Assessment of Development Results

2518-3192 (online)
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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.

Assessment of Development Results - Zimbabwe

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26 Feb 2016
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This is the first Assessment of Development Results (ADR) to be carried by the Independent Evaluation Office of UNDP for Zimbabwe. It was conducted in 2014 with a view to contributing to the enhancement of the ongoing country programme, consistent with the UN Development Assistance Framework for Zimbabwe (ZUNDAF), the UNDP Strategic Plan, and relevant national development plans, including the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (ZimAsset). The ADR is designed to contribute to the preparation of the new UNDP country programme, scheduled to begin in 2016.
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  • Acknowledgements
    The Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) of UNDP would like to thank all who contributed to this evaluation. The evaluation team was led and managed by Alan Fox from the IEO. Other team members were Grace Okonji (focusing on gender), and Leonard Maveneka (focusing on UNDP management of the Global Fund for Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM). In addition, the ADR team worked closely with two outcome evaluation teams commissioned concurrently by the UNDP Country Office: Joseph Mugore and Sithembile Nyoni Mpofu (good governance for sustainable development); and Oliver Saasa and Patience Siwadi (economic management and pro-poor development).
  • Foreword
    I am pleased to present this Assessment of Development Results (ADR) in the Republic of Zimbabwe. This is the first such assessment of UNDP’s work in Zimbabwe. It has been developed by the Independent Evaluation Office of UNDP as one in a series of over 90 country-level evaluations worldwide that constitute a vital component in UNDP’s accountability and results-based management system.
  • Acronyms and abbreviations
  • Executive summary
    The Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) conducted an evaluation in Zimbabwe during 2014–2015. This Assessment of Development Results (ADR) primarily covers UNDP initiatives undertaken under the current funding cycle since 2011, while also taking into account the context and achievements of UNDP during the previous period: 2007-2011. The ADR is designed to capture and discuss evaluative evidence of UNDP’s contributions to development results in Zimbabwe, and to consider the effectiveness of UNDP’s strategy to facilitate and leverage national efforts to achieve development results.
  • Introduction
    The Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) conducts country evaluations—Assessments of Development Results (ADRs)—to capture and demonstrate evaluative evidence of UNDP’s contributions to development results at the country level, as well as the effectiveness of UNDP’s strategy to facilitate and leverage national efforts for achieving development results. This is the draft evaluation report for the ADR for Zimbabwe, which was developed by a team of evaluators in 2014–2015, and will be presented to the UNDP Executive Board in September 2015, together with a new UNDP Country Programme Document (CPD) for Zimbabwe.
  • Development challenges and national strategies
    This chapter describes the country context and Zimbabwe’s national development challenges, focusing on issues of direct relevance to UNDP’s engagement in the country. The aim is to help readers better understand the development challenges that have led UNDP to make the decisions that it has and to implement its country programme in Zimbabwe accordingly. The country’s development indicators are an important benchmark against which UNDP’s strategic positioning and development results can be considered.
  • UNDP response and strategies
    This chapter provides an overview of UNDP’s programme between 2011 and 2015, with some consideration given to the previous 2007–2011 programming cycle. The United Nations strategy of development assistance in Zimbabwe is set out, as well as UNDP’s programme, budget and office organization.
  • UNDP contribution to development results
    This chapter presents an assessment of UNDP’s contributions to development results across each of the three identified programme areas: economic management and sustainable development, citizen participation and good governance, and social sector development and resilient livelihoods. As noted in the previous section, these are the three thematic areas that the country office in Zimbabwe set out in their CPAP for 2012-2015, based on the agreed CPD, and corresponding to the ZUNDAF for this same period. Across each of the thematic areas, UNDP’s work is assessed against the standard UNEG evaluation criteria of relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability.
  • Cross-cutting issues
    The previous chapter considered the three specified thematic areas set out in the CPD/CPAP for the work of UNDP in Zimbabwe. Not included as a specific thematic area is gender-based programming and mainstreaming. It is consequently taken up in this section, emphasizing the cross-cutting nature of this work. Likewise, UNDP has situated some of its work related to crisis prevention and recovery in all three of the CPAP thematic areas, and is seeking to expand on this work through a resilience building fund. The cluster of CPR/resilience efforts—past and pending—are also considered in this chapter.
  • Conclusions and recommendations
    This chapter presents conclusions and recommendations based on the ADR findings of UNDPs performance and contributions to development results in Zimbabwe. Each of the recommendations builds from the 12 listed conclusions, although not all conclusions have a corresponding recommendation. All of the recommendations are aimed towards UNDP and the implementation of its country programme in Zimbabwe.
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