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Final Project Evaluation of Integrated Governance Programme II
Commissioning Unit: Maldives
Evaluation Plan: 2022-2026
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 05/2022
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Maldives
Documents Related to overall Management Response:  
1. Recommendation:

UNDP should give more emphasis on grassroots empowerment, including CSOs, community actors and human rights defenders, to expand the civic space and improve the demand side for more democratic, transparent, accountable and accessible governance in any future intervention of similar nature. 

Management Response: [Added: 2022/08/01]

Fully accepted

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
This recommendation has been reflected in the new IGP phase III project, under outputs: 3.1) Empower civil society and foster safe, learning spaces for civic engagement of young people and women, and 2.3) Support towards strengthening national human rights frameworks, institutions, and advocacy activities that are in the workplan are, for instance, a handbook and workshop for human rights defenders. Activities for the 2022 AWP includes: 1) Practices Parliament Series, the first batch was organized in May 2022, in partnership with People’s Majis. Two more will follow this year 2) Two projects under the Grants Programme for CSOs on women empowerment were completed in 2022. Five projects are on-going
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Yasmeen Rasheed 2022/12 Completed
2. Recommendation:

UNDP should continue to promote gender equality, encompassing legislative and institutional changes, grassroots mobilisation of women, capacity and opportunity, sensitisation and social dialogue to address issues of discrimination, gender stereotypes and prejudices in all similar future interventions.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/08/01]

Fully accepted

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
This recommendation has been reflected in the new IGP phase III project, under outputs: 1.2) Empowering women’s leadership in local councils, governance and decision making; 3.1) Empower civil society and foster safe, learning spaces for civic engagement of young people and women; and 2.1) Enabling efficient access to quality legal and justice sector services, especially for women. Activities for the 2022 AWP includes: 1) Support to LGAs to build capacity of local councils and WDCs focusing on women’s leadership in local councils; 2) Practices Parliament Series, the first batch was organized in May 2022, exclusively women were the target group. Two more will follow this year; 3) Two projects under the Grants Programme for CSOs on women empowerment were completed in 2022. Five projects are on-going; 4) Partnership with Family Legal Clinics on the provision of legal aids with women as the main target group
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Yasmeen Rasheed 2022/12 Completed n/a History
3. Recommendation:

UNDP should give more emphasis on political and economic empowerment of youth, persons with disabilities, the poor and marginalised communities through more research into causes of social exclusion, disenfranchisement and disengagement, and help create further avenues and opportunities for young people to contribute towards national development.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/08/01]

Fully accepted

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
This has been reflected in the new IGP phase III project, under outputs: 3.1) Empower civil society and foster safe, learning spaces for civic engagement of young people and women; 3.2) Foster social cohesion, peace, and tolerance; 3.3) Promote social entrepreneurship, innovation and MSME development. Activities for the 2022 AWP includes: 1) Two projects under the Grants Programme for CSOs on women empowerment were completed in 2022. Five projects are on-going 2) Implement the recommendations from the Youth Vulnerability Assessment and the Rights Side of Life survey 3) Social Innovation Camp will be organized in 2022 4) Conduct economic empowerment trainings focusing on WDCs in partnership with the Ministry for Economic Development (MED) 5) Organize Badhahi Film Series on various thematic areas related to social cohesion in 2022 6) Review of the National Action Plan on PWDs with the Ministry of Gender
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Yasmeen Rasheed 2022/12 Initiated History
4. Recommendation:

UNDP should increase attention to strengthening a culture of respect for human rights, by targeting legislative change, institution building (especially support to HRCM), grassroots human rights NGOs and human rights defenders, and rights-holders’ awareness and capacity to demand their rights, using more locally driven approaches.  

Management Response: [Added: 2022/08/01]

Fully accepted

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The new programme phase has already mobilized more than 40% compared to the previous phase (IGP II) towards programmes and activities on human rights promotion which are mainstreamed across the portfolio. Activities have been reflected in the new IGP phase III project, under outputs: 2.1) Enabling efficient access to quality legal and justice; 2.2) Increasing judicial independence and trust sector services, especially for women; and 2.3) Support towards strengthening national human rights frameworks, institutions, and advocacy; 2.4) Integrate human rights into businesses and private sector governance ‘FairBiz’; 2.5) Facilitate rights of persons with disabilities through improved policy frameworks and advocacy Activities under the 2022 AWP includes: 1) Developed a five-year action plan for the National Human Rights Commission of Maldives 2) Developed human rights defender’s manual in partnership with the National Human Rights Commission of Maldives 3) Support the roll-out of the Civil Procedures Code and the Evidence Act in partnership with the Attorney General Office 4) Support National Dialogue on introduction of Business and Human Rights in the Maldives
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Yasmeen Rasheed 2022/12 Initiated
5. Recommendation:

