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Final Report of The Evaluation of Electoral Integrity and Democratic Empowerment Project In Nigeria
Commissioning Unit: Nigeria
Evaluation Plan: 2018-2022
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 04/2022
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Nigeria
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation:

Going forward and as first step leader in electoral support, UNDP should consider embarking on wide consultations with donors and other partners in order to identify and address issues that contributed to their non-participation in the planned JDBF for the implementation of the electoral integrity and democratic empowerment project.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/09/05]

Agree. UNDP will ensure wide consultations with donors and partners in the formulation of future election programmes.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP management had engaged with the development partners and taken stock of the issues and took appropriate action to address them.
[Added: 2022/09/05]
UNDP Senior Management 2022/06 Completed
2. Recommendation:

UNDP should consider designing a long-term electoral support intervention using the JDBF approach and the ECA principles and targeting multiples of election management bodies and involving several stakeholders in both management and implementation with roles of stakeholders clearly defined while ensuring a fair division of labour amongst donors to promote their interest and visibility.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/09/05]

Agree.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP RR is the Co-Chair of Nigeria’s Development Partners’ Group (NDPG) and a member of Key Political Partners’ Group (KPPG) and is using the platforms to rally the partners behind a JDBF for elections in Nigeria.
[Added: 2022/09/05]
UNDP RR 2022/06 Completed This action is not a one-time based activity but a continuous one that is also on an ongoing basis.
3. Recommendation:

Going forward, UNDP should consider adopting global indicators for measuring electoral integrity interventions with clearly defined baseline and targets. This is important to establishing the counterfactual and impact of the intervention at the end of project implementation

Management Response: [Added: 2022/09/05]

Agree.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP new election programme’s indicators will be aligned with global indicators and have clearly defined baselines and targets.
[Added: 2022/09/05]
Programme manager 2022/07 Completed
4. Recommendation:

UNDP should consider expanding the size of the project team members to incorporate key personnel such as Monitoring and Evaluation officer, Finance, Gender, etc. with a different skill set which they can bring to bear during project implementation to improve the effectiveness of project implementation. This should be done irrespective of the size of the budget and the project duration

Management Response: [Added: 2022/09/05]

Agree: UNDP election programme is often managed by Programme Management Unit (PMU) with full staff complement of varied skill set and expertise.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
PMU will be established once the election programme is created and funded.
[Added: 2022/09/05]
UNDP Senior Management 2022/08 Completed
5. Recommendation:

While partnership is at the heart of every project UNDP implements in Nigeria, for the electoral support interventions UNDP partnership strategy should focus more on long-term partnerships targeting more donors rather than one-off partners as in the case of the electoral integrity project where few of the partners came only to implement a few of the activities.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/09/05]

Disagree: The electoral integrity project was designed with a robust partnership strategy built on the previous UNDP managed JDBF for elections.  However, the delay in undertaking NAM and leadership instability in UNDP caused a serious setback to the project funding.

Key Actions:

6. Recommendation:

UNDP should seek for opportunities to generate its own funds for project implementation activities to be able to implement their project in situations of failure of donor partners to contribute to project funding

Management Response: [Added: 2022/09/05]

Partially Agree: Election programme is often funded by an array of development partners under the leadership of UNDP.  UNDP funds are used to catalyze the process while galvanizing the support of other partners to contribute to funding election cycle programme.

Key Actions:

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