Evaluation of the role of UNDP in supporting national achievement of the Millennium Development Goals

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Evaluation Plan:
2014-2017, Independent Evaluation Office
Evaluation Type:
Thematic
Planned End Date:
06/2015
Completion Date:
06/2015
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
350,000

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Title Evaluation of the role of UNDP in supporting national achievement of the Millennium Development Goals
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Evaluation Plan: 2014-2017, Independent Evaluation Office
Evaluation Type: Thematic
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 06/2015
Planned End Date: 06/2015
Management Response: Yes
Corporate Outcomes (UNDP Strategic Plan 2008-20013)
Evaluation Budget(US $): 350,000
Source of Funding:
Joint Programme: No
Mandatory Evaluation: No
Joint Evaluation: No
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Recommendations
1 UNDP should organize a last round of Millennium Development Goal country reports (end-line reports) in 2016-2017 to measure progress over the entire period of the Goals, establish baselines for the sustainable development goal era and identify lessons learned and good practices. This will allow UNDP to establish programmes on a strong empirical basis of what forms of support worked and did not work during the Millennium Development Goal era. UNDP should continue support to the ?unfinished Goals? even after 2015, by helping to focus development efforts on the poorest countries as well as pockets of deprivation within middleand high-income countries.
2 UNDP should continue to provide United Nations Member States and organizations with guidance and thought leadership at the level of the entire sustainable development goals agenda, on how to translate the post-2015 agenda to the national and subnational levels by establishing clear local priorities, while maintaining some degree of comprehensiveness and coherence with the global agenda.
3 While the post-2015 global agenda presents new challenges, the ?roles? UNDP played during the Millennium Development Goal era will remain useful and should be carried forward and enhanced for greater effectiveness
4 UNDP support to countries and local governments in tailoring, planning and implementing the sustainable development goals at the national and local levels should take into systematic consideration key local factors known to influence the effectiveness of goal-based development planning, so as to minimize tokenism and focus assistance onto countries and regions with good prospects for implementing their sustainable development goal-based plans and policies.
5 In order to support country programmes and learn from field-level experiences in implementation of the sustainable development goals, UNDP should establish and maintain over time a strong, stable cadre of dedicated advisors at headquarters and in regional hubs, able to support the regional bureaux and country offices? work related to the sustainable development goals over the long term, bring coherence to the overall effort and maintain some institutional memory. UNDP should document the varied approaches that will be used at the country level in a more systematic and objective way than has been the case so far. Resource mobilization and the management of trust funds also need to be brought into a more coherent framework to support country-level activities.
1. Recommendation: UNDP should organize a last round of Millennium Development Goal country reports (end-line reports) in 2016-2017 to measure progress over the entire period of the Goals, establish baselines for the sustainable development goal era and identify lessons learned and good practices. This will allow UNDP to establish programmes on a strong empirical basis of what forms of support worked and did not work during the Millennium Development Goal era. UNDP should continue support to the ?unfinished Goals? even after 2015, by helping to focus development efforts on the poorest countries as well as pockets of deprivation within middleand high-income countries.
Management Response: [Added: 2015/06/26] [Last Updated: 2015/06/26]

UNDP management appreciates the recognition of past efforts and notes the need to capitalize on the experience of UNDP with the Goals, to recommit to closing the unfinished business and to facilitate a smooth transition from the Millennium Development Goals to the sustainable development goals. With UNDP support as part of its scorekeeping role, countries have reported regularly on progress. Over 450 national reports have been produced to date. Several reports were also produced at the subnational level. These generate the evidence base to inform policies within countries, while also helping to extract cross-country trends and empowering national delegations within regional and global forums. A concluding round of national reports is expected to be produced by some countries in 2015-2016 to present a final stocktaking, establish national baselines for the sustainable development goals/post-2015 development agenda and facilitate a smooth transition to implementation and monitoring for this successor development agenda. Headquarters, regional service centres and UNDP country offices are providing the technical support needed for the preparation of these reports, upon demand. From the lessons learned and evidence base gathered from the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals, the following actions are proposed to tackle the ?unfinished business?:  Bringing less visible Goals back in focus (e.g., gender equality and empowerment of women; universal access to reproductive health and family planning; access to sanitation);  Sustaining gains already made and achieving remaining targets;  Reaching the ?last mile? by extending Goal-related gains to the entire population;  Using disaggregated data to monitor development achievements.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1. Based on demand, support a last round of country reports, in collaboration with the broader United Nations country team, with the aim to help countries estimate baselines for the sustainable development goals according to their current progress/status of the Millennium Development Goal indicators, as per data availability.
