AETS was recently awarded the project “Final evaluation of the Ivory Coast’s road network preservation project”, in the scope of the European Union’s (EU) Framework contract: Services for the Implementation of External Aid (SIEA) Lot 2 – Infrastructure, sustainable growth and jobs.

Following on 10 years of economic crisis in Ivory Coast, the election of the current president, Alassane Ouattara, was swiftly followed by the commitment of significant aid by funders, particularly the EU. This aid was directed at supporting the economic recovery of Ivory Coast. Both the country’s 2012-2015 and 2016-2020 National Development Plans (PND, French acronym) concluded that the condition of the national and international road network was posing serious hindrances to the development of the private sector, employment and international trade.

Given the above context, the EU decided to launch a mission to evaluate the Ivory Coast’s road network preservation project, a project which ran for 7 years from November 2011 to November 2018. This final evaluation should follow 7 criteria, namely: relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability, impact, added value of the EU and consistency.

The evaluation will also focus specifically on the expected results in comparison with the achieved results, as well as the gap analysis and contribution to the project objectives. Finally, the evaluation should provide recommendations based on lessons learned from the project which will provide support for current and future actions, such as the Regional Indicative Programme (PIR, French acronym) of the 11th European Development Fund (FED, French acronym).

AETS will be putting forward a team of 4 experts, of which 3 are themselves West-African nationals.