Project Performance Assessment Report for the Poland Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Projects I, II, and III
The Project Performance Assessment Report (PPAR) reviews the Poland Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Projects I through III in support of rehabilitation of Poland's national road network and strengthening of its road sector institutions at the time of Poland's accession to the European Union.... Full Description »
The Project Performance Assessment Report (PPAR) reviews the Poland Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Projects I through III in support of rehabilitation of Poland's national road network and strengthening of its road sector institutions at the time of Poland's accession to the European Union. This assessment was selected as input into the March 2013 IEG evaluation “Improving Institutional Capability and Financial Viability to Sustain Transport – An Evaluation of World Bank Group Support since 2002.” The three projects were designed as hybrid operations, combining a sector-wide approach for the physical works components completed within about a year's time with the lengthier institutional development components. The three road periods were approved in March 2004, March 2005, and June 2006. The closing dates for the first two projects were extended through December 2008 and June 2009, while the third project closed as planned in September 2011.
Outcomes for both the first and second project are rated moderately unsatisfactory, while the rating for the third projects is rated moderately satisfactory. The key lessons derived include (i) when planning sequential operations that involve sector reforms, it is important to develop realistic timeframes to achieve satisfactory implementation of both the fast-disbursing civil works components and the inherently lengthier institutional development components; (ii) the use of country systems, combined with adequate ex-post audits, can contribute to fast disbursement of quality civil works output. Fiduciary and safeguards oversight—based on ex-post audits—of the efficacy of internal controls is particularly useful for improved capacity-building in this regard; (iii) it is crucial to take into account budget constraints when using Highway Development and Maintenance (HDM-4) analysis. Using HDM-4 to analyze only the rates of return on rehabilitation projects ignores the financial viability aspect of the program, and pays little attention to improving the number of roads in poor condition. The rehabilitation program should be designed to deliver a maintainable network within a reasonable timeframe, and this requires taking into consideration a realistic budget envelope over the program period; and (iv) objectives are more likely to be achieved when these have comprehensive monitoring indicators. While proper indicators were set for most objectives, there were no indicators linked to the objective of achieving reliable and stable funding of road maintenance or financial viability. This may have contributed to the program's difficulty in achieving significant progress on this sub-objective.
Content Type : Reports , Doc Sub Category : Project Performance Assessment Report , Country : Poland
December 18, 2013