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Evaluation for equitable development results

I received this message from four Directors of UN Evaluation Offices:

The focus on equity in human development is gathering momentum at the international level. Its premise is increasingly supported by United Nations reports and strategies, as well as by independent analysis. More and more national policies and international alliances are focusing on achieving equitable development results. The emerging equity agenda is surely the right way to go. But it poses important questions for everyone involved in development evaluation. Are current evaluation approaches and methods relevant and useful in the assessment of equity-focused interventions? Are we able to assess whether these interventions are achieving real and sustainable impact in reducing inequity? Under what conditions can equitable results be quickly and efficiently achieved? What needs to be done to strengthen the capacity of Governments, organizations and communities to evaluate the effect of interventions intended to achieve equitable outcomes for marginalized populations?

With the aim of prompting thinking to address such questions, UNICEF, UNDP, UNWomen and ILO Evaluation Offices partnered with Mexico’s Coneval, IDRC (the International Development Research Institute), IDEAS (International Development Evaluation Association) and IOCE (International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation) to publish the book enclosed with this letter. This publication offers a number of strong contributions from senior officers in institutions dealing with evaluation, and from senior Government representatives responsible for national monitoring and evaluation systems.

We encourage you to share this publication within the United Nations system, as well as with your partners. We believe it will be a valuable resource for discussions on evaluation for equitable evaluation results, and to inform participants at relevant national and international meetings and conferences. Please do not hesitate to contact the book’s editor, Marco Segone, Evaluation Office, UNICEF, at msegone@unicef.org for any further information and/or additional copies. Soft copies are available, free of charge, at www.mymande.org, as well as a series of webinars with the authors of the book.


Global Human Development Forum adopts ‘Istanbul Declaration’ urging action at ‘Rio+20’

Istanbul, 23 March 2012

Delegates to the first Global Human Development Forum today unanimously adopted an “Istanbul Declaration” calling on the world community to take bold action against global social inequities and environmental deterioration at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio this June.

“It is time to reset the global development agenda,” the Istanbul Declaration states. “The world needs a renewed commitment to sustainable development and strong political leadership to implement it.”

The Declaration stresses the need for global and national development strategies to put “strong emphasis on social inclusion, social protection, and equity, in recognition of the fact that economic development has too often gone hand in hand with environmental degradation and increased inequality.”

Achieving those goals will require better-coordinated “mobilization of global capital and local resources”, good governance on the local and global level, and full empowerment of women “through access to education, health care, basic services and their participation in the labour force,” the Declaration says.

The Declaration endorses the recommendations of the Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability and UNDP’s 2011 Human Development Report on Sustainability and Equity, and stresses “the need to maintain progress towards meeting the Millennium Development Goals in 2015, while building a consensus for a new post-2015 global framework that:

– Is universal in character, with relevance for all nations;
– Reflects the entirety of the sustainable development agenda, including the continuing importance of reducing poverty and inequality—particularly for the least developed countries;
– Addresses all three dimensions of sustainable development (social, economic and environmental), and their interconnections; and
– Is based on measurable indicators that can promote effective monitoring of progress and response to challenges.”

In a personal message to Forum participants, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said: “Sustainable development recognizes that our economic, social and environmental objectives are not competing goals that must be traded off against each other, but are interconnected objectives that are most effectively pursued together in a holistic manner. We need an outcome from Rio+20 that reflect this understanding and that relates to the concerns of all.”

More than 120 heads of state and government have confirmed their participation in the Rio conference, making it one of the largest such gatherings of world leaders in recent times. Government and civil society leaders from developing countries have strongly urged that the Rio conference address not only ecological threats such as climate change and pollution, but place equal emphasis on such critical social concerns as hunger, preventable disease and endemic poverty.

“We manage what we measure—and, in turn, what we measure affects what we do,” the Istanbul Declaration stated. “It is therefore vital that we measure progress towards sustainable development in a more comprehensive manner. Measures are required that go beyond GDP to capture a fuller picture of human development, and emphasize sustainable and equitable outcomes. We urge greater support for the work underway around the world, in the United Nations and elsewhere, to design and use more appropriate measures of progress, and for countries and communities to collect data accordingly.”

“In 2011 and so far in 2012, we have heard clear warnings from Nature that humanity is arrogantly pushing her boundaries, just as we have heard societies demanding human rights and justice, opportunities and decent jobs, affordable health care and energy access,” said Olav Kjorven, director of UNDP’s Bureau of Development Policy. “Responding successfully will require decision-makers from across the environmental, social and economic divides coming together to create the future we all want.”

