Evaluating the EBRD's work

Latest evaluation reports

2016 Annual Evaluation Review

The Annual Evaluation Review provides a summary of EvD’s mandate and operational priorities, and an overview of its activities and accomplishments in 2016.

Highlights include important findings and recommendations on: the effectiveness of support for policy dialogue, small business and sustainable energy; the role of field offices and subsidies; a new approach to country strategies; and the EvD leadership of the premier multilateral evaluation group.


Use of Subsidies Phase 1

The EBRD’s use of subsidies in projects has increased substantially over the past decade, on par with the overall increase of Bank business volume. Key drivers of growth include the financial crisis and the Bank’s expansion into new areas including climate change, clean energy and resource efficiency. The role of subsidies is likely to increase further under the Bank’s current strategic direction. Phase 1 of this EvD study maps subsidies approved between 2010 to 2014 by type, sector, geography and donor, and their consistency with Bank policies.

Small Business Support Programme 2011 to 2015

The Small Business Support Programme (SBS) has been the EBRD’s main programme to support development of small and medium enterprises since its inception in the mid-1990s. This evaluation focuses primarily on the relevance, effectiveness and efficiency of the 2011 to 2015 Strategic Plan. The evaluation makes use of both qualitative and quantitative data through documentary review, interviews, portfolio analysis and country and thematic case studies.


Evaluation work programme 2017 to 2019 and budget 2017

Almaty transport integrated approach

This operation evaluation appraises the performance of financing to Almaty Electrotrans, a trolleybus project and a two phase bus sector reform project, which represent combined total EBRD financing of just over €107 million. It discovers whether the integrated approach combining investments, technical cooperation and policy dialogue produced stronger results. It also explores the extent to which private sector participation increased through the project.


The EBRD's experience with resident offices

In the EBRD’s 25th anniversary year, with a new Strategic and Capital Framework 2016 to 2020 in place and an Operational Effectiveness and Efficiency initiative underway it is timely for the Bank to take stock of its field presence system. This evaluation identifies major challenges and opportunities for the Bank. Recommendations from this study suggest a new way forward for the resident office system.

Supply Chains and Backward Linkages

EBRD projects often target transition impact by extending markets through direct or or indirect positive effects on supply chains and backward linkages. This study examines projects where this has been a key objective, assessing how efforts are integrated into project design and the results of this work. Several recommendations to strengthen the Bank's approach and activities in this area are made.

Crisis response to banks in south-eastern Europe

This evaluation reviews several EBRD operations to support bank stability in south-eastern Europe and to place capital in the real economy. It looks at the extent to which the operations contributed to systemic bank stability in south-eastern Europe, what signal the intervention sent to the marketplace and what would have happened without EBRD support.

Country Strategies - an initial review

This paper summarises an external assessment of eight new country strategies which use the EBRD's new country strategy results framework. The assessment is conducted against the core objectives of the new results framework design and good practice features.

The paper also presents a quality assessment checklist drawing on the good practice of other IFIs adjusted for the EBRD context, covering four key areas: analysis, selection, instruments and results.


The EBRD's projects in the Russian rail sector

This study is an evaluation of the EBRD's projects in the Russian rail sector conducted between 1996 and 2013. The portfolio represents €1.8 billion in EBRD investments supported by €6 million in technical cooperation initiatives.

The projects are situated in the context of the overall reform programme in the Russian rail sector during the period. They are examined for their relevance to the EBRD's mandate, achievements and outputs and the efficiency with which they were implemented. Several findings and lessons are observed and recommendations made.

Operation evaluation summary: four wind farms


This evaluation covers four wind energy projects under five EBRD operations –three in EU EBRD countries of operations and two in Central Asia. The principal reason for evaluating these projects as a group was to assess the presence of common design, execution and performance issues in projects of this type, with a view to extracting valuable insights for similar operations in the future.