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OVE’s work plan covers four evaluation areas: country program evaluations, sector and thematic evaluations, project evaluations and corporate evaluations.

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  • Approach Paper: Environmental and Social Safeguards Evaluation

    October 2017

    This is the approach paper for the forthcoming evaluation of the Inter-American Development Group's environmental and social safeguards systems. The paper lays out the evaluation's objectives and scope, the evaluation questions and the methodology which OVE will apply to conduct the evaluation as pa...

  • Comparative Evaluation: Review of Bank Support to Tax Policy and Administration, 2...

    September 2017

    This evaluation assesses the relevance, implementation, and effectiveness of the tax policy and administration interventions supported by the IDB over the last decade (2007-2016). To assess relevance, OVE identified and reviewed all lending and nonlending operations approved during the period that h...

  • Approach Paper: Evaluation of the Bank's Support for Gender and Diversity

    September 2017

    The objective of the evaluation will be to assess how well and to what extent the Bank’s activities to date have promoted gender equality, women’s empowerment, and development with identity. The evaluation will focus on three key aspects: (i) the relevance of the Bank’s approach to promoting gender ...

  • Approach Paper: Knowledge Generation and Dissemination in the Inter-American Devel...

    August 2017

    The IDBG has increasingly placed knowledge generation and dissemination as one of its core mandates. However, it was not until the Realignment of the Bank in 2007 that the Bank explicitly sought to increase its capacity to generate and disseminate knowledge.The evaluation will analyze the main insti...

  • Approach Paper: A Review of IDB Group's Non-Sovereign Guaranteed Problem Projects

    July 2017

    As part of the Office of Evaluation and Oversight’s 2017 work program, the Board asked OVE to review IDBG’s recent history of impaired projects, with an eye toward identifying lessons from past experience. These include the experiences and processes of the former Structured and Corporate Finance De...

  • Approach Paper: Country Program Evaluation: Bahamas 2010-2017

    June 2017

    As part of its 2016-17 work plan, the Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE) is preparing the evaluation of the Inter-American Development Bank Group’s (IDBG) country program with The Bahamas for the period January 2010–June 2017. This paper sets out the proposed approach and methodology for the ...

  • Country Program Evaluation: Dominican Republic 2013-2016

    June 2017

    This will be the fourth independent evaluation by OVE of the IDB's country program with the Dominican Republic, and the first to cover the work of the entire IDB Group in the country. This Country Program Evaluation (CPE) covers the IDB Group's program over the period 2013-2016, which was guided by ...

  • Approach Paper Evaluation of Direct Support to SMEs by the IIC

    June 2017

    This document describes the approach that the Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE) will take in reviewing the work of the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC) in directly supporting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

  • Approach Paper: Evaluation of IDB-9 Commitments

    June 2017

    The IDB-9 Agreement included a requirement that the Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE) conduct a mid-term review to determine to what extent IDB was implementing the IDB-9 mandates fully and effectively. OVE undertook the review during 2012 and delivered it to the Board in December 2012. The ...

  • Evaluation of Direct Support to SMEs by the IIC

    June 2017

    This evaluation assesses the work of the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC) in directly supporting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The evaluation reviews the origins and evolution of the IIC's direct support to SMEs and assesses the relevance, development results, and financial r...

  • Approach Paper: Country Program Evaluation Ecuador 2012-2017

    June 2017

    This document defines the scope and methodology for the evaluation of the country program of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB or Bank) with the Government of Ecuador for the 2012-2017 period. This Country Program Evaluation will use the traditional dimensions of evaluation -relevance, effect...

  • Approach Paper: Evaluation of the Implementation of the Private Sector Merge-out

    June 2017

    The Boards of Governors of the IDB Group decided in March 2015 to support the proposal for the "merge-out" of the IDB's and IIC's private sector operations into a "new" IIC. The merge-out took effect on January 1st, 2016. Operational and administrative functions associated with IDB's private sector ...

  • Country Program Evaluation Guyana 2012-2016

    May 2017

    This document presents an evaluation by the Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE) of the Country Program of the Inter-American Development Bank with Guyana over the period 2012-2016. This Country Program Evaluation (CPE) is the fourth independent evaluation of the Bank's program with Guyana. The ...

  • Approach Paper: Production, Use and Influence of IDB's Impact-Evaluations

    April 2017

    The objective of the evaluation is to analyze the production, use and influence of the Impact Evaluations (IE) included in IDB loan, technical cooperation (TC), and economic and sector work (ESW) operations approved between 2006 and 2016. OVE will analyze not only the production of IEs and the syste...

  • Comparative Study of Equity Investing in Development Finance Institutions

    March 2017

    The Board of Executive Directors of the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC) requested that the Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE) produce this technical study to inform IIC's future equity business. The core content of this study is a comparative benchmarking of equity strategies, resu...

  • OVE Annual Report 2016

    March 2017

    OVE's Annual Report summarizes and explores key themes from 15 evaluation published in 2016. Additionally, this report includes the results of OVE's first round of validations on the progress made by management implementing OVE's recommendations, tracked in the Recommendations Tracking System (ReTS)...

  • Background Note: Management's Implementation of OVE Recommendations

    March 2017

    This note presents the results of the first full validation of recommendations made by the Office of Evaluations and Oversight (OVE), endorsed by the Board and tracked in the Recommendations Tracking System (ReTS). It looks at the relevance and implementation of management's actions in response to t...

  • Snapshot of OVE's 2016 Annual Report

    March 2017

    During 2016 OVE produced 15 evaluations and its annual report. In doing this, OVE's specialists traveled to 18 countries on more than 30 missions, interviewed more than 1,750 people, and analyzed more than 1,000 operations. OVE's evaluations are meant to foster both learning and accountability and t...

  • Evaluation of Public-Private Partnerships in Infrastructure

    March 2017

    This evaluation assesses the work done by the Inter-American Development Bank Group (IDBG) on public-private partnerships (PPPs) in infrastructure in Evaluation of Public-Private Partnerships in Infrastructure Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). The evaluation comes at a unique time for IDBG gi...

  • Evaluation of Public-Private Partnerships Evaluation in Infrastructure: Executive ...

    March 2017

    Executive Summary of the evaluation that assesses the work done by the Inter-American Development Bank Group (IDBG) on public-private partnerships (PPPs) in infrastructure in Evaluation of Public-Private Partnerships in Infrastructure Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). The evaluation comes at a ...

  • Comparative Project Evaluation of IDB Support to Low-income Housing Programs in Fo...

    March 2017

    This evaluation presents a comparative analysis of the support provided by the Inter-American Development Bank to housing and neighborhood upgrading programs in four countries: Barbados, Guyana, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago. These projects represent the universe of loans approved in the past de...

  • Approach Paper: Review of IDB Support to Tax Policy and Administration, 2007-2016

    January 2017

    The objective of the evaluation is to assess the relevance, implementation and effectiveness of IDB's support for tax policy and administration during the last decade. OVE will assess IDB's contribution to tax policy and administration, with a focus on domestic taxes. To contextualize Bank's work on...

  • Country Program Evaluation: Guatemala 2012-2016

    November 2016

    This Country Program Evaluation (CPE) for Guatemala covers the period 2012-2016. It is the fourth occasion on which OVE has evaluated the Bank's program with the country. The previous evaluations covered the periods 1993-2003 (document RE-304-2), 2004-2007 (document RE-352), and 2008-2011 (document ...

  • Country Program Evaluation: Peru 2012-2016

    November 2016

    This country program evaluation (CPE) for Peru covers the period 2012-2016, during which the Bank's work was guided by the country strategy with Peru (2012-2016) (document GN-2668). This CPE represents the fourth time the Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE) has conducted an independent evaluati...

  • Country Program Evaluation: Trinidad and Tobago 2011-2015

    November 2016

    As part of its 2015-16 work plan, the Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE) prepared the evaluation of the Inter-American Development Bank's (IDB) country program with Trinidad and Tobago for the period January 2011-December 2015. This evaluation is OVE's third for the country.

  • Evaluation of the IDB's Emerging and Sustainable Cities Initiative

    October 2016

    The Emerging and Sustainable Cities Initiative (ESCI), launched in 2012, is the Bank's most recent response to the urban development needs in the region. Through ESCI the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) aimed at redirecting its focus to improving urban planning practices and shaping developmen...

  • Approach Paper: Country Program Evaluation: Dominican Republic 2013-2016

    September 2016

    This paper defines the scope and methodology for the evaluation of the IDB Group's country program with the Government of the Dominican Republic for the period 2013-2016. Taking an independent and holistic view, the CPE will analyze the IDB Group's relationship with the country, in particular the re...

  • Approach Paper: Evaluation of Public-Private (PPPs) Partnerships in Infrastructure...

    August 2016

    This evaluation seeks to provide an overview of IDBG's work on infrastructure PPPs over the past decade and to draw lessons from the in-depth analysis of a sample of IDBG financed PPP projects, as well as from the experience of other MDBs, so as to help inform IDBG's strategic orientation in this ar...

  • Country Program Evaluation: Haiti 2011-2015

    July 2016

    The country strategy with Haiti for the 2011-2015 period is the Inter-American Development Bank's (IDB) first post-earthquake strategy and coincides with the start of the mandate of the Ninth General Increase in the Resources of the IDB (IDB-9). The IDB-9 commitments for Haiti include debt forgivene...

  • Country Program Evaluation: Suriname 2011-2015

    July 2016

    This document presents an evaluation by the Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE) of the Country Program of the Inter-American Development Bank with Suriname over the period 2011-2015. This Country Program Evaluation (CPE) is the third independent evaluation of the Bank's program with Suriname.

  • Approach Paper: Comparative Study of Equity Investing in Development Finance Insti...

    July 2016

    The Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC) Board of Executive Directors mandated OVE to produce a technical study to inform IIC's future equity business. The core content of this study will be a comparative benchmarking of equity strategies, results and processes of selected Development Finance...

  • Urban Transport and Poverty: Mobility and Accessibility Effects of IDB-supported B...

    June 2016

    This evaluation expands a previous evaluation of the Office of Evaluation and Oversight of the BRT project results with respect to their objectives of improving mobility and access for the poor. It assesses the effects of Cali's and Lima's BRT systems on mobility and accessibility of the poor, with ...

  • Country Program Evaluation: Argentina (2009-2015)

    June 2016

    As part of its 2015-2016 annual work plan, the Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE) prepared the Bank's country program evaluation (CPE) with Argentina for the 2009-2015 period. This CPE is OVE's third independent evaluation of the IDB's country program with Argentina. The first (document RE-299...

  • Approach Paper: Country Program Evaluation: Guyana 2012-2016

    June 2016

    As part of its 2016 annual work plan, the Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE) is preparing the evaluation of the Inter-American Development Bank country program with Guyana for the period July 2012-November 2016. This paper sets out the proposed approach and methodology for the planned Country ...

  • Approach Paper: Country Program Evaluation: Guatemala 2012-2016

    June 2016

    As part of its 2016 work plan, the Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE) is preparing the country program evaluation (CPE) for Guatemala covering the 2012-2016 period. This approach paper establishes the scope of the evaluation. This CPE is OVE's fourth evaluation of the program with Guatemala.

  • Approach Paper: Evaluation of the IDB's Emerging and Sustainable Cities Initiative...

    June 2016

    The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has historically been very active in engaging in the region in urban projects, particularly urban improvement programs. This document presents OVE's approach to evaluate IDB's support to cities through the Emerging Sustainable Cities Initiative (ESCI). This ...

  • Approach Paper: Review of the IDB Support to Housing Programs in the Caribbean

    May 2016

    During 2016, the Office of Evaluation and Oversight will conduct a comparative analysis of IDB's support to housing programs in four Caribbean countries: Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana and Barbados. The purpose of this evaluation is to contribute operational insights into the design of future...

  • Approach Paper: Oversight Study: The Evolution of Administrative Spending in the I...

    May 2016

    The Board of Executive Directors is interested in exploring ways for the IDB to continue to reduce costs and increase efficiency. As part of OVE's work program and budget discussion for 2016-17, the Board requested that OVE include in its 2016 program a review of the Bank's administrative spending, ...

  • Corporate Evaluation: Contingent Lending Instruments

    May 2016

    Financial and economic crises and natural disasters can have serious and lasting negative effects on income and poverty, and can cause irreversible losses of physical and human capital. The welfare effects of exogenous shocks have prompted multilateral development banks, including the Inter-American...

  • Study on the Performance and Sustainability of Water and Sanitation Initiatives in...

    April 2016

    This evaluation looked at the performance and sustainability of 100 water systems that were installed in Paraguay between 2004 and 2010 as part of a project supported by the IDB. As part of the study, a technical review was conducted of the systems eight to ten years after entry into service, and in...

  • Approach Paper: Country Program Evaluation: Peru 2012-2016

    March 2016

    As part of its 2016 work plan, the Office of Evaluation and Oversight is preparing the Country Program Evaluation (CPE) for Peru for the period from June 2012 to June 2016. This document sets out the approach, scope, and methodology for the CPE. This will be the first CPE to include operations ap...

  • Approach Paper: An Evaluation of the Effects of IDB Supported BRT Systems on Mobil...

    March 2016

    Bus rapid transit (BRT) systems have become an increasingly popular approach to addressing mobility and environmental problems in urban areas in Latin America and around the world. Building on OVE's recent evaluation, this analysis of BRT Systems and Poverty in Cali and Lima aims to expand the afore...

  • Evaluation of IDB Group's Work through Financial Intermediaries: Leasing & Factori...

    March 2016

    This background paper on leasing and factoring supports a more comprehensive evaluation of the work of the Inter-American Development Bank Group through financial intermediaries in Latin America and the Caribbean and seeks to provide more detailed information on IDBG's operations supporting A2F ...

  • Evaluation of IDB Group's Work through Financial Intermediaries: SME Finance Backg...

    March 2016

    This background paper has been prepared in conjunction with a comprehensive evaluation of the work of the Inter-American Development Bank Group through financial intermediaries in Latin America and the Caribbean. The paper focuses on those IDBG operations with FIs (mostly commercial banks) that ...

  • Evaluation of IDB Group's Work through Financial Intermediaries: Trade Finance Bac...

    March 2016

    This background paper has been prepared in conjunction with a comprehensive evaluation of the work of the Inter-American Development Bank Group through financial intermediaries in Latin America and the Caribbean. This paper analyses a sample of trade finance program operations in the IDBG.

  • Evaluation of IDB Group's Work through Financial Intermediaries: Housing Finance B...

