Global and Regional Programme Evaluations

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Global, regional and South-South programme evaluations assess the performance and intended and achieved results of those programmes. They are intended to reinforce the substantive accountability of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to the Executive Board, and will be timed to contribute to the preparation and approval of the next programme.

 
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28 Feb 2014
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The Evaluation Office of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) conducted an independent Evaluation of UNDP’s fourth Global Programme in 2012. The evaluation covered the period 2009–2013. Global Programme was designed to strengthen the UNDP development cooperation role at the country, regional and global levels through supporting the analysis of development problems and providing context-specific development solutions.
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  • Acknowledgements
    This evaluation was conducted by the Evaluation Office of UNDP with Vijayalakshmi Vadivelu as the evaluation manager and team leader. The evaluation built on the work of the evaluation team which included Angela Bester, Thierry Lemaresquier, Bruce Murray, Asmita Naik, Ozren Runic, Amitav Rath and Elizabeth de Leon Jones. Anna Dall’Oca and Michael Craft provided research support to the evaluation.
  • Foreword
    The Global Programme was designed to strengthen UNDP contribution to development results at the country, regional and global levels. It achieves this through supporting the analysis of development problems and providing context-specific development solutions. The programme assumes special significance given its supporting role in helping UNDP respond to fast-changing development contexts. Given this crucial role, the Executive Board requested the Evaluation Office of UNDP to conduct an evaluation of the Fourth Global Programme in 2012. The evaluation is part of a series of programmatic evaluations including five regional programmes, and is the third consecutive evaluation of the Global Programme.
  • Acronyms and abbreviations
  • Executive summary
    The Executive Board approved the fourth UNDP Global Programme, 2009-2011 (hereafter ‘Global Programme’), at its second regular session of 2008 (decision 2008/32). The Global Programme was subsequently extended to 2013, consistent with the decision to extend the UNDP Strategic Plan (DP/2009/9). The Global Programme was designed to strengthen UNDP development cooperation at the country, regional and global levels through supporting the analysis of development problems and providing context-specific development solutions. Given its importance to furthering the objectives of the Strategic Plan and facilitating its contribution to the global and regional public good, the UNDP Evaluation Office conducted an evaluation of the programme in 2012. This report summarizes the evaluation findings.
  • Introduction
    The Executive Board of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) approved the fourth Global Programme (hereafter ‘Global Programme’) in September 2008. The initial programme period of 2009–2011 was subsequently extended to 2013. The Global Programme was designed to strengthen the UNDP development cooperation role at the country, regional and global levels through supporting the analysis of development problems and providing context-specific development solutions. The programme was intended to promote knowledge sharing and learning for policy innovation. Global Programme initiatives supported nationally led development programming in accordance with the parameters of the UNDP Strategic Plan (2008–2013).
  • Changing global development context
    Promoting and sustaining economic and social development over extended periods has been increasingly challenging to development efforts, requiring adaptive strategies. Multiple crises, some global in nature, alongside conflict in more than 30 countries, have slowed development progress, with human development remaining a key concern for many countries. The changing global context has also had enormous implications for development agencies. Resources available for addressing complex challenges decreased; official development assistance fell by 3 percent in 2011 and is expected to stagnate during 2013–2015. The 2012 UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Gap Task Force report had difficulty identifying areas of significant new progress towards delivering on the commitment to MDG 8, Global Partnership for Development—and, for the first time, there were signs of backsliding.
  • The fourth global programme
    The UNDP Strategic Plan, 2008–2011 (extended to 2013), defines the organization’s overarching objective as “support[ing] national processes to accelerate the progress of human development with a view to eradicating poverty through development, equitable and sustained economic growth, and capacity development.” This objective is set against the backdrop of complex, multi-sectoral and interlocking economic, social and environmental challenges that cut across regional and national boundaries.
  • Global programme contribution to strategic plan goals
    This chapter presents the main evaluation findings on the Global Programme contribution to furthering the development and institutional goals outlined in the UNDP Strategic Plan. The findings reflect the larger context of the UNDP programming approach and practices.
  • Global programme strategy
    The global economic crisis, the uprising in the Arab States region, and responding to conflict-affected countries made the already complex policy template defined by the UNDP Strategic Plan even more challenging for the Global Programme. The programme had the mandate of facilitating to ensure that the increasing demand for UNDP support—in areas such as strengthening democratic institutions, addressing transition needs and promoting equality, social protection and inclusion is better met. Providing effective support to middle-income countries was no longer a necessity that related to only one or two regions. Given the conflicting priorities, there is a considerable ‘unfinished agenda’ in several areas, and rapid progress is essential to enable the Global Programme to be fully relevant to all regions and country types.
  • Conclusions and recommendations
    The Global Programme had the challenging task of providing viable programming strategies for convergence of global and regional programme efforts, while remaining relevant to a wide range of country contexts and regional priorities but not duplicating the work of other—regional or country—programmes. The analysis of evaluation findings raises the question of whether or not the Global Programme, in its present form, is the appropriate approach for achieving the goals outlined.
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    • Terms of reference
      The Evaluation Office of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) conducts programme evaluations to capture and demonstrate evaluative evidence of UNDP contributions to development results at the global level. The programme evaluations are carried out within the overall provisions contained in the UNDP Evaluation Policy and evaluate the global and regional programmes of UNDP.
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  • Evaluation matrix
  • Results framework
  • Global programme projects selected for analysis
  • Survey analysis
  • Rating and weights
  • People consulted
  • Documents consulted
  • Management response
    This section summarizes the response of UNDP management to the evaluation of the fourth Global Programme, 2009-2013, approved by the Executive Board in September 2008. The UNDP Evaluation Office conducted the evaluation in 2012 as part of its programme of work, as approved by the Executive Board. The final evaluation report of the Global Programme is also before the Executive Board at its annual session of 2013, as requested by the Board in decisions 2008/32 and 2011/18. The final report provides an assessment of the progress achieved by the UNDP multi-practice policy advisory services, including progress towards the Millennium Development Goals, preparations for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) and advancing the local development and local governance agendas.
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