Annual Reviews Of The Trademark East Africa Programme In Strategy 2

TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) is an aid-for-trade organisation established in 2010. Originally concentrated on the five countries of the East African Community (EAC) i.e., Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda, it has since expanded to, and started interventions in, DRC, South Sudan, Zambia and the Horn of Africa. The ultimate goal of TMEA is greater prosperity and the reduction of poverty in East Africa. The premise is that one way this can be achieved is by increasing East Africa's trade within the region and with the rest of the world. Increased demand for goods and services results in more goods being grown, manufactured and transported which results in more jobs being created and more people being employed. When people are earning incomes for themselves and their families, their standards of living will rise. This spurs more demand for goods, more trade, more employment and so on. However, there are certain impediments in increasing trade in East Africa and it is these that TMEA strives to help the individual countries and the region as a whole to address.

This assignment is to conduct Annual Reviews of TMEA during the Strategy 2 period from 2018-2023, working closely with the TMEA Results Team and the UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO, previously DFID). As FCDO is one of the major TMEA donor, the Annual Reviews are performed according to the FCDO Annual Review template. The Annual Reviews act as a third-party monitoring exercise, where progress against the TMEA results framework is assessed on an annual basis by a team of external experts. For each Annual Review, a separate Annual Review for each Country Programme and the TMEA Regional Programme is undertaken and a summary report, which syntheses findings, conclusions, lessons learned and recommendations across the whole TMEA programme, is written and presented to the TMEA Evaluation Committee, which include the other TMEA donors (Danish MFA, Dutch MFA, Finnish MFA, Norwegian MFA, USAID, Irish Aid, DEVCO, Belgian Development Cooperation, Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada, AFD). The review process includes ongoing assessment of data quality, with a specific focus on the TMEA results frameworks and internal monitoring data. Adjustments in design, programming and the results framework are made based on the lessons learned and recommendations of the Annual Review, which are then followed up by the following year's Annual Review. The FCG Sweden led consortium has so far conducted the 2018, 2019, 202 and 2021 Annual Reviews.

So far, the Annual Reviews have showed that TMEA has successfully contributed to very significant results benefitting countries of both East Africa and those who trade with them, including reducing transit times at ports and borders and reducing testing times and costs for the most traded locally-produced goods in the EAC. This is apart from the goodwill and trust TMEA has been able to foster, and collaborative partnerships it has been able to forge with the East African Community Secretariat, national governments, the private sector and civil society.

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