
UNDP Project Team 2019/12 Completed The work-plan has been elaborated and approved by the Project Steering Committee. History
8.2 Organize a discussion with parliament on sustainability of pool of experts, parliamentary territorial offices, women’s caucus and GOPAC Chapter
[Added: 2018/12/27] [Last Updated: 2020/01/02]
UNDP Project Team 2019/12 Completed A series of meetings with the relevant actors in the Parliament and beyond were organized to ensure the sustainability of the project’s interventions on the listed areas. History
8.3 Submit a request for extension to the Swedish Embassy
[Added: 2018/12/27] [Last Updated: 2020/01/02]
UNDP Country Office 2019/12 Completed The request for no-cost extension had been submitted to the Donor, and the Donor agreed on the extension of one activity – finalization of the e-Parliament system. History

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