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.


What can be learned from trade-related evaluations?

This and the next chapter present an overview of the findings from a meta-evaluation of 162 trade-related evaluations, shedding light on how some donors have implemented aid-for-trade programmes and projects and conducted evaluations in terms of both the methods used and topics covered. This chapter in particular describes the outcomes of the quantitative analysis of the meta-evaluation (Chapter 3 focuses on the qualitative analysis). The analysis demonstrates that evaluations of aid-for-trade programmes and projects have not usually had much to say about trade, and have had even less to say about the policy linkages that matter most to policy makers. Some policy recommendations for a way forward are presented in the concluding section.


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