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Sustainable local development in rural areas of Chernivtsi and Odesa oblast
Commissioning Unit: Ukraine
Evaluation Plan: 2018-2022
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 09/2019
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Ukraine
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation 1: It is recommended that the results of the project are replicated in other disadvantaged rural areas in Ukraine due to its efficiency in addressing the needs of the rural population.  

Management Response: [Added: 2019/10/28] [Last Updated: 2020/11/29]

The recommendation is acceptable and will be integrated into future UNDP programming on local development. Future programming will in particular cover Chernobyl area, Chernivtsi, Odesa, Mykolaiv and Vinnitsa oblasts.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1. New project proposal for sustainable rural development titled ‘Support to Rural Communities in Transition”, covering Chernivtsi, Odesa, Mykolaiv and Vinnitsa designed.
[Added: 2019/11/27] [Last Updated: 2020/08/07]
Mustafa Sait-Ametov, Portfolio Manager 2019/12 Completed A new project proposal developed and submitted to the potential donor (ADA) back in 2019. The project proposal was not supported because the current donor’s strategy do not support Ukraine specifically History
1.2. Community-based approach to sustainable development (replicating the evaluated project methodology) of rural territories in the Chernobyl zone to be integrated into the Joint UNDP Ukraine-UNDP Belarus project concept “Next Generation’ UNDP Belarus Chernobyl Programme”
[Added: 2019/11/27] [Last Updated: 2020/08/07]
Mustafa Sait-Ametov, Portfolio Manager 2020/02 Completed Prepared in collaboration with UNDP Belarus, not supported. History
2. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation 2: It is recommended that the project team continues the extended collaboration within the relevant institutions in the framework of the decentralization process in Ukraine (e.g. by promoting the mechanisms of the civic oversight and participatory decision making at the relevant national level events).

Management Response: [Added: 2019/10/28] [Last Updated: 2020/11/29]

The proposed extension of collaboration government, civil society, and other partners will allow UNDP to strengthen its presence and operations on regional and local level in order to serve the populations in need. This recommendation is accepted

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1. Through its network of 24 regional coordinators UNDP will continue strengthening the collaboration between government, civil society, business, academia and media to promote sustainable local development.
[Added: 2019/11/27] [Last Updated: 2020/11/23]
Programme Manager, Mustafa Sait-Ametov and Programme Analyst, Maria Gutsman. 2021/05 Completed During 2018-2020 UNDP strengthened collaboration between different development actors through SDGs Advocacy Days held in 22 regions of Ukraine; and the implementation of “Empowered Partnership for Sustainable Development- pilot phase project” (SIDA – donor). The project is focused on establishment of the challenge-driven partnerships between government, academia, NGOs and private sector to promote sustainable local development at the local level. Given its innovative and successful approach to the promotion of sustainable local development, the project was extended in 2020 through the end of 2021. History
3. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation 3: Multi-stakeholder coalitions for the rural development purpose might be launched in order to strengthen various components of the project. The following are examples of possible partners:

  • Large agricultural companies (esp. human development component);
  • Bohdan Havrylyshyn Foundation (Young Generation Will Change Ukraine program includes Austria among 6 priority countries for the case study);
  • State Fund for Regional Development (promotion of the governance models piloted by the project on the local level);
  • German-funded Rural Initiatives Workshop (soft skills development); and

UNDP network in the neighbouring countries (cross-border cooperation for rural development and knowledge transfer (esp. economic development component)).
 

