Review of the 2009-2013 Rwanda Country Assistance Strategy Completion Report (CASCR) and the CAS Progress Report (CASPR)
This review examines the implementation of the FY2009-FY2013 Country Assistance Strategy (CAS), and the CAS Progress Report (CASPR) of FY2011. The CAS was jointly implemented by IDA, IFC and MIGA, and this review covers the joint program of the three institutions. The original CAS period was... Full Description »
This review examines the implementation of the FY2009-FY2013 Country Assistance Strategy (CAS), and the CAS Progress Report (CASPR) of FY2011. The CAS was jointly implemented by IDA, IFC and MIGA, and this review covers the joint program of the three institutions. The original CAS period was extended to FY2009 to align with the one-year extension of government's Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS). The CAS sought primarily to contribute to the EDPRS objective of significantly raising growth and creating jobs. A secondary objective was to consolidate specific elements of Rwanda's recent social progress by tackling selected aspects of social vulnerability. To this end the CAS was framed around two strategic themes and five CAS objectives. Strategic Theme 1 aimed to support sustained growth by focusing on four key objectives, (i) agricultural production sustainably raised; (ii) improved access to and quality of key infrastructure services; (iii) improved environment for sound private sector development; and (iv) capacity to manage public resources strengthened at central and local levels. Strategic Theme 2 aimed (i) to attain child and maternal mortality goals; and (ii) to promote peace and social cohesion through demobilization and reintegration. IEG rates the overall outcome of WBG support as Satisfactory. Under Pillar 1, production of food crops increased, including an increase in the production of rice in targeted areas by 113 percent. Access to and quality of key infrastructure services improved, including for paved roads and electric power. The environment for private sector development improved, including in the financial sector. The primary school pupil to qualified teacher ratio was reduced, and the transition from basic education to upper secondary education was raised. The capacity to manage public resources at the central and local levels was also strengthened. Under Pillar 2, significant health and social risks to vulnerable groups and to social cohesion in Rwanda were mitigated, including with increases in assisted births in accredited health facilities, and reinsertion and/or reintegration support for former armed group members. The review agrees with the findings, conclusions, and lessons provided in the CASCR, including (i) a highly selective program helped to focus the design of the CAS in key strategic areas where the WBG would add value; (ii) use of general budget support was effective in a number of ways but is vulnerable to donor sentiments; (iii) the importance of capacity building for program design and implementation; (iv) a number of products were delivered as one WBG, and this helped create synergy within the institution and yielded benefits for the client; (v) much of project implementation support was decentralized and this could ensure a constant implementation pace; (vi) the CAS had a results framework focusing on key indicators; and (vii) stakeholder engagement is essential to enhance results and outcomes. In addition, this review would emphasize that (i) overall, Rwanda's development experience during this and the previous CAS periods, has been impressive, including rapid economic growth, improving social indicators, and declining economic inequality. IDA has made positive and constructive contributions to this substantial progress; (ii) high aid dependence as for Rwanda can represent a risk for a country's development program, and, thus, also for the success of the related Bank programs; (iii) even strong improvements in investment climate indicators may not lead to early results in terms of an investment response; and (iv) Bank program selectivity is easier when the country has clear ideas of the areas in which it wants the Bank to concentrate its support.
Content Type : Reports , Doc Sub Category : CAS Completion Report Reviews , Country : Rwanda
May 21, 2014
Rwanda: Country Assistance Evaluation
This Country Assistance Evaluation (CAE) examines IDA assistance to Rwanda between 1989 and 2001. The CAE is a countrywide evaluation that concentrates on the relevance, efficiency, efficacy, sustainability, and institutional development impact of the Bank's program of assistance, and includes... Full Description »
This Country Assistance Evaluation (CAE) examines IDA assistance to Rwanda between 1989 and 2001. The CAE is a countrywide evaluation that concentrates on the relevance, efficiency, efficacy, sustainability, and institutional development impact of the Bank's program of assistance, and includes an assessment of the outcomes of IDA's assistance strategies. It is similar to project evaluations which review the relevance of the project objectives, the degree to which they were achieved (efficacy), and the cost effectiveness of the resources used (efficiency), but takes the country as the unit of account.
Content Type : Reports , Doc Sub Category : Country Program Evaluations , Country : Rwanda
January 5, 2004