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RBA Regional Programme Midterm Review/Evaluation
Commissioning Unit:RBA
Evaluation Plan:2014-2017
Evaluation Type: Others
Completion Date:01/2016
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: RBA
1. Recommendation:

 Maintain the Regional Programme as it addresses the needs for intervention beyond the country level

The relevance of the programme in the African context is unquestionable. There is a well-furnished landscape of regional entities that are politically strong and willing to rely on their member states to impulse a development originating from the African Union and more broadly from the international community. These bodies need institutional support to strengthen their abilities. The programme should be maintained in this niche and preserved to complement what the country offices of UNDP are doing at country level. Some issues are to be addressed at local level, while others need to be inserted in a cross-border approach.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/01/26]

Noted. The RP will be maintained as is till the end of the programme cycle 2017. Since it is also aligned to the current strategic plan. It is best maintained as is until the end 2017 when the SP comes to an end. However, preparation is underway for the development of the new RPD which will take into consideration recommendations of the board and the summative evaluation that will be conducted in January 2017

Key Actions:

2. Recommendation:

Proceed with flexibility and with an approach on resources mobilization

While maintaining the programme, it is needed to strengthen its flexibility and capabilities in resources mobilization. Its survival is at this price. Flexibility enables the programme to regularly adjust to the context, by focusing on specific issues that are topical in Africa and meaningful to donors. Mobilizing external resources offers a sustainable alternative to the continued decline of UNDP core funding.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/01/26]

Accepted. a strong programmatic and advocacy partnerships with regional institutions and other partners will be  fostered for results accountability. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Reduce the scope of the programme based on the keys priorities areas recommended by the midterm review
[Added: 2017/01/26] [Last Updated: 2017/02/16]
Regional Programme Coordinator 2016/09 Completed The programme was reduced by 48%. More specifically, it involved a reduction of 33.3% of activities from Outcome One 68.75% from Outcome Two; 48.14% from Outcome Three; 28% from Outcome Four; and, 52.7% from Outcome 4+1. The activities that were removed from the programme occurred as a result of limited funds available for the Programme’s activities due to cuts in core funds/limited funding from other sources on the one hand, and due to the limited time available for implementation on the other. The limited remaining timeframe was due to the fact that resources were dispersed and received later in the programme that expected and planned for, resulting in a significantly shorter available timeframe for implementation in the context of the four-year regional programme
Build synergies and complementarities as well as information sharing on analytical work between UNDP and regional institutions for resource mobilization
[Added: 2017/01/26] [Last Updated: 2017/02/16]
RSC Resources Mobilization specialist 2016/12 Completed A series of new initiatives has been developed. Central to the development of these initiatives is a comprehensive, external consultation process with the early involvement of interested funding partners. RBA has developed genuine strategic partnerships with numerous regional entities and despite a changing overall funding landscape, a growing resource mobilization pipeline has been built, Soft pipeline$84M (30% weight) Medium pipeline $83M (50% weight) and Hard pipeline $76M (80% weight)
3. Recommendation:

Revise the programme portfolio and focus on limited key areas

The programme doesn’t have enough time and resource to deliver what it was initially committed to deliver. 2014 was almost lost due to the restructuring going on. The start of the programme in 2015 unfortunately coincided with the introduction of budget cuts. Thus, for the remaining 2 years, with only one third available out of the initially planned budget, it is obvious that original targets cannot be met anymore. Therefore, there is strong need to adjust the programme and centre it on key issues adaptable to the priorities of the African context and marketable to the donors.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/01/26]

Based on the Boards approval and OPG decision, the programme scope will revised and  the RBA will review Regional Programme Document RRF indicators and regional project indicators and make revisions as necessary to ensure each respective RPD RRF included sensible output indicators that can be monitored through existing regional projects for the whole Strategic Plan timeframe

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Re-evaluating the planned activities, sharply focusing on limiting the number of activities to those which has a high potential impact and activities that do not require an investment budget
[Added: 2017/01/26] [Last Updated: 2017/02/16]
Regional Programme Coordinator/RBM Adviser 2016/06 Completed The programme was reduced by 48%. The activities that were removed from the programme occurred as a result of limited funds available for the Programme’s activities due to cuts in core funds/limited funding from other sources on the one hand, and due to the limited time available for implementation on the other. The limited remaining time frame was due to the fact that resources were dispersed and received later in the programme that expected and planned for, resulting in a significantly shorter available time frame for implementation in the context of the four-year regional programme.
Review programme indicators and select only those that can be monitored till the end of the SP/RPD period
[Added: 2017/01/26]
RBM Adviser 2016/12 Completed
4. Recommendation:

Enhance the communication and information sharing with stakeholders

Management Response: [Added: 2017/01/26]

