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Dear colleagues,

The COVID-19 pandemic is the defining global crisis of our time, with devastating social, economic and political consequences worldwide, and a tragic loss of life.

The UNDP response is framed around three objectives: Helping countries to prepare for and protect people from the pandemic and its impacts, to respond during the outbreak, and to recover from the economic and social impacts in the months to come.

Real-time sharing of experiences, lessons and insights will be critical in effective crisis responses, recovery efforts, and in identifying solutions for sustainable development results. The IEO plays an important role as a central knowledge provider and can help UNDP implement evidence-based decisions from past experiences. I am pleased to share with you IEO’s new initiative – Reflections – a series of knowledge products offering lessons from past evaluations of UNDP work in crisis settings. The aim of this initiative is to provide evaluative evidence in order to support UNDP decision-makers, especially at the country level, in their COVID-19 crisis response efforts.

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IEO’s Reflections series analyses UNDP independent and decentralized evaluations to offer key lessons learned. The first edition of these papers focuses on UNDP support to health systems, governance, economic revitalisation, and social protection.

This unprecedented global crisis urges us to come together and build back better. Recovery from the COVID-19 crisis presents us with the opportunity to build a more resilient world for the future, with safer, healthier, more sustainable and equitable societies. IEO stands ready to support UNDP and its Member States with evaluative evidence in this effort.

-- Oscar A. Garcia,
Director, IEO UNDP




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UNDP support to the health sector in crisis countries

UNDP support to livelihoods restoration and job creation in crisis countries

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