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CPAP 2006 - 2010 Midterm Review
Commissioning Unit: Eswatini
Evaluation Plan: 2006-2010
Evaluation Type: Outcome
Completion Date: 11/2008
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Eswatini
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation: Poverty: 1.Support mainstreaming of PRSAP Implementation.
Management Response: [Added: 2009/12/21] [Last Updated: 2009/12/21]

Poverty: 1. Support to PRSAP Implementation: MEPD policy coordination role for PRSAP implementation is being strengthened through the following activities: i)Development of a Systems Dynamics medium-term planning model (T21) to assist in strategic planning and resource allocation; the model is at the state of review and is being tested for further improvements; staff have been trained and structured TA through the Millennium Institute and local technical backstopping through the International poverty Advisor has been effectively discharged; activities will continue into 2010 and the upcoming UNDAF/CPAP cycle, with further training and the use of the model in strategic analysis and planning and budgeting processes; ii)Assistance to the establishment of Sector Working Groups (SWGs) as platform for a new approach to planning and budgeting. This is in line with the decision of the Government?s Planning and Budgeting Committee; UNDP input has been through the international Poverty Reduction Advisor providing strategic advice and an additional dedicated consultancy that assists the programme on a day-to-day basis; Generic ToRs for SWGs generated; four SWGs already established and functioning (Education, Health, Agriculture, and Water & Sanitation); UNDP input was instrumental in persuading Government to consider Water & Sanitation as one of the priority areas in the establishment of SWGs. This will also facilitate the absorption of substantial donor (mainly EC) resources expected to flow into the sector. iii) Restructuring and developing the capacity of the Poverty unit to effectively carry out its functions; UNDP is not providing UNVs to MEPD and this is not envisaged in the immediate future; MEPD has enlisted the assistance of the international Poverty Reduction Advisor provided by UNDP to assist in the restructuring of the Cross-Sectoral Division made up of the Poverty Reduction Unit and the M&E Unit (together with the National Population Unit); the Economic Planning Office (EPO, the office of the Chief Economist, MEPD) is has been strengthened with national recruits into the civil service who work with the international Poverty Reduction Expert to form a core technical team of policy analysis and advice within the Ministry.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Staff of the Ministry have been trained and structured Technical Assistance through the Millennium Institute and local technical backstopping through the International poverty Advisor has been effectively discharged; activities will continue into 2010 and the upcoming UNDAF/CPAP cycle, with further training and the use of the model in strategic analysis and planning and budgeting processes;
[Added: 2009/12/21]
Poverty Advisor 2009/06 Completed Training of the Staff has been completed. However, UNDP is looking into supporting the Ministry to have more staff trained on sysstem dynamics modelling.
2. Recommendation: 2.Technical support to Ministry of Regional Development to assist with the implementation of PRSAP at the regional and community levels
Management Response: [Added: 2009/12/21] [Last Updated: 2009/12/21]

Technical support to PRSAP implementation at the regional and community levels: The national agenda on decentralization is still not settled despite constitutional provisions, with a debate on the reasonableness of decentralization in the context of a small country (geographically and population wise) a core issue; the MDG & PRSAP sensitization activities undertaken by the Poverty Unit were closely coordinated with the former Ministry of Regional Administration and Youth Affairs, now re-branded as the Ministry for Tinkhundla Administration and Development; UNDP is also assisting the assessment of the capacity of the Inkhundla administrations with view to designing training modules to boost their ability to administer local development initiatives; Currently UNDP is assisting CSO in conducting the SHIES data collection and analysis with view to poverty profiling; this will be followed by a poverty mapping exercise that will further localize the analysis and create the conditions for better targeting of development initiatives; consensus has been reached with MEPD that this work should be lead by Poverty Unit (and carried out in collaboration with the CSO, Surveyor-General?s Office and the National Population Unit; UNDP is currently implementing and structuring further TA to boost capacity for undertaking this work by these units, whose implementation will be intensified in 2010 and continue into the 2010-2015 UNDAF/CPAP cycle; TA assistance currently being provided aims to ensure timely delivery of SHIES results (including main report and tables and poverty profiling); the results of the SHIES and subsequently poverty mapping will assist in designing more effective targeting of the various development and social welfare and cash transfer initiatives operated by the government, such as the Rural Development Fund (now re-branded as the Poverty reduction Fund), the Orphaned and Vulnerable Children Grant scheme, the Elderly Grant Scheme, the Tractor and fertilizer subsidy schemes, amongst others;

