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Local Governance Support Project- Review and lessons learned
Commissioning Unit: Yemen
Evaluation Plan: 2012-2019
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 10/2013
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Yemen
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation: The UNDP/UNCDF support response to the Government of Yemen for Local development cannot definitely continue as it is and would require a total revamping or new programme for local development all together.
Management Response: [Added: 2013/12/18]

There is a need to have a new framework of cooperation on local governance/development between UNDP and the government of Yemen. As such, a joint mission from BCPR and UNDP HQ to be fielded to discuss the future support from UNDP on local development issues.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
A mission was fielded by BCPR and BDP, both from UNDP HQ during the first quarter of 2013
[Added: 2013/12/18]
Governance Unit 2013/10 Completed a new project document with a focus on local development initiatives has been formulated addressing the gap between the local authorities and the citizens through enhancing the capacity of CSOs and making them able to contribute to local development
2. Recommendation: Refocus the local development response during the transitional period to be relevant to the current issues and the immediate future
Management Response: [Added: 2013/12/18]

A new project document with a focus on local development initiatives will be formulated addressing the gap between the local authorities and the citizens through enhancing the capacity of CSOs and making them able to contribute to local development

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Design a new project document on local development and peace building with a focus on local development initiatives.
[Added: 2013/12/18]
Governance unit 2013/10 Completed The new project document has been drafted and is in the final stage before signing it by the partners (government, UNDP, donors)
3. Recommendation: Reconfigure a new partnership arrangement for local development support in Yemen for the post-transitional period with a defined role for UNCDF where feasible most likely after the agreed definition of the local governance system by the NDC
Management Response: [Added: 2013/12/18]

This matter is under discussion by the on-going national dialogue. The new project document on local development and peace building includes a component on policy support to help the government produce new law set-up on local governance based on the national dialogue outcomes

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Including a component on policy aspects within the new project document on local development and peace building to help the government to produce a new law set-up on local governance based on the national dialogue outcomes
[Added: 2013/12/18] [Last Updated: 2017/08/15]
Governance Unit 2014/12 No Longer Applicable [Justification: The country is in crisis and all developmental projects have been closed and public institutions paralized. CO is only working on the resilience programme to help the people of Yemen to cope with the consenquences of the ongoing comprehensive civil war.]
The matter still under discussion and based on the dialogue outcomes UNCDF will engage in designing the new partnership strategy History
4. Recommendation: The compliment of UNDP and UNCDF in this endeavour gives credence to integrated response to local governance and local development. This potential becomes more relevant when a multi-governance process is strengthened as anticipated in Yemen. The complementarity is where UNDP grounding in the policy and capacity development of local governance and using its convening urge to facilitate coordination, while UNCDF positions its technical acumen and exploits in local fiscal engineering to facilitate local investment and service provision. The modus to optimise the gains from this partnership lays in the explicit definition of assignments in the project documents and the managerial agreements. There are such cases in Bangladesh, Somalia and Malawi which could be good practices for this partnership
Management Response: [Added: 2013/12/18]

This matter will be discussed by UNCDF and UNDP based on the national dialogue specific outcomes related to the adopted local governance new structure.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Establish new partnership between the UNCDF and UNDP on supporting new local structure as proposed by the national dialogue
[Added: 2013/12/18] [Last Updated: 2017/08/15]
Senior management and governance team 2015/06 No Longer Applicable [Justification: The country is in crisis and all developmental projects have been closed and public institutions paralized. CO is only working on the resilience programme to help the people of Yemen to cope with the consenquences of the ongoing comprehensive civil war.]
There will be negotiation by UNDP/UNCDF on the new partnership for the future History
5. Recommendation: the local governance intervention of the government and UNDP?s support should focus on providing support for the national dialogue. It is necessary to bring local governance and local development to be one of the focal areas for the dialogue. Reaching local stakeholders and involving them in the dialogue process is essential to create ownership, inclusiveness, easy access and acceptance of the results. This could be done through establishing a relay of local networks and focal points for discussions and information sharing.
Management Response: [Added: 2013/12/18]

Develop a policy option paper on local governance and provide advisory on different options that Yemen can apply for better local system

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Submit a policy option paper on local governance and provide advisory on different options Yemen can apply for better local system
[Added: 2013/12/18]
Governance team and Ministry of Local Administration 2013/10 Completed The policy opting paper developed by a joint team of nationals and internationals in a participatory way engaging different stakeholders at central and local levels
6. Recommendation: the organisation of development partners and key stakeholders for the planning, execution and coordination of local development interventions. UNDP must create a platform where development partners can discuss their respective plans, harmonize with other partners and develop concerted actions. Discussions with government could thus be done as a partners group, in a more organized fashion. The most recent case is in Ethiopia, where UNDP was able to organise a partnership platform and mobilized resources for the ?Developing Regional States? Programme could serve as a good practice.
Management Response: [Added: 2013/12/18]

