Evaluations & Publications

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Evaluation Matters Second Quarter 2015: Impact Evaluation - Insights from Practitioners

01/07/2015
Status: Completed

This issue of eVALUation Matters discusses some of the “hot” topics [in impact evaluation] and provides an overview of the frontline research in the field. It starts with a set of interviews with prominent experts. This is followed by a discussion on context and methodology, institutionalization of IE, and impact evaluations in three key developmental areas: rural development, education and corruption. Rakesh Nangia, AfDB Evaluator General


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Evaluation Matters March 2015: Evaluation Influence in Development Organizations

31/03/2015
Status: Completed

The impact of evaluations on development work is rarely overtly acknowledged. This sometimes leads to a questioning of the cost and usefulness of evaluations. Yet, there is ample evidence that evaluations contribute to the effectiveness of development work and often change the trajectory of development efforts. This issue of eVALUation Matters showcases evaluations that made a difference or had a lasting impact on development work.


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Evaluation Matters December 2014 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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Chad: Evaluation of the Bank Group Country Strategy and Program in Chad, 2002-2012

29/10/2014
Status: Completed

This evaluation examines the African Development Bank Group’s assistance to Chad over the period 2002–2012 which covers three programming cycles, namely 2002–2004, 2005–2009 and 2010–2014, each of which is based on a Country Strategy Paper (CSP).


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Fostering Inclusive Finance in Africa: An Evaluation of the Bank’s Microfinance Policy, Strategy and Operations, 2000 - 2012

15/10/2014
Status: Completed

This evaluation is a response to the January 2012 report of the Bank-wide Task Force set up to take stock of microfinance activities of the African Development Bank Group (the Bank). The task force called for an independent and comprehensive review of these activities. The evaluation covers the period 2000 - 2012 and makes recommendations for policy and operations improvement.


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Evaluation of the Bank's Assistance to Madagascar, 2002 - 2012

01/10/2014
Status: Completed

This evaluation assesses the Bank Group’s assistance in Madagascar during the 2002–2012 period and its contribution to the country’s development. The underlying issues of the evaluation are relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact, sustainability and the performance of key stakeholders. In addition to literature reviews, the evaluation is backed by sector reviews and field visits to projects. It also takes into account the completion report of the CSP 2005–2009.


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Operational Procurement Policies and Practices of the African Development Bank: An Independent Evaluation

29/09/2014
Status: Completed

IDEV Evaluation of the efficiency and effectiveness of the Bank’s operational procurement policies and practices during 2007-2013, a period that includes the lead-up to and overlaps with the Bank’s Medium Term Strategy for 2008-2013.


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Strategizing for the “Africa We Want”: An Independent Evaluation of the Quality at Entry of Country and Regional Integration Strategies

22/09/2014
Status: Completed

This report presents the findings of the Independent Evaluation of the Quality at Entry (QAE) of Country Strategy Papers (CSPs) and Regional Integration Strategy Papers (RISPs). This evaluation is timely, as it will support the development of the new CSP processes, policies, and format. It will also inform the upcoming renewal of CSPs and RISPs and adjustments to the quality at entry assurance process.


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Transport in Africa: The African Development Bank’s Intervention and Results for the Last Decade

16/09/2014
Status: Completed

Transport infrastructure development continues to be the main priority underpinning the African Development Bank’s assistance. Between 2000 and 2011, AfDB commitments to the transport sector increased more than six-fold, from UA 150 million to approximately UA 1 billion. This level of financial commitment is greater than that for any other sector, representing nearly a quarter of the Bank’s total portfolio.


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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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Botswana: Country Assistance Evaluation, 2004-2013

29/05/2014
Status: Completed

This country strategy paper evaluation, prepared by the Independent Development Evaluation (IDEV) of the African Development Bank (AfDB), evaluates AfDB assistance to Botswana during the 2004–2013 period. It examines the relevance to and congruence of the objectives of the 2004 and 2009 Country Strategy Papers (CSPs) in supporting the development challenges faced by Botswana during this period, and the extent to which the two CSPs contributed to the realization of Botswana’s national development outputs, outcomes and goals, and the factors that facilitated or limited the achievement of the results.


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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


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Kenya: Country Strategy Evaluation, 2002 - 2012

10/01/2014
Status: Completed

This report presents the findings of an evaluation of three Kenya Strategy Papers (2002-2004, 2005 - 2007 and 2008-2012). These three CSPs have supported Kenya’s development efforts over a period of dramatic change in Kenya. During the period of the 2002 CSP, the Government of Kenya (GOK) moved forward with its Economic Recovery Strategy (ERS), a policy paper that established three key pillars forming the basis for the government’s priorities for the entire decade.


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Evaluation Matters Special Issue December 2013: 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. 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 September 2013: How can we Strengthen National Evaluation Systems

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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African Development Bank Independent Evaluation Strategy 2013 - 2017

13/06/2013
Status: Completed

This Independent Evaluation Strategy is grounded in the new evaluation policy. But to secure results and make a distinctive contribution to the Bank’s development effectiveness in an evolving operations environment, substantial changes in IDEV’s product mix, evaluation methods, outreach to stakeholders, evaluation processes, and organization are necessary.


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