Independent Evaluation of the Supporting Indian Trade and Investment for Africa Programme

The Project at A Glance

The Supporting Indian Trade and Investment for Africa (SITA) is the UK Department for International Development’s first South-South aid for trade (AfT) and value-chain programme. The purpose of SITA is to harness Indian resources (knowledge, technology, capital) to increase higher value-added exports from selected African countries to the Indian market and also third markets. Selected programme countries included Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda.

International Economics, in consortium with Oxford Policy Management, conducted an evaluation of SITA to estimate SITA’s contribution to programme outcomes, and determine its overall impact. The evaluation also had a learning objective.

What We Found

The aim of the project was to assess the worth, merit and value of the SITA. International Economics delved into learning about what works and what does not work in SITA by also exploring the context in which the in which the programme operated; whether the project was successful in harnessing Indian resources (expertise, technology, capital) for the promotion of higher value-added African exports; whether it was successful in increasing access to the Indian market and also regional and third markets; and whether it was successful in catalysing greater Indian FDI in project countries; and whether there was a clear line of sight to poor workers, the intended beneficiaries.

Our Strategy and Impact

The team at International Economics assessed the performance of the SITA project against the five OECD-DAC criteria of: Relevance, Effectiveness, Efficiency, Impact and Sustainability. The team built in these components on the analysis, re-creation, and revision of the project’s Theory of Change (TOC), confirming and defining the expected outputs and outcomes of the project and the assumptions that had been made linking the various stages and levels.

Our Core Solutions

Governments, international donors, and the private sector face many important questions on the expected outputs and impact before, during and after the implementation of their projects. This is where International Economics Consulting’s team of experts, using innovative methodologies to collect and analyse data, can assist you in tracking the economic, social, and environmental aspects of your project.

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