Strengthening Accountability in Aid for Trade

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At a time when aid budgets are under pressure and scrutiny, there is a need to improve accountability. This is especially true in the case of aid for trade, which has become an increasingly important priority in development co-operation.   Strengthening Accountability in Aid for Trade looks at what the trade and development community needs to know about aid-for-trade results, what past evaluations of programmes and projects reveal about trade outcomes and impacts, and how the trade and development community could improve the performance of aid for trade interventions.


Do aid-for-trade-related evaluations tell us more?

This chapter presents the outcomes of the qualitative analysis which are largely consistent with the conclusions reached through the quantitative analysis. It finds that the impact of programmes and projects on trade was clearly not the evaluators’ intended focus, although this is partly due to the absence of trade-related objectives in the initial mandate of programmes and projects. Instead they have referred extensively to broad, development-related concepts such as gender or poverty reduction, but without clearly defining these concepts. Evaluations have also often lacked an adequate or realistic timeframe for measuring results, rarely distinguishing between what is achievable in the short and longer terms, thus providing little insight into whether aid for trade works or why.


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