Process Reviews

15-Jan-2014

Third Benchmarking Review of ECG Members’ Evaluation Practices for their Private Sector Investment Operations’ by the Evaluation Cooperation Group of Multilateral Development Banks (ECG-MDB)

This cover note contains a summary of the ‘Third Benchmarking Review of ECG Members Evaluation Practices for Their Private Sector Operations’. The review was approved and subsequently released by the Evaluation Cooperation Group (ECG) in September 2010. The report presents the findings, conclusions, and recommendations regarding progress in harmonizing the mandates, policies, and practices of evaluation of private sector operations among members of the ECG. The main aim of this exercise is to identify the progress made so far towards harmonization by MDBs, and identify areas of shortfall in...
15-Jan-2014

2005-2008 - Independent Assessment of the Quality at Entry of ADF Operations and Strategies

This summary report presents the main findings, conclusions and recommendations of an independent review of quality at entry of African Development Fund operations and strategies for the years 2005 and 2008, commissioned by the Operations Evaluation Department of the African Development Bank. The objectives of the study were: a) to assess whether the quality at entry of strategies and operations financed through the ADF has improved in recent years; b) to identify key factors driving and/or constraining quality at entry of strategies and ADF-funded operations; and c) to recommend further...
15-Jan-2014

Unlocking the Potential of Africa’s Sub- Regions - Review of Bank Group Assistance to Sub-Regional Development Banks

This review by the Operations Evaluation Department (OPEV) of the African Development Bank (ADB) set out to evaluate the Bank Group assistance to Sub-regional Development Banks during 1998-2008. That assistance included lines of credit (LOCs), equity participation, and technical assistance (TA). The review covered three out of the four sub-regional Development Financial Institutions (DFIs) that benefited from Bank Group assistance. The three sub-regional banks covered by this review are PTA Bank, EADB and DBSA.Their operations cover three separate regional economic communities (RECs), some...
15-Jan-2014

2001-2008 - Project Supervision at the African Development Bank - An Independent Evaluation

This report was prepared by Detlev Puetz, Principal Evaluation Officer (OPEV), with contributions from James Keough (Consultant) and Athan Coker (former OPEV Principal Evaluation Officer). Extensive research assistance was provided by Diomandé Mabarakissa. The finalization of the report was supervised by Mr. Colin Kirk, Director, OPEV. Douglas Barnett (former Acting Director, OPEV), Getinet Giorgis (former Director, OPEV), Afework Aklilu (former Principal Evaluation Officer, OPEV), and the evaluation team of the Inter-American Development Bank are thanked for early inputs into the report....
15-Jan-2014

Process Review of Harmonization/Joint Assistance Strategy Process in Five RMCS

In line with its commitment to the ongoing international harmonization agenda, the AfDB augmented its involvement in Aid Harmonization (Ha) in 2002, and has also become increasingly active in Joint Assistance Strategies (JAS) since 2004. The Board requested the Operations Evaluation Department undertake a review of the role of the ADB in selected JAS / Ha processes in order to generate pertinent information and to inform ongoing as well as future relevant Ha processes in the RMCs. This Process Review (PR) focuses on ongoing JAS process in Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia, as well as the ongoing...
15-Jan-2014

Task Force Report on Closing the Evaluation Gap and Action Plan

The Report “Toward Closing the Evaluation Gap” (Ref. ADB/BD/WP/2005/123- ADF/BD/WP/2005/143 of 29 November 2005) was prepared by OPEV and identified the gaps that need to be closed to bring about a robust and credible evaluation system organized to assess the development effectiveness of the Bank Group operations. It was submitted for discussion to the Board Committee on Operations and Development Effectiveness (CODE) in its session of 20 February 2006, seeking guidance from Board members.
15-Jan-2014

Status Report on the Preparation of Project - Completion Reports (PCR) for June 2006 Clearing the Backlog of PCRS Approved Between 1987-1995

This note is the result of fruitful cooperation between OPEV and the offices of the Vice-Presidents, Operations. It was prepared by a Working Group, under the oversight of OPEV, which, in April 2006, reviewed the backlog of PCRs especially for the 1987-1995 period with a view to proposing recommendations to clear the backlog using sampling methods and by establishing a priority list of projects approved during the 1987-1995 period for which PCRs should be prepared. The purpose of this note is to report on the backlog of PCRs, present the findings of the working groups and review the...
15-Jan-2014

