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Policy advise to mainstream sustainability into development and growth
Commissioning Unit: Saudi Arabia
Evaluation Plan: 2012-2016
Evaluation Type: Outcome
Completion Date: 12/2016
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Saudi Arabia
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation:

Promote coordination and participatory policy planning and monitoring

UNDP and government partners should take more proactive role in promoting coordination of all sectors in planning and monitoring of reform results. Good example from planning the NTP, whereby policy design process was participatory and inclusive of all government partners should be promoted and replicated in development of other strategies supported, inter alia, by UNDP. Also, potential for participatory planning to include society actors should be explored as per experiences of PEEC process for curriculum development.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/21]

UNDP has adopted a participatory approach to all programming as evidenced by the process held during the CPD formulation.  The same is also currently ongoing in terms of aligning SDGs to national priorities.  More will be done at the projects level, however, the fact remains taht in KSA, budgets for projects are allocated by different governemtn agencies and as such, it proves difficult for us to crate as inclusive a culture as we wish

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
attempts have been made but none proved feasible
[Added: 2017/11/07]
National Partners 2017/11 Completed None of the partners were interested
2. Recommendation:

Integrate social, spatial and environmental impact assessment in policy and master planning

UNDP and government partners should promote, advocate for and conduct social, spatial and environment impact assessments in supported policies. This approach would strengthen policy and planning alignment with

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/21]

All projects signed as of 2016 have indeed integrated the Social and Environmental Screening Procedure

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
All projects have adopted SESP
[Added: 2017/11/07]
UNDP 2016/01 Completed
3. Recommendation:

Mainstream gender and human rights approach in programming of UNDP support and advocate for gender mainstreaming across government policies

Gender equality, human rights approach and gender mainstreaming are important cross-cutting pillars of UNDP. In Saudi Arabia generally and in UNDP programmes particularly these are not sufficiently mainstreamed, so efforts should be invested to devise set of measures how to mainstream and integrate these concepts in projects and interventions created and implemented in cooperation with the government, taking into due account the contextual issues in KSA.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/21]

With Vision 2030 targetting 30% women employment, UNDP now has solid ground to advocate on Gender mainstreaming in a more assertive manner

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Effort to include gender into project will be made
[Added: 2017/11/07] [Last Updated: 2017/12/06]
UNDP 2017/05 Completed Mainstreaming is proving slow but stand alone projects on gender balance and empowerment are materializing History
4. Recommendation:

Develop clear exit strategies for UNDP’s interventions.

UNDP projects in focus of this evaluation do not have exit or phasing out strategies. Such strategies should be developed to provide clear understanding of steps and measures that need to be institutionalised and/or taken over by the government.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/21]

Exit strategies have indeed become an inherent part of UNDP's Project Document and UNDP KSA will endeavour to ensure this is clearly stated in each PD

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Ensuring this is stated in new PDs
[Added: 2017/11/07] [Last Updated: 2017/12/06]
UNDP 2016/01 Completed all new projects have included exit strategies History
5. Recommendation:

Invest efforts to better integrate UNDP interventions towards ensuring holistic approach to sustainable development.

UNDP CPD 2017-2021 already envisages continuation of many interventions contributing to integration of sustainable development, particularly through its Outcome 1 and 3, but also outcome 2. UNDP should invest efforts to ensure that projects within the three outcomes do not happen in isolation from each other, but that project planning, implementation and monitoring includes awareness of plans and results of other projects contributing to the same overall goal of sustainable development. These efforts would contribute to better reflection of how UNDP interventions in their entirety contributed to Outcomes set in the CPD.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/21]

UNDP KSA will endeavour to gather all partners, at least once a year to share and review progress towards SDGs in terms of ongoing projects as well as potential for new initiatives

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
gather partners to review SDGs
[Added: 2017/11/07] [Last Updated: 2017/12/06]
UNDP 2017/01 No Longer Applicable [Justification: This is no longer applicable for 2017, will do so in 2018]
UNDP (and other agencies via UNCT) has indeed gone through a very comprehensive alignment exercise to ensure SDGs are aligned with the National Transformation Program. Many attempts have been made to gather partners to that effect, government decided to postpone to update National Transformation Program . History
6. Recommendation:

Develop Institutional knowledge management plan

UNDP CO in KSA does not have a systematic approach to knowledge management and monitoring of interventions implemented within outcome 3. This hinders reflection on results and makes it difficult to understand UNDP’s contribution to reform processes in KSA. Therefore, it is recommended that UNDP internally develop knowledge management plan, which would outline measures and responsibilities for collecting, analyzing and reflection on results.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/21]

Noted, UNDP KSA will review its knowledge sharing platform adn strategy to ensure better reflection and analysis of results

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
An ODA report will be repared
[Added: 2017/11/07]
UNDP and National Parnters 2016/10 Completed
7. Recommendation:

Develop Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) system for UNDP interventions in KSA  

This evaluation faced significant limitation of weak or non-existent monitoring data on assessed interventions. To overcome this, and closely linked to recommendation O4 above, it is advised that UNDP invest in developing a comprehensive M&E system that is based on a set of (internally developed) monitoring indicators to be used for further aggregation of data for CPD outcome indicators. Such system would ensure easier analysis and reflection of achievements and challenges, but also would facilitate decision making and evidencing of new programmes to be developed.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/21]

Evaluator's advice will be taken into serious consideration as we try to develop an easy system to monitor results by involving partners early on in the process

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
follow up with partners to that effect
[Added: 2017/11/07] [Last Updated: 2017/12/06]
UNDP 2016/01 Completed Not much achieved as changes in government entities have caused much of the work to stall History
8. Recommendation:

Conduct Meta Evaluation of UNDP’s work in KSA

 

Meta Evaluation of UNDP’s work in KSA over the period of 2012-2016 should be conducted to understand the scope and extent to which UNDP has contributed to sustainable development in KSA, through support across sectors. Available evaluations for individual outcomes (albeit at mid-term level for Outcome 2, conducted in 2014) could be used as inputs, while deeper analysis of how investments in natural resources, environment, social empowerment and institutional strengthening contribute collectively to sustainable development in the country.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/21]

A common Country Analysis has been but no Assessment of Development Results.  A mid-term CPD 2017-20121 will be held as well as an ADR towards the end of the new CPD

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
plan for a mid-term CPD evaluation is considered
[Added: 2017/11/07] [Last Updated: 2019/12/29]
UNDP 2019/06 Completed Mid term evaluation was done in 2019 History

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