UN Women is committed to leveraging the process of the development of the next UN Women Strategic Plan 2022-2025 to further refine programming instruments and related oversight and accountability systems to implement transformative programmes for women and girls at global, regional and national levels. For that purpose, UN Women welcomes the findings and recommendations of the Corporate Evaluation of the Effectiveness and Efficiency Assessment of UN Women Flagship Programme Initiatives and Thematic Priorities of the Strategic Plan 2018-2021, which sought to analyze whether and how the FPIs have realized their intent to ensure that UN Women fully leverages its triple mandate to become “fitter and funded for purpose” to deliver result for women and girls. The evaluation also provides useful lessons to feed into future corporate programmatic thinking and practice and will serve as a key input to the development of the next strategic plan.
UN Women appreciates this evaluation as the first comprehensive assessment of the Flagship Programme Initiatives (FPIs), and its recognition of the FPIs as a means of consolidating and scaling-up the young Entity’s programming modalities to better respond to the expectations and goals of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action; the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda; and other international agreements which have recognized the centrality of gender equality and women’s empowerment (GEWE) in sustainable development. In addition, the evaluation provides useful learnings in the context of the repositioning of the UN development system and other aspects of UN reform.
The overall goal of the FPIs of creating high-impact scalable initiatives is as relevant today as it was in 2015 when the FPI process was initiated. It is important to note that UN Women has significantly grown and matured as an entity since then. It is therefore necessary to situate findings and recommendations in the current reality, which includes ongoing work to strengthen quality of programmes, scale up impact, further enhance accountability and oversight, ensure adequate resourcing, and improve operational effectiveness and efficiency. These processes are all part of UN Women’s endeavor to become an even more effective and efficient organization in support of women and girls, in line with its change management process and its vision for UN Women 2.0, as the Entity enters its second decade.
UN Women appreciates the evaluation’s findings that the FPIs had an overall positive effect on the evolution of the organization’s programming and operations and succeeded in providing a coherent framework to operationalize the organization’s five thematic priorities across regions. The evaluation also recognizes the significant contribution of the FPIs to better package and brand the organization’s programming in ways that could be consistently communicated to donors and stakeholders, in line with UN Women’s mandate.
UN Women acknowledges that, while providing a unified framework for programming, there has been a diversified approach to the development and rollout of the FPIs. While some FPIs took a structured approach led by a dedicated global technical team and supported by additional earmarked contributions in support of implementation, others focused on providing an overarching framework for interventions in a specific thematic area without necessarily a structured architecture for technical support, implementation, resource mobilization, etc. The evaluation provides useful lessons in this regard from these various examples. UN Women intends to use this knowledge to harmonize the implementation approaches, building on identified best practices and achievements to date [
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