This evaluation covers the African Development Bank’s assistance to Côte d’Ivoire over the period 2006-2016. It aims at evaluating the development results obtained by the Bank’s assistance in Côte d’Ivoire (accountability) and at drawing lessons from past performances to improve the Bank’s future strategies in the country (learning). Because Côte d’Ivoire has been plagued by political instability, profound social division, and a progressive slowing down of its economy, it is defined as a transition state by the AfDB, World Bank, AsDB and OECD.
In its 2014-2019 strategy aimed at addressing fragility and enhancing resilience in Africa, the Bank defines fragility as a “high risk situation of institutions failing, of social collapse or of violent conflict” as well as an “imbalance between tensions and challenges (internal and external) that both the state and society are facing and the ability to manage them.” At the strategic level, the Bank’s commitment to Côte d’Ivoire for the period 2006-2016 was laid down in five programming documents, among which two Country Dialogue Papers from 2006 to 2008, a global strategy note from 2009 to 2010, a Country Note from 2011 to 2012, and a Country Strategy Paper from 2013 to 2017. At the operational level, during the 2006-2016 period, AfDB intervened in 35 projects across Côte d’Ivoire, for a total amount of more than UA 1 billion. The Bank intervened in 7 sectors, with more than ¾ focused on its support to three specific sectors: Transportation (39%), Energy (20%) and Social (17%). The evaluation will be based on document and literature reviews, interviews with key informants, questionnaires for stakeholders, surveys of beneficiaries and in-depth assessments of project results via field visits.