Scope and Focus

The evaluation will address three main areas. First, the evaluation will situate and evaluate ITC in the broader institutional landscape taking into consideration institutional relations. In particular it will assess the comparative advantage of ITC vis-a-vis other organisations providing trade-related technical assistance, especially WTO and UNCTAD. Second, the evaluation will look at whether ITC meets its objectives in an efficient and effective manner, and identify key risks associated with achieving those objectives. Finally, the evaluation will assess whether ITC has the capacity and the funding to achieve its goals. In relation to the latter the issue of donor funding modalities shall be looked at.

Given the time and resources available, the Evaluation is therefore expected to focus on ITC´s technical assistance activities in specific countries; on the thematic cross-border programmes and on ITCs co-operation with other international organizations.

Finally, it is expected that the Evaluation will take into account the national and global context within which ITC operates, the specific potentials and constraints of recipient countries and the evolving role of ITC’s development partners. This is critical to ensuring that the relevance of ITC’s operations is assessed in terms of: (i) the trade-related constraints in recipient countries; (ii) the priorities endorsed by the international development community (such as the Millennium Development Goals - MDGs); and (iii) the objectives embedded in poverty-reduction strategies of recipient countries.

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