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.

 
Evaluation of the Regional Programme for Asia and the Pacific (2008-2013)

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18 Oct 2013
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The Evaluation Office of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) conducted an independent Evaluation of UNDP’s Regional Programme for Asia and Pacific in 2012. Following the previous evaluation of the Regional Programme for Asia and the Pacific conducted by the Evaluation Office in 2007 for the period 2002-2006, the present evaluation intended to examine the RP for the current programme period 2008-2013.
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  • Acknowledgements
    This evaluation was conducted by the Evaluation Office of UNDP with Masahiro Igarashi as the evaluation manager and Heather Bryant as the associate evaluation manager, built on the work done by the team of evaluators led by Subramanyam V. Divvaakar and included Mehnaz Haider, Thaveeporn Vasavakul, Amitav Rath and Nurul Alam. Each team member took the lead in evaluating an area of work of the regional programme. Elizabeth de Leon Jones and Antana Locs provided research and operational support to the team respectively.
  • Foreword
    United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in addition to assisting development in 177 countries and territories with its country and multi-country programmes, runs global and regional programmes to address issues of global and regional nature and to provide coherence to its technical support and facilitate exchange of knowledge and experience across the countries it serves.
  • Acronyms and abbreviations
  • Executive summary
    The Evaluation Office of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), as part of its annual work plan approved by the Executive Board, conducted the regional programme evaluations for all five UNDP regions and the global programme evaluation in 2012. The present document is the evaluation of the Regional Programme for Asia and the Pacific.
  • Introduction
    The Evaluation Office of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) conducted an independent evaluation of UNDP’s Regional Programme for Asia and Pacific in 2012. The evaluation was carried out as part of the Evaluation Office’s annual work plan approved by the Executive Board, which included evaluations of the five regional programmes and the global programme, in line with provisions for independent evaluations in UNDP’s Strategic Plan 2008-2013.
  • The regional context and UNDP response
    The Asia-Pacific is the largest and most diverse region in the world, comprising more than half of the global population. It has the most populous continental countries on the one hand and small Pacific island countries on the other. The region exhibits enormous social, economic, political, cultural and geographical diversity that manifests in diverse development challenges. The human development challenges are also very diverse. The region houses nearly two-thirds of the world’s poor. At the same time, the region contains the fastest-growing economies of the past few decades. Reducing poverty has turned out to be a huge challenge for many countries because of a variety of factors such as implicit and explicit social class structure, imbalance in economic growth within a country, persistent corruption, and conflicts of varying nature and scales. There are countries that are highly dependent on foreign assistance and those which are not. Gender inequality is highly entrenched in many countries but for different reasons and contexts, and manifests in a variety of ways. With the rapid economic growth, environment degradation has become a huge issue for many countries, while finding a sustainable energy supply to the populace and industry became a difficult pursuit. Reference Table A1 provides selected data on human development, poverty, gender equality, environmental performance and aid dependency, depicting the diversity of the countries in the region.
  • Contribution of the UNDP regional programme to development results
    In this chapter, the contribution of the regional programme to development results is assessed. The assessment on programmatic relevance and effectiveness is presented together for each focus area for readability. This is followed by the assessment on efficiency and sustainability, which is presented across the focus areas as they address issues related to the overall programme.
  • Strategic positioning of UNDP in the region
  • Conclusions and recommendations
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    • Terms of reference
      UNDP’s Evaluation Policy mandates UNDP’s Evaluation Office to conduct independent evaluations of regional programmes implemented under the responsibility of UNDP’s five regional bureaux.
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    • Management response
      The regional programme for Asia and the Pacific, 2008-2013, was approved by the Executive Board in decision 2008/8 at its first regular session 2008. The regional programme document is framed around four broad themes: (a) poverty reduction and achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); (b) democratic governance; (c) crisis prevention and recovery; and (d) environment and sustainable development. The overarching goal is to promote regional initiatives for achieving the MDGs.
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