Innovation, technology and the identification of new solutions to development challenges are key to accelerating progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. As a result, innovation is increasingly a priority in the work of the United Nations system and the wider international development community.
In this context, UN Women has placed greater emphasis on innovation in recent years, based on the recognition that innovation and technology often do not benefit men and women equally, but can potentially be used for the empowerment of women.
The Independent Evaluation Service of the Independent Evaluation and Oversight Services of UN Women undertook this evaluation as part of its corporate evaluation plan with the aim of assessing and providing forward-looking recommendations on what innovation for UN Women, the added value of standards and coordination work in the area of innovation for gender equality, the results of UN Women’s innovation initiatives and the systems, processes and culture of Women to support innovation. The evaluation covered the period 2017 to 2020.