Sexual Gender-based violance (SGBV)

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Evaluation Plan:
2018-2022, Kyrgyzstan
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
06/2018
Completion Date:
06/2018
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
5,000

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Title Sexual Gender-based violance (SGBV)
Atlas Project Number: 00098879
Evaluation Plan: 2018-2022, Kyrgyzstan
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 06/2018
Planned End Date: 06/2018
Management Response: Yes
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 1.6.2 Measures in place and implemented across sectors to prevent and respond to Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV)
Evaluation Budget(US $): 5,000
Source of Funding: INL
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 4,845
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: Ministry of Justice of the Kyrgyz Republic; Parliament of the Kyrgyz Republic
Countries: KYRGYZSTAN
Lessons
1.

The selection of practical, innovative work tools and professional teams ensures the effective achievement of results.

In all components it was possible to observe the use of techniques and tools oriented on the one hand to the practical result, on the other - to the novelty, the uniqueness of the experience gained. Methods and tools aimed at developing the target groups of new skills and competences necessary for the successful implementation of their activities to assist victims of gender-based violence are particularly emphasized. In this series, an important place in the project was occupied by: 1) trainings and development of peer education materials for representatives of target agencies; 2) development of the use of elements of mentoring, training in action in the work with the teams of "pro bono" lawyers; 3) study of judicial practice with applied methodology, which can be successfully used in the future. Thus, we can say that there are certain prospects for replicating the results of the project. 

It also notes the use of a wide range of innovative methods and tools, including social theater, self-defense training for girls, development of anti-discrimination language skills, etc. as part of the project's support for various civil society initiatives. The media component of the work, in general, was based on the use of new media formats, which was useful both in terms of developing the skills of specialists in their use, both in terms of the availability of the materials created for the target audience. 

In general, despite the complex set of tasks faced by the project, teamwork, good interaction between state and public organizations and the professional community, ensured sufficiently high productivity without significant changes in the timing and budgets of the project.


2.

A clear definition of the fundamentals of the work contributes to the creation of viable models that meet the needs of the ultimate beneficiaries.    

Since a significant part of the project activity involved modeling and approbation, the overall task of all components was to identify the minimum needs of potential beneficiaries and create on their basis a list of the functions that the proposed victim protection models should have. It was important to take into account the context and understanding, which other key stakeholders are resolving similar problems.

In particular, according to the pro bono model, which was tested in the project, it can be said that the product largely met the needs of the recipients. The pro bono cases, which appeared after the project on the initiative of private lawyers, can also confirm the value of the idea. At the same time, the minimum requirements for the model were defined more intuitively, "on the go", than purposefully. Undoubtedly, in the context of Kyrgyzstan, this is a first step towards understanding how the model should work in cases of gender-based violence, the success of which was due, first of all, to the availability of implementing partners with a core set of knowledge, skills and experience.

However, it is necessary to take into account that the approbation of the model was carried out with the financial support of "pro bono" lawyers (reimbursement of logistics costs at the expense of the project), that is, some artificial conditions were created to motivate lawyers. In addition, the opportunities of the country's system of guaranteed state legal aid, essentially aimed at solving the problem of access to legal assistance for vulnerable groups of population. In addition, there should be considered the parallel existence of a "pro bono" center and free legal aid centers, also supported by UNDP initiatives. Thus, it is necessary to achieve certainty of the principles and criteria of the "pro bono" model, so that the final beneficiaries have access to a clear and simple instrument of protection.

 


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3.

The overall target orientation of the responsible partners of the project - developers, donors of executive organizations - based on agreed indicators should determine the principle of achievement of results.

The impressive results of the project were largely determined by the complex nature of the project, namely the inclusion of key actors in the overall protection of victims' rights, primarily in the law enforcement and judicial systems. The implementation of this approach could be observed at different levels. For example, the organization of joint training, analytical activities for specialists from different target agencies. At the same time, it is obvious that the complexity could not be limited to a simple amount, even very successful and effective activities for individual components of the project. In particular, the insufficient level of co-ordination of partners created difficulties in the formation of an effective information campaign within the framework of the project.

