Welcome to the Independent Development Evaluation (IDEV) of the African Development Bank

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

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

All of IDEV’s activities are designed to meet the following 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.

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2.  To contribute to enhanced learning, helping to improve current and future policies, strategies, projects, and processes.

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3.  To promote an evaluation culture within the Bank and regional member countries to encourage a process of continuous learning and improvement.

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

Evaluation Reports

  • Institutional support projects in the governance sector 2002-2012

    This evaluation focuses on stand-alone projects which aim to strengthen institutions in the governance area (Figure 1). Specifically, this means: The evaluation focuses on “economic and financial governance” which is a sector category for the Bank. This was the focus identified in the Bank’s 2008–12 Governance strategy and Action Plan (GAP). It includes public financial management (including audit, procurement, debt management, and revenue management) as well as business enabling environment and decentralization

  • Review of the African Development Bank’s Economic and Sector Work (2005-2010)

    The purpose of this review is to assess the Bank’s ESW over the period 2005-2010 and to draw lessons and formulate recommendations to improve the effectiveness of future ESW. This study should be seen as a formative evaluation,as the Bank is putting in place an internal process for ESW to investigate ESW activity along the entire process, this review addresses four questions: 1. How consistent are Bank policies and strategies for ESW? 2. What are the features of ESW produced by the Bank? 3. How efficient are the Bank’s processes and management of ESW? 4. To what extent is the Bank’s ESW useable and useful?

  • Integrated Water Resources Management in Africa An Independent Evaluation of Bank Assistance 2000-2010

    Integrated water resources management (IWRM) coordinates the development and management of water resources to maximize economic and social welfare without compromising the sustainability of vital ecosystems. It helps countries adhere to the Dublin Principles and commitments made at the World Summits on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro (1997, 2002) and Johannesburg (2005) to improve water resources management.