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Stakeholder Workshop (Naidoo, Ouchi)

  1. 1. EVALUATIO N Date: 20/01/2014 ASSESSMENT OF DEVELOPMENT RESULTS (ADR) IN CROATIA STAKEHOLDER WORKSHOP, ZAGREB Indran A. Naidoo, Director Fumika Ouchi, Evaluation Advisor Evaluation Office
  2. 2. Purpose of the Workshop The Stakeholder Workshop serves two purposes:   2 For national stakeholders to provide feedback to the draft report Promote national dialogue on key issues from the evaluation and discuss ways forward Evaluation
  3. 3. Objectives of the ADR     3 Support greater UNDP accountability to national stakeholders and partners in the programme country. Serve as a means of quality assurance for UNDP interventions at the country level. Contribute to learning at corporate, regional and country levels. Provide substantive support to the Administrator‟s accountability function in reporting to the Executive Board. Evaluation
  4. 4. Context • 1991-1995 War • 2003 Applied for EU membership • 2005 Started accession negotiations (35 Chapters) • 2011 Signed Accession Treaty • July 2013 Joined EU 4 Evaluation
  5. 5. Scope & Methodology  Coverage: Country programme 2007-2011/2013 2007-2011: Extension (2012-2013): I. Social Inclusion I. Social Inclusion II. Regional Development II. Sustainable Local Development and Regional Disparities III. Environmental Governance IV. Business Competitiveness V. Transitional Justice and Human Rights 5 VI. Support to National Development Priorities III. Environmental Governance and Climate Change IV. Justice and Human Security V. Dev. Cooperation and Knowledge Sharing on European Integration Evaluation
  6. 6. Scope & Methodology  ADR examined two issues: 1. UNDP‟s contribution to development results by programme outcome by focusing on:     Relevance Effectiveness (CPD/CPAP Outcomes) Efficiency Sustainability 2. Strategic position in the country by focusing on: Relevance/ Responsiveness to national challenges  Use of comparative strengths & partnerships  Promotion of UN values from human development perspectives  6 Evaluation
  7. 7. Scope & Methodology (cont‟d)  7 Employed a mixed method approach, including: • Desk reviews of reference material • Interviews (government, CSOs, development partners, donors, beneficiaries, UNDP staff) • Field work / site visits Evaluation
  8. 8. Scope & Methodology (cont‟d)  ADR was conducted by EO with support of:   Svend Sorensen (Team Leader / Local Dev) David Todd (Environmental Governance) National experts  Sandra Bencic (Justice and Human Security)  Ivana Novoselec (Social Inclusion/Local Dev) 8 Evaluation
  9. 9. Conclusions and Recommendations 9 Evaluation
  10. 10. Conclusions 1. UNDP‟s relevance and efficiency over the programme period provide a foundation for continued work in Croatia. While effectiveness and sustainability have varied, sturdy building blocks have been put in place. UNDP has positioned itself well in the country, with some weaknesses in national policy impact, measurement of capacity building performance and gender mainstreaming. 10 Evaluation
  11. 11. Conclusions (cont‟d) 2. The Social Inclusion portfolio has played a significant role in the development of informed and participatory approaches to strategic planning and a systematic approach to monitoring the implementation of social inclusion policies in Croatia 11 3. The Local Development portfolio has successfully responded to the urgent needs of less developed areas. UNDP‟s overall effects on the development of a long-term strategy and capacity building were more evident during the second half of the programme, when support to preparing rural areas for EU accession became the focus of the portfolio. Evaluation
  12. 12. Conclusion (con‟td) 4. The Environmental Governance portfolio has provided valuable and effective support to the Government and other partners to address important issues in the fields of biodiversity and climate change. 5. While the Business Competitiveness portfolio provided moderate effectiveness and sustainability, the CSR Index it created, along with the Regional Competitiveness Index, provided important tools towards measuring development progress and meeting outcomes. 12 Evaluation
  13. 13. Conclusions (cont‟d) 6. The Justice and HS portfolio has made a substantial contribution to the creation of national capacities in fulfilling Croatia's obligations deriving from the negotiation process with EU in Chapters 23, 24, and 31. It has also addressed national priorities in the post-conflict transition and the EU accession process in areas of judiciary, fundamental rights and security. 13 Evaluation
  14. 14. Conclusions (cont‟d) 7. The change of focus from a nationally oriented capacity development in the early programme period to a more regional based knowledge sharing focus in the later programme was appropriate for the National Development Priorities portfolio – and in compliance with UNDP‟s regional policies, national needs and needs of neighbouring countries. 14 Evaluation
