Independent Development Evaluation



Contract Awards - Recruitment of a long-term knowledge management consultant - IDEV3

The Knowledge Management consultant will support the production and management of evaluation knowledge products and content; foster knowledge sharing and learning; and support the development of KM tools.  

Contract Awards - IDEV - Individual Consultant for the African Parliamentarians’ Network on Development Evaluation (APNODE) Secretariat


Independent Development Evaluation Annual Report highlights a year of Delivering knowledge, engaging with stakeholders, and responding to evaluation needs to improve the lives of the people in Africa

On 21 May 2019,Independent Development Evaluation (IDEV) at the African Development Bank presented its 2018 Annual Report to the Bank’s Committee on Development Effectiveness. Covering a year in which evaluation and evaluators worldwide were called upon to “speak truth to power”, the report, entitled Delivering, Engaging and Responding, focuses on how IDEV delivered evaluative knowledge; engaged with Bank operations staff, stakeholders and partners to strengthen its products and build a culture of evaluation; and responded to evaluation needs, demand and changes. Of the 15...

EOI - Evaluation of the Bank's support to Green growth and Climate change, 2008-2018 - IDEV

In 2013, the Bank committed itself to improve the quality and sustainability of growth in Africa through its long-term strategy (LTS) 2013-2022, at the center of Africa's transformation with two interdependent objectives: Inclusive Growth and gradual transition to Green Growth. Inclusive growth increases the economic base of countries, creating opportunities regardless of gender, age or geography. According to the LTS, Green Growth ensures that progress can also be maintained at a time when Africa is facing a range of local, regional and global issues such as environmental change and...

Evaluation Week 2018 stresses need for partnerships and collaboration for success of Africa’s development agenda

The African Development Bank wrapped up Evaluation Week 2018 with one particular message resonating among the hundreds of participants: Close collaboration and sharing of ideas and experiences among stakeholders are key to ensuring that evaluation and learning have greater impact on the Africa’s development agenda. Evaluation is key to measuring the progress and success of the African Union’s Agenda 2063 and ensuring that learning from evidence improves development results, and the level of participation in this year’s event reflected that importance. More than 450 evaluators...

“Evaluating for greater impact of the Africa 2063 Development Agenda”

The African Development Bank’s Independent Development Evaluation (IDEV) officially opened its biennial Development Evaluation Week on Thursday in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, attended by more than 400 government policy- and decision-makers, representatives from development partners, research and academic institutions, evaluation associations and civil society. Bank shareholders, management and staff are also attending the three-day event. IDEV Evaluation Week 2018, examines the contribution evaluation can make to achieving greater development impact in Africa through learning from the past....

Evaluation Week 2018

In pursuit of economic and social progress, African countries implemented structural programs for sustainable development, including the African Union 2030 Agenda.  The African Development Bank, through its Independent Development Evaluation (IDEV) department, is organizing from 5-7 September 2018 its third knowledge-sharing forum entitled “Evaluation Week 2018” under the theme Strengthening Development Impact. The meeting is being held as part of the Bank’s contribution to efforts to achieve Agenda 2063, which seeks to promote: employment through agriculture and...

Assessing development effectiveness: 2017 Annual Report highlights IDEV’s contribution to the Bank’s delivery on the High 5s

The Independent Development Evaluation (IDEV) has presented its 2017 Annual Report to the African Development Bank Group Committee on Operations and Development Effectiveness. The report entitled “Getting to Results,” is an important indicator of how well the Bank has met its operational priorities like the High 5s, improved its programmes, policies and institutional effectiveness. It was presented on 16 July 2018. The report highlights key findings, lessons learned and recommendations drawn from eight evaluations, one comparative study and two knowledge events on private sector...

AfDB and NORAD’s evaluation departments host third knowledge event on Private Sector Development

More than 70 representatives of the private sector, governments, multilateral agencies, regional and sub-regional development banks, development institutions, academia, civil society, and the media in Africa met in Pretoria, South Africa from 30 to 31 October 2017 to participate in a knowledge sharing event hosted by the Independent Development Evaluation (IDEV) of the African Development Bank and the Evaluation Department at Norad (NoradDev). The two-day learning event on the theme, “Financing Private Sector Development: what works, what does not and why” concluded the hosting...

Event Financing Private Sector Development- What works, what does not and why?

As part of their series on learning and knowledge sharing events in support of Private Sector Development, the AfDB’s Independent Development Evaluation (IDEV), and Norad’s Evaluation Department (NoradDev) are co-organizing a learning event titled: Financing Private Sector Development: What works, what does not and why? in Pretoria, South Africa from 30 to 31 October 2017 to share evaluative knowledge to enhance the relevance, effectiveness, and impact of future private sector development activities in Africa. Download the event concept note here. Download the...

African Parliamentarians’ Network on Development Evaluation Gains Momentum

The 3rd Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the African Parliamentarians’ Network on Development Evaluation (APNODE), held in Khartoum, Sudan, from July 15th to 17th, attracted 47 participants from 17 countries. Among these were three Speakers of Parliament (from Sudan, Ethiopia and Uganda), emphasizing the support that the network enjoys at the highest levels. Development partners including UN Women, the Centre for Learning on Evaluation and Results for Anglophone Africa (CLEAR-AA), and Independent Development Evaluation of the AfDB also participated. APNODE has made...

