Assessment of Development Results: Benin
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. These assets have enabled UNDP to contribute positively to the two national objectives of poverty reduction and support to social dialogue. The evaluation also concluded that UNDP needs to improve the performance of two factors: programme efficiency and results sustainability. A key recommendation is for UNDP to prioritize sectors and interventions where its expertise is recognized, instead of sectors where the mobilization of funds alone is more feasible. This implies that UNDP should limit the number of its sectors of activity in order to have a critical mass of interventions that are complementary, synergetic and clearly focused on making a difference in the sector.