Review of the 2008-2011 Gambia Joint Assistance Strategy (JAS), the 2009 JAS Progress Report, and the JAS Completion Report
This review examines the implementation of the Fiscal Years (FY) 2008-2011 Joint Assistance Strategy (JAS) of The Gambia and the JAS Progress Report (JASPR) of FY 2009, and assesses the JAS Completion Report (JASCR). Although the JAS was jointly implemented by the World Bank and the African... Full Description »
This review examines the implementation of the Fiscal Years (FY) 2008-2011 Joint Assistance Strategy (JAS) of The Gambia and the JAS Progress Report (JASPR) of FY 2009, and assesses the JAS Completion Report (JASCR). Although the JAS was jointly implemented by the World Bank and the African Development Bank , this review covers only the program of the World Bank.
The JAS objectives were organized under two main pillars: (i) strengthening the institutional framework for economic management and public service, and (ii) enhancing productive capacity and accelerating growth and competitiveness.
IEG rates the overall outcome of IDA assistance as moderately unsatisfactory, which is below the JASCR rating of moderately satisfactory. Under both pillars, good progress was achieved toward some objectives; but limited or no progress was made in many areas.
IEG concurs with the lessons identified in the JASCR, and underscores three additional points. First, guidelines pertaining to the role of partner institutions, resource requirements to facilitate the process, and procedures for interaction within and between the partner institutions need to be clarified before such collaboration is initiated. Second, harmonization in line with the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness explicitly requires government ownership and leadership. Consequently, capacity support to the Government in this respect should be explicitly incorporated in the partnership program. Finally, the realism and relevance of the support program depend largely on the expected outcomes. Developing a practical results framework that is complemented by an implementable (i.e., supported by available data) monitoring and evaluation system is imperative for guiding program implementation.
Content Type : Reports , Doc Sub Category : CAS Completion Report Reviews , Country : Gambia
March 25, 2013