Country Program Evaluation: Jamaica 2009-2014

Nov 2014
This document presents an evaluation by the Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE) of the Country Program of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB, or the Bank) with Jamaica over the period 2009-2014. It is OVE's third independent assessment of the Bank's program in Jamaica. Past evaluations covered the periods 1990-2002 (RE-310, October 2005) and 2003-2008 (RE-365, June 2010).According to the Bank's Protocol for Country Program Evaluations (CPEs) (RE-348-3), the main function of a CPE is "to provide information on Bank performance at the country level that is credible and useful, and that enables the incorporation of lessons and recommendations that can be used to improve the development effectiveness of the Bank's overall strategy and program of country assistance." Like other CPEs, this evaluation examines Bank support to the country, with the dual purpose of strengthening accountability and facilitating learning.
The assessment in the CPE covers a portfolio that includes all the operations approved between 2009 and July 2014, together with those approved previously but implemented during this period. The details of the portfolio are provided in the annexes to this document.
In preparing this document, OVE interviewed some 130 people, including the Bank's main counterparts among the Jamaican authorities, project execution units, members of civil society and the private sector, representatives of multilateral agencies with presence in Jamaica, the Bank's General Manager for the Caribbean Region Department, the Bank's current and former Representatives in Jamaica, and IDB staff at the Bank's Country Office and at Headquarters. The mission also visited the sites of IDB-supported projects to assess implementation progress and challenges.