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Managing Natural Resource Wealth Topical Trust Fund

Global International Monetary Fund 2014 2015

DevTech undertook an evaluation, designed to focus on efficiency, effectiveness and continued relevance of the Managing Natural Resource Wealth Topical Trust Fund (MNRW TTF) launched by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), with the aim of improving operations through the end of the cycle. The evaluation cover launched, underway and completed activities covering a three-year period, 34 country programs, five research projects and four workshops. Because the evaluation covered activities that had been implemented three year prior, the emphases included learning aspects and accountability considerations, emerging impacts, and factors affecting expected impacts.

The evaluation methodology was designed as a bottom-up approach where each project was assessed using questions grouped according to the DAC criteria. The questions were customized to reflect the features of the TTF and the characteristics of the countries receiving TTF TA. The team developed an evaluation matrix to demonstrate linkages between key evaluation questions and data sources and then processed and analyzed information collected from a variety of sources including project proposals and project assessments, including baseline information and quantitative and qualitative indicators; mid-year and annual reports produced by MNRW TTF, the logical framework and relevant financial data; feedback from IMF staff and experts, SC members and staff of relevant institutions in selected beneficiary countries; findings of the Fiscal Analysis of Resource Industries (FARI); macroeconomic and statistical data and analysis produced by the IMF Statistics and area departments as relevant; and country visits to Kenya, Mongolia and Tanzania. Findings were then triangulated to ensure consistency and validity.