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Mid-term Programme Review
Commissioning Unit: Belarus
Evaluation Plan: 2006-2010
Evaluation Type: Others
Completion Date: 04/2009
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Belarus
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation:
Management Response: [Added: 2010/01/05]

UNDP Management Response Template Country Programme Document Mid-Term Review Date: 15 July 2009 Prepared by: Position: Unit/Bureau: UNDP CO Belarus Cleared by: Position: Unit/Bureau: Input into and update in ERC: Position: Unit/Bureau: Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 1: Improvements related to preparation and formatting of the next CDP Management Response: Key Action(s) Time Frame Responsible Unit(s) Tracking* Status Comments 1.1. To ensure that ?Results and Resources? section of the CPD is aligned with the whole document 2009 2010 Programme In process Done for the new CPD preparation 1.2 Ensure that all targets are sufficiently concrete to be assessed; formulating of overly general and overly restrictive targets need to be avoided 2009  2010 Programme In process Done for the new CPD preparation 1.3 Identify UNDP comparative advantages. 2009 Programme Completed SWOT analysis was completed in July 2009 1.4 Finalize the next CPD preparation within less timeframe in order to ensure that it is aligned with government priorities for the CPD cycle as long as possible. 2009  2010 Programme In process Done for the new CPD preparation 1.5 Ensure that all of the projects have a clearly developed gender dimension since gender is a cross-thematic issue. 2011  2015 Programme Taken into account for further implementation Efforts in this direction are already being undertaken and will be further undertaken in line with the acting UNDP Gender Equality Strategy Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 2: Economic growth and increase in living standards Management Response: Key Action(s) Time Frame Responsible Unit(s) Tracking Status Comments 2.1. In terms of sub-goals the next CPD should a) Continue the range of activities on private sector development. b) Enhance work on poverty reduction. UNDP should continue to advocate for the increased importance of poverty as a policy focus and to develop projects aiming to enhance the GoB?s capacities in identifiing the socially vulnerable. c) Economic Governance. UNDP to undertake further efforts in facilitating Belarus accession to WTO and public policy review. 2009  2015 Programme In process Done for the new CPD preparation Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 3: Environmental Sustainability Management Response: Key Action(s) Time Frame Responsible Unit(s) Tracking Status Comments 3.1 Change sub-goal ?access to sustainable energy services? to ?reduce non-renewable energy consumption and green-house gas emissions? but apart from that leave the CPD sub-goals ?sustainable land management? and ?conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity? as they are. 2009-2010 Programme In process Partially accepted 3.2 Discuss with the World Bank/government how UNDP could help them to develop applications or, at least, render them assistance in developing complimentary projects 2009  2015 Programme Completed This is not feasible for Belarus 3.3 UNDP should seek for alternative sources (other than GEF) of funding of projects in environment portfolio. 2009  2015 Programme In process Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 4: Cross Border Cooperation Management Response: Key Action(s) Time Frame Responsible Unit(s) Tracking Status Comments 4.1 In terms of sub-goals add ?tuberculosis? and ?anti-drug abuse and drug-trafficking? as clear sub- goals in the next CPD and GFATM funding for this project beyond 2009 2009-2010 Programme In process ?Tuberculosis? will be included in CPD 2011-2015 4.2 Work on developing the capacity of the Government of Belarus (GoB) to take over management of HIV/AIDS projects in the future. 2009  2015 Programme In process The issue will be further discussed in the project Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 5: Effective and Accountable Governance Management Response: Key Action(s) Time Frame Responsible Unit(s) Tracking Status Comments 5.1 More clearly articulate the sub-goals of the governance portfolio. Possible sub-categories could include: a) Development of legal practices and enhanced access to the law b) Broader incorporation of human rights standards in law and public policy c) Facilitate wider partnership between government, international organizations and NGOs d) Public policy management including the more effective use of ICT 2009-2010 Programme In process Partially accepted 5.2. Consider how to leverage the cross-border and policing experience and the agreement with the OSCE into future projects 2011 - 2015 Programme In progress 5.3 Continue to support and advocate for the simplification of the technical assistance project registration process Programme Completed Recommendations on simplifications submitted to the president for approval by the end of 2009 5.4 Help to build capacity amongst NGOs to work in technical assistance projects and help the government to develop the mechanisms necessary to utilize them 2011  2015 Programme In progress Partially accepted 5.5 Continue to demonstrate the ways in which human rights can be incorporated into public administration and the legal system. Discuss with the growing donor organizations the issue of their support the subject. 2009  2015 Programme Completed Done for the new CPD preparation Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 6: Management Response: Key Action(s) Time Frame Responsible Unit(s) Tracking Status Comments 6.1 Ensure that the targets for Chernobyl are clearly articulated in all of the CPD in order to ensure testable outcomes. Sub-goals could include: o Access to health facilities, particularly maternal, neo-natal and post-natal o Agri-business rehabilitation o Human Security o Administrative/coordinating support to Chernobyl activities 2009  2010 Programme In progress 6.2. Work with the government to expand rural economic development projects to build on the apparent success of CORE-Agri 2011 2015 Programme Completed 6.3 Continue negotiations with USAID and EU about funding in this area to build on their previous interest 2009 -2015 Programme In progress Evaluation Recommendation or Issue Administration/Organisation Management Response: Administration/Organisation Key Action(s) Time Frame Responsible Unit(s) Tracking Status Comments Negotiate the issue of larger UN Office premises with the relevant governmental authorities 2009  2015 Programme, Operations In process In 2009, the issue was officially raised with the relevant Belarusian authorities Allocate two members of staff to provide project development across themes. Ideally assign one to work with existing partners in the development of project proposals. Programme, Operations Not feasible Conduct a bi-annual meeting for all non-government partners to discuss on-going concerns Programme Completed Done for the new CPD preparation UNDP should explain NGOs the requirements and tips related to proper Requests for Proposals (RFPs) drafting and submission Operations, Programme On going process UNDP should more actively involve UN Agencies to projects dealing with matters that are of expertise of other UN Agencies Programme Completed Done for the new CPD preparation

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