Thematic Evaluation Reports

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This series assesses United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) performance in areas that are critical to ensuring sustained contribution to development results in the context of emerging development issues and changing priorities at the global and regional levels. To this end, thematic evaluations may cover, for example, UNDP policies, focus areas, partnerships, programmatic approaches, cooperation modalities, or business models. The Evaluation Office also engages in evaluations conducted jointly with other United Nations organizations to assess system-wide performance.

Evaluation of the Role of UNDP in Supporting National Achievement of the Millennium Development Goals

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15 Dec 2015
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The evaluation of the role of UNDP in supporting national achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is an independent thematic evaluation conducted by the Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in 2014. The evaluation focuses on the tools and initiatives provided by UNDP in support of government and civil society efforts to fulfil the Goals, including national reports, advocacy (Millennium Campaign), inclusion innational development strategies and poverty reduction strategies, costing exercises, the Millennium Development Goals acceleration framework, localizing the Goals, etc.
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  • Acknowledgements
  • Foreword
    The year 2015—recently proclaimed the “year of evaluation” by the General Assembly—is also the finish line for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Since their birth in year 2000, when they were proposed as part of the declaration emanating from the Millennium Summit, the MDGs have grown to represent a global frame of reference for development support, meant to focus attention and resources onto clear priorities. The effort to establish Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) builds on the momentum of the MDGs. As the United Nations embarks on this next global goal-setting effort, it is important that we consider and learn from past experience. It is in this spirit that we provide this evaluation of UNDP support to MDG achievement at country level.
  • Acronyms and abbreviations
  • Executive summary
    The United Nations Millennium Declaration, adopted in 2000, and associated Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) constitute an internationally agreed set of quantifiable and timebound goals to advance human development at the national and global levels. The Goals have shaped the UNDP programming framework to a considerable extent since 2000. Monitoring progress against their targets at national and regional levels through periodic reports has been a constant area of work over the period. In other areas of work, the extent of UNDP engagement has evolved over time. While the organization was initially focused on raising awareness and ensuring stakeholder buy-in for the Goals through a series of campaigns, after 2005 its focus moved to supporting the incorporation and mainstreaming of the Goals in national development strategies, including through estimating the cost of achieving them in specific countries, preparing macroeconomic frameworks that were consistent with the Goals or aligning poverty reduction strategies (PRSs) with them. Since 2010, UNDP has concentrated on directly supporting specific countries to close gaps in meeting particular Goals through the Millennium Development Goals Acceleration Framework (MAF).
  • Introduction
    This chapter outlines the goals, scope and methodology of this evaluation, which focuses on the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) role in attaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) at the national level. Considerations of scope are of particular note, as the evaluation reviewed a broad range of initiatives implemented over a long period (2002–2014). During these 12 years, the MDGs permeated almost everything that UNDP did. Their widespread use in and beyond UNDP presented a challenge to this evaluation, which had to be carefully delimited to avoid an overly ambitious enquiry.
  • The millennium development goals
    This chapter provides a brief historical overview of how the MDGs were conceptualized and negotiated, as a way to situate UNDP contribution to MDG implementation in the appropriate historical and institutional context. The purpose is not to be exhaustive, but rather to help understand how UNDP was positioned to support the MDGs at the turn of the millennium. The historical sequence explored here begins with a series of UN conferences in the 1990s, then moves to the adoption of International Development Goals by the Development Assistance Committee of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD/DAC) and to the rise of the poverty reduction agenda within the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank (WB), and concludes with the Millennium Summit and the ensuing 2001 drafting of a short list of eight ‘super-goals’ that would help monitor the implementation of the Millennium Declaration.
  • UNDP role and strategy in MDG support
  • Assessment of UNDP contribution
  • Conclusions and recommendations
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