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Joint Programme for Support to Universal Suffrage Elections in the Federal Republic of Somalia
Commissioning Unit: Somalia
Evaluation Plan: 2021-2025
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 09/2021
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Somalia
Documents Related to overall Management Response:  
1. Recommendation:

Maintain the technical and institutional progress made towards developing the electoral building blocks for universal elections while the political situation is addressed.  Continue a phased electoral cycle approach that will go through the next cycle that can follow political developments and implementation of a new electoral roadmap towards direct elections, yet not get ahead of the political progress. 

Management Response: [Added: 2021/09/30]

Accepted. While a multiple-year horizon is envisaged to assist the Federal Republic of Somalia with the continuing preparations for the first universal, nation-wide multi-party parliamentary elections since 1969, the plan is to focus on securing the gains made under the previous projects and building on them to strengthen the pre-operations capacity of the National Independent Elections Commission (NIEC), their preparations for voter registration, and the revision of the legal framework that is needed for universal elections while the political issues that prevented the holding of universal elections in 2021 are addressed at political levels.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1 Implement the next phase of electoral support 1.2 Strengthen the relationship with Government and stakeholders so as to advance the implementation of the new electoral roadmap.
[Added: 2021/09/30]
UNDP - IESG 2022/12 Not Initiated Project Document under development and to be shared with donors in October 2021. New approaches to enhance the relationship with Government and stakeholders to be applied following the conclusion of the indirect electoral process by end 2021 or first quarter of 2022. History
2. Recommendation:

Ground Joint Programme efforts within the larger reconciliation and state-building processes working to establish the political building blocks needed for universal suffrage elections and ensure stronger integration and synergies within the inclusive politics sector. UNDP should support this effort by building a mutually supportive, synergistic portfolio directly targeted at getting the political pieces into place which are needed for its inclusive politics programmes to succeed. Include leadership training and capacity building of decision makers on the fundamental structures and processes of government as reflected in the Somali constitution.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/09/30]

Accepted. UNDP recognizes the necessity of considering the political dynamics for its inclusive politics portfolio to succeed and ensuring there is effective guidance provided for decision makers on the processes of government.  IESG will continue to assist with the coordination and collaboration between UNSOM and UNDP units supporting the larger reconciliation and state building, bridging these synergies with the electoral process.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1 Improve the synergy within the Inclusive Politics Portfolio
[Added: 2021/09/30]
UNDP - IESG 2022/12 Initiated More effective coordination and collaboration between UNDP and UNSOM to be ensured. History
3. Recommendation:

Make effective use of the UN’s good offices, and donors’ interest in a peaceful and democratic Somalia, to provide unified messaging and coordinated efforts to advance the policy dialogue and political agreement on the basic nature of the state as soon as the new national leadership is in place. 

Management Response: [Added: 2021/09/30]

Accepted. UNDP and IESG understands that it is important to keep the issue of universal suffrage elections in the forefront of discussions and policy makers through its continual focus on advancing technical preparations, consultations and advocacy. This will be reinforced at the political level by UNSOM and the international community with unified messaging and the effective use of good offices as well as systematic monitoring and reporting on progress and benchmarks linked to the political and electoral roadmaps.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1 Advance in ensuring unified messaging and effective policy dialogue. 1.2 Ensure systematic monitoring and progress reporting.
[Added: 2021/09/30]
UNDP - IESG 2022/12 Initiated Benchmarks required to be developed in agreement with the FGS. History
4. Recommendation:

Develop and continually use a principal level joint UNSOM - UNCT (FGS line ministries and NIEC) - Donor steering committee to oversee election efforts, ensure needed actions are taken, and to monitor implementation of the electoral roadmap once the new government is established. The frequency of meetings should follow the electoral calendar and become more frequent as the electoral benchmarks approach or as roadblocks are encountered.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/09/30]

Accepted. IESG understands the importance of ensuring a joint principals’ level– donor steering committee and will endeavor to support its establishment. The monitoring and reporting of the political and electoral roadmaps by IESG will provide the expected inputs to the steering committee.   

