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Thematic Evaluations

Thematic Evaluations assess UNDP performance in areas that are critical to ensuring sustained contribution to development results in the context of emerging development issues and changing priorities at the global and regional levels. To this end, thematic evaluations may cover, for example, UNDP policies, focus areas, partnerships, programmatic approaches, cooperation modalities, or business models. The Evaluation Office also engages in evaluations conducted jointly with other United Nations organizations to assess system-wide performance.


Latest 2013 Evaluations

Evaluation of UNDP Strategic Plan 2008-2013

This evaluation provides an assessment of UNDP performance during the period covered by the Strategic Plan and an organizational assessment of UNDP's use of the Plan.

Management Response  | Executive Summary

Evaluation of UNDP Contribution to South-South and Triangular Cooperation (2008-2011)

The evaluation assesses the performance of UNDP support to South-South and triangular cooperation from 2008 to 2011.

Management Response  | Executive Summary

Evaluation of UNDP Contribution to Poverty Reduction

This evaluation focuses on the evolving role and contribution of the United Nations Development Programme in the reduction of multidimensional poverty.

Management Response  | Executive Summary

Evaluation of UNDP Support to Conflict-Affected Countries in the Context of UN Peace Operations

This evaluation focuses on the evolving and expanding role of the United Nations Development Programme in conflict-affected settings, particularly in situations where UNDP is engaged during and immediately after an integrated United Nations peace operation.

Management Response  | Executive Summary


2012 Evaluations

Evaluation of UNDP Contribution to Strengthening Electoral Systems and Processes

The study evaluates UNDP contribution to electoral assistance between 1990 and 2011, and in the past decade in particular.

Management Response  | Executive Summary

Evaluation of UNDP Partnership with Global Funds and Philanthropic Foundations

The evaluation report provides insights into UNDP partnerships with global funds and philanthropic foundations.

Management Response  | Executive Summary


2010 Evaluations

Evaluation of UNDP Contribution at the Regional Level to Development and Corporate Results

In an increasing inter-connected and inter-dependent world. Regional cooperation has immense potential Countries are collaborating to address challenges that cannot be addressed individually and on regional public goods.

Evaluation of UNDP Contribution to Disaster Prevention and Recovery

Disasters have been on the rise over the last decade. Their increasing frequency and scale pose mounting economic and humanitarian challenges and necessitate effective management of disaster risk as an integral part of development planning.

Evaluation of UNDP Contribution to Strengthening Local Governance

Strengthening local governance with a view to promoting democratic representation, establishing entitlements, and improving the provision of goods and services, can play a critical role in human development.

Evaluation of UNDP Contribution to Environmental Management for Poverty Reduction: the Poverty-Environment Nexus

The evaluation builds from the widely recognized assertion that poverty often exacerbates environmental degradation and environmental damage reinforces poverty.

Evaluation of UNDP Contribution to Strengthening National Capacities

As countries take ownership of the development agenda, enhancing sustained abilities for countries to do things for themselves takes centre stage as a critical element of development effectiveness.


2009 Evaluations

Joint terminal evaluation of the implementation of the cooperation agreement between the UNIDO and the UNDP

The evaluation was undertaken in response to the requirement of the UNIDO Industrial Development Board to assess the performance of the Cooperation Agreement between UNDP and UNIDO signed 23 September 2004.

Evaluation of UNDP Work with Least Developed Countries Fund and Special Climate Change Fund Resources

This report presents the findings of an independent evaluation of UNDP work with the Least Developed Countries Fund and Special Climate Change Fund resources carried out by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Evaluation Office.


2008 Evaluations

Evaluation of UNDP Role and Contribution in Energy and Environment

Environment and energy in various formulations has featured as one of the key thematic areas of UNDP’s work since the 1980s.

Joint Evaluation of the GEF Small Grants Programme

The purpose of the Joint Evaluation of the SGP was to assess the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability, and cost effectiveness of the SGP in relation to the overall mandate of the GEF.

Evaluation of the Role of UNDP in the Net Contributor Countries of the Arab Region

This independent evaluation of the role of UNDP inthe NCCs of the Arab regionwas commissioned by the Evaluation Office of UNDP.

Evaluation of the UNDP Contribution to the Implementation of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness

Recognizing the need to take stock and learn from UNDP and UNDG experience in new aid modalities, the evaluation was conducted under the umbrella of the first phase of a broader joint evaluation on the implementation of the Paris Declaration by partner countries and bilateral and multilateral partner agencies.

Evaluation of Results-based Management at UNDP

This report presents the assessment of an independent evaluation conducted by the Evaluation Office of UNDP of the adoption of results based management (RBM) as an approach.

Evaluation of UNDP Contribuation to South-South Cooperation

This report presents the assessment of an independent evaluation conducted by the Evaluation Office of UNDP of the adoption of results based management (RBM) as an approach.


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