Success message
error message
warn message
Mid Term Review of Effective Development Financing and Coordination Project (EDFC)
Commissioning Unit: Nepal
Evaluation Plan: 2018-2022
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 06/2019
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Nepal
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation:

A comprehensive institutional needs assessment with respect to IECCD for effective ODA management and mobilization should be undertaken. This could provide an understanding of specific knowledge and skills assets and gaps of officials in IECCD, knowledge management and production needs, technical needs, communication and coordination needs, and ways to improve and strengthen its mandates.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/11/20]

Agreed. Institutional Capacity needs assessment will be incorporated in the second phase of the project to be initiated from January 2020.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Incorporate in the new project document activity for the institutional and capacity needs assessment
[Added: 2019/11/20]
Inclusive Economic Growth Unit 2020/03 Initiated
2. Recommendation:

Any future phase should consider a mapping of mutual responsibilities of the GoN and the DPs alike, and a Framework of Mutual Responsibility should be prepared, and agreed upon by both parties for greater accountability and transparency in development transactions.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/11/20]

Agreed.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Incorporate the development of mutual accountability framework in the new project document.
[Added: 2019/11/20]
Inclusive Economic Growth Unit 2020/03 Not Initiated
Incorporate the development of mutual accountability framework in the new project document.
[Added: 2019/11/20]
Inclusive Economic Growth Unit 2020/03 Not Initiated
3. Recommendation:

Capacity building training, such as negotiation training, should be scaled down. Instead, a comprehensive capacity gap and needs assessment involving IECCD and the foreign coordination sections of the line ministries to be conducted which should inform areas of capacity building and modalities in support of a whole-of-government approach. These activities may involve DP officials also as recipients of capacity building interventions. It will bring additional advantages in terms of relationship building as a unified approach.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/11/20]

Agreed. Capacity needs assessment will be combined with the institutional needs assessment.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Conduct one comprehensive institutional and capacity needs assessment
[Added: 2019/11/20]
Inclusive Economic Growth Unit 2020/12 Not Initiated
Conduct one comprehensive institutional and capacity needs assessment
[Added: 2019/11/20]
Inclusive Economic Growth Unit 2020/12 Not Initiated
4. Recommendation:

Capacity building initiatives should be extended to areas such as inter-agency coordination, South-South Cooperation (SSC), and various financing engagement models (blended financing, private sector financing); contract management, development project preparation and monitoring and evaluation. An extended phase of EDFC should, as a priority, consider targeted interventions in South-South Cooperation. Interest from some of the current global leaders in SSC should be harnessed and resources mobilized from these donors for funding specific SSC activities that will see Nepal, both as a beneficiary and a provider of ideas and technologies, leveraging on its comparative advantages and proven expertise. Similar funding possibilities should be explored for Triangular Cooperation (TrC) in partnership with DPs. A future phase of the project should include a component on SSC and TrC, beginning with a need and opportunity analysis. MoF may consider establishing under the new phase, a South-South Knowledge and Innovation Unit within IECCD. The Unit can, among other activities, provide seed funding and provide capacity development opportunities for young entrepreneurs who can act as partners in the SSC activities.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/11/20]

Agreed. As suggested, this will be incuded in new project.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Incorporate in the new project document trainings related to south-south
[Added: 2019/11/20]
Inclusive Economic Growth Unit 2020/03 Not Initiated
Incorporate in the new project document trainings related to south-south
[Added: 2019/11/20]
Inclusive Economic Growth Unit 2020/03 Not Initiated
5. Recommendation:

Capacity building trainings related to development cooperation should be integrated within the in-service training plans of the NASC/Public Service Training Department (PSTD), as a matter of routine practice. The role of MoF/IECCD in advocating and institutionalizing this will be strategic, and can bring quick results in adding this new concept into the overall curriculum of PSTD.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/11/20]

Since there are several trainings courses for the civil servants so the current courses of the NASC will be reviewed first to take necessary action later.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Review the NASC course from the perspective of development cooperation
[Added: 2019/11/20]
Inclusive Economic Growth Unit 2020/12 Not Initiated
Review the NASC course from the perspective of development cooperation
[Added: 2019/11/20]
Inclusive Economic Growth Unit 2020/12 Not Initiated
6. Recommendation:

To enhance the understanding of aid mobilization issues among the parliamentarians, provincial and local government leaders and officials, the EDFC project can initiate aid literacy training targeting these key stakeholders. The EDFC project, or its successor phase, should focus on training, advocacy, and opening the opportunity for dialogue between the central and sub-national/provincial actors on the importance of managing ODA funds, the accountability triggers, and the importance of ODA in the overall budgetary process of Nepal. DPs and the GoN may separately forge partnerships in developing strategies on specific issues relevant to strengthening federal government, such as fiscal decentralization, local revenue generation, and planning and budgeting related subjects as separate interventions.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/11/20]

