African Development Bank (AfDB) has just finalized a yearly evaluation report of their joint-activities in Africa with the United Nations Development Programme for 2007. In the documentation obtained from UNDP Watch, is explicitly shown the discomfort of the AfDB in partnering with UNDP in many countries as well as specific thematic areas and their frustration about the UNDP's lack of "transparency" and "accountability" and "responsiveness" to African needs.
Reportedly, these latest findings have shaken the foundations of UNDP's African Bureau, which is headed from one of the most controversial figure UNDP has ever had, the former UNDP Comptroller and former Chief of Staff of Mark Malloch Brown - Mr. Gilbert Houngbo. Eventhoug the report in itself is not a real surprise, after the latest discovery from UNDP Watch on the major corruption and diversion of funds in Burundi, where DFID and Belgium Cooperation funds were stolen and diverted to private accounts of UNDP officials.
This latest report from AfDB - only reiterate what G77 and other individual member states have been raising with Ban Ki-moon and UN General Assembly in the past year: - "that UNDP lacks of substantial leadership, internal control mechanisms, transparency and accountability".
Some of the projects mentioned in the report, includes ECOWAS-PADEP project, "UNDP has not delivered on its obligations". To a project on statistics of poverty, to build capacity, "UNDP did not contribute materially to the program, nothing concrete materialized." A Tsetse Fly Eradication Program, "UNDP decided not to join." Meanwhile in the report there are plenty of project enlisted under the "not implemented", like for example is rendered on HIV / AIDS projects in South Africa, a Lake Tanganyika bio-diversity project, and a project for "UNDP to provide the Bank with a roster of credible NGOs," among others.
AfDB president Kaberuka stated, among many others, that UNDP has failed to execute a project in Sierra Leone and it "had been a disaster." He also pointed out that UNDP had said it would be involved in, but reneged on, private sector profiles in Egypt, Mali, South Africa, Mozambique and Algeria.
When asked by the press, President Kaberuka said bluntly that "UNDP performance has fallen short of every expectation". Sources close to the President also indicate that Office of Audit and Performance Review (OAPR) at UNDP - had incurred an internal audit review of all the above complains of AfDB, but that since UNDP leadership have failed to deliver on their promise to share the Audit Report and any findings or conclusion from it.
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