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End of Term Evaluation of the Malawi Human Rights Support Project
Commissioning Unit: Malawi
Evaluation Plan: 2012-2018
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 09/2016
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Malawi
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation:

Develop a Successor Programme: This should consolidate, popularize and cascade the achievements downstream up to the grass root community levels in a bid to promote and protect human rights holistically. The following should be taken into considerations as crucial actions:

  • Emerging issues and lessons learnt under this project such as minority rights, issues of innovative capacity building of institutions and organizations, as well as supporting the downstream levels to ensure that the demand side of human rights by the population should be enhanced through active and robust participation of non-state actors (NSAs);
  • Minority Rights:  For any future program to be appreciated, it should take into account the issues of minority rights such as LGBT, HIV and the Law, Disability, from the design stage. These emerging human rights issues should also be premised on deeper research, investigations and public inquiries as a way of getting the root causes of specific human rights violations for proper litigation and awareness purposes;
  • The design of the successor program should continue to be aligned to the Democratic Governance Sector Strategy, National Action Plan for Human Rights and MHRC Strategic Plan and ensure logical alignment of activities across these major documents;
  • The design should take into account the need for Mid Term Review; exit strategy, clear definition of strategic approaches as well as program delivery instruments like Results based management among others.

Mainstreaming of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): The successor program should take into account the SDGs as a new global development framework.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/19]

The recommendation is agreeable, moving forward, there are plans to develop a successor program with all other UN agencies focusing on the recommended areas. Available tools such as Theory of Change, Gender Analysis and Political Economy analysis will used. UNDP along with other UN agencies will conduct a root cause analysis aligning with government priorities taking into account agency specific mandates.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Conduct an assessment of emerging issues to be considered in the successor program to inform programming on emerging
[Added: 2016/12/19] [Last Updated: 2018/04/10]
Responsive Institutions and Citzens Engagement (RICE) Portfolio 2017/12 Completed Assessment done during the 2019-2023 CPD planning process which entailed development of specific theory of change for the human rights area.. History
Develop a UN joint program that will cover emerging issues including minority rights and relevant SDGs targets.
[Added: 2016/12/19] [Last Updated: 2018/11/13]
RICE Portfolio 2018/12 Completed A joint project on supporting disability rights has been developed. History
2. Recommendation:

Enhance Monitoring and Evaluation with Results based Management and real time monitoring.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/19]

UNDP agrees to this recommendation and will explore current interventions potential areas to develop real time monitoring in the planned new program. The planned UN joint program to be developed will also aim to build capacity of partners in results based management.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Identify intervention areas which can be subject to real time monitoring.
[Added: 2016/12/19] [Last Updated: 2021/06/07]
RICE Portfolio 2018/12 Completed This was done as part of UN RCO initiative and Spotlight Initiative on Eliminating Violence Against Women and Girls. History
Build the capacity of government institutions in the adoption and application of the core UN programming instruments such as the Results Based Management (RBM), Harmonized Cash Transfer (HACT) and Rights Based Approach to Programming (RBAP).
[Added: 2016/12/19] [Last Updated: 2021/06/07]
RICE Portfolio 2018/12 Completed Series of RBM and HACT trainings conducted. History
3. Recommendation:

Strengthen innovative capacity building initiatives through volunteerism and human rights forum among others.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/19]

UNDP support on Capacity building through human rights forum is already underway. UNDP will further explore possibilities of utilizing volunteers in the implementation of human rights interventions.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Support transformative dialogue between MHRC and other stakeholders to actively engage in minority rights for instance HIV and the law, LGBT, Albinism, food rights.
[Added: 2016/12/19] [Last Updated: 2021/06/07]
RICE Portfolio 2018/12 Completed This is an ongoing exercise. Through the local Office of the Human RIghts High Commission, dialogue is done to ensure protection and promotion of the rights of minority groups. History
Develop capacity of NGOs under the human rights forum.
[Added: 2016/12/19] [Last Updated: 2018/04/10]
RICE Portfolio 2018/12 No Longer Applicable [Justification: No funds are available for this activity.]
History
Recommend inclusion of volunteers in the successor program following an assessment of existing schemes.
[Added: 2016/12/19] [Last Updated: 2021/06/07]
RICE Portfolio 2018/12 No Longer Applicable [Justification: This will be considered in subsequent programming cycle.]
History
Support capacity building for selected civil society organizations in the areas of advocacy and promotion of human rights awareness to ensure full participation of civil society organizations in the prevention of human rights violations.
[Added: 2016/12/19] [Last Updated: 2021/06/07]
RICE Portfolio 2018/12 No Longer Applicable [Justification: UNDP provided support to the Malawi Human Rights Commission with the expectation that the commission would engage civil society organizations.]
History
4. Recommendation:

Review and development of a National Civic Education Framework.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/19]

National initiative for civic education is working on the national civic education strategy, under the existing project, UNDP has been supporting development of a human rights education strategy. UNDP support will focus on finalizing the human rights education strategy.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Finalise the ongoing development of a national human rights civic education strategy.
[Added: 2016/12/19] [Last Updated: 2018/04/10]
RICE Portfolio 2018/12 Overdue-Initiated The strategy is in draft form. History
Rollout implementation of the national human rights civic education strategy.
[Added: 2016/12/19] [Last Updated: 2021/06/07]
RICE Portfolio 2018/12 No Longer Applicable [Justification: The rollout is contingent on availability of resources.]
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