External assessment of value for money, sustainability and coordination of DFID’s funding to the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme to end FGM

2016-2017; Multi-country; DFID

The UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme (UNJP) to End Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) seeks to promote the abandonment of FGM/C in 17 African and Middle Eastern countries. The programme combines work with legislators, policy makers, law enforcers and the judiciary to pass and implement legislation prohibiting FGM/C, and communities to change public attitudes to the practice.

DFID, a contributor to the UNJP, has commissioned Itad to assist the two UN agencies in strengthening their results and value for money (VfM) measurement on the programme. The objectives of this assignment are to: 

  • make a VfM assessment of the two work streams 
  • provide recommendations and guidance for a framework to improve results and value for money measurement of the two work streams

DFID intends to use the recommendations resulting from the external assessment to inform the next phase of its investment to end FGM.

Itad is implementing this assignment over two phases.  The first phase focuses on using available financial data as well as qualitative data from interviews with the two UN agencies at headquarters and in country offices to prepare a value for money assessment of UNJP.  We developed a draft VFM framework structured around the 4 Es of economy, efficiency, effectiveness and equity to guide the analysis.  DFID is using the findings to inform its Annual Review of the programme.  In the second phase, we are analysing UNJP’s existing results measurement system and M&E capacity at headquarters, country and regional levels to understand how results measurement might be strengthened and how UNJP can contribute to building the evidence base around what works for the abandonment of FGM/C.

We are also testing and refining the VFM framework developed during the first phase, understanding how it can be operationalised.  The work involves: a review of social norms theory and mapping it onto a possible results chain for UNJP; visits to UNFPA and UNICEF headquarters in New York City; visits to Burkina Faso and Ethiopia, two countries where UNJP is operational, to meet UNFPA and UNICEF staff, as well as their partner organisations; collaboration with Drexel University, commissioned by UNICEF to develop a global framework for measuring social norm change on UNJP; and interviews with staff and implementing partners involved in DFID’s Research Programme on FGM/C.

Image © Peer educating communities to put an end to FGM/C. Photo Credit: Jessica Lea/DFID