Establish clear division of labour and responsibilities between external Civil Society Organisations and based Implementing Partner

Maintain good links with key actors in the International Community as well as national government stakeholders

Project: Creative Communication of the Nigerian Budget
Evaluation Date: July 2018
Report: [report link]
Lesson Learned:

While civil society organizations are interested in budget monitoring and are seeking to build their capacities in this area, the project did not succeed in engaging them with project implementation activities with communities. However, the project did succeed in enhancing skills and capacities of the grantee. Positive outcomes for the grantee include the winning of a proposal to conduct a budget tracking activity on nutrition with UNICEF. In this way, UNDEF funds helped to enhance the grantee’s network with other UN organizations.

Theme: Media
Project: Strengthening Municipal Capacity for Access to Public Information in El Salvador
Evaluation Date: August 2014
Report: [report link]
Lesson Learned:

Project outputs were met with efficiency, and even surpassed their aims in terms of quantity. This was due to the flawless management and execution of the project, but also due to the fact that the UNDEF funded project was able to link several activities to an EU-funded project in the grantee’s portfolio. By pooling funds from an additional donor, the project was able to target a larger number of beneficiaries in El Salvador (4361 individuals received capacity building in contrast to a planned 3000).

Theme: Rule of law
Project: Youth as Agents of Democratic Change through Knowledge and Information Acquisition and Exchange in Laos
Evaluation Date: June 2014
Report: [report link]
Lesson Learned:

There is an over-reliance among project beneficiaries on external funding due to a lack of foresight by donor and implementing partner which results in an expectation that the costs for material needs of both the youth and teachers involved in environmental and other locally relevant action research will be paid for by others.
Therefore the grantee needs to involve the Ministry in developing a strategy providing an appropriate response to the participating schools’ basic material needs. Indicatively, such strategy could foresee shared financing by the Ministry (e.g. for pencils, pens, paper) and by the participating schools. The latter could consider selling the products generated during indigenous knowledge education sessions, thus creating revolving funds covering future needs.

Theme: Youth engagement