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Midterm Evaluation of Integrated Territorial Development 2 Project
Commissioning Unit: Kosovo
Evaluation Plan: 2016-2020
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 12/2018
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Kosovo
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation:

1. Enrich Monitoring and data collection with additional indicators

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/17] [Last Updated: 2018/12/21]

UNDP considers that there is always scope to improve the data collection for this project, hence takes the recommendation of the evaluation very seriously. Data availability in Kosovo is still rather limited, especially disaggregated on the municipal level. The INTERDEV 2 has relied on a number of qualitative indicators and further efforts to capture the change at community level will continue to take place. Expanded wide-spread monitoring, in particular on outcome and impact-level changes, require tools and expertise (such as surveys, data analysis, software, etc.) that may require additional financial resources. The project in collaboration with the Programme team will work to find options to enrich monitoring and data collection with additional indicators for more accurate reporting on achievements. The team will define types of indicators/data to be collected with all elements captured (gender, environmental elements, etc.). A research, expertise and observations from the field with involvement of the municipal departments with their expertise, will be taking place, to define what is realistic and valid for the context. This will lead to development of a data collection tools, for internal (Department for Agricultural and Rural Development Services, Municipal Gender Officer to demonstrate progress on delivery of services, good environmental practices, progress on the gender equality dimension) and external purposes (for INTERDEV 2 to report more accurately on achievements).

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Develop an enriched monitoring framework and data collection system with additional indicators.
[Added: 2018/12/19] [Last Updated: 2019/11/18]
Project Team 2019/11 Completed https://bit.ly/34dfaIE History
2. Recommendation:

2. Formulate INTERDEV 2 capacity benchmarks and objectives for local institutions

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/17] [Last Updated: 2018/12/21]

As evidenced by the evaluation “The Expected Result 1, relating to enhanced municipal capacity in the provision of services in rural development is, by nature, challenging to measure as it recovers a complex reality, composed of tangible and less tangible results. While the evaluation finds the two results indicators from the project’s logical framework to be relevant (ER 1.1. and ER 1.2), it appears somehow limited to gauge progress on the capacity of an institution.” Linked to the recommendation 1, the project will work to develop additional indicators to reflect on the improved competence of the supported municipal agriculture and rural development departments with the view of facilitating inclusive local economic and rural development. The mentoring and coaching activities which started being implemented have shown some progress with relevant municipal officials, but it is obvious further support is required to improve the quality and establish a useful database with hands-on tools for the municipal officials, as well as for the project to measure its transformative impact. Similarly, as above, however, monitoring in particular on outcome and impact-level changes require tools and expertise (such as surveys, data analysis, etc.) that may require additional financial resources.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The project will work with municipal departments for Agricultural and Rural Development Services to establish and maintain a database for improving monitoring capacities provided by those units. Mentoring and coaching activities will be an approach to ensure the progress is made and database is being used from Municipalities. It must be noted that extensive monitoring systems require additional resources in expertise, data collection methods, as well as tools for analysis.
[Added: 2018/12/19] [Last Updated: 2018/12/21]
INTERDEV2 Project Team and Municipal Directorates of Agriculture 2020/03 Initiated History
3. Recommendation:

3. Prepare the development of the next phase for INTERDEV during the remaining half of INTERDEV 2

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/17] [Last Updated: 2018/12/21]

This is a very relevant and important point. The programme and project team will start developing the main objectives and activities in the third year of current project activities (2019), and will also consult with other international actors likely to continue their interventions in similar sectors and geographic areas, to ensure inter-project coherence and synergy for a stronger inclusive economic growth potential and maximizing a value-chain based agritourism model.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The Programme and Project team will coordinate closely with relevant actors/other donor-funded projects in South of Kosovo, with purpose to define the key activities in support to sustainable rural and economic development.
[Added: 2018/12/19] [Last Updated: 2019/04/08]
Programme Team 2019/03 Completed The UNDP Programme Team is in process of collaborative discussions with relevant donors and implementers in the realm of rural development, with the aim of developing a follow up phase of INTERDEV, responding to upcoming potential funding windows. History
The Programme and Project team will consolidate lessons learned from INTERDEV 2 to design the new project activities for the next phase with incorporated feedback from relevant actors and from the project team.
[Added: 2018/12/19] [Last Updated: 2019/10/04]
Programme Team 2019/09 Completed The lessons learned from Phase 2 were consolidated by the project and the programe team and were integrated in the application for the new phase which was submitted to the ADA call for funding. History
4. Recommendation:

Consult international actors engaged in supporting the inclusive, sustainable, ecological, rural development of the Municipalities from the Sharr/Šar region (or the South East region of Kosovo)

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/21]