Agree. The new project will include capacity building of all stakeholders on aid mobilization/development cooperation and initiate it from 2020. This will be a continuous activity throughout the project period for next 3 to 4 years.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Initiate capacity building training to the stakeholders
[Added: 2019/11/20]
Inclusive Economic Growth Unit 2020/06 Not Initiated
Initiate capacity building training to the stakeholders
[Added: 2019/11/20]
Inclusive Economic Growth Unit 2020/06 Not Initiated
7. Recommendation:

In line with the above, and considering the new federal governance structure of Nepal, it is important to set up a new and vibrant coordination mechanism between and across federal and provincial governments on development finance/ODA. A coordination mechanism in the form of periodic face-to-face dialogue, opportunities to share the progress of the aid funded projects, and strategic visits of MoF officials to the field to observe the progress of the projects can be some of the activities in this regard.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/11/20]

Once the Aid mobilization guidelines is approved, necessary coordination mechanism at the province level will be created in line with the guidelines

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Support MOF to create institutional mechanism at the provincial level.
[Added: 2019/11/20]
Inclusive Economic Growth Unit 2020/12 Not Initiated
8. Recommendation:

Training, specifically focusing on the use of data for policymaking is also recommended for officials from the line ministries and MoF. Such training over the years can create a critical mass of human resources within government structures, which eventually can contribute to a culture of evidence-based policymaking. No matter where the officials are transferred, the portability of the knowledge to be gained from these training programmes will be useful and sustainable across the wider government machinery.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/11/20]

The new project will focus on the capacity building of the MOF and line ministries on results-based management and use of data to inform poliices.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Include training and capacity building measures in the new project on results-based management and use of data .
[Added: 2019/11/20]
Inclusive Economic Growth Unit 2020/03 Initiated
9. Recommendation:

In line with the above recommendation, IECCD should gradually build its research capacity by creating a Research and Knowledge Management Unit within IECCD to house a number of quality researchers, and new generation policy analysts. These trained research professionals could assist IECCD in the data analysis and research, as well as train researchers within the government. Such capacities could, inter alia, support institutions like the National Planning Commission in the preparation of key documents, such as the Five-Year Plan. The exact institutional arrangements, including short- and long-term financing arrangements for such a unit should be further scoped through consultations. The aspect of avoiding any duplication of functions with research and knowledge management units in other parts of MoF/GoN, should also be considered.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/11/20]

MOF has a separate division on policy and research hence this recommendation is not relevant and applicable and hence no action needed. 

Key Actions:

10. Recommendation:

The Development Cooperation Policy (DCP) should be followed up by an action plan for its operationalization. This will give an opportunity to engage the line ministries, INGOs, NGOs, media, parliamentary committees and think tanks with regard to clarifying any issues and building a shared understanding pertaining to the DCP.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/11/20]

Agreed. However, new project will advocate for the preparation of the action plan and provide necessary support if asked by MOF.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Request MOF for the preparation of the action plan.
[Added: 2019/11/20]
Inclusive Economic Growth Unit 2020/06 Not Initiated
11. Recommendation:

IECCD/EDFC project can facilitate a change in the Nepal aid consultative mechanism, with the GoN remaining at the helm of affairs. The Government could take the leadership role as Chair of a Development Coordination Group, with co-chair from the DPs on a rotational basis. The separate sector/thematic groups can also be led by individual line ministries, where DPs mandated for technical areas (health, education etc) could co-chair these forums on a rotational basis. This will give an opportunity for the existing International Development Partners Group (IDPG) to work in greater harmony with the government established mechanism on development coordination.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/11/20]

Creation of development coordination group or strengthening the existing mechanism is a good idea. It will be taken up by new project. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Support MOF in creating donor coordination group or strengthening the exiting group.
[Added: 2019/11/20]
Inclusive Economic Growth Unit 2020/12 Not Initiated
12. Recommendation:

A future phase should consider engagement with media on development effectiveness subjects, through occasional briefings, and perhaps organizing some training programmes and regional study tours for building capacity of local media to report on development effectiveness with accuracy. Engagement with media should be led by MoF/IECCD, with EDFC remaining as the support provider. There is also considerable scope in engaging INGOs; NGOs; private sector representatives; civil society organizations (CSOs), think tanks, and the Parliamentary Committee on Sustainable Development and Good Governance, as potential watch dogs in various forums, as a matter of routine and institutionalized practice.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/11/20]

Agreed. It is indeed important to engage all stakeholders to ensure greater development effectiveness. This will be included in new project.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Include engagement of media and other stakeholders in the new project document to make the development cooperation more effective.
[Added: 2019/11/20]
Inclusive Economic Growth Unit 2020/03 Initiated

Latest Evaluations

Contact us

1 UN Plaza
DC1-20th Floor
New York, NY 10017
Tel. +1 646 781 4200
Fax. +1 646 781 4213
erc.support@undp.org