Monday, June 4, 2007

Project assessment in Saudi Arabia

The UNDP’s Office of Evaluation periodically conducts regional tours in order to assess the need for new country programs, as well as ensure the effectiveness of current ones.

A UNDP team has recently returned from Riyadh with the goal of initiating a five-year plan in the Kingdom. Input from the ministries of economy, planning and foreign affairs, UN project coordinators, heads of NGOs and media staff was used to assess the impact of the current programs.

“There are several programs coming up in the context of new country programs under the UNDP five-year plan,” said leader of the delegation George Zaidan, international consultant for the UNDP. He added that these projects are being negotiated with the respective countries for implementation.