Strengthening Governance and Accountability in Pacific Island Countries

Evaluation Document | 28 December 2013
Strengthening Governance  and Accountability in Pacific Island Countries

This performance evaluation report assesses the performance of the two regional technical assistance projects in meeting their objectives as well as contributing to the overarching objective of improving governance, transparency and accountability in the management and use of public resources in the Pacific.

The project aimed to help operationalize the objectives of the ADB Second Governance and Anticorruption Action Plan (GACAP II), in particular the development of governance risk assessments, and support the region's efforts to strengthen the governance and accountability, particularly public auditing. It had two components - the governance component focusing on the development of governance and corruption risk assessment and mitigation plans in the ADB country strategy and projects, and the other component is the design and implementation of the Pacific Region Audit Initiative which is a long-term regional approach to raising public audit capacity, standards, and impacts.

The evaluation rated the project as successful overall. The project met its immediate objectives of improving governance and corruption orientation of country partnership strategies and projects, and designing a regional program for cooperation and capacity building for supreme audit institutions. However, it fell short of raising the timeliness and impact of public audit within the intended time frame.

One of the lessons from the project is the importance of ensuring that the components serve the same overall purpose. While the two components and their respective objectives are important on their own, they do not serve the same overall purpose and should not have been combined into one single project. Project experience demonstrated the use of participatory approach during project formulation and implementation which helped ensure strong support among key stakeholders and development partners.

<ul> <li>Basic data</li> <li>Executive summary</li> <li>Introduction</li> <li>Design and implementation</li> <li>Performance assessment</li> <li>Other assessments</li> <li>Issues, lessons and follow-up actions</li> <li>Appendixes</li> </ul>