    March 2016

    This background paper has been prepared in conjunction with a comprehensive evaluation of the work of the Inter-American Development Bank Group through financial intermediaries in Latin America and the Caribbean. The purpose of this background paper is to provide additional (and more detailed) in...

  • Evaluation of IDB Group's Work through Financial Intermediaries: Environmental and...

    March 2016

    This background paper on environmental and social safeguards is part of the overall evaluation of the work of the Inter-American Development Bank Group through financial intermediaries. It focuses on IDBG's environmental and social safeguards policy framework as it applies to FI operations, and IDBG...

  • Evaluation of IDB Group's Work through Financial Intermediaries: Benchmarking of D...

    March 2016

    In 2015, the Office of Evaluation and Oversight conducted an evaluation of the financial intermediary operations of the Inter-American Development Bank Group. The evaluation included an examination of other development finance institutions (DFIs) working with FIs in Latin America and the Caribbean t...

  • Evaluation of IDB Group's Work through Financial Intermediaries: Green Lending Bac...

    March 2016

    This document has been prepared in conjunction with a comprehensive evaluation of the work of the Inter-American Development Bank Group through financial intermediaries in Latin America and the Caribbean. It reviewed the general portfolio of green lending operations and looked in detail at 3 specif...

  • Evaluation of IDB Group's Work through Financial Intermediaries

    March 2016

    This evaluation assesses the lending of the Inter-American Development Bank Group (IDBG) through financial intermediaries (FIs) from 2005 to 2014. It focuses on FI operations, an instrument IDBG uses to increase access to finance (A2F) in Latin American and the Caribbean (LAC) by supporting lending...

  • OVE Annual Report 2015: Technical Note: Design and Use of Policy-Based Loans at th...

    February 2016

    This technical note was prepared by IDB's Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE) as an input for OVE's 2015 Annual Report. The paper takes an integral look at IDB policy-based lending, a key instrument that has featured in individual OVE evaluations, including Country Program Evaluations and compa...

  • OVE Annual Report 2015: Summary of Activities and Analysis of Policy-Based Lending...

    February 2016

    This is the second time the Office of Evaluation and Oversight at the Inter-American Development Bank prepares an Annual Report. As in last year's report, the first part provides a brief overview of the evaluation work OVE undertook in 2015. The second part addresses a special topic of current relev...

  • Approach Paper: Evaluation of Contingent Lending at the IDB

    February 2016

    In recent years, the IDB has created several contingent lending instruments designed to anticipate needs caused by external economic shocks or natural disasters. The Board of Executive Directors has requested OVE to study the recent use of contingent lending at the Bank, providing inputs to SPD's fo...

  • Approach Paper: Country Program Evaluation: Trinidad and Tobago 2011-2015

    February 2016

    As part of its 2015-16 work plan, the Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE) is preparing the evaluation of the Inter-American Development Bank's (IDB) country program with Trinidad and Tobago for the period January 2011-December 2015. This paper sets out the proposed approach and methodology for ...

  • Approach Paper: Country Program Evaluation: Haiti (2011-2015)

    December 2015

    As part of its 2015 annual work plan, the Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE) is preparing the evaluation of the Bank's country program with Haiti for the period 2011-2015. This paper sets out the proposed approach and methodology for the planned Country Program Evaluation (CPE), OVE's third fo...

  • Approach Paper: Country Program Evaluation: Suriname (2011-2015)

    December 2015

    As part of its 2015 annual work plan, the Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE) is preparing the evaluation of the Bank's country program with Suriname for the period January 2011-December 2015. This paper sets out the proposed approach and methodology for the planned Country Program Evaluation (...

  • Comparative Case Studies: Review of IDB Institutional Support to the Conditional C...

    November 2015

    This document is part of the comparative evaluations developed by the Office of Evaluation and Oversight on projects financed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). This evaluation analyzes the support provided by the IDB for the implementation of conditional cash transfer (CCT) programs in t...

  • Brief: Comparative Case Studies: Review of IDB Institutional Support to the Condit...

    November 2015

    This document presents a summary of the Comparative Case Study: Review of IDB Institutional Support to the Conditional Cash Transfer in Three Lower-Middle-Income Countries developed by the Office of Evaluation and Oversight at the Inter-American Development Bank.

  • Country Program Evaluation: Uruguay 2010-2015

    November 2015

    As part of its 2015 annual work plan, the Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE) has prepared the Bank's country program evaluation (CPE) with Uruguay for the period 2010-2015. This CPE is the third occasion on which OVE has evaluated the Bank's country program with Uruguay. The previous evaluatio...

  • Brief: Country Program Evaluation Brazil 2011-2014

    October 2015

    This document presents a summary of the evaluation by the Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE) of the Country Program of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB, or the Bank) with Brazil over the period 2011-2014.

  • Evaluation of PROCIDADES

    October 2015

    This report presents the findings of the independent assessment of PROCIDADES a facility for financing integrated urban interventions by lending directly to Brazilian municipalities. As the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB, or the Bank) moves forward with its strategy of strengthening its engage...

  • Country Program Evaluation: Brazil (2011-2014)

    October 2015

    This document presents an evaluation by the Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE) of the Country Program of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB, or the Bank) with Brazil over the period 2011-2014. This Country Program Evaluation (CPE) is the fourth independent evaluation of the Bank's progra...

  • Country Program Evaluation: Bolivia (2011-2015)

    October 2015

    This document presents the results of the IDB Country Program Evaluation (CPE) with Bolivia for the 2011-2015 period. It is the third independent evaluation of the IDB's program with Bolivia. The first CPE covered the 2004-2007 period, which was marked by a process of political transition. This culm...

  • Review of the Pilot Phase of the IDB's New Recommendations Tracking System

    September 2015

    Since the establishment of the Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE) in 1999, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has made significant strides in meeting the good practice standards established by the Evaluation Co-operation Group (ECG) that represents the evaluation arms of the major multi...

  • Approach Paper: Country Program Evaluation: Argentina (2009-2015)

    August 2015

    This document defines the scope and methodology of the evaluation of the IDB Country Program with the Government of Argentina for the 2009-2015 period. This evaluation will seek to analyze the Bank's relationship with the country from an independent and comprehensive perspective, with particular ref...

  • Review of the Bank's Support to Agriculture, 2002-2014: Evidence from Key Thematic...

    July 2015

    The objective of this evaluation is to assess the role of the Inter-American Development Bank's (IDB or Bank) support to agricultural development in the region since 2002. It reviews the relevance of IDB's overall support and the relevance, implementation, and effectiveness of selected projects in t...

  • Comparative Project Evaluation of Agriculture Health and Food Safety: Annex 3

    June 2015

    This is the third of seven detailed reports published with the evaluation Review of the Bank's Support to Agriculture, 2002-2014: Evidence from Key Thematic Areas conducted by the Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE). The objective of this note is to analyze the support that the IDB provided to ...

  • Food Security in LAC: Evaluation of the Focus of the IDB's Agriculture Portfolio: ...

    June 2015

    This is the first of seven detailed reports published with the evaluation Review of the Bank's Support to Agriculture, 2002-2014: Evidence from Key Thematic Areas, conducted by the Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE). This first annex analyses food security as an IDB strategic objective and rev...

  • Comparative Project Evaluation of Direct Support to Producers: Annex 2

    June 2015

    This is the second of seven detailed reports published with the evaluation Review of the Bank's Support to Agriculture, 2002-2014: Evidence from Key Thematic Areas conducted by the Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE). This second annex evaluates a number of projects, approved between 2002 and 2...

  • Comparative Case Studies of Three IDB-supported Urban Transport Projects

    June 2015

    Bus rapid transit (BRT) systems have become an increasingly popular approach to addressing mobility and environmental problems in urban areas in Latin America and around the world. In line with this trend, the IDB's support for BRT projects as well as other urban transport in Latin America and the C...

  • Brief: Comparative Case Studies of Three IDB-supported Urban Transport Projects

    June 2015

    This document presents a summary of the evaluation "Comparative Case Studies of Three IDB-supported Urban Transport Projects" completed by the Office of Evaluation and Oversight at the Inter-American Development Bank.

  • Comparative Case Studies of Three IDB-supported Urban Transport Projects: Cali Cas...

    June 2015

    This case study presents the main findings and lessons learned from implementing a BRT system in Cali, to inform a larger comparative case study evaluation of IDB-supported integrated mass transit projects. The case study seeks to identify factors that affected success and created challenges and bar...

  • Comparative Case Studies of Three IDB-supported Urban Transport Projects: Lima Cas...

    June 2015

    This case study, an input to a comparative project evaluation of IDB-supported urban transport projects, examines the project's design, implementation, results, and sustainability. It starts by presenting the context for the project and describing the project and IDB's participation. It then evaluat...

  • Comparative Case Studies of Three IDB-supported Urban Transport Projects: Montevid...

    June 2015

    This case study evaluates the design, implementation, and results of the IDB-supported exclusive and preferential bus corridors financed in Montevideo through the Montevideo Urban Transportation Program, approved in 2008. It is part of the comparative urban transport evaluation conducted by the Offi...

  • Measuring Project Performance at the IDB: Recent Developments in the PCR and XPSR ...

    June 2015

    This report discusses the most recent developments in the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB, or the Bank) on measuring project performance. It has two objectives: to review the overall design of the new Project Completion Report (PCR) system for public sector operations and the Expanded Project S...

  • Country Program Evaluation: Panama (2010-2014)

    May 2015

    This Country Program Evaluation (CPE) is the third independent evaluation of the country program of the Inter-American Development Bank (the Bank) with Panama. Past evaluations covered the periods 1991-2003 (RE-305), when the country was transitioning to full control of its prime economic asset, th...

  • Approach Paper: OVE Annual Report 2015

    May 2015

    The Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE) has committed to produce its second annual report as part of its 2015 Board-approved work plan (RE-479-1). This approach paper sets out the proposed approach, drawing on lessons from the first exercise in 2014 and on suggestions made by the Board of Execu...

  • Country Program Evaluation: Colombia (2011-2014)

    May 2015

    This document presents an evaluation by the Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE) of the Country Program of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB, or the Bank) with Colombia over the period 2011-2014. According to the Bank's Protocol for Country Program Evaluations (CPEs) (RE-348-3), the main ...

  • Approach Paper: Evaluation of IDB Group's Work through Financial Intermediaries

    May 2015

    This document describes OVE's approach to evaluating the work of IDB Group (IDBG) through financial intermediaries (FIs). In OVE's 2015-2016 Work Program and Budget (RE-479-1), the IDB's Board of Executive Directors requested OVE to conduct an evaluation of "financial sector credit lines supported b...

  • Approach Paper: Assessing Impacts of Productive Development Programs at the Firm L...

    May 2015

    As part of the Office of Evaluation and Oversight's (OVE) Work Program, OVE will conduct a comparative analysis of the main types of firm productivity enhancement-oriented programs (or productive development programs, PDPs) supported by the IDB Group (or Bank) in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC...

  • Approach Paper: Comparative Evaluation of Three Green Lending Projects

    May 2015

    This paper outlines an in-depth evaluation of three private sector green lending projects of the Bank. It complements the broader Evaluation of IDB Group's Work through Financial Intermediaries being done concurrently, which will review the broader portfolio of credit lines approved by all of the pu...

  • Approach Paper: Country Program Evaluation: Uruguay 2010-2015

    April 2015

    As part of its 2015 annual work plan, the Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE) is preparing a country program evaluation (CPE) with Uruguay for the period 2010-2015. This approach paper defines the scope of the evaluation. This CPE is the third occasion on which OVE has evaluated the Bank's coun...

  • Office of Evaluation and Oversight Annual Report 2013-2014: Evaluation Overview an...

    March 2015

    This first Annual Report reviews the past two years of OVE's work, 2013-2014. It is designed in two parts. Part I reports on OVE's recent evaluation activities and findings, on developments in the Bank's evaluation "architecture" (including management self-evaluations and OVE validations) during the...

  • Approach Paper: Country Program Evaluation: Bolivia (2011-2015)

    February 2015

    This document describes the scope and methodology for the Bank's Country Program Evaluation (CPE) with the Government of Bolivia for the 2011-2015 period. The evaluation methodology will include quantitative analysis, based on statistical information and administrative data from projects, and qual...

  • Approach Paper: Country Program Evaluation: Brazil (2011-2014)

    February 2015

    The Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE) is preparing, as part of its 2015 annual work plan, an evaluation of the country program with Brazil, covering the period 2011-2014. This Approach Paper introduces the scope and methodology for the planned Country Program Evaluation (CPE) and provides a b...

  • Country Program Evaluation: El Salvador (2009-2014)

    January 2015

    This country program evaluation (CPE) was conducted during the preparation of a new country strategy with El Salvador for the 2015-2019 period. The evaluation therefore includes the findings from the strategy in effect from 2010 to 2014 (document GN-2575). According to the country program evaluat...

  • Country Program Evaluation: Costa Rica (2011-2014)

    January 2015

    This document presents the results of the evaluation of the Bank's country program with Costa Rica for the period 2011-2014. This is the fourth time the Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE) has provided an independent review of the Bank's program with Costa Rica. The first Country Program Evalua...

  • Evaluation of Special Programs Financed by Ordinary Capital

    December 2014

    The Board of Directors of the Inter-American Development Bank has requested that the Office of Evaluation and Oversight undertake an evaluation of Special Programs (SP) as part of its 2014 work program. The evaluation seeks to shed light on whether the current practice and arrangements for allocatin...

  • Country Program Evaluation: Jamaica 2009-2014

    November 2014

    This document presents an evaluation by the Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE) of the Country Program of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB, or the Bank) with Jamaica over the period 2009-2014. It is OVE's third independent assessment of the Bank's program in Jamaica. Past evaluations co...

  • Climate Change at the IDB: Building Resilience and Reducing Emissions

    November 2014

    Climate change (CC) poses important risks to development in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). Climate adaptation can limit the negative impacts and is important in achieving sustainable development and equity, including poverty reduction and economic growth. Integrating climate change mitigatio...

  • Independent Evaluation of the Climate Investment Funds: Summary

    November 2014

    This is the Executive Summary of the recently completed evaluation of the Climate Investment Funds. The evaluation was prepared by a consulting firm selected and supervised by a joint working group of the independent evaluation offices of five Multilateral Development Bank (MDBs) -ADB, AfDB, EBRD, I...

