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Action for Cooperation and Trust-Crossroads for Civic Engagement Phase (ACT-CCE)-Final Evaluation
Commissioning Unit: Cyprus
Evaluation Plan: 2013-2015
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 10/2015
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Cyprus
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation:

It is recommended that the UNDP Headquarters should review its decision to close the UNDP-ACT programme and should seek support from relevant donors for a short transitional programme to sustain the work of the Cyprus Dialogue Forum and the RENEWAL project.

Management Response: [Added: 2015/10/07] [Last Updated: 2017/08/02]

The recommendation is noted. While the completion date of the ACT Programme has been planned for and agreed with the donor – USAID - from the outset of the CCE programme, there is a clear understanding that ensuring sustainability of results achieved by CCE is key. The UNDP team in Cyprus conducted consultations with the donors and the government counterparts to ensure the sustainability of the work initiated by the ACT.

The ACT programme was completed as per the agreed timelines.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Conduct consultation with the donors and government
[Added: 2017/08/02]
UNDP ACT Project 2015/12 Completed The UNDP ACT and RBEC management conducted consultations with the donor community and the Government of Cyprus to ensure that the work initiated by the ACT programme continues. These efforts led to securing additional funding from the US State Department to support the work of local NGOs and the Cyprus Dialogue Forum.
Prepare for closure of the ACT programme and inform the stakeholders
[Added: 2017/08/02]
UNDP ACT Project 2015/12 Completed All stakeholders were due informed of project closure. The closure was timely completed.
2. Recommendation:

The UNDP should develop a more medium-term strategy to support the peace process from its HQ and should allocate sufficient resources to ensure that this strategy is relevant and effective to the changing context in Cyprus.

Management Response: [Added: 2015/11/25] [Last Updated: 2017/08/02]

The recommendation accepted. Anticipating the ending of USAID funding to Cyprus, UNDP-ACT   coordinated efforts to mobilize additional funding from other donors, and used every opportunity to raise the profile of the CCE Programme externally.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Ensure continuity of support to Cypriot partners involved in the peace process in post-ACT period.
[Added: 2017/08/02]
UNDP RBEC and UNDP Project Office 2016/01 Completed Following the closure of the ACT programme, UNDP Project Office in Cyprus continues its support of bi-communal and reconciliation projects on the island. UNDP RBEC has ensured that the support to peace processes continues, in close coordination with the UNFICYP and the Cypriot counterparts.
3. Recommendation:

The UNDP should continue to support the peace process in the short and medium term by introducing Cypriot actors to international best practice in peace process design and in dealing with the implementation of peace agreements.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/08/02]

The recommendation is accepted. UNDP will continue working in Cyprus via other projects, while also insuring that the results delivered and gathered knowledge via ACT programme and shared and applied in programming in Cyprus as well as other contexts.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Support resource mobilization to support civic engagement in the peace process.
[Added: 2017/08/02]
UNDP Project Office and UNDP RBEC 2016/01 Completed Before the closure, UNDP-ACT and USAID Cyprus were eventually able to leverage an additional 500,000 USD, which were made available to the CDF, by the US State Department, and to be coordinated by two Cypriot NGOs. UNDP RBEC believes that from the financial sustainability point of view, the CDF has sufficient capacity and resources to continue its work in short-mid-term perspective. In the event that additional resources are mobilized through UNDP, the organization’s role in the post-ACT period, will focus more on maintaining a substantive engagement in the work and deliberations of the Forum, and facilitating outreach to relevant partners and stakeholders as and when needed. UNDP will maintain its presence in Cyprus through the Partnership for the Future (PFF) to be programme. UNDP directs its expertise and available resources towards priority areas agreed by the two communities in Cyprus, with the aim of supporting the positive dynamic around the peace process. Consultations with the partners - Cypriot and international - have already begun during the visit of the UNDP RBEC Director and senior RBEC officials to Cyprus in June 2015 and October 2016, and are being followed up by the UNDP team in Cyprus.
4. Recommendation:

The UNDP should support key stakeholders in Cyprus to develop a strategy which would position Cyprus as a hub for peacebuilding in the Euro Mediterranean region.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/08/02]

Over the last years, ACT has contributed to position Cyprus as a hub for knowledge and expertise on peacebuilding, civic engagement, and bi-communal cooperation. The knowledge, and various methodologies and tools that were developed by the ACT have been adapted for application in peacebuilding efforts across the region and beyond.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Support dissemination of knowledge developed with the support of the ACT programme.
[Added: 2017/08/02]
UNDP Project Office and UNDP RBEC 2016/01 Completed UNDP has supported sharing of vast knowledge developed by the ACT programme via different forums and platforms. A good example is the replication of SCORE methodology developed under the ACT. It was applied in several countries since the project closure, with UNDP’s facilitation.

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