Independent Evaluation of TradeMark East Africa​

The Project at A Glance

The Trademark East Africa programme (Trademark, or TMEA) is a high-profile, multi-donor project that seeks to lift existing barriers to trade to bring about positive and sustainable change via a combination of regional and national initiatives and an investment of over $500 million. TMEA is a large and complex programme, with national and regional dimensions and many sub-projects implemented across several countries.

International Economics was part of a consortium conducting an independent external evaluation of the TMEA programme to provide a detailed understanding of its effects, make recommendations for improvements, and identify lessons for trade reform interventions and policies over the longer term in the region and beyond.

What We Found

The evaluation served two specific purposes: accountability and learning. International Economics worked with the consortium to assess TMEA processes, results and overall value in an independent and impartial manner consistent with generally accepted principles and standards for professional evaluation. The team also identified and fed lessons learnt into learnt into the management of the remainder of the current programme and the design of any potential continuation of the TMEA programme, as well as future regional trade integration programmes.

Our Strategy and Impact

International Economics specifically worked on evaluating whether TMEA had achieved the intended impact on the programme intermediate trade outcomes. The evaluation used both quantitative and qualitative approaches to access data for use in assessing the impact of TMEA interventions in catalysing trade and economic growth. International Economics used the following methods for evaluating trade impact based on the data: cost-benefit analysis, classical trade indicators, econometric and computable partial and general equilibrium modelling, supply chain assessments, causal chain analysis, impact analysis, competitiveness assessments, and analysis of likely increase in trade volumes and values resulting from TMEA interventions.

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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