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Assessment of Development Results - Bosnia and Herzegovina

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The Assessment of Development Results (ADR) in Bosnia and Herzegovina covered the period from 2001-2008 and offers lessons that can strengthen UNDP programming in Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as contributing to the organization’s effectiveness and accountability. The evaluation found that in the context of transition, UNDP quickly established itself as a capable and reliable implementing agency for the government as well as donors. In particular, UNDP has contributed to policy development and dialogue, including the incorporation of pro-poor concerns and the Millennium Development Goals into the national development strategy; national human development reports and strategic research on key issues have also been important in informing policy. Other UNDP-supported initiatives, in human security, governance and social protection, have contributed to capacity development at various levels of government.

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Conclusions and recommendations

The UNDP BiH programme has been implemented in a difficult and, at times, tense political environment in a context of complex consociational power-sharing between the state, the entities and their respective lower-level jurisdictions. A relatively small actor in terms of its own resources compared to other international agencies present in the country, UNDP BiH has nevertheless managed to make significant contributions to the transition of the country from a post-conflict society to one that is now preparing itself for eventual membership in the European Union. At the time of the evaluation mission, the Stabilization and Association Agreement with the EU was signed, giving Bosnia and Herzegovina a measure of optimism as to better economic prospects. It is, however, safe to assume that the challenges faced in the recent past have yet to be fully overcome and, in many ways, will continue to define how smooth the path forward will be.

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