Learning Curves: Country Assistance Program Evaluation for UzbekistanThis edition of Learning Curves summarizes an evaluation of ADB's assistance to Uzbekistan. It identifies factors affecting ADB's performance, and draws lessons and recommendations for improving ADB's future performance.
ADB has been supporting the development of Uzbekistan since 1998, approving 30 loans totalling $1.3 billion for projects and programs as of the end of 2009. Support has focused on agriculture, education, transport, and water supply.
This is the second country assistance program evaluation for Uzbekistan, and covers 2002-2009. Among the priorities of ADB support over this period were accelerating environmentally sustainable rural development and enabling private sector development through reforms, foreign investment, and privatization.
Overall, ADB's assistance to Uzbekistan is rated successful. The evaluation study says projects and programs benefited in particular from ADB's close partnership with Uzbekistan's government, after overcoming some earlier stresses in the relationship.
Among the recommendations put forward for formulating ADB's new country partnership strategy and ongoing assistance for Uzbekistan are maintaining a focus on infrastructure, supporting reforms through advisory technical assistance, reviving support for private sector development, raising the efficiency of government procurement procedures, and developing a strategy for choosing financial instruments and lending modalities.