To access the Declaration, visit: http://hdr.undp.org/en/humandev/forum2012/


New Magazine Targets Innovators in Global South

Global magazine Southern Innovator profiles innovation culture ending poverty

Southern Innovator is a new magazine for a fast-changing world. It profiles and celebrates the innovators across the global South finding new ways to tackle poverty, create wealth and improve human development and achieve the millennium development goals (MDGs). In its first issue, Southern
Innovator features the people who are re-shaping new technologies – from mobile phone ‘apps’ to Internet technologies – to overcome poverty and to improve the quality of life in some of the poorest places on earth.

SI is based on intensive research and is produced by UNDP’s Special Unit for South-South Cooperation (www.southerninnovator.org). The Unit is the leading organisation in the world tasked with the goal of sharing knowledge across the global South. It organises events including the yearly South-South Expo www.southsouthexpo.org), a roaming celebration and gathering of Southern innovators previously held in New York and Geneva, Switzerland. This year’s Expo will be held in Rome, Italy (5 to 9 December 2011).

SI is being distributed around the world through the United Nations network and partners and reaches some of the poorest and remotest places as well as the vibrant but stressed growing global megacities. It is hoped the magazine will inspire budding innovators with its mix of stories, essential information, facts and figures, images and graphics. The magazine will evolve based on reader responses and this first issue is very much the beginning of a journey. As became clear while researching this first issue, many things can change in a short space of time. Few could have imagined the rapid take-up of mobile phones in Africa and how these phones have become integral to development goals across the continent.

The first issue features innovators in mobile phone and information technologies fromthe global South. It can be read online here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/57980406/Southern-Innovator-Issue-1. Copies for distribution can be ordered from UNDP’s Special Unit for South-South Cooperation here: E-mail: ssc.info@undp.org.


MDG-F Secretariat – Worldwide – 62 mid-term evaluations during 2011/2012

The MDG-F Secretariat is seeking a pool of high-qualified evaluation and thematic consultants to carry out 62 mid-term evaluations during 2011 /2012, as prescribed by the MDG-F M&E strategy. The end result of the process will be an approved roster to which MDG-F Secretariat will select the appropriate consultant for specific assignments.

MDG Achievement Fund (MDG-F) is a United Nations facility that seeks to accelerate progress towards attainment of the MDGs, Paris declaration objectives and the Delivering as One initiative in participating countries by supporting policies that promise high impact, scaling-up of successful models, and innovations in development practice. The Fund operates through 49 UN Country Teams and actively strives to strengthen inter-agency coherence and effectiveness by implementing 128 joint programme in 8 thematic windows. http://www.mdgfund.org/aboutus

We thought this opportunity might be of you interest and we trust you will help us disseminate this announcement to as many relevant partners as possible. Please find enclosed the link below where you can read the TOR and start the application process (deadline to submit applications is march 6th).



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.

The evaluation finds that UNDP has been active on the ground but has not fully capitalized on the comparative advantage that it has in strengthening local governance. Being demand driven has, at times, led to interventions becoming ad hoc and isolated. Insufficient attention has been paid to establishing entitlements for the poor and engaging with civil society. UNDP contribution has been further limited by the absence of a common understanding across the organization underpinned by corporate guidance. .


UNDP | Handbook on Planning, Monitoring and Evaluating for Development Results

UNDP | Handbook on Planning, Monitoring and Evaluating for Development Results (English, Español, Français, Русский, عربي ) .

This ‘Handbook on Planning, Monitoring and Evaluating for Development Results’ is an updated edition of the 2002 edition of ‘Handbook on Monitoring and Evaluation for Results’1. It seeks to address new directions in planning, monitoring and evaluation in the context of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) corporate strategic plan, the requirements of the UNDP evaluation policy approved by the Executive Board in 2006 and the United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) ‘Standards for Evaluation in the UN System’2. The updated Handbook also incorporates information recommended by key users of the Handbook during various workshops held by UNDP units.


Evaluation of UNDP Contribution to Strengthening National Capacities

Eval_NationalCapacities.pdf (application/pdf Object).

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. For UNDP, capacity development is the “how” of what it does and UNDP has put in extraordinary resources in its conceptualization and activities.

The evaluation finds that although there is room for strengthening UNDP’s work on capacity development to align it more strongly with nationally driven development, given its track record, UNDP is well positioned to play a lead and transformative role in the important area of enhancing national capacity.


Directory of Research Centres at International Poverty Centre

The Directory currently covers 540 institutions doing research on poverty, inequality and development in 27 countries in Latin America and 200 institutions in 38 sub-Saharan African countries. This directory is an effort to strengthen links among research centres in developing countries and foster South-South Cooperation on poverty research and training. http://www.undp-povertycentre.org/site/CentreSearch.do