Evaluation of the framework agreement between the Government of Norway and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
The purpose of the evaluation was to explore the successes and challenges experienced under the present agreements between Norway and UNEP and assess the main strategic options for the modalities for the next programme agreement. The Norwegian Parliament recently approved (February 2005) a new development assistance policy which emphasizes that Norwegian aid in general should move from projects and programmes towards support of earmarked funds or core funding. Therefore, an important objective for the evaluation of the UNEP agreement is to assess how far Norway should go towards giving core funding or general support to UNEP's work programmes.Since there is a strong Norwegian interest in continuing the present level of support to UNEP, the review of the UNEP-agreement is mainly forward looking and formative; i.e. it focuses on how cooperation and results can be improved, and focuses less on determining the extent to which anticipated results were produced. An assessment is made, however, of how achievements can be transferred and maintained in a new framework and programme cooperation agreement. At the same time, it is important that the review establishes a baseline for future judgments of UNEP's performance and the effects of the new type of agreement.The evaluation therefore addresses three key objectives:a) The first objective is to document and assess how the partnership has functioned during the present framework agreement, identify successes and challenges, and provide recommendations and lessons learned.b) The second and most important objective is to analyse and appraise the advantages and disadvantages of the main strategic options in the new programme cooperation agreements. The strategic options are linked to the level of aggregation or earmarking of Norwegian support to UNEP through funding from MFA.c) The third objective is to establish a baseline for future assessments of UNEP's performance and the effects of the new type of agreement. The main concern is to document relevant experience with the existing systems and processes, and the results emerging from the Norwegian contributions as a whole.
Norsk institutt for by- og regionforskning
Stein Hansen og Mike Fergus