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

Theory of change and M&E: In developing the new CPD, extra care should be taken to develop a thorough ToC for the new programme, and ideally for each of its outcomes. This exercise should guide the formulation of the CPD and its results framework, and be used as a basis for establishing substantive dialogue with the Government and all relevant partners. The development of a ToC should build on the momentum and gains made during this programme cycle on portfolio integration, by establishing additional cross-sector and cross-portfolio interventions in which UNDP has found a niche (i.e. economic development underpinning sustainable environment protection) or potential niche (i.e. support to COVID-19 recovery through decentralized authorities and green recovery). This should also be an opportunity to explore further scale-up of the UNDP territorial approach to other areas. The CPD results framework should be designed to adequately measure UNDP progress and only include objectives, targets and indicators on which UNDP can realistically have a measurable influence. Results frameworks should reflect the behavioural and institutional change that UNDP is pursuing. This should support the ongoing efforts of the country office to strengthen its RBM and practices to better capture UNDP contributions to transformative change. To facilitate systematic measurement, UNDP Peru should develop metadata to summarize and track the progress achieved on each established indicator. To ensure the results framework remains relevant, UNDP should proactively revisit and update it when required by changes in the operational and programmatic context. Finally, to promote a results-oriented M&E culture within the country office, M&E and reporting training should be regularly conducted for M&E focal points, programme staff and national counterparts that participate in a project. M&E should be considered by all staff and partners as an opportunity to promote adaptive management, learning and improvement, rather than a compliance requirement

Management Response: [Added: 2022/02/16] [Last Updated: 2022/09/21]

Reccomendation accepted.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.3 Monitor and adjust theory of change throughout programme cycle, together with key stakeholders
[Added: 2022/03/29]
Strategic Planning Unit, Representation, Portfolios 2026/12 Initiated The 2022-26 CPD’s strong results and resources framework will facilitate constant monitoring of its theory of change. This will be done both internally, through mid-year and final year ROARs and together with external stakeholders in the Peru CPD Executive Board meetings, always taking the national context into consideration. Findings will be crucial for adjusting the theory of change where necessary to ensure achievement of long term goals, combined with quick wins.
1. 4 Develop a thorough annual Results Based Management training plan for both UNDP and principal external stakeholders.
[Added: 2022/03/29] [Last Updated: 2022/09/21]
Strategic Planning Unit, Representation 2022/12 Initiated History
1.1 Develop theory of change
[Added: 2022/03/29]
Strategic Planning Unit, Representation 2021/07 Completed CO developed a thorough ToC for the 2022-26 CPD, focusing on the new corporate guidelines that consider “if, then, because.” This ToC is nested in the 2022-26 UNSDCF. This will be the basis for programme implementation, monitoring and reporting throughout the programme cycle and will be adjusted according to findings and the national context.
1.2 Validate and theory of change with government and other key stakeholders
[Added: 2022/03/29]
Strategic Planning Unit, Representation 2021/09 Completed CO ensured multiple consultations with national government counterparts, the private sector, academia, civil society and other non-traditional partners. This has ensured ownership of the ToC and will be important for its onboarding by all key partners.
2. Recommendation:

