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Final Project Evaluation of the “Building Municipal Capacities for Project Implementation (BMCPI)”
Commissioning Unit: North Macedonia
Evaluation Plan: 2021-2025
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 07/2022
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: North Macedonia
Documents Related to overall Management Response:  
1. Recommendation:

Recommendation 1. Finalize the formulation of an outline of the legal (step-by-step) process for adoption of Municipal Development Index - MDI.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/09/16]

The recommendation is accepted.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1 Outlining of the legal (step-by-step) process through close cooperation with the relevant authorities.
[Added: 2022/09/16]
- UNDP Democratic governance Portfolio; - Ministry of Local Self-government - MLSG 2023/04 Initiated - Initiated/included in the project document for the planned second phase of the project - The recommendation is accepted and found to be relevant. In the planned second phase of the project, the PIU will hire a legal expert to support the process. History
1.2 Incorporation of the key relevant actions in the Project’s work-plan
[Added: 2022/09/16]
UNDP Democratic governance Portfolio 2023/05 Initiated - To be initiated once the previous key action is completed. - The recommendation is accepted and found to be relevant. In the planned second phase of the project, the PIU will hire a legal expert to support the process.
2. Recommendation:

Recommendation 2. Co-design and communicate a Protocol on maintaining the Municipal Development Index - MDI

Management Response: [Added: 2022/09/16]

The recommendatin is accepted.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1. Design, share and facilitate the adoption of the Protocol for MDI maintenance
[Added: 2022/09/16]
- UNDP Democratic governance Portfolio; - Ministry of Local Self-government - MLSG 2023/12 Initiated - At conceptualization stage/included in the project document for the planned second phase of the project. - This relevant recommendation that will be addressed by the Project as suggested, during the planned second phase of project implementation.
3. Recommendation:

Recommendation 3. Work toward further simplification/streamlining of the Municipal Development Index - MDI model.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/09/16]

The recommendation is accepted.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1. Hire experts and engage in further stakeholder consultations to simplify/improve MDI model
[Added: 2022/09/16]
UNDP Democratic governance Portfolio 2023/05 Initiated - At conceptualization stage, included in the project document for the second phase of the project. The key requirements will be articulated in the corresponding TOR for expert support; - The simplification and improvement of MDI will be done as part of a broader process based on expert input and stakeholder consultation aiming at ‘institutionalizing’ MDI, planned in the second phase of the project.
3.2. Finalize and promote the simplified/improved MDI model
[Added: 2022/09/16]
- UNDP Democratic governance Portfolio; - Ministry of Local Self-government - MLSG 2024/02 Initiated - To be completed once the updated MDI model is developed and validated, during the planned second phase of the project - The simplification and improvement of MDI will be done as part of a broader process based on expert input and stakeholder consultation aiming at ‘institutionalizing’ MDI, planned in the second phase of the project.
4. Recommendation:

Recommendation 4. Provide training targeting responsible municipal personnel based on the final/agreed Municipal Development Index - MDI model.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/09/16]

The recommendation is accepted.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
4.1. Deliver trainings on MDI use to municipalities and other stakeholders
[Added: 2022/09/16]
UNDP Democratic governance Portfolio 2025/03 Initiated - In planning stage. The necessary requirements will be reflected in the corresponding TOR for the planned expert support in the project’s upcoming phase. - The trainings will be incorporated in the broader expert input aiming at improving and ‘institutionalizing’ MDI, as part of the planned second phase of the project.
5. Recommendation:

Recommendation 5. Work toward ‘automation’ and ‘digitation’ of the process

Management Response: [Added: 2022/09/16]

The recommendation is accepted.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
5.1. Engage the necessary expertise that will ensure automation/digitation of the MDI
[Added: 2022/09/16]
UNDP Democratic governance Portfolio 2024/03 Initiated - At conceptual/planning level. Relevant activities will be initiated with the start of the Project’s upcoming phase. - The necessary expertise for ‘automation’ and ‘digitation’ of MDI will be incorporated in the broader expertise package aiming at ‘institutionalizing’ MDI, as part of the planned second phase of the project.
6. Recommendation:

