The Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) was a multi-donor programme started in 2008 that worked with Least Developed Countries (LDCs) to assist them in becoming more active players in the global trading system. It supported LDCs in mainstreaming trade into national development strategies and building the capacity to trade, including addressing critical supply-side constraints. The EIF was supported by a multi-donor trust fund with contributions from 23 Donors and a funding target of USD 250 million. The mandate of the EIF ended on December 31 2015, with project implementation continuing until December 2017. Since 2008, the EIF has funded 120 Tier 1 and Tier 2 projects in 45 countries.
Some of the Tier 1 projects have supported Diagnostic Trade Integration Studies (DTIS) and DTIS Updates aimed at developing a detailed understanding of the trade-related constraints facing the country and identifying pragmatic remedies and trade policy reforms. Other Tier 1 projects provide support to National Implementation Arrangements (NIAs) aimed at mainstreaming trade, building capacity within the country to implement trade strategies, coordinating Aid for Trade and trade related technical assistance and mobilizing resource for the implementation of the DTIS AM.
Tier 2 projects assist with the implementation of priorities identified in the Action Matrix and build trade-related and supply side capacities. The intent was to complement existing projects, fill gaps and be catalytic. To date, they have focused on agricultural value chains, trade facilitation, standards, tourism and textiles. The current evaluation was commissioned by the EIF Board. Using a mixed methods approach, the evaluation assessed the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability and potential impacts of the EIF programme.