Assessment of Development Results

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This series assesses the attainment of intended and achieved results as well as United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) contributions to development results at the country level. Their scope include, but is not confined to, UNDP responsiveness and alignment to country challenges and priorities; strategic positioning; use of comparative advantage; and engagement with partners. The number and selection of countries, and the timing of these evaluations, are determined to ensure coverage and to allow findings and recommendations to feed into the preparation of the subsequent programme. Wherever possible, these evaluations will be conducted in conjunction with other United Nations organizations.

 
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02 May 2013
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This report presents an independent country-level evaluation conducted by the UNDP Evaluation Office in 2010. The evaluation examines the strategic relevance and positioning of UNDP support, and its contribution to the development of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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  • Acknowledgements

    The present Assessment of Development Results (ADR), conducted between May and November 2011, examines the support provided by UNDP to the reconstruction of a most deprived country, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The period covered by the evaluation (2003-2012) follows a series of conflicts that wrecked the country and the subregion from 1994 to 2002. In 2003, the Congolese nation embarked on a reconstruction of its institutions, infrastructure and economy.

  • Foreword

    The present Assessment of Development Results (ADR), conducted between May and November 2011, examines the support provided by UNDP to the reconstruction of a most deprived country, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The period covered by the evaluation (2003-2012) follows a series of conflicts that wrecked the country and the subregion from 1994 to 2002. In 2003, the Congolese nation embarked on a reconstruction of its institutions, infrastructure and economy.

  • Acronyms and abbreviations
  • Executive summary

    Between May and November 2011, the UNDP Evaluation Office carried out an Assessment of Development Results (ADR) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). This report presents the result of this assessment and covers interventions implemented between 2003 and 2011, i.e., during two programming cycles (2003-2007 and 2008-2012).

  • Introduction

    Following the approval of its 2010-2011 work plan by the UNDP Executive Board (decision 2010/15), the Evaluation Office conducted an Assessment of Development Results (ADR) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The ADR has two objectives: (i) contribute to UNDP accountability to its Board and partners as well as institutional learning; and (ii) provide recommendations to the country office for the development of its future interventions.

  • National and international development challenges and strategies

    Independent since 30 June 1960, the Democratic Republic of the Congo is located in Central Africa. It stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes region and corresponds to most of the Congo River basin. One of the largest rainforests in the world lies in the north of the country. To the east is a mountainous area bordering the large East African rift. The south and centre of the country, areas of wooded savanna, form a mineral-rich plateau. The country extends over 2,345,000 square kilometres and has a population of approximately 66 million. Approximately 70 percent of the population lives in rural areas.

  • UNDP response and strategies

    Programming instruments specific to UNDP, described later in this chapter, are based on a series of documents that seek to ‘frame’ all partner programmes that subscribe to three successive versions of the Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers, a Country Assistance Framework (CAF) combined with United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), and finally two local strategic documents: the International Security and Stabilization Support Strategy in eastern DRC (ISSSS or I4S) and the Peace Consolidation Programme (PCP) under development.

  • UNDP contribution to development results

    To better adhere to the reality of the programme, the analysis in this chapter follows the current thematic framework of UNDP in the DRC: (i) support for good governance; (ii) fight against poverty and promotion of the MDGs; and (iii) basket fund management activities. This chapter also reviews UNDP activities in the context of joint United Nations projects. The chapter concludes with a discussion on the effectiveness, sustainability and efficiency of interventions and programme management.

  • Strategic positioning of UNDP

    In general, the relevance of the interventions funded by UNDP and its partners is widely recognized. In terms of documentation, UNDP programming frameworks (CPD, CPAP) are almost perfectly consistent with the various strategic planning documents of the Government (DSCRP), donors (CAF) and the United Nations (UNDAF), which is not surprising given that UNDP has been instrumental in developing these strategic documents. In terms of meeting the population’s needs, the programme has also been quite relevant in that it addressed key themes for the country’s future and to improve the welfare of the population. The programme is also aligned with UNDP global and regional strategies and responds to the priorities and values of the United Nations.

  • Conclusions and recommendations

    The previous chapters examined the environment in which UNDP operates, analysed the main axes of its contribution to development in the DRC, and assessed its strategic positioning. The following conclusions seek to highlight the essential strategic lessons from the evaluation.

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    • Terms of reference

      The Evaluation Office (EO) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) conducts periodic country evaluations called Assessments of Development Results (ADRs), in order to capture and demonstrate evaluative evidence of UNDP’s contributions to development results at the country level. They are carried out within the overall provisions contained in the UNDP Evaluation Policy.

    • Evaluation framework
    • People consulted
    • Main documents consulted

      The documents listed below do not include the many project documents, financial statements, briefs or internal documents that were provided to the evaluation by the UNDP country office. The list focuses on the external documents and the materials specific to UNDP that are essential to the programme analysis, such as the strategy documents or evaluations of the period covered by the ADR.

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