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Evaluation of the projects “Institutional Cooperation between the Department for WTO and Trade Defence at the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine and National Trade Board of Sweden” and “Trade Policy and Practice in Ukraine”

The purpose of the assignment was to provide and independent assessment of the performance of the two, inter-linked, projects, “Institutional Cooperation between the Department for WTO and Trade Defence at the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine and National Trade Board of Sweden” and “Trade Policy and Practice in Ukraine” using the project results frameworks as main points of reference. The performance was assessed against the commonly accepted OECD/DAC evaluation criteria, i.e. relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, impact and sustainability. In addition, the comparative advantages of NBT and IER as implementing agencies were assessed.

The aim was that the evaluation should inform future programming. As such, it provided conclusions, recommendations and lessons learned with regard to the overall design of the project, the methods of implementation, and the collaboration between the involved parties. It also assessed the capacity of the MEDT to take on additional projects in the area of trade, especially in relation to the implementation of the DCFTA, and made recommendations to this end.

The evalaution found that the projects have been largely relevant to Ukrainian priorities and obligations and the main beneficiary’s needs. The effectiveness of the projects is questionable given the non-achievement of key outcomes. While only assessed to a limited extent, project efficiency was high in terms of number of activities and deliverables, but low with regard to the achievement of longer-term results. Relatedly, project impact was confined to the knowledge and skills gained by individuals. Prospects for sustainability are poor given weak government ownership and donor dependency.

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