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Youth Volunteers Rebuilding Darfur Project Phase -IV
Commissioning Unit: Sudan
Evaluation Plan: 2018-2022
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 06/2021
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Sudan
Documents Related to overall Management Response:  
1. Recommendation:

For UNDP: UNDP should scale up the youth volunteer model to other localities. Further efforts should be made to link the community members, notably the Accumulating Savings and Credit Associations (ASCAs), to the micro finance institutions. UNDP should also ensure that funds are disbursed promptly to avoid delays that resulted in increases in prices of goods and services and the resultant budget distortions.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/09/08] [Last Updated: 2021/09/12]

Addressed through the new project phase which now targets more youth volunteers. The project has also now included vocational training to capture youth who dropped out of school.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.2 Improve operational efficiency including timely release of funds to implementing partners.
[Added: 2021/09/12]
UNDP 2022/12 Initiated Being addressed through enhanced planning.
1.4 Link the community members, particularly the ASCAs, to the microfinance institutions
[Added: 2021/09/12]
UNDP/IPs 2022/12 Initiated This activity has been incorporated into the new Phase V of the project and being implemented.
1.5 Ensure that funds are disbursed promptly to avoid delays that result in increases in prices of goods and services and the resultant budget distortions
[Added: 2021/09/12]
UNDP 2022/12 Initiated New IP agreements being signed
1.6 Training and other critical community-level activities should be planned to coincide with the lean/dry seasons when farmers are less busy participating and benefit from these interventions fully.
[Added: 2021/09/12]
UNDP/IPs 2022/12 Initiated Activity plans are re-aligned on periodically
1.8 Improve the project’s visibility at the community level. This would enable the community members to be aware of the project's social services infrastructure and facilities.
[Added: 2021/09/12] [Last Updated: 2021/12/12]
UNDP/IPs 2022/12 Initiated History
1.1 Increase the capacity building activities to cover more youth groups and community members
[Added: 2021/09/08] [Last Updated: 2021/12/12]
UNDP, the State Ministry of Youth & Sport (MoYS), NGOs/IPs, State Ministry of Finance (MoF) and State Ministry of Social Affairs (MoSA), and Peace Centres in the Universities 2022/12 Completed Ongoing activity History
1.3 Expand the project implementation area, increase the youth volunteers’ numbers, and include vocational training into the project.
[Added: 2021/09/12]
UNDP 2021/12 Completed Under the new Phase V, the project coverage has increased from 30 to 50 targeted communities. Also, number of Youth Volunteers targeted increased from 200 to 300. As well, total targeted beneficiaries increased from 10,000 to 20,000
1.7 Include reference checks on the performance of potential IPs with their previous or current UN agencies or INGOs’ partners as part of the criteria for selecting them.
[Added: 2021/09/12] [Last Updated: 2021/11/15]
UNDP/IPs 2022/12 Completed This has already been included in the IP selection process. Additional capacity assessments are carries out using HACT and PCAT. History
1.7 Include reference checks on the performance of potential IPs with their previous or current UN agencies or INGOs’ partners as part of the criteria for selecting them.
[Added: 2021/09/12] [Last Updated: 2021/11/15]
UNDP/IPs 2021/12 Completed This has already been included in the IP selection process. Additional capacity assessments are carries out using HACT and PCAT. History
1.8 Improve the project’s visibility at the community level. This would enable the community members to be aware of the project's social services infrastructure and facilities.
[Added: 2021/09/12] [Last Updated: 2021/11/15]
UNDP/IPs 2021/12 Completed Project visibility plan is already in place and being implemented under the new Phase V. History
2. Recommendation:

2. For IPs and Government Ministries/Institutions: The IPs and Government Ministries/Institutions should undertake follow-up initiatives to sustain the Project's gains and enhance women's empowerment, particularly in mixed groups, to reduce men's dominance when accessing loans and grants.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/09/12]

The new phase of the Project includes joint field monitoring and follow-up activities to be embarked by the member of the States Youth Volunteers Coordination Units (SYVCUs).

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1. Undertake follow-up initiatives to sustain the gains made by the project.
[Added: 2021/09/12]
UNDP, The Implementing Partners, The State Youth Volunteers Coordination Units (SYVCUs). 2022/12 Initiated Arrangements being put in place for.
2.4 Comprehensive communication plans should be developed for the project with national and local level stakeholders involved to avoid the poor communications that result in delays in project implementation.
[Added: 2021/09/12] [Last Updated: 2021/12/12]
UNDP/IPs 2022/12 Initiated Ongoing activities. History
2.3 Enhance the empowerment of women, particularly in mixed groups, to reduce the dominance of men when accessing loans and grants.
[Added: 2021/09/12] [Last Updated: 2021/11/15]
UNDP/IP, SYVCUs 2021/12 Completed Strategy for increasing targeting of more females in place in the Phase V currently on-going History
2.4 Comprehensive communication plans should be developed for the project with national and local level stakeholders involved to avoid the poor communications that result in delays in project implementation.
[Added: 2021/09/12] [Last Updated: 2021/11/15]
UNDP/IPs 2021/12 Completed Comprehensive communications plan in place under the new Phase V. The Project recruiting dedicated Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer by end of 2021 (going on). History
2.2. Scalability of initiatives through spill-over effect in non-targeted communities should also be monitored and supported to continue.
[Added: 2021/09/12]
UNDP 2023/12 Not Initiated Mid-Term Review will consider effects on non-targeted communities
3. Recommendation:

 3: For Community Members: UNDP and Government should further strengthen the cost-recovery models for the management, operation of the infrastructure established to ensure their sustainability.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/09/12]

UNDP and Government have built cost-recovery mechanisms into the utilization of all infrastructures under the new Phase V of the project. In addition, enhanced mechanisms will be put in place to ensure efficient recovery of micro-loans provided.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1 Communities that benefited from the social services infrastructure/facilities should continue to operate and maintain them appropriately to sustain and enhance the benefits being derived from them.
[Added: 2021/09/12]
UNDP/IP, SYVCUs 2022/12 Initiated Cost-recovery mechanisms in place and continue to be built into the Phase V of the project and being implemented.
3.2 Community members should sustain and enhance the cooperation and commitments exhibited in future programming to enable them to derive the full benefits of program/project interventions.
[Added: 2021/09/12] [Last Updated: 2021/11/15]
UNDP/IP, SYVCUs 2021/12 Completed Gender-sensitive community structures have been incorporated into the new phase of the project to ensure adequate community leadership and ownership; including community contrition. History

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