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2012 Costa Rica: Final Evaluation of the Joint Programme (UNICEF, FAO, UNFPA, UNESCO, and IOM): “Youth, Employment and Migration (JEM): The Single-Window turn-key solution for Youth Employment in Desamparados and Upala”.


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In Costa Rica, the MDG-F funded by the Government of Spain, supports the Government and other national stakeholders through four joint programs: the Program on Youth, Employment and Migration and three thematic window for Culture and Development, Private Sector and Development, and Conflict Prevention and Peace building. There is another joint program implemented by the United Nations: “Giro 180º” - friendly health services and education to promote healthy lifestyles and prevention of HIV and AIDS in adolescents.

It is a program with a duration of three years and six months. Initially the PC implementation period was three years (May 2009 to May 2012). In April 2012 approved an extension of time for free, so the new end date of the PC is operational 15 November 2012. The main purpose of the extension of time was "let the PC consolidate processes, complete activities and achieve the expected results", ensuring the sustainability of the results achieved during its implementation phase. The program had a budget of $ 4.7 million.

The evaluation will help Costa Rica, the United Nations and the Fund for the Achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG-F), to appreciate the main results of the Joint Programme, and evaluate the contribution of the combined efforts of the agencies UN and institutional counterparts to national development in the field of thematic window Youth, Employment and Migration.


The final evaluation of the join program aims to: i. assess the extent the joint program has fully implemented its activities, the results obtained and delivered products, in particular for measuring development results, and ii. Generate substantive empirical knowledge about the thematic window Youth, Employment and Migration, identifying best practices and lessons learned that could be useful for other development interventions at national and international level. 

The unit of analysis or object of study of this evaluation is the Joint Youth, Employment and Migration, understood as a set of components, outcomes, outputs, activities and inputs detailed in the joint program document and associated amendments made during the execution. Evaluation assesses in particular the results of the joint, not only nationally, but also locally, in relation to the priorities and objectives, and the UNDAF outcomes, in terms of development.

In addition to reviewing the results achieved, the assessment documented included the best practices and lessons learned for a future national-level expansion and international.


The proposed methodology for the collection, compilation and analysis of data includes the review of program documents, interviews, focus groups, meetings, and direct observation by the consultant. Were also collected prints of young people, and was asked to write themselves what the Programme has meaning. The field visits were made in the two cantons, Desamparados and Upala.

Findings and Conclusions:

The Joint Programme (JP) achieved the results that had planned and conjugated many synergies and coherence in obtaining these results. It is believed that this JP is one of the best executed. There is general recognition of the effectiveness of the work of the joint work between the United Nations and the Costa Rican institutions in many areas of JP. Similarly, the JP effectively contributed to the achievement of the MDGs, and the objectives of the thematic window, however, can’t measure this impact in such a short time, and also the contribution of the JP was modest compared the challenges presented MDGs. The JP contributed to achieving the following MDGs: 1. eradicate extreme poverty and hunger 2. achieve universal primary education, and 3. promote gender equality and empower women.


1. Ensure the sustainability and replicability of the Windows
2. Support the replicability of the comprehensive care model
3. Continue to strengthening and networking groups Young People
4. Supporting entrepreneurship (emprendimientos)
5. Promoting the decent employment 
6. Intensify efforts fundraising
7. Develop coordination, cooperation and management for future joint programming
8. Strengthen coordination between the local and the national level
9. Strengthen communication
10. Use the Information System for Convergence (ISC) for knowledge management and further systematize the experiences
11. Strengthen the information system, monitoring and evaluation of young people, and monitoring systems of the institutions and agencies
12. Facilitate joint programming and deepen the joint
13. Take a good follow up the recommendations of the final evaluation

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