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Mid-Term Evaluation of National Initiative for Sustainable Development Goals
Commissioning Unit: Pakistan
Evaluation Plan: 2018-2022
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 06/2020
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Pakistan
Documents Related to overall Management Response:  
1. Recommendation:

Modify the theory of change to align the project with UNDP’s and the government’s comparative advantage and resources. The modified Theory of Change should be built on project achievements and considering project limitations. 

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

The SDGs project, overall, has done well in relation to the magnitude and complexity of the challenge on which it embarked, although improvements in approaches are possible in view of project experience and the country context as outlined in the project evaluation. The recommendations are agreed to. The following key actions need to be undertaken and completed by the timeline below. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Review the project Theory of Change in consultation with concerned government counterparts and project monitoring and evaluation colleagues.
[Added: 2020/12/02] [Last Updated: 2021/08/31]
UNDP Country Office- PMU, SDG units 2021/10 Initiated the consultant for preparing the project document has completed an inception report. He will be conducting Key Informant Interviews, based on which he will solicit feedback from concerned counterparts to further Reveiw TOC. History
2. Recommendation:

Broaden institutionalization across the line departments and deepen it at the district level with increasing efficiency and greater equity

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

Agreed with the Recomendation.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.Revised pro-doc and subsequent Annual Work Plans will reflect engagement with line departments and districts on key priorities identified in the SDG frameworks
[Added: 2020/12/02] [Last Updated: 2021/08/31]
UNDP Country Office PMU, SDG unit 2021/10 Initiated the consultant for preparing the project document has completed an inception report. He will be conducting Key Informant Interviews, based on which he will solicit feedback from concerned counterparts to further Review Tprodoc. The deadline should be extended till OCt History
3. Recommendation:

AJK and GB would need to develop their own specific approaches for SDG implementation, as in the case of other provinces

Management Response: [Added: 2020/12/02]

Agreed.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Consultations with GB and AJK Planning Departments for designing region specific PC-1
[Added: 2020/12/02] [Last Updated: 2021/06/29]
UNDP Country Office, Planning and Development Department AJK, and Planning and Development Department GB. 2021/10 Initiated PC-1 for GB has been developed and approved by CDWP. Cost Sharing Agreement is in process of review and will be finalized as soon as received from Govt of GB. PC-1 for AJK is in the initial stages of development. Its requested to please extend the end date till Oct , 2021 History
4. Recommendation:

Ministry of Finance and provincial finance departments need to be engaged more effectively.  

Management Response: [Added: 2020/12/02]

Agreed.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.Consultations with Ministry of Finance to explore partnerships/collaboration on SDG budgeting, costing and financing.
[Added: 2020/12/02] [Last Updated: 2021/04/29]
UNDP Country Office, Ministry of Planning Development and Special Initiative, and Ministry of Finance 2021/12 Initiated DPU has initiated the series of dialogues with the Finance Departments in the Provinces. 1st dialogue held with the Secretary Finance Department Sindh and it is agreed that SDGs Unit Sindh will work in close coordination with ERU of Finance Department on linkage performance delivery against public expenditure heads in the recurrent and development budget of GoS. History
5. Recommendation:

Ministry of Information and provincial information departments. large-scale outreach and awareness raising.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/12/02]

Agreed.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.Consultations with Ministry of Information on SDG communication strategy and identify initiatives around SDG awareness and advocacy.
[Added: 2020/12/02] [Last Updated: 2021/06/29]
UNDP Country Office, Ministry of Planning Development and Special Initiative and Ministry of Information 2021/11 Initiated Communications strategy has been developed and 1st dialogue with relevant stakeholders held. please extend the end date to Nov 2021 History
6. Recommendation:

Develop additional partnerships within the UN system and the private and non-profit sectors

Management Response: [Added: 2020/12/02]

Agreed.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2: - Revisit private sector engagement strategy and use it to inform private sector engagement
[Added: 2020/12/02] [Last Updated: 2021/06/29]
UNDP Country Office, RCO, SDG units 2021/11 Initiated The consultant has been hired for SDGs Investor Mapping. Based on the recommendations tool will be developed to engage a consultant to re-visit the private sector engagement strategy. History
1: - In consultation with RCO revive SDG task force comprising of UN agencies.
[Added: 2020/12/02] [Last Updated: 2021/06/29]
UNDP Country Office, RCO, SDG units 2021/06 No Longer Applicable [Justification: The action is no longer valid. Per RR’s direction, UNDP will not work on creating a parallel SDGs Task Force. Rather, we will continue to work on strengthening the existing UN structure of PMT/PPT for federal and provincial inter-agency coordination on SDGs. So please mark the key action as N/A]
History
7. Recommendation:

Strengthen/review project capacities including communication, Monitoring and Evaluation, wherever needed, rationalize and build these capacities

Management Response: [Added: 2020/12/02]

Agreed.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.Consultation with SDG units and government focal points on project HR structure and update/implement it
[Added: 2020/12/02]
UNDP Country Office, Ministry of Planning Development and Special Initiative, Provincial Planning and Development Departments, SDG Unit Project Managers. 2021/12 Not Initiated

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