UNDP’s focus on post-COVID-19 recovery should include creating new opportunities for communities to build resilience, livelihoods and social support in a manner that creates more opportunities for the marginalised communities and individuals, at the same time promoting social justice and ensuring that no one is left behind. 

Management Response: [Added: 2022/08/01]

Fully accepted

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
This recommendation has been reflected in the new IGP phase III project and is more strongly evident in the partnerships formed with agencies such as LGA and MED. IGP III has more concrete fiscal empowerment interventions and approaches such as leveraging the amendments to the decentralization Act of 2019 especially pertaining to fiscal decentralization. Key outputs that has been designed to facilitate this objective includes: 3.1) Empower civil society and foster safe, learning spaces for civic engagement of young people and women; and 3.3) Promote social entrepreneurship, innovation and MSME development Activities for the 2022 AWP includes: 1) Social Innovation Camp will be organized in 2022 2) Conduct economic empowerment trainings focusing on WDCs in partnership with the Ministry for Economic Development (MED)
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Yasmeen Rasheed 2022/12 Initiated
6. Recommendation:

UNDP should focus on supporting legislative change and building institutional mechanisms that would help local governments to be more meaningful, effective and accountable to the people through sustained capacity development support and regular monitoring, and by adopting digital and technology-driven solutions and other forms of digital governance initiatives.  

Management Response: [Added: 2022/08/01]

Fully accepted

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
This recommendation has been reflected in the new IGP phase III project, under outputs: 1.1) Enhancing institutional capacities and systems of governance through digital transformation and people-centered development; 1.3) Enhancing transparency and accountability of governance processes; 1.4) Harmonizing local and national development planning Activities under the 2022 AWP includes: 1) Continue supporting the enhancement of the digital platform for the Local Councils in partnership with LGAs 2) Support the parliament in adopting citizen engagement intervention 3) Support the LGAs in adopting citizen engagement intervention 4) Continue supporting to LGAs in further gender mainstreaming of the local development planning processes
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Yasmeen Rasheed 2022/12 Initiated
7. Recommendation:

UNDP should broaden its partners and stakeholders in governance interventions to include the academia and private sector partners in relevant interventions to create further synergy. 

Management Response: [Added: 2022/08/01]

Fully accepted

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1. Academia engagement partnership to be broadened to include academia in programme governance and oversight through including in programme board and technical committees. As a resource, academic institutions will also be engaged for research interventions pertaining to governance.. One of the initiative this year is the partnership with Maldives National University to conduct the 3rd phase of the Value in Crisis survey
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Yasmeen Rasheed 2022/12 Initiated
2. On intervention with the private sector, UNDP will expand its partnership channels in addition to the engagement on particular activities of interest to private sector such as the Miyaheli Programme. This includes, broadening of private sector role as a responsible stakeholders in the continuation and substantiation of UNDP’s work on integrating human rights into businesses and private sector governance ‘FairBiz’.
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Yasmeen Rasheed 2022/12 Initiated
8. Recommendation:

UNDP should focus on strengthening programme governance to include better accountability on programme delivery, and focus on developing more specific and quantifiable baseline data on all areas of programme intervention and continue to collect monitoring data at regular intervals to effectively measure impact on the ground.  

Management Response: [Added: 2022/08/01]

Fully accepted

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1. Programme board has been enhanced. Representatives from different stakeholders – civil society, national and local government, NGOs – are in the current board. Project board meetings are held on an annual basis and until the end of the programme cycle
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2. Together with the project team, a dedicated RBM supports were provided to ensure that baseline, milestones and targets (BMT) are regularly monitored and review at least twice a year until the end of the programme cycle
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Yasmeen Rasheed, Vathanya Vichitlekarn 2022/12 Completed
3. The project team together with a RBM staff have ensured that the means of verification for each output/activity are realistic and tangible. Monitoring data is being collected through office internal monitoring platform
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Yasmeen Rasheed, Vathanya Vichitlekarn 2022/12 Completed

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