The purpose of the mid-stage evaluation for the project “Enhancing accountability for gender equality and women’s empowerment in national reforms, peace and security” supported by the Government of Sweden, was to assess progress towards achievement of objectives set, analyze the results achieved and challenges encountered, adjust implementation modalities as needed and incorporate changes throughout program components for the remaining implementation period, from the perspectives of relevance, effectiveness, impact, organizational efficiency and sustainability. The evaluation provided an assessment of the results achieved, and produced practical recommendations based on the overall findings from the consultations with 54 stakeholders involved in the project, out of 81 institutions the project works with.
The project’s overall goal is to achieve transformative results for gender equality and women's empowerment (GEWE) in Ukraine by integrating gender and women's human rights commitments into the national reforms and peace and security processes, and by support establishing mechanisms in place for adequate financing, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. The project has sustained the consolidated efforts of the national institutions and women's groups to meet state commitments, including Beijing Platform for Action, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and Sustainable Development Goals through national reforms. The project “Gender at the center of the reforms for peace and security” is a multi-year initiative implemented by UN Women and supported by the Government of Sweden with a total of SEK 49,000,000 / USD 5,524,239 for the period of June 2017 - May 2021.
The evaluation findings and conclusions are positive about all observed aspects of the Reforms project, based on the evidence analyzed and reflections shared in interviews with key informants. Specifically, the evaluation certified that there is a critical political will and demand from large number of national institutions and CSOs for integrating gender equality perspective to the reform’s agenda. The project has contributed to establishment of reforms coordination mechanisms, including institutional gender machinery and a number of reforms policies developed or revised that include gender equality provisions. There is considerable evidence of achievements and progress primarily at output level and in many results areas. The project has surpassed the originally envisioned targets, it is highly relevant and aligned to current national reforms. The intervention logic, selected methods and approaches as well as the presented theory of change is clear and appropriate for the achievement of expected results; the project is efficient, performing mostly well in achieving results in a cost-effective manner. The evaluators also noted that while at this phase, it is still premature to make evidence-based conclusions on the sustainability perspectives, there are some promising sustainability prospects. Of the 10 recommendations provided by the evaluators, UN Women is fully accepting 7 recommendations and partially accepting 3 recommendations.