Management Response: [Added: 2019/10/28] [Last Updated: 2020/11/29]

This recommendation offers new opportunities for programmatic development and resource mobilization hence is accepted and will be integrated into future UNDP programming.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1 Intensify dialogue with donors and partners on ADA success stories and achieved results in order to mobilize resources and partnerships for new projects on local development.
[Added: 2019/11/27] [Last Updated: 2020/11/23]
Programme Manager, Mustafa Sait-Ametov and Programme Analyst, Maria Gutsman. 2020/12 Completed The team has development its resource mobilization plan and engaged in cooperation on local development with SIDA, GIZ and the UK. History
3.2 UNDP will invite suggested partners to the international conference on sustainable local development to be held in the framework of the SIDA-financed project
[Added: 2019/11/27] [Last Updated: 2020/11/23]
Programme Manager, Mustafa Sait-Ametov and Programme Analyst, Maria Gutsman. 2021/05 Completed An online event was organized on 22 June 2020 and key project’s results presented to the donor and government’s community. The project will publish success stories and share widely with the donor community. History
4. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation 4: To ensure that the gender and social standard mainstreaming applied in the project was relevant to the needs of the vulnerable groups, it is recommended that the survey planned by the project Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) team for October 2019 includes qualitative indicators for the assessment of the change in the attitudes, practices, plans and relationships in the local communities.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/10/28] [Last Updated: 2020/11/29]

This recommendation is accepted as it is an integral part of UNDP’s quality assurance and risk management approach to programming.

Moreover, UNDP is committed to mainstream social and environmental sustainability in our programmes and projects as underpinned in UNDP’s Environmental Standards. UNDP is also committed to integrate gender equality into all aspects of UNDP programmes and projects.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
4.1. M&E Analyst/Associate and Gender Specialist to provide guidelines, advice and assistance on gender-responsive M&E qualitative indicators for project staff and incorporate these into future projects
[Added: 2019/11/27] [Last Updated: 2020/08/07]
Programme Analyst Maria Gutsman, Gender Specialist Tetiana Grytsenko, Tetyana Diyeva, Communication and Monitoring Associate 2019/12 Completed All projects implemented as part of Regional Development Programme include gender-disaggregated indicators in their M&E plans, gender dimension of the projects enhanced by adding gender-specific activities to the projects AWPs. History
5. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation 5: It is recommended that the decisions for the replication or scaling-up the project’s outcomes are based on the results of the survey, recommendations of this evaluation and conclusions of the final semi-annual report submitted to the donor in September 2019.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/10/28] [Last Updated: 2020/11/29]

Accepted and implemented.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
5.1. Share lessons learnt, surveys, evaluation results with partners.
[Added: 2019/11/27]
Programme Manager Mustafa Sait-Ametov and Programme Analyst Maria Gutsman. 2019/09 Completed
5.2. Integrate the findings into a replication or scaling-up project.
[Added: 2019/11/27] [Last Updated: 2020/08/07]
Programme Manager Mustafa Sait-Ametov and Programme Analyst Maria Gutsman. 2020/02 Completed The Evaluation findings were integrated in the concept of the follow up action, which is replicating and scaling up the project. Based on this concept, a new project proposal was developed and submitted to potential donor (see p. 1.1. above). History
6. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation 6: It is recommended that the following soft components are included in the next iterations of the project:

  • Baseline study covering the needs of the vulnerable groups in target communities (e.g. using the 3R method) and a baseline study on major environmental risks within the local value chains;
  • Training needs analysis that will provide the information on exact areas and skills that will support better advocacy and lobbying to address the challenges that cannot be solved at the local level;
  • Implementation of the pilot projects illustrating how the needs of the vulnerable groups can be met using the project methodology or how the environmental challenges can be overcome through the holistic approach to project implementation (some case studies from this project can be used as an example, see above); and

Networking, field visits and exchanges that will ensure knowledge transfer, promotion of good practices will strengthen the sustainability of the project results (bringing exact technical expertise to the sites might increase the cost efficiency of the soft component).

Management Response: [Added: 2019/10/28] [Last Updated: 2020/11/29]

UNDP will consider the opportunities of applying some of the components into projects related to local development. UNDP is currently arranging field visits to ensure knowledge transfer. This has been ensured during the ADA project and is currently a practice adapted in the SDGs Area-based Programming i.g. the HOUSES Project.   

