A better look at ITC’s development results

2 October 2013
ITC News
A close-up look at ITC’s new Development Results database, which gives information on how ITC implements technical assistance around the world.

Donors, beneficiaries and other stakeholders can for the first time track the outcomes of the International Trade Centre’s (ITC) technical assistance projects. The results can be accessed with the click of a mouse on ITC’s newly launched Development Results database.

This database reflects ITC’s efforts to increase accountability and transparency, and to enhance the export competitiveness of businesses in developing countries through results-based management. In fact, never before has the public had access to ITC project data in this much detail.

At the launch, Robert Whitehead, ITC’s Chief of Strategic Planning, said: ‘Representatives from ITC’s donor and beneficiary countries can now monitor how effectively ITC implements technical assistance in the countries of their interest.’
Users of the new map-based tool can find information about trade-related technical assistance projects that were operating in a country, region or around the world in 2012. Users can also filter projects by sector, donor or Millennium Development Goal to which a project contributes.

Goals and progress

For those looking for further details, the database provides information about project objectives, budgets, and indicators that measure project performance and track the progress of set goals. By selecting the category for ‘fruits and vegetables’, for example, users can see that ITC assisted fruit and vegetable exporters in 14 countries in Asia and Africa.

But what exactly did ITC do in those countries? A user can click on Senegal on the map, for example, and see that ITC’s Netherlands Trust Fund II project in that country focused on enhancing the competitiveness of mangoes from the Niayes Region. A look at the project page shows that this three-year project surpassed its goal of assisting five enterprises in establishing international business linkages and, as a result, transacting business. Related information about advisory services, ITC-led interventions and missions is also available.

ITC plans to extend this customized search beyond the project level so that users can, in a future release of the database, search for specific workshops or advisory services that meet detailed search criteria.

For users looking for broader data, aggregated project results are available in the three target beneficiary groups of policymakers, trade support institutions and enterprises from developing or transition countries. Indicators and results are also categorized into intervention types, namely training and capacity building, advisory services, publications and trade intelligence.

The Development Results database features data on outputs and outcomes for the 54 country projects, 36 regional projects and 18 global projects that were operational in 2012.

To know more about ITC's Development Results database, please visit here.