ONGOING: Cabo Verde -Country Strategy and Program Evaluation

Date: 05/10/2017
Type: Country Assistance Evaluation
Country(ies): Regional Members » West Africa » Cape Verde
Sector(s): Agriculture & Agro-industry, Environment, Climate Change
Status: On-going

The African Development Bank supports development in Cabo Verde through interventions in the areas of public financial management, government modernization, improving the business climate and economic competitiveness. The Bank also contributes to infrastructure development, targeting air transport, energy and ICT. Water resources mobilization, watershed management and climate change adaptation interventions are also included in the Bank’s portfolio in the country to respond to the high drought vulnerability of the country. Between 2008 and 2017, the Bank’s operations in Cabo Verde amounted to approximately UA 194 million, not only including loans, but also grants, provided by the African Water Facility, the Climate Investment Fund, the Middle-Income Countries Trust Fund, and the Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa.

Following the previous Country Strategy and Program Evaluation (CSPE), published in 2009 and covering the period 1996-2007, and to inform the Bank’s new country strategy for Cabo Verde, Independent Development Evaluation (IDEV) is undertaking a CSPE which encompasses two Country Strategy Papers (CSPs): the CSP 2009-2012, extended to 2013, and the CSP 2014-2018. The evaluation will cover 29 operations, primarily in the areas of governance (both budget support and institutional support projects, including the promotion of Public-Private Partnerships), agriculture/water management, environment, energy and statistics. Most of the operations were financed from the AfDB’s public-sector window (13 from the AfDB and 5 from the African Development Fund), representing around 90% of the volume of investment; 5% of the investment was channeled through grants and there was only one operation funded through the private sector window (6%).

The CSPE for Cabo Verde 2008-2017 pursues the following objectives:

  • To assess the development results of the Bank’s key interventions in Cabo Verde; and
  • To suggest lessons and recommend potential improvements, which will feed into the development of the new Country Strategy Paper 2018-2021.

The evaluation will be a theory based evaluation and will use the OECD/DAC evaluation criteria (relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability). It will also explicitly address the issue of the added value of the Bank’s performance in relation to the graduation of Cabo Verde as a Middle Income Country in 2008. Following the identified key development issues in the approach paper, the evaluation will also incorporate two additional criteria: the contribution of Bank’s strategy and interventions to Gender Equality and Social Inclusion; and climate change and environmental vulnerability. Migration and diaspora matters will be considered on a cross-cutting basis throughout the evaluation.

The five issues or areas that are expected to be tackled throughout the CSPE are:

  •  What was the contribution of the AfDB’s portfolio in electricity (including renewable sources), efforts to foster PPP and private sector investment, and complementarity and synergy with other donors? ;
  •  What are the effects of the Bank’s portfolio on climate change mitigation and adaptation? ;   
  • What is the level of gender mainstreaming in infrastructure and budget support interventions? ;
  • Has the AfDB played a catalytic role in resource mobilization, including a contribution to the development of PPP schemes?; and
  • What are the effects of the Bank’s budget support approach and measures taken to stabilize public debt and improve the performance of state-owned enterprises, especially in the energy sector?       

To carry out this evaluation, a combination of quantitative and qualitative approaches, along with multiple data collection methods, will be used. These also include the use of self-assessment questionnaires for Bank staff and external stakeholders, document and portfolio reviews, semi-structured interviews, focus group discussions during field visits and direct observation of works. The evaluation will produce case studies about the governance and public-private partnership interventions, as well as an in-depth sustainability analysis of the water management intervention.

Task Manager: Monica Lomena-Gelis