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Independent Country Programme Evaluation: Uruguay
Commissioning Unit: Independent Evaluation Office
Evaluation Plan: 2018-2021
Evaluation Type: ICPE/ADR
Completion Date: 12/2019
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Uruguay
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation:

Systems dynamics-based theory of change to improve programme progress and performance. UNDP should improve programme performance with theories of change that adequately consider systems dynamics. This should include the mapping and integration of multi-stakeholders and sectors and improve complementarities and synergies and promote better coordination and timely investments. In so doing, UNDP should increase the number of staff in the office but still consider focusing on fewer key thematic areas and fewer small projects. This should allow the country office team to operate more strategically, work less in siloes and in a more integrated fashion with adequate stakeholder mapping and coherent theories of changes. Attention should be focused on the few areas the for which the country does not yet have sufficient capacity, such as local governance; adversarial justice including cybercrime and environmental crime; and in areas where the country requires more long-term investment, such as to address the challenge of behaviour change around gender-based violence and inclusive sustainable development to transform the production matrix in alignment with environmental requirements.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/03/06] [Last Updated: 2020/05/19]

The CO takes note of the recommendation.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Within the framework of the Common Country Analysis (CCA), United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) and 2021–2025 CPD process, UNDP Uruguay will carry out a thorough analysis and mapping of issues and stakeholders, which will serve as an input for the development of a comprehensive theory of change. A first step in this process is already being undertaken through an interagency initiative led by UNDP focusing on identifying the key transitions that Uruguay will need to undergo to set it on a path to sustainable development.
[Added: 2020/04/16]
Uruguay CO 2021/01 Initiated
2. Recommendation:

Reposition the UNDP integrator role for innovation. UNDP should clarify how it will advance on further positioning its integrator role to help Uruguay with innovative and accelerated solutions to inclusive sustainable development in the context of the graduation to high- income and net contributor country status. With Uruguay’s National Development Strategy to 2050 and the 2030 Agenda, UNDP should define a strategy so that in the short to medium term, the organization can transition to a more strategic role of providing more integrated and innovative development solutions in areas which the country is not able to address on its own. This may require adaptations to the programme design as well as political commitment from UNDP and Government to develop exit strategies, so in the medium term Uruguay no longer depends on UNDP administrative and fund management services and relies more on UNDP to identify/test/pilot innovations and to promote knowledge exchange and South-South and triangular cooperation with other countries. Given its institutional memory, UNDP should also assist with the transition of the incoming Government and take advantage of this new cycle to reframe its integrator mandate in the country in view of the changing national context.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/03/06] [Last Updated: 2020/05/19]

UNDP Uruguay takes note of the recommendation and reiterates that its current model is the result of a joint dialogue between UNDP and the Government of Uruguay

 

 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
(a) UNDP Uruguay will continue developing innovative solutions and exploring tools and initiatives to accelerate the implementation of the 2030 Agenda at the national nd subnational level, strengthening the integrator role of UNDP within the United Nations system. These tools will be integrated into the new 2021–2025 UNSDCF and CPD. (b) UNDP Uruguay is one of a handful of first-mover countries on SDG integration, which are testing new and innovative approaches of delivering integrated development solutions, that the organization will learn from when developing its global service offer on integration.
[Added: 2020/04/16]
Uruguay CO 2021/01 Initiated
3. Recommendation:

Integrate leaving no one behind. UNDP should develop a strategy that holistically integrates in the programme the broad vision of the 2030 Agenda for leaving no one behind. It should still prioritize attention to gender equality and women’s empowerment, building upon the lessons and success of the country’s early childcare system, but better integrate the care of persons with a disability and the elderly that also constitute a significant impediment to gender equality and women’s empowerment. Particular focus should be given to gender-based violence, an area where it will be important to map and integrate partners and initiatives to work with young men and address masculinity and citizen security. Attention should also be paid to further ensuring the rights and opportunities of the LGBT community, African descendants and those deprived of liberty. In addition, it will be necessary to strengthen the capacities of CSOs for their roles in civil control and monitoring of public policy implementation, particularly to ensure the rights and equal opportunities for these vulnerable groups. A stronger civil society will be key to leaving no one behind and to also ensure not leaving the environment behind, a significant issue to be addressed in integration with the transformation of the production matrix of the country.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/03/06] [Last Updated: 2020/05/19]

