This report presents the results and findings of the evaluation of the first phase of the Joint Programme for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Ethiopia (JP GEWE) conducted over a period of 4 months between February and May 2013.
The JP GEWE was the first programme to be funded under the Ethiopia One UN Fund. The Ethiopia One UN Fund was established in 2011 to facilitate the realisation of the One UN Programme outcomes as well as channel funds to the highest priorities of the country. The JP GEWE is one of three Flagship Joint Programmes in those high priority areas for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It was designed with a ‘bridging’ phase from 1 January 2011 to 30 June 2012. Implementation has continued to date i.e. May 2013 with a new end date of June 2013. It was to be used to identify best practices and effective partnerships, strengthen alliances and collaboration of strategic partnerships as well as improve data availability as a basis for adequate and appropriate programming in gender equality and women’s empowerment. The UN is seen as having a comparative advantage in gender equality and women’s empowerment programming and the subject matter is under supported by other donors. Ethiopia is a ‘Delivering as One’ self starter and there are expectations that the JP GEWE like other Programmes would drive a n d i n sp i r e innovation in operational modalities towards increased alignment and effectiveness.