Welcome to Scribd, the world's digital library. Read, publish, and share books and documents. See more ➡
Download
Standard view
Full view
of .
Add note
Save to My Library
Sync to mobile
Look up keyword
Like this
1Activity
×
0 of .
Results for:
No results containing your search query
P. 1
Lao People’s Democratic Republic: Sustainable Growth and Integration

Lao People’s Democratic Republic: Sustainable Growth and Integration

Ratings: (0)|Views: 410|Likes:
This evaluation summary assesses the performance of ADB country strategies and assistance programs for the Lao People’s Democratic Republic during the period of 2000–2009. It identifies factors affecting this performance, draws lessons, and makes recommendations for improving the future performance of ADB assistance.
This evaluation summary assesses the performance of ADB country strategies and assistance programs for the Lao People’s Democratic Republic during the period of 2000–2009. It identifies factors affecting this performance, draws lessons, and makes recommendations for improving the future performance of ADB assistance.

More info:

Copyright:Attribution Non-commercial

Availability:

Read on Scribd mobile: iPhone, iPad and Android.
download as PDF, TXT or read online from Scribd
See More
See less

11/04/2011

pdf

text

original

 
This country assistance program evaluation assesses the perormance o ADB country strategies and assistance programs or the Lao People’s Democratic Republic during the period o  2000–2009. It identies actors aecting this perormance,draws lessons, and makes recommendations or improving the uture perormance o ADB assistance.
 T
he Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) is currently undergoing threelinked transitions: rom a centrally-planned to a market economy, rom asubsistence-oriented and largely sel-contained economy to a commercially-oriented and regionally-integrated economy, and rom an agrarian to a moreurbanized society. Despite these, a number o actors constrains the developmento Lao PDR. Among them, (i) a signicant transport inrastructure decit, whichraises costs and limits access to markets and services or signicant portions o thepopulation; (ii) shallow nancial markets that cannot eciently support the rapidgrowth in economic activity; (iii) limited human capacity, especially skills neededor a modern, entrepreneurial, and increasingly urban economy; (iv) legislativeand institutional underpinnings o a market economy that are improving but stillunderdeveloped at this stage; (v) approaches to economic management thatincreasingly recognize the importance o entrepreneurial behavior but still constrain itin practice with excessively discretionary and opaque decision-making and regulation;and (vi) institutional capacity to und and deliver basic public services that continuesto be limited. Other challenges include the weak governance structures, vulnerabledebt sustainability, weak public expenditure management, spill-over eects o massiveresources-based oreign exchange earnings, and the vulnerable nancial sector.During 2000–2009, total ADB lending andnonlending assistance to the Lao PDR, includingADB-administered trust unds, amounted to$643 million – 23 loans o $391 million; 25 grantso $203 million; and 81 technical assistance (TA)grants o $49 million. Agriculture received thelargest share o total ADB nancing amountingto $109 million (17%), ollowed by energy with$106 million (16%) and transport with $103million (16%). ADB has approved substantialamounts o ADB assistance or water supplyand other municipal services ($78 million,12%); education ($70 million, 11%); and health($66 million, 10%).
Overall Assessment
 The overall perormance rating, determined by aggregating the perormance ratingso individual sectors and crosscutting areas or the study period is
successul 
. Theperormance o ADB assistance is
satisactory 
in strategic positioning;
relevant 
inprogram relevance; and
less efcient 
in achieving outputs and outcomes,
eective 
inachieving outcomes and institutional development,
likely sustainable,
and
satisactory 
 in development impact. All the evaluated sectors ollow a closely similar pattern, withmost criteria (excepting eciency) showing good perormance. It should be notedthat the low eciency was mainly because o the chronic implementation delaysacross sectors, refecting weak implementation capacity in executing agencies andcomplexity in the design o some projects. The risks linked to weak recurrent costunding or operation and maintenance, the weak domestic revenue base, and high aiddependency still persist.
Lao People’s Democratic Republic: Sustainable Growth and Integration
Since 2006, farmers have increasingly grownniche products that fetch desirable pricesabroad, for example organic cabbages shippedto Thailand, thanks to the ADB supportedSmallholder Development Project in Lao PDR.
Learning Curves
February 2011
Evaluation
Independent

You're Reading a Free Preview

Download
/*********** DO NOT ALTER ANYTHING BELOW THIS LINE ! ************/ var s_code=s.t();if(s_code)document.write(s_code)//-->