Management Response

: Albania
: 2017 - 2021 , Albania (CO)
: Thematic evaluation of Women’s Political Empowerment (SN Outcome 1)
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: Albania
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The CO fully recognizes the high-value of this evaluation. On one side, it has confirmed the impact of its activities over the past years on WLPP while at the same time identifying a number of extremely useful recommendations, which have been mainstreamed into the new project proposals on this topic.

: Approved
Recommendation: Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 1: Continued support to WLPP is recommended subject to funding availability through the design of a new programme based on lessons learnt for at least another cycle of elections (local elections 2019 and national elections 2021) to maintain momentum of achieved results at legal, institutional, capacity and advocacy level and bring them to a higher level.
Management Response: The CO fully endorses this recommendation. A full fledged proposal has been formulated incorporating most of the recommendations from this evaluation. An additional proposal is being developed specifically for the support to the CEC.
Description:
Management Response Category: Accepted
Thematic Area: Leadership and political participation (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Capacity development
Organizational Priorities: Operational activities
UNEG Criteria: Relevance
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
Fundraising for the new Prodoc, Representative 2019/06 Overdue-Initiated The CO has not secured resources for a new WLPP program yet. In view of the challenges to mobilize resources for this area of work, a specific proposal for the support to the CEC has not been formulated at this stage.
Recommendation: Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 2.1: In the design of the new WLPP programme, UN Women CO Albania should aim a more focused intervention on fewer stakeholders at central and local level and its scope should be narrower.
Management Response: The CO partially endorses this recommendation. Identification of partners and definition of interventions will be carried out in the light of the continuous evolving political context in Albania.
Description:
Management Response Category: Partially Accepted
Thematic Area: Leadership and political participation (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Not applicable
Organizational Priorities: Partnership
UNEG Criteria: Efficiency
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
Recommendation: Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 2.2: At central level, UN Women should continue to support CEC to consolidate and build on achieved results on gender responsive electoral management, implementation of legal framework on GE in elections at the central and local level and revise the Electoral Code to include the compulsory application of a zipper/zebra system to candidate lists for national elections.
Management Response: The CO fully endorses this recommendation. A specific proposal to support the CEC is being prepared.
Description:
Management Response Category: Accepted
Thematic Area: Leadership and political participation (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: National ownership
Organizational Priorities: Partnership, Normative Support
UNEG Criteria: Gender equality, Relevance, Sustainability
Key Actions
Key Action not added.
Recommendation: Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 2.3: At local level, UN Women should narrow its scope of work on women’s individual empowerment targeting women councilors and other potential women and young girls to create a pool of women leaders at local level where political parties can identify women candidates who can represent their communities in local and national elections.
Management Response: The CO fully endorses this recommendation. The new project document on WLPP has made provisions to support the identification process of potential women councilors .
Description:
Management Response Category: Accepted
Thematic Area: Leadership and political participation (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Capacity development
Organizational Priorities: Operational activities, Partnership
UNEG Criteria: Effectiveness, Sustainability, Relevance, Gender equality, Efficiency
Key Actions
Key Action not added.
Recommendation: Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 2.4: UN Women should continue support to capacity and organizational strengthening and networking of Alliances of Women Councilors at local, regional and national level to create functional models for pro-women policy making and cross-party cooperation.
Management Response: The CO fully endorses this recommendation. However, further support to the AWC is subject to donors’ funds availability.
Description:
Management Response Category: Accepted
Thematic Area: Leadership and political participation (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Capacity development, National ownership
Organizational Priorities: Partnership, Operational activities, Normative Support
UNEG Criteria: Impact, Relevance, Sustainability, Effectiveness
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
Activities foreseen in the new WLPP to support development of the statutes of the alliances of women councilors and internal rules and regulations and support to the National Alliance of Women Local Councillors to create a common agenda for gender equality and to advocate from a common platform for enhances women political participation. Programme 2021/12 Ongoing
Recommendation: Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 3.1: Support to Political parties should focus on democratizing the internal processes for competitive and transparent selection of women candidates and enforcing the quota in full compliance with the legal provisions of Electoral Code and address VAW in politics.
Management Response: The CO fully endorses this recommendation. The new WLPP project document has made provisions for supporting political parties in the selection of female candidates.
Description:
Management Response Category: Accepted
Thematic Area: Leadership and political participation (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Capacity development, Advocacy, National ownership
Organizational Priorities: Partnership, Operational activities, Normative Support
UNEG Criteria: Gender equality, Impact, Relevance, Sustainability, Effectiveness
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
Plan targeted activities in the new WLPP prodoc. Programme 2019/06 Completed
Recommendation: Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 3.2: Support to Women’s Forums to re-organize them as structures and philosophy for enabling women’s competition, quality representation and mediation between political decision-making and women’s and girls’ community.
Management Response: The CO fully endorses this recommendation. The new WPP project document has made provisions for the organization of women’s fora.
Description:
Management Response Category: Accepted
Thematic Area: Leadership and political participation (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Capacity development, National ownership, Advocacy
Organizational Priorities: Operational activities, Partnership
UNEG Criteria: Effectiveness, Sustainability, Relevance
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
Plan targeted activities in the new WLPP prodoc. Programme 2019/06 Overdue-Initiated
Recommendation: Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 3.3: Civil society should be supported to monitor the internal processes and mechanisms of political parties for selection of women’s candidates.
