Fiji Access to Justice terminal evaluation

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Evaluation Plan:
2018-2022, Fiji
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
06/2021
Completion Date:
06/2021
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
20,000

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Title Fiji Access to Justice terminal evaluation
Atlas Project Number: 00092247
Evaluation Plan: 2018-2022, Fiji
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 06/2021
Planned End Date: 06/2021
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. 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
SDG Target
  • 16.3 Promote the rule of law at the national and international levels and ensure equal access to justice for all
Evaluation Budget(US $): 20,000
Source of Funding: UNDP
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 500
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Nationality
Cecil Evaluator
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: Judiciary, Legal Aid Commission
Countries: FIJI
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Continue to the creation of a comprehensive support system with a dedicated platform on the rule of law for all the stakeholders, and a clear definition of the roles and responsibilities and increased coordination. 

2

Support structuration of the work at the community level, in terms of roles and responsibilities, strengthening the resource available at the community level.

3

Support the work for harmonisation between the traditional and formal justice system to avoid conflicts over norms in the communities.

4

Extend sensitization and services to rural areas, especially in the maritime areas.

5

Encourage partnership and cost-sharing arrangements amongst government departments and CSOs.

6

Support quality procedures in administering justice to end user in terms of feedback, explanation of processes and the rights of people.

7

Ensure an accurate assessment of the partners' capacities to implement the output and potential challenges and avoid issues such as the delay in the implementation of a key component of the project.

8

Support the Judiciary department, Legal Aid and Police to meet regularly.

9

Continue the work to support access to justice for the most vulnerable groups.

10

Continue to embed the community advocate in the communities and their collaboration with local CSOs/ CBOs such as women organization. Communities not targeted in the rural communities should have an annual awareness on the legal process, avenues of assistance, rights of individual etc.

11

Strengthen the monitoring of the outcome and impact of the project. Ensure the monitoring of the CMS results to identify key priorities and potential gaps.

12

Continue to support synergies and complementarities with the other projects to maximise the dynamics and efficiency.

13

Continue to support synergies and complementarities with the other projects in the rule of law sector (support to the police, REACH, women empowerment activities), including joint strategic and operational planning, such as sharing workplans, to maximise the dynamics and efficiency. further capacity building of the police, further integration of the perspective of the disabled in projects and interventions to support social inclusion.

1. Recommendation:

Continue to the creation of a comprehensive support system with a dedicated platform on the rule of law for all the stakeholders, and a clear definition of the roles and responsibilities and increased coordination. 

Management Response: [Added: 2021/07/18]

Agree. UNDP already recognises the importance of comprehensive support and having dedicated platform. This is reason for the inclusion of the Justice actors in the Access to Justice Board. In addition, for current projects such as the one on Fiji Police Force, within the rule of law and access to Justice, UNDP has created a platform of stakeholders for regular strategic meetings and reviews. For future investment by UNDP into the sustainability of the Justice Sector in Fiji and replicating the Access to Justice work in other Pacific Island Countries

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Concept Note for Phase 2 of access to Justice Project has strong comprehensive support and stakeholder’s platform. UNDP Police Project Stakeholders TORs and minutes of meeting.
[Added: 2021/07/18] [Last Updated: 2022/12/04]
Revai Makanje Aalbaek 2022/12 No Longer Applicable [Justification: Resource mobilization efforts for phase II have not been successful so far, and a coordination platform is now being implemented by the Fiji Police Force Support project.]
History
2. Recommendation:

Support structuration of the work at the community level, in terms of roles and responsibilities, strengthening the resource available at the community level.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/07/18]

Agree. This is important as a core area for development intervention by UNDP to strengthen the existing governance structure in Fiji’s rural & outer island development assistance channels.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
New Phase to incorporate this, and this is dependent on whether UNDP will successfully mobilise resources for the second phase of the Access to Justice Project
[Added: 2021/07/18] [Last Updated: 2022/09/14]
Revai 2022/12 No Longer Applicable [Justification: This key action was supposed to be done under the Phase II of the Access to Justice Project with support from EU. However, under its new programming, EU's priorities have been changed. There will be no longer phase II of the project.]
History
3. Recommendation:

