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Outcome 31 - Inclusive and sustainable economic transformation informed by evidence-based macro-economic policy promoting access to livelihood, innovative and competitive private sector and efficient natural resource management.
Commissioning Unit: Liberia
Evaluation Plan: 2013-2019
Evaluation Type: Outcome
Completion Date: 03/2018
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Liberia
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation:

UNDP’s next CPD and the UNDAF should be aligned to the revised Agenda for Transformation, one that clearly responds to improving livelihoods, creating jobs for the youths and undertaking pro-poor initiatives in support of the new Gol Pro-Poor development agenda. There is need to strengthen and deepen joint programming and resource mobilization for these initiatives in the face of resource scarcity and funding challenges facing the global community. Joint programming can also widen and deepen UNDP’s influence and reach in the sustainable economic transformation initiatives. They serve as platforms for knowledge exchange and can decrease duplicative activities.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/05/02] [Last Updated: 2021/01/07]

UNDP has always aligned its Outcomes to the Government of Liberia Developlemental Agenda. Within this context, the new CPD and the UNDAF will be contextualized to address key pority areas of the Pro-poor development Agenda of the current government.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The next CPD and UNDAF will be aligned with the government Pro-poor agenda for Prosperity and Development. This will be done through a strong consultative process containing meetings as well as making inputs into the documents especially where UNDP has comparative advantage.
[Added: 2018/05/14] [Last Updated: 2019/03/15]
UNDP CO 2018/12 Completed The current CPD and UNDAF being developed are aligned to the government's new national development agenda (Pro-poor agenda for Prosperity and Development). Given that job creation, youth and the economy are the bedrock of the new national plan; and given that UN supports the government's plan, the UNDAF and CPD being developed have outlined clear strategies for supporting the government's effort. History
2. Recommendation:

Money is the muscle of sustainable economic development and in the context of forecasted decrease in financial resources at the global level, adequate resource mobilization and use is critical. Funds should be more focused and targeted to issues that bring tangible poverty reduction results, and allocated appropriately for beneficiaries (youths, women and other vulnerable groups) trapped in poverty.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/05/02] [Last Updated: 2021/01/07]

The economic meltdown is still felt across the globe. Even developed countries are still recovering from this shock. UNDP depends on these countries that are undergoing economic austerity for support.  In order to increase and scale up our resource mobilization, we will look into the possibility of opening new windows of opportunity with non traditional donors while at the same time developing proposals that are salable to partners and the government. We are alson aligning our projects where synergies exists to reduce duplications and transaction costs of hosting some of these projects as stand alone. This will allow for better impact of resources to specific targets and needs.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP, though SET, has taken some action in this regard by aligned our PSD portfolio with the BOSS project already
[Added: 2018/05/14]
SET Pillar 2018/05 Completed This has been achieved programmatically; however, the technical details are being worked out.
3. Recommendation:

Liberia should move to and focus on developing marginalized groups in society. This can be achieved by remodelling projects and reducing the number of partners engaged to assure impact. A focus on a few projects such as addressing urban and rural poverty, by focusing on promoting livelihood opportunities, youth employment, entrepreneurial and skills development and women empowerment cannot be overstated.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/05/02] [Last Updated: 2021/01/07]

We take note of this recommendation and focus on promoting livelihood opportunities which has started with the insertion of the Business Oppprtuibnities through Support Services project which speaks to this appaorach. There is also a new livelihood project developed that focus mainly on youth and women focusing on communities. This will be fully aligned with the pro-poor agenda and mainly speak to youth, women and other vulnerable groups.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
A livelihood proposal has already developed which will help mobilize resources and impleement activities which will further the agenda of leave no one behind.
[Added: 2018/05/14] [Last Updated: 2019/03/15]
UNDP CO 2018/12 Completed The proposal developed has been infused into the new CPD being developed. The CO will attract funding through projects which have been envisioned for the new CPD cycle. History
4. Recommendation:

UNDP is spread too thin. The programmatic spread has emanated from a positive urge to meet the many demands of the government. This is not helpful to UNDP and its national strategic goal. UNDP should develop a smaller number of budgeted multi-year projects which clearly articulate the programme’s objectives and outputs and use available catalytic funding sources to demonstrate UNDP commitment, results and generate donor support.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/05/02] [Last Updated: 2021/01/07]

This recommdation was a key bullet in the report of the review committee. UNDP CO is already taking action to merge projects that are similar while at the same time focusing projects that will put the young people to work in Liberia.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Some work has started with the preparation of a draft proposal and the alignment of Private Sector Development (PSD) with Business Opportunity through Support Services (BOSS) project which has reduced the number of partners UNDP is engaged with.
[Added: 2018/05/14] [Last Updated: 2019/03/15]
UNDP 2018/12 Completed The 2019 AWP subsumed activities from the old PSD project with the BOSS project. History
5. Recommendation:

Develop exit strategies for all programmes/projects and review project outcomes, outputs, targets, implementing partners, in light of available funds, and determine what can be realistically achieved within specified program period.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/05/02] [Last Updated: 2021/01/07]

The pillar will work with all its partners to be able to achieve this. This issue has always been a challenge but the SET pillar will endeavor to be more robust with the issue of exit strategy and what is achievable and inform partners.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
We will be working with our partners, as we are doing now, through fewer projects that should be winding down and new ones that are being developed.
[Added: 2018/05/14] [Last Updated: 2019/03/15]
SET 2018/12 Completed The CO has put this as part of its plan for the phasing out projects that will not be rolled over into the next CPD cycle. History
6. Recommendation:

In order to consolidate the UNDP offer, the consultants encourage UNDP to consider rebranding the current Sustainable Economic Transformation pillar to read “Sustainable Economic Development that speaks to youth & women empowerment, Jobs and Livelihoods” with cross cutting integrated engagement at county/community level and embedding support to development planning.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/05/02] [Last Updated: 2021/01/07]

We take key note of this recommendation as we  improve the reporting environment for clear information disemination.  We will sugget to management on the issue of the rebranding to Sustainable Economic Management and work towards it.

On the issue of spreading too thin, we have taking some key actions of merging where possible and realigning where necessary.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The Pillar will work with Programme Support Unit (PSU) to improve quality of reporting and information.
[Added: 2018/05/14] [Last Updated: 2019/03/15]
SET 2018/12 Completed Though there is still some way to go before partners' reporting are at the levels it should be, partners' reporting have improved. This is due to various training provided to partners since the end of the this evaluation. History

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