Expertise

STRATEGY & POLICY ADVICE

VJW International provides technical assistance to public bodies and international organisations to design effective, inclusive and sustainable policies, strategies and regulations. To that aim, we conduct rigorous research and evidence-based analyses, assessments and recommendations. In addition, we provide capacity building and training to increase stakeholders’ coordination both at the strategy and implementation levels.

Examples of ongoing and recent strategy and policy advice projects:

Background note on the post 2020 debate and its implications for OCTs: This project provided evidence-based recommendations to political leaders of the OCTs on aspects of the post‐2020 framework and its potential impacts for the EU‐OCT partnership. In particular, the project identified (a) what these aspects are; (b) how OCTs, Member States and the Commission can work together to integrate them into the overall post‐2020 debate; and (c) the specific time‐points during the consultative process that can provide OCTs with opportunities to influence the post-2020 debate. The project also facilitated discussions on the future of the EDF and on future innovative modalities of funding for the OCT‐EU partnership.

The renewal of the ACP-EU partnership agreement: Issues for the EU in consultation phase 1. This project formulates a Joint European Strategy for development cooperation in support of Ghana’s national development plan. The project is implemented by AETS in partnership with VJW International.

Technical Assistance for Joint Programming in Ghana. Formulation of a Joint European Strategy for development cooperation in support of Ghana’s national development plan. The project is implemented by AETS in partnership with VJW International.

Technical Assistance for Joint Programming in Ethiopia. This project formulates Formulation of a Joint European Strategy in support of Ethiopia’s Growth and Transformation Programme II.  The project is implemented by AECOM in partnership with VJW International.

AID EFFECTIVENESS

VJW International provides technical assistance to enhance development effectiveness and improve donor coordination and efficiency, including through Joint Programming of development cooperation aid between development partners. We also promote development ownership and aid and development effectiveness through support in elaborating national development plans, joint analysis and strategies, or communication and visibility strategies.

Examples of ongoing and recent aid and development effectiveness projects:

Support for the EU’s Implementation of Development Effectiveness Commitments.This project assesses the EU progress on Development Effectiveness Commitments and provides technical assistance in the preparation of the GPEDC HLM2. The assessment draws on a vast range of quantitative and qualitative data, including consultations with EU Member States, EU Officials and Civil Society Organisations, and provides comprehensive evidence on progress made by EU Member States and EU institutions in implementing their commitments since the Busan High Level Forum.

EU-Ethiopia Cooperation: EU + JP exercise II. This technical assistance project facilitates the implementation of the 2nd phase of the JP process in Ethiopia. The specific objectives are (a) to analyse GTP II and the country situation as a basis for drafting a joint cooperation strategy paper between EU+ and Ethiopia; (b) to map EU+ cooperation with Ethiopia based on major sectors of cooperation for the period 2013 to 2015 as well as 2016- 2020; (c) to draft EU+ joint cooperation strategy with Ethiopia, including sector prioritisation, indicative allocations and Common Result Framework for the period 2016-2020 with a focus on gender; (d) to design an M&E framework for joint monitoring of progress and evaluation of impact; and (e) to draft a roadmap and action plan to implement the JCS. The project is implemented by AECOM.

EU-Ghana Cooperation: EU Joint Programming Phase II. The main objective of this technical assistance is to facilitate the work of the EU Development partners (DPs) involved in Joint Programming in Ghana in preparing Phase II 2017-2020 through the formulation of a joint Strategy including a joint analysis, joint results framework, Monitoring and Evaluation Strategy and a Joint visibility strategy. The project is implemented by AECOM in partnership with VJW International.

Technical Assistance for in-country Aid Effectiveness Support – Joint Programming of Development Cooperation aid. This project aimed to support the joint programming of the EU and EU Member States’ Country Programmable Aid in several countries. The work included: (a) the elaboration of a joint analysis and a joint response with local governments and development partners to reduce aid fragmentation and improve division of labour in view to establishing a single EU programming document per partner country. The project was implemented by HTSPE (now DAI) in its first phase, and by EPRD in its second phase in partnership with VJW International.

Study on the EU implementation of commitments made at the Busan High Level Forum on Aid EffectivenessThis project aimed to provide analytical evidence on progress made by EU Member States and EU institutions in implementing the Busan commitments. The research and analysis drawsed on a vast range of quantitative and qualitative data and evidence identified across the Busan commitments. The project was implemented by HTSPE (now DAI) and HCL in partnership with VJW International.

