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CPD Outcome Mid-term Evaluation: Inclusive Growth and employment creation
Commissioning Unit: Lesotho
Evaluation Plan: 2013-2018
Evaluation Type: Country Programme Evaluation
Completion Date: 12/2016
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Lesotho
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation:
  1. UNDP Country Office needs to consider a number of strategic areas to support. An analysis of its in-house capacity, first to design and structure a well-resourced CP with higher prospects to be a game changer in the complex country’s context; secondly in strengthening the capacity of the GoL as the main IP, in managing change processes

 

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/01] [Last Updated: 2016/12/01]

As part of the development of the new country program, the CO has planned to undertake several assessment to establish gaps and areas of strategic engagement at country level. This will include assessment for inclusive growth, sustainabel development and governance. The recommedations to these will contribute toward prioritisation in the country program.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
- Undertake Key background studies to the development of the CPD 2018 - 2022 and the National Strategic Development Plan II - Develop theory of change for CPD that focuses on the strategic areas for UNDP engagement
[Added: 2016/12/01] [Last Updated: 2019/03/05]
DRR, Senior Economic Advisor, responsible Program Officers 2019/01 Completed CPD 2019 - 23 finalised. It is anchored on the NSDP II priorities for promoting a private -sector led growth for employment creation. The theory of change for the Sustainable and Inclusive Economic Growth portfolio identifies interventions in legal and policy framework, capacity building and financial inclusion, and partnerships as key tenets for economic growth development. History
2. Recommendation:

A high level strategic decision to initiate and sustain dialogue with the GoL and other development partners (at the highest levels), with a view to finding a common ground to tackling the binding constraints to accelerating inclusive growth, which are at the policy and  institutional levels is required. UNDP technical  support can be deployed in areas with binding constraints with a view to fast-track implementation of policies, strategies, legal frameworks, development of actionable implementation plans that can be also be linked to existing capacities of MDA. This should include also provision of timely and quality TA support to implementing partners, at all stages, from design, strategic planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, reviews and reporting.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/01] [Last Updated: 2016/12/01]

  • UNDP is part of the Lesotho Development Partners' forum, that is coordinated under the Ministry of Development Planning. This office was housed within UNDP until 2 years ago, when a strategic decision was made to move it to the Ministry, to ensure implemetnation of tenets for aid coordination. UNDP is currently supporting establishment and maintenance of the database for development partners'  support to the country. 
  • UNDP is also engaged in the development of the NSDP II, which is also expected to establish dialogue at the highest level for both government and DPs, and identification of gaps and strategis to accelerating growth and economic development.
  • Based on the results for the Common Country Analysis, UNDP will engage with partners to identify entry points to support technical capacity building and policy framework for Lesotho

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
- Engage with the Department of Aid Coordination in the Ministry of Development Planning to establish gaps for technical support, in collaboration with other development partners. - Continue participating in the Development Partners forum, and support knowledge and advocacy - Support establishment of the UN/GOL Steering Committee to oversee implementation of UNDAF decisions and NSDP priorities
[Added: 2016/12/01] [Last Updated: 2019/03/05]
Resident Coordinator's office 2018/12 Completed UNDP participates in the GOL partners' forum. The UN/GOL Steering COmmittee to oeversee the UNDAF implementaion has been established throught the RCO. History
3. Recommendation:

The UNDP CO reinvigorate Public-Private Sector Dialogue: A lesson learnt from previous UNDP supported dialogue shows high level of expectations among stakeholders, and possibility of using Forum as a game changer in accelerating inclusive private sector development in Lesotho. In supoprt to the high level forum (HLF), (involving UN Reps, Heads of DP Organisations and Office of the PM) and other institutional mechanisms, intiate and support publication of quarterly/half-yearly bulletins and policy papers not only dealing with issues of Inclusive Growth but other critical issues affecting Lesotho’s development agenda; with a view to strengthening capacity for policy coherence, policy implementation and coordination in the area of accelerating inclusive growth.  This can be backed up by evidence based prioritised thematic research, analysis and presentations to the policy dialogue forum.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/01] [Last Updated: 2016/12/01]

