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Mid-Term Evaluation of the Kenya Country Programme Document 2014 - 2018
Commissioning Unit: Kenya
Evaluation Plan: 2014-2018
Evaluation Type: Country Programme Evaluation
Completion Date: 07/2017
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Kenya
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation:

UNDP in the next CPD cycle should define criteria for identification and selection of the most vulnerable groups and counties to work in. This can be done by developing a list of criteria that is to be followed with very specific indicators and parameters for identification of beneficiaries. 

Management Response: [Added: 2017/07/26]

UNDP is already engaging with counties that are considered to have most vulnerable groups, i.e., the Frontier Counties that have been historically marginalized and have some of the lowest human development indicators and high poverty levels. In the next CPD cycle, UNDP will use the existing Marginalization Policy in identifying and working with most vulnerable groups in specific target areas based on the SDG rallying call to Leave No One Behind (LNOB).

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1. Review the current target groups based on the LNOB criteria taking account the constitutional provisions
[Added: 2017/07/26] [Last Updated: 2018/08/24]
Head of Programmes (HOP) & SPAU 2018/02 Completed Development of the New UNDAF and CPD (2018-2022) was informed by LNOB analysis involving all stakeholders. See final CPD History
1.2 Develop the criteria for selecting counties and a list of target groups based on the next Country Programme’s Theory of Change
[Added: 2017/07/26] [Last Updated: 2018/08/24]
HOP/Programme Team Leaders & SPAU 2018/02 Completed The new CPD will be implemented through Area Based Approaches forcusing on the most marginalised communities. See illustration of the 'how' in the attached ToC for the CPD. The elaboration continues as we roll out the CPD. History
2. Recommendation:

There is need for continued support to strengthen the relevant institutions in fulfilling their mandates and in implementing policies, plans and legislation. Programme initiatives should be replicated in other areas where they have performed well in some areas.  Evaluators recommend to UNDP to ensure continuity with previous interventions during project design.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/07/26]

UNDP will continue supporting key national institutions in the new programme, while leveraging on the previous interventions to ensure sustainability and scaling up as appropriate. However, UNDP will also be open to engage at sub-national level to ensure that policy level engagement can be translated to local interventions that have direct impact on people’s live while ensuring community participation. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1. Scale up successful interventions at national and sub-national levels.
[Added: 2017/07/26] [Last Updated: 2018/08/24]
HOP& Prog. Team Leaders 2018/07 Completed The New CPD focuses on scaling up existing projects at both levels of government. See programme strategy in the new CPD History
2.2. Develop innovative interventions at sub-national levels.
[Added: 2017/07/26] [Last Updated: 2018/08/24]
HOP & Prog. Team Leaders 2018/07 Completed The pipelines under new CPD focuses on building innovative strategies and interventions. See CO pipeline in the CO Profile. History
3. Recommendation:

The evaluation further recommends that UNDP and its partners find ways of harmonising their M & E systems to support efficiency and learning. The programme should continue supporting financial management and accountability of partners’ capacities to accelerate disbursements and accounting for resources.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/07/26]

UNDP will work to strengthen the internal, national and sub-national M&E systems through human and institutional capacity development support to ensure improved quality programme delivery, managing for results and effective financial reporting.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1 Support to the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics and the Monitoring and Evaluation Directorate and Council of Governors to ensure constant data collection, analysis and dissemination that is linked to the National Integrated Monitoring and Evaluation System.
[Added: 2017/07/26] [Last Updated: 2018/08/27]
SPAU & HOP 2018/07 Completed CO through the Climate Change and Devolution Projects works closely with KNBS and Monitoring and Evaluation Directorate and Council of Governors on M&E capacity building. History
3.2 Support the full functioning of the Electronic Project Management Information System (E-ProMIS) to enable continuous reporting by partners.
[Added: 2017/07/26] [Last Updated: 2018/08/27]
SPAU & HOP 2018/07 Completed The CO through support to CPD supported training of counterparts on the E-PROMIS. History
3.3 Strengthen M&E capacities within UNDP and Implementing Partners/ Responsible Partners for improved programme delivery and results reporting.
[Added: 2017/07/26] [Last Updated: 2018/08/27]
HOP, Team Leaders & Programme Analysts 2018/07 Completed The CO through its projects has supported M&E training to IPs. History
4. Recommendation:

The good performance of NIM, notwithstanding, the evaluation recommends expanding the partnerships with county governments and CSOs to increase the likelihood of sustainability of results at all levels. Focus being on County level support to ensure devolution gains are sustained.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/07/26]

UNDP is already working with 29 counties under the current CPD and will continue with such county level engagement in the next Programme. UNDP will develop partnerships with the private sector and foundations in the counties they will be supporting.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
4.1. Review and establish minimum standards of the current county level engagement, with various stakeholders, taking into consideration thematic and geographic focus including availability of resources.
[Added: 2017/07/26] [Last Updated: 2018/08/27]
HOP & Programme Team Leaders 2018/07 Completed The CO has developed a Policy Brief on Area Based Programming that will inform engagement with counties. History
4.2. Create partnerships with private sector and foundations
[Added: 2017/07/26] [Last Updated: 2018/08/27]
HOP & Programme Team Leaders 2018/07 Completed The CO has established SDG Philanthropy platform History
5. Recommendation:

