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Assessment of Development Results - Bhutan (Second Assessment)

Independent Country Programme Evaluation of UNDP Contribution

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The Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) conducts country evaluations called “Independent Country Programme Evaluations (ICPEs)”, formerly known as “Assessment of Development Results”, 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. This is the second ICPE for Bhutan conducted in 2017, towards the end of the current UNDP programme cycle of 2014-2018. The first ICPE for Bhutan was conducted in 2007, before the new programme cycle of 2008-2014. The current evaluation results are expected to feed into the development of the new country programme.

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Conclusions, recommendations and management response

Conclusion 1. Strategic positioning: UNDP has made valuable contributions to the development of Bhutan. However, given limited resources (due to graduation to MIC status), UNDP has the challenge and the opportunity to reposition itself to ensure it can continue to make significant and sustainable contributions to development. UNDP currently lacks theories of change and a results-based management framework. Such frameworks are necessary to more effectively support a MIC with the systems thinking needed to determine how much and how best to invest and when, and in what sequence. The use of such frameworks will help ensure the best use of limited resources and more effective and sustainable advances towards transformational change.

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