Programme Mid-Term Review

May/June 2011



An external Mid-Term Review of the Programme was conducted as a joint effort by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland and UNDP in May-June 2011.  The Objective was to assess the extent of achievement of the intended results defined in the agreement for Phase IV signed between MFA and UNDP in 2009 and identify opportunities, challenges and lessons learnt during implementation. The MTR also examined the relevance of continuing the support of MFA beyond Phase IV of the Programme (end of current agreement), including possible financial and institutional arrangements to pursue cooperation.

The review concluded to the relevance of the Programme to the development context of the Region and to the international development agenda, its catalytic role in mobilizing partners and resources for drylands development and its efficient use of development assistance funds. It highlighted that the Programme has evolved from a project into a main provider at UNDP for support to the CCD implementation and Drylands Development in the Region and  has contributed to the establishment of a firm basis for long-term  CCD implementation in partner countries. The review commended the livelihood approach adopted by the Programme in line with the UNCCD 10-Year strategic Plan (10YSP) and recommended a more balanced approach towards natural resource management interventions and the rehabilitation of affected ecosystems; it also highlighted the need to improve monitoring, evaluation and country level reporting – including the gender dimension -  on Programme interventions in partner countries.

Regarding the Way Forward, the main recommendations of the Review were as follows:

  1. To align Programme objectives with the strategic objectives of the CCD 10YSP;
  2. To promote the Programme as a vehicle for synergy in the implementation of the UNCCD and the UNFCCC and as a vehicle to channel climate finance from Finland as well as international mechanisms  to support drylands development in the Region;
  3. To empower the Programme in its role as a platform for South-South cooperation and that additional resources need to be allocated in the future for the production of knowledge products and the facilitation of experience exchange.