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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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Strategic positioning of UNDP

UNDP has been implementing programmes in Bosnia and Herzegovina for over a decade. The decisions it made in the selection of programme interventions were initially guided by the dynamics of post-conflict reconstruction. Strengthening institutions at the state and entity levels, and reconstruction and local development priorities at the municipal level, provided opportunities as well as challenges. The challenges in the area of reconstruction have been to ensure transparency and accountability in the rehabilitation process, which should be inclusive and employ an approach that contributes to more integrated public and political institutions. Building and strengthening institutions at the state level involves working with entities and cantons and redistributing competencies. In the area of governance and social equity, UNDP has the comparative advantage of being able to inform the development of national strategies, and it responded to the opportunity to ensure that development planning and programmes are responsive to local needs through engagement at the municipality level.

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