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The evaluation recommends that UNDP should engage more consistently with global funds and philanthropic foundations to develop mutual approaches to development challenges. UNDP should place more explicit emphasis on the central importance of mainstreaming a human development perspective and developing national capacity. UNDP needs stronger central coordination of information and knowledge management functions in order to facilitate a more strategic approach, and should develop a partnership strategy for engaging with philanthropic foundations. As UNDP prepares to develop a new Strategic Plan against the background of a development cooperation architecture that is in considerable flux, this may be a key moment for decision-making with respect to UNDP partnership initiatives.