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Strengthening the Rule of Law: Justice and Security for the Palestinian People (SAWASYA) - Final Programme Evaluation
Commissioning Unit: Palestine
Evaluation Plan: 2012-2017
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 11/2017
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Palestine
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation:

Mobilize and motivate top management and PA political commitment and donor support to organisational and systemic change.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/30]

A new project board will be established to ensure a higher level of representation and involvement of the Government of Palestine and UN stakeholders in the implementation of the objectives of the program. Moreover, the new program will be designed in full correspondence with the national priorities (National Policy Agenda (NPA), Justice Sector Strategy (JSS), Security Sector Strategy (SSS)) and in close consultation with national stakeholders, in order to ensure full ownership of the outcomes, outputs and activities to be implemented. Finally, the programme intends to support justice sector institutions in planning, monitoring and evaluation against the Government’s JSS, SSS and NPA, in order to inform strategic sector-wide discussion on progress and obstacles to achieve benchmarks for reform, as well as support coordination of the donor community in implementing sectoral strategies.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1 Establish a new project board to be included in the Program document.
[Added: 2017/12/30] [Last Updated: 2018/07/30]
UNDP/UNWomen/UNICEF Senior Management 2018/07 Completed Completed by the signature of the project document as attached. The project obtained a two-months no-cost extension in April and the Sawasya II program will therefore start only on the 1st of July. The majority of the key actions are linked to the signature of the new project document (1.2, 2.1, 3.1, 6.1-2 and 8.2). The PRODOC is now finalized. A revised version translated in Arabic that takes into consideration the last comments were received from the national stakeholders shared last week and PAPP plan is to start the signing process with the 5 national institutions and 4 UN entities (RC, UNDP, UN Women and UNICEF) by the end of June 2018. History
1.2. Include support to planning, M&E capacities against the Justice Sector Strategy priorities in Sawasya II.
[Added: 2017/12/30] [Last Updated: 2018/07/30]
Sawasya Team 2018/07 Completed Completed after the signature of the new project document. The project obtained a two-months no-cost extension in April and the Sawasya II program will therefore start only on the 1st of July. The majority of the key actions are linked to the signature of the new project document (1.2, 2.1, 3.1, 6.1-2 and 8.2). The PRODOC is now finalized. A revised version translated in Arabic that takes into consideration the last comments were received from the national stakeholders shared last week and PAPP plan is to start the signing process with the 5 national institutions and 4 UN entities (RC, UNDP, UN Women and UNICEF) by the end of June 2018. The M&E project staff will move from UNDP component to the program management team and will therefore ensure the M&E for the entire joint program. The M&E software is also finalized and we will start using it by the 1st of July when PAPP move to the new phase of the program. History
2. Recommendation:

Strengthen and build on the existing leadership capabilities of those strategic senior decision makers, in each PA institution, who are truly interested in challenging patriarchal and dysfunctional organisational cultures.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/30]

As mentioned in the previous point, the program will be designed in full correspondence with the national priorities (NPA, JSS, SSS,…) in order to ensure the full ownership and commitment of the stakeholders concerned by the implementation of the activities and their accountability not only vis-s-vis the project’s board but also in he framework of the NPA M&E process linked to the Prime Minister’s office. The Sawasya II programme will design its modalities and areas of support to the Government’s institutions based on an analysis of institutional needs as well potential for sustainable change. This implies analysis of ability of leadership to commit to achieving the anticipated results. Furthermore, as part of its gender strategy, the programme will develop a ‘gender transformational approach’ that will – i.a. – work on changing attitudes and behaviours of strategically placed individuals within institutions (‘champions’).

