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Strengthening Citizen Engagement in Fiji Initiative (SCEFI)
Commissioning Unit: Fiji
Evaluation Plan: 2013-2017
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 12/2016
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Fiji
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation:

Contribute support to democratic transition process in particular focus on women and youth, civil society engagement, inclusive dialogue spaces on national and local level

Management Response: [Added: 2017/02/05] [Last Updated: 2021/01/30]

Agreed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Effective Governance Unit to develop a regional civil society focused capacity building programme focused on women and youth empowerment, based on SCEFI lessons learned and best practices
[Added: 2017/02/05] [Last Updated: 2018/04/29]
Effective Governance Unit to develop a regional capacity building programme focused on youth empowerment, based on sCEFI lessons learnt and best practices 2018/07 No Longer Applicable [Justification: The Project is closed ]
Youth empowerment for Sustainable human development – Initiation Plan (YESDev IP) Project 00106057 being implemented under EG and IG since July 2017 for 12 months. Full project document for a 4-year youth empowerment project will be developed as an outcome of IP. History
2. Recommendation:

Design a follow up to SCEFI deepening lessons learnt and replicating good practices

Management Response: [Added: 2017/02/05] [Last Updated: 2021/01/30]

Agreed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Effective Governance Unit to develop a regional civil society focused capacity building programme focused on women and youth empowerment, based on SCEFI lessons learned and best practices
[Added: 2017/02/05] [Last Updated: 2018/04/29]
Effective Governance Unit to develop a regional capacity building programme focused on youth empowerment, based on sCEFI lessons learnt and best practices 2018/04 No Longer Applicable [Justification: The Project is closed ]
Conceptual stage of programme design Youth empowerment for Sustainable human development – Initiation Plan (YESDev IP) Project 00106057 being implemented under EG and IG since July 2017 for 12 months. Full project document for a 4-year youth empowerment project will be developed as an outcome of IP. History
3. Recommendation:

Focus on replicating actions that have contributed to social cohesion, multiculturalism, peacebuilding and human security, non- violence and rights based approach

Management Response: [Added: 2017/02/05] [Last Updated: 2021/01/30]

Agreed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
PDA/SCEFI coordinator will be disseminating peacebuilding approach and SCEFI lessons learned within relevant UNDP units and discuss how can be used in programming PDA working on these issues in collaboration with other UNDP team leaders in 2017 in particular in view of 2018 elections All knowledge products have been uploaded on UNDP Pacific office website
[Added: 2017/02/05] [Last Updated: 2017/09/10]
PDA unit together with other relevant units: effective governance, inclusive growth and resiience 2017/04 Completed Undertaken by Sonja Bachmann (Senior PDA) in 1st qtr particularly with EG, and IG TL’s History
4. Recommendation:

If funds limited, prioritise technical and capacity building support

Management Response: [Added: 2017/02/05] [Last Updated: 2021/01/30]

Agreed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
If funds limited, prioritise technical and capacity building support
[Added: 2017/02/05] [Last Updated: 2018/04/29]
PDA unit together with other relevant units: effective governance, inclusive growth and resiience 2018/07 No Longer Applicable [Justification: The Project is closed ]
Technical assistance and capacity building support to Pacific youth through YESDev IP History
5. Recommendation:

Continue strengthening the CSO sector

Management Response: [Added: 2017/02/05] [Last Updated: 2021/01/30]

Agree

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Continue strengthening the CSO sector
[Added: 2017/02/05] [Last Updated: 2018/04/29]
All UNDP program managers, UNDP RR and CD 2018/04 No Longer Applicable [Justification: The Project is closed ]
A targeted approach to mainstream civil society in all programmatic activities, as feasible needs to be undertaken History
6. Recommendation:

Integrate gender perspectives in all UNDP programmes, create a pool of gender experts for engagement in traditional contexts. Build on what worked and what did not of SCEFI

Management Response: [Added: 2017/02/05] [Last Updated: 2021/01/30]

Agreed. As feasible given resources, financial and HR. Need to partner with UN Women and other regional organizations, CROPS.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Ensure gender focal point can review draft documents, draft knowledge products, as part of corporate requirement.
[Added: 2017/02/05] [Last Updated: 2018/04/29]
Gender focal point together with all team leaders, RR and CD; 2018/04 No Longer Applicable [Justification: The Project is closed ]
History
7. Recommendation:

Share lessons learned on the grant scheme experience of SCEFI. Design mechanism for supporting small nascent CSOs feasible from a management perspective (sub grants, facilitators)

Management Response: [Added: 2017/02/05] [Last Updated: 2021/01/30]

Agreed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
PDA/SCEFI coordinator to undertake sharing of lessons learned on mixed grant scheme/networking approach with all team leaders in February 2017.
[Added: 2017/02/05] [Last Updated: 2018/04/29]
PDA/SCEFI coordinator 2017/04 Completed An initial assessment/note to file has been already done with finance/operations. History
8. Recommendation:

Proactively share the SCEFI model and lessons learnt with wider public and donors

Management Response: [Added: 2017/02/05] [Last Updated: 2021/01/30]

Agreed and completed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
All publications/stories are available on UNDP website and events to be organized. Final SCEFI documentary was launched on 26 January 2016 by H.E. President Jioji Konrote and is available online/utube..
[Added: 2017/02/05]
PDA/SCEFI coordinator and PaO Communications Team 2017/01 Completed History
9. Recommendation:

Bring together SCEFI supported CSOs involved in post cyclone relief to analyse lesosns learned on disaster management from their perspective

Management Response: [Added: 2017/02/05] [Last Updated: 2021/01/30]

Agreed and completed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
A meeting took place already in UNDP where FRIENDS shared their post disaster response lessons learned through their video titled: The Fijian Resilience – lessons learned from TC Winston, focused on Ra province. CSOs, UN agencies, Gov representatives attended.
[Added: 2017/02/05] [Last Updated: 2017/09/10]
PDA/SCEFI coordinator 2017/02 Completed History
10. Recommendation:

7. Recommendations

1. To UNDP and EU: Continue support to the democratic transition process in Fiji through encouraging the active and collaborative participation of Fiji's citizens, in particular women and youth, with a focus on civil society engagement, inclusive dialogue spaces on national and local development issues ‘leaving nobody behind’.

