The purpose of this evaluation was to “assess the overall added value of the Millennium Development Goals Achievement Fund (MGD-F) as a model for development cooperation in the current context.” The evaluation was structured around two main levels of analysis:
(1) the MDG-F model as a multilateral mechanism for development cooperation and enhancement of UN system-wide coherence; and
(2) MDG-F results at the thematic level.
The overall goals of the evaluation were to determine:
(1) the relevance and overall value of the MDG-F model as a multilateral mechanism for development cooperation;
(2) the extent to which the Fund has contributed to UN System-wide Coherence and supported the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness; and
(3) the extent to which the Fund’s Joint Programmes have reached their objectives within the eight thematic windows and, to the extent measurable, contributed to national MDG targets and other development objectives.
A total of 14 specific objectives were outlined in the Terms of Reference covering aspects such as: the Fund’s design and strategic orientation; the effectiveness of its institutional and organizational arrangements; the institutional, strategic and thematic results in each thematic window; the Fund’s reach of marginalized and excluded groups; and the prospects of its replicability as a model.