Multilateral assessment highlights UNDP’s progress in improving organizational effectiveness

May 2, 2017

New York – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) was found to “largely meet the requirements of an effective multilateral organization and is fit for purpose [and] is responsive to the needs and priorities of Member States,” according to the Multilateral Organisation Performance Assessment Network (MOPAN) report on UNDP, published on 5 April.  It was furthermore found that UNDP is “…delivering results and impact in its areas of comparative advantage."

Hosted by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and with 18 Member States subscribing, the MOPAN represents a group of like-minded governments that monitor the performance and effectiveness of multilateral development organizations through this joint assessment.

Under the institutional leadership of Denmark and the Republic of Korea, the 2015-16 MOPAN assessment examined UNDP’s organizational effectiveness (strategic, operational, relationship and performance management), while also assessing achievement of development results. The MOPAN assessment used evidence from interviews and a survey administered to 176 UNDP stakeholders within sixteen countries: Afghanistan, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Colombia, Haiti, India, Iraq, Liberia, Moldova, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, Solomon Islands, Somalia, Tajikistan, and Viet Nam.

The assessment highlighted UNDP’s strengths, among them, a strategic plan that builds on a clear long-term vision and its comparative advantages, a strong focus on results and cost- and value-conscious organizational systems for transparency and accountability. At the same time, the assessment found room for UNDP to improve on efficiency and sustainability in delivering results, and noted the challenges in implementing reforms.

UNDP values the insight from assessments like the MOPAN, and welcomes its new approach to evaluating multilateral organizations with an added emphasis on development results. As with previous MOPAN assessments, the 2015-16 assessment will help UNDP continue building on its areas of strength and improving on other areas for greater efficiency.

The full report can be found on the MOPAN website below:

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