Independent Evaluation of the Scale-up Phase of the Poverty–Environment Initiative released

The Joint Management Board of the Poverty-Environment Initiative received on 1 June 2016 the Independent Evaluation of the Scale-up Phase (2008-2013) of the UNDP-UN Environment Poverty–Environment Initiative conducted by UNDP and UN Environment. The evaluation confirmed that the Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI) “is highly relevant to the poverty reduction priorities of the countries it is supporting and more broadly to national development.”

The evaluation had two main purposes:

a) To make a broad and representative assessment of the programme’s performance during the Scale-up Phase, and

b) To provide forward-looking recommendations to strengthen the sustainability/exit strategy of the PEI beyond 2017 to inform the discussions of the Joint Management Board and PEI donors about the future of the programme.

The evaluation found that Poverty-Environment Initiative’s programmatic approach, as documented in it’s ‘Mainstreaming Poverty-Environmental Linkages into Development Planning: A Handbook for Practitioners’ (2009), is sound. "While the Handbook was updated and revised in 2015 to incorporate the Scale-up Phase experience, the underlying principles, hypothesis and assumptions have remained the same overall. The programmatic approach is a flexible model that has helped guide PEI’s choice of tactics, methodologies, tools and activities, adapting to particular country situations," the Final Report said.

The evaluation recommended “…to expand PEI's geographically and thematically and upgrade the programme as a main but not exclusive UNDP-UN Environment delivery mechanism of capacity development support and technical assistance to help meeting the [Sustainable Development Goals] with a focus on inclusive, equitable, pro-poor, climate proofed sustainable development, building on PEI’s mainstreaming agenda and modus operandi.”

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