Welcome to the Operations Evaluation Department of the African Development Bank

OPEV, the Operations Evaluation Department of the African Development Bank, is an independent unit tasked with enhancing the development effectiveness of the Bank’s operations. By conducting independent evaluations and proactively sharing best practice, OPEV ensures that the Bank and its stakeholders learn from past experience and plan and deliver development activities to the highest possible standards.

OPEV carries out independent evaluations of Bank operations, policies and strategies, working across projects, sectors, themes, regions and countries. In addition, OPEV oversees self-evaluation of projects conducted by operations departments.

All of OPEV’s activities are designed to meet three key objectives:

  1. To provide a basis for accountability to key stakeholders including citizens, governments, funders and partners, by evaluating and documenting the impact of the Bank’s activities. View OPEV Evaluations.
  2. To contribute to enhanced learning, helping to improve current and future policies, strategies project and processes. View our latest Events.
  3. To promote an evaluation culture within the Bank and regional member countries to encourage a process of continuing learning and improvement. View OPEV News and Opinion.

OPEV has a wealth of experience, expertise and knowledge from evaluating the Bank’s development projects across Africa.

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Evaluations & Reports

  • Photo of Mainstreaming Gender Equality: A Road to Results or a Road to Nowhere ?

    Mainstreaming Gender Equality: A Road to Results or a Road to Nowhere ?

    The scope of the synthesis was guided by the followingconsiderations: Time period: From 1990 to 2010. in order to capture trends (similarities and differences) in findings and good practices from the women-in-development (WID) era to the current emphasis on gender and development (GAD); Evaluation type: Primary emphasis was on thematic and country evaluations that had a specific focus on gender and/or women; Stakeholder consultation and demand: The synthesis approach paper was circulated for discussion within the Bank in Spring 2010, and comments were used to focus on key issues of concern, such as good practices in mainstreaming processes

  • Photo of Gabon Country Assistance Evaluation, 1996-2008

    Gabon Country Assistance Evaluation, 1996-2008

    This Country Assistance Evaluation (CAE) reviews assistance by the African Development Bank (the Bank) to Gabon over the 1996-2008 period, covering three programming cycles (1996-1998, 2003-2005, and 2006-2010), each based on a Country Strategy Paper (CSP). Due to the suspension of disbursements as a result of repayment arrears-related sanctions, the Bank did not prepare a CSP for the 1991-2001 period.

  • Photo of Fostering Regional Integration in Africa: An Evaluation of the Bank’s Multinational Operations, 2000-2010ions, 2000-2010

    Fostering Regional Integration in Africa: An Evaluation of the Bank’s Multinational Operations, 2000-2010ions, 2000-2010

    The evaluation is based on a Policy and Strategy Review, a Portfolio Review including approvals analysis, implementation performance and results analyses from existing PCRs, a Quality-at-Entry review, three case studies of infrastructure MOs, and three Project Performance Evaluation Reviews (PPERs).

Eval-blog

Voices from AfDB Regional Member Countries

22/04/2013
The March 2013 issue of eVALUation Matters—the AfDB quarterly knowledge publication— takes us into the world of evaluation in Africa: Four articles; four countries; four perspectives from African evaluators.  The magazine...

Evaluation News Roundup

25/01/2013
From Harvard University It’s All About MeE: Project Design by Experiential Learning - Harvard University CID Working Paper No. 249 - Lant Pritchett, Salimah Samji, Jeffrey Hammer, December 2012Abstract:  It’s All About MeE _...