Independent Country Programme Evaluation: Jamaica


This evaluation examined UNDP's contributions to national development goals, its relevance and strategic position within the country during the period between 2017 and 2020 in Jamaica. It provides a set of 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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Assessment of Development Results: Jamaica


The evaluation examines relevance and strategic positioning of UNDP support and its contributions to the country’s development. The ADR focused on results achieved in the two country programme cycles, 2002-2006 and 2007-2011, with a particular emphasis on the period since the last ADR completed in 2004.

In the past few years, rigorous measures were introduced by the country office to rebuild trust and partnerships with the government and development partners, as well as to strengthen the capacity of its staff. Interviews with various stakeholders suggested that UNDP Jamaica has clearly turned the corner and has now been recognized as a responsive entity that has relevant country programmes that are in alignment of national priorities, with a group of highly dedicated staff. 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.

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The Assessment of Development Results (ADR) covers two programming cycles from 1997 to 2001 and from 2002 to 2006. The evaluation concluded that UNDP has made significant contributions to the national development results in the areas of improved governance, poverty reduction, HIV/AIDS and environmental sustainability and energy. However, the evaluation found that UNDP’s partnership with the government has eroded over time, due to limited resources and differences between the government's and UNDP Jamaica's response to national development priorities. Country Office resource mobilization strategies and focus on its comparative advantage have not yet had the desired results. Systematic monitoring and evaluation have been limited, and as a result, the process of lesson learning has suffered. The evaluation identified several opportunities for the country office to exploit further, including capacity building, partnership building and resource mobilization.

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