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This evaluation provides an assessment of UNDP’s vision set out in the Strategic Plan 2018-2021, and the extent to which the enablers and changes introduced to operationalize it are helping to improve UNDP’s support for fulfilment of the Sustainable Development Goals and helping the organization to adapt and respond to changes in context.
The evaluation comes at a time when UNDP is also having to significantly adapt its efforts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the challenging context, UNDP has made relevant contributions to development results within three broad development settings; was swift to adapt its capabilities to support UN development system reform and signature solutions stipulated in the Strategic Plan; and sustained a stable influx of resources with agile mobilization and repurposing of funds to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. UNDP has made concerted efforts to promote collaborative partnerships to support and finance the Goals; to more systemically integrate approaches for more balanced consideration of economic, social and environmental dimensions; and to mainstream the ‘leave no one behind’ principle. UNDP has made good progress improving its management and operations and showing determination to be a more client-oriented operational services provider with commitment to improving people management, learning and development; streamlining processes and procedures; and expanding investments in digital and technological innovation.