An integrated approach with multiple results presents a serious challenge for project management. The advisory structures created in the project (councils, working groups, etc.) partly met these challenges. However, in order to fully realize the possibilities of these mechanisms, it was necessary to have a fixed (formalized) common vision of the problem of gender-based violence and, accordingly, an understanding of the overall outcome of the proposed solutions with common indicators. The presence of a general picture of the changes achieved and the relevant evaluation tools is a condition for real coordination among partners, shared responsibility for the final result of the project and long-term institutional cooperation.


4.

Victims of gender-based violence - the ultimate beneficiaries of the project - are the central participant in the provision of assistance.

The overall ultimate goal of the project was to improve the access of victims of gender-based violence to a set of services, which is directly related to the respect for human rights to dignity, autonomy and self-determination for selecting the appropriate conditions for their assistance. Examples of court cases of gender-based violence show that success largely depends on the position of the recipients themselves, a clear understanding of the recipients of their role, as one of the beneficiaries noted: "I should not sit and wait for lawyers to do everything for me".

Thus, rendering assistance to the victims least of all should be similar to "rescue" from the "knowledgeable" expert. On the contrary, the access of victims of violence should represent an equal process between the recipient of assistance and specialists, focused on activating the resources of the victim himself, his / her abilities to cope independently with the tasks assigned, thereby developing his own powers. Accordingly, among the practical results of the project, it would be possible to expect visual guides and instructions for potential beneficiaries and their surroundings (families, communities) on how to obtain adequate assistance, including alternative ways of seeking justice, including on an independent basis for the victims themselves (individually or collectively).


Findings
Recommendations
1

Relevance. When developing a project, it is important to pay special attention to the availability of adequate indicators and their standardized interpretation at all levels of management and project implementation. These indicators should reflect not only the interests of the target agencies and specialists, but also directly interests of the final beneficiaries of the project (citizens vulnerable and affected by gender-based violence). At the same time, as participants of the final conference of the project noted, the indicators should be cross-cutting / cross-sectional, combining the efforts of different parties.

2

Productivity. Based on basic studies, establish the minimum requirements / requests for direct beneficiaries / target groups of the project and determine the requirements for the functionality and quality of the expected products that are adequate to these requests. Thus, minimal viability is guaranteed, including the costs of future translation and replication of relevant project results. The established requirements for functionality and quality of products help managers and implementing partners adhere to the necessary techniques and standards (that is, to provide and verify, and validate the product). In this case, it can be expected that the results of the project represent the completion and implementation of one stage and output directly to the next stage of the work, with improved approaches and tools.      

3

Effectiveness. Since the ultimate goal of implementing such projects is to improve the access of victims of gender-based violence to the complex of services, particularly the assistance standards, positive changes in the quality of life of the victims and their families can be considered as the basis for the development of project performance / effectiveness indicators. At the same time, it is necessary to take into account that the question of standards of assistance to victims is still open and controversial in Kyrgyzstan. In this regard, even at the project development stage, it is important to identify and coordinate with the partners a working (for the needs of the project) model of rendering assistance to victims with integrated assessment indicators. On this basis, optimal solutions to the problem, costs and scope of the project's impact at both the individual and institutional levels can be discussed. This also contributes to better coordination of actions, effective monitoring and consistent correction of the course, if necessary. 