  • Approach Paper: Evaluation of PROCIDADES

    November 2014

    Since the creation of the facility, 22 projects for over US$500 million have been approved, and about half of the approved amounts have been either disbursed or cancelled. Therefore, the time is now ripe for taking stock of the PROCIDADES facility. In doing so, OVE's independent evaluation will not ...

  • Country Program Evaluation: Honduras 2011-2014

    October 2014

    This Country Program Evaluation (CPE) with Honduras covers the period between January 2011 and April 2014 and is the fourth occasion on which the Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE) has evaluated the Bank's program with the country. Previous evaluations covered the periods 1990-2000 (document R...

  • A Comparative Analysis of IDB Approaches Supporting SMEs: Assessing Results in the...

    October 2014

    The Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE) of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB, or the Bank) conducted an impact evaluation to assess the effectiveness of the main types of programs through which IDB has supported small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Latin America and the Caribbean...

  • Background Paper: Agriculture and Natural Resources Sector

    October 2014

    In LAC the principal sources of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions are land use change and agricultural activities, particularly cattle ranching (methane emissions) on converted land and natural grasslands. Although the land use change emissions have diminished over the last decade, together these sourc...

  • Background Paper: Disaster Risk Reduction

    October 2014

    The frequency of natural disasters, such as floods, droughts, hurricanes, and earthquakes, is increasing in LAC as in the rest of the world. During the 1960s and 1970s, fewer than 20 disasters occurred per year, while during the 2000s the average increased to 50 disasters per year. This sector stud...

  • Background Paper: Energy Sector

    October 2014

    In the global context, LAC is one of the regions known to produce the lowest levels of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions from the transformation and use of energy. Levels of GHG in LAC represent 5% of global emissions in the energy sector. OVE's sectorial study evaluates the IDB's actions in the secto...

  • Background Paper: Transport Sector

    October 2014

    Between 2000 and 2009, emissions from transport in the Region increased by 12% on a per capita basis, while increasing less than 2% globally. Although per capita emissions in LAC are still low relative to those in developed countries, transport emissions in Europe and the United States are stabilizi...

  • Background Paper: LAC Small Island Development States

    October 2014

    Despite the many differences among Caribbean nations, Climate Change (CC) poses a serious threat to them all. Average temperatures in the Region have increased by 0.1° to 0.2°C per decade over the past three decades and rainfall patterns have shifted, with the number of consecutive dry days expected...

  • Approach Paper: Country Program Evaluation: Colombia (2011-2014)

    July 2014

    As part of its 2014 annual work plan, the Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE) is preparing its evaluation of the country program with Colombia for the period spanning January 2011 to June 2014. This document sets out the proposed approach and planned methodology for the country program evalua...

  • Approach Paper: Special Programs Evaluation

    July 2014

    The evaluation seeks to shed light on whether the current practice and arrangements for allocating $100 million from Ordinary Capital (OC) net income to 19 Special Programs (SPs) is an effective way to support technical cooperation to help address priority social and economic development needs in th...

  • Country Program Evaluation: Chile (2011-2013)

    June 2014

    This Country Program Evaluation (CPE) with Chile covers the 2011-2013 period and is the third occasion on which the Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE) has evaluated the Bank's program with the country. The previous evaluations covered the periods 1995- 2005 (document RE-320) and 2006-2010 (doc...

  • Approach paper: Country Program Evaluation: Panama (2010-2014)

    June 2014

    As part of its annual work plan, the Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE) will evaluate the Bank's country program with Panama for the period 2010-2014. This paper defines the approach and methodology for the planned Country Program Evaluation (CPE). This is the third independent evaluation of t...

  • Approach paper: Country Program Evaluation: El Salvador (2009-2014)

    June 2014

    As part of its 2014 annual work plan, the Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE) is preparing the evaluation of the Country Program with El Salvador for the 2009-2014 period, during which the country strategy for 2010-2014 was approved and implemented. This CPE seeks to analyze the Bank's relation...

  • Approach Paper: Comparative Case Studies: Review of IDB Support to Conditional Cas...

    June 2014

    The IDB has been one of the main supporters of the large expansion of conditional cash transfers (CCTs) in Latin America and the Caribbean over the last 15 years. These programs are designed to tackle poverty by encouraging certain outcomes, such as keeping children in school and attending health ch...

  • Inter-American Investment Corporation: Tenth Annual Independent Validation Report ...

    June 2014

    This is the tenth consecutive year that IIC has contractually engaged OVE to support it in implementing a standardized system to account for the developmental and financial results of its investment projects. This system - within which reports like the present one serve to record the results of succ...

  • Approach Paper: Country Program Evaluation: Costa Rica (2011-2014)

    June 2014

    This approach paper defines the scope and objectives of, and tools for, the Costa Rica Country Program Evaluation (CPE) for the 2011-2014 period. This evaluation covers the 2011-2014 period, during which the debate over the country's growth model sharpened. This evaluation will be governed by OVE's ...

  • Study on the Development of the Renewable Energy Market in Latin America and the C...

    June 2014

    The region of Latin America and the Caribbean is already a global low-carbon leader in terms of power generation from hydrological and biomass resources, and it recently has made great strides in developing its other renewable energy sources. Declining costs, maturing technologies, and vast untapped...

  • Second Independent Evaluation of the Japanese Trust Funds at the IDB

    May 2014

    This evaluation was conducted by IDB's Independent Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE) at the request of the Japan Executive Director's Office at the IDB, on behalf of the Government of Japan (GoJ). The purpose of the evaluation was to assess the results obtained with JTF financing and to point...

  • Approach Paper: Country Program Evaluation: Honduras (2011-2014)

    May 2014

    As part of its 2014 annual work plan, the Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE) is preparing the Country Program Evaluation (CPE) with Honduras for the period 2011-2014. This approach paper defines the evaluation's scope. This CPE therefore aims to analyze the Bank's relationship with the countr...

  • Approach Paper: OVE Annual Report

    May 2014

    This paper describes OVE's approach to the preparation of its 2014 Annual Report. As discussed in OVE's Proposed 2014-2015 Work Program and Budget (RE-462), OVE's annual reports will describe routine OVE activities, summarize keyevaluation findings and recommendations in the context of development ...

  • Approach Paper: Review of Bank Support to Agriculture in Latin America and the Car...

    May 2014

    The objective of the evaluation will be to assess the relevance, implementation, and effectiveness of the Bank's support to agricultural development in the region since 2002, with a particular emphasis on projects that aim to increase productivity, competitiveness, and incomes for farmers. To evalua...

  • Approach Paper: Country Program Evaluation: Jamaica (2009-2014)

    May 2014

    As part of its 2014 annual work plan, the Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE) is preparing the evaluation of the country program with Jamaica for the period 2009-2014. This paper sets out the proposed approach to and methodology for the planned Country Program Evaluation (CPE), which represents...

  • Country Program Evaluation: Barbados 2010-2013

    March 2014

    This Country Program Evaluation (CPE) is the third independent evaluation of the Inter-American Development Bank's (IDB's) Country Program with Barbados. This CPE spans December 2009 to October 2013, a period marked by a substantial increase in central government debt and decreasing tourism receipts...

  • Evaluation of the Results of the Realignment

    March 2014

    The Realignment defined four key goals to respond to a perceived loss of Bank relevance and presence in LAC: sharpening sector focus and expertise, sharpening country focus, strengthening risk- and results-based management, and enhancing institutional efficiency. To achieve these goals, it proposed ...

  • Evaluation of the Results of the Realignment Background Paper: Organizational Chan...

    March 2014

    This paper analyzes the effects of the Realignment process of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) on internal collaboration outcomes. Network analysis methods are used to depict social networks and to measure the degree of collaboration between IDB employees at different points in time. Dra...

  • Evaluation of the Results of the Realignment Background Paper: Composition and Dyn...

    March 2014

    In 2006, the Board of Governors of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB, or the Bank) authorized a major restructuring of the Bank (the "Realignment") to address the perceived loss of relevance and presence of the institution in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). The Realignment introduce...

  • Development Effectiveness Overview (DEO) 2013

    March 2014

    The Development Effectiveness Overview (DEO) is an annual report produced by the IDB to show the results and impact of its work in Latin America and the Caribbean. It reports on the IDB's contributions towards the development of its 26 borrowing member countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, h...

  • IDB's Response to Key Challenges in Citizen Security, 1998-2012

    March 2014

    The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB, or the Bank) has been involved in citizen security projects for almost two decades. Since 1999, strategic Bank documents have highlighted the importance of citizen security for the continued development of the region. Over the past 15 years the Bank has appr...

  • Approach Paper: Country Program Evaluation: Chile (2011-2013)

    February 2014

    As part of its 2014 annual work plan, the Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE) is preparing the evaluation of the country program with Chile for the period 2011-2013. This approach paper defines the scope of that evaluation. This CPE seeks to examine the Bank's relationship with the country from...

  • Land Regularization and Administration Projects: A Comparative Evaluation

    February 2014

    The main objective of this evaluation is to identify elements that have contributed to the greater or lesser success of a number of land regularization and administration projects; it also seeks, on the basis of these, to identify aspects of both design and execution that warrant special attention i...

  • Country Program Evaluation: Paraguay (2009-2013)

    February 2014

    This document is the evaluation of the IDB's Country Program with Paraguay for the 2009-2013 period. The period evaluated here (hereinafter, the 'review period') was characterized by a political crisis and the intensification of the agricultural export model. This evaluation has been conducted in ac...

  • Approach Paper: Sustainability of Water and Sanitation Interventions in Rural Area...

    January 2014

    The objective of the evaluation is to measure the sustainability of the Bank's interventions in the supply of water and sanitation services financed by the Water Supply and Sanitation Program for Small Communities (PR-0118). The evaluation starts by considering that, in order to achieve the developm...

  • Evaluability Review of Bank Projects 2012

    December 2013

    The importance of evaluation as a tool to promote learning and improve effectiveness has been extensively recognized in the Bank and reflected in the attention given to evaluability. As a consequence, OVE is required by the IDB-9 Agreement to report annually on the evaluability of the Bank's portfol...

  • Country Program Evaluation: Dominican Republic (2009-2013)

    October 2013

    This Country Program Evaluation (CPE) for the Dominican Republic covers the period 2009-2013. The evaluation is structured into four chapters, plus annexes. Chapter I analyzes the general context in the country from two perspectives. First, the structural characteristics of the country's growth mode...

  • Approach Paper: Country Program Evaluation: Barbados (2010-2013)

    October 2013

    This approach paper summarizes the scope, methodological approach and main evaluation questions for the proposed assessment of the Bank's program with the Government of Barbados during the 2010-2013 period.

  • Review of IDB Support to Secondary Education: Improving Access Quality and Institu...

    October 2013

    This evaluation seeks to determine the extent to which the Bank supported equitable access to secondary education, improvements in secondary education quality, and reforms of education institutions to improve management capacity. In addition, it describes the approaches taken and examines the result...

  • Industrial Clusters and Economic Performance in Brazil

    October 2013

    Industrial clusters, which are commonly targeted to receive financial support allocated to locally based development projects, are seen as an effective industrial policy tool for improving productivity and generating employment. Nevertheless, identifying clusters and assessing their economic perform...

  • Fifth Independent Evaluation of SCF's Expanded Project Supervision Report Exercise...

    September 2013

    Each year the Structured and Corporate Finance Department (SCF) of the Inter-American Development Bank prepares a set of Expanded Project Supervision Reports (XPSRs). This Fifth Independent Evaluation Report presents the annual independent validation of the XPRSs by the Office of Evaluation and Over...

  • Approach Paper: Climate Change and IDB: Building Resilience and Reducing Emissions...

    August 2013

    This evaluation from the Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE) documents and draws lessons from what the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has done over the past decade with a view to making a strong future contribution to increasing climate-change resilience and reducing GHG emissions in L...

  • Approach Paper: Citizen Security in Latin America and the Caribbean: IDB's Compara...

    July 2013

    This approach paper identifies the rationale, the main evaluative questions, and the methods to be used for an evaluation by the Inter-American Development Bank's Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE) on Citizen Security in Latin America and the Caribbean. The evaluation is the second in a two-st...

  • Approach paper: Comparative Case Studies: IDB Supported Urban Transport Projects

    June 2013

    The IDB's support for Urban Transportation projects in Latin America has grown rapidly in recent years, with annual lending volume for the urban transport sector growing by 36% from 2005 to 2012, comprising more than 20 percent of the transport sector lending portfolio by 2012. This support is like...

  • The Implementation Challenge: Lessons From Five Citizen Security Projects

    June 2013

    Successful implementation is necessary for projects and programs to be effective. In this comparative project evaluation, OVE analyzes the effectiveness of the implementation strategy of five IDB-supported citizen security projects in Central America and the Caribbean. The evaluation uses evidence a...

  • Approach Paper: Country Program Evaluation: Dominican Republic (2009-2013)

    June 2013

    The Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE) is preparing the Country Program Evaluation (CPE) for the Dominican Republic for the period 2009-2013. This approach paper defines the evaluation's scope. This CPE ims to analyze the Bank's relationship with the country, taking an independent and holis...

  • Approach Paper: Country Program Evaluation: Paraguay (2009-2013)

    June 2013

    This approach paper defines the scope and content of the Paraguay country program evaluation (CPE) for the period 2009-2013. This is the third time the Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE) has provided an independent look at the Bank¿s program with Paraguay. The current evaluation covers the 200...

  • Tracer Study of Beneficiaries of Youth-targeted Social Prevention Programs: The Ca...

    June 2013

    The Inter-American Development Bank's (IDB) Office of Evaluation and Oversight Office (OVE) is conducting comparative assessments of citizen security in Central America and the Caribbean to better understand what has worked more and less well during project implementation, as well as the reasons for...

  • Life Histories of At-risk Youth in Jamaica

    June 2013

    In order to improve understanding of Jamaica's Citizen Security and Justice Program (CSJP) youth targeted interventions, the Office of Evaluation and Oversight Office (OVE) of the he Inter-American Development Bank's (IDB) commissioned a series of life histories of participants in the programme. The...

  • Violence and Crime in Nicaragua: A Country Profile

    June 2013

    The Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE) conducted an evaluation of a cluster of citizen security projects. The main objective was to identify what factors explained the implementation performance of the projects, and what lessons could be learned from these experiences. This Background Paper pr...

  • Approach Paper: Evaluation of the Results of the Realignment

    May 2013

    The realignment was proposed to remedy the loss of relevance and presence of the Bank in Latin America and the Caribbean because it had been unable to adapt to: (i) greater access by the countries to alternative sources of financing, (ii) the appearance of new actors, such as subnational governments...

