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Independent Country Programme Evaluation: Zambia
Commissioning Unit: Independent Evaluation Office
Evaluation Plan: 2018-2021
Evaluation Type: ICPE/ADR
Completion Date: 12/2020
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Zambia
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation:

Capitalizing on its unique positioning and long-term partnerships in Zambia, UNDP should position the next country programme to provide more innovative and accelerated development solutions. This would help Zambia recover from the impacts of COVID-19 and build forward better. It would advance inclusive economic diversification for poverty reduction, and good governance for enhanced transparency and accountability.

UNDP needs to highlight its focus on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Leave No One Behind principle, but in a more integrated way with other UN agencies and development partners. To this end, UNDP should consider ways for the country office team to expand its efforts to operate in a less programmatic siloed way, and in a more integrated way. This would improve complementarities and synergies that could promote more timely collaborations and investments. To ensure UNDP’s efforts contribute to the achievement of development outcomes, it will be key to develop coherent theories of change for each outcome. These will need to have more realistic outputs that properly map and aim to leverage and integrate the contributions of other strategic partners with cross-cutting issues, such as the principle of Leave No One Behind. They will also need differentiated approaches to work with vulnerable groups, such as youth, women and people with disabilities. It will be key to identify more adequate performance indicators that can more rigorously measure the contributions under UNDP’s control to promote change.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/06/22] [Last Updated: 2021/10/29]

While the new CPD will be submitted to the Board in 2022, the office will capitalize on its standing as partner of choice within the UN Country Team and vis-à-vis the Government and cooperating partners to develop a strategic programmatic framework that will unleash innovative programme that will support the COVID-19 recovery in the areas of poverty reduction and governance.  

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1. Develop a project to mobilize high-level expertise to support the development of the next programme cycle using innovative programmatic approaches
[Added: 2021/10/29] [Last Updated: 2022/01/27]
Deputy Resident Representative 2021/06 Completed The PIP is now operational History
1.2. Develop at least 2 background papers or projects that will support the next CPD in the areas of inclusive economic diversification for poverty reduction and good governance
[Added: 2021/10/29] [Last Updated: 2022/01/27]
Inclusive Growth and SDG, Governance and Gender 2021/12 Completed The PIP to support the development of the CPD is now operational History
2. Recommendation:

UNDP should build on its integrative efforts to support sustainable economic development through improved community governance and management of natural resources, linking this to livelihood promotion, with a more comprehensive theory of change and a partnership strategy to fund and scale successful initiatives for more significant and sustainable COVID-19 recovery, poverty reduction and inclusive economic diversification in Zambia.

It will be important to develop a programme that combines a focus on innovation for inclusive sustainable growth, integrating more systemic and holistic approaches to tackle challenges related to climate change, and the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19, for enhanced resilience against future crises. This should include the completion of the comprehensive review and assessment of the development minerals sector national policies, strategies and legislation to expand attention to the opportunities created by mining extractives and public private partnerships.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/06/22] [Last Updated: 2021/10/29]

UNDP Leadership will play a critical role within UNCT to ensure that issues related to sustainable economic development and improve community governance that leverages on diversified partnerships to support inclusive economic diversification and COVID-19 economic recovery are incorporated in the development of the upcoming UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF).

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1. Recruit an expert to support the development of a UN-joint programme, implemented in the new CPD and UNSDCF UNDP, that will be anchored around a diversify partnership with a clear theory of change to address improve community governance while both optimizing the management of natural resources and improving livelihoods of communities.
[Added: 2021/10/29] [Last Updated: 2022/01/17]
Inclusive Growth and SDGs, Gender, Energy and Environment 2022/12 Initiated The formulation of new CPD and the UNSDCF are still under development . The expert will be recruited once the development of the CPD is concluded. History
2.2. UNDP Zambia will advocate for the formulation of a theory of change in the new UNSDCF to address the issues related to improved community governance, management of natural resources and improved livelihood of communities as a response to COVID-19 recovery.
[Added: 2021/10/29] [Last Updated: 2021/12/20]
PCOM (Monitoring and Evaluation) 2021/12 Completed UNDP Zambia participated in the brain visioning exercise of the UNSDCF and the formulation of the theory of change that will address issues related to improved community governance and the management of natural resources and improvement of livelihood. History
3. Recommendation:

To enhance transparency and accountability and build the confidence of the donor community to invest in the country, UNDP should leverage the trust and global UNDP capacities – built through the success of initiatives linked to elections and COVID-19 – to promote transparent and innovative digital solutions for good governance and public services.