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1 The project will serve as the Secretariat for the Steering Committee.
[Added: 2021/09/30]
UNDP Inclusive Politics, IESG 2025/12 Not Initiated Will need to be established following the indirect elections. History
5. Recommendation:

Condition funding on the timely achievement of benchmarks as verified by the steering committee. As noted by the ICPE for UNDP Somalia regarding effective institutions and inclusive politics, where political commitment is absent, support should cease. Use the NAM mechanism to reinforce these efforts and raise the visibility of issues. It should also review programme relevance, effectiveness, and constraints annually or as conditions change

Management Response: [Added: 2021/09/30]

Accepted. IESG recognizes the importance of establishing an electoral roadmap with key benchmarks with regular reviews to adapt to changing circumstances, particularly the political environment and taking appropriate action should there be an absence of political will demonstrated by the lack of progress on policy and legislation.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1 Establish an electoral roadmap 1.2 Conduct regular review the benchmarks and adjust to the changing political environment
[Added: 2021/09/30]
UNDP - IESG UNDP - UNSOM 2025/12 Initiated Draft roadmap prepared with NIEC. This will be undertaken as part of the new project – with annual reviews NIEC History
6. Recommendation:

Strengthen the strategic focus of IESG coordination and discussions with donors and partners and broaden it to include state level processes according to the UNSOM mandate.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/09/30]

Accepted.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1 Develop strategy with NIEC to provide technical support to state level processes
[Added: 2021/09/30]
UNDP - IESG 2022/12 Not Initiated Awaiting completion of the indirect electoral process.
7. Recommendation:

Assess the scope of electoral assistance efforts underway at state levels, the capacity of the existing state-level EMBs, gaps, and levels of coordination and harmonization between the different assistance efforts and institutions at state and national levels. Develop a long term vision and strategy for how these diverse efforts can contribute to one electoral system harmonized among the FMS and with the national system taking into consideration the strategic assessments and planning already done by donors. 

Management Response: [Added: 2021/09/30]

Accepted. This will be determined by the new UNSOM mandate.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1 Develop a long-term vision and strategy reflecting a harmonized approach on elections in the Country
[Added: 2021/09/30]
UNDP - IESG 2023/06 Not Initiated
8. Recommendation:

Adopt a gender equality and social inclusion approach for the design and implementation of the next project phase to strengthen attention on youth, PWD and other marginalized groups, such as minority clans and IDPs. Support efforts for a more socially inclusive electoral administration, enabling legislation, regulations, outreach and participation. 

Management Response: [Added: 2021/09/30]

Accepted. A new project document is being developed for 2022-2025 and these recommendations will be included.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1 New project under development for 2022-2025
[Added: 2021/09/30] [Last Updated: 2022/06/30]
UNDP - IESG 2022/10 Initiated History
9. Recommendation:

Explore relationships with other UNDP country and regional programmes to develop internship opportunities for NIEC professional staff and directors, to work on a counterpart basis within respected EMBs for hands on election administration experience. Provide professional certifications at the end of the internships.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/09/30]

Accepted. IESG will actively seek out such opportunities for NIEC staff through UNDP regional offices and EAD, while considering the impact of COVID restrictions to ensure the safety of staff.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1 Consider including internship opportunities for electoral officials and exchange of experience
[Added: 2021/09/30]
UNDP - IESG 2022/12 Not Initiated These specific activities will be part of the new electoral support project
10. Recommendation:

Increase the analytical and results-based content of project reporting and provide financial expenditure data at output levels.  Include discussions of the political dimensions and how this impacts project implementation and performance, and in donor meetings discuss what they and others can do to help address these issues through their own channels as well as through the project.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/09/30]

Accepted.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1 Project reports will include political analysis and detailed assessment of progress based on results. 1.2 Financial expenditure will be matched to output levels.
[Added: 2021/09/30]
UNDP - IESG 2025/12 Not Initiated Project reports on semi-annual basis. To be part of the project management approach. History
11. Recommendation:

Develop a complete M&E plan with performance-based indicators for the next phase of the programme. This should be done in the first quarter of the new project and include targets, baselines, tracking tables and the allocation of responsibilities for collecting and aggregating data, monitoring activities, etc.  Use the same results framework for the life of the project to ensure consistency in reporting and the ability to track the performance of key indicators over time.  Ensure the collection of baseline data at the start and end of the project, and at the start and end of each capacity building effort.  Invest in regular public opinion polling for M&E and programmatic use if current donor polling is not continued.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/09/30]

Accepted. A performance-based M&E plan will be developed following approval of the new project document. Opinion polling will be included as part of the plan.  

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1 Performance based indicators will form the basis of the M&E plan for the new project document for 2022-2025
[Added: 2021/09/30] [Last Updated: 2022/06/30]
UNDP - IESG 2022/10 Not Initiated History

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