  • Approach Paper: A Comparative Analysis of SME Models Supported by IDB: The Case o...

    April 2013

    The evaluation of the effectiveness of SME-oriented projects has gained particular relevance in recent years, as they have been used as an instrument to help achieve IDB's strategic goals, defined by the IDB's Ninth General Capital Increase (IDB-9) mandate, such as poverty reduction and competitiven...

  • Approach Paper: Evaluability Review of Bank Projects 2012

    March 2013

    In 2011 OVE began using the DEM and the self-evaluation system as a way to assess the evaluability of the Bank's portfolio by validating the DEMs of a sample of projects. The first exercise was used as pilot to set the standards OVE would use and to inform the Board and Management of the new approac...

  • Mid-term Evaluation of IDB-9 Commitments: Overview

    March 2013

    In 2010 the Governors of the IDB approved two formal agreements -the "Cancun Declaration" and the "Report on the Ninth General Increase in the Resources of the Inter-American Development Bank"- leading to the Bank's Ninth General Capital Increase (IDB-9). These agreements tied IDB-9 to a series of r...

  • IDB-9: Assessment of the Social Strategy for Equity and Productivity

    March 2013

    The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB, or Bank), as part of its Ninth General Capital Increase (IDB-9), committed to prepare strategic documents for one of its priority areas, social policy for equity and productivity. This paper assesses whether that requirement was implemented fully and effecti...

  • IDB-9: Competitive Regional and Global International Integration

    March 2013

    Trade and regional integration in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) have been constant goals of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB, or Bank) since its inception. While the Bank has historically had a very active role in policy discussions with and technical assistance to countries on these...

  • IDB-9: Combating Fraud and Corruption

    March 2013

    This report reviews the implementation of the measures the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB or Bank) has taken in the three strategic pillars of the anticorruption agenda: (i) strengthen the prevention of fraud and corruption in Bank operations; (ii) support transparency and anticorruption effor...

  • IDB-9: Country Programming

    March 2013

    This paper analyzes whether IDB-9 requirements surrounding the country programming process of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB, or Bank) are being implemented fully and effectively. The country programming process includes two documents: the Country Strategy, which provides a multiyear overv...

  • IDB-9: Country Systems

    March 2013

    The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB, or Bank), in its Ninth General Capital Increase (IDB-9), committed to improve country systems in order to increase their use in programs financed by Bank resources. This report examines the implementation of that commitment. It assesses the Country Systems S...

  • IDB-9: Access to Information

    March 2013

    Following up on the IDB-9 commitments, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB, or Bank) established a new Access to Information Policy that took effect on January 1, 2011. The new policy was expected to match international best practices and to increase the overall transparency of the Bank, streng...

  • IDB-9: Corporate Results Framework

    March 2013

    In IDB-9 the Board of Governors of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB or Bank) mandated implementation of a corporate results framework (CRF), leading to greater emphasis on results throughout the Bank. This background paper responds to the Governors' request that the Office of Evaluation and ...

  • IDB-9: Financial and Risk Management

    March 2013

    This paper analyzes whether the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB, or Bank) has fully and effectively implemented the IDB-9 requirements related to risk and financial management. IDB-9 included four requirements in this area: (i) adopt a rule-based Income Management Model (IMM); (ii) implement th...

  • IDB-9: Evaluation of IDB-9 Commitments for Haiti

    March 2013

    The objective of this report is to assess the full and effective implementation of the Bank's support to Haiti in the wake of the 2010 earthquake, in fulfillment of the mandates of IDB-9, which included full debt forgiveness, delivery of concessional resources in 2010, and expansion of the Bank's Gr...

  • IDB-9: Human Resources Processes

    March 2013

    This evaluation assesses the implementation of Inter-American Development Bank (IDB, or Bank) commitments related to the human resources (HR) policies set out in the 2007 realignment and IDB-9. Under these commitments, the Bank is required to continue improving its organizational efficiency and capa...

  • IDB-9: Integrated Business Solution: Program Optima

    March 2013

    During 2008 and 2009, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB, or Bank) assessed and documented shortcomings and constraints in its information technology (IT) capabilities, and in 2008 it created the IT Roadmap project (later Program Optima) to address these issues. As part of the IDB-9 Report, t...

  • IDB-9: Lending Instruments

    March 2013

    The IDB-9 Agreement asks whether the financial instruments of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) are properly aligned with the needs of clients. Before the global financial crisis, the Bank's concern was with the competitiveness of IDB financing; as borrowers gained increased access to global...

  • IDB-9: Operational Performance and Budget

    March 2013

    In IDB-9 the Board of Governors of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) mandated the adoption of a results-based budgeting process (RBB) that would be aligned to and would help achieve the key performance targets of the Corporate Results Framework (CRF), as well as improve accountability and tr...

  • IDB-9: Review of the IDB Institutions for Growth and Social Welfare Strategy

    March 2013

    This paper reviews the 2011 Sector Strategy on Institutions for Growth and Social Welfare (SIGS) of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB, or Bank). The Strategy was produced as a requirement of the IDB-9 agreement. The review finds that the Strategy replicates a number of patterns observed in p...

  • IDB-9 Survey: Overview of the Results

    March 2013

    This document describes the results of the Ninth General Capital Increase Survey (IDB-9 Survey). This was an electronic survey sent by the Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE) to all operational staff of the Bank between September 20 and October 4, 2012. The goal of the survey was to measure the...

  • IDB-9: The Development Effectiveness Framework and Overview

    March 2013

    The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB or Bank) has worked hard to increase its capacity to report on results. The importance of this issue is reflected in many of the requirements that stem from the Ninth General Capital Increase (IDB-9) process. The IDB-9 Agreement mandates that the IDB report o...

  • IDB-9: Environmental and Social Safeguards, Including Gender Policy

    March 2013

    This paper reviews to what extent and how effectively the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB, or Bank) is implementing the IDB-9 requirements pertaining to environmental and social safeguards policies. The Bank's commitment to sustainability is enshrined in the Environmental and Safeguards Complia...

  • IDB-9: IDB Integrated Strategy for Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation, and S...

    March 2013

    This paper reviews the Inter-American Development Bank¿s Integrated Strategy for Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation, and Sustainable and Renewable Energy (CCS). The Strategy was produced as a requirement of the IDB-9 Agreement and approved by Board of Executive Directors in March 2011. Managem...

  • IDB-9: Macroeconomic Sustainability Assessments

    March 2013

    One of the most debated parts of the IDB-9 Agreement was the requirement that the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB or Bank) enhance its macroeconomic analysis and link it to its country programming to avoid lending in unsustainable macroeconomic situations. The IDB-9 Agreement mandated that the ...

  • IDB-9: Assessment of IDB-9's Private Sector Development Framework

    March 2013

    This background paper assesses the actions of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB, or Bank) related to private sector development (PSD) that were mandated under the Ninth General Capital Increase in Resources (IDB-9). It finds that Management has taken the necessary formal steps to address most...

  • IDB-9: Knowledge Products

    March 2013

    The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has a diverse set of knowledge products: economic and sector work, knowledge products associated with loans, and a variety of non-reimbursable technical cooperation products (TCs) funded by either income from ordinary capital or donor trust funds. With growi...

  • Country Program Evaluation: Belize (2008-2012)

    March 2013

    This Country Program Evaluation (CPE) for Belize: 2008-2012 is the third time the Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE) has evaluated the work of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB, or Bank) with Belize. The main goal of the CPE is to provide information on Bank performance at the country l...

  • Second Independent Evaluation: Multilateral Investment Fund

    February 2013

    This Final Report to Donors presents the findings of the Second Independent Evaluation of the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) conducted by the Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE) of the Inter-American Development Bank. The first independent evaluation, produced by OVE in 2003 as Donors con...

  • How is the IDB Serving Higher-Middle-Income Countries?: Borrowers' Perspective

    February 2013

    This evaluation assesses how well IDB's current mode of engagement meets the needs and expectations of countries that have relatively higher income levels and increasing access to diverse funding sources. For the purpose of this evaluation OVE selected 10 countries as case study countries using thr...

  • Country Program Evaluation: Mexico (2007-2011)

    January 2013

    This country program evaluation (CPE) covers the 2007-2011 period. This evaluation pays particular attention to the relevance of the IDB's program in relation to Mexico's fundamental challenges, as well as to the Bank's strategy developed during the period in an effort to become more relevant in Mex...

  • IDB-9: Independent Consultation and Investigation Mechanism (ICIM)

    December 2012

    This evaluation of the IDB's Independent Consultation and Investigation Mechanism (ICIM, more commonly known by its Spanish acronym MICI) responds to two separate mandates. First, the policy establishing MICI stipulates that "two years after the effective date of the Mechanism, the Board shall reque...

  • Evaluation of the Independent Consultation and Investigation Mechanism (ICIM)

    December 2012

    This evaluation of the Inter-American Development Bank's Independent Consultation and Investigation Mechanism (ICIM, more commonly known by its Spanish acronym MICI) responds to two separate mandates. First, the policy establishing MICI stipulates that "two years after the effective date of the Mech...

  • Country Program Evaluation: Guyana (2008-2012)

    November 2012

    The 2008-2012 Country Program Evaluation for Guyana concludes that the Bank's strategy was aligned with the development objectives and economic priorities of the government. Nevertheless, its program has produced mixed results. In infrastructure, progress was achieved by consolidating the primary ro...

  • Country Program Evaluation: Nicaragua (2008-2012)

    November 2012

    The 2008-2012 Country Program Evaluation (CPE) concludes that the Bank's program was programmatically aligned with Government's National Plan for Human Development and addressed five areas essential for growth and poverty reduction. The one significant omission in the Bank's program from a developme...

  • Supporting development through the private sector: The IDB Group

    November 2012

    This Brochure provides an overview of the activities of the Vice presidency for Private Sector and Non-Sovereign Guaranteed Operations. The IDB Group includes four private sector windows that offer complementary products and services: The Structured and Corporate Finance Department (SCF), The Inter-...

  • Japanese Trust Funds at the IDB - Proposal for a Second Independent OVE Evaluation...

    November 2012

    The evaluation will seek to verify to what extent the most recent batch of Japanese Trust Funds (JTF) operations meet the objectives expressed in the agreement establishing the JTF at the IDB, and their subsequent amendments and sectorial preferences. The evaluation will cover the 225 JTF projects t...

  • Partial Credit Guarantees and Firm Performance: Evidence from the Colombian Nation...

    September 2012

    This paper studies the effect of government-backed partial credit guarantees on firms' performance. These guarantees are automatically granted to firms without enough collateral in order to lift their credit constraints. We put together a panel, covering the period 1997-2007, that combines data from...

  • The Pedagogy of Science and Environment: Experimental Evidence from Peru

    September 2012

    In today's knowledge-based societies, understanding basic scientific concepts and the capacity to structure and solve scientific questions is more critical than ever. Accordingly, in this paper we test an innovative methodology for teaching science and environment in public primary schools where tra...

  • Approach Paper: Country Program Evaluation: Belize 2008-2012

    September 2012

    Belize's 2008-2012 Country Strategy approved in June 2009 stated that the IDB would continuously monitor fiscal sustainability and calibrate its financing in accordance with changing country conditions. Rather than establishing specific sectors for IDB support, the Country Strategy identified four d...

  • Implementation of the Strategy for Indigenous Development (GN-2387-5): Lessons fro...

    September 2012

    Analysis of the portfolio related to indigenous peoples in the context of the Indigenous Development Strategy (IDS) approved in 2006, shows that: (i) indigenous issues are less prevalent in Country Strategies from 2006 onward; (ii) the instrument most used to address indigenous issues is technical c...

  • Evaluation of the Fund for Special Operations during the Eighth Replenishment (199...

    September 2012

    The objective of this evaluation is to complete the assessment of the performance of IDB's concessional lending program focusing on financial and developmental results. The evaluation found that the IDB remained the largest single source of concessional financing for the five poorest countries in th...

  • Review of the Project Completion Reporting System for Sovereign Guarantee Operatio...

    July 2012

    The IDB has made important investments in results measurement and reporting mechanism over the past few years. Although significant improvements have taken place, IDB's main mechanism for reporting on project-level results, the Project Completion Report (PCR), needs to improve. The limited usefulnes...

  • Approach Paper: Evaluation of the Independent Consultation and Investigation Mecha...

    July 2012

    This approach paper describes the scope of the evaluation of the Independent Consultation and Investigation Mechanism (ICIM) by the IDB's Office of Evaluation and Oversight. The forthcoming evaluation responds to two separate mandates: (i) The policy establishing ICIM stipulates that "two years afte...

  • Fourth Independent Evaluation of SCF's Expanded Project Supervision Report Exercis...

    July 2012

    This report presents OVE's independent validation of the Expanded Project Supervision Reports fourth exercise (XPSRs), prepared by the Structured and Corporate Finance Department (SCF). The Evaluation Cooperation Group (ECG)'s guidelines require the preparation of the XPSR in the same year they reac...

  • Evaluation of Transnational Programs at the IDB

    July 2012

    This evaluation assesses IDB's role in contributing to the coordinated solution of transnational challenges during the period 2000-2011. The evaluation found that the relevance and effectiveness of IDB's Technical Cooperation program has been limited - in particular the Regional Public Good (RPG) p...

  • Evaluation of the Opportunities for the Majority Initiative

    June 2012

    The Opportunities for the Majority Initiative (OMJ) was originally set up for three years as a time-bound pilot initiative. The OMJ team has worked diligently to test the Base of the Pyramid model and develop the OMJ portfolio, and from that standpoint the initiative has been successful. Regarding O...

  • Country Program Evaluation: Ecuador (2007-2011)

    June 2012

    This evaluation reviews the relevance, efficiency and effectiveness of the IDB's Program with Ecuador for 2007-2011. The period was characterized by an important political and institutional shift in Ecuador, embodied in the new Constitution of September 2008. Working within the framework provided by...

  • 2011 Evaluability Review of Bank Projects

    June 2012

    During the last decade, the IDB has strongly promoted an agenda to increase its capacity to report on results, with a particular focus on project evaluability. The first pilot exercise to validate the Development Effectiveness Matrix (DEM) of randomly selected projects began in October 2011. The obj...

