The specific objective of this assignment was to evaluate the Luxembourg contribution in the implementation of the development strategies of Laos and Vietnam and to provide recommendations in order to optimize future ICP interventions.

The purpose of the study was to provide the Development Assistance Committee (DAC), the 2009 High Level Meeting (HLM) and the wider development community with a comprehensive assessment of current donor policies and practices regarding the tying of aid as well as the results of untying. Phase II of the project was intended to be an exploratory study providing evidence based conclusions about the implications of untying for aid effectiveness. The intention was to provide a benchmark against which the advantages of untying aid and further steps to promote untying could be assessed. 

GTZ-Vietnam introduced EFQM as an organisation-wide management tool in 2003. In order to measure the organisational, regional and country-specific annual targets for programming, a Perceptions Survey was carried out. MKE was contracted to design and implement an appropriate survey (based on the GTZ-Indonesia model) and analyse the results. The participants were members and stakeholders of sampled GTZ projects. Every effort was made to ensure comparability to the GTZ-Indonesia Survey. The findings were then presented at GTZ-Vietnam roundtable workshop.

Annually, the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) produces a Socio-Economic Report to the Consultative Group (CG). This report identifies Vietnam’s development priorities for upcoming years. The CG Meetings for Vietnam bring together participants from the Government of Vietnam and representatives of about 50 bilateral and multilateral donors to Vietnam. Vietnamese and International NGOs and representatives of the Vietnam Business Forum participate as observers. Consultative Group meetings provide a forum for discussions between the Government of Vietnam and its development partners on economic policy issues, strategies for reducing poverty, and ODA effectiveness. The MPI translates the Socio-Economic Report to the Consultative Group into Vietnamese, and Mekong Economics Ltd. has the annual role of editing the English version and ensuring it is consistent with the Vietnamese version.

An evaluation was needed to assess the relationships between the Belgian organisations in the country (i.e. DGCD at the Embassy), the BTC office and the authorities of the partner countries. The evaluation was focused on direct bilateral development cooperation in terms of organization and performance; therefore, it was not an impact evaluation.

The project was initiated in the meeting on harmonization of assistance procedures and practices among the five banks (i.e. the World Bank, ADB, JBIC, KfW and AFD). The proposed harmonization focused on project preparation, particularly on the standards and procedures of the Government of Vietnam (GoV) and the five banks. The objective of the study was to provide support for ongoing work both at the GoV and at the five banks in project cycle harmonization and attempt to provide consolidated documentation to act as a reference for the GoV and donors on best practice in project preparation.

For the purpose of harmonization in reporting and monitoring, the consultants worked with PMUs, the LMDG, Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) and other GOVN related agencies to produce a sample Progress Report, which was the first harmonizing step in an attempt to recommend possible solutions towards achieving a ‘unified format for monitoring and reporting grant TA projects’ of the report that the PMU sends to MPI and the LMDG (CIDA, DFID, SIDA, Norway, Finland, the Netherlands, GTZ, DANIDA, AusAID and Switzerland

A comparative study of DFID's aid strategy in India, China and Vietnam. The objective of the consultancy was to: (a) review the different aid instruments currently being used in terms of policy influence and impact on poverty outcomes; and (b) make recommendations concerning the appropriate balance and synergies between different types of aid instruments for different country contexts.

The program for access Improvement to Markets in the Eastern Region of East Timor Leste (AIM) directly supported the National Development Plan designed to facilitate the country’s economic and social development through the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the bridge network in potentially rich agricultural districts in the Eastern region, namely Viqueque and Lautern. The project was originally designed for 2.5 years until end of 2006 but was extended to the end of 2008 with an additional USD 700,000 contribution from the Government of Timor Leste.