A Rapid Evidence Assessment follows a particular methodology which consists of a structured literature search and selection process. Subsequently, a quality assessment of the studies that met pre-set inclusion criteria is carried out according to the guidance provided in the UK Department for International Development’s How to Note: Assessing the Strength of Evidence. This quality assessment forms the basis for a synthesis of the selected evidence.
The key findings of this Rapid Evidence Assessment on trade facilitation are:
- Trade facilitation reduces trade costs and increases trade flows;
- Improvements in infrastructure, customs efficiency and regulatory environment have the greatest impact on trade;
- The effectiveness of trade facilitation interventions is context specific;
- Impact evaluations and case studies help to highlight what works best, where and why, and can contribute to better design of trade facilitation interventions.
Yurendra Basnett and Isabella Massa