Independent Country Programme Evaluation: Tajikistan


This evaluation examined UNDP's contributions to national development goals, its relevance and strategic position within the country during the period between 2016 and 2019 . 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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The ADR in Tajikistan covered the period from 2001-2008 and offers lessons that can strengthen UNDP programming in Tajikistan as well as contributing to the organization’s effectiveness and accountability. The evaluation found that, in the context of transition, UNDP quickly established itself as a capable and reliable implementing agency of the government and donors. UNDP has contributed to policy development and dialogue, and played a key role in incorporating the MDGs and pro-poor concerns into national development planning. UNDP support to infrastructure development has been important in addressing social service needs in rural areas. The contribution of UNDP in developing disaster management policy was found to be noteworthy. One of the key roles UNDP has played in Tajikistan is supporting the government in managing the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. This has contributed to reducing the incidence of malaria and there are important ongoing efforts to minimize the incidence of tuberculosis and risk of HIV. However, the evaluation found that UNDP can play a more proactive role in furthering governance reforms. To maximize results in areas central to the UNDP mandate and build on its comparative advantages, the evaluation recommends that UNDP emphasize policy support and strengthening government systems. As governance reforms and efficient management of environment and energy will continue to be an essential precondition for sustainable development, the evaluation recognizes the importance of the continued engagement of UNDP in priority areas where enhanced national capacity and ownership of development processes can lead to significant results.

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