Management Response

: Multi Country Office for Southern Africa (South Africa)
: 2014 - 2017 , Multi Country Office for Southern Africa (South Africa) (MCO)
: Pro Poor, GE and WE programme Final Evaluation,
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: Multi Country Office for Southern Africa (South Africa)
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Overall Response: The recommendations are relevant, practical and focused. MGECW and partners will adopt the recommendations in their work plans and UN Women will support as far as possible and enlist the support of other development partners in supporting the implementation of the recommendations

: Approved
Recommendation: MGECW advocates for the incorporation of in-service gender budgeting at NIPAM. To compliment this effort, technical support is required in developing the training curriculum from development partners such as UNWOMEN and in training of trainers to further build the capacity
Management Response: Acceptable as a long term goal
Description:
Management Response Category:
Thematic Area: Governance and planning (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Capacity development
Organizational Priorities: Partnership
UNEG Criteria: Human Rights, Gender equality
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
The MGECW plans to gradually and consistently mobilize key stakeholders in the country to implement measures in advancement of gender equality in Namibia. Gender capacity and consciousness among civil servants is considered critical. The in-service gender training offered by NIPAM offers an important entry point. This is a medium-term to long-term target by the MGECW. Other interventions that have been mooted to address gender capacity gaps include the commencement of MA course in the University of Namibia which will increase access to gender training in the country MGECW- Lead With support of other government Ministries/Offices and Agencies as well as relevant development partners including UN Women 2020/10 Overdue-Initiated This is a long term goal. deadline indicated here has been aligned with the timelines of the National Gender Policy which expires in 2020
Recommendation: There is need to support MGECW in developing sector specific case studies and adapting the training materials on GRB accordingly, plus technical handholding to ensure that the trained staff implement the skills accordingly
Management Response: Acceptable
Description:
Management Response Category:
Thematic Area: Governance and planning (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Capacity development, Internal coordination and communication
Organizational Priorities: Partnership
UNEG Criteria: Gender equality, Human Rights
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
This recommendation is being implemented with support of UN Women and UNDP- Namibia MGECW- Lead With support of UNDP and UN Women and other UN Agencies 2016/12 Overdue-Initiated Initial case studies on GRB are ongoing with support from UNDP. Other case studies will be planned annually and carried out as per the plan and with support from relevant development partner where necessary
Recommendation: The Masters course will go some way in building supply of gender experts in Namibia. To support this effort the MGECW needs to lobby for increased qualified staff in the Ministry according to the Gender Capacity Five Year Development Action Plan 2013 – 2017 to meet demands for coordinating gender budgeting and overseeing the National Gender Coordination Mechanism
Management Response: Acceptable as medium term to long term
Description:
Management Response Category:
Thematic Area: Women economic empowerment (SPs before 2018), Ending violence against women (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Capacity development
Organizational Priorities: UN Coordination
UNEG Criteria: Gender equality
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
The MGECW is lobbying and positioning itself for increased budgetary allocation including staffing. In the short-term, the MGECW continues to mobilize support of development partners to provide high end technical skills (through technical consultants) in order to bolster the capacity of the ministry to implement its plans. The short term support will help the ministry to positions itself for increased allocation by developing medium term plans and annual work plan that qualify for increased budgetary allocation by the Ministry of Finance since the Ministry of Finance uses plans submitted by ministries to determine allocations MGECW-Lead With support of UN Women, UNDP, UNFPA and relevant development partners 2020/12 Initiated MGECW has already begun implementing this recommendation but it is a long term goals. Deadline indicated here are aligned with the National Gender Policy (2010-2020)
Recommendation: Economic empowerment of women still lags behind in Namibia. Although the project attempted to address this in the Khomas region the support was inadequate to facilitate achievement and sustained results. A broader women’s economic empowerment programme would yield better results. The MGECW needs support from development partners to design and implement such a holistic programme so that feminized poverty is tackled.
Management Response: Acceptable
Description:
Management Response Category:
Thematic Area: Women economic empowerment (SPs before 2018), Governance and planning (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Promoting inclusiveness/Leaving no one behind, Advocacy, Not applicable
Organizational Priorities: UN Coordination, Culture of results/RBM
UNEG Criteria: Gender equality
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
The MGECW will work with its regional structures and local Communities and other NGOs in establishing community empowerment centres to empower women economically. MGECW will also development economic empowerment programme in collaboration with other government ministries and development partners MGECW-Lead 2020/12 Initiated On going and longterm
Recommendation: For gender mainstreaming to be implemented by OMAs there is a need for additional technical support from development partners to the MGECW in capacity building and facilitation of development of gender committees within sector ministries. A study on the Ministry of Defence and other sectors where gender mainstreaming is successful in Namibia will inform this process
Management Response: Acceptable
Description:
Management Response Category:
Thematic Area: Governance and planning (SPs before 2018), Women economic empowerment (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Capacity development
Organizational Priorities: UN Coordination, Culture of results/RBM
UNEG Criteria: Gender equality
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
Development partners, in particular UN Women and UNDP, have rendered technical support to the MGECW. UN Women and MGECW have agreed to mobilize further resources for technical support of the Cluster on Governance, peace and security, where the Ministry of Defence is a member, in 2016. The long term goal is for MGECW and the Republic of Namibia in general to develop internal gender capacity that can be relied on to plan, implement, monitor and report on gender equality goals. MGECW with Support from UNDP, UN Women and other relevant development partners. MGECW’s role in guiding and managing development partners’ support is critical 2016/12 Overdue-Initiated Immediate in-depth technical support targeted at Governance, Peace and Security Cluster. Other clusters to receive targeted support as resources become available
Recommendation: While women’s participation in parliament is set increase with the adoption of the zebra system, there is need for coordination of women’s position on issues undermining women’s rights in parliament and also support women’s political empowerment through ensuring that the Women’s Parliamentary Caucus is functional. Work has been done in assessing challenges undermining its effectiveness and a constitution was developed under the project. The evaluation recommends: additional technical support from development partners working through the MGECW to facilitate functionality of this important institution
Management Response: Acceptable
Description:
Management Response Category:
Thematic Area: Leadership and political participation (SPs before 2018), Women economic empowerment (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Capacity development, Advocacy, Promoting inclusiveness/Leaving no one behind, Not applicable
Organizational Priorities: UN Coordination, Culture of results/RBM, Partnership
UNEG Criteria: Gender equality
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
While women’s participation in parliament is set increase with the adoption of the zebra system, there is need for coordination of women’s position on issues undermining women’s rights in parliament and also support women’s political empowerment through ensuring that the Women’s Parliamentary Caucus is functional. Work has been done in assessing challenges undermining its effectiveness and a constitution was developed under the project. The evaluation recommends: additional technical support from development partners working through the MGECW to facilitate functionality of this important institution MGECW (lead) in collaboration with the Office of the Speaker and support from relevant development partners such as IDEA and the UN 2016/12 Overdue-Not Initiated The Republic of Namibia increased the percentage of women in leadership following the 2014 national election. The women leaders have since received technical capacity building and will continue to receive such support. Local government elections will be held in November 2015. MGECW and UN Women have already planned for the technical capacity building of elected leaders in first quarter 201