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
6.1. The recommendation will be integrated into new and ongoing project and programmes to build on experience, expertise and partnerships of earlier and ongoing UNDP projects in Ukraine.
[Added: 2019/11/27] [Last Updated: 2020/11/23]
Programme Manager Mustafa Sait-Ametov and Programme Analyst Maria Gutsman. 2020/11 Completed The recommendations have been added to the design of the project’s next phase, not supported by the donor. In addition, trainings, exchange tours, field visits are the essential part of the “Homeowners of Ukraine for Sustainable Energy Solutions (HOUSES)” project (EU financed) and have been actively implemented at the local level. History
7. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation 7: It is recommended to continue cooperation with existing project beneficiaries in order to explore how the increased organizational capacity of the local institutions can serve as a foundation for the breakthrough innovations that can build upon the best global solutions for rural areas. (e.g. benefit from Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) with the local universities signed until 2022).

Management Response: [Added: 2019/10/28] [Last Updated: 2020/11/29]

This recommendation is valid and relevant to UNDP’s mandate of the development integrator and specifically to the SDG-Area based portfolio primarily operating in non-Kyiv regions.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
7.1. Identify new regional and local partners working within the area of local development and establish new partnership under the SDG-Area based portfolio
[Added: 2019/11/27] [Last Updated: 2020/08/07]
Programme Manager Mustafa Sait-Ametov and Programme Analyst Maria Gutsman. 2020/06 Completed New cross-sectoral partnerships established with private sector and academia under the Empowered Partnership for Sustainable Development project; cooperation intensified with regional authorities in Kherson oblast (Local Socio-Economic Recovery Engagement Facility launched in 2020). History
8. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation 8: It is recommended that the Business Support Organization (BSOs) continue to provide the consultancy support to the entrepreneurs from the rural areas for at least 3-year incubation phase.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/10/28] [Last Updated: 2020/11/29]

This recommendation is partially accepted as the support of the BSOs was pre-defined by the Project document and couldn’t be prolong beyond the Project’s closure. However, it can be considered for future overall UNDP programmatic activities, notably, a new Project aimed at developing Business Membership Organizations (BMO-II), funded by the Government of Switzerland and to be launched in 2020 under which such support can be ensured. This recommendation is partially accepted.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
8.1. The recommendation will be integrated in new projects on local development especially those focusing on development of MSMEs.
[Added: 2019/11/27] [Last Updated: 2020/11/23]
Programme Manager Mustafa Sait-Ametov and Programme Analyst Maria Gutsman. 2020/12 Completed A new proposal on MSME support action (to be implemented as part of a new phased of EU4Business: SME Support in Ukraine) developed and submitted to EU in April 2020. The proposal was not supported by the donor History
8.2. To establish partnership with the existing network of the BSO, SMEDO and other similar platforms at the sub-national and local levels
[Added: 2019/11/27] [Last Updated: 2020/08/07]
Programme Manager Mustafa Sait-Ametov and Programme Analyst Maria Gutsman. 2020/06 Completed Partnership established with SMEDO and the Ministry of Digital Transformation, which run their own platforms for support to MSMEs. The existing network of BSO is engaged within “Business Membership Organizations, the Phase II” (BMO-II) project launched in 2020. History
9. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation 9: It is recommended to involve the leaders of local businesses as the board of experts for the newly emerging business initiatives. This could increase the capacity of the young entrepreneurs and contribute to the overall engagement of the private sector in the public debate on the sustainable local development.  

Management Response: [Added: 2019/10/28] [Last Updated: 2020/11/29]

This recommendation is relevant to the local development and will be incorporated in the future UNDP initiatives focusing on improved regulatory framework for MSMEs as well as innovative business support at local level.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
9.2. Develop and submit a new project proposal on promotion and supporting MSMEs in rural and urban areas across Ukraine to potential donor.
[Added: 2019/11/27] [Last Updated: 2020/08/07]
Programme Manager Mustafa Sait-Ametov and Programme Analyst Maria Gutsman. 2020/06 Completed The proposal has been developed and declined by the donor History
10. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation 10: It is recommended that the project methodology is piloted to tackle specific development challenges such as the following:

  • Cross-border cooperation; environmental protection (e.g. Lower Dniester area or Carpathian Mountains); promotion of human rights (non-violence, women’s empowerment, integration of minorities, etc.);
  • creating opportunities for youth (e.g. digitalization of the local governing practices); and

development of culture, tourism and creative industries (Culture in Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) guide for local action might provide some insights on how the latter might be mainstreamed to the grassroots level).  