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1.Develop a result framework in line with national priorities to link the M&E of the project to the M&E of the NPA.
[Added: 2017/12/30] [Last Updated: 2018/07/30]
Sawasya Team 2018/07 Completed See attached signed project document. The project obtained a two-months no-cost extension in April and the Sawasya II program will therefore start only on the 1st of July. The majority of the key actions are linked to the signature of the new project document (1.2, 2.1, 3.1, 6.1-2 and 8.2). The PRODOC is now finalized. A revised version translated in Arabic that takes into consideration the last comments were received from the national stakeholders shared last week and PAPP plan is to start the signing process with the 5 national institutions and 4 UN entities (RC, UNDP, UN Women and UNICEF) by the end of June 2018. RRF was designed and included within the project document. History
2.2 Develop Gender Strategy including gender transformation approach.
[Added: 2017/12/30]
Sawasya Team 2017/12 Completed
2.3. Implement the gender strategy including by supporting agents of change in the security and justice sectors.
[Added: 2017/12/30]
Sawasya Team 2019/12 Not Initiated
3. Recommendation:

Further refine the programme’ approach to knowledge transfer and capacity development of staff within justice and security sector institutions, by building on the achievements and lessons learnt from its collaboration with Birzeit University (diploma programmes) and other capacity development approaches, with a view of enhancing sustainability and impact.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/30]

The sustainability of the Birzeit diploma program both in terms of implementing partner (though a private university) and results (the staff trained are often reassigned after the training) is currently being assessed. No decision was made yet as concerns the opportunity and the eventual modalities to continue this support. As concerns the training of justice sector actors, the program will focus all its support through the Palestinian Judicial Institute to ensure the full sustainability and ownership of the training provided.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1 Assess the needs and identify the support to be provided to the Palestinian Judicial Institute.
[Added: 2017/12/30] [Last Updated: 2018/07/30]
Sawasya Team 2018/07 Completed PJI assessment was finalized. Report attached. The project obtained a two-months no-cost extension in April and the Sawasya II program will therefore start only on the 1st of July. The majority of the key actions are linked to the signature of the new project document (1.2, 2.1, 3.1, 6.1-2 and 8.2). The PRODOC is now finalized. A revised version translated in Arabic that takes into consideration the last comments were received from the national stakeholders shared last week and PAPP plan is to start the signing process with the 5 national institutions and 4 UN entities (RC, UNDP, UN Women and UNICEF) by the end of June 2018. History
4. Recommendation:

4. Revise the grant framework to stimulate strategic cooperation, longer-term partnership and added value of the investment.

 

 

5. Strengthen partnership with CSOs as ‘co-production’.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/30]

For its second phase, the program will develop a new Civil Society Organization (CSO) strategy that will clarify the modalities of collaboration between the program and civil society organizations. This strategy will follow the recommendations that came out from the consultations with the CSOs organized and the recommendations of the final evaluation including the necessity to focus on a limited number of longer-term agreements, provide more technical guidance s to the organizations and involve them as effective implementing partners of the program through Responsible Party Agreements (RPA). The CSO will be directly selected through the Sawasya CSO roster that will be reopened at the beginning of 2018.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
4.1 Reopen the CSO roster.
[Added: 2017/12/30] [Last Updated: 2018/06/29]
Sawasya Team 2018/06 Completed Update - June 29, 2018 - Roster re-opening was completed. Attached Roster Guidance Note and Form of Application. The process already initiated and it was agreed to establish a joint UNDP/UNWOMEN/UNICEF roster. As a result and since the roster will involved more than UNDP, the process will therefore take more time than initially forecasted and we anticipate that it will be finalized by June 2018. History
5.1 Develop Sawasya II CSO strategy.
[Added: 2017/12/30]
Sawasya Team 2017/12 Completed
5.2 Implement Sawasya II CSO strategy.
[Added: 2017/12/30] [Last Updated: 2018/12/11]
Sawasya Team 2018/12 Completed The selection process started through the roster. Most of the selection will be finalized by December 2018 after the CSO roster panel in the same month. Minutes of meeting will also be uploaded when done. Update. Selection completed and minutes of meeting attached. History
5. Recommendation:

6. Continue support and engage with the informal justice sector, including Mukhtars and legal clinics to further strengthen outreach and access to free legal support for some of the most vulnerable parts of the Palestinian population.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/30]

