What is the difference between self-evaluation and independent evaluation at the AfDB?

Self-evaluation is primarily conducted by country operations/sector departments under Management oversight. It is the foundation of the evaluation function. Self-evaluation processes are used to measure the achievements and results of operational activities including projects, grants and technical activities and culminate in the preparation of a project completion report (PCR) at the completion of implementation of each of these activities. Self-evaluation is extended to cover country strategies, advisory and analytical work as well as Bank sector/thematic policies and strategies through the provision of country strategy completion reports, performance assessment reports of advisory and analytical work, and implementation updates of sector policies and strategies.

Independent Evaluation is defined as an evaluation carried out by entities and persons free of the control of those responsible for the design and implementation of the development intervention. It consists of a systematic and objective assessment of an on-going or completed project, programme or policy, its design, implementation and results. The aim is to determine the relevance and fulfillment of objectives, development efficiency, effectiveness, impact and sustainability.