  • Approach Paper: OVE Mid-Term Evaluation of IDB-9 Commitments

    June 2012

    This approach paper describes OVE's approach to evaluating the implementation of the commitments contained in the Ninth General Increase in the Resources of the IDB (IDB-9). OVE's core objective for this evaluation will be to document the progress and effectiveness of implementation to date of the I...

  • Approach Paper: Income Dynamics in LAC: How is IDB Adapting in Higher Middle Incom...

    May 2012

    The main objective of the evaluation is to assess IDB's responsiveness and adaptability to the capacities and demands of countries with relatively higher income levels and sizeable middle classes. For the purposes of this evaluation, these countries are labeled as Higher Middle Income Countries (HMI...

  • Approach Paper: Review of IDB Support to Secondary Education-Quality and Learning ...

    May 2012

    The main objective of this evaluation is to identify lessons from IDB's support to secondary education policies and systems in LAC since 1995, with a particular focus on quality of education and learning outcomes. The evaluation will review the IDB's dialogue with countries on educational policies; ...

  • Approach Paper: Evaluation of Rural Land Titling and Regularization Projects

    April 2012

    The IDB has been working on land titling and regularization projects since its founding. A first set of projects was financed between 1960 and 1995. In 1995, a second set of projects began with the objective of regularizing land ownership and improving its administration. As of December 31, 2011, tw...

  • Approach Paper: Evaluation of the Fund for Special Operations During the Eighth Re...

    March 2012

    OVE has carried out two Fund for Special Operations (FSO) evaluations. The first, "Oversight Note on the Performance Criteria for Allocating Concessional Resources" (RE-279), was presented to the Board of Executive Directors in 2003 and provided a preliminary review of the new performance-related al...

  • Approach Paper: Violence and Crime Prevention in Latin America and the Caribbean: ...

    March 2012

    In 2012, OVE will undertake an in-depth comparative review of five citizen security projects with the objective of drawing practical lessons on what works best in the design and implementation of inter-agency, multi-level, and participatory operations to lessen crime and violence in the region. Buil...

  • Approach Paper: Country Program Evaluation: Mexico 2007-2011

    March 2012

    This approach paper describes the Country Program Evaluation (CPE) of IDB's assistance to Mexico during the five-year period 2007-2011, and it is expected to serve as input for preparation of the IDB's Country Strategy with Mexico for the period 2013-2018. In conducting CPEs, the IDB applies standar...

  • Country Program Evaluation: Guatemala: (2008-2011)

    January 2012

    This evaluation examines the IDB's Country Program with Guatemala for the 2008-2011 period. The assessment shows very positive results in terms of the program's relevance, consistency, and positioning. Delays in loan authorization by Guatemala's legislative branch may have diminished IDB's effective...

  • January 2012

    This evaluation examines the IDB's Country Program with Peru for the 2007-2011 period. Policy reforms accounted for most of the approvals in this period. These involved programmatic loans associated with non-reimbursable technical cooperation operations as financial instruments. The main outcomes id...

  • An Evaluation of the Bank's Non-Sovereign Operations with Sub-National Entities: 2...

    December 2011

    This evaluation examines the IDB's non-sovereign operations with sub-national entities during the 2007-2010 period. The delivery of loans to sub-national borrowers in this period was modest, not even near breaching the one-third ceiling. Attention to the sub-national sector is important in Latin Ame...

  • An Evaluation of One Pillar of the IDB's Knowledge and Learning Strategy: Training...

    December 2011

    This evaluation examines One Pillar of the IDB's Knowledge and Learning Strategy: Training Activities for IDB Operations Staff. The evaluation found that KNL has made significant progress since 2008 in developing and consolidating a system for organizing, coordinating and managing the IDB's training...

  • Approach Paper: Evaluation of Regional Programs at the IDB

    November 2011

    This approach paper presents the framework for the evaluation of IDB's regional operations between 2000 and 2011. The objective of the evaluation is to assess the IDB's role in identifying and contributing to the coordinated solution of transnational challenges. In this context, the evaluation will ...

  • Thematic Note: The Challenge of Integrated Watershed Management: Analysis of the B...

    October 2011

    The objective of this thematic note is to analyze IDB's actions in integrated watershed management during the period 1989-2010. The approach of the IDB's loan portfolio in this sector shifted from having an emphasis on resource management and conservation (in the 1990s) toward financial support for ...

  • Country Program Evaluation: Brazil (2007-2010)

    October 2011

    This evaluation examines the IDB's Country Program with Brazil for the 2007-2010 period. The evaluation found that the program with Brazil has been very relevant, because the IDB has been able to maintain its competitive advantage in the country by changing its business model in light of declining f...

  • An Evaluation Approach Paper: Opportunities for the Majority Initiative

    October 2011

    The objectives of the evaluation are to assess Opportunities for the Majority (OMJ)'s relevance vis-à-vis its mandate, its effectiveness in achieving development goals, its efficiency in delivering products, and the sustainability of both projects and the "business model" supported by the initiative...

  • Country Program Evaluation: Haiti (2007-2011)

    September 2011

    This evaluation examines the IDB's Country Program with Haiti for the 2007-2011 period. IDB's strategic positioning in Haiti during this period was affected by the materialization of risks identified in the 2007 Country Strategy. The 2007 Country Strategy called for the continuation of support to Ha...

  • Approach Paper: Evaluability Review of Bank Projects 2011

    September 2011

    Given the contributions of the Development Effectiveness Matrix (DEM) and the self-evaluation system of evaluability, OVE can now move away from a wholly separate system of reviewing project evaluability (as was done in 2001, 2005, and 2009). OVE can move towards a system of continuous validation, o...

  • Country Program Evaluation: Colombia (2007-2010)

    August 2011

    This evaluation examines the IDB's Country Program with Colombia for the 2007-2011 period. The evaluation found social investment and decentralization as two areas in which the IDB maintained presence and relevance during this period. In social investment, the IDB was consolidated as a stable partne...

  • Country Program Evaluation: Bolivia (2008-2010)

    May 2011

    This Country Program Evaluation (CPE) is an independent assessment of the effectiveness of the Bank's program with the Plurinational State of Bolivia (Bolivia) over the span 2008-2010. This Country Program Evaluation (CPE) is an independent assessment of the effectiveness of the Bank's program with ...

  • Country Program Evaluation: Honduras (2007-2010)

    May 2011

    This evaluation examines the IDB's Country Program with Honduras for the 2007-2010 period. This period was marked by a political crisis that halted operations with the country from June 2009 to March 2010. Honduras set out to achieve 120 development objectives in its work with the IDB during the per...

  • Self Evaluation of OVE's Work: 2001-2010

    April 2011

    This self evaluation has been prepared by the Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE) in response to a request from Executive Directors to support the work of the Independent Review Panel (IRP), which has been tasked with undertaking an external, independent review of the evaluation function at the...

  • Country Program Evaluation: Uruguay (2005-2009)

    April 2011

    This evaluation examines the IDB's Country Program with Uruguay for the 2005-2009 period. The engagement of the IDB with Uruguay during this period was relevant as the Program's objectives were aligned with the government¿s priorities, particularly regarding fiscal sustainability and social safety n...

  • Ex Post Evaluation of Mitigation Measures in the Samalayuca II and Monterrey III T...

    March 2011

    This evaluation conducts an ex post review of the mitigation measures in the Samalayuca II and Monterrey III thermal power generation projects in Mexico. In general, it can be concluded that both thermoelectric power plants took into account most of the environmental impacts and mitigation measures ...

  • Oversight Note on Credit Risk Management

    March 2011

    This evaluation examines IDB's management of credit risk of Non-Sovereign Guaranteed Operations. Although the IDB is not subject to the Principles for the Management of Credit Risk issued by the Basel Committee for Banking Supervision, these principles have been used as guidelines for this assessmen...

  • Resettlement Processes and their Socioeconomic Impact: Porce II Hydroelectric Proj...

    March 2011

    This evaluation conducted a comprehensive analysis of the long-term socioeconomic impact on the resettled population in the context of the Porce II Hydroelectric Project in Antioquia, Colombia. The evaluation's results highlight the formalization of landholdings, as well as quality improvements in h...

  • OVE's Proposal for Integrating Evaluability Review into the Bank's Quality Control...

    March 2011

    The objective of this proposal is to achieve a revised set of reliable evaluability standards to be applied to IDB's projects prior to approval. The proposal is based on the premise that the revision of the means by which the IDB ensures minimum evaluability entails changes not only to the evaluabil...

  • Ex post Evaluation of the Impact of the Environmental Mitigation Measures for the ...

    February 2011

    This evaluation helps to address the need in literature on Environmental Impact Assessment during the monitoring of operations and ex post evaluations. It helps to develop innovative methodologies for ex post environmental assessments for both the IDB and borrowers. The evaluation uses environmental...

  • OVE's Environmental Performance Review applied to the Energy Sector

    February 2011

    This review evaluates IDB's performance applying environmental safeguards to the energy sector (infrastructure), as well as IDB's review process of the environmental and social assessment conducted by borrowers. The review found consistency issues in the application of safeguards across different ty...

  • Country Program Evaluation: Suriname (2007-2010)

    January 2011

    This evaluation examines the IDB's Country Program with Suriname for the 2007-2010 period. During this period, Suriname has been characterized by good economic performance largely due to prudent macroeconomic and debt management coupled with a world-wide commodity boom. Nonetheless, given data pauci...

  • Third Independent Evaluation of Expanded Project Supervision Report (XPSR) Exercis...

    January 2011

    This report evaluates the third exercise of the Expanded Project Supervision Reports (XPSRs), prepared by the Structured and Corporate Finance Department (SCF). The exercise represents a step toward full compliance with the Evaluation Cooperation Group's (ECG) guidelines, which require the validatio...

  • Evaluation of the Fund for Special Operations during the Eighth Replenishment (199...

    October 2010

    The Inter-American Development Bank is unique among the multilateral banks in the sense that it has provided concessional funding for its member countries since its inception, with the institution of the Fund for Special Operations (FSO) in the 1959 Agreement that established the Bank. The objective...

  • Evaluability Review of Bank Projects 2009

    October 2010

    This report has demonstrated a curious paradox: the term "evaluability" has become central to the Bank's understanding of how projects should be designed, but the actual evaluability of projects has deteriorated markedly when measured using a consistent methodology applied to three cohorts of projec...

  • Crime and Violence Prevention in Latin America and the Caribbean: Evidence from ID...

    October 2010

    As part of its duties, OVE regularly conducts ex post evaluations of the activities financed by the Bank. In this case, OVE is conducting an evaluation of the first generation of citizen security projects, approved before October 2009. These projects predate the Guidelines for Program Design and Exe...

  • Do we know if the Bank's pro-poor projects benefit the poor?

    September 2010

    The Inter-American Development Bank has been committed to reducing poverty in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Bank's Institutional Strategy spells out its commitment to "contribute to the struggle against poverty and inequality in Latin America and the Caribbean, making it a first priority to i...

  • The Country Studies Initiative and its Effect on the Bank's Knowledge Strategy

    September 2010

    The Inter-American Development Bank has recognized that increasing the effectiveness of its analytical work is key to enhancing its development impact. In this context, in 2006, the Board approved the "Initiative to support country studies and improve and expand Bank loan operations" (document GN-23...

  • Is Gender Being Mainstreamed in Bank's Projects?

    September 2010

    In May 2010, the Bank presented a draft "Operational Policy on Gender Equality in Development" that, if approved, would replace its "Operational Policy on Women in Development" (OP-761). As stated in its draft document, the new Operational Policy intends to overcome a number of challenges that emerg...

  • Country Program Evaluation: Chile (2006-2010)

    September 2010

    This Country Program Evaluation (RE-380-1) covers the period 2006 to 2010. The document is organized in chapters as follows: Program Context; The Program with the Bank; Country Program Results; Delivery of the Program; Main Risks for the New Program; and Conclusions and Recommendations. Recommended ...

  • Country Program Evaluation: Dominican Republic (2004-2008)

    August 2010

    This Country Program Evaluation with the Dominican Republic (RE-371) covers the period from 2004 to 2008 and it's the second evaluation by the Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE) of the IDB's programming with the country. The analysis of the strategic relationship established by the Bank with t...

  • Country Program Evaluation: Costa Rica (2006-2010)

    June 2010

    The Bank's country strategy with Costa Rica 2006-2010 correctly identified the country's main development challenges in 2006 (the baseline used by the Bank to prepare the strategy): the difficulty of forging linkages between the most dynamic sectors and the rest of the economy as a result of differe...

  • Country Program Evaluation: Barbados (2005-2009)

    June 2010

    This report (RE-369) presents an evaluation of the Bank's Country Program in Barbados over the period 2005-2009. The evaluation is organized in the following chapters: Chapter I provides an overview of the structure of the Barbadian economy, developments that took place over the period of review, an...

  • Country Program Evaluation: Jamaica (2003-2008)

    June 2010

    This Country Program Evaluation (RE-365) covers the period 2003-2008, which was marked by the consequences of Jamaica's financial crisis which had erupted in 1995. During the crisis, the Bank remained the major multilateral partner engaged in the country. However, it underestimated the impact of the...

  • Impact Evaluation of a Program of Public Funding of Private Innovation Activities:...

    June 2010

    This report contains an evaluation of the Argentinean Technological Fund (FONTAR), whose main objective is to fund projects presented by private firms which aim at improving their competitive performance through technological innovation activities. The main goal of this evaluation is to analyze the ...

  • Does ICT Increase Years of Education?: Evidence from Peru

    May 2010

    A number of empirical studies have measured the effect of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) on test scores, yet there is a lack of empirical evidence on the effects of this type of intervention on drop-out and repetition rates, variables that have a direct impact on years of education. ...

  • IDB Action in Highway Development

    May 2010

    This study (RE-368) assesses the engagement of the Inter-American Development Bank in road infrastructure development in Latin America and the Caribbean from 1990 to 2009. It looks only at Bank support delivered for the development of intercity roads and highways, including national and departmental...

  • Does Owning Your Home Make You Happier?: Impact Evidence from Latin America

    May 2010

    In this working paper, the authors present evidence that homeowners are happier than non-homeowners and it is homeownership that causes the difference in happiness. The data used is from seventeen Latin American countries obtained from the LatinBarometer surveys. The association between homeownershi...

  • Evaluation of the Bank's Processes for Managing Technical Cooperation

    May 2010

    This evaluation (RE-364) focuses on the functionality of processes utilized by the Bank to manage all of its non-reimbursable technical cooperation activities, funded by sources other than the administrative budget of the Bank - activities that are hereafter referred to as TC. This focus on the mean...