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Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS), regional bureaux and regional service centres 2016/12 Completed UNDP worked with governments to promote and facilitate a transparent and consultative review of MDG progress in preparation of MDG Country Reports. UNDP supported 156 programme countries to produce at least one MDG Country Report. Over 550 reports were prepared during the MDG era. Governments were in the lead, working with UN Resident Coordinators that facilitate the technical support from the UN Country Team. Between 2013 and 2015, UNDP supported 55 countries around the world to produce a MDG Country Progress Report, which assessed the totality of their countries’ MDG experience and helped establish baselines for the implementation of the SDGs. UNDP is now supporting many countries to adapt their existing strategies and their institutions that enabled MDG progress.
1.2. Develop an online database of Millennium Development Goal indicators to provide the trend analysis per country based on the country report data, which would eventually support selected indicators for the sustainable development goals.
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BPPS/Sustainable Development Cluster, in collaboration with regional bureaux and regional service centres 2016/12 Completed - UNDP has compiled a menu of 1906 proxy indicators frequently used during the MDGs, in contrast to the 60 official indicators of the MDG framework based on the analysis of the 550 MDG Country Reports. The official and proxy indicators used by countries were mapped against the framework of SDG indicators and published in an online database that provides trend analysis per country (MDG-SDG Database of Indicators). - In collaboration with OECD, UNDP is co-leading the Data Ecosystems Initiative to evaluate gaps in data availability to monitor SDGs, and capacity and institutional upgrading required to track new agenda. Mapping of ‘data ecosystem’ includes: national statistical capacity (NSOs) national and sub-national levels; legal and policy frameworks on open data; entry points and obstacles for multi-stakeholder engagement on data for implementation and monitoring of 2030 Agenda; innovation and new technologies for data collection; infrastructure/systems requirements for improved collection, dissemination and use of data; and efforts to support the establishment of an effective and accountable SDG Monitoring Framework. So far the initiative has been rolled-out in 8 countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, Colombia, Mongolia, Pakistan, Senegal, Swaziland, and Trinidad & Tobago). - UNDP has supported countries in various capacities to develop SDG Dashboards (e.g. Brazil with Plataforma ODS; and Mexico with Datos Agenda 2030).
1.3. Use the country reports Millennium Development Goal indicator database to generate an initial sustainable development goal observatory to monitor several indicators.
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BPPS, regional bureaux and regional service centres 2016/09 Completed - UNDP is contributing significantly to the intergovernmental negotiations on the definition of global indicators for tracking the 17 SDGs and 169 targets. UNDP is a member of the Inter-Agency Expert Group on SDG indicators (IAEG-SDGs), which was created in March 2015 by the United Nations Statistical Commission to develop an indicator framework for the goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda. UNDP has assumed lead responsibility for 3 indicators under SDG 16 (quality of public service, inclusive decision-making), and 2 indicators under SDG 17 (effective development cooperation). In addition, under SDG-1, UNDP is leading the collection of data for the Multi-dimensional Poverty Index (MPI) with data available for 116 countries. In collaboration with other UN agencies, UNDP is also supporting the collection of data for gender-based violence under SDG 5 and as well as substantive contributions in many other areas through various inter-agency networks. - UNDP is playing a lead role in strengthening national statistical capacity development and analytical reporting. Building on its experience in supporting the preparation of national MDG reports, UNDP is co-leading a UN Inter Agency Task Force with UNDESA to develop guidelines for producing national SDG reports. The guidelines will ensure effective, efficient, transparent and regular reporting on the SDGs through coordination, facilitation, knowledge sharing, guidance and support to countries. The national SDG reports will help track national progress and also provide analysis to support effective national implementation of the SDGs. Furthermore, UNDP is also providing technical and financial support to programme countries undergoing the the Voluntary National Reviews at the High-Level Political Forum. - UNDP and UN Global Pulse, with support from UN Volunteers, recently prepared and disseminated “A Guide to Data Innovation for Development - From idea to proof-of-concept”. The Guide provides a step-by-step guidance for working with new sources of data to staff of UN agencies and international Non-Governmental Organizations. The Guide provides practical guidance for jump-starting a data innovation project, from the design phase through the creation of a proof-of-concept. In Tunisia, for example, the National Statistics Institute is now able to track perception based data regarding corruption from the analysis of data from a variety of social media sources. - UNDP in collaboration with Philanthropic Foundations have supported the development of an Observatory – SDG Funders – which has originally started tracking the funding from philanthropy to countries to support the MDGs and now is fully focusing on the SDGs. The platform provides the performance of each country for a particular target and the resources that have been invested by philanthropy.
