Comprehensive Evaluation of the Development Results of the African Development Bank Group 2004-2013

Date: 09/11/2016
Type: Corporate Evaluation
Status: Completed

The Committee on Operations and Development Effectiveness (CODE) of the AfDB’s Board of Directors requested Independent Development Evaluation (IDEV) to carry out a comprehensive evaluation of the development results (CEDR) of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB, or the Bank). Launched at the end of 2013, the CEDR aims to: i) Provide an independent, credible, and evidence-based assessment of the Bank’s development results between 2004 and 2013 and, in particular, the extent to which the Bank interventions have made a difference in Africa (accountability); and (ii) identify lessons and recommendations about the Bank’s performance in order to strengthen development outcomes and inform the implementation of the Bank’s new strategic priorities, the High 5s .

The CEDR will assess the Bank’s development results across sectors, countries and regions; public and private operations; lending and non-lending activities. Answers will be sought for questions like: What were the Bank’s results of lending and non-lending operations, and what were the primary factors for achieving results? How effective has the Bank been as a convener and knowledge institution; and what concrete results can be found at country, regional and other levels from these activities? How innovative and creative are Bank operations? How effectively does the Bank leverage its resources? What is driving the Bank’s country and regional strategies, priorities and portfolios? What is the Bank’s culture and capacity for results-based management, results measurement and feedback?

The approach taken is based on “building blocks”, i.e. evaluations embedded within IDEV’s wider evaluation work program. To ensure representative coverage, the CEDR draws on a significant number of building blocks: 14 Country Strategy and Program Evaluations (CSPE) take center-stage, since country goals and beneficiaries in the RMCs constitute the “raison d’être” of Bank operations. But the evaluation also incorporates findings from other critical evaluation building blocks that examine Bank interventions that contribute to country results - sector, cluster and thematic evaluations and reviews; project validations and outcome measurements for key sector projects; and additional studies on Bank-wide activities and products. The CEDR will, by design, increase the evaluation coverage of AfDB financing to more than 60 percent for the decade starting 2004.

The CEDR is using a broad range of sources of data, including literature and document reviews, field visits and verifications, interviews, surveys, portfolio analysis, stakeholder consultations and case studies. It is employing a variety of sources of information and methods of analysis to ensure that the findings are valid. One example is the Project Results Assessment (PRA) tool, which IDEV developed to strengthen the evaluative information base on development results in the field. The PRA implements a systematic assessment of project relevance, efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability by systematically collecting and triangulating reliable data on development results as a credible basis for assessing the Bank’s contribution. Close to 170 PRAs are used as input into the CEDR.

The CEDR will provide lessons for improving the Bank's performance and implementing the Ten Year Strategy and its new High 5 priorities; and highlight the main drivers and risks associated with the Bank's performance. Therefore, not only will it draw conclusions on the results of the past decade but it will also propose lessons for the upcoming years.

Task Manager: Samer Hachem