The Trade and Development Board acts as UNCTAD´s governing body. Its subsidiary body, the Working Party on the Medium-term Plan and Programme Budget, deals with matters related to the planning and oversight of UNCTAD´s programmes, including their evaluation. The Working Party mandates external evaluations of programme areas of UNCTAD each year.
The evaluations are conducted by an independent team of evaluators who report their findings and recommendations for review and endorsement by the Working Party. Progress on the implementation of recommendations is reported to the Working Party in the years following the evaluation.