Management Response: [Added: 2019/10/28] [Last Updated: 2020/11/29]

Well taken and will be implemented to the extent possible. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
10.1. The recommendation will be integrated the concept note on cross-border cooperation in the Dnister river.
[Added: 2019/11/27] [Last Updated: 2020/08/07]
Programme Manager Mustafa Sait-Ametov and Programme Analyst Maria Gutsman. 2019/12 Completed The cross border cooperation and women economic empowerment are integrated in the on-going “Empowered partnership for sustainable development” project. History
10.2. The recommendation will be integrated in new projects on local development.
[Added: 2019/11/27] [Last Updated: 2020/11/23]
Programme Manager Mustafa Sait-Ametov and Programme Analyst Maria Gutsman. 2020/12 Completed Support to the development of local tourism, promotion of social entrepreneurship and creation of opportunities for youth, improvement of the access of the vulnerable population to the online education have been supported through “Local Socio-Economic Recovery” engagement facility project. History
11. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation 11: It is recommended to apply Assets Based Community Development Approach while facilitating Local Development Forums (LDFs) to strengthen the capacity of local stakeholders in strategic planning and boost the long-term thinking over the development priorities of the local communities.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/10/28] [Last Updated: 2020/11/29]

This recommendation is partially accepted and can be considered in future programmatic activities.  The current Project was built on community-based methodology. The proposed Assets Based Community Development Approach need to be discussed with the experts’ community while developing a new project’s methodology.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
11.1. The recommendation will be integrated in new projects on local development.
[Added: 2019/11/27] [Last Updated: 2020/11/23]
Programme Manager Mustafa Sait-Ametov, Programme Analyst Maria Gutsman, and Tetyana Diyeva, Communication and Monitoring Associate 2020/12 Completed “Empowered Partnership for Sustainable Development – pilot phase” project partially applies a similar methodology of building a partnership, which comprises each partner’s assets (financial, intellectual, in-kind contribution) for the common goal – promotion of sustainable development at the local level. History
12. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation 12: To promote the holistic approach - think global act local principle - to the local development, it is recommended to include the local value chain analysis in the awareness-raising campaigns and training materials for the local stakeholders. The Leaky Bucket tool might be used to increase an overall economic literacy at the grassroots level.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/10/28] [Last Updated: 2020/11/29]

This recommendation is partially accepted and will be implemented into future UNDP’s programmatic activities.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
12.To explore the proposed inclusion of the local value chain analysis and use of the Leaky Bucket tools for the benefit of more holistic and comprehensive approach to the local rural development.
[Added: 2019/11/27] [Last Updated: 2020/11/23]
Programme Manager Mustafa Sait-Ametov, Programme Analyst Maria Gutsman, and Tetyana Diyeva, Communication and Monitoring Associate 2020/12 Completed Local value chain analysis included into the UN Recovery and Peacebuilding Programme development activities, implemented in eastern Ukraine. Reports will be available at the UNDP website. History
12.2. The recommendation will be integrated in new projects on local development
[Added: 2019/11/27] [Last Updated: 2020/11/23]
Programme Manager Mustafa Sait-Ametov and Programme Analyst Maria Gutsman. 2020/12 Completed Local value chain analysis included into the UN Recovery and Peacebuilding Programme development activities, implemented in eastern Ukraine. History
13. Recommendation:

Country level

-The project has a proven efficiency to address the needs of the rural population; therefore, it is recommended that its results are replicated in other disadvantaged rural areas in Ukraine.

