Evaluations & Publications

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Evaluation Matters Special Edition: Building African states

01/12/2014
Status: Completed

What does Africa Need? Peacebuilding , Statebuilding, or Nation Building ? 'Nation building' is part of the context for our work at the African Development Bank. As we mark our 50th anniversary this year, many of our African member countries are just about as old, and we have played a part in their own nation building. We have watched the swinging pendulum of success and setback. President Kaberuka


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Evaluation Matters June 2014 - The Transport Issue

30/06/2014
Status: Completed

How many days does it take for a typical 20-foot container to reach the most accessible port from Bangui? From Ouagadougou ? Why does Africa, which has only 2% of the world’s vehicles, account for 16% of traffic fatalities? What is the state of transport in Africa ? This issue of eVALUation Matters poses questions, offers answers - and suggests solutions - to the special problems of transport in Africa


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Independent Evaluation of the Climate Investment Funds

13/06/2014
Status: Completed

The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) were established in 2008 as an interim measure pending the effectiveness of a United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)-agreed structure for climate finance. They were designed to provide new and additional financing to complement existing bilateral and multilateral financing mechanisms in order to demonstrate and deploy transformational actions to mitigate and adapt to climate change. The funds also aim to promote international cooperation on climate change, to foster environmental and social co-benefits of sustainable development, and to promote learning-by-doing.


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

31/05/2013
Status: Completed

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.


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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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