Scathing report of Helen Clark at the UN
Wed, 16 Jan 2013 10:42a.m.
Former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark has received a damning performance review in a new report highlighting the United Nations Development Programme's (UNDP) failures.
Reducing global poverty is the core focus of the United Nations' development arm, which has an annual budget of NZ$6.8 billion (US$5.7 billion).
Ms Clark has led the agency since 2009.
In a new evaluation, the UNDP's board is critical of how the agency is delivering on poverty reduction, saying many of its activities "have only remote connections with poverty, if at all".
Those activities include border management, helping to write reports on how a country is complying with international environmental agreements and advising on trade promotion.
Even the UNDP's poverty-focused activities are missing the mark with a "trickle-down approach" that presumes expanding trade and the private sector will create jobs and lift those at the bottom out of poverty, rather than an explicit "pro-poor bias".
While most of the UNDP's activities have the potential to reduce poverty, "this potential is not adequately realised", the report says.
The agency has the scope to undertake activities in environmental or democratic areas that also focus on lifting people out of poverty.
The report also says the UNDP's work is "seriously compromised" by a lack of learning from what works and why, in part due to rapid staff turnover at country offices, while the whole agency performs poorly in supporting nations to learn for themselves.
The board has recommended all UNDP projects have an explicit focus on the poor and that the agency avoid activities where that's not possible.
It also recommends strengthening ties with national stakeholders to better influence polices to focus on the poor, along with incentives for staff to institutionalise lessons of what works and what doesn't, so the whole agency can learn those lessons.
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9/02/2013 3:14:44 a.m.
OMG and we kiwis call the poms "whingers"! We leave them for dead when it comes to whining about our politicians..truth is though Kathy is right - old Key is a self serving piece of work and the truly sad thing is I wasnt surprised he was voted in for a second term, after all we do seem to be a nation of political martyrs and immature gits like eddie..grow up ffs man!
29/01/2013 2:17:12 p.m.
Karla Russell wrote:
She finished off NZ and got dumped.
Boasted of setting up the UNDP before her last election.
Abused her PM position to personal advantage
CORRUPTIO HER NORM
22/01/2013 11:46:28 p.m.
Kevin Avery wrote:
A lot of us at home knew about Helen's lack of competence as a PM and were glad to see the UN take her. It comes as no surprise that the UN would find her equally lacking. It might be time for her to take advantage of her pension benefits and slip back into obscurity be it all well paid.
22/01/2013 7:23:00 p.m.
She had no chance of changing anything when the US refuses to cut back on military spending, which could end would hunger from the amount the US government spends on their military every 8 minutes!
22/01/2013 3:25:06 a.m.
She only works for her own benefit, even when she is the PM in NZ.
21/01/2013 4:06:15 p.m.
Rapid staff turnover! I'm not surprised.
21/01/2013 11:49:01 a.m.
Why do all politicians,no matter what party, as soon as they get into a position of power, ignore the people they are supposed to represent, and only feather their own nests.
21/01/2013 11:04:33 a.m.
NO surprise, what with the legacy she has left us, including buying the students with the interest free loans, to the financial detrement of this country for decades, to gain another 3 years in power!It was always all about her!She was seemingly grooming herself for years for a UN job.Good luck to them, plus they have her mate Carter to contend with now!
18/01/2013 7:24:14 p.m.
while being prime minister ,Helen Clark ruled NZ
like a minor dictator without any substance,it looks like this style does not go down to well at the UN.
18/01/2013 5:50:59 p.m.
Wonder if 'Our Helen' has signed any more of other people's paintings to help fund raise for the UN seeing her efforts to raise money by other means have not been successful?
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