Review of 2002-2004 Country Strategy Papers

In 1994, the Bank Group replaced the Economic Prospects and Country Program with the Country Strategy Paper (CSP). It would be the key instrument for managing assistance to borrowing regional member countries (RMCs), as well as the business plan for providing support to national strategies for poverty reduction. The objective was to improve the quality of the CSP so as to enhance the delivery and development effectiveness of the assistance rendered to RMCs. Three CSP programming cycles were completed in 1996–1998, 1999–2001 and 2002–2004. Since 1994, the Bank-annotated CSP format has...
15-Jan-2014

Review of 2000-2004 Country Portfolio Review Reports

The Country Portfolio Review (CPR) is one of the main instruments used by the Bank Group for tracking the implementation performance, relevance, effectiveness, sustainability, potential impact and overall assistance to member countries. It is a dynamic, interactive instrument from which action plans are expected to, periodically, be developed to address key systemic problems in portfolio management. The CPR thus serves as an important supervision tool in assessing Bank and borrower performance in the implementation of projects and programs, in enhancing portfolio quality, and in drawing...
15-Jan-2014

Process Review of 1995 and 1996 Annual Portfolio Performance Reviews

15-Jan-2014

Process Review of the 1997 Annual Portfolio Performance Review

This Process Review evaluates 1997 APPR from the standpoint of its declared objectives. These objectives are: to review and assess Bank Group portfolio performance; analyse implementation factor and their relationship to performance; and review performance improvement measures which have been put in place since 1996 APPR. This Process Review found that the APPR process continues to improve alongside portfolio performance. But there are still areas for improvement. These are: the urgency in putting in place the much-awaited new rating format as a step towards a consistent rating methodology...
15-Jan-2014

Backlog in the Preparation of Project Completion Reports (PCRs)

The backlog in the production of Project Completion Reports (PCRs), as pointed out in the Task Force’s report on the quality of African Development Bank projects (April 1994) reached 430 projects and programmes as at 31/12/1993 (out of the 630 completed), that is to say a PCR coverage rate of 31.7 %. Board decisions were taken for the application of the Working Group’s recommendation according to which « The preparation of Completion Reports had to be updated by end 1997. Considering the volume of work implied, the lack of data and the limited value of old projects, the Task Force proposes...
15-Jan-2014

Arrears Situation for Project Completion Reports as of 30 September 1997

In view of the limited value, in terms of the lessons to be drawn, of the projects approved during the 1982-1986 period, and of the almost lack of data on these projects, limit the preparation of PCRs to projects approved from 1987, on which the operational departments should concentrate. The application of this recommendation would reduce the overall level of arrears by 51% . Set up an ad-hoc task force comprising the representatives of the operational departments concerned and the Central Operations department (OCOD) in order to review, on the basis of data available at the headquarters...
15-Jan-2014

Study on Evaluating the Process and Portfolio Performance of the Private Sector Operations of the Bank

In September 2001 the Board of the ADB decided to conduct an evaluation of the Bank’s Private Sector Policy and Portfolio Performance and commissioned the Committee for Development Effectiveness (CODE) to launch an evaluation study in this regard. The study should be seen in the context of the present efforts by the Evaluation Cooperation Group (ECG) of the Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) to develop Good Practices Standards (GPS) for Evaluation of Private Sector Investment Operations to be applied by all MDBs in order to make evaluation results comparable and to ensure that their...
15-Jan-2014

Efficacy and Efficiency of Monitoring-Evaluation Systems (MES) for Projects Financed by the Bank Group

This report focuses on the study of the efficacy and efficiency of monitoring - evaluation systems in a sample of Bank Group financed projects/programmes. The study is in line with the strengthening of the Bank’s operational capacities so as to improve the effectiveness of its operations and contribute to the institutional development of regional member countries’ local and national monitoring-evaluation capacities. Bank missions were undertaken to Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Kenya, Rwanda and Mozambique. The missions made it possible to evaluate the efficacy, efficiency and sustainability...