Project Profile

Evaluation of Decentralisation Strategy and Process

Client // AfDB - African Development Bank
Country // Africa
Date // 2008-2009

We managed and delivered an evaluation of AfDB’s decentralisation, in itself a response to the Managing for Development Results (MfDR) agenda. Specific questions explored included:

  • What were the objectives of AfDB’s Decentralisation Strategy and to what extent have they been realised? What have been the enabling and constraining factors? How far were these objectives consistent with corporate goals?
  • How was the decentralisation process supposed to work? Did it actually work that way? Has it worked in different ways in different locations and periods? How is the process perceived?
  • How well has the process of decentralisation been managed, in terms of the DAC evaluation criteria of relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability? How has AfDB monitored, learned from and adapted the process?
  • How has the decentralisation experience ‘impacted,’ positively or negatively, on the wider operations of AfDB? How comparable is AfDB’s experience with that of other agencies?

The evaluation used formal organisational analysis and structured assessment focusing on effectiveness and efficiency with due consideration to relevance, sustainability and impact. This was complemented by qualitative assessments by using the Most Significant Change (MSC) technique and stakeholder perception surveys.