Independent Development Evaluation, African Development Bank


Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire


Work Programme: 
Evaluation Policy: 

Independent Development Evaluation (IDEV) is an independent function tasked with enhancing the development effectiveness of the African Development Bank in its Regional Member Countries. By conducting independent evaluations and proactively sharing best practices, IDEV ensures that the Bank and its stakeholders learn from past experience and plan and deliver development activities to the highest possible standards.

IDEV carries out independent evaluations of Bank operations, policies, strategies, and processes, working across projects, sectors, themes, regions, and countries. In addition, IDEV validates the self-evaluations of projects conducted by operations departments. It also engages in evaluation partnerships and knowledge-sharing activities. 

All of IDEV’s activities are designed to meet the following three key objectives: 

1. To provide a basis for accountability

To key stakeholders, including citizens, governments, funders, and partners, by evaluating and documenting the impact of the Bank’s activities.

2. To contribute to enhanced learning

Helping to improve current and future policies, strategies, projects, and processes.

3. To promote an evaluation culture

Within the Bank and Regional Member Countries to encourage a process of continuous learning and improvement. IDEV has a wealth of experience, expertise, and knowledge from evaluating the Bank’s development interventions across Africa.