The policy dialogues initiative were suspended pending effective particpation and leadership of the private sector. There are identified capacity gaps within the private sector networks which will need to be addressed to ensure sustainability of the interventions.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
- Develop a clear private sector development program to support capacity building and private sector policy dialogues with the government
[Added: 2016/12/01] [Last Updated: 2019/03/05]
Strategy and Policy Unit 2019/01 Completed As part of the CPD 2019 - 23, the Sustainable and Inclusive Economic Growth portfolio will include a programme of private sector development, to advance private sector engagement and leadership in Lesotho's economic development. History
4. Recommendation:

UNDP needs to reposition itself to facilitate in a more focused manner, transformational processes at policy and institutional levels,  linked to the  implementation of national interventions for acceleration of inclusive growth. Focus, more strongly on strengthening of coordination of a range of development partners, from government, private sector, CSOs and representative organisations of different groups of beneficiaries, including the most marginalised

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/01] [Last Updated: 2016/12/01]

- This is an ongoing process, also linked to the strategic approaches to implementation of the current CPD, being capacity building, coordination and collaboration. This will be factored across all the proposed interventions in the remaining CPD period, to enhanve the UNDP thrust and support to national development programs.  

- UNDP will continue to engage and participate in relevant forums, as well as suport establishment and strengthening of relevant coordianting forums where necessary.  

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
- Support establishment and coordination forums in relevant sectors
[Added: 2016/12/01] [Last Updated: 2020/01/26]
Strategy and Policy Unit 2020/12 Initiated for all inclusive - growth related projects, UNDP has enabled a stakeholder engagement to facilitate coordination. Some include the - Financial inclusion Lesotho SIMM platform, - Coordination platform for youth empowerment - GBV Coordination Forum - Stakeholders for development of the GAD Implementation Plan History
5. Recommendation:

Ensure improved planning, prioritization of ‘priorities of priorities’, implementation of  Results-Based Management Framework.  On the basis of lessons learnt with the MDGs in Lesotho, anchor this on a yet to be established and what is presumed to be a more accountable M & E mechanism for the SDGs. Stronger engagement by the UNDP CO of the Office of the Prime Minister or Chief Government Secretary is necessary.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/01] [Last Updated: 2016/12/01]

- UNDP is supporting the NSDP II development process, specificlaly by supporting development of the M&E framework and related systems, as well as support to the SDGs agenda and mainstreaming at contry level.

- Part of the expected support is to strengthen M&E capacities and coordination within different offices in government and relevant agencies.

- CO has finalised a project design aimed at suporting capacity development for data and statistics management and use, to be funded by the EU Lesotho.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
- Support capacity building for Ministry of Development Planning on RBM - Support development of systems for data collection, analysis and use within the national stakeholders for reporting on NSDP, SDGs and related development frameworks. - Support development of the M&E framework for NSDP II
[Added: 2016/12/01] [Last Updated: 2019/03/05]
Strategy and Policy Unit 2019/01 Completed Through the Lesotho Data project, UNDP has supported capacity building of the MoDP on RBM as well as different skills to advance data collection, analysis and reporting for SDGs and NSDP. The M&E framework is being supported by the World Bank, History
- Support development of M&E framework for NSDP II, SDGs and other development frameworks - Support capacity building of the Ministry of Development Planning on RBM - Support establishment of systems and capacity for data collection, analysis and use within the government and development agencies.
[Added: 2016/12/01] [Last Updated: 2019/03/06]
Strategy and Policy Unit 2019/01 Completed through the Lesotho Data project, UNDP has supported capacity development and systems building for collection, analysis and use of data to enhance national reporting for SDGs and NSDP II. History

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