Switzerland and Helvetas Swiss are currently planning future interventions closely connected to INTERDEV’s sector of intervention; Swiss Contact is also engaged into organic food production. As explored in the evaluation, this presence of several actors does represent a great opportunity to review how potential future interventions can utilise all the expertise available, lessons learned from the various interventions, and take this into consideration when developing a potential further intervention not only by UNDP but other actors as applicable

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The project will take a lead and will continue to organize regular coordination meetings and strengthen further the cooperation with relevant actors active in organic food production, value chains development support, funding of fairs, coordination mechanisms.
[Added: 2018/12/21] [Last Updated: 2019/10/04]
Programme 2019/11 Overdue-Initiated History
5. Recommendation:

Strengthen the organisation of small rural economic actors through the promotion of a rural cooperative model and continue supporting the social enterprise model

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/21]

A solid recommendation, also linking to findings from a study trip conducted to Austria under INTERDEV 1 where this model is successful. It is evident that further organization of farmers is necessary in order to strengthen the local value chains, as well as market security. Together with external expertise where possible and applicable, the project team will explore a rural cooperative model, an embedded model to drive sustainable inclusive growth by combining the social enterprise approach and the rural cooperative model, where feasible.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Together with external expertise where applicable, the project will explore the Rural Cooperative model pre-conditioned with appropriate plan related to awareness raising of benefits, responsibilities and obligations, detailed business plan, functioning and defined managing/mentorship during the initial period until it is effectively functioning. In line with this, the project team will keep promoting the Social entrepreneurship approach by representing a model answering the challenges of socially excluded groups-highly vulnerable.
[Added: 2018/12/21]
Project and Programme 2020/09 Initiated History
Consequently, the project team will incorporate the grant scheme tailored to such enterprises and cooperatives, using criteria and conditions related to the functioning principles of these two economic models.
[Added: 2018/12/21]
Project and Programme 2020/09 Initiated History
6. Recommendation:

Develop/update rural economic development action plan that integrates and promotes economic activities related to rural tourism

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/21]

This is important point, however, beyond the scope of activities planned under INTERDEV 2. Local economic development planning is a municipality-driven process. UNDP is ready to support the municipal structures in this process to the extent possible, potentially in a follow-up phase if applicable. Naturally, recommendations and lessons learned, along with knowledge products (value chains analyses) and the approach of TEPs will feed into the development of such plans. In year 3, the project envisages the development of an exit strategy, where these recommendations and considerations will be included.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The programme will start exploring in that direction, and design the proposal for a future intervention, in consultation with international actors who are committed to sustainable rural development. The value chain recommendations and the potential to create higher value locally will be considered as a strategic direction for a possible future phase of INTERDEV, which can also collaborate and/or feed into such action plan.
[Added: 2018/12/21]
Programme 2020/09 Initiated
7. Recommendation:

Review the possibility to empower LAG (or any other relevant local stakeholder) as a central stakeholder to inclusive rural (agritourism) economic development

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/21]

The project will continue to empower LAG (Local Action Groups) to take a central role in the implementation of various INTERDEV actions. Since future economic development will need to have a local-level stakeholder – such as the LAG is, this structure needs to further be strengthened. As such, the project will work and coordinate closely with LAG to include a strong representation of key rural development economic actors (LDF grantees, cooperatives…)     for carrying the agritourism development to the more developed level as a long-term driver for this development.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The project will continue to empower LAG (Local Action Groups) to take a central role in the implementation of various INTERDEV actions. Since future economic development will need to have a local-level stakeholder – such as the LAG is, this structure needs to further be strengthened. As such, the project will work and coordinate closely with LAG to include a strong representation of key rural development economic actors (LDF grantees, cooperatives…) for carrying the agritourism development to the more developed level as a long-term driver for this development.
[Added: 2018/12/21]
Project and Programme 2020/09 Initiated History
8. Recommendation:

 Continue to support inter-municipal cooperation based on the coherence of territorial identity (municipal territories sharing similar characteristics)

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/21]

Building on the implemented inter-municipal cooperation activities since 2014, the project will continue to work with all three municipalities to create a common synergy for the long-term economic development through inter-municipal initiatives. This can be further elaborated in the exit strategy in year 3 of INTERDEV 2, and in the development of the follow-up stage of INTERDEV if applicable.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The project will work to define the common synergy for the three municipalities, and since the municipalities share in common a strong, natural and legitimate branding such as the Sharr/Šar region is, the three municipalities will organise joint events such as a Sharr/Šar regional (e.g. Regional Gastronomic Fairs, Cultural events, DokuFest, NgomFest in Prizren and similar), or creation of digital tools such as websites or social media.
[Added: 2018/12/21]
Project and Programme 2020/09 Initiated

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