Independent Country Programme Evaluation: Bangladesh


This evaluation examined UNDP's contributions to national development goals, its relevance and strategic position within the country during the period between 2017 to 2020 in Bangladesh. It provides forward-looking recommendations, with a view to supporting the country office and its partners in the continuous efforts to improve the country programme by learning from the achievements and challenges.

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The evaluation examines relevance and strategic positioning of UNDP support and its contributions to the country’s development. Since an earlier ADR was completed in 2005, this evaluation focused on results achieved in the ongoing country programme cycles, 2006-2011.

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. Such transformations are often long-term and UNDP commitment to supporting Bangladesh over this time-frame means that it can play a special role in support of development change. The evaluation also identified a number of areas where UNDP needs to address specific challenges including ensuring appropriate national ownership of all its interventions and making greater efforts to ensure the sustainability of the results to which it contributes. Programmatically the evaluation noted that greater attention needs to be paid to environmental challenges that affect the poor and to strategic gender concerns.

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The Assessment of Development Results (ADR) covers two time periods of the Country Cooperation Framework from 1996 to 2000 and from 2001 to 2005. The evaluation highlighted a number of results produced in the key thematic areas of governance, poverty reduction and the environment. The evaluation concluded that the country office has overcome the programme delivery challenges that UNDP faced in the mid 1990s and has effectively mobilized external resources. UNDP Bangladesh also succeeded in increasing the focus on strategic areas by reducing the number of projects from 123 in 1992 to 32 in 2004, thus putting the limited resources to better use. The evaluation identified areas where UNDP could strengthen its activities, in order to address the emerging priorities of the country, including championing policy alternatives for pro-poor growth to counter the accelerating rise in inequalities. The evaluation underscored the importance of the increased support from UNDP headquarters and stronger partnerships with relevant local non-governmental organizations in these efforts.

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