The evaluation recommends that UNDP takes immediate steps to review programme outputs, and indicators to ensure the support for implementation of SDGs is mainstreamed in its programme and that these are aligned to the MTP III priorities and targets.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/07/26]

The Country Office is supporting the development of the MTP III, which will mainstream the SDGs, their targets and domesticated indicators. The MTP III will inform the CIDPs and the next UNDAF and subsequently the CPD.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
5.1. Continued participation and support to the MTP III Sector Working Groups
[Added: 2017/07/26] [Last Updated: 2018/08/27]
HOP & Prog. Team Leaders 2017/12 Completed The CO gave support to the development of the MTP III Concept Note including the incorporation of the SDGs in the MTP III. History
5.2. Support the mainstreaming of SDGs in the MTP III and next generation CIDPs.
[Added: 2017/07/26] [Last Updated: 2018/08/27]
SPAU & HOP 2017/12 Completed The CO supported the development and finalization of the MTP III and CIDPs History
5.3. Ensure that the next CPD is aligned to the MTP III and the UNDAF including the results framework.
[Added: 2017/07/26] [Last Updated: 2018/08/27]
HOP, SPAU& Team Leaders 2017/12 Completed The current CPD is aligned to the MTP III and the UNDAF. See CPD 2018-22. History
6. Recommendation:

UNDP should identify two or three counties where an integrated area development approach can be piloted in the remaining life of the current CPD and use experiences and lessons learnt for further roll out in the next CPD cycle. Further, the programme should consider working in fewer counties for community level interventions. This will allow for scale and more visible impact.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/07/26]

UNDP is supporting UNCT Area Based Programmes  (Marsabit Cross Border and Turakana County) from which we can draw lessons including utilizing SS/TrC for any future interventions.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
6.1. Develop lessons learnt from the Area Based Programmes to inform similar interventions in the next CPD.
[Added: 2017/07/26] [Last Updated: 2018/08/27]
HOP, Team Leaders & Programme Analysts 2018/07 Completed CO has developed Policy Brief on Area Based Programming that will inform the roll-out of the current CPD (2018-2022. History
6.2. Define a strategy for regional economic blocks, to facilitate piloting and testing UNDP integrated delivery and document lessons for scaling and deepening in the subsequent CPD
[Added: 2017/07/26] [Last Updated: 2018/08/27]
HOP, Team Leaders 2018/01 Completed The Devolution Project has supported the CO develop a draft bill on the Regional Economic Blocs. The CO continues to work with the Frontier County Development Council and also considering engagement with the Lake Basin Regional Economic Blocs. History
7. Recommendation:

To unlock its potential further in the next CPD cycle, the evaluation recommends that UNDP and its partners should further demonstrate innovation and a holistic approach in programming by exploiting synergies and complementarities. Thus, they will achieve more and enhanced impact of their interventions. Additionally, UNDP should consider adopting a programmatic approach by reducing the number of projects to one or two robust programmes per unit. The approach taken by the Deepening Foundations for Peace building and community security in Kenya 2014-2018 programme can be adopted as appropriate.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/07/26]

The next CPD will take an integrated thematic approach in its interventions. Current projects will be built into new interventions based on this approach.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
7.1. Develop strategic papers along the next CPD thematic areas to guide programme interventions.
[Added: 2017/07/26] [Last Updated: 2018/08/27]
HOP, SPAU, Programme Team Leaders 2018/12 Overdue-Initiated The CO is developing papers on the roll-out of the CPD in line with the CPD. History
8. Recommendation:

The evaluation recommends that UNDP and the UNV Programme further cement their partnership and explore opportunities for deploying young graduates and students on attachment to support County Governments and Community level activities, as well as how to work with the National Volunteer Service programme.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/07/26]

UNDP will continue working closely with the UNV programme.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
8.1. Develop strategies of deploying UNVs to support UNDP projects.
[Added: 2017/07/26] [Last Updated: 2018/08/27]
HOP, UNV Unit & Programme Team Leaders 2018/07 Completed The CO continues to work with the UNV Programme in the Programme implementation. Currently there are several UNVs supporting the UNDP field projects. History
9. Recommendation:

The UNDP and its partners should invest in baseline and end line surveys to provide a clear measure of the impact of this programme. There is need to commission these in readiness for the completion of the current CPD cycle and planning for the next. This will ensure that the programme is informed by evidence and solid data particularly with regards to levels of vulnerability that factor in environmental fragility elements and enablers for enhancing quality of life; both of which are central to sustainable development and human security.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/07/26]

UNDP will undertake final evaluation of the current CPD and outcome evaluations to develop baseline data for the next CPD.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
9.1. Commission outcome and project level evaluations to develop baselines that will inform future programming
[Added: 2017/07/26] [Last Updated: 2018/08/27]
HOP, Programme Team Leaders, Prog. Analysts 2018/12 Overdue-Initiated CO has commissioned several project and plans to undertake remaining outcome evaluations as it rolls out the current CPD History
9.2. Undertake poverty and social impact assessments of key projects based in the field.
[Added: 2017/07/26] [Last Updated: 2018/08/27]
HOP, Programme Team Leaders and SPAU 2018/07 No Longer Applicable [Justification: This was not undertaken as planned under the current CPD due resources constraints. The CO hopes to initiate project surveys in the current CPD. ]
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