ONGOING : Evaluation of the effectiveness of the African Development Bank Group support to the water sector.

Date: 01/12/2016
Type: Sector Review
Country(ies): Regional Members
Status: On-going

The Independent Development Evaluation (IDEV) of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB or “the Bank”) is undertaking an evaluation of the effectiveness of the AfDB's assistance to the water sector during the period 2005 to 2016. IDEV is carrying out this evaluation in order to inform the Bank’s strategies and operational approach to providing assistance to two water sub-sectors. These are Water Supply and Sanitation (‘water for health’) and Agricultural Water Management (‘water for food’). The evaluation will identify emerging trends in these sub-sectors, assess how the Bank has responded to these trends, take stock of the results of the Bank’s assistance and draw lessons for future work.

The AfDB has a mandate to contribute to sustainable economic development as well as social progress in its regional member countries. To operationalize its mandate, the AfDB developed a ten-year strategy (TYS 2013-2022) which gives water a high priority in reducing poverty and promoting development. Between 2005 and 2016, a total of 274 Water Supply and Sanitation (WSS) and 144 Agricultural Water Management (AWM) operations were funded by the Bank.
For this evaluation, IDEV is examining 57 water sector projects that were approved and completed between 2005 and 2016. Of these, 30 are WSS projects and 27 are AWM projects. The net loan amount for the 57 projects was UA 681.43 million (close to US$ 933.56 million).  The WSS projects account for 60.58% of the funds, while the AWM projects account for 39.42%.  

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

  • How has the African Development Bank Group’s support to water contributed towards improving the conditions of life of people in its Regional Member Countries?
  • What has been achieved by the Bank? Or more specifically, have the WSS and AWM operations approved during the past 12 years achieved their anticipated outcomes?
  • How and why were the development results achieved or not?

Evidence is being gathered from different sources including: portfolio reviews, literature and policy reviews, project result assessments, thematic cluster evaluations, country case studies and interviews. 

The findings of this evaluation will assist the AfDB as it plans for future responses to the challenges in the water sector and as it works with national and international partners toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Africa Water Vision 2025.

Task manager: Joseph Mouanda

Co-Task Manager: Mabarakissa Diomandé