4

Impact and sustainability. The complex nature of projects for the addressing gender-based violence with multiple outcomes requires the drawing up of a social impact map centered on the final beneficiaries. It is important to have a clear idea at what level changes are expected - niche (concrete service), institutional (laws and structures), etc. It is necessary to conduct a qualitative analysis of the context, which also makes it possible to assess the risks and assumptions about the results. In this view, referring to the proposals of the participants in the final conference of this project, we can say that for several years the number of issues on which the sustainability of initiatives in the field of addressing gender-based violence depends does not lose its relevance

1. Recommendation:

Relevance. When developing a project, it is important to pay special attention to the availability of adequate indicators and their standardized interpretation at all levels of management and project implementation. These indicators should reflect not only the interests of the target agencies and specialists, but also directly interests of the final beneficiaries of the project (citizens vulnerable and affected by gender-based violence). At the same time, as participants of the final conference of the project noted, the indicators should be cross-cutting / cross-sectional, combining the efforts of different parties.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/11/19]

The Recommendation is accepted and taken into the account with follow up actions

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Availability of adequate indicators and their standardized interpretation at all levels of management and project implementation. Indicators to reflect not only the interests of the target agencies and specialists, but also directly interests of the final beneficiaries of the project. Indicators to be cross-cutting / cross-sectional, combining the efforts of different parties.
[Added: 2018/11/19]
UNDP Gender Programme 2018/08 Completed The recommendations will be taken into account for future project design History
2. Recommendation:

Productivity. Based on basic studies, establish the minimum requirements / requests for direct beneficiaries / target groups of the project and determine the requirements for the functionality and quality of the expected products that are adequate to these requests. Thus, minimal viability is guaranteed, including the costs of future translation and replication of relevant project results. The established requirements for functionality and quality of products help managers and implementing partners adhere to the necessary techniques and standards (that is, to provide and verify, and validate the product). In this case, it can be expected that the results of the project represent the completion and implementation of one stage and output directly to the next stage of the work, with improved approaches and tools.      

Management Response: [Added: 2018/11/19]

The recomendation is accepted and will be taken into the account for future project design.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Establish the minimum requirements/requests for direct beneficiaries/target groups of the project and determine the requirements for the functionality and quality of the expected products that are adequate to these requests
[Added: 2018/11/19]
UNDP Gender Programme 2018/08 Completed The recommendations will be taken into account for future project design
3. Recommendation:

Effectiveness. Since the ultimate goal of implementing such projects is to improve the access of victims of gender-based violence to the complex of services, particularly the assistance standards, positive changes in the quality of life of the victims and their families can be considered as the basis for the development of project performance / effectiveness indicators. At the same time, it is necessary to take into account that the question of standards of assistance to victims is still open and controversial in Kyrgyzstan. In this regard, even at the project development stage, it is important to identify and coordinate with the partners a working (for the needs of the project) model of rendering assistance to victims with integrated assessment indicators. On this basis, optimal solutions to the problem, costs and scope of the project's impact at both the individual and institutional levels can be discussed. This also contributes to better coordination of actions, effective monitoring and consistent correction of the course, if necessary. 

Management Response: [Added: 2018/11/19]

The recommendation is accepted and will be taken into account for future project design.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The assistance standards, positive changes in the quality of life of the victims and their families to be considered as the basis for the development of project performance / effectiveness indicators. At the project development stage, to identify and coordinate with the partners a working model of rendering assistance to victims with integrated assessment indicators.
[Added: 2018/11/19]
UNDP Gender Programme 2018/08 Completed The recommendations will be taken into account for future project design.
4. Recommendation:

Impact and sustainability. The complex nature of projects for the addressing gender-based violence with multiple outcomes requires the drawing up of a social impact map centered on the final beneficiaries. It is important to have a clear idea at what level changes are expected - niche (concrete service), institutional (laws and structures), etc. It is necessary to conduct a qualitative analysis of the context, which also makes it possible to assess the risks and assumptions about the results. In this view, referring to the proposals of the participants in the final conference of this project, we can say that for several years the number of issues on which the sustainability of initiatives in the field of addressing gender-based violence depends does not lose its relevance

Management Response: [Added: 2018/11/19]

The recommendation is accepted and will be taken into account for future project design.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
To conduct a qualitative analysis of the context, to assess the risks and assumptions about the results
[Added: 2018/11/19]
UNDP Gender Programme 2018/08 Completed The recommendations will be taken into account for future project design.

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