Online training in trade and gender

UNCTAD has published ECOPER’s report on a cluster of trade and gender capacity building projects In trade, women often do not benefit from the same opportunities as men, and trade policies designed without taking into account gender-specific outcomes can contribute to the widening of gender gaps. In order for gender equality to be achieved, policymakers, …

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ECOPER conducts field mission to UN Palace of Nations

ECOPER consultant Aitor Pérez has conducted a field mission to the UN Palace of Nations in Geneva as part of the evaluation of UNCTAD’s Subprogramme 1. During the week-long visit, Aitor interviewed several UNCTAD officials, including the Secretary General, Rebeca Grynspan, and the directors of a number of UNCTAD divisions. In addition, he had the …

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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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Internet metrics and the evaluation of projects

In project evaluation, it is common to use techniques such as document reviews, semi-structured interviews, focus groups, and surveys. However, increasingly, development projects can leave their mark on the internet, leading to internet metrics becoming a new evaluation technique. ECOPER regularly evaluates United Nations projects that aim to implement improvements in public policies in developing …

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Trade and gender capacity building

ECOPER has presented its final report on a cluster evaluation of UNCTAD support to ‘Capacity building on Trade and Gender Online Training’. The evaluation, which was conducted in collaboration with an expert on gender and human rights, assessed a series of interventions carried out between 2015 and 2020 which focused on the development and delivery …

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Transparency in trade regulation in the Pacific islands

Regulatory transparency is considered a central tenet of international trade and vital to the success of the recently signed Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations (PACER) Plus. ECOPER recently presented its final evaluation report for the UNCTAD project ‘Transparency in Trade Regulation and Facilitation in the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations (PACER) Plus’, a …

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ECOPER report on SDG investment project published

UNCTAD’s 2014 World Investment Report advocated for a ‘Big Push’ for investment in Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This month, UNCTAD published ECOPER’s final evaluation report for the project ‘Investment promotion partnerships for the development, marketing and facilitation of bankable SDG projects’, which forms part of this drive. The project connects with one of the action …

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Investing in the Sustainable Development Goals

ECOPER has completed the evaluation of the UNCTAD project ‘Investment promotion partnerships for the development, marketing and facilitation of bankable Sustainable Development Goal projects’. The project aimed to enhance the capacities of investment promotion agencies (IPAs) in the preparation, promotion and facilitation of bankable SDG projects. ECOPER’s evaluation approach involved data collection through diverse information sources and methods: a documentary analysis, semi-structured interviews with project stakeholders and an extensive, multi-lingual online survey of IPAs.

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ECOPER entrepreneurship project report published

Better entrepreneurship policies can increase the number of businesses created and enlarged, and therefore contribute to the economic goals inserted into global development agendas and national strategies. Reflecting this, UNCTAD implemented the project ‘Support Developing Country Policy Makers in the Formulation of National Entrepreneurship Policies through the Implementation of Entrepreneurship Policy Frameworks’ between 2015 and …

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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 with an evaluation conducted by ECOPER, which featured an extensive document review, along with interviews and an online survey. ECOPER also attended an Africa Entrepreneurship Forum in Kigali, Rwanda in order to directly observe project activity.

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