Evaluation of UNDP RBAS Regional Project on Aid for Trade in Arab States

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Evaluation Plan:
2014-2017, RBAS
Evaluation Type:
Project
Planned End Date:
11/2017
Completion Date:
10/2017
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
60,000

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Title Evaluation of UNDP RBAS Regional Project on Aid for Trade in Arab States
Atlas Project Number: 00071937
Evaluation Plan: 2014-2017, RBAS
Evaluation Type: Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 10/2017
Planned End Date: 11/2017
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
  • 1. Output 1.1. National and sub-national systems and institutions enabled to achieve structural transformation of productive capacities that are sustainable and employment - and livelihoods- intensive
Evaluation Budget(US $): 60,000
Source of Funding: Sida
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 7,200
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Donata Maccelli Evaluation Expert donatamaria@yahoo.com
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders:
Lessons
1.

1. AfTIAS has greatly facilitated and enhanced the dialogue at regional level about trade and integration issues, and has contributed to better awareness on trade as a major engine of promotion of Arab economic integration.


2.

2. The project has put in place concrete measures and interventions aimed at tangible results, such as the cross border interventions, thus stimulating beneficiary countries to reflect on and adopt new regulations and legislation.


3.

3. Good management of time, human and financial resources has allowed for optimisation of these and contributed to optimise results.


4.

4. Planned results have been mostly achieved. Beneficiaries confirm that the results are of good quality. Strong interest and commitment of the management at operational level in the beneficiary institutions likely contributed to effective project delivery.

 


5.

5. More attention is to be paid to the involvement of the civil society, in primis business and private sector, to deepen up the reflections on gaps and stimulate innovative and concerted solutions. In the new project, involvement of the private sector and promotion of transparency are key pillars. Promotion of dialogue, consultations with end users and trading community form a considerable part of the strategy for boosting Regulatory Transparency – one of foundations of Good Governance in economic and trade matters.


Findings
1.


Recommendations
1

Devise activities aimed at more empowerment of women in taking part in the economic life while giving due consideration to operational circumstances of Arab economic integration.

2

Continue expanding the Regional Programme knowledge platform for a more shareable knowledge and evidence.

1. Recommendation:

Devise activities aimed at more empowerment of women in taking part in the economic life while giving due consideration to operational circumstances of Arab economic integration.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/11/06] [Last Updated: 2017/12/06]

As the AfTIAS project is closing in 2017, more focus will be adopted into the newly launched project of Strengthening Arab Economic Integration for Sustainable Development.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Incorporate gender dimensions into the activities of the new project, such as giving more priority to those that promise positive impacts to women in terms of access to labor and capital market.
[Added: 2017/12/06] [Last Updated: 2018/09/20]
UNDP 2018/12 Completed For activities and workshops of capacity building, there has been a specific requirement on the attendance of female participants over the year. Women's empowerment is key to trade-related indicators under SDGs. Hence, the project has identified indicators and secured gender participation to activities of the new project, which was launched this year. History
Identify economic activities in which women may benefit of better access to job opportunities, i.e. participation to transactions of digital economy.
[Added: 2017/12/06]
UNDP 2017/12 Completed
2. Recommendation:

Continue expanding the Regional Programme knowledge platform for a more shareable knowledge and evidence.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/11/06] [Last Updated: 2017/12/06]

The Regional Programme under the new cycle (2018-2021), and the project will work more on expanding the knowledge platforms.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Update the Regional Programme knowledge platform that has been established with AfTIAS related publications.
[Added: 2017/12/06] [Last Updated: 2018/09/20]
UNDP 2017/12 Completed History
Prepare a summary of technical documents for dissemination of knowledge to the public and policy makers of Arab countries.
[Added: 2017/12/06] [Last Updated: 2018/09/21]
UNDP 2018/12 Completed The list of technical documents is attached. History

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