Fiji: Third Road Upgrading (Sector) Project
The Third Road Upgrading (Sector) Project in Fiji was designed to support the development of the road sector by improving the efficiency of road sector services, increasing private sector participation in road construction and maintenance, and improving management of road assets and financial resources. To achieve these objectives, the project supported the government to improve physical road conditions and reform sector institutions. Overall, the evaluation assessed the project successful. It was relevant, effective, less than efficient, and likely sustainable. The preliminary development impact was satisfactory. The performance of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) was satisfactory while that of the borrower was considered less than satisfactory. The evaluation has three recommendations for ADB: (i) follow up with the Fiji Roads Authority on the mainstreaming of road asset management models developed under the project; (ii) help the government reestablish a road accident database; and (iii) help the Fiji Roads Authority reintroduce its traffic counting program, monitoring and record keeping systems, and seek ways to reduce staff turnover.