Management Response: The CO fully endorses this recommendation. The new WLPP project document has made provisions for an engagement of professional networks, CSO networks, social media networks and youth groups to advocate for gender equality and women’s political participation at the local and national levels.
Description:
Management Response Category: Accepted
Thematic Area: Leadership and political participation (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Capacity development, Advocacy, National ownership
Organizational Priorities: Partnership, Operational activities
UNEG Criteria: Relevance, Sustainability, Effectiveness, Gender equality
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
Plan targeted activities in the new WLPP prodoc. Programme 2019/06 Overdue-Initiated
Recommendation: Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 4: UN Women should continue to rely on the partnership building approach with various actors and particularly with donors active in WLPP identified areas for the new programmme to match resources, ensure complementarity and avoid overlapping.
Management Response: The CO fully endorses this recommendation. Resource mobilization for the new WLPP project is currently on-going with donors, who have expressed an interest in this area.
Description:
Management Response Category: Accepted
Thematic Area: Leadership and political participation (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Not applicable
Organizational Priorities: Partnership
UNEG Criteria: Impact, Efficiency, Effectiveness, Sustainability
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
Maintain and expand partnership with key actors (OSCE, USAID, SDC) as part of the new WLPP initiatives and expand the partner base with new donors. Representative, Programme 2021/12 Ongoing UN Women is part of the Working Group on Gender Equality and Women in Decision-Making led by OSCE. The group is composed by the following national and international members: Albanian Coalition of Domestic Observers, AssistImpact, AWEN, CRCA/ECPAT, GADC, HRH, Observatory for Children's and Youth Rights, Partners Albania, Strong Municipalities/BtF, Together for the Future Association, Women Democracy Network Albania, Women’s Network “Equality in Decision-Making”, DLDP, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Embassy of the Netherlands, Embassy of Sweden, Embassy of the United States of America, FES, Helvetas, Italian Cooperation, NDI, Olof Palme Center, OSCE Presence in Albania, Swiss Development Cooperation, UNDP, UN Women.
Recommendation: Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 5: The new programme should capitalize and rely on CSO networks, organizations, media and individuals capacitated through WLPP activities for working with women, men, political parties and other stakeholders at central and local level. Working with partners that proved reliable and effective in WLPP will ensure continuity of cooperation, consolidation of results, efficiency in use of resources and geographical coverage.
Management Response: The CO fully endorses this recommendation. In the new project document on WLPP, active participation of CSOs and media has been foreseen as one of the activities.
Description:
Management Response Category: Accepted
Thematic Area: Leadership and political participation (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Capacity development, National ownership
Organizational Priorities: Partnership, Operational activities
UNEG Criteria: Effectiveness, Efficiency
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
Relevant actions to be foreseen in the new WLPP Prodoc. Programme 2019/06 Ongoing Specific action on this recommendation is constrained by the ongoing resource mobilization challenges.
Recommendation: Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 6: In the design of the new programme, men in decision-making positions (MPs, municipal councillors, politicians), influential human rights activists and public figures should be consulted to identify interventions where they can act as “agents of change for a larger and sustained impact over time.
Management Response: The CO fully endorses this recommendation. In the new project document on WLPP, engagement of men has been foreseen as one of the activities.
Description:
Management Response Category: Accepted
Thematic Area: Leadership and political participation (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Capacity development, Advocacy
Organizational Priorities: Operational activities, Engaging men and boys, Partnership
UNEG Criteria: Gender equality, Effectiveness, Sustainability
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
Working with men at decision-making level and community level is important in reaching out to the other half of population and change the patriarchal norms embedded with them on women’s role in society and their capacity as leaders. UN Women will tackle the matter during implementation of new WLPP initiatives. Programme 2021/12 Not Initiated
Recommendation: Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 7.1: Design a project/programme with clearly articulated goal and objectives, national counterpart, logical framework, performance measurement framework with baseline and target indicators to enable realistic assessment of achieved results.
Management Response: The CO fully endorses this recommendation. Design of project/programme documents will be carefully subject to the internal vetting of the CO and the subsequent control by the LPAC.
Description:
Management Response Category: Accepted
Thematic Area: Leadership and political participation (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Alignment with strategy
Organizational Priorities: Culture of results/RBM
UNEG Criteria: Not applicable
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
New WLPP interventions will be developed with clear TOC and results frameworks as per RBM standards. Programme 2019/06 Completed
Recommendation: Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 7.2: In the future, evaluations should not be planned after a long-time lapse since the start of intervention (6 years as in this evaluation exercise) to ensure “freshness” of information and easier accessibility to beneficiaries.
Management Response: The CO endorses partially this recommendation. Evaluation planning is linked to what has been agreed in the project document and/or to funding availability.
Description:
Management Response Category: Partially Accepted
Thematic Area: Leadership and political participation (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Not applicable
Organizational Priorities: Culture of results/RBM
UNEG Criteria: Not applicable
Key Actions
Key Action not added.
Recommendation: Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 7.3: Evaluation planning in the future should avoid data collection during summer holidays as this affects availability of stakeholders/beneficiaries and overall momentum of data collection.
Management Response: The CO fully endorses this recommendation. Any future evaluation will be carried out not during the months of July/August.
Description:
Management Response Category: Accepted
Thematic Area: Leadership and political participation (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Not applicable
Organizational Priorities: Culture of results/RBM
UNEG Criteria: Not applicable
Key Actions
Key Action not added.