Uganda Country Assistance Evaluation 2001-07
This joint CAE for Uganda reviews assistance provided by the World Bank and the African Development Bank (AfDB) during 2001–07. Uganda is considered one of the world's poorest countries, with a per capita income of $300. The CAE examines whether assistance objectives were the “right” ones,... Full Description »
This joint CAE for Uganda reviews assistance provided by the World Bank and the African Development Bank (AfDB) during 2001–07. Uganda is considered one of the world's poorest countries, with a per capita income of $300. The CAE examines whether assistance objectives were the “right” ones, the program designs were appropriate and consistent, and the programs achieved their objectives.
The Bank's assistance was aligned with Uganda's poverty reduction strategy. (IFC contributed in the telecommunications area but had little impact in access to finance for small and medium-size enterprises; its support was not rated separately.) IEG rates the overall outcome of the Bank's support as moderately satisfactory. The assistance was substantially effective for decentralization, public sector reform, education, and water and sanitation. AfDB's support substantially achieved its objectives for decentralization, public sector growth, economic transformation, agriculture, and water and sanitation. The overall outcome of AfDB's support is also rated moderately satisfactory. AfDB complemented the activities of other development partners. Its assistance was particularly important in improving access to potable water. However, the efficiency of resource use on targets was lower than expected.
IEG provides several recommendations: World Bank assistance should continue to support government efforts to develop an analytic framework on governance reforms, encourage and support government efforts to develop master plans for infrastructure development, and encourage the government to coordinate M&E activities. AfDB should strengthen its presence by relocating specialists to the country, use resources more effectively, and undertake regular economic and sector work and project self-evaluation. Aid alignment and harmonization were important drivers for the support provided by the two banks. Both should reinforce the effectiveness of general budget support to minimize transaction costs and facilitate the use of country systems.
Content Type : Reports , Doc Sub Category : Country Program Evaluations , Country : Uganda
August 11, 2009