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Terminal evaluation for the Support to Modernization, Accelerated Reform and Transformation (SMART) project
Commissioning Unit: Uzbekistan
Evaluation Plan: 2016-2020
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 12/2016
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Uzbekistan
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
1. Recommendation:

It is recommended that the project continues beyond its current phase with similar scope, but some changes in focus. Agenda 2030 and the SDGs provide an opportunity for strengthened engagement with knowledge institutions such as CER. The relevance and synergies with UNDP country programme should be well defined both at strategic and operational levels. The next stage of cooperation should build on the achievement of the SMART project – consolidation of the unique position of the Centre as a source of tailor-made policy advise and a platform for collaboration and consensus building.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/01/06]

UNDP has already started developing a new project document on cooperation with CER, whose main focus will be collaborating with CER to support and facilitate the national SDG process, as well as joint studies and research on pressing development issues (ie, poverty and inequality measurement, measuring green economy and green jobs, labour market study, etc.). National partners (CER and the Office of the President) have expressed willingness (so far only verbally, at a meeting) to commit cost-sharing from the state budget for the joint project with UNDP, at a level similar to the previous cost-sharing under the SMART project.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Develop a new project document on cooperation with CER
[Added: 2017/01/06] [Last Updated: 2017/06/22]
Sustainable Development Cluster 2017/04 Completed A new full-fledged project on cooperation with CER, as well as other national think tanks, has been developed, discussed and approved by the national counterparts and UNDP. Project document is pending counter-signing by the parties. Prodoc will be uploaded soon following the signing by the national counterpart History
Sign cost sharing agreement with the national partners
[Added: 2017/01/06] [Last Updated: 2017/06/22]
Sustainable Development Cluster 2017/04 No Longer Applicable [Justification: As part of the consultations on the launch of the new project, the government has informed that it currently is not in a position to commit itself to cost-sharing for the project. However, national counterparts have informed that they will be considering to provide cost-sharing for the project starting 2018.]

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