Management Response

: Sierra Leone
: 2019 - 2022 , Sierra Leone (CO)
: Improving Women Participation as Peace building Ambassadors
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: Sierra Leone
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ACCEPTED

: Approved
Recommendation: Joint programme planning and implementing of the UN PBF Project by UN Women, UNESCO and UNDP were exemplary and instructive to future Delivering-As-One initiatives to other UN Agencies. Each Agency clearly brought in their comparative advantages and enriched the overall outcome of the Project. One lesson learned was that a Project of this magnitude requires better and requisite resourcing. Flexible support mechanisms should be given to IPs who are expected to deliver frontline results, based on emerging political realities, contracts signed and agreements they would have signed with the funding partner at project inception. This approach provides predictability in planning and helps to increase coherence in implementation and monitoring between funding and implementation partners and clarifies expectations among all stakeholders
Management Response: The recommendation has been accepted by all three RUNOs (UN Women, UNDP and UNESCO). All three agencies have embarked on resource mobilization so as to sustain the gains made by the completed project. Project proposals have been submitted to the Government of Germany, the Peacebuilding Fund and other potential donors. However whilst we await donor support, RUNOS will provide technical support to IPs who have received donor funding from for women’s political participation and male engagement to ensure that gains made by the project are sustainable. UN Women and UNDP are currently working with Parliament through the Female Parliamentary Caucus to ensure the Affirmative Action Bill which among other things call for a minimum 30% quota for women in decision making is tabled for discussion and enactment in Parliament before the 2023 elections
Description:
Management Response Category: Accepted
Thematic Area: Peace and security (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Oversight/governance
Organizational Priorities: UN Coordination, Normative Support, Partnership
UNEG Criteria: Effectiveness
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
Prepare program documents/proposals for financing women, peace and security and women’s political participation involving key stakeholders including Ministry of Gender and Children’s Affairs, Parliament (Sierra Leone Parliamentary Caucus) Women’s Groups, Local Councils, Political Parties etc. UNW-SLE 2021/12 Not Initiated
Recommendation: RUNOs should build internal capacity to continue take the WPP and WPS agenda to a new level. Apart from gender equality sectors related to economics, peace and security require additional expertise and resources to deal with Government & security sectors at highest levels. RUNOs should also build internal capacity to continuously map hotspots on an annual basis as well as document the gendered impact, as an on-going exercise to inform RUNO’s responsiveness.
Management Response: The RUNOs have accepted this recommendation and have started engaging national security mechanisms such as the Office National Security on issues of women, peace and security. Capacity Building :WPS staff will identify training needs and allocate funding for staff to strengthen their capacity in WPS planning and implementation of UNSCR 1325
Description:
Management Response Category: Accepted
Thematic Area: Peace and security (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Capacity development
Organizational Priorities: Operational activities
UNEG Criteria: Efficiency
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
Capacity building including online course or engagements through community of Practice on women peace and security UNW-SLE 2020/12 Not Initiated
Recommendation: RUNOs while using the principle of Delivering As One, should sharpen and bring to bear their distinctive areas of expertise into the next WPP and WPS programme initiatives. It recommended that using a coordinated approach to Government and assisted by their networks and through civil society • UN Women lead in the spearheading and shepherding of the implementation of the SilNAP 11, Gender Policy Affirmative Bill; Sexual Offenses Amendment Bill. • UNESCO lead in developing a comprehensive programme that focuses on culture-media-language-development interrelationships (including peace and resilience building) with a focus to influence culture, attitudinal and behavioural change in Sierra Leone. The proposed programme could explore the dynamics and challenges of culture, attitude, mindset and behaviour, drawing on current experiences to consolidate peace, Opportunities around cultural renewal and its linkage with Agendas 2030 and 2063 should be included. • UNDP lead in developing a comprehensive programme that links governance, advancement of peace through electoral reforms; the nexus among peace, development and empowerment. The proposed programme should focus on youth (young women and young men) employment, capacity development and multifaceted programme that creates interface o humanitarian and development aspects of election management.
Management Response: The RUNOs accept this recommendation and have agreed that going forward for a more comprehensive joint response to WPS and WPP • UN Women lead in the implementation of the SILNAP II, the Revised Sexual Offences Act 2019 and the popularization of the Affirmative Action bill in 2020. • UNDP through its existing technical support to Ministry of Justice, Parliament, EMBs , women’s groups and Civil Society will lead on the development and adherence of the legal framework for the development of the affirmative action bill is achieved . • UNESCO Will continue leading on the use media engagement and use of ICT to consolidate peace in communities and the Nation as a whole.
