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Integrated area-based development in Osh province, Kyrgyzstan
Commissioning Unit: Kyrgyzstan
Evaluation Plan: 2018-2022
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 12/2019
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Kyrgyzstan
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation:

Strategic Recommendations

Recommendation 1 - UNDP could be the catalyst to bring together national partners and other international organizations, to create a bigger programme with more impact in the regions. Although the Programme has a significant scale and complexity, given the nature of the challenges and the size of the region, the impact is limited. Building on the good results, scaling up and replicating the best practices in other municipalities is the next logical step. Mobilizing more resources from other donors and continuing to involve the national and regional partners (as well as beneficiaries, where applicable) proves to be a working model. The coordination should be done following the Paris Principles for Aid Effectiveness, and UNDP could play a central role in coagulating a high-level partnership platform in Kyrgyzstan

Management Response: [Added: 2020/01/02] [Last Updated: 2020/11/08]

Recommendation is accepted. UNDP in Kyrgyzstan has launched a review of its projects in order to replicate the best practices of local and regional development in the country. UNDP will continue to support the government and local authorities in implementing the regional development model and coordinate the development partners at the local level.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Review the projects whose implementation is aimed at regional development in order to strengthen the local development model with the union of national partners and other international organizations.
[Added: 2020/01/02]
CO, Osh ABD 2019/12 Completed The UNDP projects are reviewed thoroughly and the implementation of their part relevant to the Osh ABD will be included into the work plan of Osh ABD in 2020 and implemented by the project staff properly with proper reporting lines
2. Recommendation:

Strategic Recommendations

Recommendation 2 - UNDP should establish a more Results-Based Management oriented working approach. In the context of financing for sustainable development, more and more emphasis is set on mobilizing funds from other donors and private sector. To attract these potential partners and to increase accountability, a results oriented working culture becomes more and more important. An internal training programme on RBM and/or Financing for development in the SDGs context could be considered.

R2.1. Additionally, to offer evidence-based results at impact level (lasting 3 to 5 years after project completion), it would be useful to find and learn from what are the enduring results left of the Area-Based Development (ABD) projects in Batken and Naryn regions. The impact assessment should match the results with the lessons learned, thus increasing the learning culture in the organization.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/01/02] [Last Updated: 2020/11/08]

Recommendation is accepted. UNDP KR will strengthen its work to improve the management system based on concrete results through improving the development and implementation of M&E plans. Measurable indicators will be more effectively integrated into the framework of programme outcomes and other programme management documents

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Modernization of data collection in systems through the introduction of additional measurable indicators of impact and sustainability, tools for measuring target results
[Added: 2020/01/02] [Last Updated: 2020/12/13]
CO, Osh ABD 2020/12 Completed The additional measurable indicators introduced and reported during the final project board History
Strengthening plans for an effective monitoring and evaluation process
[Added: 2020/01/02]
CO, Osh ABD 2019/12 Completed M&E plan is done based on the Project document and in compliance with the RBM
Enhanced capacity of UNDP staff on the use of tools for measuring impact and sustainability indicators, established data collection.
[Added: 2020/01/02]
CO M&E 2019/12 Completed The training on RBM is conducted regularly to the Programme/Project personnel
3. Recommendation:

Recommendations at Project / Component Level

Recommendation 3 - To design future similar interventions, the programme management should better analyze potential distortions induced on the free market. In cases where a business initiative is supported, care should be taken that this support does not create an unfair competitive advantage. This recommendation draws from the finding where a high school created a car repair shop, and plans to open a new in a city where similar businesses already exist.

R3. Recommendation is accepted. UNDP in Kyrgyzstan will provide work on assessing the impact of projects that affect the sustainability of its activities, strengthen planning and monitoring of pilot initiatives and their demonstration effects

Management Response: [Added: 2020/01/02] [Last Updated: 2020/11/08]

Recommendation is accepted. UNDP in Kyrgyzstan will provide work on assessing the impact of projects that affect the sustainability of its activities, strengthen planning and monitoring of pilot initiatives and their demonstration effects.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
To conduct Impact Assessment to offer evidence-based results
[Added: 2020/01/02] [Last Updated: 2020/12/13]
CO, Osh ABD 2020/12 Completed The final report with the narrative on impact assessment is provided to the donor. History
4. Recommendation:

Recommendations at Project / Component Level

Recommendation 4 - For a future similar programme, the UNDP Country Office should perform a realistic estimate of the staff working hours, taking into account the ‘work-life-balance’ principle. For the current Programme, the workload generated by the complex and numerous activities was augmented by the precarious infrastructure. Every mission took a considerable time, and mobile working is severely limited, so staff had to work extra hours after completing field missions.