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP is assisting the assessment of the capacity of the Inkhundla administrations with view to designing training modules to boost their ability to administer local development initiatives; 2.UNDP is assisting CSO in conducting the SHIES data collection and analysis with view to poverty profiling; this will be followed by a poverty mapping exercise that will further localize the analysis and create the conditions for better targeting of development initiatives; consensus has been reached with MEPD that this work should be lead by Poverty Unit (and carried out in collaboration with the CSO, Surveyor-General?s Office and the National Population Unit; UNDP is currently implementing and structuring further TA to boost capacity for undertaking this work by these units, whose implementation will be intensified in 2010 and continue into the 2010-2015 UNDAF/CPAP cycle; TA assistance currently being provided aims to ensure timely delivery of SHIES results (including main report and tables and poverty profiling); the results of the SHIES and subsequently poverty mapping will assist in designing more effective targeting of the various development and social welfare and cash transfer initiatives operated by the government, such as the Rural Development Fund (now re-branded as the Poverty reduction Fund), the Orphaned and Vulnerable Children Grant scheme, the Elderly Grant Scheme, the Tractor and fertilizer subsidy schemes, amongst others;
[Added: 2009/12/21] [Last Updated: 2011/04/05]
Sithembiso Hlatshwako 2011/02 Completed 1. Capacity assessment of the Tinkhundla administrations with view to designing training modules to boost their ability to administer local development initiatives has been suspended. 2. Support to production of the SHIES has been completed.
3. Recommendation: HIV and AIDS: 1. Generate baseline data against which achievement of expected results can be measured in 2010. 2. Accelerate implementation of CPAP output 3 (Improved community involvement, participation and ownership in HIV and AIDS prevention emphasizing male involvement). 3. Accelerate implementation of the overall UNDP CPAP in the remaining period - Sustain the rate of implementation of CPAP outputs 1 and 2 (Increased access to high quality sexual and reproductive health and HIV and AIDS services for women and girls particularly in areas affected by drought; reduced incidence of risky behavior especially among vulnerable groups). 4.UNDP should consider direct cash transfer to implementing partners who have adequate financial management capacity 5. Strengthen the capacity of the office that is responsible for coordinating HIV and AIDS issues within UNDP as well as empower it to take decisions without the need to refer issues
Management Response: [Added: 2009/12/21]

1. Recent baseline data is available in the Demographic and Health Survey, in the Modes of Transmission Study as we in the CIET study on the evaluation of the national campaign to reduce multiple partners in Swaziland. 2.PAF call for proposal is still outstanding to strengthen community structures which support PLHIV. 2010 AWP includes financial and technical support to strengthen civil society coordination mechanisms. Involvement of men in HIV/Aids interventions will be mainstreamed in all activities. 3. ?Increased access to high quality sexual and reproductive health and HIV and AIDS services for women and girls particularly in areas affected by drought; reduced incidence of risky behavior especially among vulnerable groups? does not fall under UNDP mandate 4. UNDP will strengthen IPs? capacity in 2010 to improve execution of HACT modalities. 5. To maximize the UN?s impact and strengthen harmonization and alignment to the national response the UN in Swaziland established a Joint UN Team on AIDS and developed a Joint UN Programme of Support on HIV and AIDS (JUNPS 2009-2015). The JUNPS outlines the UN support to the national response on HIV within the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF).

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP Support to HIV and AIDS is being implemented as part of the larger UN support throught JUPS.
[Added: 2011/04/05]
Mandisa Zwane- Machakata 2008/12 Completed All UNCT support to HIV and AIDS is being implemented through the JUPS as a joint programme.
4. Recommendation: Justice and Human Rights: 1)Given the fragile governance environment in Swaziland, it is recommended that priority should also be put on operationalising the governance provisions of the new Constitution, which seem to focus on creating an enabling environment for equal access for all citizens to justice and respect, protection and fulfilment of Human Rights [Social, Legal, Economic and Political]. This implies refocusing of all current discreet interventions into one result area/outcome of access to justice and human rights.
Management Response: [Added: 2009/12/21]

Justice and Human Rights: 1)In responding to this recommendation, the 2011-2015 UNDAF has reduced the Governance outputs and prioritized Human Rights and Access to justice as key areas of interventions to ensure a focused programme on governance.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The 2011-2015 UNDAF has reduced the Governance outputs and prioritized Human Rights and Access to justice as key areas of interventions to ensure a focused programme on governance.
[Added: 2009/12/21] [Last Updated: 2011/04/05]
Sakinah Lukhele No due date No deadline established The UNDAF 2011-2015 and CPAP has been finalized which has reduced Governance outputs and prioritized Human Rights and Access to justice as key areas of interventions.

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