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Lao People's Democratic Republic: Northern Region Sustainable Livelihoods Through Livestock Development Project (A Joint Evaluation)

Evaluation Document | 11 September 2018

This joint project performance evaluation report of the Northern Region Sustainable Livelihoods through Livestock Development Project is the first joint evaluation exercise between the Independent Evaluation Department (IED) of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Independent Office of Evaluation (IOE) of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). The project has been selected for a joint evaluation as it was jointly financed by IFAD and ADB; along with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

The evidence shows that the project was instrumental in highlighting the potential for livestock development to support sustainable development in the Lao PDR's remote northern region, given the country's comparative advantage in livestock. However, the project's on-the-ground impact was constrained by the limited effectiveness of the targeting strategy. The project failed to reach the poorest of the poor. Other constraints included flaws in the design of the components on microfinance and access to markets, the dismantling of livestock production groups, and too-sporadic training activities.

IOE and IED pursued a high level of collaboration for this report, which is the culmination of a series of joint activities including a joint preparation process leading to a single evaluation approach paper, a joint evaluation mission, and a joint evaluation report. The evaluation followed IOE's core methodology, but IED's Guidelines for Evaluation of Public Sector Operations were integrated into the IOE approach.