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Assessment of Development Results - Philippines (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)” 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 the Philippines conducted in 2017, towards the end of the current UNDP programme cycle of 2012-2018. The first ICPE for the Philippines was conducted in 2009. The current evaluation results are expected to feed into the development of the new country programme.

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Executive summary

The Republic of the Philippines consists of an archipelago of over 7,000 islands in the Pacific Ocean and is ranked as a lower middle-income country. The Philippine economy has seen several years of robustness, with an average annual GDP growth of over 6 percent in recent years. The Philippines ranks 116th out of 188 countries in the Human Development Index (medium human development) and 96th in the Gender Inequality Index. The country also has one of the highest levels of inequality in South East Asia and, despite recent reductions, poverty stills stands at 21.6 percent, affecting 22 million people.

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