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Assessing the Socioeconomic Effects of the Greater Mekong Subregion Projects: Technical Assistance Completion Report

sector: Public Sector Management | country: | region: Regional

It is necessary to understand the intrinsic difficulty of designing, implementing and evaluating regional cooperation projects, which (i) tend to be large relative to national projects in the same sector and (ii) require the agreement and cooperation of many different stakeholders (to the extent that enabling laws sometimes need to be ratified in the countries covered by the project). The socioeconomic impacts of these projects may take a longer period to be realized compared to site-specific projects; therefore, impact assessments should be conducted after sufficient time has elapsed?possibly more than 3 years after the project is completed. Furthermore, the collection of socioeconomic data and establishing necessary sampling and control mechanisms to capture attribution effects is methodologically difficult for regional cooperation projects. All of these factors need to be carefully considered when designing follow-up impact evaluation studies in the GMS (Greater Mekong Subregion).

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