  • Country Program Evaluation: El Salvador (2004-2008)

    February 2010

    This Evaluation (RE-360) covers the period from 2004 to 2008. El Salvador in 2004 presented an unusual challenge for the Bank in developing a strategy for future engagement. To develop a program appropriate in this context, the Bank undertook a significant diagnostic effort in partnership with a loc...

  • Country Program Evaluation: Argentina (2003-2008)

    December 2009

    This Country Program Evaluation (RE-361) focuses on the Bank's ability to adjust its programming from a context in which the demand was primarily for fast financing and crisis mitigation to a context of growth. The CPE assesses four areas customarily reviewed in these evaluations: diagnostic and con...

  • Country Program Evaluation: The Bahamas (2001-2008)

    November 2009

    This Country Program Evaluation covers two Bank strategies that spanned from 2001 to 2008. The Bahamas has the highest per capita income of any borrowing member of the Bank. The country's social indicators are not, however, commensurate with its level of income and the pattern of social and economic...

  • Country Program Evaluation: Panama (2005-2009)

    November 2009

    This Country Program Evaluation (RE-359) covers the period from 2005 to 2009. OVE's most significant recommendation stemming from the analysis is that, if this is one of the new administration's priorities, the next strategy should design an assistance program aimed at closing the gap that exists be...

  • Second Independent Evaluation of the Expanded Project Supervision Report Exercise

    September 2009

    This report evaluates the second exercise of the Expanded Project Supervision Reports (XPSR), prepared by the Structured and Corporate Finance Department (SCF) for a sampling of 14 projects --13 loans and one guarantee. All projects were approved between 2000 and 2003, and they were selected based o...

  • The Impact of Technology Adoption on Agricultural Productivity: The Case of the Do...

    September 2009

    This paper is part of the project 'Ex-post Evaluation of the IDB Agricultural Technology Uptake Programs.' This paper evaluates the impact of agricultural extension services in the Dominican Republic and analyzes the direct impact of the Program for Technological Support in the Agricultural Sector (...

  • Improving Technology Adoption in Agriculture through Extension Services: Evidence ...

    August 2009

    This paper analyzes the impact of the Farm Modernization and Development Program (PREDEG) on the technology uptake and productivity of Uruguayan farmers. Using a unique panel dataset, the authors combine propensity score matching techniques and fixed effects models to estimate the program's impact. ...

  • Evaluation Findings Regarding IDB-8 Guidance and Implications for Future Capital I...

    July 2009

    As shareholders contemplate a new capital increase for the Bank, members of the Board of Executive Directors have asked OVE to produce a summary of evaluation findings related to implementing the guidance provided by Governors since 1994. It has evaluated country programs in every borrowing member c...

  • Country Program Evaluation: Paraguay (2003-2008)

    July 2009

    This Country Program Evaluation (RE-356) was produced following OVE's standard protocol for such evaluations. The Evaluation findings are provided as input for Management's charting of the Bank's future strategy with the Republic of Paraguay. According to the Evaluation findings the Bank's strategy ...

  • Review of the Need for a General Capital Increase of the Ordinary Capital and Repl...

    June 2009

    Presented the first paper on review of the need for a general capital increase of the ordinary capital and replenishment of the fund for special operations.

  • Evaluation of the Quality of Economic Analysis for Projects Approved 1997-2006

    June 2009

    The Bank has put more emphasis both on ensuring the quality of its economic analysis and on optimizing its performance in terms of results. In keeping with this shift, OVE took on the task of evaluating the quality of economic analysis. To do so, it developed an instrument that established a series ...

  • Country Program Evaluation: Brazil (2000-2008)

    June 2009

    This Country Program Evaluation (RE-355) analyzes the recent performance of the Bank's portfolio of operations. Two country strategies were approved during 2000-2008, which were prepared in two very different contexts in Brazil. The 2000-2003 strategy was prepared following the 1999 crisis that had ...

  • Country Program Evaluation: Trinidad and Tobago (2000-2008)

    May 2009

    The 2000-2008 Country Program Evaluation (CPE) for Trinidad and Tobago (RE-353) was conducted by the Office of Evaluation and Oversight to inform the Board's discussion with IDB Management regarding future strategy for each country. It involved three weeks of missions to both Trinidad and Tobago, st...

  • Country Program Evaluation: Guatemala (2004-2007)

    April 2009

    This Country Program Evaluation (RE-352) is intended to examine the relations that the Bank established with Guatemala during the period 2004-2007 in terms of results, in order to extract lessons for establishing a future strategic partnership that will be as productive constructive as possible for ...

  • Evaluation of IDB's support to the Plan Puebla Panama Initiative

    February 2009

    The IDB has been supporting the Plan Puebla Panama (PPP) since it was launched in 2001 by the Central American (CA) countries and Mexico as a regional strategy created to pursue economic and human development as well as to preserve the ecological wealth of the Mesoamerican region. OVE evaluated the ...

  • Does Technical Assistance Matter?: An Impact Evaluation Approach to Estimate its V...

    January 2009

    Many public programs and operations by multilateral organisations include technical assistance to the direct beneficiaries of the program in addition to pure financing. However, there is no substantial body of studies that calculates the additional impact; in the sense of exclusively attributable to...

  • Should Central Banks Target Happiness?: Evidence from Latin America

    January 2009

    It has become common wisdom amongst monetary policy professionals that central banks in Latin America should adopt inflation targeting. Pure inflation targeting implicitly assumes a social loss welfare function dependent on only inflation. In this working paper, using subjective well-being survey da...

  • An Impact Evaluation of a Neighbourhood Crime Prevention Program: Does Safer Commu...

    November 2008

    This working paper discusses "Safer Commune" - a neighbourhood crime prevention program in Chile that has come under criticism via evidence of rising crime rates and fear of crime in municipalities with the program. The author argues that this criticism is incorrect and shows empirical evidence that...

  • Country Program Evaluation: Belize (2004-2008)

    October 2008

    This report (RE-349) presents an evaluation of the Bank's country program for Belize in the period 2004-2008. It is based on a review of documentary evidence provided by the Bank and other sources, as well as information gleaned from interviews with Bank staff in Headquarters and the Country Office,...

  • Country Program Evaluation: Nicaragua (2002-2007)

    September 2008

    This report presents the findings of an evaluation of the Bank's Nicaragua country program for 2002 to 2007. First, the report provides an account to the Bank's Directors regarding the results achieved by the Bank in the country. Second, the report provides input for reflection and lesson learning r...

  • The Evaluation of the New Lending Framework (2005-2008)

    September 2008

    This document (RE-342-1) presents an independent evaluation of the implementation of the New Lending Framework (NLF) covering the period 2005-2008. This evaluation is structured around the following 10 basic recommendations made to Management in the NLF document: Recommendation 1: Maintain th...

  • Fear of Crime: Does Trust and Community Participation Matter?

    July 2008

    This paper examines the association between trust and community involvement with fear of crime. Fear of crime is measured by three typical perception measures: neighbourhood security; walking alone in the dark; and the risk of becoming a victim. The data is from Chile's Victimisation Survey. The tec...

  • Technology Adoption, Productivity and Specialization of Uruguayan Breeders: Eviden...

    July 2008

    In this paper, the authors analyzed the effectiveness of the Component 1 of the Livestock Pilot Project (LPP-1) in fostering the efficiency of the Uruguayan livestock producers. The study used a unique panel dataset of 520 beneficiary and 470 non-beneficiary producers, dataset that we constructed by...

  • Country Program Evaluation: Ecuador (2000-2006)

    July 2008

    This report (RE-341) presents the Office of Evaluation and Oversight's country program evaluation (CPE) assessing the Bank's Ecuador program in 2000-2006. The present CPE takes in the Bank programming exercises charted in the country strategies for 2000-2002 (GN-2169-1) and 2004-2006 (GN-2338-1), an...

  • Country Program Evaluation: Mexico (2001-2006)

    June 2008

    This evaluation report (RE-339) aims to provide factual information on the outcomes of the Bank's work with Mexico in 2001-2006, which could inform the Bank-country strategic relationship going forward. Chapter 1 reviews the macroeconomic setting and analyzes the main development challenges in the a...

  • Country Program Evaluation: Bolivia (2004-2007)

    June 2008

    This document (RE-340) reports on the Bank's program with Bolivia over the period 2004-2007. To do this the programmatic intent of the Bank was assessed. Given the rapidly changing country environment, and the difficulties for the Bank in terms of programming and approving operations, the evaluation...

  • An Impact Evaluation of Chile's Progressive Housing Program

    June 2008

    This paper presents the findings of an evaluation of Chile's Progressive Housing Program (PHP), which is a public housing program that finances the purchase of a new house for lower income households. The evaluation finds that the programs' package (savings requirement, voucher and mortgage) design ...

  • Evaluation of IDB Action in the Initiative for Integration of Regional Infrastruct...

    April 2008

    The Initiative for Integration of Regional Infrastructure in South America (IIRSA) was launched to work toward an enlarged South American economic space anchored in principles of sustainable, efficient, equitable development of the region. This report (RE-338) presents the findings of OVE's evaluati...

  • Incapacity to Pay or Moral Hazard?: Public Mortgage Delinquency Rates in Chile

    March 2008

    High delinquency rate of publicly provided mortgages in social housing programs are often interpreted to be due to moral hazard. In this working paper, the authors show that the typically used parametric approaches give misleading results due to overlooked confounding and selection biases. As eviden...

  • The Welfare Impacts of Local Investment Projects: Evidence from the Guatemala FIS

    March 2008

    This paper assesses the welfare impacts of local investments projects in rural areas of Guatemala. Using census track data from two rounds of the Guatemalan population census, as well as administrative data on investment projects, the authors estimate the impact of education, sanitation, productive,...

  • Hysteresis in Unemployment: Evidence from Latin America

    March 2008

    This paper tests the hysteresis hypothesis in unemployment for 13 Latin American countries covering the period 1980-2005. The tests exploit the time series and the cross sectional variation of the series, and allows for cross section dependence and a different number of endogenously determined struc...

  • Evaluating the Impact of Technology Development Funds in Emerging Economies: Evide...

    January 2008

    This working paper surveys impact evaluations of government Technology Development Funds (TDFs) in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Panama. All the evaluations were done at the recipient (firm) level using data from innovation surveys, industrial surveys, and administrative records of the granting units...

  • Country Program Evaluation: Colombia (1998-2006)

    December 2007

    This Country Program Evaluation for Colombia (RE-337) analyzes the results obtained by the Bank during the period 1998-2006. The purpose is to improve the effectiveness of the Bank's programming and future operations in the country. Its conclusions reflect on trends in the country's development issu...

  • On-Site Costs and Benefits of Soil Conservation Among Hillside Farmers in El Salva...

    November 2007

    This study analyses the relationships between farm income, adoption of conservation technologies and output diversification among PAES participants by comparing their performance at two points in time, 2002 and 2005, and against non-participants (control group) in 2005. The indicators reveal that th...

  • The Impact of National Research Funds: An Evaluation of the Chilean FONDECYT

    October 2007

    This paper is part of the project: "IDB's Science and Technology Programs: An Evaluation of the Technology Development Funds (TDF) and Competitive Research Grants (CRG)." This paper analyzes the role of National Research Funds in promoting scientific production in emerging economies. The investigati...

  • First Independent Evaluation of the Expanded Project Supervision Report Exercise

    August 2007

    This document evaluates the first exercise of the Expanded Project Supervision Reports (XPSR) elaborated by PRI in 2006. The XPSR exercise was done in order to comply with the Good Practice Standards (GPS) of the Evaluation Cooperation Group of the Multilateral Development Banks (ECG-MDB). This docu...

  • Evaluation of the Bank's Global Multisector Credit Operations: 1990 to 2005

    August 2007

    The Bank defines Global Multisector Credit Operations (GMCs) as loans with sovereign guarantees granted to intermediary financial institutions or similar agencies to enable them to on-lend to sub-borrowers for the financing of multisector projects. This evaluation (RE-336) is based on a detailed ana...

  • A Meta-Impact Evaluation of Social Housing Programs: The Chilean Case

    August 2007

    This paper presents the findings of a meta-evaluation of Chile's Social Housing Programs since the country's return to democracy in 1990. Chile's housing policy and the specific programs embedded in it represent an interesting case study. The country's housing policy and programs are one of the most...

  • Country Program Evaluation: Peru (2002-2006)

    June 2007

    The analysis contained this document (RE-330) focuses on the 2002-2006 period, evaluating the most recent Country Strategy (document GN-2205-1) and supplemental documents. Its universe of projects encompasses those approved during the period under study, as well as previously approved projects that ...

  • Country Program Evaluation Guyana (2002-2006)

    May 2007

    This report (RE-331) presents an evaluation of the Inter-American Development Bank's program of engagement with Guyana for the 2002-2006 period, from its intent expressed mainly in the Country Strategy with Guyana (GN-2228) and other Bank documents, to the actual delivery of the program. The documen...

  • Country Program Evaluation: Haiti (2001-2006)

    April 2007

    This Country Program Evaluation (RE-327) covers the period from 2001 to 2006. Given the particularities of Haiti and of the IDB's program in the country between 2001-2006, which are analyzed thoroughly in the document, this report concentrates on the relationship between the IDB and Haiti, and on ho...

  • Country Program Evaluation: Honduras (2001-2006)

    April 2007

    The period reviewed by the current Country Program Evaluation (RE-328) covers from 2001 to 2006. It spans the Bank's latest programming cycle, which includes the end of the Carlos Flores administration, as well as the Ricardo Maduro administration. The current review's approach is to take the Bank's...

  • Country Program Evaluation: Barbados (1989-2004)

    March 2007

    This Country Program Evaluation (RE-313) covers the period from 1989 to 2004. During this period there have been four country strategy papers. Country strategy papers are consensual documents that set out strategic goals agreed to by the country and the Bank. All four strategy documents consistently...

  • Does Community Participation Produce Dividends in Social Investment Fund Projects?...

    March 2007

    Social investment funds, a widely used tool of development efforts, aim to support and strengthen local capacity for effective implementation of social and economic infrastructure projects through participatory, community-driven approaches. This working paper investigates whether these participatory...

  • 2006 COMPAS: Multilateral Development Banks Common Performance Assessment System

    January 2007

    The purpose of the Multilateral Development Bank (MDB) Common Performance Assessment System (COMPAS) is to provide a focus where the five members of the MDB Working Group on Managing for Development Results (MfDR) may jointly report on their own performance. The impetus for this kind of reporting fr...