Description:
Management Response Category: Accepted
Thematic Area: Peace and security (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Oversight/governance, Alignment with strategy, Promoting inclusiveness/Leaving no one behind
Organizational Priorities: Culture of results/RBM, UN Coordination
UNEG Criteria: Effectiveness, Impact
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
Awareness raising of the Revised Sexual Offence Bill 2020; Engagement of Parliamentarians on the Affirmative Action Bill UNW-SLE 2021/12 Not Initiated
Recommendation: Considering the extensive work that the RUNOs have put in bringing the peace consolidation thus far, it will be an opportunity lost to wait till the next elections before this Project is replicated. The evaluation recommends that in the short term there should be an intervention for building capacities of Implementing Partners who have continued carrying on with the just ended Project initiatives, and to quickly get back to national and subnational levels with a scaled-up peace consolidation Project that will prepare both the nation and especially women for the next elections
Management Response: This recommendation is accepted. RUNOs have agreed that • UN women will provide technical support to IPs for engagement on WPP as well as Violence Against Women in Politics • UNESCO will continue to engage Ips to sustain the gains made by the project in area of engagement with the media • UNDP through its Conflict Prevention Programme (CPM) will continue to work with Ips especially Women’s Organizations and Government Institutions like Office of National Security (ONS) to continue engagement in peace consolidation. UNDP’s work with the Female Parliamentary Caucus will also support mentoring and coaching of young women and girls while establishing platforms for experience sharing exercises between female councilors and female parliamentarians
Description:
Management Response Category: Accepted
Thematic Area: Peace and security (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Promoting inclusiveness/Leaving no one behind, National ownership
Organizational Priorities: UN Coordination, Partnership
UNEG Criteria: Effectiveness, Efficiency
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
Strengthen Capacity of the Sierra Leone Female Parliamentary Caucus to mentor young women UNW-SLE 2020/12 Not Initiated
Recommendation: All UN Agencies working on the peace consolidation in Sierra Leone need to build more coordinated and long term requisite internal staffing and resource capacity to continuously map hotspots on an annual basis as well as document the gendered impact of the WPS and WPP issues, as an on-going exercise to inform the UNCT’s responsiveness in the future through the UNDAF.
Management Response: This recommendation has been accepted. RUNOs have decide to Create a working group through the Gender Theme Group to continue discussions, share resource, coordinate and strengthen staff capacity on WPP and WPS .
Description:
Management Response Category: Accepted
Thematic Area: Peace and security (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Capacity development
Organizational Priorities: Organizational efficiency
UNEG Criteria: Relevance, Effectiveness, Sustainability
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
Create working group of Gender focal points working in the area of women peace and security to share resources UNW-SLE 2021/12 Not Initiated
Create working group of Gender focal points working in the area of women peace and security to share resources UNW-SLE 2021/12 Not Initiated
Recommendation: Collaboration between the UN Women, UNESCO and UNDP in the just ended Project was a good start. Despite the principle of Delivering-As-One, there was room for much deeper and widespread collaboration across the UN Agencies. The evaluation understood that there is planned joint programming in the next UNDAF. It is recommended that one of the ways to scale up the initial successes of this Project, the next programming should include all agencies and institutions that have the mandate on gender equality & empowerment of women, girls and youth.
Management Response: This recommendation is partially accepted as not all UN Agencies with the mandate on gender equality & empowerment of women, girls and youth have the mandate of WPP and WPS. Intensify awareness raising on the promotion and protection of women and girls’ rights.
Description:
Management Response Category: Partially Accepted
Thematic Area: Peace and security (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Internal coordination and communication
Organizational Priorities: Organizational efficiency, UN Coordination
UNEG Criteria: Impact, Effectiveness, Efficiency
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
RUNOs to work closely with the Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone on WPP and WPs issues and encourage the dedication of chapters to WPP and WPS in the Commission’s annual report with recommendations proferred for the way forward UNW-SLE 2021/12 Not Initiated
Recommendation: There is need for additional funding to strengthen involvement of national and community women in electoral processes and to support civil society organisations’ work during elections and after. There is need for additional funding for successful community-based initiatives that have shown positive results and can be brought to scale. Clear examples include peace ambassadors’ sporting community events; community cross-cultural peace consolidation events; local language research and publishing, media, peace journalism and ICT peace consolidation; young women and young men entrepreneurship. These initiatives will provide opportunities for activities already initiated by various IPs and be further strengthened to achieve progress towards increased participation of women and youth at all levels of peacebuilding, conflict mediation and conflict management
Management Response: This recommendation has been accepted . RUNOS will continue to develop proposals to raise funds and show case best practices of the project and raise funds to address issues of WPS and WPP.
Description:
Management Response Category: Accepted
Thematic Area: Peace and security (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Resource mobilization
Organizational Priorities: Not applicable
UNEG Criteria: Sustainability
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
Develop Knowledge products on the completed project UNW-SLE 2021/12 Not Initiated
Recommendation: UN Women should build internal technical capacity to continue to lead other UN Agencies and development partners in the Women’s Political Participation (WPP) and Women’s Peace and Security (WPS) agendas to a new level.
Management Response: This will be challenging for UN Women to continue leading because of the announcement of office closure
Description:
Management Response Category: Accepted
Thematic Area: Peace and security (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Oversight/governance
Organizational Priorities: Organizational efficiency
UNEG Criteria: Relevance, Effectiveness
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
Popularize the SiLNAP 2 among UN agencies and encourage its mainstreaming in programme interventions UNW-SLE 2021/11 Not Initiated