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Mid Term Programme Evaluation Deepening Democracy and Accountable Governance
Commissioning Unit: Rwanda
Evaluation Plan: 2013-2018
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 10/2016
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Rwanda
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation:

The DDAG programme needs to further demonstrate its consciousness of the August 2017 presidential, 2018 lower house and 2019 upper house elections. Acknowledging the tasks ahead and reorienting focus of the programme efforts can demonstrate this consciousness by the programme increasing its focus on peaceful elections through strategic emphasis of civic and voter education. This would require some slight deviation from implementing the programme through a “business as usual approach” but still ensuring the programme targets for 2018 are met.

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

The recommendation is valid and it is being already carried out by the programme team in NEC and UNDP. The remaining activities of UNDP and NEC toward effective election cycle management and for which implementation is going on include capacity building of volunteers, electoral committees and political parties’ trainings on BRIDGE methodology. Furthermore, electoral stakeholders meetings at national and decentralized levels will be conducted with electoral stakeholders at all levels. Activities also involve the use of NAM findings for strengthening further support to fair and transparent elections, gender mainstreaming, support to CSOs for civic education as well as elections monitoring.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Capacity development of electoral stakeholders
[Added: 2016/12/19]
NEC UNDP 2018/06 Overdue-Initiated History
Implementation of the NAM recommendations for electoral support
[Added: 2016/12/19]
UNDP 2018/06 Overdue-Initiated History
Monitoring elections and gender mainstreaming
[Added: 2016/12/19]
UNDP 2018/06 Overdue-Initiated History
2. Recommendation:

Improve approach to planning and implementation of trainings. During planning ensure media practitioners are aware of the Training Needs Assessments conducted and ensure trainings are specialized to focus on specific types of practitioners and/or content. Implementation should be supported with more proactive monitoring and evaluation to assess changes in practice and provide follow-up technical assistance to the trainees as well as to devise mechanisms for scaling up and replication of lessons learnt.

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

The recommendation is valid and already being reflected on the programming phase of the remaining half of the DDAG programme.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Ensure that the findings of the Training Needs Assessment are used in planning capacity building of Media houses and practitioners
[Added: 2016/12/19]
UNDP MHC, Media Associations 2018/06 Overdue-Initiated
Ensure the theoretical and practices knowledge are part of the curriculum used in trainings of Media houses and Practitioners
[Added: 2016/12/19]
UNDP MHC, Media Associations 2018/06 Overdue-Initiated
Conduct monitoring and evaluation of capacity building to Media houses and practitioners
[Added: 2016/12/19]
UNDP MHC, Media Associations 2018/06 Overdue-Initiated
3. Recommendation:

Undertake advanced capacity building in the area of gender mainstreaming in accountable governance. Other than activities done by NFPO and MHC there is limited evidence of systematic approaches to gender mainstreaming in the programme activities. However this plausibly stems from the implementers limited knowledge and awareness of how to mainstream gender in their activities and operations. Therefore a tailored gender-mainstreaming programme in governance would be useful to the programme.

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

The recommendation is valid and will be integrated in the 2017 and 2018 planning.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Ensure that all IPs are mainstreaming Gender in the governance programme implementation
[Added: 2016/12/19]
UNDP/ All IPS 2017/06 Overdue-Initiated
Mainstream gender in 2017 and 2018 plans
[Added: 2016/12/19]
UNDP/All IPs 2017/01 Overdue-Initiated History
Conduct monitoring and evaluation activities to monitor Gender mainstreaming activities and produce a report
[Added: 2016/12/19]
UNDP/ All IPs 2017/06 Overdue-Initiated History
4. Recommendation:

A lot of programme resources have been used in capacity building efforts for election volunteers, staff at NEC as well as civic and voter education. There is need to conduct a detailed impact assessment of all these training efforts to obtain lessons of best practice, establish how effective the trainings have been and what needs to be adjusted to improved results and delivery of the trainings.

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

The necessity of the systemic and regular impact survey is acknowledged. This recommendation will be submitted to the steering committee for approval of the impact assessment including its timeline.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Ensure this recommendation is set on the agenda of the quarter one 2017 steering committee for further direction and action by PSC
[Added: 2016/12/19]
Chair and co-chair of DDAG Programme steering committee 2017/01 Overdue-Initiated History
Implement the proposed actions by the steering committee
[Added: 2016/12/19]
UNDP and NEC 2018/06 Overdue-Initiated History
5. Recommendation:

The civic and voter education has mainly been provided to the general population and to a lesser extent specific groups such as media, political organizations, public servants, private institutions and others. These have comprised only 0.17% of the target groups reached in the last year. There are suggestions to enhance synergy between the IPs, more specifically, NEC, RGB, MHC and NFPO to develop a systematic strategy through which civic and voter education can be delivered to their different target groups in a harmonized approach that would ensure efficiency in delivery and prove effective through joint planning and implementation.

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

The recommendation is valid and already has been carried out. All political parties’ trainings organized by NFPO are facilitated by NEC and monitored jointly with all Implementing Partners. NEC also facilitated the bridge training for the Media.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Produce and disseminate 2016 and 2017 reports on joint activities with implementing partners such as Joint Field Visits.
[Added: 2016/12/19]
UNDP 2018/06 Overdue-Initiated
Create synergy between NEC, NFPO and MHC for civic education in 2017
[Added: 2016/12/19]
UNDP 2018/06 Overdue-Initiated History
Create synergy between Parliament, NEC, NFPO IN 2018
[Added: 2016/12/19]
UNDP 2018/06 Overdue-Initiated History
6. Recommendation:

Furthermore given the programme’s financial constraints, the programme managers need to venture into possible alternative funding for later stages of the DDAG. One identified option is through the UNV global programme fund opportunities as a possible source of funding for some programme activities. Also consider using the national volunteerism policy to access locally available human resources to fill the capacity gaps and utilise the USD 16.000 budget per annum available from UNV.

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

This recommendation is valid and is reflected in the planning document.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Ensure that UNV policy is applied in order to ensure human resources is available for support to Governance Unit
[Added: 2016/12/19]
UNDP, UNV 2017/01 Overdue-Initiated
Ensure that Volunteers remains the main targets in supporting the national elections
[Added: 2016/12/19]
UNDP & NEC 2018/06 Overdue-Initiated
7. Recommendation:

Increase usage of evidence-based tools such as the Rwanda media barometer in planning of capacity building interventions for the media sector. RGB needs to develop systems and mechanisms to monitor and evaluate the findings and adoption of recommendations of the RMB to ensure the tool is used in decision-making and not merely reporting status. Also to increase the credibility and acceptability of the media barometer, donors and other key actors in the media industry need to be engaged more actively in the design of the barometer and not only in data collection and report dissemination.

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

This recommendation is valid and is reflected in the planning document.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Engage development partners in the process of planning, delivery and dissemination of the Media Barometer
[Added: 2016/12/19]
UNDP, RGB 2018/06 Overdue-Initiated
Monitor the process of Media Barometer planning, delivery and dissemination with involvement of development partners
[Added: 2016/12/19]
UNDP, RGB 2018/06 Overdue-Initiated

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