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Mid Term Review of T.A.L.A.V.O.U. Programme
Commissioning Unit: Samoa
Evaluation Plan: 2008-2012
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 09/2008
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Samoa
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
1. Recommendation: The MWCSD through the DFY need to reiterate their role in Government as the focal point for the monitoring and evaluation of the National Youth Policy and the TALAVOU Programme. It is recommended that in addition to reporting to the SC and the TWG that the TALAVOU activities be reported on a periodical basis to the CDC, intially seeking endorsement of the Ministry's coordinating role fo rthe monitoring and evaluation of the National Youth Policy and the TALAVOU Programme for the Government of Samoa. This will also enhance the profile of the TALAVOU Programme and ensure cooperation at both the Ministerial and CEO levels.
Management Response: [Added: 2011/07/15]

The SC and TWG can only be as strong as its membership. CEO level participation on the SC in particular would greatly increase the effectiveness of the TALAVOU programme. ACEO level participation on the TWG would similarly reap positive results through consistent follow-through on decisions on the implementation of various activities.

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2. Recommendation: THE MWCSD need to enhance the internal profile and importance of the DFY. This is to ensure that the external expectations of the NAtional Youth Policy and the TALAVOU Programme are in practice and implementation met in the operations and policy application and budgetary resources by the Ministry. There is a need to assess the current technical capacity for policy development and use of ICTs in the DFY to support communication of the NAtional Youth Policy and the TALAVOU Programme to its stakeholders
Management Response: [Added: 2011/07/15]

This recommendation is unclear. UNDP does not have differing interests for the TALAVOU programme from those contained in the Strategy for the Development of Samoa and the National Youth Policy. UNDP?s main objective in supporting the TALAVOU programme is to assist the Government achieve these goals and policies within an overall coordinated framework.

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3. Recommendation: The MWCSD through the DFY need to develop and implement a comprehensive communications strategy to build awareness and understanding of the importance of the National Youth Policy. This would assist the visibility of the document as being for the youth of Samoa providing information about youth to youth through ways that are attention grabbing, wide ranging and relevant to their age. Furthermore the NAtional Youth Policy and TALAVOU Programme must be translated into Samoan and a language which communicates and reaches youth. To support the successful implementation of the communications strategy however the development of the DATABASE for Youth Service PRoviders and Youth Stakeholders will need to be completed as it is essential in disseminating information to the target audience.
Management Response: [Added: 2011/07/15]

The need for a comprehensive communications strategy for the TALAVOU programme has been consistently advocated by UNDP since the beginning of the project at both the SC and TWG levels. This would greatly lift the profile of the TALAVOU programme at the national and rural levels thereby improving support to the programme and youth activities generally in the country.

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