Aid for trade

Evaluation of OECD Contributions to the WTO-led Aid for Trade Initiative


This independent evaluation assesses the relevance, efficiency and effectiveness of the OECD's work with relation to the WTO-led Aid for Trade Initiative (AfTI). Drawing upon a wide range of evidence - including a literature review, interviews and surveys - it highlights the OECD's central role in the implementation, operation and development of AfTI, with particular emphasis on the OECD's contribution to monitoring, policy analysis, and increased understanding of Aid for Trade through partnerships with other organisations.


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1. Comments from the consultants who carried out the evaluation:


Ben Shepherd of Developing Trade Consultants Ltd.

Ben Shepherd is the Principal of Developing Trade Consultants Ltd. His work with international organizations and development agencies focuses on trade facilitation, trade in services, non-tariff measures, and governance. He holds a PhD in economics from SciencesPo Paris, and was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Princeton University.


Petteri Lammi, Senior Project Manager at Saana Consulting 


2. Comments from the World Trade Organization (WTO) on the evaluation:


Yonov Frederick Agah, Deputy Director working on development at the WTO

Yonov Frederick Agah was appointed as Nigeria's Ambassador to the WTO in 2005. In that capacity, he served as the Alternate Chief Negotiator for the Doha Round and Head of Nigeria's Trade Office to the WTO in the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations Office in Geneva. The Trade Office is responsible for Nigeria's participation in Geneva-based trade-related international organisations, particularly the UN Conference on Trade and Development, the World Intellectual Property Organisation, the International Trade Centre and the WTO.


Michael Roberts, Coordinator at the WTO and the International Trade Centre (ITC)



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