Evaluation of Capacity Building Project on Trade Facilitation and the Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement Promotion

The Project at A Glance

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) has been working with the Government of the Republic of Korea since 2013 to provide capacity building activities aimed at narrowing the capacity gap and promoting inclusive trade in the Asia-Pacific region.

International Economics (IEC) supported the UNESCAP team in conducting an evaluation of the Capacity Building programme on Trade Facilitation and the Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement Promotion to Strengthen Intra-Regional Cooperation (Phase III).

What We Found

Evaluation of Capacity Building Project on Trade Facilitation and the Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement Promotion was conducted in 2022 with the purpose to support accountability for results and to enable learning, as the main users of the evaluation results were UNESCAP, particularly the implementing division(s). Our team assessed the project’s performance against the following evaluation criteria: effectiveness, relevance, efficiency, sustainability, gender and human rights mainstreaming. The team also formulated lessons learned and action-oriented recommendations to inform management decision-making and improve future project design and implementation of relevant UNESCAP capacity development work.

The evaluation concluded that the project made a significant and substantial contribution towards its objectives, with the project achieving highly satisfactory results regarding relevance, effectiveness, and efficiency. The project adapted well to the emergence of COVID-19with no impact on the quality and timeliness of the delivery of the support. Furthermore, stakeholders highlighted that the technical advice provided had a direct link in them acceding to both the CPTA and the APTA.

 

 

Our Strategy and Impact

The evaluation assessed the performance of the project, identify lessons learnt and provide recommendations on (1) how the ESCAP secretariat can better work with its member states and partners to effectively implement the Framework Agreement on Facilitation of Cross-Border paperless trade in Asia and the Pacific and build capacities of the member states in propelling the development of cross-border paperless trade; and (2) improve the reach and relevance of the Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement.

The team carried out a theory-based evaluation of the programme, assessing the extent to which outputs and outcomes have been achieved and examining the validity of assumptions that have been articulated linking the achievement of these outputs to outcome and impact. In addition to reviewing programme reports and documents, the team also conducted stakeholder interviews and a survey to gather information.

Our Core Solutions

International Economics can assist organisations and governments in tracking the economic, social, and environmental aspects of a project in order to make well-informed strategic decisions. We also develop and implement evaluation plans. Our evaluation services can help track outcomes, monitor the accomplishment of the identified outcomes and identify areas for improvement.

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