2. To UNDP: Design a follow up to the SCEFI project: a. Deepening the outcomes from SCEFI (social cohesion, multiculturalism, youth and gender, ‘leaving nobody behind’), b. Deepening Lessons Learned from SCEFI, c. Replicating Good Practices.

3. To UNDP: Key components of a follow-up to SCEFI may be: a. Building on best practices from the present implementation modalities - parallel engagement with government, iTaukei Affairs Board, civil society, b. Building on transformational approaches (such as the Rotuma model, the multicultural youth dialogues), c. Replicating on a wider scale actions that have contributed to social cohesion, multiculturalism, peace building, youth & women engagement, ‘leaving nobody behind’. d. Support to CSO-Government-Grassroot collaboration, e. High level dialogues, including with the security sector, on key issues, including Fijian identity, human security and peace building, non-violence, rights based approach, f. Focus on Coalition Building, platform building, g. Support to the 2018 democratic election process (civil society support, dialogue spaces) h. Cross cutting issues: rights based approach, multiculturalism, gender, vulnerable groups, disaster preparedness.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/01/24] [Last Updated: 2021/01/30]

Key Actions:

11. Recommendation:

Recommendations (continuation)

4. To UNDP: If funds are limited or not available, prioritise technical & capacity building support.

5. To UNDP: Continue strengthening the CSO sector: Strategic support to Civil Society Organisations and the CSO sector. 1. Internal: capacity building including on organizational development, democratization, multiculturalism, diversity, gender, 2. CSO Platform building: how to use democratic space, code of conduct, rights holders’ and the duty bearer’s perspective; Issues of transparency, accountability within the NGO sector, 3. External: strengthening the legal and political CSO framework, accountability.

6. To UNDP: Integrate a gender perspective in all aspects of the programme. Create a pool of gender experts for engagement in traditional contexts. Build on what worked and what did not work in SCEFI in terms of gender mainstreaming. Include sex-disaggregated planning, monitoring, reporting, communicating.

7. To UNDP: In case of a grant scheme: more focus, core themes, exclusively for initiatives that include coalition building. Maintain a mixed grant portfolio that includes reaching out to 1) small and inexperienced CSOs, 2) remote areas, 3) both iTaukei and Indo-Fijian communities, 4) marginalized groups, and 5) people addressing sensitive issues; in line with the government’s commitment to ‘leave nobody behind’. Design a mechanism for supporting small nascent CSOs which is feasible from a management perspective (e.g., sub-grants, facilitators).

8. To UNDP: Continue supporting the National Strategy. In particular: Capacity Building of the iTaukei staff and trainers, M&E framework, Training of Trainers, support to engaging CSO expert trainers, support to mixed (iTaukei and non-iTaukei) trainings.To UNDP, TAB: Support the collaboration with Civil Society expert organisations in implementing the trainings, developing curriculum content and handouts to be relevant to emerging issues in Fiji society, in particular for vulnerable groups. Effectively consider the National Strategy as a ‘living strategy’. Develop a mechanism to monitor implementation and trainer / trainee / stakeholder feedback. Integrate a gender perspective in curriculum, module updates and handouts. Involve gender expertise (gender experts) and improve gender balance in terms of staff. Training on gender equality for TAB staff. Trainers to integrate a gender perspective throughout the training (not just adding as a subject). Handouts to be developed. Set a target for women participation in trainings (50%, or justify if different percentage) and create an enabling environment for reaching those targets. Include a rights based approach in the implementation of the National Strategy.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/01/24] [Last Updated: 2021/01/30]

Key Actions:

12. Recommendation:

Recommendations (continuation)

9. To UNDP: Pro-actively share the SCEFI model and lessons learned (documented in emblematic stories, video’s). Make them accessible for a wider public, potential donors and a follow-up action.

10. To UNDP: In a follow-up SCEFI, at the start of the programme, provide capacity building on community baseline surveys, to develop a deeper understanding of needs and concerns of people and contextualise strategies towards development and change.

11. To UNDP: In a follow-up SCEFI, include a SCEFI-wide monitoring system allowing for a rigorous outcome assessment, and build capacity on Monitoring and Evaluation and result oriented practices.

12. To UNDP: Bring together SCEFI supported CSOs involved in post-cyclone relief to analyse lessons learned on disaster management (in addition to the evaluation organized by NDMO).

13. To all donors involved in Fiji Civil Society support: engage in effective donor coordination.

14. To the Government of Fiji: The Rotuma inter-generational action was nominated best practice by the EU, the President of Fiji and the Ministry of Youth. Recommendation: Provide sustained support to this social cohesion approach, replicate the “Rotuma approach”.

15. To the Government of Fiji: in view of the successful contribution of the Strengthening Citizen Engagement in Fiji Initiative (SCEFI) to strengthening the transition to democracy and the rule of law in Fiji ‘leaving nobody behind’, explore sustained collaboration with a follow-up SCEFI initiative. 

Management Response: [Added: 2021/01/24] [Last Updated: 2021/01/30]

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