Evaluation of Technical Cooperation Activities in 2012

IAEA Technical Assistance and Cooperation Committee Meeting November 26-28, 2012
Agenda Item 3
Evaluation of Technical Cooperation Activities in 2012
U.S. Statement

Robert Wood
Chargé d’Affaires
U.S. Mission to the IAEA

Mr. Chairman,

The United States would like to thank the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) under Director Meyer’s leadership for its important work in evaluating TC activities and communicating the details of those evaluations to IAEA Member States.  We welcome this year’s report as a valuable tool for strengthening Member State cooperation and Secretariat performance in this vital area.  We similarly welcome the planned 2013 evaulation activities.

We commend the Secretariat for its efforts in improving the planning of projects, including the use of the Program Cycle Management Framework, as well as the training on results-based management.  Similarly, we welcome the recommendations to strengthen the focus on quality of project design through sustained training and support to Member States on the logical framework approach and project management training.  Furthermore, we support the recommendations to identify ways to ensure all significant project documents and milestones are captured in the Program Cycle Management Framework to assist with lessons learned and improving the quality of TC projects. This information will better enable the Secretariat to focus more on the outcomes, impacts and sustainability of projects.

Regarding the evaluation of the training for energy planning, this is an opportunity to highlight the importance of assisting countries that intend to pursue a nuclear energy program, particularly with their decision making process in taking into account regulatory, safety, and security principles.  We also welcome recommendations to further strengthen planning capabilities for sustainable energy development and for involving the relevant stakeholders in the project design process.

Mr. Chairman,

We view the evaluation of nutrition projects as an opportunity for the IAEA to further demonstrate how its nuclear application efforts are linked to poverty reduction and to other development-related projects and, furthermore, to highlight the importance of potential partnerships with other UN organizations in working toward achieving sustainable development.    In this regard, we welcome recommendations to continue to seek out additional partnerships with other United Nations organizations in the area of nutrition.  We also encourage the Secretariat to identify ways in which to improve outcomes and impact monitoring for all projects in order to better assess project success.

Finally, the United States takes note of this year’s Evaluation Report and endorses the proposed evaluation program for 2013, noting the particular importance for the United States of the impact of Agency projects on soil and water management and crop nutrition.  Given the challenging financial situation, the United States also looks forward to the OIOS evaluation of the workload in the Department of Technical Cooperation, with an eye toward identifying processes and practices to achieve efficiency gains.

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.