Programmatic focus: In framing the next country programme, UNDP should consider increasing its focus on government digitalization, youth engagement and empowerment, while also pursuing efforts to refine and scale-up its regional approach. Actions promoting post-pandemic socioeconomic recovery should be mainstreamed across all outcome areas, with particular emphasis on economic reactivation strategies that leave no one behind. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown how essential technology has become for governments to ensure the continuity of public services, access up-to-date data to adapt interventions to a rapidly evolving context and disseminate reliable information. This demonstrated the pivotal role of technology in an effective, inclusive and accountable government. Hence, in the area of governance, UNDP should give continuity to Executive GORE Digital and capitalize on the experience acquired in other regions, including the Anticorruption Accelerator Labs initiative, to increase digitalization and the application of technology in governance including public service delivery, public portals and feedback systems, among others. New technologies provide opportunities for the Government to become more transparent and accountable and will help comply with Peru’s commitment to Open Government. This requires fostering digital literacy for civil servants and the general population. As COVID-19 pushes millions of people into poverty, young people have been disproportionately hit by the pandemic which is not only destroying their jobs and employment prospects, but also disrupting their education and training and having a serious impact on their mental health. The evaluation concludes that more attention could have been given to youth engagement and empowerment, and the following programmatic cycle is an opportunity for UNDP to deepen its collaboration with key partners working on employability and youth to tackle and anticipate the challenges young formal and informal workers will face. At subnational level, UNDP could capitalize on work initiated with RDAs to tackle economic development issues across the country, while ensuring dedicated attention to youth and inclusive and sustainable growth. UNDP should further promote and scale-up the territorial approach it has been implementing in Peru for nearly 10 years, by supporting its partners to adapt the model in regions where social conflict between extractive industries and communities could benefit from EbA and CbA approaches to local development.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/02/16] [Last Updated: 2022/09/21]

Reccommentation accepted.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1 Ensure digital and open government within 2022-26 CPD.
[Added: 2022/03/29]
Programme 2021/09 Completed Given that digitalization is one of the three enablers of UNDP´s 2022-25 Strategic Plan, and that digital disruption is one of the Beyond Recovery COVID response’s main lines of action, CO has been increasing its abilities and reach towards digitalization, including open government. It has therefore been mainstreamed across UNDP´s 2022-26 CPD outcomes, with particular emphasis in Outcome 4 related to effective governance.
2.2 Mainstream youth engagement and empowerment within 2022-26 CPD.
[Added: 2022/03/29]
Programme 2021/09 Completed The youth are one of the prioritized vulnerable population groups targeted by the 2022-26 CPD, together with women, the indigenous population, informal workers and the refugee and migrant population. Various output indicators have included youth as a disaggregate to ensure that impact can be measured.
2.3 Refine and scale up territorial approach within 2022-26 CPD.
[Added: 2022/03/29]
Programme 2021/09 Completed The 2022-26 CPD design considered a thorough finetuning of the territorial focus of each outcome. CO’s overall vision for its territorial approach is being revisited by programme to ensure best practices and lessons learned are scaled and monitored throughout the programme cycle; and the scaling up of the “territorial model” is being discussed with the new government (MIDIS.PCM)
2.4 Mainstream UNDP´s technical mandate for COVID-19 socioeconomic response and recovery within 2022-26 CPD.
[Added: 2022/03/29]
Programme 2021/09 Completed UNSDCF and CPD design has ensured the COVID Socio Economic Response Plan is embedded in new programme documents.
3. Recommendation:

Partnership, communication and mobilization: UNDP should further leverage its partnerships with United Nations agencies, development banks and non-state actors. Under the guidance of the Resident Coordinator and in partnership with other United Nations agencies, including non-resident agencies, UNDP should actively seek opportunities and identify joint/ coordinated interventions to meet the country’s needs, and jointly raise resources. Consultations should be held with key regional organizations, in particular IFIs, in areas of shared interest. Undertaking these new forms of partnerships would require UNDP Peru to learn from the experience of other country offices with existing IFI partnerships. UNDP should also build on its improved positioning and encouraging progress to further promote partnerships with the private sector, civil society and academia. This could be an opportunity for the country office to establish alternative lines of work for sustainability and thus partially mitigate the significant challenge of high turnover in government officials during this programme cycle. The country office should resume and finalize the development of its knowledge management strategy to encourage the collection of good practices, lessons learned and defining processes to facilitate information for external key stakeholders and across the organization. This should promote UNDP accountability but also contribute to advocacy with external partners, including potential new partners. When developing its new decentralized evaluations and selecting areas to be evaluated, beyond ensuring that they are balanced and representative of the new CPD programme structure, the office should consider its advocacy/ positioning efforts. Additionally, the country office should consider developing parallel or even merged partnership, mobilization and communication strategies. This would allow the office to build synergies and complementarities and ultimately leverage partnerships and positioning.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/02/16] [Last Updated: 2022/09/21]

