• Results That Matter - Assessing the Impact of Projects

    What tangible impact do projects have in the developing world?

    Each year, the UN system and the world’s leading development banks finance over $90 billion worth of projects around the globe. Successfully executed projects can change the lives of people, communities and governments by delivering tangible results and developing local capacity. An increase in the number of hospitals or schools in a rural community can have ripple effects in sectors beyond health and education. In 2000, world leaders came together to commit to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), with its overarching ambition of cutting poverty in half by 2015. The MDGs were updated by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a new 15-year blueprint to address and redress the 17 most intractable challenges facing mankind.

    United Nations System

    UNDP in Focus 2015/2016 highlights key actions over the year and their impact on the lives of beneficiaries around the world. The report also outlines the ongoing restructuring process that will ensure UNDP is fit for purpose in the new post-2015 landscape.
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    IFAD’s Annual Report 2015 on "development effectiveness" provides a high-level synthesis of results in three broad areas.
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    Multilateral Banks:

    The World Bank offers an interactive section on their website dedicated to results. It offers photo slideshows, videos, an interactive timeline, floating statistics as well as a section on how results are measured.

    The Independent Evaluation Group of the World Bank (IEG) is an agency within the Bank that is charged with evaluating the activities of the World Bank Group by providing an objective assessment of results and extracting lessons learned from these projects.

    The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has published its first Development Effectiveness Overview (DEO), which is strategic and decision-oriented.

    The Asian Development Bank (ADB) provides an evaluation report for every individual project.

    The African Development Bank's Development Effectiveness Review (DER) 2015 is designed to assess the bank's work set out against its targets while ensuring that the operations are continually improving. In 2015, the Review focused on Innovation and the role it has been playing in Africa's transformation.

    On a section called Projects, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) provides case studies, environmental impact assessments as well as detailed evaluation reports.

    Managing for development results (MfDR) is a management strategy that focuses on using performance information to improve decision-making.

    The Multilateral Development Bank Working Group (WB, IDB, ADB, IFAD, EBRD) agreed in 2008 to publish a joint annual report using COMPAS (The Common Performance Assessment System) to evaluate the institutional effectiveness in managing for results.

    Millennium Challenge Corporation:

    Since its creation in 2004, MCC has improved lives and transformed communities in its partner countries by focusing on one mission: reducing poverty through growth. By taking a data-driven, policy reform-centered approach to foreign assistance, MCC catalyzes private investment and serves as a gateway to opportunity for people living in poverty around the world.

    See the 2015 MCC Annual Report: https://www.mcc.gov/resources/pub/annual-report-2015