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Outcome Evaluation of the Support to Electoral Reform and Elections in Malawi Project and the UN 50/50 Programme Toks George-Coker (Team Leader) Miguel de Brito Blessings Chinsinga Jessica Banda Final Report 27 th August 2009 1
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Acknowledgements The Evaluation Team would like to thank Richard Dictus, Resident Representative – UNDP and his staff; the Chair to the Electoral Commission, Justice A. Msosa and her Commissioners; Mr. D. Banda, Chief Elections Officer, Malawi Electoral Commission Secretariat, and his staff; Consultants attached to MEC under the Elections Project; The Development Partners; representatives of the Government of Malawi; members of the public service and civil society organisations who made time to accommodate us. 2
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Table of Contents Acknowledgements .................................................................................................... 2 Executive Summary ...................................................................................................... 5 Abbreviations ................................................................................................................ 7 Setting the Scene ....................................................................................................... 10 Purpose of the Evaluation .......................................................................................... 11 Approach and Methodology ........................................................................................ 11 Organization of the Report ......................................................................................... 12 Political and Development Context ............................................................................ 13 Findings of the Evaluation .......................................................................................... 17 Institution Building and Support to the EC .............................................................. 17 Challenges to Trust Fund Implementation .......................................................... 21 Voter Registration ................................................................................................ 22 Civic and Voter Education (CVE) ............................................................................ 23 Constraints and Challenges in the Delivery of CVE ............................................ 27 Conceptualization of CVE ................................................................................... 27 Delays in the Engagement of CVE Managers .................................................... 28 Media ................................................................................................................... 30 The UN 50/50 Programme ......................................................................................... 34 Lessons Learned ........................................................................................................ 36 Trust Fund ........................................................................................................... 36 Voter Registration ................................................................................................ 38 Positive Experiences of CVE Activities ............................................................... 38 The UN 50/50 Programme .................................................................................. 39 3
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Recommendations ...................................................................................................... 40 Institutional Capacity Building ............................................................................. 40 Voter Education ................................................................................................... 41 Media ................................................................................................................... 43 UN 50/50 Programme ......................................................................................... 44 Conclusions ................................................................................................................ 46 Annexes ...................................................................................................................... 48 Annex 1 ................................................................................................................... 48 Terms of Reference ............................................................................................. 48 EVALUATION PRODUCTS/DELIVERABLES ............................................................ 53 Annex 2 ................................................................................................................... 54 Documents consulted .......................................................................................... 54 Annex 3 ................................................................................................................... 56 Meetings Held ...................................................................................................... 56 4
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Executive Summary The UNDP contracted a 4-member team for its final evaluation of the Support to Electoral Reform and Elections in Malawi Programme; and impact of the UN’s support to the Increasing Women Representation in Parliament and Local Government (50/50 programme). The Terms of Reference for this evaluation are appended in the Annexe. The elections intervention focused on support to the Electoral Reform of the Malawi Electoral Commission through short and long-term capacity building initiatives delivered through a Donor supported Trust Fund. This was to be followed by direct support for the May 2009 Presidential and Parliamentary Elections (PPEs). The 50/50 programme of support aimed at engendering electoral processes in Malawi. After the May Presidential and Parliamentary Elections, 42 Women won seats in Parliament, representing 22%, up from 14% in 2004. The Elections were held successfully and found to be credible. However, in the aftermath, the Evaluation team is conducting its review in accordance with its Terms of Reference has made a number of recommendations. These cover the core areas of the Electoral Reform project; and elements of the 50/50 Programme.
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