Strengthening Learning and Accountability

Mid-term Evaluation of UNRWA's Medium Term Strategy

 Mid-term Evaluation of UNRWA's Medium Term Strategy

Mid-term Evaluation of UNRWA's Medium Term Strategy

Midway through its first comprehensive Medium Term Strategy (MTS), the United Nations Relief Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA; the Agency) is in position to evaluate how the MTS was developed and implemented and what lessons can be drawn for the development of the next MTS, due to be developed from January 2013. Given this, the MTS evaluation (the Evaluation) was conducted at an opportune time for UNRWA.

The current MTS was developed in 2008 and covers the period 2010 – 2015. The MTS was the first time that the Agency had attempted to incorporate diverse strategic thinking and planning into a single document while aligning it with UN results- based management standards (RBM) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It was developed during the implementation of a range of management, programmatic and other reforms that have substantively changed the way the Agency operates. It was also developed prior to the international financial crisis that is now increasing additional financial pressure on the Agency.

Evaluation’s conclusions found that the MTShas been relevant as a guiding and governing instrument though it lack in assessing risks at a both field and  agency-wide level. Evidence shows that MTS does not include sufficiently specific and measurable goals, targets and indicators to inform operations effectively.

 

2013