UNDP Uruguay will design a strategy of leaving no one behind, prioritizing interventions together with the new government that enters in March 2020 and with civil society.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP Uruguay will design a strategy of leaving no one behind, prioritizing interventions together with the new Government that assumes office in March 2020 and with civil society. The CCA, 2021–2025 UNSDCF and CPD will incorporate a strategy for leaving no one behind
[Added: 2020/04/16]
Uruguay CO 2021/01 Not Initiated
4. Recommendation:

Transform the production matrix in alignment with conservation requirements. UNDP should work in partnership with environmental counterparts and the productive sector to develop a conceptual model and strategy to scale up and generate innovations that expand and accelerate the transformation of the current production matrix towards a more sustainable production model. The strategy should help the country progressively replace the intensive use of natural resources of the current production matrix with a more diversified and innovative production model that can increase the competitiveness of the national economy in global markets and address the demands of the domestic market while striving for the conservation of natural resources. Considering the high percentage of the national territory that is privately owned and the limited number of protect areas, the UNDP theory of change should consider better integration of the following strategic lines of cooperation, among others:

1. Adaptation of the political-normative and institutional frameworks of the different productive sectors: economy, industry, energy, agriculture, livestock, forestry and tourism;

2. Design of dual or transitional economic policies;

3. Fossil and extractive economy decline policies;

4. Strategic incentive policies for the growth of green/sustainable economy;

5. Further mobilization of financial resources from global funds for the promotion of green/sustainable economy;

6. Incorporation of artificial intelligence into the new production model, through digital products to increase efficiency of sustainable management of production processes; and

7. Strengthening the participation of the civil society and academia in advocacy for the transformation of the productive matrix.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/03/06] [Last Updated: 2020/05/19]

UNDP Uruguay takes note of the recommendation, although the scope of its formulation makes it difficult to comply with in one programme cycle.

 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Within the framework of the transition towards sustainable development initiative, UNDP Uruguay led a joint United Nations diagnostic and is preparing proposals to delineate a road map towards the sustainability of the productive matrix (e.g., support for the design and implementation of a National Agroecology Plan).
[Added: 2020/04/16]
Uruguay CO 2025/12 Initiated
5. Recommendation:

Strengthen public administration, especially at local level. UNDP should focus its attention to the local level to help the decentralization efforts and ensure the capacity development of local governments. At the central level, UNDP should focus its support on improving the effectiveness and efficiency of public policies by providing more integrated and innovative development solutions, especially through strengthening institutional capacities and citizen participation for planning, monitoring and evaluation of public policies and programmes. For the most part, the Government of Uruguay already has sufficient capacity at central level, but it can still benefit from the support, experience and reputational capital of UNDP to solidify overall public administration capacities and improve integration and public policies, primarily in areas which the country is not yet able to address on its own. Given its great capillarity at the local level, UNDP is well positioned to help transfer capacities from central to local governments and to expand abilities for planning, management, monitoring and evaluation of projects and programmes while helping local contexts be better integrated into public policies.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/03/06] [Last Updated: 2020/05/12]

UNDP Uruguay takes note of the recommendation.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP Uruguay has supported the decentralization process and strengthening of subnational governments, being recognized as a partner of choice by national stakeholders. The new CPD will include enhanced efforts to strengthen the capacities of subnational governments and UNDP will also provide support during the transition of subnational governments following elections in May 2020.
[Added: 2020/04/16]
Uruguay CO 2021/01 Not Initiated
6. Recommendation:

Add more technical value to Uruguay’s South-South and triangular cooperation. UNDP, with the support of its Regional Bureau, should more systematically help identify, map, match and facilitate opportunities for Uruguay to learn from other countries and experiences and for Uruguay to collaborate with other countries, providing more technical value, instead of predominantly administrative support to SouthSouth and triangular cooperation. Given Uruguay’s net contributor country context and the potential and interest of AUCI, UNDP has the opportunity to go beyond the provision of administrative/fund management support and add more technical value to help Uruguay promote South-South and triangular cooperation. In so doing, UNDP should also help to negotiate with bilateral cooperation in the country, especially from developed countries, on how to join forces for triangular cooperation and mutual collaboration for South-North exchanges.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/03/06] [Last Updated: 2020/05/12]

UNDP Uruguay takes note of the recommendation.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP Uruguay will explore opportunities with the new government to enhance South-South and triangular cooperation for Uruguay and include them in the new 2021– 2025 CPD
[Added: 2020/04/16]
Uruguay CO 2021/01 Not Initiated

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