Mini-Competition ITT Volume 2 Terms of Reference for Evaluation of Arab Partnership Fund .doc - ITT Volume 2 TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR EVALUATION OF ARAB

Mini-Competition ITT Volume 2 Terms of Reference for Evaluation of Arab Partnership Fund .doc

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Accronyms: AP Arab Partnership APEF Arab Partnership Economic Facility APPF Arab Partnership Participation Fund AfDB African Development Bank CIF Country Impact Fund (within APEF) CP Conflict Pool DFID Department for International Development EBRD European Bank for Reconstruction and Development FCO Foreign and Commonwealth Office ICAI Independent Commission for Aid Impact IFC International Finance Corporation IFI International Financial Institution IMF International Monetary Fund M&E Monitoring and Evaluation MENA Middle East and North Africa MENAD Middle East and North Africa Department (DFID) MIC Middle Income Country MSMEs Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises ODA Overseas Development Assistance OECD DAC Development Affectiveness Committee of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development QA Quality Assurance SPB Strategic Programme Board ToC Theory of Change WB World Bank 2
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1 Background The Arab Partnership programme: 1.1 The Arab uprisings in 2011 prompted a rapid reassessment of the UK’s priorities in the region. In May 2011, the Prime Minister announced an expanded UK Arab Partnership, including a £110 million fund to be jointly managed by DFID and FCO over four years. The purpose of this funding is to support lasting transition to more open, prosperous and inclusive societies. In doing so, it also reduces the likelihood of instability and conflict. The geographical scope of the Arab Partnership extends across the region, with a focus on Egypt, Tunisia, Jordan, Libya and Morocco. 1.2 Funding for the Arab Partnership comprises two windows: 2 £70m Arab Partnership Economic Facility to support inclusive and sustainable economic growth, managed and funded by DFID; 3 £40m Arab Partnership Participation Fund to support political reform and civil society, managed by FCO (with £20m funding from DFID). A range of project management approaches have been taken to deliver this assistance, and the model taken, the groups targeted and the priorities funded vary from country to country. 3.1 The DFID managed Arab Partnership Economic Facility (APEF) funds projects focussed on increasing employment (especially for women and young people), economic growth, and effective and accountable institutions in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Jordan and Morocco. Since being established in July 2011, APEF has committed £51 million to fifteen projects, with another £21 million projects in the pipeline. It is estimated that these funds will, directly and indirectly, create 39,000 jobs across the region by 2014/15. 1200 enterprises will receive business advice, and over 50,000 loans will be disbursed to micro, small and medium- sized enterprises (MSMEs). Project activities funded by APEF are focused around three thematic areas of job creation, economic growth and productivity, and effective and accountable institutions. The economic status of women and youth is addressed across all of these themes. The theory of change for the APEF is presented at Figure 1 below.
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