Independent Country Programme Evaluation: Ethiopia


It is the third country-level assessment conducted by the Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) since 2006. This evaluation covers the programme period from mid-2016 to mid-2019.The evaluation found that UNDP programme has responded to the development priorities of the Ethiopian Government and has achieved tangible results, though to varying degrees, in most areas covered.Programmatic planning in some areas, however, has enabled UNDP to take a more strategic and cost-effective approach, which provides models for addressing fragmentation in other parts of UNDP’s portfolio. There is also scope in UNDP partnership strategy to more fully engage with other development actors to establish linkages and synergies to enhance the overall collective contribution to the development process.

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The IEO of UNDP conducted a country-level evaluation in Ethiopia in 2015. The evaluation has two main components: (i) the analysis of UNDP’s contribution to development results (specifically, against the outcomes contained in the Country Programme Document); and (ii) analysis of the strategies UNDP has adopted to enhance contribution to development results in Ethiopia. It also attempted to assess the role and contribution of United Nations Volunteers (UNV) and United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) in relation to joint work with UNDP. The ADR covers the period 2012 through June 2015 while also taking into account some longer-term activities that have continued from the previous programme cycle.

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The Assessment of Development Results (ADR) covers the period over the last five to seven years (2000-2005). The evaluations shows UNDP played a central role in facilitating and coordinating dialogue among development partners in Ethiopia. During the period of evaluation UNDP demonstrated that it can play a vital development role even without having large resources at its disposal. While UNDP is well positioned at upstream levels, the evaluation pointed out there may be a need in the future to reposition in response to increasing Government capacity to coordinate development assistance. Gaps were found in translating success at upstream levels into UNDP’s downstream projects, suggesting a need for UNDP to re-orientate itself at the downstream level so that it is more focused on results.

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