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Evaluation of the Bank’s Role in Increasing Access to Finance in Africa
17 Jul 2020 | CE10009 | Project Cluster Evaluation | Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Egypt, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, Tunisia | Finance

The synthesis is one of the deliverables of the evaluation of the AfDB’s Role in Increasing Access to Finance in Africa undertaken by the Independent Development Evaluation (IDEV) as part of its 2018–19 Work Program. The evaluation is meant to distill learning from the implementation of Financial Sector Development Policy and Strategy (FSDPS) in order to draw lessons and make recommendations on the design and implementation of the new strategy planned to be discussed by the Board in November 2020. Selected operations contributing to financial sector development were evaluated in the following countries: Burkina Faso and Nigeria in Western Africa, Cameroon in Central Africa, Namibia in Southern Africa, Kenya in Eastern Africa, and Egypt and Tunisia in Northern Africa. Egypt was selected as the country hosting the headquarters of the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), which benefited from the AfDB’s trade finance operations and lends to financial institutions in several African countries. This evaluation focuses on the first objective of the FSDPS, namely: “Increasing access to a range of quality, reliable, and affordable financial services geared to the needs of all segments of society, paying particular attention to reaching the traditionally underserved (including women and youth) through the most effective approaches, including innovations consistent with the requirements of financial stability.” The two other objectives are deepening financial markets and safeguarding the stability of Africa’s financial system (AfDB 2014). In addition to this report, the evaluation is composed of a policy and strategy review, a portfolio review and a final summary report to be considered by the Committee of Development Effectiveness. Findings from the country case studies are presented by clusters of financial instruments extended by the AfDB to financial institutions and governments in the selected countries.

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Independent evaluation of the African Development Bank Group’s strategy for addressing fragility and building resilience in Africa (2014–2019)
03 Jul 2020 | CO10025 | Corporate Evaluation

This report presents the findings, conclusions, lessons learned and recommendations of the independent evaluation of the African Development Bank Group(hereinafter referred to as the Bank)’s Strategy for Addressing Fragility and Building Resilience in Africa for the period 2014-2019 (hereinafter referred to as the Strategy). It draws from nine background reports and a series of other tools such as focus group discussions and interviews with key stakeholders, including the direct beneficiaries. The report highlights the main issues for consideration by the Bank's Management and Board of Directors. This evaluation is timely as it takes place at the close of this Strategy. As such, its objective is to assess the relevance of the Strategy and the efficiency of its implementation by the Bank and its effectiveness in term of results. Specifically, the purpose of the evaluation is twofold: (i) to report to stakeholders on the performance of the Bank’s assistance in Transition States (TS); and ii) to draw lessons from the Bank’s experience to inform its future Strategy in Transition States.

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