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Lessons Learned: Global Programme on Governance Assessment
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On the heels of the Oslo Governance Forum, UNDP convened projects supported by the Global Programme on Governance Assessments from around the world. This one-day workshop collected and compared the lessons learned from experiences in 16 countries. This report draws on those experiences, as well as the seven reviews and evaluations of UNDP’s governance assessments projects to date. The aim is that these lessons will be useful to other national practitioners and UNDP country staﬀ who wish to embark on a governance assessment.
Since 2008, the Global Programme has supported country-led governance assessments to enhance democratic governance, based on the principles of national ownership, capacity development and alignment. Two and a half years into programming, an increasing number of UNDP staﬀ and national counterparts have accumulated signiﬁcant knowledge. This knowledge is both substantive on the issues of governance indicators, and practical on how to manage a process of country-led governance assessments. Through this workshop, as well as the wave of reviews and evaluations that took place in 2011, the Global Programme has tapped into this reservoir of knowledge and distilled some of the lessons learned. The purpose of this report is to enhance peer-to-peer learning, thereby strengthening project design and management. It does not seek to assess or judge the performance of individual projects or of the Global Programme. The workshop served to create a space where lessons of all kinds could be discussed constructively.
Based on the speciﬁc context and local demand, some projects focus more on government performance assessment (e.g., Kazakhstan and Viet Nam), others more on the quality of democracy in general (e.g., Chile), on speciﬁc aspects of governance (e.g., corruption in Tajikistan; participation and transparency in Viet Nam) or on speciﬁc service delivery sectors (e.g., FYR Macedonia, Viet Nam and Egypt). In addition, the level of assessments also diﬀers, from the national level (e.g., Paraguay, Chile and Senegal) to the regional level (e.g., Mexico) and down to the local level (e.g., Nigeria and Viet Nam). To make sense of such diversity, this report has grouped projects around seven thematic topics that were selected to capture some of the innovative aspects on country-led governance assessments, with a view to reﬂect the more strategic questions that the projects have to deal with.