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Final Evaluation - Support to Anti-Corruption Efforts in Kosovo II
Commissioning Unit: Kosovo
Evaluation Plan: 2016-2020
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 08/2020
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Kosovo
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation:

1: Continuation of donor support

Management Response: [Added: 2020/08/03] [Last Updated: 2020/08/10]

The overall anti-corruption efforts have been successful during SAEK I and SAEK II with the focus to support and assist relevant public institutions on putting different anti-corruption mechanisms, regulations and policies in place, while raising awareness and engaging citizens in the fight against corruption. Building upon achieved results during SAEK II still requires sustained donor support..This was foreseen in during the implementation of SAEK II, which was also prerequisite in order to continue combatting corruption in new ways, such as assets confiscation and recovery

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1 Mid-way of the final implementation year of SAEK II programme management initiated discussion with the donor SDC and engaged in discussion with the new possible donor SIDA for funding of SAEK III. The continuation of donor support has been ensured and agreement signed with SDC and SIDA until 2024
[Added: 2020/08/10]
Project Team and Senior Management 2020/06 Completed
2. Recommendation:

2: Retainment of  mixed aid approach consisted of capacity building and hard component

Management Response: [Added: 2020/08/03] [Last Updated: 2020/08/10]

The project has planned for SAEK III a mixed aid approach in order to retain high buy-in, keep the momentum and enhance sustainability of the results. Further, during SAEK III we will also minimise beneficiaries over-reliance on SAEK support and stimulate for anti-corruption efforts despite the external donor support.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Establishment of an Assets Recovery Resource Centre
[Added: 2020/08/10] [Last Updated: 2022/07/12]
Project and Programme Team 2024/03 Initiated History
Establishment of a Unit for Tracing and Identification of Stolen Assets
[Added: 2020/08/10] [Last Updated: 2022/07/12]
Project and Programme Team 2023/03 Initiated History
The interventions in the project document for SAEK III have been developed in the manner of mixed aid approach.
[Added: 2020/08/10] [Last Updated: 2020/10/13]
Project and Programme Team 2020/09 Completed SAEK III has addressed this recommendation, by reflecting it in the interventions and activities of SAEK III project document, and also the annual work plan. History
3. Recommendation:

3.  Continuation of capacity building activities and specialised training courses

Management Response: [Added: 2020/08/03] [Last Updated: 2020/08/10]

The project will continue with the provision of further support in capacity building and specialised training courses and to greater extent provide knowledge through the ToT approach or by adapting relevant training curricula in order to ensure better top down institutional dissemination of knowledge.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Development of accredited assets recovery training curricula
[Added: 2020/08/10] [Last Updated: 2022/07/12]
Project team 2022/06 Completed The curricula was developed for accredited asset recovery History
Training of trainers for specific modules covered by the project
[Added: 2020/08/10] [Last Updated: 2021/03/24]
Project team 2021/01 Completed The Basel Institute has completed the curriculum for the ToT for assets recovery. The curriculum was adopted by the Kosovo Judicial Academy and is now part of Kosovo’s official training programme. The training itself has been postponed due to the pandemic. It has to be done in person and as such must wait until the conditions improve. History
4. Recommendation:

4: Further support in facilitation inter-agency and international cooperation in fight against corruption

Management Response: [Added: 2020/08/03] [Last Updated: 2020/08/10]

It is important to increase fight against grand corruption and achieve more tangible results, therefore the project, during SAEK III, will further facilitate international cooperation with relevant law enforcement and anti-corruption agencies in other countries and relevant international organisations. The project will engage in a partnership with Basel Institute of Governance.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The project will continue to organize and host the now-traditional Partnership Briefing forum whereby all international actors in the anti-corruption field will discuss matters pertinent to its activities
[Added: 2020/08/10] [Last Updated: 2021/01/06]
Project Team/Programme Team 2020/12 Completed SAEK II’s inter-agency approach towards assets recovery has created a professional cadre of investigators in the prosecution, police, tax, customs, FIU who work together on complex financial crime and corruption cases. These investigators are set to form the core team of the assets recovery unit within the Office of the Chief Prosecutor. International cooperation has been significantly strengthened. SAEK reached an agreement with the CoE to implement joint activities and to issue joint opinions and have regular coordination meetings. All trainings are coordinated among SAEK, the US Embassy and the CoE through the Judicial Academy so as to ensure that all work is complimentary and sustainable. SAEK has also facilitated the issuing of joint legal opinions on a number of laws and bylaws with the EU, US Embassy, CoE, UK Embassy. This practice has been praised by all partners and SAEK has been requested by the EU to continue this in the future. History
Support to the investigations of criminal corruption cases through Basel Institute on Governance expertise on assets recovery
[Added: 2020/08/10] [Last Updated: 2021/01/06]
Project Team/Programme Team 2020/12 Completed SAEK II’s inter-agency approach towards assets recovery has created a professional cadre of investigators in the prosecution, police, tax, customs, FIU who work together on complex financial crime and corruption cases. These investigators are set to form the core team of the assets recovery unit within the Office of the Chief Prosecutor. International cooperation has been significantly strengthened. SAEK reached an agreement with the CoE to implement joint activities and to issue joint opinions and have regular coordination meetings. All trainings are coordinated among SAEK, the US Embassy and the CoE through the Judicial Academy so as to ensure that all work is complimentary and sustainable. SAEK has also facilitated the issuing of joint legal opinions on a number of laws and bylaws with the EU, US Embassy, CoE, UK Embassy. This practice has been praised by all partners and SAEK has been requested by the EU to continue this in the future. History
5. Recommendation:

