Management Response

: Malawi
: 2017 - 2018 , Malawi (CO)
: Country Portfolio Evaluation for Malawi
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: Malawi
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UN Women Malawi CO welcomes the findings of the Country Portfolio Evaluation (CPE) completed in October 2017 based on the CO SN 2014-2017. Primarily, this was a formative (forward-looking) evaluation aimed at supporting the UN Women CO and national stakeholders for strategic learning and decision-making. Secondarily, the evaluation is summative (backward-looking) perspective, to support enhanced accountability for development effectiveness and learning from experience. The CPE was gender-responsive, and aimed at actively supporting the achievement of Gender Equality and Women Empowerment (GEWE). In terms of methodology, the evaluation used a mixed methods approach to assess the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability of the country programme. Two external evaluators (1 international and 1 national) led on the conduct of the evaluation. Six recommendations were made and have all been adopted for management response.

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Recommendation: UN Women CO needs to engage in a system-wide approach that involves multi-stakeholder, multi-sectorial collaboration to further strengthen GEWE in Malawi.
Management Response: UN Women Malawi CO must strengthen collaboration across sectors of government, UN, donors, and sectors of civil society, including women themselves. Bringing strong government sectors like health, education, and finance together with gender and social welfare needs to be done to leverage their strength, expertise, and funding.
Description:
Management Response Category: Accepted
Thematic Area: Leadership and political participation (SPs before 2018), Women economic empowerment (SPs before 2018), Ending violence against women (SPs before 2018), Global norms and standards (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Capacity development, Internal coordination and communication
Organizational Priorities: UN Coordination, Partnership
UNEG Criteria: Sustainability
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
UN Women CO should provide strategic leadership, by assisting the MOGCDCD to comment on draft inputs/position papers for the successor MDGS III. National Programme Officer 2018/01 Completed supported the Ministry of Gender to get a buy in from Ministry of Finance and recruitment of a consultant to support the ministry of Gender in the process to engender MDGS III
Identify and train gender focal points within government structures. This will provide these influencers with greater capacity to liaise within and across their sectors and help to speed up GEWE processes. National Programme Officer 2018/12 Ongoing Also being done in the new WEP program
Develop a plan, outlining when, with whom, and on what areas of work will be conducted. National Programme Officer 2018/12 Initiated UNW plans to develop a new partnership strategy
Recommendation: UN Women CO should redefine its relationship with partners.
Management Response: Review the existing approach to partnership selection while also integrating capacity building for CSOs.
Description:
Management Response Category: Accepted
Thematic Area: Women economic empowerment (SPs before 2018), Leadership and political participation (SPs before 2018), Global norms and standards (SPs before 2018), Ending violence against women (SPs before 2018), Governance and planning (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Capacity development
Organizational Priorities: Partnership
UNEG Criteria: Effectiveness, Efficiency
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
UN Women CO should ensure that rigorous partnership review is carried out for every project with an aim to support and increase the longer-term programme goals. UN Women CO should uniformly use the Capacity Assessment Checklist Tool prior to signing on with any prospective CSO partners. National Programme Officer Team Leads 2018/06 Overdue-Initiated the New IPS were selected based on "Call for Proposals" through a competitive process. Detailed capacity assessments will follow
Conduct partner training to enhance their capacities in various areas. National Programme Officer Team Leads 2018/12 Completed done for our new IPs in 2018
Recommendation: UN Women CO should create a Road Map that highlights the gaps and way forward on critical legislation.
Management Response: UN Women CO should develop a comprehensive road map on the status of gender friendly legislation. The road map would include: the status of all gender friendly legislation (including acts, draft laws, and laws), the stage (still in draft, being considered by parliament, or a law), and then a focus on what next steps are necessary. The various steps might include raising public awareness, lobbying government, and/or holding government accountable for implementation.
Description:
Management Response Category: Accepted
Thematic Area: Leadership and political participation (SPs before 2018), Women economic empowerment (SPs before 2018), Ending violence against women (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Capacity development, Advocacy
Organizational Priorities: Normative Support
UNEG Criteria: Gender equality
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
Develop a comprehensive road map on the status of gender friendly legislation. National Programme Officer Team Leads (EVAW and GBG Specialists) 2018/12 Not Initiated Not yet started. To completed by December 2018
Cost the roadmap to ensure that ministries are equipped with the necessary budget lines to be able to pass these laws and policies. National Programme Officer Team Leads (EVAW and GBG Specialists) 2018/12 Not Initiated To follow the development of the roadmap
Recommendation: UN Women CO should develop and implement a strategy for the structural engagement of men that cuts across all impact areas
Management Response: UN Women CO should develop and implement a strategy for the structural engagement of men that cuts across all impact areas
Description:
Management Response Category: Accepted
Thematic Area: Women economic empowerment (SPs before 2018), Leadership and political participation (SPs before 2018), Ending violence against women (SPs before 2018), Governance and planning (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Alignment with strategy, Promoting inclusiveness/Leaving no one behind
Organizational Priorities: Engaging men and boys
UNEG Criteria: Gender equality, Effectiveness
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
Strategize on comprehensive approach and strategy for engagement of men National Programme Officer Team Leads (EVAW Specialist) 2018/12 Initiated the UN is in the process of supporting the developing a comprehensive male engagement strategy based on the ongoing HeforShe initiatives
Engaging CSO partners to pilot approach and strategy National Programme Officer Team Leads 2018/12 Not Initiated will be done following the development of the strategy
Recommendation: UN Women CO should strengthen the internal workings of its office, including a review of roles and enhancing M&E to improve programs.
Management Response: UN Women CO must invest further in their staff and partners to strengthen the capacity to collect and utilize data.
Description:
Management Response Category: Accepted
Thematic Area: Leadership and political participation (SPs before 2018), Women economic empowerment (SPs before 2018), Governance and planning (SPs before 2018), Ending violence against women (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Capacity development
Organizational Priorities: Culture of results/RBM
UNEG Criteria: Effectiveness, Efficiency, Relevance, Gender equality, Impact, Human Rights
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
Conduct staff training in monitoring and evaluation, particularly on data gathering and utilization. M&E 2018/12 Not Initiated It will done by the end of third quarter. will be facilitated by the M and E officer
Train partners in monitoring, evaluation and reporting functions to ensure systematic data gathering, analysis and reporting for learning and demonstrating accountability. M&E 2018/12 Not Initiated To train the new IPs (2018). Training to be done before 3rd quarter
Recommendation: UN Women CO should revamp its resource mobilization strategy by enhancing visibility on GEWE
Management Response: UN Women CO should explore all its potential entry points with the UN, which would start with utilizing the One UN Strategy to end Harmful Traditional Practices as an opportunity and entry point to fully engage the UN family.
Description:
Management Response Category: Accepted
Thematic Area: Women economic empowerment (SPs before 2018), Leadership and political participation (SPs before 2018), Global norms and standards (SPs before 2018), Ending violence against women (SPs before 2018), Governance and planning (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Resource mobilization
Organizational Priorities: Partnership
UNEG Criteria: Sustainability, Gender equality
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
Carry out resource mobilization assessment and gather funding intelligence data. National Programme Officer Team Leads 2018/12 Ongoing To be done biannually based on the Resource Mobilization Strategy