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EvaluaciĆ³n de Efecto: Desarrollo de Capacidades y VIH SIDA
Commissioning Unit: El Salvador
Evaluation Plan: 2007-2011
Evaluation Type: Outcome
Completion Date: 09/2009
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: El Salvador
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation: : Establish simple coordination mechanisms that can facilitate everyday communication necessary to encourage synergy at an operational level, avoiding duplicating efforts and achieving better usage of available resources. Share AWPs among agencies and national counterparts. Continue to develop internal coordination instruments and mechanisms among United Nations System agencies, such as the joint work plan and budget, periodic Thematic Group and Extended Thematic Group meetings.
Management Response: [Added: 2010/03/01] [Last Updated: 2010/04/22]

The need of coordination between United Nations Agencies on HIV/AIDS matters was already known before the presentation of the evaluation final report. During 2009 El Salvador passed through the UNDAF Mid Term Review process. In that occasion the weakness of HIV/AIDS Joint Team naturally came up during the joint review meetings. Thanks to the commitment of the UN Agencies and HIV/AIDS focal points to enhance the coordination system on the matter, the Thematic Joint Group started to meet on regular basis since the second half of the year 2009. UNAIDS gets more involved in the joint meeting ensuring a technical follow up on the joint annual work plans. The consolidation of this common effort is the Unified Budget Work Plan for the year 2010 prepared with the supervision of UNDP who is acting as team leader since January 2010.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
? United Nations Joint Thematic Team strengthened, performing regular meetings
[Added: 2010/03/01] [Last Updated: 2010/04/22]
Programme Officer Capacity DEvelopment and HIV/AIDS Department 2010/02 Completed
2. Recommendation: Continue to strengthen relationships between implementing entities of the National HIV/AIDS/Ministry of Health Program and the executing unit of the GF/UNDP. Define a communication strategy between executors that allows timely flow of information. Promote the registry of actions taken and achievements of the executing unit of the GF of UNDP and its implementing partners, not only on the SUMEVE, but also in the reports issued periodically by the Ministry of Health (MSPAS) specifically on actions taken in regard to HIV/AIDS, that go beyond reports exclusively for donors.
Management Response: [Added: 2010/04/22]

Since October 2009, UNDP have been organizing regular meetings to implement the Global Fund project with the Ministry of Health which has improved the relationship and the communication between the two Coordination Units. UNDP and the Ministry of Health agreed on the need to design a communication and coordination plan as a mandatory requirement to implement joint programmes. The Plan will be completed for June 2010.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
? Designed communication and coordination plan between UNDP and Ministry of Health
[Added: 2010/04/22] [Last Updated: 2011/04/07]
Project manager HIV/AIDS 2010/06 Completed The protocol to strengthen relations between the implementing entities was finished and signed. Currently meetings are held on such operational and strategic issues.
3. Recommendation: Increase visibility of the added value that UNDP provides as partner and facilitator of management spaces at high political levels, both nationally and internationally; of actions taken to develop national capacities and the achievements of your projects. Generate an effective and permanent communication strategy on implementation, results and achievements of UNDP as El Salvador?s ally in the HIV/AIDS response. Offer web access to information regarding UNDP management processes, contributions and the tendering, procurement and contracting processes of GF/UNDP project in order to further its role as a transparent fund manager in the epidemic response.
Management Response: [Added: 2010/04/22]

The Department of Capacity Development and HIV/AIDS have launched the process to recruit a communication expert. This expert will be in charge of maintaining UNDP website updated and designing a communication strategy with the aim to disseminate HIV/AIDS programme and projects results. Furthermore, the Country Coordinating Mechanism of the Global Fund has established a committee to monitor the procurement processes related to GF grants. The committee will be in charge of reviewing the transparency of the processes and then validate the results and will report periodically to the Coordinating Mechanism.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
? Country Coordinating Mechanism Committee established
[Added: 2010/04/22]
Project manager HIV/AIDS 2010/02 Completed
Communication officer for the GF projects hired
[Added: 2010/04/22] [Last Updated: 2012/01/12]
Project manager HIV/AIDS 2010/07 No Longer Applicable The Budget was not approved by the donor
4. Recommendation: Foster sustainability by decentralizing programs and taking advantage of platforms that have national representation to reach all sectors, such as the Ministry of Health and the Salvadoran Institute for Social Security (ISSS). For this, it is necessary to consider community participation and ensure local support and commitment to make up multi-sector committees at the local level, which will include MSPAS local representation, municipal authorities and local civil society organizations, ensuring the development of technical capacity in planning and local management. It is also necessary to offer initial financial support to start the programs, transferring budgetary responsibility to local entrepreneurship at the municipal level.
Management Response: [Added: 2010/04/22]

The Rolling Continuation Channel has a component for training local governments in programmes on HIV/AIDS prevention. This process has the aim to strength the Local Government commitment in taking steps towards their integration to the HIV/AIDS national response. This will be implemented by the Ministry of Health in coordination with UNDP.

Key Actions:

5. Recommendation: Include actions that address the new vulnerability scenarios (ie, increase the actions targeted at women in rural areas and people located geographically in Cutuco port and the north longitudinal road), and develop new strategies to deal with less accessible sectors, such as business, transnational tourism businesses, and issues such as stigma, discrimination, economic crisis and social vulnerability.
Management Response: [Added: 2010/04/22]

This recommendation was acknowledge during the formulation of the RCC strategy. The strategy includes a capacity development plan focused for women in rural areas on. This component will be carried out by a group of selected NGOs. Unfortunately, it was not possible include all the vulnerable groups recommended, because people located geographically in Cutuco port and the north longitudinal road are under direct responsibility of FOMILENIO (is a new institution, created for a period of five years, with the purpose of managing and supervising the implementation of a development programme settled with Millennium Challenge Corporation funds).

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
? Rolling Continuation Channel strategy includes actions towards the empowerment of the women in rural areas
[Added: 2010/04/22]
Project manager HIV/AIDS 2010/02 Completed
6. Recommendation: Define mechanisms and strategies that allow for NGOs to have increased financial and accounting support, technical assistance for the management and implementation of projects and for the acquisition of legal permits to enable them to manage other funds. Designing more specific support to the needs of each NGO, based on diagnostics; and assistance in the development of proposals for fund management.
Management Response: [Added: 2010/04/22]

UNDP has been carrying on capacity development activities for NGOs related to HIV/AIDS sector since 2007, especially with Global Fund grants. Until now, the implementation of activities related to this matter has provided benefits for 16 NGOs in different areas: management, administration, fund accounting and M & E. In the future, thanks to the Rolling Continuation Channel programme of the GF, UNDP is going to train 10 more NGOs on the same issues listed before.

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