ONGOING: Assessing the effectiveness of AfDB-funded Power Interconnection Projects- Cluster Evaluation Approach Paper

Date: 05/01/2015
Type: Project Performance Evaluation
Sector(s): Energy & Power
Status: On-going

The evaluation of AfDB-funded power interconnection projects covers a cluster of energy sector operations approved by the Bank during the period 1999-2013. The selection of power interconnection is driven by the fact that it can significantly contribute to regional integration and help reduce the cost of electricity generation, thereby improving the overall energy supply in Africa. During the period under study, the Bank approved 31 projects related to power interconnection, amounting to UA 837 million. The cluster evaluation will cover up to 8 of these (5 completed and 3 ongoing projects), representing 54% of total energy operations approved by the Bank during the 1999-2013 period and a net amount of UA 453 million. The final project selection will be made after consulting the main evaluation stakeholders.

The cluster evaluation is intended to provide inputs to the independent evaluation of the Bank’s assistance in the energy sector as well as the overall Comprehensive Evaluation of the Bank’s Development Results (CEDR). In addition, the evaluation should help Management in strengthening the implementation of the Bank’s 2011 energy sector policy and the 2014 regional integration policy and strategy, by providing insightful results (findings, lessons learnt and recommendations).

The evaluation will examine the standard evaluation criteria of relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability, as well as the main project success or failure factors. It will also contribute to the CEDR questions of whether the Bank has made a difference in Africa, whether it is maximizing its value as a development partner, and whether it is learning from what it is doing. It will evaluate a group of projects implemented in different contexts, will draw on different sources of information (such as desk reviews, consultation with key stakeholders, and field visits), and will use both qualitative and quantitative analytical methods.

Task Manager: Joseph MOUANDA