Evaluation of UN Women Sida Strategic Partnership Framework, 2011-2016

This assignment was an evaluation of the Strategic Partnership Framework (SPF) 2011–16 agreement between Sida and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women and Girls (UN Women). The agreement outlines Sida’s financial and partnership commitments contributing to the implementation of UN Women’s Strategic Plan 2011–13. The SPF aimed to support UN Women to implement its 2011–13 Development Results Framework (DRF) in two specific thematic areas: Goal 1 Increasing women’s leadership and participation and Goal 4 Increasing women’s leadership in peace, security and humanitarian response.

The purpose of the evaluation of the SPF was to assess if and how this funding modality has achieved the stated objectives. The evaluation included five areas of investigation:

  1. Assess and validate the achievements of the SPF, identifying the strategic, policy, programme and institutional factors that have led to the realisation of these achievements (or impediment of results).
  2. Validate the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability of the programme in achieving the development outcomes of the UN Women SPF. In addition, the evaluation assessed SPF’s contribution to UN Women’s institutional development and capacity to promote synergies, add value to the overall efforts of the UN, have a catalytic role as per its triple mandate of normative support, UN coordination, and operational activities and leverage additional resources.
  3. Provide recommendations for the future of the SPF in relation to its role in supporting UN Women’s strategic role and mandate and inform the expansion and extension of the existing and/or development of future agreements of this type with other donors.
  4. Examine the extent to which funding under the SPF has facilitated establishment of new or stronger partnerships and leveraged greater outcomes that go beyond UN Women’s strategic plan and assess the value and relevance of these.
  5. Assess knowledge generated (including knowledge products), in order to reflect key areas of work from a policy perspective.

The evaluation report, delivered in September 2016, concluded that the SPF funding modality has functioned as the flexible funding source it was intended to be as per the Sida–UN Women agreement. Triangulating available information provided some insight into the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability of the SPF, as well as its contribution to synergy, value added, strengthening UN Women’s catalytic role within the UN system and leveraging funding from additional sources.

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