 

 

Management Response: [Added: 2020/01/02] [Last Updated: 2020/11/08]

Recommendation is accepted. UNDP in Kyrgyzstan will implement its economic development programs based on market research, will continue to support businesses in implementing the regional development model and coordinate the activities of development partners at the local level. Within economic programs, UNDP will strengthen its work to build the capacity of entrepreneurs, farmers, and local authorities. UNDP will strengthen the planning and monitoring of pilot initiatives and their demonstration effects so that their reproducibility and scale up are more effectively controlled.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Annual work plans will be developed taking into account the mandatory market research and support for business in the implementation of the regional development model and coordinate the development partners at the local level, as well as taking into account the regular capacity building of entrepreneurs, farmers, and local authorities.
[Added: 2020/01/02] [Last Updated: 2020/12/13]
CO, Osh ABD 2020/12 No Longer Applicable [Justification: The recommendations will be taken into account during the next project design and implementation. The project is completed in 2019 with financial closure in 2020. ]
History
Strengthening the planning and monitoring of pilot initiatives and their demonstration effects so that their reproducibility and scale up are more effectively controlled.
[Added: 2020/01/02] [Last Updated: 2020/12/13]
CO, Osh ABD 2020/12 No Longer Applicable [Justification: The recommendation will be taken into the account during the next project design and implementation. The project is operationally completed in 2019. ]
History
5. Recommendation:

Recommendations at Project / Component Level

Recommendation 5 - Test and deploy tools to speed up public procurement procedures. The public procurement is sometimes causing unwanted delays, and UNDP could test approaches to speed up processes. Two suggestions repeatedly occurred during the interviews: increasing the threshold requiring public tenders, and introduction of e-signature to speed up bureaucratic procedures. Testing and eventual introduction of these measures should be assessed versus the UNDP Policies and Procedures.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/01/02] [Last Updated: 2020/11/08]

Recommendation is accepted and will be taken into account for similar programmes and projects

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Recommendation is accepted and will be taken into account for future similar programmes and projects
[Added: 2020/01/02]
HR 2019/12 Completed
6. Recommendation:

Recommendations at Project / Component Level

Recommendation 6-  Focus on activities increasing added-value in economy. While acknowledging the peculiarities of the economy in Osh province, focusing on agricultural production and trade/export of raw products, future projects could increase the stakes and support more processing industry. This would enable entrepreneurs generate more value and employ more people. Then, the processed products with more value can be exported at higher prices. This will generate increased cash-flows, allowing the businesses to invest in modern facilities. 

 

Management Response: [Added: 2020/01/02] [Last Updated: 2020/11/08]

Recommendation is accepted. UNDP in Kyrgyzstan will continue to strengthen the implementation of annual project work plans for the further establishment of permanent and stable channels of interaction between partners and beneficiaries in matters of effective partnership and cooperation in the use of project achievements, rational use of resources, etc.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Providing more reliable data in the framework of M&E and project documents when executing project annual work plans to further establish permanent and stable channels of interaction between partners and beneficiaries in matters of effective partnership and cooperation in the use of project achievements, rational use of resources, etc.
[Added: 2020/01/02]
CO, Osh ABD 2019/12 Completed The 2020 Annual work plan reflects strong partnership between the beneficiaries and local administration and other stakeholders
7. Recommendation:

Recommendations at Project / Component Level

Recommendation 7 - Pilot development of new sectors, like Information Technology and Communication (IT&C) and digital economy. Kyrgyzstan has very good IT&C mobile services (coverage and affordability). Although having facile access to quality IT&C infrastructure, the young generation lacks knowledge on developing start-ups and business in the digital economy. New educational programs, IT business incubators and research laboratories could be supported.

 

Management Response: [Added: 2020/01/02] [Last Updated: 2020/11/08]

Recommendation is accepted. UNDP in Kyrgyzstan will continue to strengthen its activities to increase value added and continue to work on the development and implementation of e-economy tools.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The introduction of joint work with the Government of Kyrgyzstan on the preparation of the National Strategy for the Development of Digital Skills and the corresponding Action Plan.
[Added: 2020/01/02] [Last Updated: 2020/12/13]
CO, Osh ABD 2020/12 Completed The recommendation is addressed within the other UNDP project on Youth digital skills within the same Results area. History
Creating a platform for innovative partnerships with the private sector in support of initiatives to accelerate the growth of digital employment and business in the country; institutions to provide access to venture capital or other forms of capital.
[Added: 2020/01/02] [Last Updated: 2020/12/13]
CO, Osh ABD 2020/12 Completed The recommendation is addressed within the Youth digital skills project implemented within the same Results area. History

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