ONGOING : Evaluation of the Congo Basin Forest Fund

Date: 21/05/2017
Type: Thematic Review
Country(ies): Regional Members » Central Africa
Status: On-going

The Independent Development Evaluation (IDEV) of the African Development Bank is undertaking an evaluation of the Congo Basin Forest Fund (CBFF). This is a ten-year program established in 2008, with a possibility of extension in 2018. The CBFF aims at alleviating poverty and mitigating climate change by reducing the rate of deforestation in the Congo Basin through the sustained management of the Congo Basin Forest Resources for increased benefits accruing to the Congo Basin Governments and forest-dependent communities. 38 projects have been approved so far.

As the current phase of the CBFF will end by 2018 and two of the program’s contributors (the British and Norwegian Governments) have decided to pull out, the key CBFF stakeholders (including the donors, Governing Council, AfDB Board of Directors and CBFF Secretariat) have called for an independent evaluation.

The main purpose of this independent evaluation of the CBFF is threefold: i) to provide learning from the Fund implementation – what worked and what did not work, and why?; ii) to demonstrate the value of the Fund; and iii) to contribute to decisions regarding the enhancement of the quality of implementation of ongoing CBFF projects and the sustainability of Fund projects.

The evaluation design uses a theory-based approach and incorporates robust methods to ensure the evaluation delivers quality results that can inform practical recommendations. Therefore, it will focus on: i) documentary studies (desk review of relevant documents/reports, databases including those of the CBFF (and its projects) and the Bank, and the literature); ii) qualitative studies (substantive interviews and discussions with key CBFF stakeholders, such as the Governing Council, the Bank’s Board of Directors and Management, donors, other development partners, CBFF staff, and Congo forest-dependent community members including local women’s groups) and iii) quantitative studies (surveys of CBFF stakeholders ). We will also have evidence-based case studies of a sample of CBFF projects and field visits to CBFF secretariat and offices, and a sample of CBFF countries and project sites. The evaluation will consist of four phases and deliver five reports.