Support the work for harmonisation between the traditional and formal justice system to avoid conflicts over norms in the communities.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/07/18]

Agree. This is an area of interest for UNDP to venture into and develop project that will strengthen the traditional justice system to be more compatible to the modern system and in consistent with the formal justice system in Fiji.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP to initiate some initial scoping and research work on this as part of planning for the next phase of the Access to Justice Project
[Added: 2021/07/18] [Last Updated: 2022/09/14]
Skelton A2J Team under the EG Team, with support of IRMU and DRR. 2022/12 No Longer Applicable [Justification: This key action was supposed to be done under the Phase II of the Access to Justice Project with support from EU. However, under its new programming, EU's priorities have been changed. There will be no longer phase II of the project.]
History
4. Recommendation:

Extend sensitization and services to rural areas, especially in the maritime areas.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/07/18]

Agree. This is the core role of the Judicial Department and Legal Aid Commission. With additional funding for a phase two of Access to Justice in Fiji will provide the opportunity to strengthen the accessing of information of the justice system and accessing justice services.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
This recommendation is highly dependant on whether UNDP can mobilise resources for a second phase of the Project. If so, this can be incorporated in the support
[Added: 2021/07/18] [Last Updated: 2022/09/14]
Skelton A2J Team under the EG Team, with support of IRMU and DRR. 2022/12 No Longer Applicable [Justification: This key action was supposed to be done under the Phase II of the Access to Justice Project with support from EU. However, under its new programming, EU's priorities have been changed. There will be no longer phase II of the project.]
History
5. Recommendation:

Encourage partnership and cost-sharing arrangements amongst government departments and CSOs.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/07/18]

Agree. In terms of sustainability of the project work, cost-sharing or user pay policy will need to be developed by the Government of Fiji with the local CSOs. UNDP can be a facilitator of the process of harmonizing the work between Government of Fiji and CSOs.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
New Phase to incorporate this
[Added: 2021/07/18] [Last Updated: 2022/09/14]
Skelton A2J Team under the EG Team, with support of IRMU and DRR. 2022/12 No Longer Applicable [Justification: This key action was supposed to be done under the Phase II of the Access to Justice Project with support from EU. However, under its new programming, EU's priorities have been changed. There will be no longer phase II of the project.]
History
6. Recommendation:

Support quality procedures in administering justice to end user in terms of feedback, explanation of processes and the rights of people.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/07/18]

Agree, This recommendation is dependent on future new projects and cannot put time frame for this

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
New Phase to incorporate this
[Added: 2021/07/18] [Last Updated: 2022/09/14]
Skelton A2J Team under the EG Team, with support of IRMU and DRR. 2022/12 No Longer Applicable [Justification: This key action was supposed to be done under the Phase II of the Access to Justice Project with support from EU. However, under its new programming, EU's priorities have been changed. There will be no longer phase II of the project.]
History
7. Recommendation:

Ensure an accurate assessment of the partners' capacities to implement the output and potential challenges and avoid issues such as the delay in the implementation of a key component of the project.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/07/18]

Agree. For Access to Justice phase two project, UNDP as per procedure will assess to the project partner capacity especially in the Justice Sector. Necessary capacity building action plans and measures will be put in place

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
New Phase to incorporate this.
[Added: 2021/07/18] [Last Updated: 2022/09/14]
Skelton A2J Team under the EG Team, with support of IRMU and DRR. 2022/12 No Longer Applicable [Justification: This key action was supposed to be done under the Phase II of the Access to Justice Project with support from EU. However, under its new programming, EU's priorities have been changed. There will be no longer phase II of the project.]
History
8. Recommendation:

Support the Judiciary department, Legal Aid and Police to meet regularly.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/07/18]

