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Nepal: Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women Project

The low status of women in Nepal can be traced to economic, legal, sociocultural, political, and institutional factors—which are interrelated, mutually reinforcing, and centuries old. The condition of women was exacerbated by the country’s caste system, as this defined access to resources and opportunities. The project aimed to improve the socioeconomic conditions of poor rural women through economic empowerment, legal empowerment, social empowerment and institutional strengthening and project management.

This report validates the completion report’s assessment of the project. IED overall assessment: Successful.

Uzbekistan: Second Small and Microfinance Development Project

The project aims to increase in microfinance loans to financially viable sub-borrowers (men and women). It also aimed to deliver training to improve the entrepreneurial capacity of sub-borrowers, including women and microcredit organizations. To meet the demand for micro and small enterprise (MSE) credit, the project was designed to catalyze lending to MSEs by working with participating commercial banks. These banks were required to commit to sustainable MSE financing and must meet a set of criteria. To facilitate access to credit by MSEs, the project comprised a $50 million loan to be channeled through the three banks for onlending to viable MSEs, and a technical assistance grant of $600,000 to improve the MSE financing capacity of banks’ and their sub-borrowers’ entrepreneurial skills. To demonstrate their commitment to the MSE sector, these banks were required to match the ADB credit allocation with their own funds.

This report validates the completion report’s assessment of the project. IED overall assessment: Successful.

Bangladesh: Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise Development Project

The project was formulated to address the constraint of access to financing by making available a $76 million credit line to participating financial institutions for onlending to small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The project focused on SMEs located in nonmetropolitan areas and 15% of the total facility was earmarked for women entrepreneurs. The project also provided a key stimulus measure of enhanced access to finance for SMEs to grow and operate at full potential.

This report validates the completion report’s assessment of the project. IED overall assessment: Successful.

Education Sector Program (Subprograms I-III): Program Completion Report

Project or program completion reports evaluate design, implementation and performance of a project or program, and provide an overall assessment and recommendations.

This document dated July 2016 is provided for the ADB project 35174-013, 35174-022, 35174-023, 35174-032 in Nepal.

Health Sector Development Program: Project Completion Report

Project or program completion reports evaluate design, implementation and performance of a project or program, and provide an overall assessment and recommendations.

This document dated June 2016 is provided for the ADB project 41376-022 in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic.

Afghanistan: Hairatan to Mazar-e-Sharif Railway Project

Afghanistan is a landlocked country facing tough sociopolitical and physical challenges. At the time of project preparation, Hairatan was Afghanistan’s main dry and river port, accounting for close to 50% of its total imports. However, an existing rail line between Termez in Uzbekistan and Hairatan did not have a rail link into Afghanistan. Freight into Afghanistan and beyond had to be off-loaded and reloaded into trucks at Hairatan. This process was costly and slow and limited volume flows. Removing this bottleneck was considered an urgent task.

The extension of the Termez–Hairatan railway link into Mazar-e-Sharif in Afghanistan was a top government priority. This railway line was expected to create a reliable, safe, and sustainable transport link between Afghanistan and its neighboring countries to increase regional cooperation and trade. It was also considered key to expanding job creation, investment, and ultimately poverty reduction in Afghanistan.

This report validates the completion report’s assessment of the project. IED overall assessment: Less than successful.