Bilbao’s IV Master Plan for International Cooperation

ECOPER has been commissioned to lead the design of the Bilbao Municipal Government’s 4th Master Plan for International Development Cooperation. The design process will be participative and the new plan will reflect the lessons learned during the evaluation of the 3rd Master Plan, which was carried out by ECOPER this year. Workshops will be held …

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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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Opening speech at the XIV Meeting of Autonomous Communities and Cooperation for Development

From 24 to 26 November, the XIV Meeting of Autonomous Communities and Cooperation for Development was held in the Extremaduran cities of Mérida and Cáceres. The meeting’s focused was the importance of the decentralized cooperation carried out by Spain’s regional and local administrations. Ecoper participated in the event by making the opening presentation at the …

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ECOPER mission to Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

The ECOPER team travelled to Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, this week to carry out face-to-face sessions with team members from OCADES, a local partner of Cáritas Española. The purpose was to enhance the documentary and financial management of a multi-sector humanitarian assistance project financed by ECHO. The sessions relied on information contained in a remote monitoring …

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Good practices in government-development NGO practices

ECOPER has begun a study to identify good practices in relations between governments and development NGOs. Commissioned by the Spanish network of NGOs, the Coordinadora, the research is being conducted at a time when the new ‘Framework for relations between NGOs and the Government of Spain’ is being adopted. It aims to analyse political, legal …

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Web crawling and web scraping

ECOPER has incorporated two new types of artificial intelligence tool into its analysis and evaluation work used for big data analysis: web crawling and web scraping. Web crawling is a process by which a ‘robot’ (in this case, an algorithm) called a crawler systematically navigates through the internet. The crawler is provided with an initial …

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Tracer study for TVET system reform

UNESCO has published a ECOPER tracer study report on agriculture TVET in Jordan Reducing mismatches between the skills demanded by employers and those actually acquired by students is an important contributor to improving employability and supporting economic growth. Multiple studies conducted by international agencies in the last decade have found that skills mismatches are particularly …

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Tourism and hospitality TVET tracer study

UNESCO has published an ECOPER report on a tourism and hospitality TVET tracer study in Jordan Tracer studies are invaluable tools for informing education system reforms, potentially providing rich data for future decision making and planning. This month UNESCO published a ‘Tracer Study of Tourism and Hospitality Vocational Secondary Education in Jordan’, which was conducted …

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What has become of the graduates? The tracer study

Tracer studies are used to assess levels of preparation and satisfaction of graduates of educational programmes. The approach began with the International Program for the Eradication of Child Labor of the International Labor Organization (ILO) in 2003, though their use has spread since 2016 as a result of the joint work of the ILO and …

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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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