February 6, 2015
Identifying opportunities for technical assistance on economic development can be tricky and overwhelming. Project managers face a multitude of policy initiatives, programs, and institutions—directly or indirectly devoted to achieving economic growth—to choose from under time, know-how and budget constraints. Economic development initiatives have the particularity of taking time to produce results and even then impact can be hard to observe if careful monitoring and evaluation are not in place. Abt’s Narciso Suárez and Lucía Gamboa propose an approach for pre-selecting, planning, and implementing international economic development projects through foreign technical assistance.