Aid for Trade and Development Results

A Management Framework

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This study presents a tool to help design logical frameworks for results-based management of aid for trade. What are donors and partner countries trying to achieve?  Three different levels of possible objectives (i.e. direct, intermediate and final) are explored. Trade is treated as an intermediate objective, serving as a transmission mechanism, with an increase in the value for trade as the final objective. Six case studies - Bangladesh, Colombia, Ghana, Rwanda, Solomon Islands and Viet Nam - provide a comprehensive overview of the challenges involved in introducing a tool for managing results in an agenda that covers a broad area of interventions that are aimed at building trade-related supply side capacities.



Executive Summary

The Aid-for-Trade Initiative has galvanised broad based engagement from the international donor community to help developing countries, and in particular the least developed, overcome the structural and capacity constraints that undermine their ability to maximise the benefits from trade opportunities. Successive Global Reviews of Aid for Trade have presented clear evidence that the Initiative has resulted in better integrating and prioritising trade in development strategies and in increasing aid commitments to tackle the bottlenecks that undermine the ability of local producers to access regional and global markets. At a time when aid budgets are under pressure, there is however a need to strengthen accountability and demonstrate better that the substantial resources mobilised are well spent and improve the livelihood of men and women in developing countries.


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