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Assessment of Development Results: Ghana
Commissioning Unit: Independent Evaluation Office
Evaluation Plan: 2009-2013
Evaluation Type: ICPE/ADR
Completion Date: 03/2011
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Ghana
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation: Recommendation 1: UNDP Ghana should bolster its advisory capacity to support Ghana?s transition to middle-income status. It should ensure that its portfolio reflects the dynamic environment in Ghana as the country continues its journey of building an inclusive society and prosperous nation. Central to this is UNDP?s continued advocacy for a human development approach to Ghana?s growth and development agenda.
Management Response: [Added: 2011/04/27] [Last Updated: 2013/03/20]

UNDP will focus its support in 2011 and beyond to supporting country systems with quality data and information for various analytical studies and reports and also further strengthen the capacity of national institutions to deliver effectively on their mandates. It is envisaged that UNDP support to constitutional review process and local level district human development reports will open up policy gaps and opportunity for inclusive growth.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2011 has seen the support of various analytical studies aimed at providing empirical data and information for informed policy level decision making. Key strategic analytical status that have been completed and which has also stimulated public debate and discourse include the following; the MIC paper, the Partnership survey, the BRICS Strategy, the NHDR/WR-HDR, the Global HDR and other District Level HDR. Further support has also been extended in the development of DRR-building codes and guides, NAMAs, LED frameworks the Ghana Commodity Exchange Legal Framework, the National Your Employment policy and the ICT policy
[Added: 2011/12/16] [Last Updated: 2011/12/30]
Country Director 2011/01 Completed
2. Recommendation: Recommendation 2: UNDP Ghana should continue its efforts to strengthen democratic governance, focusing on providing advice to strengthen the knowledge and skills base of national partners. It should also continue to advocate for appropriate resourcing of governance institutions that are essential for maintaining the positive trajectory for democratic governance in Ghana.
Management Response: [Added: 2011/04/27] [Last Updated: 2011/12/16]

2010 and beyond would support government in the constitutional review process and also in the reformation of governance institutions,like the Justice sector institutions, the National Peace Council to deliver on their mandates effectively and efficiently.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
As a first step to building stronger democratic institutions and structures the CO has provided tremendous technical and financial support to the CRC which has produced and submitted its First Final Draft Report to the President. This report was finalized based on over 84,000 submissions from individuals, organisations and various interest groups (a manifestation of participatory democracy and governance in deciding the laws of the land). In addition, support has been extended to functional set maiden institutions like the National Peace Council the Economic and Organized Crime Organization and other ministries and departments. A lot of south-south cooperation, international cross-sector institutional learning, targeted skills and capacity development support provided to government institutions.
[Added: 2011/12/30]
country Director 2009/01 Completed UNDP will focus keenly on providing technical and financial support for the completion of the Constitutional review process, as well as reforms of key governance institutions like the Ministry of Justice and Attorney General?s Department, the Justice sector institutions, civil society, and emerging institutions like the Economic and Organised Crime Organisation. Efforts would be redoubled to Institutionalized the National Peace Council and create platforms for continuous dialogues and engagements.
3. Recommendation: Recommendation 3: UNDP Ghana should focus its efforts on strengthening the capacity of the government to respond to climate change in the national, regional and global arena.
Management Response: [Added: 2011/04/27] [Last Updated: 2013/03/20]

The Energy and environment sector continue to remain a great entry point for UNDP and an area that great partnership can be built locally and internationally. UNDP will deepen its work by supporting the building of resilient national institutions in the areas of climate change, energy and environmental sustainability. The Rio+20 comes with new opportunities to better support national efforts to improve energy efficiency, climate change and environmental sustainability challenges in Ghana.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
There are new initiatives with the Ghana Cocoa board to greening the production chain of the cocoa, another on Green economy and South-South cooperation in sustainable energy (China)
[Added: 2013/03/20]
Country Director 2012/01 Completed The New UNDAF and CPD have captured broad strategic support areas that UDDP will support Government in the areas of climate change, energy efficiency and environmental sustainability. In addition are the new opportunities and partnerships with other bilateral and multi-laterals emanating from the Rio+20.
4. Recommendation: Recommendation 4: UNDP Ghana should support building national capacity for M&E in Ghana. This should be done in partnership with other United Nations organizations in Ghana.
Management Response: [Added: 2011/04/27] [Last Updated: 2011/12/30]

M&E is really of paramount importance, in line with the ADR recommendations and the recent change management exercise conducted, the CO would endeavoure to create a functional M&E unit to work closely with porgammes and communications for proper monitoring and reporting of development results. The CO in conjunction with the other UN Agencies would take advantage of new UNDAF cycle to promote joint monitoring systems and provide technical support to strengthen national systems. These would include development of systems and mechanisms for M&E, training and knowledge sharing platforms.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Create and recruit M&E specialist, promote joint monitoring of activities and partnership with national institutiions, provide technical support for M&E activities
[Added: 2011/12/30]
Country Director 2011/12 Completed M&E analyst position has been created and filled to provide substantive support to programming and monitoring of development results. The CO has supported various M&E capacity training both locally and internationally for government partners and has also supported initiatives of the Ghana M&E Forum. Furthermore, Joints M&E visits have been undertaken with national counterparts the New UNDAF has also provided for Joint UN M&E Group to provide support to national institutions.
5. Recommendation: Recommendation 5: UNDP Ghana should improve its dialogue with a broad range of stakeholders, in particular, civil society and the private sector, to enhance partnerships and foster national ownership of UNDP?s interventions.
Management Response: [Added: 2011/04/27] [Last Updated: 2013/03/20]

The role of civil society in national development cannot be overemphasized and this is highly acknowledged by the country office. Building on previous, collaborations with civil society and private sector will be deepened, with more focus in the areas of governance and inclusive growth. New partnerships with the MTN Foundation and Ecobank will be fostered.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Foster new partnerships with MNT Foundation and Ecobank and Cocoa Board. Engage Media and political parties, Peace building institutions in promoting governance.
[Added: 2013/03/20]
Country Director 2009/01 Completed There are ongoing work with MTN foundation, Ecobank, and Civil society organizations (WANSA, WANEP, NPC, the media)
6. Recommendation: Recommendation 6: UNDP Ghana should transform itself into a knowledge-based advisory organization. UNDP needs to improve its knowledge and information management in all areas of its work, strengthen its internal M&E systems and improve its communication.
Management Response: [Added: 2011/04/27] [Last Updated: 2011/12/30]

CO to focus more on providing government with high level policy initiatives.Commitment of more resources to high level policy works and analytical studies that will influence policy and reforms in national institutions. Corporate and internal monitoring tools to be developed to enhance reporting. Mechanisms to improve, learning, knowledge managment and document tracking to be developed.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Recruit and fill policy advisory positions, commit 70% of project resources to policy issues and analytical studies. Support capacity development and tracking systems.
[Added: 2011/12/30]
Country Director 2011/01 Completed The office has on board high level senior management staff, policy advisors, programme specialist and programme officers and associate to provide technical support to programming. In addition, the skills set of the operations staffs have been strengthened with various specialists providing technical guidance on finance, procurement, human resources management, procurement and general administration. The CO put up a calculated strategy of ensuring that 70% of programme resources are committed to high level policy interventions. The Internet, staff meetings, ESSM, SMM, cluster meetings and other special fora still constitute platforms for sharing information. The ?shared drive? has provided for more open sharing of programme documents and information and data management. The M&E tools are also providing mechanisms to ensuring that compliant issues and procedures as well as timelines and agreed targets are respected. There has been reprofiling of Atlas access and approval rights to reflect corporate guidelines and also to facilitate timely delivery on the ground.
7. Recommendation: Recommendation 7: UNDP Ghana should expedite implementation of improvements to its business processes and operational capacity, and align these with the new strategic direction of the country office.
Management Response: [Added: 2011/04/27] [Last Updated: 2011/12/30]

Initiatives are underway to review and realign business and operations processes to cut down on excessive bureaucracy and duplications. In addition conscious efforts would be made to enhance the capacity of both programme and operations staff and also fill in existing capacity to streamline TORs and work life balance.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Ensure review of business and operational processes to eliminate duplication and bureaucracy. Support capacity development initiatives at various levels
[Added: 2011/12/30] [Last Updated: 2013/03/20]
Country Director 2010/01 Completed Concerted progress has been made in reviewing and properly realigning business processes to cut down on undue bureaucracy. This has really improved the turnaround time for processing payments. The alignment of procurement and recruitment processes and the regular sittings of CAP have improved procurement in general. The clustering of programs has promoted synergies, and more focus development results. The new CPD and UNDAF have also been fully aligned with National priorities. There is ongoing dialogue with stakeholders to ensure smooth closure of all projects, and a transition into the next cycle. There are ongoing discussions on selecting new partners for the next cycle based on the outcome and outputs contained in the UNDAD and CPD.
8. Recommendation: Recommendation 8: As part of its transition to a restructured portfolio, UNDP Ghana should develop sustainability plans and exit strategies in key areas of its programme. This should be done in agreement with the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, implementing partners and responsible parties, and other critical development partners in Ghana.
Management Response: [Added: 2011/04/27] [Last Updated: 2013/03/20]

UNDP has restructered is portfolio of projects and programmes into there main clusters, Governance, Sustainable Development and Inclusive Growth. The restructuring has ensured that UNDP provide more focus and strategic support to government and also collaborate with other sister agencies in the spirit of Delivering as One. In addition the three programme clusters is the Partnership and coordination unit that service programmes, help in resource mobilization, networking and management of bilateral and multi-lateral agreements.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Hold exit meetings with government and agencies to ensure that sustainability issues are mainstream. Also conduct post implementation monitoring visit to project sites.
[Added: 2013/03/20]
Country Director 2009/01 Completed Discussions and dialogues have deepened with IP, RPs and government in mainstreaming UNDP initiatives into government priorities for sustainability. For example this has been achieved with ICT for Development initiatives, the National Peace Council and the Small arms Control programme. UNDP will continue to ensure that its interventions are aligned to ministerial and sectoral priorities and gradually budgeted for to facilitate sustainability.

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