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Final evaluation of Electoral Support Project
Commissioning Unit: Ethiopia
Evaluation Plan: 2021-2025
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 02/2022
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Ethiopia
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation:

Evaluation recommendation 1.  The continuation of support be enabled through a no-cost extension or other means to be determined to ensure the anticipated capacity strengthening intent of the project is not lost and to ensure knowledge capture, knowledge management and professionalisation is embedded within the NEBE.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/04/03]

Agreed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1 Request a no-cost extension of the project till August 2022
[Added: 2022/04/03] [Last Updated: 2022/04/04]
Governance and Capacity building unit 2022/03 Completed Agreed in Project Board meeting History
2. Recommendation:

Evaluation recommendation 2. A future program needs to identify areas of prioritization and restrain from offering an all-in-one approach where deliverables are overly ambitious

Management Response: [Added: 2022/04/03]

Agreed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1 Request for new technical assistance after NEBE's lessons learned exercise
[Added: 2022/04/03] [Last Updated: 2022/04/04]
GDP Unit and NEBE 2022/07 Initiated History
3. Recommendation:

Evaluation recommendation 3. Urgent consideration is given to the issue of staff retention and knowledge capture within NEBE.  Future programming (from all IPs) should carefully consider the risks and implications of funding key institutional posts in the absence of an agreed exit or sustainability strategy

Management Response: [Added: 2022/04/03]

Agreed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1 Develop NEBE's HR Plan to address this issue
[Added: 2022/04/03] [Last Updated: 2022/04/04]
NEBE 2022/07 Initiated History
4. Recommendation:

Evaluation recommendation 4. A strategic planning exercise be conducted by NEBE with appropriate expert and experienced facilitation to lay out a plan for the next five years.  The planning exercise should include:

Management Response: [Added: 2022/04/03]

Agreed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
4.1 Hire a consultant for assisting NEBE with the development of the strategic plan
[Added: 2022/04/03] [Last Updated: 2022/04/04]
GDP unit 2022/08 Initiated History
5. Recommendation:

Evaluation recommendation 5.  The Strategic planning exercise would be usefully accompanied by a review of the electoral framework for relevance, applicability, gaps, and recommendations

Management Response: [Added: 2022/04/03]

Agreed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
5.1 Hire a consultant to support NEBE in the legal review exercise
[Added: 2022/04/04]
GDP Unit 2022/07 Initiated The consultant engaged and working on the legal review process
6. Recommendation:

Evaluation recommendation 6. Efforts should be made to consolidate experience and learning from the project’s evaluative processes to articulate core baselines as a starting point for any consequent interventions.  These would be helpful, particularly around the issues of the barriers to and experience of women’s participation and that of other vulnerable minorities including people with disabilities and IDPs; and disaggregated data on voter and candidate registration, turnout, and elected representatives

Management Response: [Added: 2022/04/04]

Agreed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
6.1 Conduct a comprehensive lesson learned exercise as per the agreement with NEBE.
[Added: 2022/04/04]
GDP and NEBE 2022/07 Initiated History
7. Recommendation:

Evaluation recommendation 10. Positive uptake in women’s participation and broader social inclusion in electoral processes will evolve from long-term advocacy, not short-term interventions.  Engagement in women’s participation as candidates and voters must be maintained, using the forthcoming local elections as an early opportunity to reach out to regions and local communities as well as political parties.  A continued relationship with UN Women and the maintenance of close ties and the enabling of CSOs such as EWLA to support these initiatives is recommended

Management Response: [Added: 2022/04/04]

Agreed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
7.1 Extend UN Women Partnership and include new areas
[Added: 2022/04/04]
GDP 2022/03 Completed UN Women Partnership has been extended and new areas included History

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