Just released! Joint Evaluation of the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on the Abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation: Accelerating Change Phase I and II (2008–2017)

1 July 2019

This joint evaluation of the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme assesses the extent to which, and under what circumstances, the Joint Programme has contributed to accelerate FGM abandonment over the last 10 years. The evaluation particularly assesses the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability of the Joint Programme, including the adequacy of the governance structure of the programme.

The joint evaluation also identifies lessons learned and good practices and provides corrective actions on the gaps and opportunities, to shape the current Phase III of the Joint Programme until 2021 and beyond. In addition, the evaluative evidence captured in this joint evaluation is central to achieving Target 5.3 of the Sustainable Development Goals, that relates to FGM.

The evaluation concludes that the Joint Programme has intensified and advanced the issue of FGM at the international level, while galvanizing support of critical and emerging actors at the regional and national level. Among the several recommendations, the evaluation highlights the importance of UNFPA and UNICEF long-term engagement to sustain the existing positive momentum for change towards FGM abandonment as well as, the Joint Programme’s strategic positioning within a wider transformative agenda.

For more information, read the evaluation report and other materials here.

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