Recommendation 6. Evaluate the feasibility of supporting the implementation of the BMCPI-supported Functional Analyses with other projects or programmes of UNDP or institutions

Management Response: [Added: 2022/09/16]

The recommendation is not applicable.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Not applicable
[Added: 2022/09/16]
UNDP Democratic governance Portfolio 2022/09 No Longer Applicable [Justification: This has already been completed as other UNDP projects are already implementing activities based on the BMCPI-supported Functional Analyses]
7. Recommendation:

Recommendation 7. Placing stronger emphasis on renewable energy and energy efficiency projects considering the energy crisis

Management Response: [Added: 2022/09/16]

The recommendation is accepted.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
7.1. Provide increased funding opportunities for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in the new TDF
[Added: 2022/09/16]
UNDP Democratic governance Portfolio 2024/04 Initiated - At planning stage. - The Project will prioritize energy efficiency/renewable energy projects as part of the planned calls for applications under the TDF during the planned second phase of the project.
8. Recommendation:

Recommendation 8. Improve beneficiary involvement in Project implementation

Management Response: [Added: 2022/09/16]

The recommendation is accepted.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
8.1. Develop a detailed stakeholder participation plan
[Added: 2022/09/16] [Last Updated: 2022/11/08]
UNDP Democratic governance Portfolio 2022/11 Completed Completed. The plan has been outlined and incorporated in the Project’s multi-year workplan. Its timeline will be adjusted depending on the official start date of the project (currently planned for 1 December 2022) History
9. Recommendation:

Recommendation 9. MDI. Identify, according to municipal characteristics, an action sheet that allows, starting from the most relevant indicators, to achieve the coverage of the typical indicators by municipal capacities over time. Automate the updating of the MDI with the data available from national institutions

Management Response: [Added: 2022/09/16]

The recommendation is accepted.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
9.1. Incorporate the IT platform for MDI in the project plans and priorities
[Added: 2022/09/16] [Last Updated: 2022/11/11]
UNDP Democratic governance Portfolio 2023/02 Initiated Ongoing. Due to delay in project start date, this is postponed. However, the idea for IT platform is already part of the concepts for the MDI-related work packages. History
10. Recommendation:

Recommendation 10. Evaluate options for provision of support to municipalities for identification of funding opportunities and preparation of project application (e.g., TDF, BRD, MSLG, RDCs)

Management Response: [Added: 2022/09/16]

The recommendation is accepted.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
10.1. Include the project identification / fundraising as a function in the updated model of the TDF
[Added: 2022/09/16]
UNDP Democratic governance Portfolio 2023/04 Initiated This is underway and will continue in the second phase of the project. The project will work with the RDCs, BRD and MLSG to improve dissemination of information and provision of support for creation of new projects in a more systematic fashion.
10.2. Encourage applications of joint municipal / regional projects as part of the planned TDF calls for applications
[Added: 2022/09/16] [Last Updated: 2022/11/11]
UNDP Democratic governance Portfolio 2023/04 Initiated Ongoing. The project start date has been postponed due to delayed signing of the framework agreement. The new time will be defined depending on the official start of the project. History
11. Recommendation:

Recommendation 11. Conduct a gender and vulnerability analysis to identify differentiated needs for the most vulnerable categories, such as women, people with disabilities, children, elders, and migrants and incorporate them across the project activities.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/09/16]

The recommendation is accepted.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
11.1. Preparation of gender sensitive, inclusive and integrated local development plans
[Added: 2022/09/16]
UNDP Democratic governance Portfolio 2024/04 Initiated Planned for the 2nd phase of the project; gender sensitive integrated local development plans will be prepared, and gender mainstreaming trainings will be organized for local authorities. Contractors will also be sensitized on gender issues.

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