  • Evaluation of the Public Utilities Policy as Applied to the Electricity Sector (PU...

    January 2007

    This report (RE-326) evaluates the Public Utilities Policy governing Bank operations in the electricity sector (PUP-E). The evaluation covers all Bank activities between 1997 and 2005 that were directed toward the electricity sector, either wholly or in part, as well as operations prior to the PUP's...

  • Country Program Evaluation: Costa Rica (2002-2006)

    December 2006

    This document (RE-325) presents the Costa Rica Country Program Evaluation (CPE) prepared by the Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE) for 2002-2006. The paper includes a description of the country and context during the evaluation period, the 2003-2006 programming exercise, a discussion on the ef...

  • Output Diversification among Small-Scale Hillside Farmers in El Salvador

    December 2006

    In this study the authors analyze the degree of output diversification (anything produced in the farm that is not a subsistence crop, i.e., corn or beans) among 520 hillside farmers in El Salvador. Techniques were employed to construct a comparison group that resembles the treatment group based on o...

  • The Impact of University Enterprise Incentive Program on the Performance and Techn...

    December 2006

    This study is an unprecedented effort in Brazil to evaluate the effectiveness of public incentive programs to develop technological capacity of firms. There are currently no empirical evaluations that have explored the impacts of this type of program on the performance of the Brazilian industrial fi...

  • Adoption of Soil Conservation Technologies in El Salvador: A Cross-Section and Ove...

    December 2006

    This paper examines the determinants of adoption of soil conservation technologies among farmers participating in the Environmental Program of El Salvador (PAES). A sample of PAES participants was surveyed in 2002, from which a sub-sample was re-surveyed in 2005 along with a control group of non-par...

  • Impact of P&D Incentive Program on the Performance and Technological Efforts of Br...

    December 2006

    This study assesses the impact of the National Technological Development Support Program (ADTEN) on the technical performance and strength of Brazilian industrial firms and unprecedented in its content and method. It shows that this R&D incentive program reaches a relatively limited number of firms,...

  • Evaluation of the IDB's Role in the Fiscal Sector

    December 2006

    The object of this study (RE-317-2) is to evaluate the Bank¿s role in the fiscal sector of its borrowing member countries from 1990 to 2004, in order to extract learnings that can enhance the outcomes of the Bank¿s work in future, framed within its new business model (New Lending Framework-NLF). ...

  • Evaluating a Program of Public Funding of Private Innovation Activities: An Econom...

    November 2006

    This work contains an evaluation of the Non-Reimbursable Funds (ANR) program of the Argentinean Technological Fund (FONTAR), which is managed by a federal government agency. FONTAR's objective is to fund projects presented by private firms that aim at improving their competitive performance through ...

  • Evaluating a Program of Public Funding of Scientific Activity: A Case Study of FON...

    November 2006

    This report contains an evaluation of the Scientific and Technological Research Projects (PICT) funded by the Scientific and Technological Research Fund (FONCYT). FONCYT is managed by the National Agency of Scientific and Technological Promotion (ANPCYT), an organization that is part of the Argentin...

  • Evaluation of the IDB's Studies

    November 2006

    This document (RE-323) presents the evaluation carried out by OVE to assess the Bank's efforts in the production, storage, dissemination, and utilization of studies. This is consistent with Management view, that in 2002, informed the Board that "To optimize the use of our scarce resources, [The Bank...

  • Health Sector Evaluation: 1995-2005

    November 2006

    This report (RE-324) presents an evaluation of the conceptual and empirical basis of the key reform measures promoted by the Bank in its health sector interventions between 1995 and 2005. These measures depict the approach followed by the Bank to confront the problems of the sector. In this sense, t...

  • Country Program Evaluation: Suriname (1980-2004)

    October 2006

    This report (RE-318) details the evaluation undertaken by the Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE) of the Bank's Country Program in Suriname during the period 1980-2004. The purpose of the Country Program Evaluation (CPE) is to describe the outcomes of the Bank's performance in country, and to d...

  • Evaluation of IDB Action Plan for Private Sector Development in C&D Countries

    October 2006

    This paper (RE-319) presents the evaluation of the Action Plan in support of private sector development in C&D Countries performed by the Office of Evaluation and Oversight. In this context, considering that the strategies for private sector development in C&D countries have been recently implemente...

  • The Impact of Training Policies in Argentina: An Evaluation of Proyecto Joven

    October 2006

    This paper evaluates Proyecto Joven, a training program targeted to poor young individuals in Argentina. The authors used a non-experimental evaluation methodology to answer the following set of questions: 1) Did the program increase the probability of employment?; 2) Did it increase the probability...

  • An Evaluation of the Peruvian "Youth Labor Training Program" - PROJOVEN

    October 2006

    The "Youth Labor Training Program" (Programa de Capacitacion Laboral Juvenil - PROJoven) is an ongoing job-training program created in 1996 by the Ministry of Labor (Ministerio de Trabajo y Promocion del Empleo) in response to the precarious conditions of youth in the Peruvian labor market. The goal...

  • An Evaluation of Training for the Unemployed in Mexico

    September 2006

    This paper summarizes the findings of an impact evaluation of the Mexican training programs PROBECAT-SICAT for the period 1999-2004. It is a study commissioned by the Office of Evaluation and Oversight of the Inter-American Development Bank in accordance to the Bank's policy of ex-post evaluation of...

  • Impact Evaluation of a Youth Job Training Program in the Dominican Republic: Ex-Po...

    July 2006

    This document constitutes a comprehensive evaluation of Juventud y Empleo (JE), the training program financed by the Bank in the Dominican Republic since 1999. The Ex-Post Project Evaluation Report presents the basic information about the project: the context under it was developed, the basic design...

  • Impact Evaluation of PROJoven Youth Labor Training Program in Peru

    July 2006

    This document constitutes a comprehensive evaluation of the "Youth Labor Training Program" (PROJOVEN) which was designed by the IDB in 1996 through a technical cooperation and later financed by the Peruvian government. This report presents the basic information about the original program: the contex...

  • Impact Evaluation of the Job Training Component (PROCAJOVEN) of the Assistance Pro...

    July 2006

    The purpose of this report is to assess whether the job training program PROCAJOVEN has had positive impacts, i.e. to determine if it has increased the employability of its participants, and to determine whether the program has a positive payoff. The main objective of PROCAJOVEN is to "improve prosp...

  • Review of the Youth Worker Training Sub Program in Colombia (CO0247)

    June 2006

    This report constitutes a review of the Youth Worker Training subprogram named "Jóvenes en Acción" which was a component of the Social Safety Net Program (CO0247). This document presents information about the entire program but the emphasis is given to "Jóvenes en Acción". The objective is to provid...

  • Assessment of the 2004 Project Completion Reports (PCRs) Produced under the Bank's...

    April 2006

    The Project Completion Reports (PCRs) are an IDB self-evaluation instrument written upon project completion. The Bank and the Executing Agencies share the responsibility for the achievement of the project's development objectives, and the PCR is intended to document this achievement. Thus the PCR is...

  • Evaluation of Country Portfolio Review Reports

    March 2006

    The purpose of this document (RE-314) is to present OVE's evaluation of the country portfolio review reports (CPRs). This report is divided into four chapters. Chapter two presents the frame of reference for the CPR evaluation. This is where the CPR's role in the Bank's evaluation system is defined,...

  • Country Program Evaluation: Uruguay (1991-2004)

    November 2005

    This country program evaluation (RE-312) covers the period from 1991 to 2004. It is composed of five chapters that evaluate the outcomes of the Bank's program in Uruguay for the period 1991-2004 from different standpoints. The first chapter presents developments in the country in the period evaluate...

  • OVE's 2004-2005 Annual Report and Proposed 2006 Work Program and Budget

    October 2005

    This report (RE-311) constitutes the 2004-2005 Annual Report and the proposed 2006 work program and budget request of the Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE). The report consists of two sections: the first is a report on OVE activities during the October 2004-September 2005 period, and presents...

  • OVE Guidelines for Implementation of ECG Standards for Private Sector Evaluations

    September 2005

    This document (PS-125) presents the guidelines that will be used by the Private Sector Department (PRI) to prepare its Expanded Project Supervision Report (XPSR). The XPSR will help IDB to comply with the Evaluation Cooperation Group (ECG) Good Practice Standards (GPS) and to initiate a process of i...

  • Report on the Evaluability of Bank Country Strategies

    September 2005

    This is a report (RE-309) of the Office of Evaluation and Oversight's main findings regarding the office's two years process of review of Bank Country Strategies. The report is organized in four chapters. The first chapter describes the proposed architecture of country strategies, as they are laid o...

  • Ex Post Project Evaluations 2004 Annual Report

    August 2005

    The Bank's Board approved a new Ex Post Policy (EPP) in October 2003, which mandated two new tasks to OVE: the review and validation of Project Completion Reports and the implementation of ex post project evaluations. The scope of this report (RE-308) is limited to the ex post project evaluation tas...

  • Demand and Supply-Side Determinants of Conditional Cash Transfer Program Effective...

    July 2005

    The Programa Nacional de Becas Estudiantiles is a conditional cash transfer program designed to promote long-term human capital accumulation among Argentine youth and to reduce poverty. This study follows a 1999 cohort of students from 24 schools for five years. Propensity score matching methods are...

  • An Assessment of Propensity Score Matching as a Non Experimental Impact Estimator:...

    July 2005

    In this working paper the authors present evidence on the reliability of propensity score matching to estimate the bias associated with the effect of treatment on the treated, exploiting the availability of experimental data from a Mexican antipoverty program (PROGRESA: Programa de Educación, Salud ...

  • An Impact Evaluation of Agricultural Subsidies on Human Capital Development and Po...

    July 2005

    This working papers offers an impact evaluation of two innovative programs cash transfer schemes from the Mexican Government: PROGRESA, which is a national anti-poverty scheme directed at chronic rural poverty, and PROCAMPO, a scheme designed to compensate farmers for the negative price effects of N...

  • Budget Practices and Procedures Database: The Role of the IDB and Preliminary Resu...

    May 2005

    This document was presented at the Central America Sub regional Meeting of the Public Management and Transparency Network for the Regional Policy Dialogue, celebrated on May 23 and May 24, 2005 in San José, Costa Rica. This presentation contains a discussion of The Budget Practices and Procedures Su...

  • Evaluating the Impact on Child Mortality of a Water Supply and Sewerage Expansion ...

    May 2005

    This paper explores the impact that a water supply and sewerage (W&S) expansion had on child mortality in Quito, Ecuador. Studies have typically estimated the effects of this type of interventions comparing outcome indicators - at the aggregate level - of areas with the facilities and areas that lac...

  • Country Program Evaluation: El Salvador (1992-2004)

    May 2005

    This evaluation (RE-307) of the Bank's country program in El Salvador covers the period from 1992 to 2004. The review period thus begins with the conclusion of the Peace Accords and the end of 12 years of armed conflict that led to a serious deterioration in the population's living conditions. Since...

  • Country Program Evaluation: Panama (1991-2003)

    May 2005

    This report (RE-305) presents the evaluation conducted by the Office of Evaluation and Oversight of the Bank's program with Panama from 1991 to 2003. Its intent is to describe for the Bank's Directors the outcomes of the institution's activity in Panama and extract lessons that can help make future ...

  • Country Program Evaluation: Guatemala (1993-2003)

    December 2004

    The purpose of this report (RE-304-2) is to present OVE's evaluation of the IDB's program in Guatemala during 1993-2003. Following established methodology and procedure, the report attempts to provide an account to the Board of Executive Directors regarding the program's relevance and results and to...

  • Evaluation of the Bank's Direct Private Sector Lending Program: 1995-2003

    December 2004

    This report (RE-303) comprises the evaluation of the Bank's Direct Private Sector Lending Program performed by the Office of Evaluation and Oversight to determine the developmental effectiveness and additionality of private sector activities relative to other Bank activities. The evaluation team's w...

  • Country Program Evaluation: Brazil (1993-2003)

    October 2004

    This report (RE-298) summarizes OVE's evaluation of the IDB's program in Brazil during 1993-2003. The paper starts with a selective, brief analysis of background that is needed to inform the evaluation. It includes an assessment of the programming process and the relevance and coherence (hence the i...

  • Country Program Evaluation: Belize (1993-2003)

    August 2004

    This report (RE-296) presents an evaluation of the Bank's country program for Belize for the years 1993-2003. The evaluation includes: 1) An overview of the structure of the Belizean economy, including developments that took place during the nineties and the development challenges faced by the count...

  • Instruments and Development: An Evaluation of IDB Lending Modalities

    August 2004

    The basic objective of this evaluation (RE-300) is to review the range of Bank instruments with respect to the issues of development effectiveness posed by the Governors. The evaluation focus on the instruments themselves, rather than on the specific operations each instrument has financed. The goal...

  • Country Program Evaluation: Bolivia (1990-2002)

    July 2004

    The following paper (RE-297) is a review of the Bank's experience in Bolivia from 1990 to 2002. It is produced at a time when the country is faced with a critical fiscal scenario, and in the aftermath of substantial social tensions that have led to the resignation of former President Gonzalo Sanchez...

  • Country Program Evaluation: Ecuador (1990-2002)

    July 2004

    This paper (RE-295) evaluates the Bank's program with Ecuador from 1990 to 2002. Throughout the 1990-2002 period, Ecuador continued facing these same development challenges as in the previous one: (i) how to move the economy away from its dependency on primary production, (ii) how to improve governa...

  • Country Program Evaluation: Paraguay (1991-2002)

    May 2004

    This report (RE-259) presents the evaluation conducted by the Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE) of the Bank's country program in Paraguay during the period 1991-2002. Its objective is to present the results achieved by the IDB in the country and to derive lessons which may help enable the Ban...

  • Evaluation of the Bank's Policy and Operational Practice Related to Natural and Un...

    April 2004

    he report covers OP-704 (approved in 1998), the IDB Action Plan on Natural Disasters (written in 2000), and operational and non-financial activities related to disaster prevention, mitigation and response undertaken by the Bank between 1995 and 2002. The report demonstrates that natural disasters po...

  • The Project Supervision System: An Evaluation of Use of Its Instruments

    April 2004

    Supervision at the IDB serves two main purposes. It provides the Board of Executive Directors and Senior Management with the means of managing the risks that affect Bank-financed operations and determines the extent to which such operations contribute to the accomplishment of the institution's devel...

