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.



UNDP and the UN in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Although a few small projects had been in place since 1994, UNDP opened a country office in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1996 during the reconstruction and recovery efforts that followed the signing of the Dayton Peace Agreement. Since that time, the goal of UNDP in that country has been to provide quality policy and programme support, share best practices, and support government efforts to build capacity to address development challenges. While coming into Bosnia and Herzegovina in the wave of emergency relief and rehabilitation aid, UNDP BiH has, from the start, recognized the need to link rehabilitation efforts to both community participation and longer-term development. According to the first UNDP country programme, the main objective of UNDP’s cooperation in Bosnia and Herzegovina was to “initiate the transition of donor assistance from reconstruction to development.”


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