Evaluations & Publications

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Evaluation Matters March 2014 - Gender Inequality and You

01/03/2014
Status: Completed

Gender Inequality and You. Where do you stand? Please Run the Talk for a better world. It’s time. As development professionals there is intractable evidence on the importance of gender equity. The facts are clear: Gender equality is smart economics and gender equity is the right thing to do… Many contributors in this issue point to data that demonstrates progress…. The list is endless. Yet real progress is scant. I do not doubt the statistics and the positive moves. I question the pace. It is not only a question of development but more importantly human rights and morality. Rakesh Nangia, Director, Operations Evaluation Department, AfDB


Photo of Evaluation Matters December 2013 - Special Issue  - Notes from An Evaluation Learning Event: On the Road to Transformation Learning from Experience

Evaluation Matters December 2013 - Special Issue - Notes from An Evaluation Learning Event: On the Road to Transformation Learning from Experience

31/12/2013
Status: Completed

The learning event On the Road to Transformation: Learning from Experience was jointly organized by the AfDB Operations Evaluation Department (OPEV), Southern Africa Resource Centre (SARC), and Quality Assurance and Results Department (ORQR). The objective was to allow the Bank and its key partners to discuss lessons learned from recent evaluations and envisage the way forward as the Bank embarks on the implementation of its Ten-Year Strategy, which was approved in 2013. The event focused on such strategic areas as regional integration, working with the private sector, cross-border transport, and economic and sector work. The event also included a halfday training session on Project Completion Reports (PCRs).


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Institutional support projects in the governance sector 2002-2012

31/12/2013
Status: Completed

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


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Evaluation Matters - How can we Strengthen National Evaluation Systems, September 2013

30/09/2013
Status: Completed

How can we Strengthen National Evaluation Systems ? The Fall 2013 edition of Evaluation Matters provides some answers and offers interesting perspectives from several key players from Africa and from major donor organizations on this very important topic.


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Projet d’Alimentation en Eau Potable de la Ville de Nouakchott (Aftout Essahli)

30/09/2013
Status: Completed

La présente évaluation intérimaire porte sur la performance du projet d’alimentation en eau potable de la ville de Nouakchott (Aftout Essahli). Le projet comprend une phase de production et une phase de distribution.

Categories: Mauritania


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

21/08/2013
Status: Completed

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?


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Evaluation Matters - The Knowledge Management Issue, May 2013

24/05/2013
Status: Completed

Knowledge Management at the AfDB: “Are we there yet?” And what will it take to ‘get there?’ This is the focus of a Special Edition of eVALUation Matters, released during the 2013 AfDB Annual Meetings in Marrakech. eVALUation matters is a quarterly knowledge publication of the Operations Evaluation Department of the African Development Bank. This Special Edition of the magazine provides insights on what it would take to become a knowledge institution. Contributions from the African Development Bank, the Asian Development Bank, and the African Capacity Building Foundation underscore that knowledge management is already happening in most development institutions. However, Rakesh Nangia, Director of the Operations Evaluation Department, suggests that it is important to reflect on the knowledge management journey.


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Trust Fund Management at the African Development Bank

17/04/2013
Status: Completed

This evaluation reviews the establishment and implementation of 28 bilateral and thematic trust funds monitored and partly administered by the Bank’s Partnerships and Cooperation Unit (ORRU). The evaluation assesses the procedural effectiveness of the implementation of the Trust Funds: it attempts to set forth the scope and scale of the procedural issues; distinguish at what stage in the process problems are most critical; and identify the key factors behind the problems and the implications for policy, process, organizational structure and human resource reforms


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Independent Evaluation of Non-Sovereign Operations, 2006 - 2011

16/04/2013
Status: Completed

This report reviews the performance of the Bank in respect of its private sector operations, by assessing its effectiveness in growing and managing the portfolio of investments, and by evaluating the development contribution of the projects it has supported. It is based on the Bank’s portfolio of 137 investments that were approved by the Board between 2006 and 2011, and which account for a total approved investment volume of UA 3.9 billion, of which UA 3.5 billion is committed. Additionally, the review makes reference to 38 TA interventions approved over the same period, though these were not evaluated individually.


