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FINAL PROJECT EVALUATION OF THE LAND REFORM AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT PROJECT IN SOUTH AFRICA
Commissioning Unit: South Africa
Evaluation Plan: 2020-2025
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 01/2021
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: South Africa
Documents Related to overall Management Response:  
1. Recommendation:

DALRRD and UNDP should have an engagement dedicated to ensuring that the relevant senior executives of both DALRRD and UNDP review the work done under the Project, based on  the evaluation report and the knowledge products of this partnership.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/02/10] [Last Updated: 2021/02/16]

Fully agree,  Evaluation Report and Knowledge Products to be reviewed and cleared by the management.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Complete and disseminate knowledge products generated by the project.
[Added: 2021/02/10] [Last Updated: 2022/04/19]
UNDP Inclusive Growth Programme 2022/09 Initiated The CO received funding from from IFAD to develop and disseminate the knowledge products. The first stakeholder workshop will be held on 21 April 2022 to map the way forward with the development of knowledge products. It is planned to be completed by September 2022. History
2. Recommendation:

In case of staff changes or restructuring of the policy development function, DALRRD and UNDP should support comprehensive handover of the Project (including knowledge products and relationships/stakeholder connections). UNDP should support such a handover process even if the Project is not renewed.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/02/16]

Fully Agree, any changes to staffing will be communicated with the DALRRD on time.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Communicate regularly to DALRRD any changes to project staff including changes in UNDP’s Management
[Added: 2021/02/16] [Last Updated: 2022/01/10]
UNDP Inclusive Growth Programme 2021/12 Completed No changes happened in terms of project staffing. History
3. Recommendation:

Ensure adequate Project length in future programme with at least minimum four years for the implementation of the programme.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/02/16]

Agree, project time frame determination is guided by standard procedures and UNDP Strategic Plan, UNSDCF and CPD

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Outline clear project lifespan in the project document
[Added: 2021/02/16] [Last Updated: 2022/06/07]
UNDP Inclusive Growth Programme 2022/11 Initiated A new draft Prodoc (Inclusive Land Reform, Transformative Agriculture and Sustainable Rural Development) was developed and under currently consultation for further inputs from the relevant departments. History
4. Recommendation:

In light of the merger in the DALRRD, the restructuring of the UN system in South Africa, and the need for UN agencies to deliver as one, the new Project should be designed to draw on the contributions of other UN agencies, especially FAO, IFAD and WFP, based on lessons learned and knowlege sharing.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/02/16]

Fully Agree, UNDP will build synergies with other UN Agencies.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Enforce UN Delivery as One by coordinating UNDP, FAO, IFAD, WFP and other relevant agencies for the combined efforts and integrated/joint panning towards supporting the implementation of the DALRRD Project.
[Added: 2021/02/16] [Last Updated: 2022/06/07]
UNDP Inclusive Growth Programme, Resident Representative Office 2022/11 Initiated A new draft Prodoc (Inclusive Land Reform, Transformative Agriculture and Sustainable Rural Development) was developed and under consultation with the UN agencies including FAO, IFAD, and WFP. Their inputs will be incorporated into the the final Prodoc. History
5. Recommendation:

The Project should institutionalise technical expertise into its design such as appointment of a Technical Expert as a project resource alongside the Project Manager; appointment of a Resident Advisor; or appointment of a panel of experts.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/02/16]

Agree, It will be included in the structure of the project as a function.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Incorporate technical experts into the project governance and PMU structures to serve as resident advisors or panel of experts to provide technical expertise to the project implementation and can be invited to participate during the PSC meetings.
[Added: 2021/02/16] [Last Updated: 2022/06/07]
Inclusive Growth Programme, Resident Representative Office 2022/11 Initiated A new draft Prodoc (Inclusive Land Reform, Transformative Agriculture and Sustainable Rural Development) was developed. Technical experts will be incorporated into the PMU structures. History
6. Recommendation:

There is a need to strengthen cost-sharing approach for rescource mobilization and allocation.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/02/16]

Agree, UNDP will develop and implement the effective Resource Mobilisation Strategy.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Discuss the CSA arrangement with the Programme Board to get consensus for projects funding modality.
[Added: 2021/02/16] [Last Updated: 2021/05/03]
Resident Representative Office 2021/03 Completed The CO's Resource Mobilization Strategy was developed in January 2021 and there was also engagement with the DALLRD on the funding modality on 29 April 2021. History
7. Recommendation:

Retain upstream focus, supplement with downstream work as appropriate to reinforce the policy contribution of the Project on the ground.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/02/16]

Fully agree, downstream is very critical to test the effectiveness and the impact of the developed and passed policies.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Learn lessons from the Kruger National Park Land Claims Project on how the Project can be implemented for the downstream work at community level and how to negotiate new partnership.
[Added: 2021/02/16] [Last Updated: 2022/01/10]
UNDP Inclusive Growth Programme 2021/12 Completed The project steering committee discussed the issue of implementation and agreed upon focusing on both the downstream and upstream work during the project steering committee meeting in December 2021. This will be informed into the design of new project. History
8. Recommendation:

The Project should regularise engagements with the political executive to involve the UNDP Rresident Representative, the Minister, Deputy Minister or other political role players who are directly involved in the Project’s work to strengthen ownership and build awareness of the evidence being generated.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/02/16]

Fully agree, Senior Management of UNDP and RCO to make means to reach out and possibly have a direct line with the Ministry.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Coordinate with the Office of the Director General for a meeting with the Minister.
[Added: 2021/02/16] [Last Updated: 2022/06/07]
UNDP Inclusive Growth Programme, Resident Representative Office 2022/11 Initiated Due date of the key action has moved from December 2021 to June 2022 and again to November 2022. Getting political principals in the time we want them is out of our control. The department is undergoing restructuring which makes it inefficient in any call for their attention. History
9. Recommendation:

The steering committee should agree on a set of criteria to guide decisions on the allocation of Project resources.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/02/16]

Fully Agree,

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Establish functional Steering Committee to oversee planning, guide allocation of resources and decision making based on the project results.
[Added: 2021/02/16] [Last Updated: 2022/06/07]
UNDP & DALRRD 2022/11 Initiated The CO and DALRRD developed the draft Prodoc, but still in consultation to finalise it. The recommendation will be incorporated into the new project. History

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