2. Recommendation: UNDP should continue to provide United Nations Member States and organizations with guidance and thought leadership at the level of the entire sustainable development goals agenda, on how to translate the post-2015 agenda to the national and subnational levels by establishing clear local priorities, while maintaining some degree of comprehensiveness and coherence with the global agenda.
Management Response: [Added: 2015/06/26] [Last Updated: 2015/06/26]

UNDP welcomes this recommendation and agrees that 2015 provides an opportunity to leverage the experience and mandate of UNDP to successfully transition from the Millennium Development Goals to the sustainable development goals. Products and services such as the MAF, guidelines for Goal monitoring at country level, the several tools to support the development of Goal-based national development strategies and the evidence base generated for successful negotiations and discussions related to the sustainable development goals can be suitably transformed to meet part of what is needed to guide the implementation of those goals beyond 2015. At the same time, the period leading up to the United Nations Summit to Adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda will be one of intense activity on the part of Member State and civil society, with a continuing demand for definitive analysis and evidence, until the global development agenda has been negotiated in detail. Knowledge about how implementation actually worked for the Millennium Development Goals in different countries and at the subnational level will help to inform these discussions and localization of the sustainable development goals. UNDP will also strengthen its existing collaboration with United Nations regional commissions to support actions towards the achievement and monitoring of the sustainable development goals at the regional level.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1. Prepare a forward-looking, evidence-based report illustrating: (a) lessons learned and implications of the Millennium Development Goals for the post-2015 agenda implementation; (b) how and to what extent UNDP support to the Millennium Development Goal agenda can pave the way for the transition towards the sustainable development goals (e.g., localization, monitoring efforts and use of disaggregated data to take better account inequalities at subnational level, identification of implementation bottlenecks, including governance and capacity deficits, vulnerabilities to natural and man-made disasters); (c) relevance of the lessons learned from the Millennium Development Goals for the sustainable development goals, across different country typologies (e.g., including middle-income countries) and identification of lessons where similar ?relevance versus comparability? trade-offs can happen (e.g., process of nationalization of indicators and the need for relevant guidelines and methodologies, disaggregation of targets and indicators and relevant budget considerations); and (d) identify/map best practices implemented by countries in reaching the Millennium Development Goals, which have already been subject to South-South cooperation and that could help other countries to move forward on the unfinished business of the Goals and the future sustainable development goals.
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BPPS/Sustainable Development Cluster in coordination with respective regional service centres 2015/09 Completed - UNDP prepared a forward-looking, evidenced-based global report titled “From the MDGs to Sustainable Development for All: Lessons from 15 Years of Practice”. From MDGs to Sustainable Development For All: Lessons from 15 Years of Practice (2016). The report highlights the value addition of UNDP based support for the MDGs and guidance on the relevance of what has been learned and accomplished for achieving the SDGs. The report draws from the lessons in over 50 recent MDG Country Reports, prepared by governments, and in many cases – transitioning to the SDGs. Its recommendations are informed by UNDP’s experience, supporting 156 countries to realize the MDGs. The report identifies 10 evidence-based recommendations and plans to support the implementation of the SDGs around the world.