The program will review its strategy to engage with informal justice, in particular as concerns the support provided in Gaza in case the reconciliation process moves on and the formal justice system is fully redeployed. This strategy will specify how the project will engage with this sector and will ensure its conformity with Gender and HR standards, its linkage with the formal justice sector and alternative dispute mechanisms.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
6.1. Develop an informal justice strategy for the Sawasya II program.
[Added: 2017/12/30] [Last Updated: 2018/07/30]
Sawasya Team 2018/07 Completed See newly signed project document attached. The project obtained a two-months no-cost extension in April and the Sawasya II program will therefore start only on the 1st of July. The majority of the key actions are linked to the signature of the new project document (1.2, 2.1, 3.1, 6.1-2 and 8.2). The PRODOC is now finalized. A revised version translated in Arabic that takes into consideration the last comments were received from the national stakeholders shared last week and PAPP plan is to start the signing process with the 5 national institutions and 4 UN entities (RC, UNDP, UN Women and UNICEF) by the end of June 2018. History
6.2 Implement informal justice strategy for the Sawasya II program.
[Added: 2017/12/30] [Last Updated: 2018/07/30]
Sawasya Team 2018/07 Completed See newly signed project document attached. The project obtained a two-months no-cost extension in April and the Sawasya II program will therefore start only on the 1st of July. The majority of the key actions are linked to the signature of the new project document (1.2, 2.1, 3.1, 6.1-2 and 8.2). The PRODOC is now finalized. A revised version translated in Arabic that takes into consideration the last comments were received from the national stakeholders shared last week and PAPP plan is to start the signing process with the 5 national institutions and 4 UN entities (RC, UNDP, UN Women and UNICEF) by the end of June 2018. History
6. Recommendation:

7. The Sawasya joint programme to engage sector stakeholders in  discussions about how long-term funding and support to social justice for women and juveniles can be secured in the future.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/30]

In the framework of Sawasya II, the program will engage all relevant stakeholder (Government of Palestine, CSO, Donors,…) to ensure that sustainable services for women and children are put in place in particular as concerns the provision of legal aid and the provision of psycho-social services to children in contact with the law and women victims of gender-based violence. The programme will provide technical support to nationally led coordination mechanisms mandated to coordinate and advance policy on these issues, in particular the National Legal Aid Committee and the National Committee in charge of overseeing implementation of the Juvenile Protection Law.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
7.1 Under the auspices of the National Legal Aid Committee, support development of a national legal aid strategy that will ensure sustainable legal aid services for vulnerable populations including juvenile and women.
[Added: 2017/12/30] [Last Updated: 2019/04/02]
Sawasya Team 2019/03 Completed Strategy Adopted. A copy of the strategy will be uploaded soon. History
7.2 Support the full implementation of the juvenile protection law, including through enhancing coordination and dialogue on priorities between sector stakeholders.
[Added: 2017/12/30]
Sawasya Team 2019/12 Initiated
7. Recommendation:

8. That the Sawasya joint programme enhance the coordination and cooperation between all the actors engaged in law enforcement for women and juveniles.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/30]

The program will further enlarge its support to all relevant stakeholders involved in law enforcement for women and juvenile including Palestinian Civil Police (PCP), Attorney General Office (AGO), High Judicial Council (HJC), Supreme Judge Deprtement (SJD) and Palestinian Maintenance Fund (PMF).