Formulation and Development of an Aid Effectiveness Group Strategic Plan in Kenya. This project aimed to promote aid and development effectiveness in Kenya through the elaboration of the Aid Effectiveness Group (AEG) Strategic Plan and implementation of SMART indicators and a visibility strategy.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT &TRADE

VJW International provides technical assistance in facilitating economic and trade relations between partner countries, tackling barriers to trade and investment, analysing regulatory and legislative frameworks and procurement processes, and promoting international standards towards economic development.

Examples of ongoing and recent aid and development effectiveness projects:

Study on the EU Gateway to Korea and Japan. This study provided an independent, result-focused assessment/evaluation of the past performance of the EU Gateway to Japan and Korea Programmes, designed to contribute to improve the competitiveness of European companies in these key markets.

Mid-Term evaluation of the “Forest Law Enforcement and Governance Trade” (FLEGT) Programme. This project consisted of a mid-term evaluation of the EU-FAO FLEGT Programme, which aimed at addressing the presence of illegal timber in global markets and stopping it from entering the European market.The project included the identification of specific good practices and lessons to be learned for the formulation of similar forestry governance projects.

Support to the multi-donor trust fund for Trade related assistance in Cambodia. This Results-Oriented Monitoring (ROM) assessed the European Commission’s contribution to a Multi-Donor Trust Fund (MDTF) administered by the World Bank in support of the Trade Development Support Programme (TDSP) in Cambodia. The TDSP was aimed at facilitating the integration of Cambodia in the international economy through enhanced participation in trade.

MONITORING & EVALUATION

VJW International provides evaluation and assessment of development programmes based on qualitative and qualitative data collection and analysis. We also provide Results Oriented Monitoring (ROM), comprehensive and analytical reports, case studies, and evaluations at all stages of development projects and programmes.

Examples of ongoing and recent evaluation projects:

Mid-Term evaluation of the “Forest Law Enforcement and Governance Trade” (FLEGT) Programme. This project consisted of a mid-term evaluation of the EU-FAO FLEGT Programme, which aimed at addressing the presence of illegal timber in global markets and stopping it from entering Europe. The project included the identification of specific good practices and lessons to be learned for the formulation of similar forestry governance projects.

Final evaluation of the US-funded Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) in Mozambique. The evaluation provided a systematic appreciation of the achievements and impact of the MCA-Mozambique, an MCC-funded Programme of a value of USD 507 Million aimed at facilitating poverty reduction through economic growth.

Final evaluation of the US-funded Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) in Mali. The evaluation provided a systematic appreciation of the achievements and impact of the MCA-Mali, a MCC-funded programme of a value of USD 460 million to facilitate poverty reduction through economic growth.

Support to the multi-donor trust fund for Trade related assistance in Cambodia. This Results-Oriented Monitoring (ROM) assessed the European Commission’s contribution to a Multi-Donor Trust Fund (MDTF) administered by the World Bank in support of the Trade Development Support Programme (TDSP) in Cambodia. The TDSP was aimed at facilitating the integration of Cambodia in the international economy through enhanced participation in trade.

INEQUALITY, GOVERNANCE AND PEACEBUILDING

VJW International assists public bodies and international organisations in identifying relevant solutions to political, economic and social challenges. We provide research-based policy advice at every political level – international, national, regional and local – on issues related to social and economic inequalities; governance (decentralisation; corruption; law and justice; CSOs) and the conflict-peacebuilding continuum. We tailor our approach to clients’ needs by drawing on multidisciplinary technical expertise, political economy analysis, as well as ethnography and qualitative and quantitative data analysis.

Examples of ongoing and recent inequality, governance and peacebuilding projects:

Mid-Term Evaluation of the “Forest Law Enforcement and Governance Trade” (FLEGT) Programme. This project consisted of a mid-term evaluation of the EU-FAO FLEGT Programme, which aimed at addressing the presence of illegal timber in global markets and stopping it from entering Europe. The project included the identification of specific good practices and lessons to be learned for the formulation of similar forestry governance projects. It also assessed the collaboration of civil society, private sector organisations and government institutions in enforcing forestry legal frameworks.

Final Evaluation of the US-Funded Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) in Mozambique. The evaluation provided a systematic appreciation of the achievements and impact of the MCA-Mozambique, a MCC-funded programme of a value of USD 507 million to facilitate poverty reduction through economic growth.