2.2. As a key part of the corporate strategy, evolve the MAF into a new sustainable development goal implementation tool including diagnostics to assess bottlenecks, costings and response strategies to address prioritized bottlenecks.
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BPPS and regional service centres, in collaboration with regional bureaux 2016/12 Completed - Based on the experience of the MDG Acceleration Framework (MAF) in over 60 countries, UNDP has prepared a draft Bottleneck Assessment Tool, which will help countries accelerate progress across targets through identification of accelerators, bottleneck assessment and feasible and impactful solutions. The Tool is expected to be rolled-out in 2017. - UNDP and the World Bank prepared a global joint-Report Transitioning from the MDGs to the SDGs (2016), which pulls together the main lessons learned from the MDG Reviews for the UN system and for its engagement at the country level, which took place at the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB). The Reviews, which brought together UN and World Bank Group staff, systematically identified the country situation, the bottlenecks to MDG attainment, and potential solutions to be implemented. Since many MDGs have been absorbed into the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), many of the observations and solutions provided could prove useful to the implementation of the SDGs. The joint-report was launched by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, the President of the WB Jim Kim, and UNDP’s Administrator Helen Clark. - UNDP has also led the preparation and application of other acceleration and bottleneck analysis tools such as the PovRisk Tool, which helps countries to identify the relevant factors that determine the transition of households in and out of poverty. The Tool also helps countries to determine the set of policies that tackles each of these factors ensuring that poverty reduction is sustainable. The Tool has been applied in 18 Latin American countries and it is now being replicated in 9 pilot countries: Albania, Tunisia, Cote D’Ivoire, Pakistan, Indonesia and Philippines.
2.3. In consultation with United Nations Development Group partners, design and launch the successor to the United Nations Millennium Campaign to serve as a campaigning and accountability movement to monitor implementation of the sustainable development goals from a people?s perspective.
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BPPS/United Nations Millennium Campaign 2016/12 Completed - In consultation with United Nations Development Group partners, UNDP has designed and launched the successor to the United Nations Millennium Campaign, which is called the UN SDG Action Campaign. The UN SDG Action Campaign serves as a campaigning and accountability movement to monitor implementation of the SDGs from people’s perspectives. Administered by UNDP, the UN SDG Action Campaign provides support to the UN system and the Member States on advocacy and public engagement in SDG implementation. The SDG Action Campaign focuses on building an inclusive, people-centered convening platform, involving a broad group of stakeholders to build strong political will for the 2030 Agenda and facilitating citizen-driven data to fill data gaps and drive accountability at national, regional and global level. The Global SDG Action Campaign Center in Bonn, supported by the German Government, will serve as the strategic hub for the campaign.
2.4. Develop policy advocacy pieces focusing on the sustainable development goals and utilizing the lessons learned from the experience of the Millennium Development Goals.
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BPPS, regional bureaux and regional service centres 2016/12 Completed - UNDP developed prospectuses - UNDP Support to the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals – on relevant SDGs in form of policy advocacy pieces. The Prospectuses are available in multiple languages for the following SDGs: SDG 1 on Poverty; SDG 5 on Gender Equality; SDG 6 on Water and Sanitation; SDG 8 on Decent Work; SDG 10 on Reducing inequalities; SDG 14 Life below; SDG 15 Life on land; and SDG 16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions. - At the regional level, UNDP contributed to the report that takes stock of Africa’s performance during the 15 year MDG implementation era - MDGs to Agenda 2063/SDGs Transition Report (2016). The report reflects on the challenges and opportunities associated with the dual transition to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the African Union’s Agenda 2063. UNDP also contributed to the report – Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in the Era of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda – that presents the first ever analysis of the steps that countries in Asia and the Pacific are taking to effectively link finance with their national development priorities and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This regional report provides data and analysis on trends in the finance landscape in the Asia-Pacific region and actions being taken by countries to manage different forms of finance more coherently at country level, including through reforms to policies and institutions. - UNDP contributed to the preparation of 2016 Global Sustainable Development Report. The report was prepared specifically to inform the discussions at the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on sustainable development in 2016. The report looks at what ‘ensuring that no one is left behind’ means in relation to the 2030 Agenda and provides specific highlights on how the inclusiveness imperative may impact the delivery of the Agenda, through examining the nexus of infrastructure, inequality and resilience, and through the cross-cutting dimensions of technology and institutions. https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?page=view&type=400&nr=2328&menu=1515 - Other examples of relevant knowledge products prepared by UNDP are:Mapping Mining to the Sustainable Development Goals: An Atlas (2016), prepared jointly by UNDP, the World Economic Forum, the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investments and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, illustrates how mining can contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). ; Converging interests: Philanthropy-government collaboration to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (2016), provides an analysis of the national experiences of the SDG Philanthropy Platform's first four pilot countries (Colombia, Ghana, Indonesia, and Kenya), lessons learned from practice, and illustrates the challenges and opportunities in building state-philanthropy partnerships that contribute to the fulfillment of the SDGs.
