Assessment for Development Results (ADR) Stakeholder Workshop

Feb 12, 2015

Yang Berbahagia Dato’ Nik Azman Nik Abdul Majid,

Your Excellencies and members of the Diplomatic Corps,

Mr Indran Naidoo, Director of Independent Evaluation Office, UNDP, New York

Senior Officials of the Government of Malaysia,

Esteemed Representatives from Civil Society Organisations, academia, private sector and think-tanks,

Mr Vineet Bhatia, Head of Country Office Support and Quality Assurance, UNDP Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific,

Colleague Representatives and Members of the United Nations Country Team and UN agencies,

My Team from the UNDP Malaysia office,

Distinguished guests,

Selamat Pagi and Good Morning!

 

On behalf of my UNDP colleagues, let me extend our warmest welcome to all of you to today’s Assessment of Development Results (ADR) stakeholder workshop. 

Organised by the UNDP Malaysia country office and the UNDP Independent Evaluation Office, New York, this workshop ushers in the final phase in an evaluation exercise in which many of you have kindly participated, and I thank you for your generosity of time and for your inputs up until this point.

Following the numerous engagements with stakeholders from various sectors, and data-gathering and research on the programmatic material generated from UNDP’s work in in Peninsular and East Malaysia, I am pleased that all of you have been able to join us to discuss the findings, conclusions and recommendations of the draft ADR report.

Today’s workshop intends to be a platform for two purposes: first, as I just noted, to present and discuss the findings and recommendations of the ADR report; and, second, to share UNDP Malaysia’s next steps in our upcoming programming cycle, and our proposed directions for the new UNDP country programme with Malaysia, which will coincide with the 11th Malaysia Plan and incorporate the lessons learned through this evaluation.

For the UNDP country office, we also would like to present today’s event as an opportunity for our stakeholders from across all sectors - from our key implementing partners in government to our strategic partners in academia, civil society, and the private sector and the bi-lateral development partners - to share with us your perspectives on where you think UNDP could add the most value in support of development priorities in the country, as we begin designing the UNDP Country Programme for 2016-2020.

Over the next five years from 2016-2020, UNDP Malaysia aims to contribute tangibly to the acceleration of this country’s development achievements.  As Malaysia sets the course for this final stage in its journey to Vision 2020, we will concentrate our efforts on defined game changers to help to enable Malaysia’s break through strategy – to avoid the middle income trap and achieve its goals of a high income nation, through inclusive and sustainable growth and development.  Appreciating also Malaysia’s increasingly active role in international and regional fora, UNDP Malaysia also will build on contributions and lessons of the previous programme cycles to support and further enhance Malaysia’s cooperation for development agenda through south-south and triangular cooperation. 

As many of you are aware, the Assessment of Development Results or ADR, is an independent country evaluation that is aimed at capturing and demonstrating the evaluative evidence of UNDP’s contributions to development and its strategic positioning in the country. Within this objective, the ADR’s purpose is four-fold:

·        To provide substantive support to the UNDP Administrator’s accountability function in reporting to UNDP’s Executive Board;

·        To support greater UNDP accountability to national stakeholders and partners in the country;

·        To be a means of quality assurance of UNDP interventions at the country level; and

·        To contribute to learning at corporate, regional and country levels.

The UNDP in Malaysia has always been committed to quality assurance in its development work in Malaysia through various programmatic and project-based evaluations and assessments. The ADR continues this commitment, and is a comprehensive evaluation that seeks to analyse the positioning and strategies of the UNDP, both from the perspective of the organisation’s mandate and the development needs and priorities in the country, as agreed in the programme documents.

For this, Malaysia’s very first ADR, the evaluation specifically refers to the period of programming between 2008 and 2014, and examines this country office’s contribution to development results in Malaysia by assessing its programmatic areas according to four criteria: relevance of UNDP’s projects, outputs and outcomes; effectiveness of UNDP interventions in terms of achieving stated goals; efficiency of those interventions in terms of use of human and financial resources; and sustainability of the results to which the UNDP contributes.

Such an in-depth evaluation exercise would not have been possible without the close collaboration with the Government of Malaysia, through the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) of the Prime Minister’s Department, as our key implementing and coordinating partner in the country.

Our deepest appreciation to the EPU and the other partner ministries and line agencies who have been the implementers of UNDP projects in the country, especially during the period of review from 2008 to 2014, and also to the partners across the spectrum, from civil society, academia, and the private sector, as well as development partners from Japan, UK, and Norway, who have contributed significantly to the successful implementation of UNDP’s work programme and initiatives in Malaysia.

I must also thank the Independent Evaluation Office in New York, whose key responsibilities include conducting the ADR in the countries where UNDP operates across the world, and its team for the Malaysia evaluation, led by Ms. Heather Bryant, and which included national and international subject experts in inclusive growth, environment, gender, and south-south cooperation.  The evaluation team worked tirelessly in order to form a thorough and substantive analysis of UNDP’s contribution to development results in this country during the period of review.

Supported by the country staff, the ADR team met with hundreds of implementing and strategic stakeholders, and meticulously went through the many project documents and outputs, progress reports and project level evaluations in this evaluation exercise.

The first half of this workshop will see a presentation of the findings, conclusions and recommendations from the draft report.

This presentation will be followed by the management responses from UNDP Malaysia and the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific (RBAP), and an opportunity for all of you, as stakeholders, to provide your feedback in the Q&A Session.

The ADR is very much welcomed by UNDP Malaysia.  We believe the findings and recommendations of the ADR offer us a constructive, independent assessment of the Country Office’s strengths, capacities and role in collaboration with the Government of Malaysia and the various development stakeholders, a measure to appreciate the achievements and understand the challenges of the previous programmes, and helpful recommendations to help to chart the way forward and enrich our development contribution to the country. The way forward to 2020 will be the focus of our discussions for the second half of today’s workshop.

The UNDP remains committed to our longstanding partnership for development with Malaysia, to contribute to enhancing the well-being of all Malaysians.  And to fulfil this continuing commitment, we will absorb the lessons from the ADR, stay focussed in our mandate, guided by the Organisation’s strategic plan to which we have committed with UN member states, and ensure coherence with the vision and mission of the country.

The next five years leading up to Vision 2020 will be crucial for Malaysia, as Malaysia ramps up its trajectory to achieve its objectives: “a country united, infused by strong moral and ethical values, with a society that is democratic, liberal and tolerant, caring, economically just and equitable, progressive and prosperous, and in full possession of an economy that is competitive, dynamic, robust and resilient”, as stated in Vision 2020.   

Using the conclusions and recommendations of the ADR as the starting point, I would like to invite your sincere and honest feedback on what we will be sharing with you today. I welcome a frank discussion in the second half of today’s workshop, as an opportunity for all stakeholders to share your insights and feedback on UNDP’s past contributions in Malaysia and our future work in the country.

The ADR necessarily has been a process of looking back. But we look back in order for the past to illuminate our way forward.

Thank you.

 

 

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