Recommendation accepted.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.2 Continue to increase partnerships with UN agencies, development banks and non-State actors
[Added: 2022/03/29]
Representation, Strategic Planning Unit, Portfolios 2026/12 Initiated Throughout the 2017-21 programme cycle, CO greatly broadened its partnership strategy to non-traditional and unusual partners. This will continue, with the identification of specific actions and channels in the implementation of the Partnerships and Communications Strategy.
3.1 Mainstream and monitor the Partnerships and Communications Strategy throughout CO
[Added: 2022/03/29]
Representation, Strategic Planning Unit, Communications, Portfolios 2021/07 Completed The 2022-26 CPD design included the development of a robust Partnerships and Communications Strategy, which aims to strengthen UNDP’s position as a system leader, an organization focused on catalyzing collective transformation, and fully capable of driving effective, whole-of-society responses, acting as a broker of trust between diverse stakeholders and facilitating greater cohesion around national development priorities. This includes fostering a tailored value proposition, that emphasizes different dimensions of UNDP’s added value towards different organizations. The Partnership and Communications Strategy will be informed by UNDP’s thorough results-based monitoring processes. CO will work to ensure that this vision permeates all interactions with partners and will develop a series of KPI.
4. Recommendation:

Gender and Leaving No One Behind: UNDP should maintain its efforts to strengthen the gender dimension of its programme, building on results and lessons from the implementation of its gender strategy 2017-2021 and initiatives in support of GEWE to fully integrate GEWE into its portfolio. Cross-sector and cross-portfolio synergies with transformative potential for women should be developed and integrated in support of the Government’s gender needs. UNDP should capitalize on the results achieved in GEWE and the experience gained through implementation of its gender strategy thus far, by ensuring that the new CPD is strongly rooted in GEWE and leave no one behind principles. The country office should revisit its gender strategy internally, with the support of the RBLAC gender expert. The new gender strategy should include measurable and quantifiable objectives. Realistic indicators and timeframe should be included to track and measure progress towards results. The development of the new gender strategy should be a stepping-stone for the country office ambition to achieve gender seal certification.

The development of the new gender strategy should be an opportunity to strengthen the institutional structure supporting the achievement of gender objectives. For this purpose, the country office should consider recruiting a full-time gender specialist at P4. This would allow it to better integrate GEWE into programme design, deepen interconnectivity between portfolios and ultimately achieve more gender transformative results. It could also be an opportunity for UNDP to engage more systematically the expertise and resources of other United Nations agencies to expand outreach in this area. The development of the new gender strategy should be an opportunity to further engage with the Government to identify areas of collaboration and design/ deliver effective interventions with transformative GEWE potential. UNDP should continue to advocate for the participation of women in governance and indigenous women’s rights, and strengthen collaboration with civil society partners, especially CSOs. It must also intensify its efforts to support the economic empowerment of women. UNDP gender efforts and initiatives should target the root causes of gender inequality and contribute to changes in gender norms, women’s rights and cultural values that attain transformational changes in the country.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/02/16] [Last Updated: 2022/09/21]

Recommendation accepted.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
4.1 Mainstream a gender approach within programme design and implementation.
[Added: 2022/03/29]
Representation, Gender Team 2021/09 Completed Women and gender issues are prioritized throughout the 2022-26 CPD. The theory of change considered specific women’s needs and integral solutions, such as empowerment, economic equality, participation, GBV, access to justice, among many others. Various indicators will collect disaggregated data to ensure efficient impact measurement and adjustment where necessary. A dedicated Gender Team is being established to ensure mainstreaming. CO is currently being evaluated within the Gender Seal programme, which is also strengthening the gender dimension.

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