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UNCDP Final Evaluation
Commissioning Unit: Kosovo
Evaluation Plan: 2016-2020
Evaluation Type: Others
Completion Date: 12/2019
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Kosovo
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation:

For the next UNSDCF cycle, the UNKT should comprehensively define an explicit Theory of Change informed by the forthcoming Common Kosovo Analysis and based on SDGs, underlying all the necessary assumptions for inclusive sustainable development and principles of leaving no-one behind (LNOB). 

Management Response: [Added: 2020/11/23] [Last Updated: 2021/09/19]

The UNKT acknowledged the lack of TOC in the UNCDP critical for articulation of results chain and for monitoring progress toward planned results. Hence, to this end, the UNKT has developed a comprehensive roadmap for the preparation of the 2021-2025 Cooperation Framework which includes a clear plan on the development of the Common Kosovo Analysis, consultation with partners and design of the UNCSDF based on evidence and a comprehensive TOC to inform its implementation. Integration of the SDGs and the LNOB analysis will be a cornerstone of this process. recognizing some of the emerging needs such as the inclusion of vulnerable groups and full implementation of "leave no one behind" principle (also addressing the needs of those left furthest behind), based on the Roadmap for preparation of the 2021-2025 Cooperation Framework  recommended considering further integration (localized) SDGs for the next programming cycle. It should be complemented by the analysis of Groups Left Behind in Kosovo and the Common Kosvo Analysis (CKA). The CKA together with other documents form the updated analytical basis upon which the discussion and consultations surrounding the next Cooperation Framework will take place. The visualization/prioritization exercise will be facilitated and supported through an external expert and include the Theory of Change as the basis of the Framework's preparation. The Roadmap foresees two validation exercises with direct beneficiaries, the national and international stakeholders in Kosovo, and internal UNKT prioritization exercise ensuring full alignment with the actual needs and priorities under the SDGs.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Carry out the analysis of the SDG “accelerator” platforms/areas, and other diagnostic documents (e.g. report on groups left behind; assessments of gender mainstreaming and other sectorial reviews documents)
[Added: 2021/09/19]
DC Office/ UNKT 2019/11 Completed
Prepare the Common Kosovo Analysis, focused on the implications of evolving political context, particularly on the achievement of SDGs, assessing gender mainstreaming needs and following the principle of “leave no one behind”
[Added: 2021/09/19]
DC Office/ UNKT 2020/10 Completed
Prepare a comprehensive Common Kosovo Analysis, focused on groups left behind, also considering recommended areas for programming and exploring new and emerging areas issues.
[Added: 2021/09/19]
UN Agencies 2020/10 Completed
Carry out in-depth analysis of root causes and problems in the identified priority areas for programming and develop a brief strategic approach for UNCT entry points and engagement in these areas
[Added: 2021/09/19]
UN Agencies 2020/11 Completed
Once the strategic priorities for the next UNSDCF have been defined, set targets and produce a Theory of Change outlining how the desired change is expected to happen in the context of Kosovo
[Added: 2021/09/19]
DC Office/ UNKT/ government partners and other stakeholders 2020/10 Completed
2. Recommendation:

The next UNSDCF should take advantage of few core priorities, large in scope and provide an opportunity for joint initiatives, expanding the capacity development approach in few core areas, planned with a long-term 10 year perspective, aiming at organizational and systemic change to retain sustainability, rather than individual capacity development at a given department or ministry.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/11/23] [Last Updated: 2021/09/19]

UNKT agrees to identify and institutionalize incentives for agencies to engage in joint programmes (suggested measures: government co-financing conditional on joint programming, establishment of SDG pooled funds for the financing of joint activities, etc.) and focus on linking policy making, by strengthening government institutions capacity and engagement.  The agencies should also strengthen the systems that track broader results, rather than inputs/outputs and assess more rigorously the sustainability of achievements. The involvement of UNKT and government institutions as well as all other stakeholders in prioritizing areas of focus and intervention will ensure sustainability and ownership.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Organize an internal UNKT strategic prioritization retreat to agree on the set of catalytic development solution based on the UN comparative advantage in line with government priorities and needs.
[Added: 2021/09/19]
DC Office/ UNKT 2020/01 Completed
Organize a participatory Strategic Prioritization Retreat with participation of government, international community and local stakeholders to agree on the set of prioritises based on identified needs to ensure sustainability and ownership.
[Added: 2021/09/19]
DC Office/ UNKT/ government partners and other stakeholders 2020/03 Completed
Define priority areas for future work alongside the priorities that emerge from the Common Kosovo Analysis and as per the identified needs.
[Added: 2021/09/19]
DC Office/ UNKT/ 2020/12 Completed
3. Recommendation:

