The Science-Metrix Evaluation Services team has recently commenced work on a new evaluation for the African Development Bank (AfDB). The Evaluation of the Effectiveness of the African Development Bank Group Support to Water Sector will be the fourth AfDB contract undertaken by the team in the last 14 months, and will build upon the collaborative nature of previous contracts with this client.
Werner Meier, Vice President of Evaluation Services at Science-Metrix and the Evaluation Team Leader, notes: “What is interesting about this project is that we will be working in a highly participatory manner with the Bank’s evaluation team, IDEV, with shared and complementary responsibilities for the implementation of the evaluation. Both Science-Metrix and IDEV will be using Atlas.ti for qualitative data analysis to enhance collaboration.”
Dr. Sherri Bisset is the Evaluation Manager for the Water Sector evaluation, managing a team that includes Dr. Isabelle Agier and Chantale Tippett, MSc. The evaluation will also involve four technical advisors who will be conducting 10 country case study field missions, encompassing Morocco, Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, Mali, Senegal, Cameroon, Rwanda, Mozambique and Zambia. This evaluation will draw on the team’s collective experience in public health program evaluation—including health and nutrition program evaluation in Africa—to address the overall question of the current contract: “How has the African Development Bank Group’s support to water contributed to improve the conditions of life of its regional member countries’ people?”
The current evaluation follows the successful completion of AfDB contracts for the Evaluation of the Bank’s Assistance in the Energy Sector and the Synthesis Report for the Comprehensive Evaluation of the Bank’s Development Results (2004–2013). Evaluation Services staff members are proud that their successful track record helped them to secure the latest contract in a highly competitive open bidding process against another Canadian firm and several European firms.
The evaluation will continue through until August 2017. The Evaluation Services team looks forward to using the collaborative working model employed in this contract with other clients in the future.
About this evaluation:
The purpose of the Evaluation of the Effectiveness of the African Development Bank Group Support to Water Sector is to improve the Bank’s performance in the water and sanitation sector (WSS) by looking at its previous interventions, strategies and areas of support to highlight lessons learned, determine what has worked and why, and suggest modified approaches or new and innovative approaches where appropriate. It will review how the Bank has responded to sector trends and needs and how these have been integrated into AfDB support. It will look at successes, challenges and the potential of current trends and innovations.
Challenges in the water and sanitation sector have been compounded by various other issues including competing pressures for water resources, the growing impacts of climate change, the rapid growth of urban and slum populations, and the ongoing challenges with meeting the need for, and maintaining, improved sanitation. AfDB has long recognized the importance of clean water and sanitation as fundamental to improving economic development, health, livelihoods development, gender and social equality and educational attainment. It has worked alongside national and international partners to develop improved and cohesive policies and strategies, build capacity and develop and support innovations in the field. This evaluation will assist the AfDB as it plans for future responses to these challenges and as it works with national and international partners toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Africa Water Vision 2025.
About the African Development Bank:
The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group was founded in 1964, and its overarching objective is to spur sustainable economic development and social progress in its regional member countries, thus contributing to poverty reduction. The Bank Group achieves this objective by mobilizing and allocating resources for investment in regional member countries, and providing policy advice and technical assistance to support development efforts. The bank finances projects run either by the government or the private sectors. The AfDB is one of five major multilateral development banks in the world and provides assistance to its regional member countries with a view to helping them achieve their development goals. The AfDB headquarters is in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.
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