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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.

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Introduction

Increasingly, trade is a priority for many developing countries and is being mainstreamed in development strategies. However, assessing the impacts of trade-related interventions is difficult. Yet keeping track of results is needed to help making policy choices. This book aims to provide guidance in establishing management frameworks which can track the results of aid-for-trade interventions. The project responds to demands from developing countries for greater transparency and accountability about trade-related aid funded programmes. This not only promotes local ownership of externally-funded development programmes but will also lead to better identification and prioritisation of binding trade related constraints and appropriate sequencing of policies and aid-for-trade programmes. Too often evaluating the efforts of aid for trade has focused on donor interventions at the project level – this project is about putting a spotlight on countries’ overall trade and development strategies and on how donors are supporting those strategies.

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