2.5. Use mainstreaming of the Millennium Development Goals into national planning expertise and lessons learned to develop approaches and strategies for mainstreaming the sustainable development goals into national-/subnational-level planning.
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BPPS, regional bureaux and regional service centres 2016/12 Completed - Under the umbrella of the United Nations Development Group (UNDG), UNDP worked with other agencies to develop a strategy for effective and coherent implementation of the SDGs, under the acronym ‘MAPS’, paying special attention to the crosscutting elements of partnerships, data and accountability. MAPS stands for Mainstreaming, Acceleration and Policy Support. In 2016, UNDP fielded nine MAPS missions to Liberia, Guinea, Tajikistan, Mauritius, Sudan, Cambodia, Jamaica, Kazakhstan and Djibouti. The key deliverable of a MAPS Mission is a government Roadmap for implementing the SDGs. UNDP is working with UNCT members at the country level to prepare strategies for supporting the implementation of government Roadmaps. - Based on the lessons learnt during the MDG era, UNDP is leading the development and application of relevant tools for SDG implementation. Example of such tools include the Rapid Integrated Assessment tool. The Rapid Integrated Assessment (RIA) assesses the alignment and gaps between national planning documents and the 2030 Agenda. The RIA aims to assess the readiness of countries to implement the SDGs. The Tool has been rolled out in over 17 countries (including Bhutan, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea (Conakry), India (Haryana), Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Liberia, Madagascar, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Namibia, and Tajikistan). The institutional framework tool provides information to policymakers on how countries have established new or adapted their existing institutional architecture in order to coordinate the implementation and monitoring of the 2030 Agenda. The Tool highlights how governments can promote horizontal and vertical coherence.
3. Recommendation: While the post-2015 global agenda presents new challenges, the ?roles? UNDP played during the Millennium Development Goal era will remain useful and should be carried forward and enhanced for greater effectiveness
Management Response: [Added: 2015/06/26] [Last Updated: 2015/06/26]

UNDP management appreciates the recognition of past efforts, and notes that UNDP will take further actions to ensure that institutional memory is preserved and that lessons learned are well documented to help countries deliver better. UNDP will undertake a comprehensive stocktaking and mapping of the activities it has supported during the Millennium Development Goal period to effectively codify lessons learned on ?what has worked and what has not? so as to inform its knowledge products, tools and services offered in the post-2015 period.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1. Continue to support the Millennium Development Goal acceleration reviews of the United Nations System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB), including: a. Preparations for two additional sessions (in April and November 2015) including country cases on areas not previously covered; b. Monitor commitments undertaken by United Nations agencies and the World Bank under the scope of the initiative.
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BPPS/Sustainable Development Cluster, in collaboration with Bureau for External Relations and Advocacy and relevant regional bureaux 2015/11 Completed In 2015, UNDP continued to support the CEB MDG Acceleration Reviews at the United Nations System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB), including: preparations for two additional sessions in April and November 2015. The CEB reviews were the highest level of analysis the United Nations leadership devoted to advocating the need to work across silos, and work across the MDGs to tackle off-track MDG targets, with an implicit aim to learn lessons for SDG implementation.
