The evaluation is aimed at providing a mid-term assessment of Asi@ Connect, the fifth phase of the Trans-Eurasia Information Network (TEIN), an e-infrastructure project initiated back in 2000. The purpose of TEIN is to create a high-capacity, high quality pan-Asian Research & Education Internet connectivity network between global research and education communities. This fifth phase of TEIN aims to increase the number of countries connected to the network within the region from 19 to 23 (i.e. bringing in Afghanistan, Bhutan, Myanmar and Mongolia), allowing even more research and education communities to benefit from the interchange with other e-infrastructures across the globe. Asi@ Connect places a strong emphasis on the involvement of additional partners, that would result in turn expand the access to connectivity in remote areas, whilst also contributing towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in areas of technological development and access to information and communication technology. The objective of the evaluation is to assess the implementation of the activities of Asi@ Connect in a systematic and timely manner, looking at the quality of the achieved results. The evaluation will also specifically look at the contribution of the project to the SDGs, drawing lessons from the project implementation’s input to international cooperation and development. The evaluator will also shed light on the connections between inputs and activities, and outputs, outcomes and impact. A possible difficulty related to the project will be the wide range of countries (23) and the wide range of project implementation and ICT activities to evaluate. The aim of this assignment is to assess this Asi@ Connect phase of TEIN in relation with the past stages, comparing the intermediate results with the expected final objectives. The evaluation will provide stakeholders with lessons learned and practical recommendations, identifying shortcomings and successes that can assist in future planning of similar actions and interventions of the EU in the Internet connectivity sector. Gender, environment and climate change aspects will also be taken into account.

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