Under the south- south cooperation UNDP will work closely with MolA to learn from the regional experiences and see what can be adopted in the Yemen context.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Include in the new project document PTSP, a component on knowledge sharing on Platform creation/implementation
[Added: 2013/12/18] [Last Updated: 2017/08/15]
UNDP/Governance team MolA and different stockholders 2015/06 No Longer Applicable [Justification: The country is in crisis and all developmental projects have been closed and public institutions paralized. CO is only working on the resilience programme to help the people of Yemen to cope with the consenquences of the ongoing comprehensive civil war.]
History
Include in the new PTSP project, the creation of a donor platform leaded by the government / MoIA
[Added: 2013/12/18] [Last Updated: 2017/08/15]
UNDP/Governance team MolA and different stockholders 2015/06 No Longer Applicable [Justification: The country is in crisis and all developmental projects have been closed and public institutions paralized. CO is only working on the resilience programme to help the people of Yemen to cope with the consenquences of the ongoing comprehensive civil war.]
One major element is to establish donor platform leaded by the government/MolA to insure the harmony of the donor support for local governance History
7. Recommendation: The programme should facilitate the development of corresponding policies, processes, system and institutions for the local governance process. Even if the old system of local governance is maintained, it is acknowledged that it would require intensive revamping to adapt to the current reality and address needs overlooked even in the past. It will require support to develop a multi-level governance framework, looking at the administrative process and its spatial extent as well as the level of fiscal autonomy of the sub-national governance institutions. The reporting and accountability systems, level of inclusiveness especially of women and youth in decision-making would all require support in the medium term programming
Management Response: [Added: 2013/12/18]

This matter is under discussion by the national dialogue and will be addressed upon receiving the final outcomes of the national dialogue related to the new local system

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Develop a set of policies, system, tools under the new local governance system
[Added: 2013/12/18] [Last Updated: 2017/08/15]
UNDP/Governance team MolA 2016/01 No Longer Applicable [Justification: The country is in crisis and all developmental projects have been closed and public institutions paralized. CO is only working on the resilience programme to help the people of Yemen to cope with the consenquences of the ongoing comprehensive civil war.]
A set of policies, manuals and tools produced under the support from UNDP/UNCDF through Decentralization and Local Support project will be the base for formulating the new system History
8. Recommendation: The greatest challenge which has been noted in all the LGSP quarterly reports has to do with capacity development requirement in terms of institutional structure, leadership, knowledge and skills, and accountability. The (new?) programme would have to provide medium to long term responses to capacity development creating the cadre of people with skills to respond to needs and working within an institutional framework that allows for the application of maximum potential to deliver.
Management Response: [Added: 2013/12/18]

There is a need to redesign MolA structure and make it able to respond to the needs of local authorities. This would include setting up a proper monitoring and evaluation system, carrying out a capacity development needs assessment for the staff holding positions in the new MolA structure and developing a comprehensive capacity development programme .

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Design a new structure for MolA and make it able to respond to the needs of local authorities including setting up a proper monitoring and evaluation system, carrying out a capacity development needs assessment for the staff holding positions in the new MolA structure and developing a comprehensive capacity development programme .
[Added: 2013/12/18] [Last Updated: 2017/08/15]
MoLA/ UNDP 2015/06 No Longer Applicable [Justification: The country is in crisis and all developmental projects have been closed and public institutions paralized. CO is only working on the resilience programme to help the people of Yemen to cope with the consenquences of the ongoing comprehensive civil war.]
A first draft, established in partnership with MolA has established. The draft is under discussion. The endorsement process is linked to the outcomes of the national dialogue History
Conduct a need assessment to identify new capacity needs
[Added: 2013/12/18] [Last Updated: 2017/08/15]
MolA/ UNDP 2015/12 No Longer Applicable [Justification: The country is in crisis and all developmental projects have been closed and public institutions paralized. CO is only working on the resilience programme to help the people of Yemen to cope with the consenquences of the ongoing comprehensive civil war.]
History
9. Recommendation: The Government must institute an annual Monitoring and Evaluation forum for representatives of the stakeholders in local development to review activities of the year against set targets. The forum should also be used to review the medium term local development strategy. UNDP initiated a similar process in Uganda and Rwanda and it has proved very effective.
Management Response: [Added: 2013/12/18]

To establish a monitoring and evaluating system

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Produce and establish a monitoring and evaluation system and develop a user-friendly manual on how to monitor and evaluate local development programmes and projects
[Added: 2013/12/18] [Last Updated: 2017/08/15]
MolA with support from UNDP 2015/01 No Longer Applicable [Justification: The country is in crisis and all developmental projects have been closed and public institutions paralized. CO is only working on the resilience programme to help the people of Yemen to cope with the consenquences of the ongoing comprehensive civil war.]
The draft manual on monitoring and evaluation is under review History

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