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Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction

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Operations Evaluation Department
Reference Number: SES: REG 2007-10Special Evaluation StudyAugust 2007
ADB’s Japan Funds:
 Japan Fund for Poverty ReductionEvaluation Study
 
ABBREVIATIONS
ADB Asian Development BankCPS country partnership strategyDMC developing member countryICM implementation completion memorandumJFPR Japan Fund for Poverty ReductionNGO nongovernment organizationOCO Office of Cofinancing OperationsOED Operations Evaluation DepartmentOEM Operations Evaluation MissionRSDD Regional and Sustainable Development DepartmentSES special evaluation studyTA technical assistance
NOTE
In this report, “$” refers to US dollars.
Key Words
adb, asian development bank, adb development grants, government of japan, japan fund forpoverty reduction, nongovernment organizations, poverty reduction, poverty reduction strategyDirector General B. Murray, Operations Evaluation Department (OED)Director/Team Leader R. K. Leonard, Operations Evaluation Division 1, OEDTeam members A. C. Morales, Evaluation Officer, Operations EvaluationDivision 1, OED1I. C. De Guzman, Assistant Knowledge ManagementAdministrator, Operations Evaluation Division 1, OED
Operations Evaluation Department, SS-77
 
 
 
CONTENTSPage
DATA iiiEXECUTIVE SUMMARY vI.
 
INTRODUCTION 1
 
A.
 
Objectives of the Study 1
 
B.
 
Background 1
 
C.
 
Approach and Methodology 1
 
II.
 
CONTEXT 2
 
A.
 
JFPR
 
Objectives 2
 
B.
 
Current Status 3
 
C.
 
Portfolio 3
 
D.
 
Past Reviews and Evaluations of JFPR Projects 5
 
III.
 
PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT 5
 
A.
 
Country Case Studies 5
 
B.
 
Program Assessment 6
 
C.
 
Relevance 7
 
D.
 
Effectiveness 7
 
E.
 
Efficiency 8
 
F.
 
Sustainability 8
 
G.
 
Socioeconomic Impact 8
 
H.
 
Poverty Focus 9
 
I.
 
JFPR and ADB Strategic Objectives 9
 
J.
 
Achievement of JFPR-Specific Objectives 11
 
IV.
 
JFPR MANAGEMENT 14
 
A.
 
Management and Administration 14
 
B.
 
Demand for JFPR Projects 25
 
V.
 
CONCLUSIONS, ISSUES, LESSONS, AND RECOMMENDATIONS 25
 
A.
 
Conclusions 25
 
B.
 
Lessons 26
 
C.
 
Recommendations 28
 
The guidelines formally adopted by the Operations Evaluation Department (OED) on avoidingconflict of interest in its independent evaluations were observed in the preparation of this report.Jonathan Cook and Graham Walter were the international consultants assisted by Grace AgnesSevilla, national consultant. To the knowledge of the management of OED, there were noconflicts of interest of the persons preparing, reviewing, or approving this report.

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