In line with recent efforts of UNDP and global trends, UNDP should support the government to operationalize e-governance, including identifying priority areas of public concern or inaccessibility, current and potential legal impediments, entry points and digitization opportunities. In this process, it will be imperative for UNDP and partners to discuss a public-oriented strategy, engaging with citizens to identify solutions and precautions. UNDP’s Accelerator Labs’ human-centered design approaches, with rapid prototyping and partnership frameworks, may add value to drive such processes, which should involve a participatory effort.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/06/22] [Last Updated: 2021/10/29]

It is agreed that the communication on success activities that will impact the donor community and development partners at country level will reinforce UNDP standing in Zambia in the area of digital solutions for good governance and improved public service delivery.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.2 Leveraging on UNDP comparative advantage at both global and country level, UNDP Zambia will develop new initiatives on digitalization to improve service delivery and accountability.
[Added: 2021/10/29] [Last Updated: 2022/01/17]
Governance and Gender 2022/12 Initiated New initiatives on digitalization will be finalized when the formulation of the Country Programme is completed. History
3.1 Establish a Partnership, Advocacy and Communication Task Force to promote, market and position UNDP’s work at the national level while at the same time providing strategic communications guidance and messaging to its senior management team to interact with the donor community.
[Added: 2021/10/29] [Last Updated: 2022/01/17]
Deputy Resident Representative 2022/12 Completed Partnerships Advocacy and Communications Committee has been established History
4. Recommendation:

UNDP should build on its gender-responsive approach to improve access to justice for victims of SGBV, to further integrate multi-dimensional strategies to address the structural and root causes of persistent GBV, human-rights violations and inequalities in a transformative way.

It will be important to better include different partners and thematic areas, including citizen security, as well as further efforts to address barriers to women’s economic empowerment and political participation. UNDP Zambia should support the government to target policy implementation gaps and strengthen prevention, with a stronger results framework to track changes and adapt strategies as needed. Attention should also be paid to further ensuring the rights and opportunities of the LGBTQI community. It will be necessary to further strengthen the capacities of CSOs for their role in civil monitoring of public policy implementation in these areas.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/06/22] [Last Updated: 2021/10/29]

The office will mainstream the multi-dimensional approaches to address structural issues related to gender-based violence, human right violations, and inequalities in its programming approach. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
4.1. UNDP will advocate during the formulation of the new UNSDCF to address structural and systemic gender issues related to gender-based violence, human right violations and inequalities
[Added: 2021/10/29] [Last Updated: 2022/01/17]
Inclusive Growth and SDGs, Gender and Governance, Energy and Environment 2022/04 Overdue-Initiated Formulation of the UNSDC is in Process. Issues related to gender, human rights and inequalities are being considered in the new CF. History
4.2. Multi-dimensional approaches addressing structural issues related to gender-based violence, human right violations, and inequalities in its programming approach will be incorporated in the development of a joint UN programme on women empowerment and employment
[Added: 2021/10/29] [Last Updated: 2022/01/19]
Inclusive Growth and SDGs, Gender and Governance 2022/12 Initiated Implementation timeline for this key action has been revised to allow for the implementation of proposed activities under the GRZ joint programme on GBV History
5. Recommendation:

UNDP’s work on health must address long-standing issues with health supply chain stock-outs, ensure the transfer of capacity to government, and transition focus and resources to concretely removing barriers hindering access of targeted key populations to HIV/AIDS and other services as part of its human rights and Leave No One Behind initiatives.

UNDP’s work on SGBV with courts, police and community groups must add a focus on key populations who are also at heightened risk of SGBV and HIV/AIDS. UNDP should leverage its presence at the district level and its technical expertise to drive greater awareness of and attention to vulnerable key populations, and address inclusive social development in a more integrated way.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/06/22] [Last Updated: 2021/10/29]

UNDP will leverage on ongoing development of the project on human rights and existing policy support project (LPP Programme) to address barriers hindering targeted populations’ access to HIV/AIDS treatment and other services 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Integrate barriers hindering targeted populations’ access to HID/AIDS treatment and other services in the formulation of the Human Rights project.
[Added: 2021/10/29] [Last Updated: 2022/01/17]
Inclusive Growth and SDGs, Gender and Governance 2021/12 Completed barriers hindering targeted populations’ access to HID/AIDS treatment and other services have been integrated in the formulation of the Human Rights project. History

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