Evaluation of ISO Capacity Building on International Standards

Karsten Weitzenegger leads the Saana Consulting Team for external evaluation of the Sida-funded capacity-building activities of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). BACKGROUND The launching of the evaluation follows a considerable period of preparation and consultation, and a competitive international tendering process that concluded with the contracting of the selected

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How is phytosanitary knowledge managed globally?

A recent STDF project evaluation on developing training manuals and kits on IPPC standards scored highly on relevance and efficiency. With 20+ global manuals now published, National Plant Protection Organizations have greater access to technical resources. View the guides online and download the evaluation report.  The World Trade Organization has contracted Karsten

Africa commemorates 2017 as African Year of Quality Infrastructure

The African Union Conference of Ministers of Trade held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from the 1st – 5th December 2014, called upon the Pan African Quality Institutions (PAQI) to adopt the year 2017 as the African Year of Quality Infrastructure. The decision was made in recognition of the efforts that

United Nations set new Norms and Standards for Evaluation

The updated UNEG Norms and Standards for Evaluation was endorsed at the 2016 AGM. It combines Norms and Standards into one document and responds to the evolving global, regional and national contexts, as well as the increasing demand for accountability and national ownership in evaluation. The ten general norms should

Standardisation should focus more on innovation

EU standardisation policy should focus more on product innovation and competitiveness, the European commission argued on Tuesday in a new policy paper. Standards and technical harmonisation can help speed-up the uptake of environmental technologies and liberalise trade in rapidly-growing markets, it said. The commission’s policy paper outlines actions for a