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Session
THU5.6: The evaluation of UNDP’s Global Risk Identification Programme – Analyzing the results and findings of a forward looking evaluation process
Time: Thursday, 30/Aug/2012: 2:40pm - 4:10pm
Session Chair: Carlos Anibal VILLACIS, UNDP-BCPR
Location: Sanada 1

Session organized by UNDP-GRIP


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The evaluation of UNDP’s Global Risk Identification Programme – Analyzing the results and findings of a forward looking evaluation process

Neil BUHNE1, José Guadalupe OSUNA MILLÁN2, Francis GHESQUIERE3, Angelika WIRTZ4, Franz STOESSEL5, Rafael VANDYCK6, Esteban LEON7, Carlos VILLACIS8, Loy REGO9

1UNDP-BCPR; 2Government Baja California State, Mexico; 3GFDRR Secretariat; 4Munich Reinsurance Company; 5Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC; 6UNDP-Mexico; 7UN-Habitat; 8UNDP-GRIP; 9Independent Evaluator for GRIP

During the period 2003 to 2005, the UNISDR Secretariat constituted several working groups to address specific thematic issues related to disaster risk reduction. One of these, Working Group III (WGIII) focused on Risk, Vulnerability and Impact Assessment. WGIII was chaired by UNDP and brought together a range of stakeholders from the national, regional and international levels. The Working Group undertook several comparative studies on risk and vulnerability indexing, disaster databases and their applications for risk reduction. While recognizing the global progress on risk identification techniques and their applications, WGIII identified several gaps and recommended the establishment of a global initiative to address some of these gaps. In January 2005, the World Conference for Disaster Reduction in Kobe agreed on the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) for disaster risk reduction. One of the five priority areas of action of HFA relates to risk assessment and early warning systems.

Building on the work of the Working Group III, and responding to HFA Priority 2, UNDP established the Global Risk Identification Programme (GRIP) in 2007. GRIP also responds to key result areas of the UNDP strategic plan. Hosted by UNDP, GRIP is a multi-stakeholder initiative with the ultimate goal of promoting sustainable development by reducing the impacts of natural disasters in high-risk countries.

With the mission of providing “Better risk information for sound decision making”, GRIP’s objectives are twofold: 1) To improve disaster risk information and understanding; and 2) To increase application of disaster risk information in public policy/ decision making processes.

UNDP has commissioned a forward-looking evaluation of the Program, which is being conducted by an independent evaluator. The purpose of this independent evaluation is to systematically i) review progress and achievements against its expected objectives and outcomes over the last five years, lessons learned, and challenges faced by the programme; ii) review the impact of GRIP’s activities and interventions at the national, regional and global levels within the wider context of disaster risk reduction efforts of UNDP and its partners and (iii) identify strategic opportunities for a continued engagement of UNDP and its partners in risk identification related efforts.

Session’s Objectives:
- To present interim results of the independent evaluation of UNDP’s Global Risk Identification Programme (GRIP);
- To discuss the evaluation results through a panel representing the various stakeholders, including donors, partners, beneficiaries and UNDP Country Offices;
- To help produce recommendations based on the discussion on how work done through GRIP can better support the countries’ risk assessment needs.

Expected outputs
- A better understanding of UNDP’s GRIP contributions to improving countries’ understanding of their disaster risks and of feasible, effective mitigation options
- A set of recommendations on how the international community, in general, can better assist countries with their risk assessment needs and demands.
- A set of recommendations on strategic opportunities for a continued engagement of UNDP and its partners in risk identification related efforts.



 
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