Provide guidance on the future of the CEB Millennium Development Goals Acceleration Review Initiative, including: a. Elaborate a paper with clear recommendations on the lessons learned to promote better collaboration and synergy across the United Nations system, in line with the ?fit for purpose? recommendations of the quadrennial comprehensive policy review of operational activities for development; b. In consultation with United Nations agencies and the World Bank, define a set of options for the post-2015 period, which builds on the CEB Millennium Development Goals Acceleration Review model.
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BPPS/Sustainable Development Cluster 2015/11 Completed In 2016, UNDP and the World Bank prepared a global joint-report, titled, Transitioning from the MDGs to the SDGs (2016). The report consolidates the lessons learned from the United Nations System Chief Executives Board (CEB) MDG Reviews for broad dissemination. The report discusses 16 countries and the Pacific Island sub-region— an exercise that brought together the UN and the World Bank Group, which systemically identified the country situation, the bottlenecks to attainment of the MDGs, and potential solutions to be implemented. The report draws attention to the three main conclusions for the transition to the 2030 Agenda, such as: a) Support cross-institutional collaboration between the UN and the World Bank Group; b) Advance better understanding of cross-sectoral work, and the interrelatedness of goals and targets; and c) Promote global and high-level advocacy.
4. Recommendation: UNDP support to countries and local governments in tailoring, planning and implementing the sustainable development goals at the national and local levels should take into systematic consideration key local factors known to influence the effectiveness of goal-based development planning, so as to minimize tokenism and focus assistance onto countries and regions with good prospects for implementing their sustainable development goal-based plans and policies.
Management Response: [Added: 2015/06/26] [Last Updated: 2015/06/26]

UNDP takes note of this recommendation, but notes that action on the ground is primarily motivated by demand from countries. \ Over the transitional period 2015-2016, UNDP will continue to deliver on its mandate and commitments to support countries to complete the unfinished business of the Millennium Development Goals, while also transitioning to the implementation of the successor agenda. The UNDP role in supporting countries to achieve the Goals encompasses three pillars, which will provide good experience and evidence for transitioning to the sustainable development goals. Specifically, UNDP will adopt a forward- looking strategy comprising: 1. Implementation: Continue supporting countries in their efforts to develop and implement strategies and plans to achieve the unfinished business of the Millennium Development Goals, including acceleration efforts and developing tools to localize the sustainable development goals; 2. Monitoring: As ?scorekeeper? for the Millennium Development Goals, assisting in monitoring progress at the country level and supporting countries to reflect on implications and pathways for achievement of the sustainable development goals. There is a need to embed prospective analysis and multisectoral perspectives in the next round of monitoring efforts; 3. Advocacy and thought leadership: Make available evidence-based advocacy and analysis supporting specific outcomes in multilateral and global forums.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
4.1. The UNDP policy framework on inclusive growth to address social exclusion and inequality.
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BPPS, regional bureaux and regional service centres 2015/12 Completed - UNDP has prepared a policy framework on inclusive and sustainable growth to address social exclusion and inequality to capture the breadth and depth of knowledge and experience within the organization. The strategy identifies four broad priorities for enabling countries to achieve inclusive and sustainable growth (e.g. Integrated Planning for Inclusive and Sustainable Growth; Employment Creation, Decent Work, and Redistributive Programmes to Address Poverty, Inequality, and Exclusion; Managing Risks of Globalization and Building Economic Resilience; and Mobilizing and Scaling Up Financing for Enabling Transition to Inclusive and Sustainable Growth). - To complement the inclusive growth strategy, UNDP produced a Primer, “Leaving No One Behind: A Social Protection Primer for Practitioners (2016)”. The Primer provides guidance to UNDP Country Offices, programme staff and relevant partners on ways to strengthen social protection to address the systemic and interlinked objectives of the Sustainable Development Agenda. The document articulates how social protection is an important mechanism not only for poverty and inequality reduction, but to make progress towards the social, economic and environmental goals established by the 2030 Agenda.
