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  • In the last decade, almost one million people have been killed by disasters and more than one trillion dollars have been lost. Yet only 1% of international aid is spent to minimise the impact of these disasters. Find out more in this powerful clip: Every dollar invested into disaster preparedness saves seven dollars in disaster aftermath. Get involved and help us spread the word!

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    In the last decade, almost one million people have been killed by disasters and more than one trillion dollars have been lost. Yet only 1% of international aid is spent to minimise the impact of these disasters. Find out more in this powerful clip: Every dollar invested into disaster preparedness saves seven dollars in disaster aftermath. Get involved and help us spread the word!

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  • 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? […]

    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? […]

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  • 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 […]

    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 […]

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  • 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, […]

    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, […]

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  • 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 […]

    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 […]

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  • 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. .

    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. .

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  • 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.

    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.

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  • 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.

    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.

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  • 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

    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

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