Core Concepts
Core Concepts  

Projects are usually designed after consultations with donors and beneficiaries, making use of a variety of programmes from the UNCTAD Toolbox, and only a few initiatives (such as some training courses) are "standardized" products.

These tailor-made operations designed in response to specific demands ensure ownership and successful results as they are directly tailored to the country-specific needs.

UNCTAD's assistance can be adapted to the evolving needs and topics of the trade and development agenda.

New issues and priorities such as those emphasized by the Accra Accord (AA) can be incorporated into current activities, thanks again to the ongoing research work that is used as the main substantive input for UNCTAD projects.

UNCTAD's accountability towards donors matches the fragmented structure of the operations; Projects at UNCTAD are designed, implemented and evaluated under a Results-Based Management framework Thus, each donor receives financial and progress reports on each of the projects financed with its contributions.

This ensures an official reporting procedure that complements the regular contacts between project officers and other staff members involved in operations and the donors' authorities at all stages of the operations: from design until evaluation.

UNCTAD's activities are designed to involve the participation of many different national and international stakeholders. This involves, for example, local producers of commodities, national public and private entities, and academic institutions in order to jointly achieve the targets more efficiently.

On a global scale, UNCTAD is active as lead coordinating agency in the United Nations Inter-Agency Cluster on Trade and Productive Capacity (LINK) UNCTAD to jointly implement aspects of development and trade at international, regional and country levels.

UNCTAD's multidisciplinary approach — combining legal, economic and social components of trade and related topics — facilitates the design of operations addressing several interrelated aspects of competition laws, trade rules, investment agreements, electronic commerce, trade logistics, etc..

It especially takes into account aspects of gender-mainstreaming and inclusion of vulnerable groups in order to promote development and trade in all of the projects.

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