The topic of the project was the long-term impacts of Finnish aid in forestry and rural development. Forestry and forest-related activities has been one 'sector' that has been consistently emphasized in Finnish development co-operation. Yet the forms, and no doubt the impacts, of forestry aid interventions have greatly changed over time. Rural development is a related, more recent addition to Finnish development efforts and one that has gained in importance and continues to be pursued. Common to both forestry and rural development aid is that social and cultural aspects have asserted their importance and become more integrated over the years. That has made the interventions ever more multifaceted and their impacts ever more varied. 

The specific objective of this assignment was to evaluate the Luxembourg contribution in the implementation of the development strategies of Laos and Vietnam and to provide recommendations in order to optimize future ICP interventions.

The purpose of the study was to provide the Development Assistance Committee (DAC), the 2009 High Level Meeting (HLM) and the wider development community with a comprehensive assessment of current donor policies and practices regarding the tying of aid as well as the results of untying. Phase II of the project was intended to be an exploratory study providing evidence based conclusions about the implications of untying for aid effectiveness. The intention was to provide a benchmark against which the advantages of untying aid and further steps to promote untying could be assessed. 

This project was a manifestation of the overall movement of ASEAN towards encouraging the development of service-based trade economies, as part of its general objective to promote economic growth through liberalisation. The project investigated and identified obstacles to this transition, and the final report recommended methods to facilitate deeper and continued liberalisation of trade in services within the ASEAN community. The main aims of this SDNAS were firstly to determine the capacity building needs required to open up trade in selected service sectors across both individual ASEAN Member States (AMS) and the wider ASEAN region, and secondly to propose an integrated work plan that recommends follow-up actions to address those needs. 

The general objective of the assignment was to analyze the gender aspects of the Avian Influenza (AI) crisis in three countries of South-east Asia and to propose guidelines for mainstreaming gender in actions to be funded by the European Commission in the framework of its external response to the AI crisis.