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
8.1 Include dedicated outcome and outputs in the program document related to strengthening law renforcement for women and juveniles.
[Added: 2017/12/30] [Last Updated: 2018/07/30]
Sawasya Team 2018/07 Completed See newly signed project document attached. Rule of Law (Sawasya) included these activities in the new project document and it was agreed with the national partners and the donors. the project document is anticipated to be signed by the end of May (after the programme board meeting take place in June 2018). Update June 8 2018 - The project obtained a two-months no-cost extension in April and the Sawasya II program will therefore start only on the 1st of July. The majority of the key actions are linked to the signature of the new project document (1.2, 2.1, 3.1, 6.1-2 and 8.2). The PRODOC is now finalized. A revised version translated in Arabic that takes into consideration the last comments were received from the national stakeholders shared last week and PAPP plan is to start the signing process with the 5 national institutions and 4 UN entities (RC, UNDP, UN Women and UNICEF) by the end of June 2018. History
8.2. Support the Juvenile Enforcement Committee (JEC) and the establishement of a simila committee for stakeholders involved in law enforcement for women.
[Added: 2017/12/30] [Last Updated: 2018/07/30]
Sawasya Team 2018/07 Completed See newly signed project document attached. The project obtained a two-months no-cost extension in April and the Sawasya II program will therefore start only on the 1st of July. The majority of the key actions are linked to the signature of the new project document (1.2, 2.1, 3.1, 6.1-2 and 8.2). The PRODOC is now finalized. A revised version translated in Arabic that takes into consideration the last comments were received from the national stakeholders shared last week and PAPP plan is to start the signing process with the 5 national institutions and 4 UN entities (RC, UNDP, UN Women and UNICEF) by the end of June 2018. History
8. Recommendation:

9. That the Sawasya programme applies a theory of change approach to programme planning and management.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/30]

A theory of change will be developed jointly by the three agencies and included in the new program document. The pertinence of the theory of change will be reviewed on the yearly basis and any changes will be discussed and adopted in the framework of the project’s board.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
9.1. Develop theory of change to be included in the program document.
[Added: 2017/12/30]
Sawasya Team 2017/12 Completed
9.2. Yearly review of the theory of change in concomitance with the holding of project’s board meeting.
[Added: 2017/12/30] [Last Updated: 2018/09/28]
Sawasya Team 2019/12 Initiated This Key action is yearly for the years (2018, 19, 20, 21, 22) - PAPP just started the new phase of the project and theory of change was just finalized. No discussions has been made yet on the theory of change during the programme board meeting that took place on the 20/9 as a result. The theory of change will be reviewed if necessary next year. History
9. Recommendation:

10. Strengthen the programme’s ability to measure and reflect on quantitative and qualitative results that interventions contribute to at the level of individuals and institutions.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/30]

In the second phase, the program will include a dedicated M&E staff in the program management unit that will ensure an effective M&E of all program activities. A specific software will also be designed in order to facilitate the centralization of all information related to the program and the monitoring of all activities.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
10.1 Recruit M&E staff for the program management unit.
[Added: 2017/12/30] [Last Updated: 2018/09/24]
Sawasya Team and UNDP HR 2018/09 Completed A decision was made that no need for 2 M&E posts in the project. As a result, the TOR of the current position will be revised and an update will be provided on the status of this key action later before the end of September 2018. Key action will be achieved by July. As of 20 June, the programme M&E focal point will move from the UNDP component to the program management team and will therefore ensure the M&E for the entire joint program. The M&E software is also finalized and we will start using it by the 1st of July when we will move to the new phase of the program. History
10.2 Develop M&E software for the Sawasya II program.
[Added: 2017/12/30] [Last Updated: 2018/07/30]
Sawasya Team 2018/07 Completed Software completed and in use. Attached a screen shot from the system. Key action will be achieved by July. As of 20 June, the programme M&E focal point will move from the UNDP component to the program management team and will therefore ensure the M&E for the entire joint program. The M&E software is also finalized and we will start using it by the 1st of July when we will move to the new phase of the program. History
10. Recommendation:

11. Emphasise and reinforce the key role and responsibility of the Programme management in facilitating the joint strategic reflections and discussions, as listed above, and any corresponding decisions about programme adjustments.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/30]

The organigram of the second phase of the program will include a program management unit headed by a program manager (P5 level) in charge of ensuring the coordination and coherence of UNDP, UNWOMEN, UNICEF interventions and provide strategic guidance and thinking during the implementation of the program.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
11.1 Recruit program manager at P5 level.
[Added: 2017/12/30]
UNDP/UNWomen/UNICEF Senior Management and HR 2017/09 Completed

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