The objective of the assignment is to provide GCF with a solid understanding of the: demand for information, advocacy and interest representation; level of actual interest representation and advocacy; and the current market for business development services (BDS) in the crafts sector in Ha Tay province.

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.

This project was a manifestation of the overall movement of ASEAN towards encouraging the development of service-based trade economies, as part of its general objective to promote economic growth through liberalisation. The project investigated and identified obstacles to this transition, and the final report recommended methods to facilitate deeper and continued liberalisation of trade in services within the ASEAN community. The main aims of this SDNAS were firstly to determine the capacity building needs required to open up trade in selected service sectors across both individual ASEAN Member States (AMS) and the wider ASEAN region, and secondly to propose an integrated work plan that recommends follow-up actions to address those needs. 

The China Enterprise Survey 2010 (China ES 2010) is a World Bank Group (the World Bank) program that with the goal of standardization in order to reduce measurement error and improve cross- country comparability with other enterprise surveys. The goals is to make the China ES 2010 fully compatible with the approach of the Enterprise surveys that the Enterprise Analysis Unit of the World Bank has been implementing for the last four years in other regions of the world. Standardizing survey instruments, survey methodology and survey implementation serves to significantly reduce measurement error and improves cross-country comparability. 

SC wished to conduct a survey in order to evaluate the impact that their Dawn Microfinance Program has had on the lives of poor women clients and their families, including assessing the possible reduction in their vulnerability through increased human, social and financial assets. As a child-focused organization, SC specifically wants to know whether the children of the borrowers are better off than they would have been otherwise. In addition to knowing whether the program was working, SC also wanted to know where it was working, how it was working and what it could do to improve it.

The consultants were tasked with researching the significance and economic performance of the SOE sector. This included analysis of reforms in the sector.  

This project consisted of a quick scan of compliance cost for business caused by a selection of (potentially) burdensome legal domains. This was the first practical step of component one of the Vietnam Private Sector Support Program 1) Simplification and strengthening of the SME environment at the provincial level. Within the quick scan, indicative estimations were made of the compliance cost on business of several legal domains. The main purpose of this activity was to provide input for the selection of four main regulatory domains for a detailed baseline measurement using the Mistral methodology at a later stage in the Program.

The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) undertook extensive planning activities to design three projects focusing on budget support for SME and agricultural development. in the provinces of Soc Trang, Ha Tinh, and Thanh Hoa. Alignment of CIDA funding to the provinces' plans and systems was the program's main strategy. This required significant upfront institutional capacity and risk assessments. MKE collaborated with CIDA and the provinces of ST, HT and TH to conduct capacity and risk assessments. The assessment’s intent was to assist CIDA and its provincial partners in completing the design of their three development initiatives. It assisted CIDA in: 1) furthering its understanding of PFM in Vietnam, in particular at the provincial level; 2) assessing the provinces’ capacity to carry out its main public financial management functions; and 3) assessing the associated fiduciary risks in each provincial context.

The assessment of the provinces of Soc Trang and Ha Tinh was carried out to assess the functional capacities of the key provincial organizations for delivering provincial programming in key areas identified. The assessment also determined how CIDA could best strengthen the provincial functional capacity to meet their objectives and expected results in specific areas identified for support (i.e. public financial management, small-scale infrastructures, small and medium enterprises – SME development, agriculture and rural livelihoods).

This project examined the current role of Hong Kong FDI in Southeast Asia. It did this through a focus on three economies (Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia), where Hong Kong FDI has historically been important. Mekong Economics Ltd. was requested to conduct a questionnaire with managers of selected small to medium-sized Hong Kong-invested companies in Vietnam. Since the early 1990s developing economies have become increasingly open to FDI. The objective of the research was to understand the impact of FDI, and in particular that from Hong Kong.