Improve the project visibility

Management Response: [Added: 2020/08/03] [Last Updated: 2020/08/10]

The project developed numerous visibility materials especially in the last year of SAEK 2.During SAEK III UNDP will increase visibility of project results to a greater extent

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Use social media and UNDP website for visibility of project results Develop a communication/visibility plan
[Added: 2020/08/10] [Last Updated: 2021/01/06]
Project and programme team 2020/12 Completed UNDP has been actively and regularly posting on social media results from the SAEK project. This included a two month regular posting of the main results from the project. Press releases were issued for a number of events which resulted in media coverage. Regular use of social media will continue in the next phase of the project. History
Review and update if necessary, the comms/visibility plan on quarterly bases
[Added: 2020/08/10] [Last Updated: 2021/01/06]
Project and programme team 2020/12 Completed There are regular reviews to ensure the maximal impact History
6. Recommendation:

6: To follow up on corruption risk assessments and increase cooperation with the Kosovo Bar Association, Notary and Bailiff services

Management Response: [Added: 2020/08/03] [Last Updated: 2020/08/10]

While the project deems it important to follow up on the CRA’s, this output is not at the core of the implementation of SAEK III

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Organize public hearings through the Assembly of Kosovo Legislative Committee to discuss the CRAs and responses to recommendations
[Added: 2020/08/10] [Last Updated: 2021/01/06]
Project and programme team 2020/12 Completed In follow up to the risk assessments, SAEK was requested to support the creation of an e-database of notary services that will allow services and contracts to be monitored for potential money laundering, fraud and tax evasion. Moreover, SAEK was requested to provide legal advice to a new law on court appointed experts which will tackle one of the largest identified risks in court practice. History
Organize round tables with the MoJ and the respective chambers to discuss findings and possible solutions.
[Added: 2020/08/10] [Last Updated: 2021/01/12]
Project and programme team 2020/12 Completed Meetings with MOJ were organized, and the findings of the assessment were discussed as per plan. History
7. Recommendation:

7: To enhance gender and other cross-cutting issues

Management Response: [Added: 2020/08/03] [Last Updated: 2020/08/10]

The project has taken in greater account gender and other cross-cutting issues during the design of SAEK III project.

 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The project will conduct a Gender Equality Related Corruption Risks and Vulnerabilities survey in public and private sectors
[Added: 2020/08/10] [Last Updated: 2020/10/13]
Project and programme team 2020/09 Completed SAEK III has addressed this recommendation, by implementing the activity of Gender Survey on Corruption Related Vulnerabilities in the Public and Private sector. As per rules and procedures, the RfP for companies/organizations/institutions is already announced, and steps will be followed to complete the process, resulting in the company/organization/institution selected to conduct the survey and deliver the report, by the end of 2020, beginning of 2021. History
8. Recommendation:

8:  Strengthen evidence gathering, monitoring and data analysis

Management Response: [Added: 2020/08/03] [Last Updated: 2020/08/10]

The project will enhance monitoring and data analysis through its activities as foreseen in the AWP

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Ensure strong and well informed indicators and targets in the new AC strategy
[Added: 2020/08/10] [Last Updated: 2021/01/06]
Project and programme team 2020/12 Completed SAEK has conducted tests of knowledge attained through training programmes so as to determine impact. It has developed e-monitoring tools for the anti-corruption strategy, integrity plans, e-declarations of assets which will allow transparency and accountable monitoring of progress. The money laundering national risk assessment resulted in in depth analyses of data that allows for a redistribution of resources into anti-money laundering. The FIU now regularly runs cases through the two PEPs databases to analyze data on potential hidden assets. History
Monitoring of implementation of Anti-corruption Strategy
[Added: 2020/08/10]
Project and programme team 2024/06 Not Initiated Monitoring by KACA allows transparency oversight and the accountability of local institutions.

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