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Project location
THE AMERICAS
Project value
€60,000
Client
CALIFORUM
An independent mid-term evaluation of the Caribbean Regional Sustainable Tourism Development Programme as a requirement of the Financing Agreement (No.: 6574/REG) governing the implementation of the programme, was conduction within the framework of this project
Project location
EAST ENPI
Project value
€87,534
Client
EC
The global objective of the study was to provide the potential beneficiaries of the grants and the EC with an overview of the incompatibilities between the EU procurement rules for grant projects financed through external assistance (PRaG) and the national legislation on public procurement in the EaP countries.

The specific aim of the assignment was to analyse the identified incompatibilities allowing the EC and the potential beneficiaries to better understand the extent of the problem in each of the countries and to use this as a basis for bilateral discussions with the national governments.

The project involved the following tasks:
- Performing an in-depth assessment of incompatibilities between the EU procurement rules for external assistance to the grant contracts and the national procurement rules in the EaP countries
• Data collection (PraG Grant contracts and public procurement rules and legislation in the EaP countries)
• Review of similar study performed in 2011 for three of the EaP countries (Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus)
• Identification, description and analysis of the incompatibilities detected

- Drafting a list of recommendations on possible solutions to tackle the identified incompatibilities (for each of the six EaP countries)

 

The pre-feasibility study provided information about, and justification of, the preferred option to pursue this activity. It evaluated the support that would be received from stakeholders, in particular EU member States and Black Sea partner countries. It assessed the possible fields of activities of the College, and ways of recruiting both faculty members and students. It looked at options for the location of the College. Finally, it examined options for funding, both during the initial phase and after, paying special attention to the issue of sustainability.
Project location
ASEAN
Project value
€104,536
Client
EC
The overall objective of the project was to conduct an independent, final evaluation of the EASCAB project with a view to provide an overall assessment for the achievements as compared with the Financing Agreement as well as draw wider lessons for future operations.

The specific objectives were to:
1. Assess the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, impacts and sustainability of the EASCAB. The main emphasis of the assignment being effectiveness and sustainability.

Phase I – Inception Phase
• A desk review of the project literature. Submission of an inception report. Elaboration on the evaluation questions above. Identify indicators used for the assessment of each of the evaluation questions as well as indicate the methodology for how to measure these indicators.

Phase II – Field Work
• Carried out a field survey using the methodology to assess the selected components:
• Discuss with representatives if ASEAN secretariat and ASEAN member states. Assess the results achieved with the project, commitment level, impact on their capabilities and obtain indication if project sustainability.
• Undertake visits in ASEAN Member States to meet with participants in training activities.
• Gather information with regard to compliance of national systems to implement the regional statistical system
• Assess statistical outputs produced by the project.
Project location
CENTRAL AMERICA
Project value
€100,000
Client
ALA
The main objective of the mission was to provide the European Commission and the beneficiary with useful assessment, analysis and recommendations concerning the operation and impact of the programme ADAPCCA (Design and Implementation Common Policies regarding Central America).

The programme, whose geographical coverage includes Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama, seeks to contribute to strengthening regional integration, by formulating, promoting and support in the implementation of common policies related to the Central American Customs Union. The direct beneficiaries are the "operators" (producers, workers, exporters, importers, consumers), linked to economic activity within Central America or have the potential to participate. Other beneficiaries are regional institutions, particularly the Council of Ministers for Economic Integration (COMIECO) and Central American Economic Integration Secretariat (SIECA).

The mission analysed the results of ADAPCCA for the implementation period to May 2009 and assessed the achievements to that date, applying the criteria of relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, impact and sustainability. The consultants suggested strategic guidelines necessary to ensure efficient and effective management of the further phases of the programme and provided recommendations for future development of new actions.
Project location
WEST AFRICAN REGION
Project value
€65,000
Client
EDF ECOWAS
The global objective of the assignment was to assist the Evaluation Committee in carrying out the technical and financial evaluation of the eligible Concept Notes and selected Full Application Notes submitted under the Call for Proposals to Non State Actors participation to Regional Integration Process in West Africa. 

The specific objective was to provide the Evaluation Committee with two separate evaluating grids, once for each eligible Concept Note and one for each selected Full Application Form.
Project location
BLACK SEA REGION
Project value
€100,000
Client
EC
The pre-feasibility study on the possible creation and support of a College of the Black Sea has a general objective to provide decision-makers in the European Commission with sufficient information to allow them to assess the desirability (or not) of moving ahead and propose such a project. The study focussed on all Black Sea countries (Moldova, Ukraine, Russia, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Turkey).

The pre-feasibility study provided information about, and justification of, the preferred option to pursue this activity. It evaluated the support that would be received from stakeholders, in particular EU member States and Black Sea partner countries. It assessed the possible fields of activities of the College, and ways of recruiting both faculty members and students. It looked at options for the location of the College. Finally, it examined options for funding, both during the initial phase and after, paying special attention to the issue of sustainability.
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