Evaluation of the OECD Development
Assistance Committee Contributions with the
Trade Committee to the WTO-led Aid for Trad...
Outline
1. Overview of the Evaluation
2. Methodology
3. Findings
4. Conclusions and Ideas for the Future
Overview of the Evaluation
• OECD DAC with the Trade Committee (“OECD”)
produces outputs that aim to help other agencies
d...
Methodology
• Contribution analysis is designed to recognize
the limits of causal attribution in a context in
which other ...
Methodology
• Three streams of OECD’s work:
• Monitoring, and data collection and
dissemination.
• Policy analysis.
• Poli...
Findings
• The team tested 13 hypotheses across the
Pathways of Change from Activities to the Goal -
OECD scored either “V...
Findings – Quality of OECD’s products
Channel Average Score % NA
Donor Countries
Monitoring 4.3 25%
Policy Analysis 3.7 46...
Findings – Usefulness of OECD’s work
Note: Scores 1-5, 5 indicating highest score.
Lower % NA indicates high rate of respo...
Findings – Effectiveness of OECD’s work
Note: Scores 1-5, 5 indicating highest score.
Lower % NA indicates high rate of re...
Findings
Despite a difficult budgetary environment, AfT has risen from 33% of total
sector allocable ODA in 2005 to nearly...
Findings
• OECD’s joint work with WTO, particularly AfT at a
Glance stood out as being particularly well-viewed by
stakeho...
Conclusions and Ideas for the
Future
• OECD’s work on AfT has been highly
relevant, effective, and efficient in terms of
i...
Conclusions and Ideas for the
Future
• A number of interview respondents indicated
possible directions for OECD’s future w...
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In the Organisation for Co-operation and Development (OECD)'s Development Assistance Committee (DAC) meeting of 8 April 2014, Saana Consulting presented Evaluation of the OECD Development Assistance Committee Contributions with the Trade Committee to the WTO-led Aid for Trade Initiative. The evaluation looked at outputs that aime to help other agencies do more and better Aid for Trade ('Aft' in literature, #Aid4Trade on Twitter).

For more, including brief interviews with consultants, please see: http://www.oecd.org/dac/aft/evaluation-oecd-aid4trade.htm

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

  1. 1. Evaluation of the OECD Development Assistance Committee Contributions with the Trade Committee to the WTO-led Aid for Trade Initiative 8th April 2014
  2. 2. Outline 1. Overview of the Evaluation 2. Methodology 3. Findings 4. Conclusions and Ideas for the Future
  3. 3. Overview of the Evaluation • OECD DAC with the Trade Committee (“OECD”) produces outputs that aim to help other agencies do more and better Aid for Trade (AfT). • OECD does not itself design, implement, or fund AfT projects. • Given the nature and scope of OECD’s work, this is not a traditional impact evaluation • Contribution Analysis: Exploration of the contribution a policy or intervention is making to observed processes and results.
  4. 4. Methodology • Contribution analysis is designed to recognize the limits of causal attribution in a context in which other agents and programs are numerous, and OECD’s work interacts heavily with them. • Contribution analysis based on: • Literature review. • Interviews of key stakeholders. • Survey of capital-based officials in donor countries, partner countries, and regional economic commissions.
  5. 5. Methodology • Three streams of OECD’s work: • Monitoring, and data collection and dissemination. • Policy analysis. • Policy dialogue. • Work streams are the basis for a Theory of Change, upon which the analysis is built.
  6. 6. Findings • The team tested 13 hypotheses across the Pathways of Change from Activities to the Goal - OECD scored either “Very true” or “True” on each hypothesis. • As an example of selected findings, the two hypotheses linking activities to outputs: • OECD’s activities in the areas of monitoring, policy analysis, and policy dialogue are sufficient in quantity and regularity to support the underlying rationale for its AfT intervention – Very true • Stakeholders are aware of OECD’s activities, and participate in or use them as appropriate – Very true
  7. 7. Findings – Quality of OECD’s products Channel Average Score % NA Donor Countries Monitoring 4.3 25% Policy Analysis 3.7 46% Policy Dialogue 3.8 55% Partner Countries and RECs Monitoring 4.3 15% Policy Analysis 4.2 14% Policy Dialogue 4.1 25% Note: Scores 1-5, 5 indicating highest score. Lower % NA indicates high rate of response and higher confidence level for score.
  8. 8. Findings – Usefulness of OECD’s work Note: Scores 1-5, 5 indicating highest score. Lower % NA indicates high rate of response and higher confidence level for score.
  9. 9. Findings – Effectiveness of OECD’s work Note: Scores 1-5, 5 indicating highest score. Lower % NA indicates high rate of response and higher confidence level for score.
  10. 10. Findings Despite a difficult budgetary environment, AfT has risen from 33% of total sector allocable ODA in 2005 to nearly 40% in 2012. Source: OECD. Total sector allocable (left axis) AFT share (%) 0 20 40 60 80 100 0 30 60 90 120 150 2002-2005 avg. 2006-08 avg. 2009 2010 2011 2012 Share (%) USD billion (2012 constant)
  11. 11. Findings • OECD’s joint work with WTO, particularly AfT at a Glance stood out as being particularly well-viewed by stakeholders, and effective in promoting monitoring of the AfT Initiative. • Close partnership between the two organizations. • Effective working relationship with WTO means that the reach of OECD’s work, and especially joint products, extends globally, beyond OECD’s members. • AfT at a Glance 2013 has been downloaded approximately 140,000 times from the OECD and WTO websites. • OECD’s data work also widely praised: • Serious monitoring and evaluation of AfT would be close to impossible without the Creditor Reporting System (CRS).
  12. 12. Conclusions and Ideas for the Future • OECD’s work on AfT has been highly relevant, effective, and efficient in terms of its relationship to the WTO-led AfT Initiative. • The monitoring function is particularly singled out by stakeholders. • Policy analysis and policy dialogue are also positively viewed, with a slightly higher regard for the former.
  13. 13. Conclusions and Ideas for the Future • A number of interview respondents indicated possible directions for OECD’s future work on AfT, as ideas for the consideration of member countries: • Scaling up of OECD’s role, especially in fostering independent monitoring and evaluation work. • Further engagement with partner countries outside the Paris-Geneva nexus. • Building on strong collaboration between DCD and TAD to exploit respective comparative advantages. • Aid for Trade Facilitation following Bali; Trade-related South-South cooperation; Regional AfT; Private sector engagement

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