  • Independent Evaluation of the MIF (2002-2003): Final Report

    March 2004

    This report consolidates the main findings and areas of opportunity identified in the evaluation of MIF activities conducted in 2002 and 2003, pursuant to the work plan approved by the Donors Committee (MIF/GN-78). The evaluation reviewed some 500 projects totaling US$800 million and covering all th...

  • MIF Evaluation: Development of Venture Capital

    January 2004

    The objective of this report (MIF/GN-78-11) is to present the results of the evaluation of the initiative taken by the MIF to support Venture Capital Development in the region. The point of departure for this evaluation was to look at the international experience in SME/Venture Capital development a...

  • Evaluation of MIF Projects: Environment

    January 2004

    This report (MIF/GN-78-13) is the outcome of evaluation of a group of 17 MIF environment projects, as part of the work program of the Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE) to evaluate MIF activities, following the mandate of its Donors Committee. The report is structured in accordance with the st...

  • Evaluation of MIF Projects: Market Functioning: Promotion of Competition and Consu...

    January 2004

    The purpose of this paper (MIF/GN-78-14) is to evaluate a set of projects in the MIF's "Market Functioning" portfolio, which includes 12 projects for a total MIF contribution of US$7.6 million. The MIF projects analyzed here concentrated on four areas of vital importance to the development of the pr...

  • MIF Evaluation - Business Development Services

    December 2003

    This document (MIF/GN-78-12) reports the results of OVE's evaluation to MIF's Business Development Services. From 1994 to 2002 a total of US$135 million were allocated for 100 Business Development Services (BDS) projects. Following the evaluation framework and methodology developed by OVE to carry-o...

  • Oversight Note on the Additionality of Resources of the C and D Action Plan

    November 2003

    As part of OVE 2003 work program (RE-290), the Board of Directors requested an oversight study on the "financial additionality" of the C and D Action Plan. Responding to this, this report addresses the issue of whether the Plan provided financial additionality to C and D borrowing member countries. ...

  • Poverty Reduction and the IDB: An Evaluation of the Bank's Strategy and Efforts

    November 2003

    This report (RE-288) presents the evaluation conducted by the Office of Evaluation and Oversight of the poverty reduction efforts carried out by the IDB since the mid 1990's. Its purpose is to provide an account to the Bank's directors regarding the results achieved by the institution in terms of po...

  • Safety Net for the Poor: The Role of Conditional Cash Grant Programs

    October 2003

    The strategy of the Bolsa Escola cash grant program in Brazil and the Progresa program in Mexico are discussed as well as contrasting strategies in after-school programs such as the PETI program in rural Brazil. Evaluations of these programs and lessons learned are addressed in the final section. Th...

  • Synthesis of OVE Evaluations of Bank Action for Private Sector Development

    October 2003

    This report (RE-287) briefly summarizes the main points arising out of the Office of Evaluation and Oversight's evaluations of Bank actions in private sector development over the past three years. It seeks to pinpoint the principal strategic issues in earlier OVE papers that go beyond assessment of ...

  • Evaluation of Innovative Bank Projects that Work with Non-Governmental Organizatio...

    October 2003

    This purpose of this report (RE-285) is to evaluate whether the Bank is implementing the program to strengthen civil society organizations (CSOs), as indicated by the Board of Directors to the IDB in the document GN-1883-5. OVE chose to review the Bank's relationship with NGOs because NGOs are becom...

  • A Review of Selected Non-Reimbursable Technical Cooperation: Guyana, Nicaragua and...

    October 2003

    This report (RE-283) assesses how selected national non-reimbursable technical cooperation operations (TC) in Guyana, Nicaragua and Bolivia have met the objectives of Bank's technical cooperation policy guidelines (AT-80-10). The report examines these TC operations within the context of the Bank's C...

  • Evaluation of the Bank's Basic Education Strategy

    October 2003

    This report (RE-281) presents OVE's evaluation of the Bank's Basic Education Strategy. The document is organized as follows: Chapter I is an introduction, Chapter II presents an overview of the evolution of LAC's basic education outcomes during the '90s and outlines some of the main obstacles to pro...

  • MIF Evaluation: Support of Private Participation in Infrastructure

    September 2003

    This report (MIF/GN-78-9) comprises the evaluation of MIF's projects supporting private participation in infrastructure performed by the Office of Evaluation and Oversight. The evaluation was initiated in 2002, covering four thematic groups of projects: Alternative Dispute Resolution (GN-78-2), Micr...

  • MIF Evaluation: Human Resources and Labor Market Projects

    September 2003

    This report is an integral part of the work program of the Inter-American Development Bank's (IDB) Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE) to evaluate Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) activities, since the beginning of its operations in 1993, following the mandate of its Donors Committee. The ...

  • Country Program Evaluation: Mexico (1990-2000)

    July 2003

    This report (RE-259) presents the Office of Evaluation and Oversight's evaluation of the Bank's program with Mexico from 1990 to 2000. This evaluation is based on the standard evaluative criteria adopted by the Evaluation Cooperation Group of the multilateral development banks: relevance, efficiency...

  • Oversight Note on the Performance Criteria for Allocating Concessional Resources

    March 2003

    This note (RE-279) represents the Office of Evaluation and Oversight's preliminary review of the new performance-related allocation criteria used by the Bank. It is confined almost exclusively to a methodological review of the allocative criteria and to a comparative analysis of the approaches used ...

  • Fiscal Federalism in Latin America: From Entitlements to Markets

    2003

    The aim of this book is to provide policymakers in Latin America with the stylized facts of what works and what does not in decentralization policies and schemes, based on analysis of the recent experiences of several Latin American countries.

  • Evaluation of MIF Projects: Alternative Commercial Dispute Resolution Methods

    November 2002

    The purpose of this evaluation is to examine the results obtained in the portfolio of alternative commercial dispute resolution (ADR) projects of the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF). As conceived by the MIF, ADR projects are intended to promote the use of arbitration and mediation as alternative ...

  • Evaluation of the MIF Projects: Microfinance

    November 2002

    This document (MIF/GN-78-3) is the outcome of an evaluation of the MIF microfinance projects, forming part of the general evaluation of the MIF activities undertaken by the Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE). In preparing this document, 24 projects have been studied in-depth and 26 evaluation ...

  • Evaluation of the Public Utilities Policy (PU Policy, OP-708) for Potable Water an...

    November 2002

    This evaluation report (RE-270) discusses the IDB's strategy for addressing problems in the potable water and sanitation sector and the associated public utilities policy (OP-708), which in 1996 replaced the public utilities tariffs policy (OP-718) that had been in effect since 1982. This report eva...

  • Evaluation of MIF Projects: Financial Reform & Capital Markets

    November 2002

    This evaluation (MIF/GN-78-4) measures the performance of MIF projects in the areas of financial reform and capital markets development. MIF operations are judged for their consistency with country priorities, Bank policy and a set of project design characteristics desired by the MIF. The report is ...

  • Country Program Evaluation: Honduras (1990-2000)

    October 2002

    This report (RE-263) evaluates the IDB's country program in Honduras during 1990-2000. The aim of the Honduras Country Program Evaluation is to serve as an input into the production of the new country paper by raising a number of considerations intended to be helpful to the Bank and the Borrower as ...

  • Implicit IDB Strategy for Regional Integration: Its Evaluation

    May 2002

    This report (RE-265) is the first stage of an evaluation of the Bank's strategy for regional integration, being conducted by the Office of Evaluation and Oversight. It attempts to identify the Bank's implicit strategy and the way this is incorporated into programming and project management. The eval...

  • Summary of Evaluation Findings of 10 Projects that Include Indigenous People as Be...

    May 2002

    For this Bank study (RE-261) a set of projects in five countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Guatemala, Mexico, and Peru were chosen. This document presents a summary of the 10 evaluation findings of these projects and is organized around a number of issues that should be resolved if Bank projects are to i...

  • Country Program Evaluation: Peru (1990-2000)

    May 2002

    This Country Program Evaluation (RE-262) covers the period 1990-2000. During the decade, Peru was the focal point for development assistance from both multilateral and bilateral institutions. This paper includes a description of the country context and development challenges, a diagnosis and strateg...

  • Evaluation of the Emergency Reconstruction Facility (ERF)

    May 2002

    The Bank's Executive Board approved the creation of the Emergency Reconstruction Facility (ERF) on November 11, 1998, along with Operational Policy Guidelines for addressing emergency situations arising from natural and unexpected disasters. The present evaluation (RE-264) is divided into three sect...

  • Development Effectiveness Report

    March 2002

    This report (RE-260) seeks to define what constitutes development among contemporary development finance institutions. The report looks at the historic evolution of the concept of development and at the instruments seen as most effective at promoting development, paying particular attention to defin...

  • First Independent Evaluation Report to the IIC Board of Executive Directors

    March 2002

    This report (IIC/RE-2) is OVE'S first independent ICC evaluation report. Its purpose is to verify the findings and ratings of sixteen early operating maturity projects that were self evaluated by the IIC between September 2001 and January 2002. Written as a desk study, without the benefit of field v...

  • Analysis of Project Evaluability Year 2001

    January 2002

    In the course of the last few years, the Bank has assigned greater importance to the evaluation of the outcomes of its investments in the region of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). This study on the Bank's lending program was conducted to examine project "evaluability," meaning the degree to w...

  • Summary of OVE Work on Development Effectiveness

    January 2002

    The Bank's Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE) has undertaken several studies during 2001 which bear on the issue of development effectiveness. Two of these, a Report on Development Effectiveness and a Report on the Results of the 2001 Evaluability Assessment Exercise, will be presented to the ...

  • Oversight Review of the IDB's Project Monitoring Review, the Mid-Term Evaluation, ...

    November 2001

    The monitoring , classification, and evaluation of the implementation process of the Bank's projects has been in place for several years already. The purpose of this report ( RE-247 ) is to present to the Board the current status of the three main instruments that are part of the monitoring and eval...

  • Analysis of Research Department's Activities and the Work of the Bank: SIS - Socia...

    October 2001

    The Social Information System (SIS) can be defined as a suitable database that uses primary statistics from ongoing household income surveys in member countries and from MECOVI. The primary objective of this study (RE-254) is to analyze the use of SIS by different Bank departments. The analysis draw...

  • Analysis of Research Department's Activities and the Work of the Bank: Economic As...

    October 2001

    The principal objective of this study is to ascertain the impact of EARs on country papers, the Bank's operations program, and the countries' adoption of RES proposals. To achieve this objective, a comparative qualitative analysis of the encerronas for the various countries was prepared, the content...

  • Evaluability of Country Strategies: Methodology Note

    October 2001

    The report's (RE-253) primary objective is to propose a methodology for evaluating country strategies, understood as the set of strategies or ways of doing things in order to achieve preestablished objectives. This task involves examining the strategic concepts contained in country papers (CPs), in ...

  • Evaluation of the IDB Emergency Lending: 1998-1999

    September 2001

    In 1998, in the context of "unanticipated" international financial turmoil, and concerned about the negative impact on the region's countries, the Board of Governors authorized the Board of Executive Directors to waive certain limitations on the lending program to permit the Bank to approve fast-dis...

  • Evaluation Capacity Building: Elements of an Approach to the Region

    September 2001

    This report (RE-252) describes the role of evaluation as an integral part of improving public sector management by providing regular feedback on the results of public action. It lays out some of the present challenges for the Bank in this area, as well as some considerations for the future direction...

  • Report on: Environmental Regulation and Supervision of Infrastructure Investments

    August 2001

    This evaluation report (RE-241) is inserted within the overall context of the Environmental Management strategy activities in progress within the Bank. The assessment of five infrastructure projects in Bolivia, Chile, and Brazil contributes directly to lessons learned from past experience, particula...

  • Summary of Findings: Decentralization and Effective Citizen Participation: Six Cau...

    June 2001

    This study (RE-250) reviews six case studies in Bolivia, Peru, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua to try and determine if citizen participation processes have attained or not the benefits and results that were expected. The case studies are not aimed at discussing which is the correct...

  • Evaluation Report: An Evaluation of UNDP Participation in the Execution of Bank-fu...

    March 2000

    This report (RE-240) by the Evaluation Office presents the findings of an evaluation of the cooperation between the Bank and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the execution of Bank-funded programs. The evaluation reviewed the UNDP's role in project execution and identified issues th...

  • Proposal to Enhance the Role of Oversight and Evaluation within Management

    December 1999

    This proposal (RE-243) was prepared in response to Recommendation 4 of the final report entitled "Strengthening Oversight and Rebuilding Evaluation in the Bank" (RE-238) by the Working Group of the Board of Executive Directors on Oversight and Evaluation in June of 1999. The objective of this propos...

  • Summary Report: Evaluation of the Policy-Based Loan Portfolio: Phase III

    November 1999

    The purpose of this document (RE-239) is to analyze the way in which the Bank has been supporting sector reform policies in various countries in recent years. It is based on a sample based on the principal evaluation results from 14 sector loans that were approved between 1990 and 1995, in eight mem...

  • Evaluation Report: Action Plan for Group C and D Countries

    November 1999

    In 1997, the Board of Executive Directors approved funding for a special program to improve the capacity of C and D countries to make effective use of Bank financing. The ultimate purpose of this initiative was to help the Bank and these countries to achieve the financing goals established in the Ba...

  • From Entitlements to Markets Fiscal Federalism in Latin America

    The aim of this book is to provide policymakers in Latin America with the stylized facts of what works and what does not in decentralization policies and schemes, based on analysis of the recent experiences of several Latin American countries.

  • From Entitlements to Markets Fiscal Federalism in Latin America

    The aim of this book is to provide policymakers in Latin America with the stylized facts of what works and what does not in decentralization policies and schemes, based on analysis of the recent experiences of several Latin American countries.

  • Review of the Project Completion Reporting System for Sovereign Guarantee Operatio...

    During the last decade, the IDB has strongly promoted an agenda to increase its capacity to report on results, with a particular focus on project evaluability. The first pilot exercise to validate the Development Effectiveness Matrix (DEM) of randomly selected projects began in October 2011. The obj...

  • Evaluation of the Independent Consultation and Investigation Mechanism (ICIM)

    This evaluation of the Inter-American Development Bank¿s Independent Consultation and Investigation Mechanism (ICIM, more commonly known by its Spanish acronym MICI) responds to two separate mandates. First, the policy establishing MICI stipulates that "two years after the effective date of the Mech...

 

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