Impact created by International Cooperation

"There are positive impacts for individual companies that have been supported in the programme countries"

Stimulating exports in developing countries

Small and medium-sized companies in developing countries experience barriers regarding the export of sustainable agricultural products.

Commissioned by the Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland (RVO), the Impact Center International Cooperation conducted an impact evaluation of a program of the Center for the Promotion of Imports from Developing Countries (CBI). The evaluation focused on stimulating exports of sustainable agricultural products from ten countries in Asia, Africa and Central America.

“In the evaluation, we conducted a contribution analysis using the results of document research and an e-survey among supported companies as well as semi-structured interviews in three countries we visited among others. We also used secondary data for this purpose. We presented the evaluation results in a session with CBI/RVO staff in September 2019,” said Niek de Jong, founder of International Cooperation.

“In general, there are positive effects for individual companies that have been supported in the programme countries but there is a need for (further) strengthening at sector level. Attention is also needed to strengthen in particular the financial sustainability of the results achieved,” says Niek de Jong.

Recommendations in the evaluation report (and results of the discussion) have been considered by the CBI in the development of its strategy for the coming years.