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

UNDP should adopt a balanced mix of upstream and downstream interventions in the next country programme. UNDP has a unique role, through its broad portfolio, cross-cutting experiences and extensive partnership with Government, to examine and support policy analysis and implementation. UNDP should invest in a strategic review to reassess its positioning and programmatic offer, particularly in the governance and inclusive growth areas.

With official development assistance estimated at less than 2 percent of Nigeria’s GDP, the Government does not expect UNDP to provide project support, but rather effective models which the Government can scale up. There are many lessons that can be learned from UNDP policy experience in Nigeria. These need to be examined critically to determine where the barriers, constraints and causes are, to inform a strategic role for UNDP as it supports government programmes in the future. Policy analysis is very dependent on understanding the nature of partnerships, sector receptivity, how internal policy and agenda conflicts are resolved, and the costs and benefits of new policy directions. UNDP should be able to insert itself into and facilitate this kind of policy analysis, working with Government, civil society and the private sector as new policy directions emerge and are considered by the Government. UNDP should strengthen its policy analysis and advocacy capacity.

UNDP should better distinguish between federal and state support, identifying opportunities for strengthening the development planning of States with capacity gaps.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/03/03] [Last Updated: 2022/05/04]

Recommendation 1 Management response: Partially Agree

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1.1 The Country Office, with support from Regional Bureau of Africa, conducted a capacity assessment in 2021 to review and re-assess UNDP’s positioning.    The outcomes of these assessments are being used to inform the design of  the new CPD particularly in the governance and inclusive growth area.

December 2022

1. UNDP Senior Management

2. Governance, Peace and Security Unit

3. Strategic Partnership &  Inclusive Growth Unit

4. Environment & Climate Change Unit

 

Initiated

1.2  The Country Office current CPD (2018-2022) will expire by December 2022.

Currently, the CO is developing the new CPD (2023-2027). The preparation of the new CPD will be informed by ICPE recommendations

December 2022

1. UNDP Senior Management

2. Governance, Peace and Security Unit

3. Strategic Partnership &  Inclusive Growth Unit

4. Environment & Climate Change Unit

 

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2. Recommendation:

The importance of addressing institutional capacity to ensure a peaceful transition from fragility and conflict to a stronger social contract and economic growth cannot be overstated. UNDP is well positioned to enhance the effectiveness of its stabilization programmes and ensure linkages with medium-and long-term interventions.

Violent conflicts and crises shatter the capacity of core governance and rule of law systems and institutions to cope with, recover from and prevent future crises. Successful institutional transformation takes time as reforms are iterative. Recognizing institutional dynamics, UNDP should ensure that all relevant institutional and policy linkages are embedded, including core governance functions which are often the drivers of conflict.136 UNDP should broaden its collaboration with national agencies and bring on board relevant peacebuilding institutions, including the judiciary, security sector, think tanks and other government agencies with the constitutional mandate of peacebuilding, as well as traditional community mechanisms.

UNDP peacebuilding support should balance upstream and downstream initiatives to ensure sustainable development pathways. UNDP should also strengthen integrated programming internally and in partnership with other United Nations agencies. This can open opportunities for well-articulated area-based programming.

UNDP should develop a response plan to coordinate its interventions in the north-east. Given the large number of projects implemented in the region, and mounting humanitarian need, the need for a response plan to guide project design and implementation cannot be over-emphasized.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/03/03] [Last Updated: 2022/05/04]

 

Recommendation 2 Management response: Agreed

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2.1 UNDP will engage a Third-Party Monitoring and Evaluation team to review the management (planning, implementation, monitoring and coordination) of the stabilization and early recovery portfolio in the north-east

December 2022

1. UNDP Senior Management

2. UNDP North-East Team

This will also be supported by the Evaluation of UNDP north-east Early Recovery Programme

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2.2 The recommendations from the Third-Party Monitoring and Assessment will be used to enhance effective linkage into the medium and long-term peace and development interventions

December 2023

1. UNDP Senior Management

2. UNDP North-East Team

 

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3. Recommendation:

In the inclusive growth portfolio, UNDP should strengthen its role as an enabler of public-private partnerships, considering the size of the private sector in the economic development of Nigeria. This requires well-articulated strategies.

With 90 percent of Nigeria’s GDP delivered by the private sector, it is said that Nigeria’s development must be private sector led.137 UNDP support to livelihood and employment through skills development and job placement, especially for youth and women, was important. UNDP should leverage the national employment agenda (e.g., the National Employment Policy, the National Youth Policy and the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy) to promote the crucial role of the private sector, ranging from micro-enterprises to multinational companies, in driving productivity, inclusive economic growth and job creation to help achieve the SDGs. UNDP should strengthen its strategic approach for advancing private sector partnerships and promoting the SDGs as a driver of business strategy, through a well-defined country office strategy.

Vocational skills development strategies should address the issue of insufficient training periods, and promote platforms with the private sector to connect trainees with job opportunities.

UNDP should also leverage private sector financing for COVID-19 recovery. Building on the momentum gained in the immediate response phase, and its work on national and local planning including the Integrated National Financing Framework and other SDG integration tools, UNDP is well positioned to support the Government on the integration of the socioeconomic pandemic recovery into the national development plan, to ensure that it does not overwhelm the public health system (like other diseases such as malaria). COVID-19 will not go away globally, and will continue to pose a threat. UNDP analytical work and COVID-19 policy briefs, as well as experiences from the cash transfer initiatives, should be leveraged to initiate and inform discussions with the Government and partners on reforming and strengthening the national social protection system.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/03/03] [Last Updated: 2022/05/04]

 

Recommendation 3 Management response: Agreed

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3.1 UNDP will commission a private sector assessment to understand the employment and partnership dynamics in Nigeria towards providing the right mix of skills for the labour market, job sustainability  and livelihood pathways for key and vulnerable populations.  

