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The ADR Republic of Benin covered the period from 2004-2008 and offers lessons that can strengthen UNDP’s programming in Benin as well as contributing to the organization’s effectiveness and accountability. The assessment of UNDP contribution to Benin national development during the period covered has been positive. UNDP strategic positioning in Benin allows it to play an appropriate role for the country’s development. The evaluation concluded that UNDP has made adequate use of its advantages, such as its perceived neutrality in the championing of delicate and sensitive macro-level policy subjects, its acceptance by both donors and the government as a leader in their dialogue for development, and its credibility in resource mobilization.
The Assessment of Development Results (ADR) covers the period of two country cooperation frameworks from 2000 to 2008. The evaluation found UNDP contributed to national capacity development and to the continuity of institutional activities in the environment of political instability and institutional fragility. The production of the Millennium Development Goals Reports (MDGRs) is among the most visible products, and has contributed to the enhanced national capacity for poverty monitoring and development planning.
The ADR Republic of the Congo covered the period from 2004-2007 and has supported the process of developing the new country programme 2009-2013. The evaluation report concludes that the UNDP has made judicious decisions in the selection of its areas of intervention but it is now time to question the pertinence of continuing post-conflict type of activities beyond the current programme cycle. The evaluation recommends that the next country programme should build upon the demonstrated comparative advantages of UNDP in the Congo, namely its support for good governance, its pro-poor and community development approach, its regional approach to environmental issues and its strong advocacy capability.
The ADR in Rwanda covered the period 2000 to 2007 and offered guidance to a country office poised to play a key role in Rwanda’s ‘One UN’ pilot. Rwanda occupies a unique position in the middle of the heavily populated and volatile western Great Lakes region and UNDP has been a valued partner of the Rwandan government in recent years. UNDP’s contributions to Rwandan development are highly relevant though sometimes diminished by less-than-optimal delivery, a problem shared with many UNDP country offices.