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Partnerships to enhance agricultural water investments in Africa to achieve green growth objectives

The project’s objective is to evaluate past experiences, draw lessons learned and formulate recommendations to guide and inform the Bank‘s future investments in AWM projects in Africa. This will also enable the Bank (OSAN) to improve its visibility on AWM through the assessment of the impact of the last fifteen years (1990-2005) of investment. The assessment will focus on: (i) sustainable results produced by the Bank’s support for AWM, and (ii) lessons which will be learned to improve the effectiveness of Bank’s support for AWM, and (iii) priorities to enhance and propose orientation of AfDB investments in AWM.

The African Development Bank (AfDB) is the major development finance institution in Africa and has facilitated many of Africa’s development projects. Agricultural water development and management is one of the main pillars in the Bank’s business plan, the Agricultural Transformation Strategy and IRWM policy. However, up to date, no comprehensive evaluation of projects related to agricultural water management (AWM) has been undertaken. Therefore, the assessment of an impact-based agricultural water support in Africa for the fifteen year-period (1990 to 2005) aims to fill that gap by carefully scrutinizing its success in terms of impacts and defining needs for improvement. It will also show how the support from the Bank can be optimized for national policy making by linking it to RMC needs and strategies. Lessons learned from previous programmes/projects will provide guidance and good information base for future AfDB programmes/projects in agricultural water development and management. This will support future Bank’s commitments in maximizing selectivity, synergy, coherence, relevance and effectiveness in AWM projects.

The specific objectives of the project are to: 

  1. assess the fifteen years (1990-2005) of projects funded by AfDB on AWM; 
  2. provide recommendations for agricultural water-related investments that can be supported by AfDB in specific countries in Africa; 
  3. assess the establishment of a strategic partnership for AfDB in Africa for more integrated and sustainable development approaches in AWM; and 
  4. assess the establishment of links and implement policy liaison at Pan-African level, based upon the experiences of the strategic partnership in Africa and activities of the main civil society institutions.

The evaluation applies a mixed methods case study approach, using quantitative and qualitative data from primary and secondary sources. Primary data will be collected through surveys, semi-structured interviews and focus group discussions. Secondary data will comprise an analysis of end-of-project reports, quantitative national data sets, and other relevant policy documents and reports.

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