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Innovation for Social Impact Partnership (ISIP) Mid Term Evaluation Review and Management Response

Summary of the publication

The Australian Government in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched the Innovation for Social Impact Partnership (ISIP) project in the Philippines in 2018. ISIP is geared towards harnessing social enterprises’ (SEs) potential contribution in accelerating the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in the Philippines. The project is based on evidence-based studies and analysis on the challenges faced by SEs grounded on catalytic financing and technical support to the SEs. The interventions are focused on three thematic areas namely 1) Capacity Building using various modalities; 2) Technical Support and; 3) Policy Reforms Agenda.>

A Mid-Term Evaluation of the project was conducted in 2020 by an independent consultant to assess the performance of ISIP against its objectives. The findings of the Evaluation noted numerous good practices and lessons learned about the growth and development of SEs. It was found to be highly coherent, relevant and strong in promoting gender equality and the issues of the marginalised groups. The report validates Australia’s capacity to drive development outcomes through private-sector innovation.

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Summary of the management response

DFAT supports incorporating findings from this evaluation into the ISIP work plan through to the end of the project. DFAT encourages the program to ensure changes are responsive to private sector development in the context of COVID-19 and economic recovery in alignment with Australia’s ‘Partnerships for Recovery’. DFAT will continue to work closely with UNDP to ensure implementation of the evaluation’s recommendation.

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