European Parliament Study: Guarantees and Loans for Inclusive Development

A research project in partnership with the Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA) The European Parliament has published an ECOPER paper on the implementation of the European Fund for Sustainable Development Plus (EFSD+) operations from an inclusive perspective. By providing guarantees and subsidies for loans, as well as capital investments, the EFSD+ is expected to …

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Evaluation Framework Agreement with ILO

ECOPER is proud to inform that it has been selected as a long-term partner of the ILO Evaluation Office. This long-term agreement will be launched by the end of November 2023 and will cover high-level corporate and institutional evaluations, as well as project evaluations. The ECOPER core team comprises a lead evaluator and manager, an …

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Synthesis review of the ILO’s work towards SDG 8

SDG 8 on sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth and full and productive employment for all is core to the International Labour Organisation’s mandate. To inform ongoing efforts to contribute to SDG 8, ECOPER was commissioned to conduct a synthesis review of nearly one hundred ILO projects evaluated between 2019 and 2020.  The review first …

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UNCTAD subprogramme on globalization, interdependence and development

ECOPER has begun the independent evaluation of UNCTAD’s Subprogramme 1. This subprogramme aims to advance inclusive and sustainable development, sustained growth, full employment and decent work for all through evidence-based policies and strategies at national, regional and international levels. The evaluation aims to help UNCTAD identify key lessons on strategic positioning, portfolio planning, management arrangements …

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Policies for cultural diversity

The cultural and creative industries are some of the fastest growing sectors in the world and are essential for inclusive economic growth, the reduction of inequalities and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. The 2005 Convention for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions was a cultural policy milestone and reflected the …

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Entrepreneurship and enterprise skills development

Entrepreneurship and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have been a priority area for the European Training Foundation (ETF) in recent years in recognition of their effects on economic growth, job creation and social cohesion. ECOPER has collaborated with Ockham IPS to complete the evaluation of the ETF’s work in entrepreneurship and enterprise skills development (EESD) …

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Entrepreneurship policymaking

Better designed and implemented entrepreneurship policies should result in more new businesses created, with potential long-term benefits for economic growth, employment and economic integration. Following this logic, UNCTAD has implemented the project ‘Support Developing Country Policy Makers in the Formulation of National Entrepreneurship Policies through the Implementation of Entrepreneurship Policy Frameworks’. The intervention has been …

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Support for TVET in the Southern African Development Community

Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) can empower individuals and contribute to economic growth. UNESCO’s Better Education for Africa’s Rise (BEAR) project aimed to support TVET in five African countries and this month the project’s evaluation report was published following a collaboration between ECOPER and Ockham IPS. The evaluation involved ECOPER carrying out field …

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Bilbao and the SDGs in city networks

The proliferation of city networks is an opportunity to exchange knowledge and experiences on localization of sustainable development goals (SDGs). Through a big data analysis, ECOPER analyzes which SDGs Bilbao is related to in international city networks and to what extent these SDGs are of interest to Bilbao’s citizen entities. This type of analysis allows …

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