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Final Evaluation of the Social Protection for Community Resilience Project
Commissioning Unit: Yemen
Evaluation Plan: 2019-2021
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 06/2021
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Yemen
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation:

In light of the experience and results of this type of projects, it is recommended to move towards the conceptualization of social protection (as an integrated system) in Yemen, based on a broad and inclusive social dialogue taking into account the conflict context and a period of transition and recovery (medium-long term vision). This will require joint work and knowledge generation between academia, national and international development partners, implementing agencies such SFD, civil society organizations –including those representing the most vulnerable and marginalized populations–, among others.  In light of the experience and results of this type of projects, it is recommended to move towards the conceptualization of social protection (as an integrated system) in Yemen, based on a broad and inclusive social dialogue taking into account the conflict context and a period of transition and recovery (medium-long term vision). This will require joint work and knowledge generation between academia, national and international development partners, implementing agencies such SFD, civil society organizations –including those representing the most vulnerable and marginalized populations–, among others. 

Management Response: [Added: 2021/07/29]

Agree with the recommendation 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP has initiated bilateral discussions with other UN Agencies, notably UNICEF, for the design of a comprehensive joint programme document that will address this recommendation in a sustainable manner. The programme document has been conceptualized to include broad-based dialogues across all sectors relevant for social protection programming in Yemen. The final output of this process is expected to be a National Programming and Financing Document for Social Protection in Yemen.
[Added: 2021/07/29]
Social Protection Project Manager 2022/06 Initiated
2. Recommendation:

It is important to establish more systematic or integrated frameworks to ensure harmonization, not only within a particular system but between different ones (i.e., within the health cluster and between the health cluster and social protection). This will contribute to more consistent interventions with added value as opposed to the duplication of efforts. However, an in-depth analysis is required in this regard to be able to assess more specifically the limitations faced (including its synergies and trade-offs between policy areas), particularly in conflict-setting, humanitarian response and its financing.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/07/29]

Agree with the recommendation 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP is now a key member of an umbrella coordination body known as the Social Protection Coordination Committee (SPCC) which was initiated by UNICEF. One of the key activities of the SPCC in the north and south of Yemen is the formulation of a National Strategic Framework for Social Protection under the leadership of the relevant authorities i.e. Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour.
[Added: 2021/07/29]
Social protection projet manager 2021/06 Completed
3. Recommendation:

It is recommended to strengthen the decision-making and managerial structures of the project, and to have a gender specialist to support this effort and ensure the achievement of gender specific targets, as well as gender ear marked resources.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/07/29] [Last Updated: 2021/11/24]

Agree with the recommendation 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP has a Gender Analyst resident in the Management Support Unit. The Gender Analyst support gender programming for all UNDP projects in Yemen, including Social Protection project
[Added: 2021/07/29] [Last Updated: 2021/08/01]
CO senior management 2021/07 Completed The CO Gender Analyst support all project in gender programming. History
4. Recommendation:

In the current situation of political and economic instability, the prices and costs of construction supplies are subjected to a lot of variability. This situation needs to be foreseen and taken into account in future projects since it could undermine the established targets. For this, it is recommended to strengthen the technical capacities of the national implementing institutions through the development (or strengthening) of an updated system of supplies/input costs for the construction/ rehabilitation of basic social infrastructure. Regarding the health facilities infrastructure, it is suggested that assistance, or other funding mechanism to carried out technical needs’ assessment (for infrastructure and equipment) of all prioritized facilities (by the Health cluster partners) should be considered. This will help reduce time (and avoid delays) in the early implementation phases of future projects.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/11/24] [Last Updated: 2021/11/24]

Disagree with the recommendation 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP disburses funds to SFD in USD, which helps maintain the value on the face of local price flacuations. SFD's procurement procedures were assessed and found to be aligned to UNDP's procedures. Subsequent assurance activities had no issues on procurement. Any delays suffered are due to the constraining context, a little on the partner's capacity. All infrastructures rehabilitated were selected and prioritised with communities and relevant cluster partners
[Added: 2021/11/24]
N/A 2021/08 Completed
5. Recommendation:

A more in-depth and inclusive initial assessment is needed in order to address not only the economic, social and political context, but also the institutional one. In the latter case, the development of an institutional mapping (from a recovery and social protection approach) and due diligence (and capacity needs assessment) of the national implementing institution or institutions, are recommended.

In regard to this initial assessment, it is essential to emphasize human rights and gender equality HR&GE from an intersectional and life cycle approach to identify specific individual and social risks; and consider the most vulnerable and marginalized people –including old age and disabled, as well as women, youth, internally displaced and returnees, among others. As established in the Lessons learned report: "Future project design should seek to achieve wage parity and the specific accommodation of women's needs".

In this sense, it is important to identify the capacity needs (and risks) at the institutional level related not only to the management and operation of the project, but also to the technical capacity, in terms of specialized human resources, operating rules and policy tools that are appropriate to the context in the short and medium term of social protection. These policy tools include targeting mechanisms (according to agreed parameters HR&GE perspective and intersectional and life cycle approaches), and a single registry of (potential) participants (of the different social protection interventions) as well as integrated information systems that include monitoring and evaluation and effective grievance systems. This in order to clearly identify the technical and capacity areas (human, physical-technological resources) that need to be strengthened.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/11/24] [Last Updated: 2021/11/24]

Do not agree with the recommendation 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Capacity assessments were undertaken before SFD was engaged. During the course of the project, the partner was subjected to spotchecks, programme visits and audits which continously assessed performance and capacity of the responsible party
[Added: 2021/11/24]
N/A 2021/08 Completed Recommended actions were already undertaken

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