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Mid-Term Project Evaluation of Regional Project: Fostering Knowledge for Human Development
Commissioning Unit: RBAS
Evaluation Plan: 2018-2021
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 07/2020
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: RBAS
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation:

Maintain and further develop standards and procedures (meetings, assessments/situational analysis/contingency plans, etc.) to ensure readiness to quickly identify and address unexpected/emerging issues and extend support to UNDP Country Offices in new areas of catchment

Management Response: [Added: 2020/07/14] [Last Updated: 2020/08/12]

The recommendation is relevant. Procedures to address unexpected issues and extending support to UNDP Country Offices accordingly is crucial under the thematic area of the Project.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Initiate communication with a number of UNDP Country Offices, namely Tunisia and Jordan to extend support based on their request and mainly on developing skills gap strategies. Support was already extended to UNDP Country Offices in UAE and Kuwait on the provision of data and research.
[Added: 2020/08/12] [Last Updated: 2021/01/02]
The Project team 2022/12 Initiated Support to Country Offices in Jordan and Tunisia on developing Skills Gap strategies was postponed due to COVID-19. However, support to Kuwait CO, which was initiated in 2018, continued through the provision of technical support (data compilation and revision of the analysis) to the National Human Development Report (NHDR) draft on education. Additionally, discussions were initiated with the Egypt CO, to start the work on producing a Skills Gap platform in 2021. History
2. Recommendation:

Keep on exploring possibilities of joint initiatives with agencies such as UNESCO for education verticals, which would eventually foster complementarities and synergy among UN agencies to collectively work together on common national/regional development priorities.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/07/14] [Last Updated: 2020/08/12]

The recommendation is relevant. The importance of strategic partnerships with UN sister agencies and international financial institutions on advancing knowledge is critical and essential.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Initiate communication to explore possible partnerships on literacy challenges with UN sister agencies whose mandate is on education, namely UNESCO.
[Added: 2020/08/12] [Last Updated: 2020/12/22]
The Project team. 2020/12 Completed A partnership with UNESCO was established under the framework of the Literacy Challenge Program. It entails coordination between/among literacy associations and initiatives in the Arab region, as well as the organization of webinars and event on the subject. Through 2020, an extensive collaboration with multiple UN agencies was done, mainly through the online webinars and forums that the Project has organized, such as with UNDP HDR Office, UN ESCWA, WHO, and UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. Speakers from the mentioned agencies have participated in the webinars. History
3. Recommendation:

Further develop the Results Framework and M&E architecture of the project and corresponding quantitative and qualitative reporting tools, so that monitoring and measuring achievements and progress of the project.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/07/14] [Last Updated: 2020/08/12]

A project document revision will be conducted and PACed for the project, covering a new phase. The Document will include a newly devised Results Frameworok, in addition to revised M&E arrangements.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Draft a new Results Framework, with revised outputs and SMART indicators against which progress will be measured & reported on in the new phase (2020-2030).
[Added: 2020/08/12] [Last Updated: 2020/12/22]
UNDP-RBAS and Project team. 2020/12 Completed A project document revision was conducted and sent to the Project Appraisal Committee (PAC) covering the new phase of the project 2021-2030. It includes a new Results Framework, as well as a revised section for Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) arrangements. History
4. Recommendation:

Plan and support the systematic incorporation of cross-cutting issues, namely gender in the project documentation along any project cycle.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/07/14] [Last Updated: 2020/08/12]

The recommendation is relevant in a sense that the Project takes into consideration gender equality in any activity/event that is organized. Also, the Project encourages disabled people to participate.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Include an indicator on gender equality in the results framework section of the revised project document.
[Added: 2020/08/12] [Last Updated: 2020/12/21]
UNDP-RBAS and the Project team. 2020/12 Completed The results framework in the revised project document explicitly devoted an indicator to monitor the level of gender empowerment and equality: Number of youth participants in workshops and trainings (women and men). History
Comply with an equal gender participation policy in all events to be organized by the Project
[Added: 2020/08/12] [Last Updated: 2020/12/22]
The Project team 2020/12 Completed The "Knowledge Week" that convened in Egypt on 10-13 February 2020, recorded a higher percentage of female to male participation (54% to 46%). Further, a significant level of women participation to the webinars was observed all through the year. History
5. Recommendation:

Initiate awareness raising efforts to sensitize Government institutions in new Arab settings on the importance of backing decision-making and policy-making with knowledge, and consequently, encourage them to mobilize required funds in their national budgets, which will enhance “institutional ownership” of initiatives at country level.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/07/14] [Last Updated: 2020/08/12]

The recommendation is relevant. Progress can only be achieved – and especially sustained – when stakeholders, including policymakers, are very forthright in their approach, and are interested in identifying lessons and understanding trends from within their own national experiences and from around the world. Supporting policymakers to embrace useful knowledge is a top priority for the Project.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Support the drafting of forward-thinking strategies for two model countries in coordination with the decision-makers with the aim to build a stronger knowledge society and economy.
[Added: 2020/08/13]
The Project team 2025/12 Not Initiated
Support the drafting of skills-gap assessment strategies for two model countries. The aim is to assess the labour market and skills needed in these countries in line with the existing educational system.
[Added: 2020/08/13]
The Project team 2025/12 Not Initiated

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