  15. 15. Recommendations 1. UNDP should prepare for transitioning its development activities in Croatia during 2013. 2. UNDP activities in Croatia beyond 2013 should continue only in areas where Government, central, local or regional, or other relevant partners (i) demonstrate their strong endorsement and active engagement for sustainable results through institutional and/or financial commitments; and (ii) request UNDP‟s technical assistance to carry our agreed activities within a time-bound framework. “EastEast” knowledge-sharing and supporting absorption capacity for EU funds should be a priority. 15 Evaluation
  16. 16. Recommendations (cont‟d) 3. UNDP should strengthen its capacity to effectively apply performance monitoring and results-based frameworks, and, when embarking on new projects, encourage Croatian partners to embrace robust performance monitoring and results-based frameworks. 4. Following this ADR, UNDP should undertake an analysis of its capacity building strategy for the country programme, with a view to strengthening its portfolio outputs and outcomes for the remainder of the programme period. 16 Evaluation
  17. 17. Recommendations (cont‟d) 5. With regard to the Social Inclusion portfolio, UNDP should increase the sustainability of its activities by focusing on the strengthening of capacity building among national institutions for the implementation of planned reforms in social policies. 17 6. UNDP should promote the work done so far in waraffected and less-developed areas under the Local Development portfolio, and focus further on advocating at the central political level of the need to prepare those areas to make use of the challenges and opportunities that await after EU accession through, for example, casestudies, absorption capacity analysis, and public debates. Evaluation
  18. 18. Recommendations (cont‟d) 7. UNDP should find a way to promote the model of longterm local support in the area of Local Development by its field offices that have been successfully developed during the programme and encourage the Government to treat the model as a pilot for areas where local needs for support are specific. 8. The Environmental Governance and Climate Change team should build upon its current portfolio, by taking appropriate measures to help ensure the sustainability of its results. 18 Evaluation
  19. 19. Recommendations (cont‟d) 9. The Corporate Social Responsibility Index and Regional Competitiveness Index produced as outputs in the country programme should be made continuous use of and promoted across portfolio activities and beyond. 10. The Justice and Human Security portfolio should focus on ensuring the sustainability and „irreversibility‟ of finalised reforms and those in progress. This should be done through: (i) further capacity building of key national stakeholder institutions; (ii) strengthening of the partnerships with and transfer of UNDP legacy to civil society organisations active in this sector; and (iii) by involving national partners in the dissemination of good practices to other countries in the region. 19 Evaluation
  20. 20. 11. Continued support should be provided to the “centre of excellence” established by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs as well as to other Croatian institutions seeking to share best practices. 20 Evaluation
  21. 21. Thank you. 21 Evaluation
  22. 22. Programmes & Outcomes  2007-2011:  Extension (2012-2013): I. Social Inclusion •The Joint Inclusion Memorandum (JIM) and future social policies are developed with broad participation and target vulnerable social groups. I. Social Inclusion •The JIM and future social policies are developed with broad participation and target vulnerable social groups. II. Regional Development •Socio-economic recovery in Areas of Special State Concern and under-developed regions of Croatia. II. Sustainable Local Development and Regional Disparities •Socio-economic recovery in ASSC and under-developed regions of Croatia. III. Environmental Governance •Institutional barriers that prevent the use of energy efficiency (EE) technologies and practices in the residential and service sectors are reduced. III. Environmental Governance and Climate Change •Institutional barriers that prevent the use of energy efficient and renewable energy technologies and practices in the residential and public service sectors are reduced, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting low-carbon development models. •Support “green” models for small business on the Dalmatian coast and encourage investment decisions and business practices that protect the environment and biodiversity. IV. Business Competitiveness •The private sector is tangibly involved in sustainable development. V. Transitional Justice and Human Rights •Increased level of human and state security. VI. Support to National Development Priorities •Government and other central level national institutions in Croatia improve their capacity to plan, develop and 22 implement development policies and measures, internally and as part of international development IV. Justice and Human Security •Increased level of human and state security. V. Development Cooperation and Knowledge Sharing on European Integration •Improved capacity of Croatia‟s institutions to provide international development Evaluation