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Final Evaluation of the Integrated Local Development Project Phase III
Commissioning Unit: Bosnia and Hercegovina
Evaluation Plan: 2021-2025
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 02/2022
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Bosnia and Hercegovina
Documents Related to overall Management Response:  
1. Recommendation:

It is recommended that UNDP BiH, in collaboration with the Embassy of Switzerland/ SDC in BiH, should work with the public audit offices at the entity level in the future, so that they include a performance audit of the development planning and management systems in their work.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/02/18]

The recommendation is partially accepted.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Depending on available funding, UNDP will explore the possibility of engaging with public audit offices towards raising their awareness and increasing their capacities for future regular audits of the planning and development management system.
[Added: 2022/02/18] [Last Updated: 2022/05/31]
UNDP Country Office in Bosnia and Herzegovina 2023/07 Not Initiated Not initiated yet due to the lack of financial resources. Recommendation remains valid but will be implemented if/when resources are available. History
2. Recommendation:

UNDP BiH should, in collaboration with the Embassy of Switzerland/ SDC in BiH, explore the potential for enhancing development planning and management in future similar interventions through increased collaborations and partnerships that further support the localisation of the BiH Framework for SDGs.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/02/18]

The reccommendation is accepred. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP will seek to engage into new partnerships for implementation of SDGs-aligned development strategies at the local level and support concrete localization of the SDGs. However, this will depend on availability of funding. UNDP will seek to support SDG localization through existing projects or with its internal resources, if feasible, while at the same time exploring more innovative service delivery mechanisms within existing and future projects to contribute to accelerating the SDG achievements. These may include digitalization of local services, upscaling products within existing projects to a larger number of local governments (e.g. e-citizen application), outsourcing of services in cooperation with private sector and CSOs), inter-municipal cooperation, exchange of good practices, etc.
[Added: 2022/02/18]
UNDP Country Office in Bosnia and Herzegovina. 2023/12 Initiated Recommendation would be important from the perspective of SDG localization as well as for optimization of financial and human resources at the local level.
3. Recommendation:

In collaboration with the Embassy of Switzerland/ SDC in BiH, UNDP BiH should further explore the contribution of post-Project activities to the EU Accession Agenda and the SDG Framework in BiH, to address existing gaps and facilitate increased capacities at the subnational level to apply for external funding.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/02/18]

The recommendation is accepted.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
All activities implemented by UNDP are designed to contribute to the EU Accession Agenda and the SDG Framework in BIH. With respect to capacity development for sub-national governments to apply for external funding, UNDP will seek to address this recommendation within a new project that is still pending adoption or possibly with its own resources.
[Added: 2022/02/18] [Last Updated: 2022/05/31]
UNDP Country Office in Bosnia and Herzegovina 2024/01 Completed Addressed through the Programme supported by Sweden. History
4. Recommendation:

UNDP BiH, under the direction of the ILDP Project Manager, should continue to work closely with the lead planning institutions and the relevant EU project during the phasing out period, to ensure that programme-based budgeting is fully integrated into strategic development processes at all levels of subnational government.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/02/18]

The recommendation is accepted.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
This is envisaged within the remaining implementation period of the ILDP.
[Added: 2022/02/18]
UNDP Bosnia and Herzegovina 2022/02 Completed
5. Recommendation:

UNDP BiH, under the direction of the ILDP Project Manager and in collaboration with the lead planning institutions at the entity-level and within BD BiH, should continue to implement the Project Exit Strategy during the remaining project timeframe to ensure effective handover of responsibilities and the scaling up of the good practices for strategic development that emerged during the Project.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/02/18]

The recommendation is accepted.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Implement the Project Exit Strategy during the remaining project timeframe to ensure effective handover of responsibilities and the scaling up of the good practices for strategic development that emerged during the Project.
[Added: 2022/02/18]
UNDP Country Office in Bosnia and Herzegovina 2022/02 Completed
6. Recommendation:

UNDP BiH should explore the possibility of scaling up the results of the Project to allow for harmonised development planning and management at the state level, given the potential for Project results to contribute towards the achievement of the nationalised SDGs.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/02/18]

The recommendation is partially accepted.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP will seek to implement the recommendation; however, its feasibility is not certain given the current political situation in the country and lack of political will for any reforms at the state level.
[Added: 2022/02/18] [Last Updated: 2022/05/31]
UNDP Country Office in Bosnia and Herzegovina 2024/12 Not Initiated This management action remains relevant for the case that political situation in the country improves and there is political willingness to initiate such reforms. History

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