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The evaluation found that UNDP was well positioned as a development partner of the Government of Brazil. Its positioning was based on the promotion of human development and on its capacity for project management. It also found that the contribution to the achievement of development results by thematic area was highly relevant, moderately effective and efficient, and highly responsive. The analysis of the sample of projects used for the evaluation showed that the benefits of UNDP contributions were sustainable to a limited extent.
The evaluation found that UNDP contributions have been important in terms of responding to national priorities and government needs. During the period covered by the evaluation, UNDP technical support to the government strengthened institutional development and enhanced policy formulation. Although some of the areas were not key government priorities, UNDP interventions in the areas of MDG planning and monitoring, governance, HIV and AIDS, conflict prevention and recovery, energy and environment and disaster risk management responded to key national needs and priorities.
The report validated the effectiveness of many UNDP initiatives especially at the sub-national level. UNDP has also provided targeted assistance to vulnerable and marginalized population groups. Ensuring the sustainability of development results however has been a challenge. It has not sufficiently integrated its initiatives into national actions, and should further reposition itself into the role suitable to the middle-income country context. The outreach of its advocacy should also be extended. It should use its global network more effectively in support of South-South cooperation.
The evaluation found that UNDP has made important contributions, helping the Government coordinate development assistance and integrate poverty reduction into its national development plan, strengthen local governance, built a national system for UXO clearance, and align its legal system to international environmental conventions. Further effort would be needed for the benefit of its work to reach ordinary citizens: the plan needs to be implemented in a truly pro-poor manner, the capacity developed needs to be utilized and the laws and regulations need to be enforced. UNDP programme itself needs to be more pro-poor and gender-mainstreamed in substance.
The evaluation found some highly successful interventions that have helped situate UNDP as an important partner. UNDP has done exemplary work in supporting elections, strengthening communities to hold the Government accountable, empowering women for financial inclusion and managing disasters. In moving forward, UNDP performance would be strengthened by improving coherence among its programmes, balancing the nature of upstream and downstream work, expanding partnerships and improving the quality of programme design to enhance sustainability.
The evaluation found a strategically well positioned and responsive programme that is aligned with national priorities and promotes United Nations values in the country. It highlighted the support that UNDP provided to democratic elections and disaster risk management but also notes that support in many other areas has produced a significant contribution and has the potential to make a difference to the lives of the people of Bangladesh.
The evaluation concludes that UNDP El Salvador is recognized for its substantive capacity and its positive contribution toward different thematic areas which constitute country's development agenda. UNDP contribution in the area of democratic governance receives a special recognition.
The evaluation concludes that UNDP Ghana has gained trust of the government as a substantive development partner and has made a positive contribution to Ghana’s development agenda. UNDP has engaged significantly at the policy advisory and community level, but the evaluation concludes that UNDP could have engaged more with local governments. The evaluation recommends that, as Ghana prepares for a transition to middle-income status, UNDP needs to further bolster its advisory capacity and align its portfolio with the realities of the dynamic environment in Ghana, particularly in the areas of local economic development and fostering private-public sector partnerships for development.
The evaluation suggests that the work of UNDP Jamaica needs to continue on various fronts, including strategic prioritization of programmes, further exploration of ways to efficiently implement its programme interventions and to ensure their sustainability, increased collaboration with other UN partners when delivering programmes, and promotion of gender and other UN values through its interventions.
The evaluation finds that the UNDP programme was well aligned to national strategies and addressed critical development challenges faced by the country due to the strength of its partnership with the Government. UNDP’s contributions were most notable in policy support, which has led to the incorporation of a human development perspective into the country’s broad policy framwork
The report concludes that over the evaluated period, UNDP has contributed to poverty reduction, actively supported MDGs implementation, and developed and disseminated useful tools and financial products to women groups, disabled people, and people living with HIV/AIDS.UNDP has been less successful in its support to good governance, in part because of slow policy setting processes within the Government. However, its support helped judiciary reform make important progress.