Evaluation Criteria

Relevance in Mission – The relevance of the organization and its work to 1) subsidies, 2) fisheries, and 3) poor and vulnerable populations.

Geographic Reach – The geographic reach of the application of outcomes produced by the organization.

Rigor of Outcome – The strength of a potential outcome in directly achieving subsidy reform. For example, a low to high range would include declarations and statements, data and research, and enforceable rules and disciplines, respectively.

History and Experience with Fisheries Subsidies – The level of institutional knowledge and experience of the organization in fisheries subsidies issues.

Ease of Organizational Process – The extent to which the organization’s internal process is straightforward and/or uncomplicated.

Ease of Politics and Decision-Making – The absence of political level decision-making (by members/countries) in the organization and organizational processes.

Speed – The general pace of the organization in producing products or outcomes.

Level of Fishing Activity – The annual catch by weight of the countries that are members of the organization. This assessment does not reflect fishing that occurs in a country’s national waters by foreign fleets. This assessment is based on 2012 levels, the latest year for which data is available.

Level of Fisheries Subsidies – The amount of the fisheries subsidies programs of the countries that are members of the organization. The following types of programs were included in this analysis because of their ability to increase fishing capacity: fuel; boat construction, renewal, and modernization; fishery development project and support services; tax exemptions for sector investment; foreign access agreements; fisher assistance programs; vessel buyback programs; and rural fishers’ community development programs. This assessment is based on 2003 levels, the latest year for which comprehensive data is available, with some data adjusted to reflect more recent changes.

Level of Small-Scale and Artisanal Fishing – A characterization of the extent of small-scale and artisanal fishing in the countries that are members of the organization. Data on small-scale and artisanal fishing is too deficient to make an accurate assessment of the importance of this sector to the poor and vulnerable communities of the respective countries. As a result, regional data, information from the organization/venue on its member countries, and expert impressions were used to suggest a general level of dependence of poor and vulnerable populations on fishing activities.

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