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 Bank

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.  This project seeks to assess whether the NDF's activities are consistent with its mandate and evaluate the extent to which its investments are having positive impacts to inform its future strategy. The evaluation has been commissioend by EBA, the Expert Group on Aid and is being conducted in partnership with Particp GmbH. The evaluation will conclude in Spring 2019.

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Client Logo The Scottish Government
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Client Jamie Oliver Foundation
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Microsoft YouthSpark Evaluation

YouthSpark is a flagship programme of Microsoft Philanthropies, which aims to enable young people around the world to learn digital and computer science skills. The skills range includes: the ability to survive in an increasingly digital world, understanding how that world works, how to use and create technologies, through to the specialised skills needed for specific technology careers. As well as having an intrinsic value, these skills also help to build vital cognitive skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, computational skills and information management, which are highly valued by industry. 

This qualitative evaluation assessed the extent to which YOuthSpark was achieving its mission and objectives. Over 100 stakheolders were engaged and site visits were conducted in the Middle East and 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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Principles of socially-responsible investment

How can investors be encouraged to consider more than purely commercial and short-term gains? Various sets of investment principles have emerged in recent years to guide socially responsible investment. These principles aim to incorporate social, environmental and governance criteria into investment decisions in order to enhance the benefits and reduce the damaging effects of investment for development. This review for IIED takes a first step in assessing the content, take-up, implementation and impact of the four main sets of principles for socially-responsible investment.

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Evaluation of Finnfund: The Finnish Fund for Industrial Cooperation Ltd.

Finnfund is a bilateral development finance institution (DFI) which provides finance to firms in developing countries, to promote social, environmental and economic development. This evaluation of Finnfund was led by Just Economics staff. It was commissioned by the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and conducted in partnership with Partcip GmbH. 

The goals of this evaluation were to assess Finnfund’s historical performance, the extent to which it has followed its mandate and annual guidance, and the likelihood that the 2018-2025 strategy will achieve its objectives. Phase 1 reviewed Finnfund’s record on development impact, and alignment with its mandate. Phase 2 appraised the future strategy based on fieldwork in three countries in Latin America and Africa.