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  • Internal Oversight Service

    Evaluation Section

    IOS/EVS/2016

    Original: English

    Evaluation of the UNESCO Institute for Water Education (UNESCO-IHE)

    Michele Tarsilla, Ph.D. June 2016

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    ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

    The IOS Evaluation Office would like to acknowledge all who participated in and contributed to the evaluation report. The evaluation was led and conducted by an independent evaluation consultant, Mr Michele Tarsilla Ph.D., in collaboration with the Evaluation Office. Mr Amir Piric, Head of Evaluation, together with Mr Geoff Geurts and Jos Vaessen Principal Evaluators, oversaw the evaluation process.

    The Evaluation Office would especially like to thank the members of the Evaluation Reference Group (including the representatives from the UNESCO Natural Sciences Sector, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, and the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment) for their insightful comments on the draft terms of reference and the draft evaluation report. A special acknowledgement also goes to the UNESCO-IHE Rector and Business Director for their contribution to the overall evaluation endeavour as well as all the whole Institute’s staff for their continued support to the independent evaluation consultant throughout the evaluation process.

    Susanne Frueh

    Director, IOS

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    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    Acronyms ............................................................................................................................................... 2 Executive Summary .............................................................................................................................. 4 I. INTRODUCTION .................................................................................................................................. 7 II. FINDINGS.......................................................................................................................................... 15

    Dimension one: RELEVANCE ............................................................................................................ 15

    Dimension two: EFFECTIVENESS .................................................................................................... 24

    Dimension three: COMPLEMENTARITY ........................................................................................... 55

    Dimension four: COORDINATION ..................................................................................................... 60

    III. CONCLUSIONS ............................................................................................................................... 71 ANNEX 1: TERMS OF REFERENCE ................................................................................................... 77 ANNEX 2: EVALUATION QUESTIONS ............................................................................................... 88 ANNEX 3. List of Stakeholders (Interviews) ..................................................................................... 89 ANNEX 3: Changes in UNESCO-IHE Organizational Structure (before and after 2014) .............. 91 ANNEX 4: UNESCO-IHE RELEVANCE TO UNESCO WATER FAMILY ........................................... 92 ANNEX 5: A SAMPLE OF UNESCO-IHE RESEARCH PROJECTS ................................................... 96 ANNEX 6. UNESCO-IHE Research Lines (by department) .............................................................. 98 ANNEX 7. A sample of technological innovations realized by UNESCO-IHE research ............. 101 ANNEX 8. UNESCO-IHE PARTNERS: OVERVIEW BY REGION .................................................... 102 ANNEX 9: Key Documents Consulted ............................................................................................. 108

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    ACRONYMS

    ADB Asian Development Bank AfriAlliance Africa Water Innovation Alliance AWARENET Arab Integrated Water Resources Management Network BMGF Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation CINARA Regional Centre on Urban Water Management for Latin America and the

    Caribbean CKN-Indonesia Collaborative Knowledge Network Indonesia CML Institute of Environmental Sciences (Leiden University), Copernicus Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development (Utrecht University), DGIS Directorate General International Cooperation, the Netherlands

    DUPC DGIS UNESCO-IHE Programmatic Cooperation DUPC 2 DGIS UNESCO-IHE Programmatic Cooperation (Second Phase) ECTS European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System EQF Education Qualification Framework ES Environmental Science IHP-IGC Intergovernmental Council FAO United National Food and Agriculture Organization FB Foundation Board FTE Full-Time Equivalent GB Governing Board GIS Geographical Information System GoN Government of the Netherlands HR Human Resources ICCE International Centre on Coastal Ecohydrology ICHARM UNESCO International Center for Water Hazard and Risk Management IGRAC International Groundwater Resources Assessment Centre IHP International Hydrological Programme IT Information Technology ITC Faculty of Geo- Information Science and Earth Observation (University of

    Twente) IOS Internal Oversight Service IVM Institute of Environmental Sciences IWA International Water Association IWRM Integrated Water Resources Management KNMI Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute LAWETNET Latin American Water Education and Training Network MRC Mekong River Commission MoU Memorandum of Understanding MSc Master of Science NCK Netherlands Centre for Coastal Research NCR Netherlands Centre for River Studies NICHE Netherlands Initiative for Capacity development in Higher Education NMP Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency NUFFIC Dutch Government Fellowship Agency NVAO Accreditation Organization of the Netherlands and Flanders NWRC National Water Resources Committee OCW Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science OECD Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development PPCP Potential Conflict to Cooperation Potential Programme PhD Doctoral Degree PPP Public Private Partnership PRoACC Post-graduate Programme on Climate Change Adaptation in the Mekong River

    Basin QF-EHEA European Higher Education Area RAMSAR Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, RCUWM Regional Centre on Urban Water Management RIVM National Institute for Public Health and the Environment RVO Netherlands Enterprise Agency CUSA Integrated Approaches for Sanitation in Unsewered Slum Areas in Africa

    http://www.cknet-ina.org/ http://www.knmi.nl/index_en.html http://la-wetnet.org/ http://www.nck-web.org/ http://www.ncr-web.org/ http://www.rivm.nl/en/

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    SDG Sustainable Development Goals SENSE Research School for Socio-Economic and Natural Sciences of the Environment ToR Terms of Reference TU Delft Technical University Delft UNHCR United National High Commission for Refugees UNICEF United Nations Children’s Fund UPaRF UNESCO-IHE Partnership Research Fund UTQ University Teacher Qualification UNESCO United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization UNESCO-IHE The UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education UVW Association of Water Boards WMG Chair group Water Management (part of the Department Water Engineering &

    Management, University of Twente) WIMEC Wageningen Institute for Environment and Climate Research WM Water management WMI Municipal Water and Infrastructure WSE Water science & Engineering WWAP World Water Assessment Programme WWDR World Water Development Report 34 C/4 Medium-Term Strategy for UNESCO (2008-2013) 35 C/5 UNESCO’s Programme and Budget (2010-2011) 36 C/5 UNESCO’s Programme and Budget (2012-2013) 37 C/5 UNESCO’s Programme and Budget (2014-2017)

    http://english.uvw.nl/

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    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

    1. The UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education (UNESCO-IHE) became part of the UNESCO Water Family during the 31st session of the UNESCO General Conference in October 2001 and started its operations in June 2003. Before becoming a UNESCO Category I Institute, UNESCO-IHE had functioned as a Dutch educational establishment for nearly forty-six years (it was officially established in 1957). After more than half a century, the Institute is still located in Delft (the Netherlands) and its three main areas of work include postgraduate water education, research and capacity development for developing countries and countries in transition. In total, over 15,000 water professionals and postgraduate students from over 160 countries (mostly developing countries) have been studying and conducting research at UNESCO-IHE since its creation.

    2. In response to Article 1.2 of the Operational Agreement UNESCO/OCW, and 38 C/Resolution 20 adopted by the UNESCO General Conference in November 2015, a statutory evaluation was requested in order to inform the negotiations leading to the renewal of the Operational Agreement between UNESCO and the Dutch Government (OCW), especially with regards to the continuation of the Dutch funding to the Institute for 2017 and 20181.

    3. The Terms of Reference for this evaluation were developed jointly by UNESCO, OCW and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs with the aim to reflect on the UNESCO-IHE’s performance across the following four main dimensions: relevance, effectiveness, complementarity and coordination.

    4. The Evaluation identified the following main achieveme

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