4.2. Prepare a handbook on mainstreaming environment for poverty reduction and sustainable development.
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BPPS 2015/08 Completed - UNDP prepared a “Mainstreaming Environment and Climate for Poverty Reduction and Sustainable Development: A Handbook to Strengthen Planning and Budgeting Processes (2015)”. This handbook is designed as guidance for policymakers and practitioners to mainstream pro-poor environment and climate concerns into planning, budgeting and monitoring. Mainstreaming is achieved by putting poverty-environment issues at the heart of government—in other words, by taking these issues into mainstream economic decision-making processes, particularly the national and subnational planning and budgeting processes led by ministries of finance, planning and local government, and supported by ministries of environment.
4.3. Re-launch UNDP support to countries to institutionalize and conduct costing, prioritization and identification of funding gaps and opportunities, and to strengthen management systems for financing sustainable development.
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BPPS, regional bureaux and regional service centres 2016/12 Completed UNDP prepared some financing tools for SDG implementation in terms of assessments, planning and costing. The objective of the tools is to design financing frameworks or plans for SDG-aligned strategies or acceleration plans. The first financing tool is the Development Finance Assessment (and methodology), which provides a country with an overview of the landscape of development finance, and the alignment of different finance flows to national priorities. The second financing tool focuses on Public and Private Expenditure Reviews, which use detailed data on public, private, and civil society budgets, allocations and expenditures to inform SDG-oriented spending. The tools have been applied in many countries in Asia-Pacific, Africa and Latin America http://www.asia-pacific.undp.org/content/rbap/en/home/ourwork/democratic-governance-and-peacebuilding/ap-def.html BIOFIN: http://www.biodiversityfinance.net (30 countries); CPEIRS (circa 40 countries) https://www.climatefinance-developmenteffectiveness.org/
4.4. Compile a menu of options for providing support to financial planning functions in central and sector ministries to plan, fund and implement sectoral strategies.
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BPPS and regional service centres 2015/12 Completed - UNDP has established The Financing Solutions for Sustainable Development Platform, which provides guidance to policy makers and researchers in selecting, reviewing and operationalizing financing solutions to fund SDG-aligned national and sectoral development plans. - UNDP and the French Development Agency (AFD) prepared a joint report – Financing the SDGs in the Least Developed Countries (LDCs): Diversifying the Financing Tool-box and Managing Vulnerability (2016) – that shows how LDCs can leverage more blended finance, guarantees and local currency financing, and how this financing can be used to support priority interventions such as investments in infrastructure and local private sector development.
5. Recommendation: In order to support country programmes and learn from field-level experiences in implementation of the sustainable development goals, UNDP should establish and maintain over time a strong, stable cadre of dedicated advisors at headquarters and in regional hubs, able to support the regional bureaux and country offices? work related to the sustainable development goals over the long term, bring coherence to the overall effort and maintain some institutional memory. UNDP should document the varied approaches that will be used at the country level in a more systematic and objective way than has been the case so far. Resource mobilization and the management of trust funds also need to be brought into a more coherent framework to support country-level activities.
Management Response: [Added: 2015/06/26] [Last Updated: 2015/06/26]

The structural change at headquarters and regional levels is expected to produce a more functionally and geographically integrated organization to deliver on the current Strategic Plan. The restructuring is delivering an optimized regional presence with more advisory and support services moving to the regional level, to help country offices deliver quality results more efficiently, which will benefit the implementation of the sustainable development goals. With the establishment of the Bureau for Programme and Policy Support, all policy and programme support services are aggregated under a single bureau. At the same time, a new Crisis Response Unit was established in order to deploy staff with the relevant expertise on the ground more promptly and efficiently as crises develop. Combined with the rationalization of management support and a new accountability framework, the new structure will make UNDP a leaner and more transparent organization. UNDP will take further actions to ensure that institutional memory is preserved and that lessons learned are well documented to help countries deliver.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP will establish a strong, stable cadre of dedicated advisors at headquarters and in regional hubs, who are able to support the regional bureaux and country offices’ work related to the sustainable development goals over the long term.
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BPPS 2015/12 Completed The reorganization of UNDP in 2014 sought, in part, to organize staff in thematically integrated practices in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Thereby, bringing together practices focusing on poverty reduction and environment to focus on sustainable development more broadly. This integrated approach has percolated across the organization’s structures at HQ, Regional Hubs and country offices.

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