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Report TypeLessons
Annual Report26
Corporate Evaluation103
Country Strategy Evaluation197
Evaluation Synthesis35
Expanded Supervision Report0
Expanded Supervision Report Review Note260
Impact Evaluation20
Knowledge Product20
Project Cluster Evaluation59
Project Completion Report114
Project Completion Report Review Note3388
Project Performance Evaluation Report242
Regional Integration Strategy Evaluation1
Sector Evaluation40
Self-Evaluation Validation Synthesis20
Thematic Evaluation100
Total4,625



Lessons Highlights

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TR10034-1
Evaluation of the African Development Bank Group’s Transition Support Facility

01-Apr-2022 | TR10034 | Thematic Evaluation

The unique and multifaceted design of the TSF, which also embodies flexibility, has enabled the Bank to effectively respond to the multidimensional needs of Transition States. The TSF has established its status as the Bank’s flagship programme, with a coherent and cohesive three-pillar support structure, to address fragility and improve resilience in targeted RMCs. This has made it possible for the Bank to address structural and emerging situations of fragility, while also meeting the specific needs of RMCs through tailor-made and nationally owned and driven initiatives. Within the Bank, the TSF has succeeded in attracting additional ADF resources to Transition States, even during a period when the volume of ADF resources was itself declining. The TSF has also facilitated the continued engagement by the Bank in Transition States that would not have otherwise been possible through the Bank’s traditional instruments. ... More

IE10006-1
Impact Evaluation of the AfDB-supported Kenya Last Mile Connectivity Project, Phase 1

18-Feb-2022 | IE10006 | Impact Evaluation

A high cost of electricity relative to the household income of beneficiaries undermines access and the productive use of electricity. For rural poor households, a high cost of electricity (connection fee and consumer tariff) may be beyond their capacity to pay. Affordable schemes need to be worked out to reduce up-front costs and help rural households and businesses to be connected to electricity. The evaluation notes that the GoK under the Office of the President constituted a Taskforce on Review of Power Purchase Agreements (“Presidential Taskforce”, Gazette Notice 3076) on 29th March 2021 to primarily address the high cost of electricity in Kenya. The Presidential Taskforce submitted its report on 20 September 2021, with several recommendations, including pathways towards the reduction of consumer power prices by 33% (from an average of KES 24 per kilowatt hour to KES 16 per kilowatt hour) within four months as well as reforming the organizational and operational structures of KPLC ... More

CA10076-1
Uganda Country Strategy and Program Evaluation, 2011-2021

09-Feb-2022 | CA10076 | Country Strategy Evaluation

Larger projects generate greater impacts for more communities. The projects and experiences of the past 10 years demonstrate the importance of deploying large-scale projects in the important sectors of transport, water and sanitation, energy, and agriculture. The Bank has a comparative advantage in designing and helping to deliver large infrastructure projects in Uganda. ... More

CA10078-1
Angola Country Strategy and Program Evaluation (2011-2020)

23-Nov-2021 | CA10078 | Country Strategy Evaluation

Failure to systematically identify, adopt and monitor measures to mitigate sudden shocks in the country context (falling global oil prices, a credit rating downgrade, a snowballing debt overhang, and a pandemic resulting in fiscal constraints) can have a major adverse effect on public finance and, in turn, on the country’s ability to effectively use further external assistance. ... More

CO10033-1
Mid-Term Evaluation of the Bank’s Results Measurement Framework, 2016-2025

05-Nov-2021 | CO10033 | Corporate Evaluation

The robustness and credibility of the Bank’s self-evaluation system are critical for tracking RMF indicators. The Bank’s RMF results reporting, especially in the case of Level 2 indicators, is only as good as the robustness and credibility of the self-evaluation system, which by extension includes its results reporting system and processes for generating quality results data. ... More

CA10079-1
Rwanda: Evaluation of the AfDB Country Strategy and Program (2012-2021)

29-Oct-2021 | CA10079 | Country Strategy Evaluation

Rightly sequenced and coherent approaches can make critical contributions to sector development. This was noted in the energy sector where a solid performance of the SEAP I led to an innovative results-based SEAP-II. Both have delivered the planned results of improved distribution and transmission systems with access and system reliability. The development of hydropower is expected to make a significant contribution to the use of renewable energy resources, while development of sector manpower is providing the technical skills base that the country requires to operate a more diverse grid and off-grid power system. Support for tariff setting has also helped contribute to a policy setting conducive to sustainable delivery of power supplies from a variety of providers. ... More

TR10036-1
Evaluation of the Ex-Ante Additionality and Development Outcome Assessment Framework 2.0

22-Oct-2021 | TR10036 | Thematic Evaluation

Having a feedback loop for learning purposes is essential. The fact that the ADOA process stops at Board approval of the transaction (or earlier if the project is dropped before this) and the absence of any meaningful monitoring means that there is no feedback loop for learning purposes. ... More

CE10012-1
Evaluation of AfDB road and port projects (2012-2019)

04-Oct-2021 | CE10012 | Project Cluster Evaluation

Greater development outcomes can be achieved through more thoughtful design and follow-up of project ancillary components, and exploiting synergies with other development projects. The ancillary components are useful to improve the well-being of the local population and to mitigate the negative effects of transport projects on the environment and social structures. However, the current approach has delivered mixed results. Ancillary components were often partially implemented, delayed, and their sustainability is uncertain. The executing agencies did not effectively supervise their implementation due to a lack of capacity and incentives. All these issues pointed to some problems in how these components were integrated into project design and implementation frameworks. To increase the impact of these components and ensure their sustainability over time, it is important that the relevant ministries (education, healthcare, environment, agriculture) be involved in their design and implemen ... More

CO10034-1
Evaluation of the AfDB Non-Concessional Debt Accumulation Policy

28-Sep-2021 | CO10034 | Corporate Evaluation

The accumulation of non-concessional debt is an important factor driving debt distress on the continent. The issue of debt has grown beyond the original policy coverage and should be considered as a major topic for the foreseeable future. There has been a sharp increase in debt vulnerability of ADF countries, and this is not limited to ADF-Only countries. The increased debt vulnerability of ADF countries is reflected in the increase in recent years of the number of African LICs assessed to be at high risk of, or already in, debt distress based on the DSAs under the Joint WB-IMF DSF. This concerns not only ADF-Only countries, but also Blend and Gap countries, which have been more heavily affected. ... More

VS10008-1
Synthesis Report on the Validation of 2019 Project Completion Reports

28-Sep-2021 | VS10008 | Self-Evaluation Validation Synthesis

Building on the lessons from previous Bank (and where available other development partner) projects, and incorporating key results from the literature, are essential to ensure high-quality project design. ... More