Accepted. Aiming to position UNDP strategically in the continent’s development discourse and as a partner of choice, the RSCA will continued to strenthen its  development effectiveness and the improve on its communication strategy for both the RSCA and the RPD in line with the SDGs and Africa 2063 agenda. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
advocate the SDGs and multi-stakeholder engagement
[Added: 2017/01/26] [Last Updated: 2018/01/14]
Communications and SDG Advisor 2017/12 Completed Since 2015, the RSCA – across all clusters - has invested in advocacy for the SDGs, and particularly for an integrated, multi-stakeholder, inter-sectoral, and whole of government, whole of society approach to SDGs implementation. Investments in SDGs advocacy have been done at both regional and country level. Regional level advocacy: the RSCA has advocated for the SDGs in the context of regional and international events, including the Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development, convened yearly by UNECA and supported by UNDP; the UNDP-supported International Seminar on Social Protection in Africa (Dakar 2015); the UNDP Briefing to the ACP Committee of Ambassadors (Brussels, 2015); the 2015 ReSAKSS IFPRI Annual Conference; the UNDP Regional Workshops on the SDGs and Agenda 2063 (Johannesburg and Dakar 2016); the UNDP Expert Consultation meeting on the SDGs and Agenda 2063 (Nairobi 2016); the AUC Workshop on Agenda 2063 (Lesotho 2016), the Open Government Partnership Africa Regional Meeting and at the Open Sustainable Development Data Day (Cape Town 2016), the Responsible business Forum on implementing the SDGs (Johannesburg 2017), the RCM Africa meetings on SDG implementation, the Great Lakes Strategy, the Symposium on Governance for Implementing the Sustainable Development Commitments in Africa, co-convened by UNDP, UNDESA, UNITAR and OIF (Addis Ababa 2017); and the High Level Round Table on Mobilizing Support and Accelerating Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Africa (Accra 2017), just to mention a few. Country level advocacy: The RSCA has also advocated for the SDGs and promoted an integrated, multi-stakeholder, inter-sectoral, and whole of government, whole of society approach to SDGs implementation, including through the application of the UNDG Mainstreaming, Acceleration and Policy Support (MAPS) approach, in the context of all country missions undertaken since 2015. Country missions have covered, approximately, over 30 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The RSCA advocacy on the SDGs has, at country level, targeted government, and non-state actors (Private sector, CSOs, Academia, Donors including the UNCT).
Amplify UNDP results and thought leadership through UNDP’s own channels and among media outlets
[Added: 2017/01/26] [Last Updated: 2018/01/10]
Communications Advisor 2017/12 Completed UNDP results and thought leadership were amplified through several media outlets and journals in 2016 -2017. For example, “Africa’s Unique Vulnerability to Violent Extremism” has appeared in 12 publications in 9 countries, published in five languages and has been seen nearly two million times on social-media platforms. Also, UNDP’s landmark study on the root causes of violent extremism attracted substantial attention from the global media. Based on interviews with recruits, the report pinpoints key factors in their decisions to join radical groups in Africa. The report, “Journey to Extremism in Africa”, was accompanied by a digital version, a video series, an exhibit at the Photoville festival and a companion website featuring stories from survivors of extremist violence. The report received hundreds of media mentions, reaching more than 450 million people. Nine of UNDP’s top 14 media targets covered the findings. BBC had extensive coverage online, on the radio and on television. Stories appeared in multiple languages, including French, Swahili and Nigerian Pidgin. Administrator Achim Steiner spoke with BBC Radio’s News hour and The World Tonight. Led by the UNDP Regional Service Centre for Africa, spaces and platforms where development issues can be debated, and solutions discussed, that can then be put forward to decision makers at the national, regional and continental levels were developed. The Maendeleo Policy Forum is one of the organization’s contributions to the search for workable solutions to new and persistent problems of developmental transformation and effectiveness in Africa. It provides space for African leaders, international mediators and negotiators, researchers, policy makers, development practitioners and writers on African issues, to dialogue and debate on critical issues of development in Africa. Between 2016 – 2017, six of such policy forums were held http://www.africa.undp.org/content/rba/en/home/about-us/maendeleo-policy-forum.html Other blogs success stories, reports also were amplified on UNDP’s corporate channels.
Protect UNDP's brand. Efforts will be particularly focused on UNDP’s support to countries in rolling out the SDGs
[Added: 2017/01/26] [Last Updated: 2018/01/14]
Communications Advisor and SDG Advisor 2017/12 Completed Since 2015, the RSCA has focused its efforts and resources in provided policy and programme support to countries in sub-Saharan Africa to integrate the SDGs into national plans and policies and to implement them. Since 2015, the RSCA has provided support to over 30 African countries. These include Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Central Africa Republic, Comoros, Cote d’Ivoire, DRC, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Lesotho, Liberia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Niger, Rwanda, Seychelles, Senegal, South Sudan, South Africa, Chad, Togo, Zambia, and others. Inter-agency and cross-cluster support has also been provided through the fielding of MAPS missions and the development of SDGs Roadmaps in Burkina Faso, Comoros, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Mauritius, The Gambia.

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