Mid-term Evaluation for Multi-Donor Trust Fund for Trade and Development

2015; USA; World Bank

The World Bank Multi-Donor Trust Fund for Trade and Development (MDTF-TD2) supports the implementation of the World Bank Trade Strategy (WBTS). The MDTF-TD2 supports analytical trade work by responding to client demand for assistance as well as pro-active analysis of issues anticipating future demand and the provision of public goods (global analysis and advocacy).

The WBTS is articulated around four pillars: i) trade competitiveness and diversification; ii) trade facilitation, transport logistics and trade finance; iii) support for market access and international trade cooperation; and, iv) managing shocks and promoting greater inclusion including gender equality.

Itad conducted the Mid-term Evaluation of the fund which included: i) an assessment of the relevance and effectiveness of the programme design and governance, including the process of allocating resources to activities, and alignment of MDTF-TD2 supported activities with the WBTS; ii) taking stock of implementation, outputs and preliminary outcomes and results of the portfolio of MDTF-TD2 supported activities and their influence on WBG operations, lending and policy advice and cross-sectoral collaboration; iii) an evaluation of the M&E framework, and formulating recommendations for improvement.

The evaluation assessed progress against the OECD-DAC criteria for development effectiveness: relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, impact and sustainability. A range of data collection methods were applied, including key informant interviews, online surveys, and documentation and data review. We conducted a full portfolio review (level 1); deeper analysis of a sample of grants (level 2); and case studies (level 3), triangulating data sources and analysis to reach sound conclusions and recommendations.

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