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Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD - New evaluation products recently released: China and Djibouti project performance assessments

Display Date: 3/15/16


New evaluation products just released


People’s Republic of China

Environmental Conservation and Poverty-Reduction
Programme in Ningxia and Shanxi

Project Performance Assessment

brief summary of findings

direct link:  Executive summary| Full document

The Environment Conservation and Poverty-Reduction Programme in Ningxia and Shanxi aimed at sustainable and equitable poverty reduction for 300,000 vulnerable rural households living in an environment with a fragile and deteriorating natural resource base. A large number of these impoverished households belonged to the Hui ethnic minority.

The programme used a multisectoral approach to address the main causes of poverty within a fragile environment. Programme activities were implemented in the context of wider Government efforts to reduce poverty in the region. The scale of the concerted efforts enabled a far-reaching transformation of the rural landscape, with significant improvements in basic education and health services, and consolidation of the natural resource base. Value was added through the consistent efforts to target programme benefits to the poorer households, in particular women.

Although it has delivered a number of results, the programme failed to stand up to its original intention and purpose. In particular it did not deliver the transformative approaches or innovative practices that could have informed ongoing Government programmes and policies for poverty reduction in environmentally sensitive areas. Analysis of the factors limiting the relevance, effectiveness and impact of this programme highlights the need for IFAD to keep abreast of China’s rapid development.



The Republic of Djibouti

Microfinance and Microenterprise Development Project

Project Performance Assessment

brief summary of findings

direct link:  Executive summary:English| French| Full document

The Microfinance and Microenterprise Development Project in Djibouti aimed to establish a viable network of savings and credit unions; promote microenterprises services and develop sustainable non-financial services; formulate and adopt a national microfinance and microenterprise strategy with a legal framework; and strengthen and diversify income-generating activities.

Overall, the project 's contribution is important in terms of reform of the microfinance sector, particularly through the adoption of legal texts and strategies, and partnerships with institutions specialized in microfinance. The project has advocated for an inclusive approach that has promoted women’s participation in decision-making regarding the governance of savings and credit unions.

However, sustainability of benefits has been hampered by human resources constraints of savings institutions and credit unions, the absence of an apex structure, the continued importance of subsidies, weak profitability of the portfolio and weak savings and credit unions operational and financial autonomy. The evaluation recommended that future interventions focus on strengthening the network of credit and savings banks so that they can better serve the target group.





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