The PacificTA was established in June 2012 and is currently scheduled to end in May 2017. The PacificTA provides technical support to Pacific Island Countries (PIC) local government institutions across a variety of service provision areas (e.g. solid waste and water management, urban planning, asset management, strategic planning), where technical gaps exist. Most technical assistance assignments are short term, but there have also been a number of longer-term PacificTA engagements. The PacificTA was designed to complement the bilateral support provided under the New Zealand Aid Programme to PICs. Eleven countries are eligible, including the Cook Islands, Tonga, Niue, Samoa, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Tuvalu, Tokelau and Kiribati. Fiji became eligible in 2015.
Evaluation purpose and objectives
The overall evaluation purpose was to conduct a mid-phase review of the current PacificTA (2012-2017) to inform PacificTA managers, funders and implementers of results to date, and to inform future decision-making, as well as to meet accountability requirements. Evaluation objective were as follows:
1. Evaluate the design, implementation and resource use of PacificTA to date; and
2. Provide strategic learnings for future design and support of PacificTA