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This report presents the findings, conclusions and recommendations of the evaluation of the third Global Cooperation Framework (also referred to as the GCF-III or the “global programme”). Covering the period 2005-2007, the main purpose of the evaluation was to assess the performance of the GCF-III, to capture lessons learned from this experience and to make concrete recommendations for the future. The evaluation collected evidence from case studies in fourteen programme countries, five regional service centres, two subregional resource facilities, three thematic centres, and through extensive interviews in New York.
The evaluation concludes that the GCF-III did not fully achieve its objectives. While contributing to making UNDP a more globally-networked knowledge organization, GCF-III’s role in codifying knowledge in the practice areas of UNDP fell short of exportations. Moreover, implementation was insufficiently strategic and criteria such as comparative advantage, demand and innovation were inadequately used. However, the evaluation concludes that there is a need for a global programme in UNDP to address issues that cannot be addressed at the regional and country level. It recommends that UNDP should design a new global programme that marks a clear departure from the previous global cooperation frameworks by setting out its global role, strategic focus and a results and accountability framework. It also recommends that the new global programme should be managed in line with standard corporate practices, guided by corporate oversight, and benefit from wider ownership in the organization.