Centre for the Promotion of Imports from Developing Countries

Promoting exports using a value chain approach


2009 - 2013


The Centre for the Promotion of Imports from Developing Countries (CBI) is an agency of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Its purpose is to stimulate sustainable economic development by promoting exports from developing countries.


To adopt a programme management system that is rooted in a value chain approach and includes evaluations of social, environmental and economic performance.



The programme management system has been used by CBI programme managers for two years; its effectiveness was recently evaluated using the evaluation framework Enclude developed. Based on the outcomes of the evaluation, some modifications to the system were introduced.

The improved monitoring and evaluation framework has been completely integrated and used by CBI programme managers for the past two years.

Value chain analyses have been used as a basis for the development of programme business cases.


Social and environmental responsibility is integrated throughout the programme management system, thus promoting sustainable practices among all companies in the export value chains.


Designed a new integrated programme development and management system grounded in a sustainable value chain development approach.

Developed a monitoring and evaluation framework in line with the Donor Committee of Enterprise Development (DCED) standard for result measurement.

Integrated social, environmental and economic performance management, including risk management tools in the programme management system.

Conducted value chain analyses, for instance on the cumin seeds value chain in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

Conducted a business case review aimed to highlight the main business case development lessons, including bottlenecks.


New integrated programme management systems must be fully embraced by the programme managers to be effective company-wide, which requires sufficient coaching and a thorough understanding of the new systems’ aim, purpose and functionality.