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Report TypeLessons
Annual Report26
Corporate Evaluation80
Country Strategy Evaluation178
Evaluation Synthesis35
Expanded Supervision Report0
Expanded Supervision Report Review Note273
Impact Evaluation16
Knowledge Product20
Project Cluster Evaluation44
Project Completion Report114
Project Completion Report Review Note3101
Project Performance Evaluation Report242
Regional Integration Strategy Evaluation1
Sector Evaluation40
Self-Evaluation Validation Synthesis0
Thematic Evaluation78
Total4,248



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SelectIE10004-1
Impact Evaluation of AfDB-Funded Ghana Fufulso-Sawla Road Project

01 Dec 2020 | IE10004 | Impact Evaluation

Integrating community development interventions into road transport infrastructure brings an added value to, and fast tracks, the Bank’s poverty reduction, job creation, and inclusive development efforts. Results from the evaluation showed that combining road construction with the construction of market centers and schools in a largely rural context yielded additional positive impacts on multidimensional poverty reduction. This underscores the need to pay close attention to the context when designing such integrated road interventions. ... More

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Egypt Country Strategy and Program Evaluation 2009-2018

30 Sep 2020 | CA10071 | Country Strategy Evaluation

A strong country ownership and relationship with the country, and flexibility in the design and delivery of Bank support, is essential when the country is undergoing rapid transition. ... More

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Impact Evaluation of the African Development Bank-supported small-scale irrigation projects in Malawi

28 Sep 2020 | IE10003 | Impact Evaluation

Inadequate attention to the capacity and governance systems of local institutions undermines achievement of sustainable outcomes from irrigation development. The evaluation found that weak organizational capacity and leadership problems hindered proper functioning of irrigation schemes. The Water User Associations (WUAs) or Water User Groups (WUGs) are the direct beneficiaries of the irrigation schemes and are entrusted with the responsibility to maintain and operate them. Due to the weak capacity and lack of required legal status, these local organizations are unable to enforce rules for operating the schemes requisite for ensuring sustained benefits. In addition, these organizations have the potential to influence the mind-set of farmers towards taking up commercial farming, which is a shift from subsistence farming to farming as business. Thus, Bank’s support to enhance the capacity and governance systems of these local institutions will contribute to the effective use of the exist ... More

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Mali Country Strategy and Program Evaluation for the period 2005-2019

22 Sep 2020 | CA10072 | Country Strategy Evaluation

It is possible is blend selectiveness and flexibility in the configuration of the Bank’s assistance. In Mali, the Bank has (for over 30 years) chosen to devote one-quarter or more of allocated resources to agriculture, another quarter or more to multisector operations that offer target communities a wide range of basic services to meet their varied needs (or 57% to 82% of allocated resources to two sectors). This also leads the country's authorities and national opinion to recognize that they have "a faithful friend" who helps in difficult times on what is perceived as important at this time. ... More

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Evaluation of the AfDB’s Private Sector Development Strategy (2013-2019)

17 Jul 2020 | SR10010 | Sector Evaluation

Good alignment with institutional strategy is a necessary condition, but the lack of a thorough analysis of financing and capacity constraints led to lack of realism in the ambition of the PSD Strategy. Therefore, effectiveness of operations is influenced by the due diligence and quality of the project design, including the logic of intervention and the precise role played by complementary inputs, such as analytical work, policy dialogue and TA. ... More

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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

A fragility strategy to remain relevant must be flexible with mid-term reviews that are held on time to allow it to adjust and consider the evolution of the rapidly changing context. ... More

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Evaluation of the African Development Bank’s self-evaluation systems and processes

22 Apr 2020 | CO10026 | Corporate Evaluation

The Bank’s SESP are, to a large extent, relevant and aligned with comparators’ best practices. The existing guidance tools and procedures are clear and aligned with the Bank’s key policies, strategies (High 5s, TYS) and new business model (DBDM). A theory of change is not explicitly available for the SESP but, in line with the practice at comparator organizations, the system has consistently pursued three main outcomes: promoting better performance, fostering accountability, and enhancing learning. The SESP are closely integrated with IDEV’s independent validation function, in line with comparator institutions. However, while ensuring IDEV’s independence, the search for better convergence between staff and IDEV on ratings, harmonization of rating methodologies, definitions, and consistency of what is reported to the Board needs to be improved. ... More

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Evaluation of the AfDB’s Support to the Water Sector (2005-2016) - Beyond Infrastructure Development: toward Service Delivery and Behavioral Change

29 Feb 2020 | SR10009 | Sector Evaluation

The adoption of approaches driven by the beneficiaries is relevant when applied in a coherent manner. The extent and quality of collaboration with local stakeholders matter ... More

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Strengthening Agricultural Water Management to Feed Africa

28 Feb 2020 | CE10006 | Project Cluster Evaluation

AWM intervention design, based on an integrated framework that considers trade and market development changes and contexts (agricultural sector, agricultural water use, market actors), matters for achievement of desired development results. ... More

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Reaching the most vulnerable: Scaling Up Service Delivery in Urban Water Supply and Sanitation

28 Feb 2020 | CE10007 | Project Cluster Evaluation

Project design needs a sound preparatory phase, with adequate and updated feasibility studies, if implementation is to be successful. ... More