Assessment of Development Results

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This series assesses the attainment of intended and achieved results as well as United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) contributions to development results at the country level. Their scope include, but is not confined to, UNDP responsiveness and alignment to country challenges and priorities; strategic positioning; use of comparative advantage; and engagement with partners. The number and selection of countries, and the timing of these evaluations, are determined to ensure coverage and to allow findings and recommendations to feed into the preparation of the subsequent programme. Wherever possible, these evaluations will be conducted in conjunction with other United Nations organizations.

 
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16 Dec 2015
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The Assessment of Development Results (ADR) for Malaysia was conducted by the Independent Evaluation Office of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in 2014. The ADR examines the Malaysia country programme over the 2008-2014 and covered the previous country programme 2008-2012, and as much as possible of the on-going country programme 2013-2015.This is the first ADR conducted in Malaysia. It was carried out in close collaboration with the Government of Malaysia through the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) of the Prime Minister’s Department, various other national stakeholders, the UNDP Malaysia Country Office and the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific.
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  • Acknowledgements
    The Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) of UNDP would like to thank all who contributed to this evaluation. The evaluation team, led and managed by Heather Bryant (with thematic responsibility for South-South cooperation) and co-managed by Chandi Kadirgamar from the Independent Evaluation Office, consisted of Sonali Deraniyagala (inclusive growth); Sarah Aziz Abdul Ghani Aziz (environment, energy and climate change); and Prema Evelyn Devaraj (gender).
  • Foreword
    It gives me great pleasure to present the Assessment of Development Results (ADR) in Malaysia. This is an independent, country-level evaluation that examines the effectiveness and strategic positioning of UNDP support and its contributions to the country’s development from 2008 to 2014.
  • Acronyms and abbreviations
  • Executive summary
    The Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) conducted a country evaluation, called an Assessments of Development Results (ADR), in Malaysia in 2014. The ADR covered the previous country programme 2008–2012 and as much as possible of the ongoing country programme 2013–2015. There is a large degree of coherence in the programme structure over the two programme periods, with three outcomes defined for each programme period in the areas of inclusive growth; environment, energy and climate change; and global partnership for development (South-South cooperation).
  • Introduction
    The Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) conducted a country evaluation, called an Assessment of Development Results (ADR), in Malaysia in 2014. The ADR is an independent evaluation aimed at capturing and demonstrating evaluative evidence of UNDP’s contributions to development and its strategic positioning in the country.
  • Development challenges and national strategies
    This chapter provides a brief overview of the country context in which UNDP operated in Malaysia with respect to governance structures, the economy, human development and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and the environment. It summarizes Malaysia’s key development challenges over the period examined and the national response in terms of strategies, policies and priorities. The chapter closes with a short description of Malaysia’s role in the international scene, including as a recipient and provider of development assistance.
  • UNDP's response and strategy
    This chapter begins with a brief history of UNDP’s presence and programmes in Malaysia and then describes the two country programmes covered by the evaluation. It reviews programme resources, programme management, gender mainstreaming and UNDP coordination with the UN system.
  • UNDP's contribution to development results
    This chapter assesses UNDP’s contribution to development results from 2008 to 2014 in three outcome areas: inclusive growth; environment, energy and climate change; and South-South cooperation. The assessment of each outcome area begins with an analysis of the national context and strategy, and then presents UNDP’s strategy to support these national efforts to contribute to the achievement of the outcomes. Specific programme and project interventions are analysed and contributions are assessed against the evaluation criteria of relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and potential sustainability at the outcome level. Contributions to gender equality and women’s empowerment are also examined for each thematic area.
  • UNDP's strategic positioning
    This chapter presents a brief analysis of the UNDP programme in Malaysia in terms of its strategic relevance and responsiveness, use of its comparative advantages, and the promotion of key UN values, namely human development, gender equality and equity.
  • Conclusions and recommendations
    The previous chapters reviewed programme achievements in detail and identified factors explaining, enhancing or constraining programme performance. The present chapter draws on the main findings and assessments of the evaluation to present overarching conclusions and recommendations for the formulation of the next country programme
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    • Terms of reference
      The Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) conducts country evaluations called ‘Assessments of Development Results’ (ADRs) to capture and demonstrate evaluative evidence of UNDP’s contributions to development results at the country level, as well as the effectiveness of UNDP’s strategy in facilitating and leveraging national effort for achieving development results.
    • People consulted
    • Documents consulted
    • List of projects (2008 - 2014)
    • Management response
      The Malaysia Country Office (CO) welcomes this first ADR and express our thanks to the Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) of UNDP and to our government and other national partners for their facilitation of the evaluation. The ADR comes at an opportune time to influence the design of our new country programme for Malaysia (2016-2020), as we take account of the lessons learned from the last seven years of UNDP’s development partnership with Malaysia and build upon the strengths of the programme and our approach identified by the independent evaluators. The conclusions of the evaluation have been duly noted, particularly for their reaffirmation of certain policy directions and indication of assets and comparative strengths of the CO that should continue to be leveraged, as well as areas that need greater attention such as gender and South-South cooperation.
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