This book on managing aid for trade and development results offers an alternative between a focus on financial accountability and the current flavour of impact assessment. It follows business approaches of setting quantifiable objectives or targets and measuring performance based on limited set of indicators. This approach – management for development results – has been gaining traction in the development community ever since it was promoted by the 2005 Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness. For aid for trade, where links between inputs, outputs, outcomes and impacts depend on many factors beyond the programme reach, it provides a framework for staying focused on aid as an engine of growth and poverty reduction.
Publication: 19 June 2013
ISBN: 9789264112537 (PDF) ; 9789264201538 (print)
Aid for Trade and Development Results: A Management Framework provides the aid-for-trade community with good practices in designing and introducing results frameworks for aid-for-trade projects and programmes based on country-defined quantifiable targets and a menu of limited number of indicators to measure performance (i.e. outcomes and impacts).
Six case studies - Bangladesh, Colombia, Ghana, Rwanda, Solomon Islands and Vietnam - were selected among different regions and income groups covering all the main aid categories that are commonly associated with helping developing countries build their supply side capacities.
They take up the following three questions:
1. Has trade strategy been “mainstreamed” into the development strategy and planning processes?
2. Are indicators of aid for trade outcomes comprehensive in capturing results, and consistent with the desired impacts of improving income growth and reducing poverty?
3. Is the feedback provided to policy makers by monitoring and evaluation systems adequate to support them in making implementation changes?