Cost-benefit analysis of Twinning versus Technical Assistance (Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia)
Aid coordination, Monitoring, Evaluation and Impact assessment
Starting Date
Ending Date
Western Balkans
Donor agency
Lead Partner
ECORYS (The Netherlands)
Detailed description of the project

The objectives of this evaluation were:

  • To assess the contribution of the Twinning and Technical Assistance (TA) tools to the overall accession process in the Western Balkan countries and Turkey, in particular through a comparative analysis (i.e. based on a number of key sectors) of the relative advantage and underlying considerations justifying the choice of different instruments (Twinning or TA) for the implementation of financial assistance in these countries.
  • To provide lessons learned and guidance for the programming and planning of future assistance, including through the development of cost-benefit assessment templates to help decision-makers estimate in which cases Twinning or TA ought to be used.

Type of services provided were:

  • (a cost-benefit analysis of Twinning versus Technical Assistance with findings, conclusions and recommendations providing operational managers in EC Delegations and beneficiary countries' administrations with guidance for a balanced assessment of the implementation modalities most suited to their assistance needs
  • a mapping of the assistance implementation tools (TW/TA) and their use in a number of key sectors in the countries concerned by this evaluation.
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