ONGOING: Assessing the effectiveness of AfDB-funded Rural Electrification Projects

Date: 07/01/2016
Type: Project Performance Evaluation
Sector(s): Energy & Power
Status: On-going

This cluster evaluation assesses the effectiveness of rural electrification projects funded by the African Development Bank Group. The selection of rural electrification as one of the evaluation themes is essentially due to the fact that it has a pronounced impact on the majority of Africans living in rural and sub-urban areas. During the evaluation period (1999-2013), 19 projects approved by the Bank in the energy sector, amounting to UA 462 million, were related to rural electrification. The cluster evaluation will cover up to 9 of these (6 completed and 3 ongoing projects), representing a net amount of some UA 325 million (70% of total rural electrification operations net loans and grants approvals during the 1999-2013 period). The final project selection will be made after consulting the main evaluation stakeholders.

The aim of the cluster evaluation is 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. Additionally, it 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