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Mid Term Evaluation of the Chilungamo – Access to Justice through Paralegal and Mediation Services
Commissioning Unit: Malawi
Evaluation Plan: 2019-2023
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 04/2020
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Malawi
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation:

UNDP (with other donors) should support advocacy based on Paralegal Advisory Services Institute’s (PASI) experiences to help redress systemic justice issues. UNDP can play a convening role in bringing together interested stakeholders, particularly other NGOs which may be less willing to cooperate with PASI.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/05/20]

Fully accepted. UNDP UNDP will endeavor to facilitate engagement and consultations among key stakeholders towards addressing systemic justice issues.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP to meet with Malawi Human Rights Commission, Ministry of Gender and Ministry of Health to facilitate the MOUs with PASI.
[Added: 2021/05/20]
RICE Portfolio 2021/07 Overdue-Initiated
UNDP to meet with Legal Aid Bureau and Malawi Law Society to identify strategies for collaboration in advocacy activities and Facilitate MOUs.
[Added: 2021/05/20]
Responsive Institutions and Citizen Engagement (RICE) Portfolio 2020/12 Completed Action has been done.
2. Recommendation:

UNDP should make greater use of its own rosters of technical experts to guide and provide quality assurance on specific access to justice activities, such as those listed above. UNDP’s subject matter experts could also support PASI’s research initiatives and integrate global best practices. UNDP could also help facilitate specialized expertise from UNODC, UNICEF and UN Women as relevant.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/05/20]

Fully accepted. UNDP agrees with the recommendation.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP Malawi to Engage UNDP HQ for technical expertise on various activities on access to justice.
[Added: 2021/05/20]
RICE Portfolio 2021/12 Not Initiated
3. Recommendation:

Review the logic model discussed at various places in the project document and articulate a clear project theory of change, including linkages between each stage and linkages to relevant UNDAF indicators.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/05/20]

Fully accepted. UNDP agrees with recommendation.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Develop theory of change for the project.
[Added: 2021/05/20]
M&E Unit 2021/08 Overdue-Not Initiated
4. Recommendation:

UNDP and PASI should agree on a revised approach to reporting, expenditure verification and disbursement. Potentially PASI could continue to provide narrative reports on a quarterly basis but provide expenditure reports and funding requests as disbursement targets are met – for example, PASI makes a request for the next tranche of funding to be released as it reaches 70% or 80% utilization.  Longer funding cycles could also be considered – e.g. disbursement of six-month tranches rather than three months.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/05/20] [Last Updated: 2021/05/20]

Rejected.  UNDP agrees with 80% utilization and that’s the current approach.  This is already the arrangement under HACT.  Longer Funding cycle will entail a departure with the current HACT arrangements which involves four UN agencies.  This objective would not be achieved within the timeframe of the project.

Key Actions:

5. Recommendation:

UNICEF is the lead UN agency on child justice, and these issues should be directed to UNICEF for appropriate technical assistance. While noting the lack of juvenile safe homes, we understand that UNICEF generally prefers to divert and reintegrate child offenders, rather than detain them in safe homes where they may be at further risk. PASI, UNDP and UNICEF could collaborate on initiatives such as strengthening child diversion.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/05/20]

Fully accept. UNDP agrees with the recommendation.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP/PASI to have a meeting with UNICEF to identify strategies for collaboration on initiatives related to Child Justice.
[Added: 2021/05/20]
RICE Portfolio. 2021/07 Overdue-Initiated

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