AfDB assesses results of US$ 5 billion investment in South Africa

What do we get for US$ 5 billion investment? The Independent Development Evaluation (IDEV) of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) has just published a report evaluating more than a decade of engagement in South Africa (2004 – 2015), principally in the finance and energy sectors. Striking the balance between good commercial banking and good development banking is one of the key messages delivered by the IDEV team of evaluators, who offer food for thought on the way lines of credit are being used. The evaluation found that low-risk lending through lines of credit via South African...

AfDB Independent Evaluation to share findings and methodology and build capacity at African Evaluation Association conference

Independent Development Evaluation (IDEV) of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) will host three knowledge sharing and evaluation capacity development sessions during the African Evaluation Association(AfrEA) international conference, held in Kampala, Uganda, from March 27-31, 2017. The theme of the 8th AfrEA conference is “Evaluating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Opportunities and Challenges for Africa.” The key findings of IDEV’s Comprehensive Evaluation of the Development Results (CEDR) of the AfDB Group will be presented by Division Manager...

The AfDB in Burundi: Evaluation of a Country in Turmoil

The Independent Development Evaluation (IDEV) of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) has published a report which evaluates the impact of US $739 million of AfDB support for development in Burundi. Evaluators manoeuvred within a difficult context marked by five years of political and economic turmoil. The Burundi Country Strategy and Program Evaluation by IDEV seeks to ascertain the effectiveness of the African Development Bank’s strategy and program in the country during the 2004–2015 period. Burundi was one of the 14 countries selected for assessment of the performance of...

AfDB’s Development Evaluation Week discusses Africa’s transformation

The African Development Bank’s (AfDB) Development Evaluation Week was launched on Monday, November 7, 2016 at the institution’s headquarters in Abidjan, under the theme: “Driving Africa’s Transformation” that attracted evaluation experts and development practitioners from across the World. The first day was dedicated to a workshop on impact evaluation and a Knowledge Café on the use of evaluation. On Day 2, Côte d’Ivoire’s Minister of Planning and Development, Nialé Kaba was the guest of honour at the opening ceremony. In her address on behalf of the country’s Prime Minister, Daniel Kablan...

AfDB Evaluation Week to measure Africa’s transformation

The African Development Bank (AfDB) will host the 2016 Development Evaluation Week from November 7-10, 2016 at its Headquarters in Abidjan. The aim of Evaluation Week is to improve the effectiveness of development work across the continent. Sessions will focus on the “High 5s”, the AfDB’s priority development areas. What have we been doing to Light up and power Africa, Feed Africa, Industrialize Africa, Integrate Africa, and Improve the quality of life for the people of Africa? What works, what doesn’t work, and why or why not? During the four-day knowledge-sharing event, development...

AfDB and Norad shed light on private sector development actions

The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) hosted a seminar on Private Sector Assistance: Current Evidence on Additionality on Monday, October 24 in Oslo.   The Independent Development Evaluation (IDEV) of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) Evaluation Department, joined forces to synthesize the wealth of existing evaluative evidence from 33 evaluations of donor support for private sector development.  The objective of this initiative was to mine this...

African Parliamentarians’ Network on Development Evaluation Grows in Size and Ambition

Members of the African Parliamentarians’ Network on Development Evaluation (APNODE) have stressed the need for consolidation and expansion of the Network at the 2ndAnnual General Meeting (AGM) held in Harare, Zimbabwe, on August 15 and 16, 2016. Sixty-two participants from 16 countries took part in the meeting, with APNODE welcoming participants from Benin, Lesotho, Madagascar, Namibia and Sudan for the first time. Opening the meeting, the Speaker of the National Assembly of Zimbabwe, Jacob F. Mudenda, stressed that development evaluation should inform appropriate policies and legislation...

Transitioning to Green Growth: Where are we? – an IDEV Event at AfDB Annual Meetings

A high-level panel of experts will review progress in and constraints to green growth in Africa during a knowledge event at the Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank (AfDB) in Lusaka, Zambia. The side event will be held on Thursday, May 26, 2016 from 15:30 – 17:00 PM at Mulungushi International Conference Centre, venue of the Annual Meetings, and is organized by Independent Development Evaluation (IDEV), the evaluation function of the AfDB. The Bank’s Annual Meetings are its largest annual event. They bring together thousands of delegates and participants, and feature some 40...

AfDB Lessons Learned Database made public

The Independent Development Evaluation (IDEV) lessons learned database, a repository of findings, lessons and recommendations drawn from independent and self-evaluations of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) has been updated, and is now easily accessible to both internal and external users. Commonly referred to as the evaluation results database (EVRD), this tool allows the AfDB and its stakeholders to learn from past experiences in designing and implementing current and future projects, programs, policies and strategies. Overall, the database brings together more...