Issues Pertaining to the Engagement of Consultants in Bank Loan Projects and Their Effect on Project Performance

Date: December 1997
Type: Evaluation Reports
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Subject:
ADB administration and governance; Evaluation
Series: Special Evaluation Studies

Description

Consultants play an important role in implementing ADB projects and their timely engagement is critically important. ADB’s experience, however, shows that delays are a serious problem hindering the operation of many projects across countries and sectors.

This study identifies the underlying factors contributing to this problem, examines their implications, and proposes remedies.

It found that the most common reasons for delays included lack of familiarity with ADB guidelines, inadequate delegation of authority and highly centralized, cumbersome decision-making processes at various stages of the selection and hiring process. The study concluded that ADB’s experience of engaging consultants was generally unsatisfactory.

The study recommends that ADB’s Programs Departments begin dialogues with developing member countries to make the selection process for consultants more transparent, and provide executing agencies with greater authority and responsibility in that processes.

As a long-term solution, says the study, ADB should continue promoting the use of the domestic consulting industry through the systematic planning of its technical assistance activities.

Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Country Experiences
  • Major Issues
  • Conclusions and Recommendations
  • Appendixes
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