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Independent Country Programme Evaluation: Mali
Commissioning Unit: Independent Evaluation Office
Evaluation Plan: 2018-2021
Evaluation Type: ICPE/ADR
Completion Date: 12/2019
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Mali
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation:

Recommendation 1. UNDP must clearly define, both geographically and thematically, its area of intervention. An increased focus will help the country office in setting realistic goals, improve the monitoring of its activities, and better communicate on achieved results. In order to address the problems resulting from the fragmentation of its programme, UNDP must select a more defined area of intervention. It can, for example, implement programmes in two, or a maximum of three, regions where strong and immediate needs are recognized – where the populations are most vulnerable to poverty, climate change and inter and intra-community conflicts. The choice of intervention areas must be based on an in-depth analysis of needs and challenges.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/05/12] [Last Updated: 2021/02/03]

The Country Office takes note of this recommendation. The new CPD 2020-24 approved by the EB in January 2020 clearly define its programmatic offer and its intervention on a thematic and geographical level

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Operationalize the new CPD and set up portfolio management
[Added: 2021/02/03]
Management Team Leaders PMSU 2022/12 Initiated History
Do the follow up on the definition of geographic and thematic targeting (North: Humanitarian Nexus - development and peace, in the center, stabilization and in the south, prevention and development) based on lessons learned from assessments and government priorities
[Added: 2021/02/03]
Management Chefs de clusters PMSU 2020/01 Completed
2. Recommendation:

Recommendation 2. The next programme must be based on strategies that actively support exploring synergies and thematic integration, to address the complex development challenges of Mali more effectively. UNDP needs to develop clearer strategies to support its work, including through the development of a theory of change for each programme area, and for the programme as whole. This strategy can highlight existing opportunities to move away from a silo approach and look for possible synergies between thematic areas.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/05/12] [Last Updated: 2021/02/03]

The Country Office recognizes the relevance of this recommendation. The current Program Cooperation was developed on the analysis of  the analysis of a program approach and the integration of the theory of change at 3 main results level (i) "Inclusive governance and fight against violent extremism and inter-community conflicts, (ii) the development of circular economy and promotion of the private sector and (iii) environmental sustainability and resilience to adverse effects of climate change and conflicts ”. 

This approach will take into account cross-cutting themes related to gender, youth, and partnerships with central and local institutions, as well as with civil society.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Reorganize the program by portfolio around the main and cross-cutting themes through the operationalization strategy of the CPD 2020 - 2024
[Added: 2021/02/03]
Management Team Leaders 2022/12 Initiated History
Finalize the new Country Program by taking into account transversality and seeking synergies between thematic areas through sustainable and integrated solutions
[Added: 2021/02/03]
Management Chefs de clusters 2020/01 Completed
3. Recommendation:

Recommendation 3. Strengthening the country office’s capacity for programme monitoring and evaluation will contribute to improved reporting, clear positioning as well as addressing implementation risks and insufficient results while projects are being implemented. The UNDP programme must be articulated around realistic objectives and results that UNDP is able to achieve. The monitoring of results must be done through indicators that provide information on the real progress of the programme, based on data that UNDP is able to collect, either directly through the implementation of its projects, or in collaboration with its partners. Such efforts respond to more than just a procedural obligation, as a clear programme results framework can facilitate the monitoring, evaluation and reporting of results.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/05/12] [Last Updated: 2021/02/03]

The Country office takes note of this recommendation and will improve the execution of the program particularly by strengthening the monitoring / evaluation framework, including its staff in Bamako and in the field, as well by orientating its communication towards Results-Based Management.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Strengthen the capacities of the Country Office and in the field in terms of monitoring and evaluation
[Added: 2021/02/03]
Management Team Leaders SE 2021/12 Initiated History
To improve monitoring and evaluation, the Country Office developped the current Country Program on the basis of a strong monitoring framework and define its results framework in using a SMART approach
[Added: 2021/02/03]
Management Chefs de clusters SE Communication 2020/01 Completed
To improve communication on results, the Country Office has strengthened internal communication capacities (staff, strategy and resources) and developped the partnership, resource mobilization and communication strategy (PACP) in order to reinforce its strategic positioning and visibility towards its partners
[Added: 2021/02/03]
Communication Chefs de clusters PMSU 2020/12 Completed
4. Recommendation:

Recommendation 4. UNDP should improve and clarify its position among the development partners of Mali. It has a recognized advantage as the main actor that can bring effective ways to deliver on the SDGs. In turn, the SDGs should also be a means for UNDP to better focus its programme. Integrated and geographically focused programmes, accompanied by a clear results framework, will enable UNDP to better position itself among development actors in Mali. This positioning must clearly align with the SDGs and their implementation framework, to effectively support and monitor Mali’s development efforts.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/05/12] [Last Updated: 2021/02/03]

The Country Office takes note of this recommendation and will play its new integrating role to strengthen coordination, programming and planning to achieve the SDGs

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Set up and run a multi-stakeholder platform on the SDGs Establish partnerships and innovative initiatives promoting the localization and acceleration of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Support the Government to set up a monitoring - evaluation mechanism as part of the implementation of CREDD
[Added: 2021/02/03]
Management UPS Team Leaders 2022/12 Initiated
5. Recommendation:

Recommendation 5. UNDP can use its central role, its good collaboration with government partners and the SDGs as entry points for a more coordinated UN development effort.

One of UNDP’s strengths is its central position within the United Nations system, exemplified by its co-lead role on three of the four pillars of the UNDAF. Thanks in part to its good collaboration with government partners in many sectors, and its proximity to MINUSMA, UNDP is well-positioned to support efforts to design a more coordinated offer among UNCT agencies.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/05/12] [Last Updated: 2021/02/03]

The Country Office takes note of this recommendation.

Under the new UNSDCF, UNDP will strengthen its leadership role on the themes of peacebuilding, governance, environment and resilience. Some initiatives have already been initiated jointly with Excom agencies.

UNDP is the lead on UNSDCF and CREDD results groups and will map the interventions of partners for better coordination and will search synergy around the SDGs

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Formulate joint programs with UN agencies on the themes of peace consolidation and social cohesion (Sahel strategy, cross-border cooperation), management of natural resources and resilience to conflicts and climate change and develop a mapping of interventions through the UNSDCF and CREDD results groups
[Added: 2021/02/03]
Management Team Leaders 2024/12 Initiated History

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