December 2023

 

 

 

1. UNDP Senior Management

2. Strategic Partnership &  Inclusive Growth Unit

 

 

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3.2  UNDP will strengthen its quality assurance during Annual Work Plan (AWP) preparation for all programmes that have vocational training components to ensure quality training coupled with sufficient training period and promote platforms together with the private sector to connect trainees with job opportunities.

 

December 2024

1. UNDP Senior Management

2. Strategic Partnership &  Inclusive Growth Unit

 

Initiated

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4. Recommendation:

UNDP needs to capitalize on those initiatives it has supported that have the broadest reach and impact in terms of climate change mitigation and community empowerment. In particular, these include renewable energy uptake and the reduction of deforestation. However, both of these have been constrained by a lack of policy support and political commitment. UNDP should map out the policies that would encourage the development of mini-grids in areas not well served by the current grid, to scale up the use of solar technology and development of community woodlots in State-owned forests, and reduce the rate of deforestation. Within the UNDP programme, both initiatives seem to have the most potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Nigeria.

Policy barriers, or lack of appropriate policies to induce or encourage change, seem to have been factors in the lack of uptake of renewable energy and community woodlots. UNDP has supported both initiatives, which have been properly rooted with pilot studies and community awareness. Both have huge potential in Nigeria and need to be spurred to better outcomes (more locations in Nigeria and a much higher volume of users and operators). These two thrusts would help increase energy access in Nigeria, reduce GHG emissions associated with electricity production, and help reduce the rate of deforestation, while at the same time increasing habitat area for biodiversity conservation and opportunities for multi-crop/ multi-tier farming. There is a wealth of project experience that can inform this proposed study

Management Response: [Added: 2022/03/03] [Last Updated: 2022/05/04]

Recommendation 4 Management response: Agreed

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4.1 UNDP will balance  upstream and downstream actions, scale up best practices and consolidate lessons learnt under the current CPD for future programming under the new CPD (2023-2027)

December 2022

1. UNDP Senior Management

2. Environment & Climate Change Unit

 

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5. Recommendation:

To ensure the sustainability prospects of capacity-development interventions at community and institutional levels, particularly in the environment and peacebuilding and conflict-prevention programmes, UNDP should strengthen strategic linkages with relevant federal and state ministries to ensure adequate budgetary provisions to sustain results at the end of programme implementation.

Overall, the ownership of supported income-generating and institutional capacity-building initiatives, and by extension their sustainability, was not clear. UNDP should ensure that proposed interventions have clear sustainability strategies which are time-bound and linked to medium-term national and subnational programmes to create opportunities for budget allocations for project sustainability. Creating platforms and facilities and handing over to government ministries is good, but doing this without budget plans for sustainability after project closure is a major limitation on an exit strategy. Given the enormous challenges in government ministries, without appropriate exit strategies and government commitment at design phase, the facilities established cannot be sustained. UNDP should ensure a clear and tangible rationale and clarity on the strategic linkages of interventions.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/03/03] [Last Updated: 2022/05/04]

Recommendation 5 Management response: Partially Agree

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5.1 UNDP’s project development template requires that every project needs to develop exit and sustainability strategy. In this regard, UNDP will revisit existing sustainability and exit strategies in projects through quarterly and annual review in collaboration with Government

 

December 2023

1. UNDP Senior Management

 

2. Governance, Peace and Security Unit.

 

Initiated

5.2 To ensure sustainability of UNDP’s catalytic interventions, the Country Office will closely monitor projects in close collaboration with Federal and State Governments through organizing Local Project Appraisal Committee meetings, project board meetings, joint project monitoring missions, review meetings, and spot check visits especially focusing on sustainability.

December 2027

1. UNDP Senior Management

 

2. Governance, Peace and Security Team

 

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6. Recommendation:

Systematic and coherent guidance is required to adequately mainstream gender concerns into UNDP programmes and contribute to gender-responsive and gender-transformative changes.

UNDP should prioritize substantive gender mainstreaming in the next country programme, including specific standalone initiatives to advance women’s empowerment. As the primary partner of the Government for national development planning, and in collaboration with United Nations partners, UNDP should advocate for the adequate integration of a gender dimension (including women’s political participation) and rights-based approaches into existing policies and strategies at federal and state levels.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/03/03] [Last Updated: 2022/05/04]

Recommendation 6 Management response: Agreed

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6.1 UNDP will ensure gender mainstreaming in its new CPD (2023-2027). In addition, UNDP will continue to strengthen gender responsiveness of its  projects, programmes, project proposals, concept notes and other policy documents through organizing strategic gender relevant meetings, trainings and learning missions in Nigeria. While supporting UNDP standalone gender interventions (gender equality and women empowerment projects)

 

December 2027

1. UNDP Senior Management

2. Governance, Peace and Security Unit

3. Strategic Partnership &  Inclusive Growth Unit

4. Environment & Climate Change Unit

UNDP Gender Focal Manager will support this action

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6.2 UNDP to advocate for adequate integration of a gender dimension (including  financial   inclusion, women’s full participation  in politics, power structures and decision making) and rights-based approaches in existing policies and strategies at all levels.

December 2027

1. UNDP Senior Management

2. Governance, Peace and Security Unit

3. Strategic Partnership &  Inclusive Growth Unit

4. Environment & Climate Change Unit

UNDP Gender Focal Manager will support this action

Initiated

 

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