ONGOING: Evaluation of the Bank’s utilization of the Public Private Partnership Mechanism, 2006 - 2016

Date: 03/04/2017
Type: Thematic Review
Status: On-going

Public-private partnerships (PPPs) bring together the expertise of both the public and private sectors, allowing each to do what it does best in order to deliver projects and services in the most efficient and effective manner. Within the context of the African Development Bank (AfDB), PPPs refer to a form of financing mechanism where the public and private sectors agree to jointly establish and/or operate a public investment project or activity. Creating an enabling environment for PPPs emerges as a common success factor increasingly important in many countries.


Based on these considerations, and drawing on a previous stocktaking exercise[1] which resulted in the presentation of a stocktaking report to the AfDB Board of Directors’ Committee on Operations and Development Effectiveness (CODE), Independent Development Evaluation (IDEV) is undertaking a comprehensive evaluation of the Bank’s utilization of the Public-Private Partnership mechanism over the 2006 - 2016 period. The evaluation will cover 32 project-lending operations (amounting to UA 1.46 billion), 21 non-lending activities, the Bank’s advisory services, economic and sector work (ESW), coordination and partnerships as well as its institutional support to Regional Member Countries during this period.


The evaluation is expected to provide answers to the following three overarching sets of questions:

  1. To what extent are the Bank’s PPP interventions relevant and additional, effective, efficient and yield sustainable development results and social impact; and how do they contribute to inclusive growth, employment, reduction of local disparities and transition to green economy?
  2. To what extent are the Bank’s policy, strategy and institutional settings, including operational guidelines and directives governing the generation, portfolio management, monitoring and evaluation of PPPs, relevant and do they contribute to private sector development and social development impact in the regional member countries?
  3. What has worked, what has not worked, and why? What are the factors that enable and/or hinder successful implementation and achievement of objectives? What are the lessons of experience, including policy implications and potential improvements that can inform the Bank’s future use of PPPs as an intervention instrument?


The evaluation will be based on documentary, quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis.