Country Assistance Program Evaluation for the Maldives

Evaluation Document | 30 September 2011

This country assistance program evaluation for Maldives assesses ADB's support, identifies factors affecting ADB's performance, and draws lessons and recommendations for improving ADB's future performance.

ADB has provided support to the Republic of the Maldives for more than three decades - a period marked by tourism-fuelled growth. More recently, however, the Maldives has grappled with a number of external shocks, including zero tourism growth in the first half of 2002 after the 9/11 attacks and the 2004 Asian tsunami.

This country assistance program evaluation - the first for the Maldives - assesses the ADB's strategies and programs in the country between 1978 and 2010. Over that period, ADB provided the Maldives with assistance totaling $201.5 million. The overall assessment of ADB support to the Maldives is partly successful.

Among the lessons learned during the review was the need to prepare for long-term sector support strategies for the country, including capacity development, as a basis for new infrastructure operations.

The study recommends improving the effectiveness of ADB's assistance by maintaining sector selectivity, while ensuring development effectiveness by coordinating with development partners on complementary support in related sectors. The study also recommends using phased approaches for enhancing project delivery.


  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Background Information
  • Evaluation Methodology
  • Evaluation Findings and Performance Ratings by Evaluation Criterion
  • Overall Performance Rating and Addressing the Questions
  • Conclusions
  • Appendixes