End of project Evaluation of Lesotho Data for Sustainable Development

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Evaluation Plan:
2019-2023, Lesotho
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
09/2019
Completion Date:
01/2020
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
40,000

Relevance: The Lesotho Data Project was highly relevant to the need of Lesotho on data for development and result-based management.

Effectiveness: The Lesotho Data Project was moderately effective, primarily due to its ambitious scope and objectives not matched with time and resources available.

Efficiency: The Project’s efficiency was moderately unsatisfactory.

Sustainability: The sustainability of the Project is considered modest and is still a work in progress. Some of the aspects of the Project have potential (most likely) to be sustainable.

Partnerships: Although conceived as a multi-stakeholder initiative, the Project did not build on the foundation of the UNDP-EU partnership. Potential for partnerships with the private sector (in training) is evident but not tapped yet.

Cross-cutting issues: The Project did not mainstream gender; however, gender relevance is evident. The Project advocated disaggregated data to enable gender analysis.

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Title End of project Evaluation of Lesotho Data for Sustainable Development
Atlas Project Number: 00098578
Evaluation Plan: 2019-2023, Lesotho
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 01/2020
Planned End Date: 09/2019
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Others
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
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
  • 17.18 By 2020, enhance capacity-building support to developing countries, including for least developed countries and small island developing States, to increase significantly the availability of high-quality, timely and reliable data disaggregated by income, gender, age, race, ethnicity, migratory status, disability, geographic location and other characteristics relevant in national contexts
  • 17.9 Enhance international support for implementing effective and targeted capacity-building in developing countries to support national plans to implement all the Sustainable Development Goals, including through North-South, South-South and triangular cooperation
Evaluation Budget(US $): 40,000
Source of Funding:
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 46,299
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: Yes
  • Joint with Donors
  • Joint with European Union
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Nationality
Hubert Paulmer International Consultant
Lethola Ramochaha Local Consultant
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: European Union, UNDP, Government of Lesotho
Countries: LESOTHO
Comments:

Outcome 2: By 2023, government and private sector increase opportunities for inclusive and sustainable economic growth, improved food security, and decent work, especially for women, youth and PwDs

Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Continue to use a collaborative approach and modality with ministries to deliver/manage projects including having project coordinators in the ministry, housing the project team in the ministry while making focused efforts to leverage partnership and resources among UN agencies and development partners (including EU) for joint design and delivery of projects to enhance cohesive support in the country. Building partnership with CSOs and private sector will bring added value, complementary and synergistic skills and capacities including expertise on new tools and technologies.

2

UN support on data to the Government of Lesotho should be coordinated and harmonised to “deliver as one.”

  • It could be a “One Data Strategy for Lesotho,” wherein different agencies contribute technical and financial resources and work to achieve specific areas/results of the strategy. This not only avoids duplication but also saves costs to have a coherent approach and avoid confusion at the government’s end.
  • When multiple agencies work with or support the same ministry on data collection there could be lead/co-leads.

UN agencies should also explore option of “One Fund” mechanism for the country or multi-donor trust fund to improve data and the ecosystem in Lesotho. Funding from bilateral donors (including EU) could be mobilised for improving data availability and improving ecosystem through this one basket fund. (UNDP/UN RCO and UN agencies).

Management Response Documents
1. Recommendation:

Continue to use a collaborative approach and modality with ministries to deliver/manage projects including having project coordinators in the ministry, housing the project team in the ministry while making focused efforts to leverage partnership and resources among UN agencies and development partners (including EU) for joint design and delivery of projects to enhance cohesive support in the country. Building partnership with CSOs and private sector will bring added value, complementary and synergistic skills and capacities including expertise on new tools and technologies.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/09/25]

UNDP (UN) partnership strategy recognises the roles of the different stakeholders in development and continues to seek collaboration in implementing development projects

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
In collaboration with other UN agencies, UNDP will design follow-up projects to leverage partnerships and resources on the Lesotho Data
[Added: 2020/09/25]
Programme Specialist, SPU 2023/12 Initiated
UNDP is developing its Partnership and Communications Action Plan (2019 – 2023) to guide its partnership strategies and engagement. This will also enable identification of stakeholders to support resources mobilisation for data management and support
[Added: 2020/09/25]
DRR 2020/09 Completed Partnership and Communications Action Plan completed.
2. Recommendation:

UN support on data to the Government of Lesotho should be coordinated and harmonised to “deliver as one.”

  • It could be a “One Data Strategy for Lesotho,” wherein different agencies contribute technical and financial resources and work to achieve specific areas/results of the strategy. This not only avoids duplication but also saves costs to have a coherent approach and avoid confusion at the government’s end.
  • When multiple agencies work with or support the same ministry on data collection there could be lead/co-leads.

UN agencies should also explore option of “One Fund” mechanism for the country or multi-donor trust fund to improve data and the ecosystem in Lesotho. Funding from bilateral donors (including EU) could be mobilised for improving data availability and improving ecosystem through this one basket fund. (UNDP/UN RCO and UN agencies).

Management Response: [Added: 2020/09/25]

UNDAF (2019 – 23) identified data as one of the strategic areas for contribution in the implementation of the NSDP and the Agenda 2030 which creates a leverage for developmetn of a joint programme on data. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP will participate and contribute to development of joint UN action plans and projects for data and M&E. UNDP will identify comparative advantages and synergies for on data and M&E for various UN agencies and partners to eliminate duplication and enhance coherence of support to the government on data and M&E
[Added: 2020/09/25]
DRR 2023/12 Initiated History

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