Agree

This is being done under the Police Project with regular access to justice and police first hour procedure platform.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
This is to be done during the pilot phase of the CMS for the Legal Aid Commission and Judicial Department
[Added: 2021/07/18] [Last Updated: 2022/09/14]
Skelton A2J Team under the EG Team, with support of IRMU and DRR. 2022/08 Completed This work has been supported under Fiji Police Force Support project. The Legal Aid Commission and the Police are meeting on a regular basis. Meeting minutes are attached. History
9. Recommendation:

Continue the work to support access to justice for the most vulnerable groups.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/07/18]

Agree – Access to Justice phase two and all projects under the access to justice, rule of law and human rights banner for example Fiji Police Project 2020 – 2022.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
New Phase to incorporate this, and also this is dependent on whether UNDP will successfully mobilise resources for the second phase of the Access to Justice Project
[Added: 2021/07/18] [Last Updated: 2022/12/04]
Fiji Police Force Support project and REACH project 2022/12 No Longer Applicable [Justification: Resource mobilization efforts for phase II have not been successful so far, and a coordination platform is now being implemented by the Fiji Police Force Support project.]
History
10. Recommendation:

Continue to embed the community advocate in the communities and their collaboration with local CSOs/ CBOs such as women organization. Communities not targeted in the rural communities should have an annual awareness on the legal process, avenues of assistance, rights of individual etc.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/07/18]

Agree – applicable for Access to Justice phase II and other project that works with CSOs, Government ministries and department dealing directly with community based project focusing on human rights based approach.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
New Phase to incorporate this and and also this recommendation is dependent on future new projects
[Added: 2021/07/18] [Last Updated: 2022/09/14]
Skelton A2J Team under the EG Team, with support of IRMU and DRR. 2022/12 Completed Since the phase II does not take place, UNDP has been working with the CSOs, government ministries, and departments through the REACH project to deliver the basic human rights, ensuring none left behind by reaching out to the marginalized communities. History
11. Recommendation:

Strengthen the monitoring of the outcome and impact of the project. Ensure the monitoring of the CMS results to identify key priorities and potential gaps.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/07/18]

Agree. To be implement during phase II for the Access to Justice project.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
This is to be done during the pilot phase of the CMS for the Legal Aid Commission and Judicial Department
[Added: 2021/07/18] [Last Updated: 2022/09/14]
Skelton A2J Team under the EG Team, with support of IRMU and DRR. 2022/08 No Longer Applicable [Justification: This was supposed to be done under the Phase II of the Access to Justice Project with support from EU. However, under its new programming, EU's priorities have been changed. There will be no longer phase II of the project.]
History
12. Recommendation:

Continue to support synergies and complementarities with the other projects to maximise the dynamics and efficiency.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/07/18]

Agree. To be implement during phase II for the Access to Justice project and in current projects .

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Continued synergies with the Police Project and REACH Platform. Project stakeholders and strategic engagement in these two on-going projects for UNDP. Synergy report to be produced.
[Added: 2021/07/18] [Last Updated: 2022/09/14]
Skelton A2J Team under the EG Team, with support of IRMU and DRR. 2022/12 Completed While the phase II of the project does not take place, Fiji Police Force project and REACH project have strategically been linked, bringing complementarities of the stakeholders in particular the police and CSOs. History
13. Recommendation:

Continue to support synergies and complementarities with the other projects in the rule of law sector (support to the police, REACH, women empowerment activities), including joint strategic and operational planning, such as sharing workplans, to maximise the dynamics and efficiency. further capacity building of the police, further integration of the perspective of the disabled in projects and interventions to support social inclusion.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/07/18]

Agree. To be implement during phase II for the Access to Justice project, having a dedicated output on community outreach with specific focus on women empowerment, disabilities, and youth active participation in development work at community level.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Continued synergies with the Police Project and REACH Platform. Project stakeholders and strategic engagement in these two on-going projects for UNDP. Synergy report to be produced.
[Added: 2021/07/18] [Last Updated: 2022/09/14]
Skelton A2J Team under the EG Team, with support of IRMU and DRR. 2022/12 Completed While the phase II of the project does not take place, Fiji Police Force project and REACH project have strategically been linked, bringing complementarities of the stakeholders in particular the police and CSOs. History

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