The UNKT should take the lead on accelerating the SDGs and Agenda 2030 by assisting the government and partners in linking their priorities to SDGs, thus ensuring that the UNSDCF is also closer to common goals and priorities.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/11/23] [Last Updated: 2021/09/19]

The UNKT to conduct a rapid integrated assessment (RIA) of central and sectoral development planning strategies and an SDG data mapping to see into the alignment of Kosovo’s development framework via-a-vis the SDG targets. As the current NDS nears its end, it is being reviewed and revised in preparation for the next NDS 2021–2030, which not only covers the duration of the Cooperation Framework but also the 10-year timeframe which coincides with the SDG Decade of Action. This represents an opportunity for joint priority setting and integrated policy making as well as for fully anchoring the new NDS around the SDGs with clear ambition to fulfilling the 2030 Agenda. Such focus and acceleration of SDG achievement would also support Kosovo aspirations to implement the SAA and advance on the EU integration path.

The UNSDCF outcome and output indicators should be linked to national SDG indicator frameworks, which should ideally be linked to the global SDG indicator framework. This enables standardization and aggregation to better measure and report on development results against the 2030 Agenda at regional and global levels.

UNKT will advocate, both in normative as well as programmatic actions, the need to do more effectively guarantee the rights of persons belonging to non-majority communities, including the Kosovo Serb and Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian as well as displaced persons. Also, UNKT will work to expand gender mainstreaming programming and enhance equality-related policies and practices under all UNSDCF outcomes. UNCT will also explore opportunities to follow twin-track approach under the next UNSDCF, with a specific gender outcome and mainstreaming gender under all outcomes.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Support re invigoration of SD Council and mechanisms and platforms for monitoring, reporting and the implementation of the SDGs.
[Added: 2021/09/19]
UN DC/ UNKT/ Kosovo Assembly/partners 2020/10 Completed
Support the government of Kosovo to develop the next NDS in line with the Decade of Action
[Added: 2021/09/19] [Last Updated: 2022/01/12]
UN DC Office/ UNKT 2021/12 Completed Several consultancies were provided to the government institutions during the preparation the NDS History
4. Recommendation:

The UNKT should vet the UNSDCF results matrices to ensure that extra care is taken to propose performance indicators, targets and data collection procedures that are pertinent to  rogramme impact where it is taking place.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/11/23] [Last Updated: 2021/09/19]

UNKT agrees with the recommendation to strengthen results framework and introduce well-balanced combination of qualitative and quantitative indicators to capture progress under outcomes and UNKT contribution to this progress. UNKT will start this process with the preparation of a sound intervention logic and well-elaborated results chain within the Results Framework. Preparation of the Theory of change (mentioned in the previous paragraphs) should also serve to define results framework.

UNCDP Results Groups have been the essential mechanism to provide strategic guidance and coordinate development interventions during the entire period of UNCDP implementation. The Results Groups have been preparing plans and reporting on progress timely, with the involvement of participating UN Agencies. For the next cycle, it will be considered to expand membership of RG and establiosh a Joint Steering Committee to be co-chaired by the Prime Minister and the UNDC. Also, UNCT will work to ensure the active involvement of the members in the planning and implementation of interventions. UNCT will work to put in place integrated and joint planning starting with the preparation of annual Joint Work Plans (JWPs), to joint projects and programmes utilizing the UNINFO.

UNKT agrees to increase frequency of result group meetings and strengthen the tracking of their decisions and the reporting of their results.  Agencies should commit to better attendance of results group meetings. Identify incentives to make result group meetings more attractive and open participation to other stakeholders.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Focus on developing UN data capacities and operationalize UNSDCF commitments to support the government in improving data generation, analysis and evidence-based policy making.
[Added: 2021/09/19]
UNKT/ RCO/ M&E Group 2022/12 Initiated
Analyze possible modalities and options for the membership and functioning of the JSC during the next programming cycle and implement those deemed to be effective. Discuss opportunities and expand the members and enhance the planning and implementation functions of the Results Groups (e.g. involving representatives of the CSOs, think-tanks and academia if appropriate)
[Added: 2021/09/19]
UN DC Office/ UNKT 2021/01 Completed
Revise the structure and functioning of Results Groups within the 2021-2025 UNSDCF, including increasing the frequency of meetings, recording of and follow up and the actions agreed, as well as involvement of the external counterparts.
[Added: 2021/09/19]
UN DC Office/ UNKT 2021/01 Completed
Prepare the results framework with a sound intervention logic including chain of results that adequately capture UN work (outcomes and outputs)
[Added: 2021/09/19]
UN DC Office/ UNKT/ Results Groups 2021/01 Completed
Define qualitative and quantitative indicators under each element of the results chain, capturing UNKT results and contribution to the progress, as well as sources of information and means of verification
[Added: 2021/09/19]
UNKT/ RCO/ M&E Group 2021/02 Completed
Prepare and carry out a UNSDCF Monitoring, Learning and Evaluation (MEL) plan
[Added: 2021/09/19]
UNKT/ RCO/ M&E Group 2021/01 Completed
5. Recommendation:

The UNKT should widen the cooperation and network of partnership building by establishing a platform of cooperation and funding for results in line with the UNSDCF Financing the SDGs and Funding the Cooperation Framework.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/11/23] [Last Updated: 2021/09/19]

UNKT agrees for a closer coordination of fundraising activities and partnerships to respond adequately to the needs and priorities as set out in the UNSDCF. UNKT, in particular, agencies will explore ways to approach the government regarding cost-sharing in a more coordinated fashion and should collectively explore options for increasing its financial capacity through sustainable financing sources that are better suited to medium income country context. These sources include cost-sharing with the Government, financing from the private sector and partnerships with International Financing Institutions that have financing portfolios for the country.  

Further, in this financially constrained operational environment, it will be important to avoid competition for funding by coordinating interactions with government and donors.

RCO should play a greater role in coordinating resource mobilization activities. In particular, a joint resource mobilization strategy at the UNKT level is recommended by the evaluation. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Improve inter-agency communication and cooperation through scaled up coordination (regular UNKT, other meetings), increased joint programming, regular joint meetings with government counterparts, regular meetings with donors.
[Added: 2021/09/19]
UN DC Office/ UNKT 2024/12 Initiated
Prepare Multi-year funding framework and Annualized funding framework based on outcomes and outputs of the UNSDCF.
[Added: 2021/09/19]
UN DC Office with support from UNKT 2021/03 Completed
Prepare a partnerships strategy in leu of Resource mobilization strategy
[Added: 2021/09/19]
UN DC Office with support from UNKT 2021/03 Completed
6. Recommendation:

The UNKT needs to establish an integral online Knowledge Management platform with easy access that provides key data and information on UNSDCF information and performance, thus providing for greater transparency and increased accountability of all partners involved. Good example of information sharing is the work UNKT did on Communications and Advocacy led by the UN Communications Group through joint Communication Strategy and the publication of yearly UN Common Development Plan results, which would have not been possible without the information and data from the results groups.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/11/23] [Last Updated: 2021/09/19]

UNKT should strengthen its work in support of data collection, analysis and use by partners at the national and sub-national levels. UNKT agrees there is need for establishment of a simple online Knowledge Management (KM) platform in which to upload and from which to extract data and information. Emphasis is on “simple” system easy to be used for the wider group of UNKT stakeholders.

The design should start with determining who should know what, how and how often. This entails listing and categorizing of stakeholders and a decision on what each category should know (the whole story, the stakeholder relevant part of the story, highlights, news etc.), how each category should have this presented (as short case study for the media or for the industry; folders on major achievements, new approaches or others to e.g. international partners, private funders or others). The overview should indicate the intervals of communication with each category.

UNKT should support the Kosovo institutions with collecting data and statistics necessary to measure SDG progress and policy making driven by evidence grounded in reliable data.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Migrate UNSDCF planning and reporting to UN INFO.
[Added: 2021/09/19]
UN DC Office/ UNKT 2024/12 Initiated
Work with the Kosovo Agency of Statistics to develop an SDG dashboard.
[Added: 2021/09/19]
UN DC Office/ UNKT 2024/12 Initiated
Establish a knowledge management platform for improved monitoring and reporting of UNSCDF results in general but also joint initiatives, for example SDGs action, pilots and innovations, assessments and strategies support, trainings, and others.
[Added: 2021/09/19]
UN DC Office/ UNKT 2024/12 Initiated

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