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.



Managing aid for trade and development results in Colombia

The case study of Colombia also presents good practices in designing and introducing results frameworks for aid for trade projects and programmes. The report assesses indicators used in the evaluation of aid for trade projects in Colombia, based on its country-specific needs and challenges for its future economic development. Specifically, it identifies targets and performance indicators used, assess the adequacy of the existing framework and the country’s ability to use existing measures of performance, and discuss options to introduce or improve these measurement frameworks to strengthen transparency and accountability. The study suggests that the alignment of national objectives with local needs and interests is essential for the success of the project. Close monitoring and evaluating of interventions based on quantitative and qualitative targets and performance indicators during the implementation phase is crucial to adapt programmes to a changing trade and development environment. The study suggests that to promote learning quasi-experimental or experimental programme setups facilitates evidence-based analysis and decision making and international comparability which would further strengthen the relevance of the results framework.


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