- It is recommended for the project team to continue the extended collaboration within the relevant institutions in the framework of the decentralisation process in Ukraine (e.g. by promoting the mechanisms of the civic oversight and participatory decision making at the relevant national level events).

- Multi-stakeholder coalitions for the rural development purpose might be launched in order to strengthen various components of the project. (E.g. possible partners: large agricultural companies (esp. human development component); Bohdan Havrylyshyn Foundation (Young Generation Will Change Ukraine10 program includes Austria among 6 priority countries for the case study); State Fund for Regional Development (promotion of the governance models piloted by the project on the local level); German-funded Rural Initiatives Workshop 11 (soft skills development); UNDP network in the neighbouring countries (cross-border cooperation for rural development and knowledge transfer (esp. economic development component)).

Management Response: [Added: 2020/11/26] [Last Updated: 2020/11/29]

Key Actions:

14. Recommendation:

Organisational level

- In order to ensure that the gender and social standard mainstreaming applied in the project was relevant to the needs of the vulnerable groups it is recommended that the survey planned by the project M&E team for October 2019 includes the qualitative indicators that will measure the change in the attitudes, practices, plans and relationships in the local communities. The design of the survey should be consulted with the relevant gender experts (e.g. UN Women).

- It is recommended that the decisions for the replication or scaling-up of the project outcomes are based on the results of the survey, recommendations of this evaluation and conclusions of the final semi-annual report submitted to the donor in September 2019.

- It is recommended that the following soft components are included in the next iterations of the project: 

o Baseline study covering the needs of the vulnerable groups in target communities (e.g. using the 3R method12); baseline study on the major environmental risks within the local value chains; o Training needs analysis that will provide the information on exact areas and skills that will support better advocacy and lobbying to address the challenges that cannot be solved at the local level;

o Implementation of the pilot projects illustrating how the needs of the vulnerable groups can be met using the project methodology or how the environmental challenges can be overcome through the holistic approach to project implementation (some case studies from this project can be used as an example, see above);

o Networking, field visits and exchanges that will ensure knowledge transfer, promotion of good practices will strengthen the sustainability of the project results (bringing exact technical expertise to the sites might increase the cost efficiency of the soft component).

Management Response: [Added: 2020/11/26] [Last Updated: 2020/11/29]

Key Actions:

15. Recommendation:

Regional level

- It is recommended to continue cooperation with existing project beneficiaries in order to explore how the increased organizational capacity of the local institutions can serve as a foundation for the breakthrough innovations that can build upon the best global solutions for rural areas. (e.g. benefit from MoUs with the local universities signed until 2022)

- It is recommended that the BSOs continue to provide the consultancy support to the entrepreneurs from the rural areas for at least 3-year incubation phase.

- It is recommended to involve the leaders of the local businesses as the board of experts for the newly emerging business initiatives. This might not only increase the capacity of the young entrepreneurs but will also contribute to the overall engagement of the private sector to the public debate on the sustainable local development.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/11/26] [Last Updated: 2020/11/29]

Key Actions:

16. Recommendation:

Local level

- It is recommended that the project methodology is piloted to tackle the specific development challenges: e.g. cross-border cooperation; environmental protection (e.g. Lower Dniester area or Carpathian mountains); promotion of human rights (non-violence, women‘s empowerment, integration of minorities, etc.); creating opportunities for youth (e.g. digitalisation of the local governing practices); development of culture, tourism and creative industries (Culture in SDGs guide for local action might provide some insights on how the latter might be mainstreamed to the grassroots level).

- In order to strengthen the capacity of the local stakeholders in strategic planning and boost the long-term thinking over the development priorities of the local communities, it is recommended to apply Assets Based Community Development Approach while facilitating LDFs.

- In order to promote the holistic approach to the local development (think global act local principle), include the local value chain analysis in the awareness-raising campaigns and training materials for the local stakeholders. The Leaky Bucket tool might be used to increase an overall economic literacy at the grassroots level

Management Response: [Added: 2020/11/26] [Last Updated: 2020/11/29]

Key Actions:

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