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Evaluation Matters - Voices from Regional Member Countries, March 2013

31/03/2013
Status: Completed

Voices from AfDB regional member countries “Excellent development evaluations have been designed and conducted on the African continent. The problem lies with stakeholder commitment towards implementation of recommendations and utilization of evaluation findings.” Sylvia Apreku, Evaluation Essay Contest Winner


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Evaluation Matters - highlights from the 2012 Evaluation Week, January 2013

20/02/2013
Status: Completed

What President Kaberuka and General Colin Powell have in common: Tell me what you know. Tell me what you don't know. Then tell me what you think. AfDB President's message to evaluators at launch of Evaluation Week.


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An Evaluation of Environmental Mainstreaming in African Development Bank Support to the Road Transport Subsector, 1999 - 2010

11/01/2013
Status: Completed

The evaluation combines project focus in one subsector (roads) with the analysis of enabling environmental policies and institutional support at the Bank and in regional member countries.

Categories: Transport


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

12/09/2012
Status: Completed

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).


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Evaluation Matters - Meet CODE Members, September 2012

02/09/2012
Status: Completed

What is the AfDB’s story ? The AfDB managed the debt crisis well, providing support to its countries when others would not; it has strong capacity building programs; it has demonstrated accountability and transparency, just to name a few. It is a role model in many ways. Honorable Walter Jones, United States Executive Director for the African Development Bank


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Evaluation of Public Financial Management Reform in Malawi 2001–2010 Final Country Case Study Report

01/06/2012
Status: Completed

This Country Report has been prepared by Fiscus Limited, UK, in collaboration with Mokoro Ltd, Oxford, as one of three country reports in the Joint Evaluation of Public Financial Management Reform, managed by the African Development Bank, Denmark and Sweden. The evaluation looked at two main questions: (i) where and why do Public Finance Management (PFM) reforms deliver results and (ii) where and how does donor support to PFM reform efforts contribute most effectively to results ?

Categories: Malawi


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Evaluation of Public Financial Management Reform in Ghana, 2001–2010 Final Country Case Study Report

01/06/2012
Status: Completed

This Country Report has been prepared by Fiscus Limited, UK, in collaboration with Mokoro Ltd, Oxford, as one of three country reports in the Joint Evaluation of Public Financial Management Reform, managed by the African Development Bank, Denmark and Sweden. The evaluation looked at two main questions: (i) where and why do Public Finance Management (PFM) reforms deliver results and (ii) where and how does donor support to PFM reform efforts contribute most effectively to results ?

Categories: Ghana


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Evaluation of Public Financial Management Reform in Burkina Faso, 2001 - 2010 Final Country Case Study Report

01/06/2012
Status: Completed

This Country Report has been prepared by Fiscus Limited, UK, in collaboration with Mokoro Ltd, Oxford, as one of three country reports in the Joint Evaluation of Public Financial Management Reform, managed by the African Development Bank, Denmark and Sweden. The evaluation looked at two main questions: (i) where and why do Public Finance Management (PFM) reforms deliver results and (ii) where and how does donor support to PFM reform efforts contribute most effectively to results ?

Categories: Burkina Faso


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Evaluation of The Assistance of The African Development Bank To Fragile States, 1999 - 2011

31/05/2012
Status: Completed

This evaluation assesses the African Development Bank’s contribution over the past decade to meeting the development challenges of its RMCs in fragile situations. In particular, it focuses on the period since the 2008 adoption of the Strategy for Enhanced Engagement in Fragile States. In line with its terms of reference, the evaluation assesses performance against the objectives and standards set out in that Strategy, as well as the international standards of good practice in which the Strategy is grounded. Specifically, it reviews the relevance, organizational effectiveness, and efficiency of the Bank’s support to fragile states.

Categories: Angola, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Eritrea, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Comoros, Liberia, Sudan, Sierra Leone, Somalia, São Tomé & Príncipe, Chad, Zimbabwe, Togo


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

31/05/2012
Status: Completed

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


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Agricultural Water Management Evaluation of The African Development Bank’s Assistance in Ghana and Mali, 1990 - 2010

31/05/2012
Status: Completed

The report provides an assessment of the relevance, efficacy, efficiency and sustainability of the Bank‘s assistance to AWM in Ghana and Mali. The evaluation findings, conclusions and recommendations were informed by a series of desk reviews, and by several interviews and discussions with country officials, project staff and other stakeholders during country and project field visits.

Categories: Ghana, Mali, Agriculture & Agro-industries


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