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The evaluation's findings were generally positive and affirmed the Program, for the most part, to be relevant and appropriate, to enable true institutional partnerships, and to achieve sustainable project results, particularly in academic capacity building. The evaluation identified two major issues to be considered in a future partnership program: the focus on Africa and the management structure.

  • The focus on Africa (50% of UPCD's new investments must be in Africa) has serious repercussions. The evaluation questions the quota in terms of relevance, absorptive capacity, results and sustainability. African institutions are often weak and lack a minimum of institutional development. The focus on Africa risks the selection of projects with fewer merits to meet quotas, and limits the potential for transfers of benefits between developing countries, transfers more likely to be realized in Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • The current two-tier management structure whereby the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) manages more smaller projects and CIDA manages fewer larger projects, is neither warranted by development logic nor is it cost-effective. The management of the two tiers should be assigned to one executing agency. This would cost less; lead to greater synergy, coordination and consistency among projects; and leave CIDA to focus more on strategic Program management and knowledge building.

Canadian Partnership Branch is taking the conclusions and recommendations of the evaluation into account in discussing future programming options for university linkages with AUCC.

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University Partnerships in Cooperation and Development Program Evaluation — Executive Report