Accession Number : ADA488870
Title : Do the Metrics Make the Mission?
Descriptive Note : Master's thesis
Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
Personal Author(s) : Like, Anthony W
Report Date : Sep 2008
Pagination or Media Count : 95
Abstract : Since Saddam Hussein took power in 1979, Iraq has engaged in wars with Iran and Kuwait and in two wars with the United States. The years between the wars with the United States, 1991-2003, were characterized by economic sanctions that destroyed the social fabric the wars had missed. In 2003, after major combat operations were complete, the United Nations created the United Nations Assist Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) to prop up the nation in hopes of returning it to a self-sustaining country capable of managing itself economically and politically. This thesis assesses the success of the UNAMI based on two metrics relating to effectiveness and efficiency. The first metric will review the initial and follow-on UNAMI mandates, and compare the UNAMI's accomplishments with its objectives. The areas of review will be agriculture, education, and health, areas with considerable transparency relative to other areas. The second metric will compare human development indicators in 2000 and again in 2007, before and after the UNAMI was instituted. The human development indicators are adult literacy, GDP per capita, and life expectancy. The progress in each cluster area will be assessed as to its effectiveness and efficiency based on the reported achievements within the clusters. The purpose of the study is to determine if the method by which a project is measured determines its effectiveness and efficiency. After reviewing the UNAMI and applying the two metrics of effectiveness and efficiency, the author concludes that the mission is only partially effective, and that all aspects of it are inefficient.
Descriptors : *IRAQ , *METRICS , *HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE , *MEASURES OF EFFECTIVENESS , *UNITED NATIONS , *TRANSITIONS , *EFFICIENCY , IRAN IRAQ WAR , IRAQI WAR , AGRICULTURE , FOREIGN AID , LITERACY , ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT , STABILIZATION , THESES , PERSIAN GULF WAR , HEALTH , EDUCATION , ECONOMIC SANCTIONS , MISSIONS
Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE