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Mid-term CPD Evaluaiton
Commissioning Unit: Saudi Arabia
Evaluation Plan: 2017-2021
Evaluation Type: Country Programme Evaluation
Completion Date: 07/2019
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Saudi Arabia
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation:

Under Pillar1,a new output should be prepared to address UNDPs support to the National agencies in the implementation of the SDGs. Support should take into consideration the MAPS (Mainstreaming Acceleration of Policy Support).a new output should be prepared to address UNDPs support to the National agencies in the implementation of the SDGs. Support should take into consideration the MAPS (Mainstreaming Acceleration of Policy Support).

Management Response: [Added: 2019/09/04] [Last Updated: 2019/09/15]

The CO will make all efforts needed to ensure support is provided to National counterparts on implementationof SDGs and tools avaialble to meet their needs 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
We will hold meetings and workshop related to SDG awareness raising with Ministry of Economy and Planning, Ministry of Labor and Social Development and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and research institutions such as King Abdallah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC)
[Added: 2019/09/15] [Last Updated: 2019/12/29]
Management and Programme team 2019/12 Completed Engagement with MEP is in full gear and the CO is working with them on capacity development History
2. Recommendation:

The output n° 2.1 under pillar 2 Public sector efficiency can still be maintained with minor editing to reflect focus between different sector, such as National capacities enhanced and integrated towards local adaptation and implementation of the SDGs and national transformation plan, as well as effective coordination among national development implementers.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/09/04] [Last Updated: 2019/09/15]

We will pursue Pillar 2 output towards anti-corruption efforts adn the usage of ZAKAT

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Follow up on MoU and then PD with the Anti-Corruption Commission and formulate a PD around stronger linkages between General authority for Zakat and Tax and SDG implementation (innovative financing)
[Added: 2019/09/15] [Last Updated: 2019/12/29]
Management and Programme Team 2020/06 Completed MoU with Anti-corruption commission is signed History
3. Recommendation:

The CPD has not accorded gender great emphasis, however, as Saudi Vision 2030 is advocating for women empowerment, the UNDP CPD could provide assistance in order to enhance women empowerment in the Kingdom. This is a golden opportunity to re-align CDP in this review to reflect great focus on gender.

•        There is a need for gender strategy with specific work plans to engage all relevant stakeholders. The UNDP CP could provide assistance to national partners such as the Ministry of Social Affairs or the Ministry of Labour in order to enhance women empowerment in the Kingdom, and this could be a golden opportunity to re-align CDP to reflect great focus on gender.

 

•        Coordination with Gastat should be strengthened to ensure that all data are desegregated in terms of gender. This is a good opportunity as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is preparing for the census 2020.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/09/04] [Last Updated: 2019/09/15]

To office will make efforts towards greater Gender empowerment as per National priorities

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Engage a gender advisor to assist in various gender empowerment activities with national partners
[Added: 2019/09/15] [Last Updated: 2019/12/29]
Management 2019/10 Completed CO has a gender advisor on part-time contract History
The CO will hire a gender advisor to increase assistance to national counterparts
[Added: 2019/09/15] [Last Updated: 2019/12/29]
Management 2019/10 Completed CO has a gender advisor on part-time contract History
4. Recommendation:

UNDP CPD, communication can be improved through a series of discussions with key national partners, especially new managers of National Agencies which are implementing the programmes of the Saudi Vision 2030 for the following objectives:

  1. advocate the normative functions of UNDP and the comparative advantage of UNDP;
  2. identify and address the specific capacity requirements that the national partners need to access, including capacity building for staff in government agencies/departments; knowledge transfer; training of government officials;
  3. identify gaps for the implementation of the Saudi Vision 2030 where the needs of national partners are not being met and suggest specific initiatives that could address these gaps;
  4. sensitize to produce annual National Report on the SDGs.
  5. request for International Experts from the UNDP, UN-ESCWA, UNFPA, WHO, to assist different Ministries.
Management Response: [Added: 2019/09/04] [Last Updated: 2019/09/15]

The CO will take necessary measures to improve communications and will, through its new integrator role in the UNDS, close parnterships with relevant UN agencies

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The office will hire a communication specialist via UNV
[Added: 2019/09/15] [Last Updated: 2019/12/29]
Management 2019/11 Completed Communication specialist on board since November History
Formulate communications and outreach plans for various projects, including capacity development for government counterparts
[Added: 2019/09/15] [Last Updated: 2021/02/14]
Programme team 2020/12 Completed A communications expert has been hired and is working on stories and communications strategies History
5. Recommendation:

Regarding the youth component in the CPD, and based on Saudi Vision 2030, more than half of the Saudi population is below the age of 25 years. The assumption is that this rate will absorb roughly an equivalent percentage of 35% of the national budget allocations (The budget expenditure for the year (2017) was estimated at SAR 890 billion, an 8% increase over the projected (2016) expenditure of SAR 825 billion)[1]. These allocations are distributed on different sectors: education, health, social protection, sports, culture, entertainment, etc.

On this basis, it is advisable to expand on this promising sector

 


[1] Ministry of Finance (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia). – 2017 Budget: Public Statement Copy. – p. 21

Management Response: [Added: 2019/09/04] [Last Updated: 2019/09/15]

The CO will exert efforts to ensure a Youth component is included in new projects with national counterpart

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
A clearly articulated youth component in at least one development project
[Added: 2019/09/15] [Last Updated: 2020/11/16]
Management and Programme team 2020/10 Completed Youth component was very strong addressed when UNDP Co-Sponsored the MISK SDG youth innovation SDG competition. A very successful event, held during teh COVID-19 crisis History
6. Recommendation:

South-south and triangular cooperation should represent an opportunity in upgrading capacities of Saudi civil society to conduct overseas assistance activities for example. Also, themes such as: urban management, urban governance, urban landscaping, environment, could constitute component for SSC with research centers, municipalities, international NGOs with the assistance of UNDP CP

Management Response: [Added: 2019/09/04] [Last Updated: 2019/09/15]

CO will work with Governement to identify areas for SS cooperation around CSOs

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Convene one workshop/study tour with countries overcoming similar challenges
[Added: 2019/09/15] [Last Updated: 2020/11/16]
Management 2020/11 Completed The focus was changed to convening workshops and bootcamps with C20 members during the G20 presidency of KSA History

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