International development and finance

Just Economics has a portfolio of projects relating to international development and finance. These have focused on ICT for development, gender, sustainable investment, and value for money (VfM).  Current work is focused on an evaluation of supporting Microsoft to measure the impact of its Youthspark programme. We also have experience of evaluating development finance institutions and are currently working with the Finnish Ministry of Finance to evaluate Finnfund. 

International development and finance
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Evaluation of the Nordic Development Fund

The Nordic Development Fund (NDF) is the joint development finance institution of the five Nordic countries. NDF is mandated to facilitate climate change investments primarily in low-income countries.  Just Economics, in partnership with Particip GmbH, has been commissioned to  assess whether the NDF's activities are consistent with its mandate and evaluate the extent to which its investments are having positive impacts. The evaluation will conclude in Spring 2019.

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Client Logo Amnestry International
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Client Logo Focus Ireland
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Client Jamie Oliver Foundation
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Cork Fakes: The social and economic costs of the removal of micronutrients from Kellogg’s cereals

Since 2013, there is evidence that Kellogg's has been removing key mirconutrients from its breakfast cereals in Mexico. This report makes an economic assessment of the savings to Kelloggs and compares this to the health, well-being and development of Mexican society. It finds that  Kellogg’s is estimated to save $85 million USD over five years from this practice, whilst the minimum cumulative social cost to Mexico for the removal of just three key nutrients will be $250 million USD over five years. This means for every dollar that Kellogg’s saves by de-fortifying cereals it destroys at least three dollars in value to Mexican society. The report discusses the implications of this for Mexican consumers.

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Evaluation of the Nordic Development Fund

The Nordic Development Fund (NDF) is the joint development finance institution of the five Nordic countries. The objective of NDF's operations is to facilitate climate change investments, primarily in low-income countries.  NDF finances projects usually in cooperation with bilateral, multilateral and other development institutions. The operations mirror the Nordic countries’ priorities in the areas of climate change and development. 

This report assesses the social and environmental impact of NDF in the countries within which it invests, and makes recommendations to improve its development impact in the future. 

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Microsoft YouthSpark Evaluation

YouthSpark is a flagship programme of Microsoft Philanthropies that aims to enable young people around the world to learn digital and computer science skills. Just Economics was commissioned to evaluate the extent to which YouthSpark is achieving its mission and objectives. Using qualitative methods, over 100 stakeholders were engaged and site visits were conducted in the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Asia. The evaluation was commissioned to feed into Microsoft's strategic planning process and to inform its future strategy for YouthSpark. 

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Evaluation of Finnfund: The Finnish Fund for Industrial Cooperation Ltd

Finnfund is a bilateral development finance institution (DFI) that provides finance to firms in developing countries with the aim of promoting social, environmental and economic development. Just Economics, in partnership with Particip GmbH, was commissioned by the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs to evaluate Finnfund's historical performance and its strategy to 2025.