Country Assistance Program Evaluation for Bangladesh (2009)

Evaluation Document | 31 October 2009
This country assistance program evaluation is the second for Bangladesh, evaluating ADB's support for Bangladesh from 1999 to 2008, focusing on the 2005 country strategy, and covering 24 completed and 37 ongoing projects and programs.

Although Bangladesh is one of the world's poorest countries, more robust economic growth in recent years has helped it reduce poverty significantly, knocking about 10 percentage points off its poverty rate in the 10 years from 1999, when about half of the country was poor.

ADB and other development institutions have played a role in this achievement - Bangladesh is one of the world's largest recipients of official development assistance - financing about half of the country's annual development spending. From 1973 through the end of 2008, ADB alone approved 183 loans totaling $10 billion for 163 projects and programs in the country. At the end of 2008, ADB's portfolio of active loans totaled $3.7 billion, financing 37 projects and programs in over 10 sectors.

This study assesses the performance of ADB country strategies and assistance programs to Bangladesh from 1999 to 2008, focusing on the 2005 country strategy, and covering 24 completed and 37 ongoing projects and programs. It updates Bangladesh's first country assistance evaluation in 2003, which covered ADB support from 1986 to 2001.

Overall, ADB's program in Bangladesh is assessed as successful; ADB's strategic positioning was highly relevant to the country's needs, government priorities, and ADB's own strategies. The study found that ADB contributed modestly to development results in the country, but has significant potential to contribute further.

Contents 

  • Introduction
  • Country Context
  • ADB's Country Strategies and Programs
  • Top-down Assessment
  • Bottom-up Assessment
  • Overall Assessment, Findings, Lessons, and Recommendations