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Mid term Outcome evaluation of the Sustainable Growth Programme
Commissioning Unit: Gambia
Evaluation Plan: 2017-2021
Evaluation Type: Outcome
Completion Date: 11/2019
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Gambia
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation:

Recommendaton 1. The Government of Gambia ownership through budget allocations and subventions

The government of the Gambia should mobilize adequate resources to be able to allocate appropriate budgetary allocations and subventions thereby reducing ondependence on donors. This not only enhances sustainability of the programme results but enhances national ownership as well.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/11/19] [Last Updated: 2020/11/14]

Follow up on Government of Gambia committment to support community level initiatives through development service support.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Follow-up on commitments through Programme for Accelerated Community Development initiative
[Added: 2019/11/19]
Programme Specialist 2020/04 Overdue-Initiated
2. Recommendation:

Recommendation 2. Government should implement a clear and competitive staff retention strategy. 

Better staff remuneration and benefits of staff in key government departments like planning, aid office, Gambia Revenue Authority, Gambia Bureau of Statistics. This will serve to enhance capacity but also attract other competent staff to the vital positions.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/11/19] [Last Updated: 2020/11/14]

This is noted, with coming on board of communication analyst, focused attention on a communication strategy will be taken.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Develop communication strategy for Inclusive Growth Outcome in concert with partners
[Added: 2019/11/19]
Communication Analyst and Programme Specialist 2020/06 Overdue-Not Initiated
3. Recommendation:

Recommendation 3. Development of Robust National Multimedia Communication Strategy. 

The strategy is long overdue yet it is critical for creating much more needed awareness to the citizens about the available trade and skills training opportunities that they can seize to improve on their wellbeing. A multimedia communication strategy therefore would go a long way in popularizing and sustaining the CPD and NDP results in manner that reinforces sustainability of development interventions.

 

Management Response: [Added: 2019/11/19] [Last Updated: 2020/11/14]

Ad hoc collaboration on-going but can be strenghtened through more deliberate action planning

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Define an action plan with YEP and Reliance Women Economic project to define joint actions and collaborations
[Added: 2019/11/19]
Programme Specialist 2020/11 Not Initiated
4. Recommendation:

Recommendation 4. Creation of synergies with similar projects such as the youth Empowerment project & Reliance Women Empowerment Project. 

Synergies with similar projects have tendency to have reinforcement and replication effect that serves to achievement of maximum benefits by the targeted beneficiaries and institutions in a way that builds on past gains for better programme results. It can also provide opportunities to further strengthen existing capacity development activities with business development services (coaching, linkages to micro finance, etc) for a holistic and continuum package of capacity development.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/11/19] [Last Updated: 2020/11/14]

Tracer study provides datanase to initatie such a platform as a followup action

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Develop a simple interactive tool for trainee interactions based on expressed requirement preference of trainee
[Added: 2019/11/19]
Programme Specialist working with Ministry of Youth and Ministry of Trade 2021/05 Not Initiated
5. Recommendation:

Recommendation 5. Creation of platforms by trainees to enable continuous intra capacity strengthening. 

This approach to sustain capacity should be embraced within the MDAs and private sector bodies to cater for gaps that arises as result of staff attrition due to mobility of staff to greener pastures, transfers and death and retirements in public service. In addition, they can use avenues such corporate responsibility initiatives that bring on board the expertise and financial resources from the private Sector and CSOs in specific sectors that can benefit them in form of continuous capacity building.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/11/19] [Last Updated: 2020/11/14]

Noting the entrants of new players post transition, UNDP takes note of need to define a clear value proposition in the sector focused on Aid ccordination, long term and perspective planning ; data and statistics strenghtning as well as Africa Regional Integration.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Undertake strategic review of programmes and define revised portfolio of action and strategies
[Added: 2019/11/19]
Programme Specialist 2020/07 Overdue-Not Initiated
6. Recommendation:

Recommendation 6. Program visibility should be emphasized and supported through appropriate program branding. 

This should be done as part of the inaugural ceremonies and continuous monitoring using a multi-media approach to ensure wide range of publicity with wide geographical coverage and targeted audience particularly the beneficiaries.

 

Management Response: [Added: 2019/11/19] [Last Updated: 2020/11/14]

As part of UNDP new strategic offer, inclusion of marginalised groups will remain at the forefront.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Design Programme of Accelerated Community Development for income marginalized
[Added: 2019/11/19]
PADC Team lead 2020/04 Overdue-Initiated
7. Recommendation:

Recommendation 7. Recruitment of an M&E specialist by for strengthening of implementing partners’ reporting capacity – RBM principles

The Role of a strong M&E support system in any phase of program and project is very critical. This should be done to ensure smooth implementation of the project cycle in sense that there is timely reporting that enhances better planning and execution of project activities for yield of results.

 

Management Response: [Added: 2019/11/19] [Last Updated: 2020/11/14]

Important linkage and connection issues raised, this would be paramount to supporting trasnformational entrepreneurship and private sector development.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Organize a dialogue on linkages and outline recommendation to strengthen such linkages
[Added: 2019/11/19]
Ministry of Trade 2020/09 Overdue-Not Initiated History
8. Recommendation:

Recommendation 8. Need for efficiency improvement in the financial systems to allow faster resource disbursement and procurements

A number of IPs complained of delayed disbursements that often resulted into delayed activity implementation. Much as the systems should be followed in financial management processes, there is need for streamlining process issues to timely expedience of financial resources to partners and services providers.

 

Management Response: [Added: 2020/11/10] [Last Updated: 2020/11/14]

Key Actions:

9. Recommendation:

Recommendation 9. UNDP should focus on interventions where it has comparative advantage. 

Should put more focus on upstream policy support and capacity strengthening and leave microlevel interventions to local partners.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/11/10] [Last Updated: 2020/11/14]

Key Actions:

10. Recommendation:

Recommendation 11. UNDP to work on ensuring the inclusion of marginalized groups in their support by incorporating gender and disabled friendly curriculum to capacity building projects, ensuring that there exists a conducive environment for all people regardless of gender or ability in order to abide by the SDGs “leaving no one behind” principle. The focus on ensuring strategic implementation of SDGs in all the programming aspects and support should be monitored closely in the interventions under CPD and how they feed into UNDAF, NDP and UN as One.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/11/10] [Last Updated: 2020/11/14]

Key Actions:

11. Recommendation:

Recommendaition 12. UNDP should explore and where possible support Government’s identified emerging Strategic areas.

This will ensure UNDP programme is targeted at national priorities that have more effects on economic development while considering vulnerable groups such as women, youth and disabled persons.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/11/10] [Last Updated: 2020/11/14]

Key Actions:

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