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People’s Republic of China: Yichang-Wanzhou Railway Project

May 6, 2016 | China | Project/Program Performance Evaluation Report (PPER)

The Yichang-Wanzhou Railway was the first railway to be developed in the low-income region of Hubei Province, and it constituted an important 377 km component in the central People’s Republic of China (PRC) railway corridor, linking Yichang in Hubei Province and Wanzhou in Chongqing Municipality. Due to the difficult terrain, the railway required numerous bridges (including two over the Yangtze River) and tunnels – 74% of its total length is bridges and tunnels, which is the highest percentage among the PRC railways constructed before 2010. The government recognized the project as the most technically challenging railway project when it was constructed given the complex topographical, geological, engineering, and hydrogeological conditions.

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Sri Lanka: Plantation Development Project

March 28, 2016 | Sri Lanka | Project/Program Performance Evaluation Report (PPER)

The evaluation rated the project less than relevant because of weaknesses in the design. The design included counterpart funding conditions for beneficiaries that discouraged participation by intended stakeholders. Parts of the complicated funding arrangements were not acceptable to stakeholders, and the arrangements as a whole were too ambitious, multifaceted, and complex. The project was rated less than effective because it failed to achieve most of the targets for its two intended outcomes. It fell particularly short in its attempts to enhance the profitability of the plantation sector. It was rated less than efficient due to the delays in realizing the project’s benefits, an inability to spend project funds as appraised, and the limited achievement of the intended outcomes and outputs. The project was rated less than likely sustainable due to the low profitability achieved by many of the participating RPCs, the continuing contraction of the tree plantation sector, and the lack of operation and maintenance arrangements. A majority of the project RPCs are unlikely to be profitable, sustainable entities in the future without external support. Overall the project is rated less than successful.

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Philippines: Electricity Market and Transmission Development Project

March 14, 2016 | Philippines | Project/Program Performance Evaluation Report (PPER)

After the East Asian financial crisis of 1997, the Government of the Philippines began a program to restructure the power sector and make the country’s electricity reliable, accessible, affordable, and sustainable. This effort was embodied by the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) of 2001. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) approved the Electricity Market and Transmission Development Project in 2002 to support the government’s restructuring and privatization plans.

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Indonesia: Participatory Irrigation Sector Project

March 4, 2016 | Indonesia | Project/Program Performance Evaluation Report (PPER)

The Participatory Irrigation Sector Project in Indonesia was approved on 19 December 2003 with an estimated cost of $126.0 million equivalent. The project was financed by two loans to a value of $73.0 million from the Asian Development Bank and a $15.0 million grant from the Government of the Netherlands. The project had four outputs: (i) upgraded district capacity to manage irrigation responsibilities, (ii) improved irrigation performance at scheme level, (iii) improved extension services and farmer access to agricultural inputs and services, and (iv) an improved system for water resource management information and asset management.

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People’s Republic of China: Sanjiang Plain Wetlands Protection Project

January 12, 2016 | China | Project/Program Performance Evaluation Report (PPER)

The Sanjiang Plain wetlands, located in the northeastern Heilongjiang Province, comprise one of the richest areas of globally significant biodiversity in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) but also one of the country’s most important food production regions. The area of the wetlands has been reduced by 80% from its original size since the 1950s due to multiple pressures, most notably drainage to reclaim land for farming. In support of these challenges and at the request of the PRC, an Asian Development Bank (ADB) loan for $15 million was cofinanced by a Global Environment Facility grant of $12.14 million that was administered by ADB.

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People’s Republic of China: Gansu Heihe Rural Hydropower Development Investment Program-Erlongshan Hydropower Project

November 27, 2015 | China | Project/Program Performance Evaluation Report (PPER)

By 2006, demand for electricity had outpaced economic growth for three consecutive years in the People’s Republic of China (PRC), leading to power supply shortages throughout the country.

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People’s Republic of China: Heilongjiang Road Network Development Project

November 10, 2015 | China | Project/Program Performance Evaluation Report (PPER)

In July 2006, the Board of Directors of Asian Development Bank (ADB) approved a loan of up to $200 million from its ordinary capital resources for the improvement of 428 kilometers (km) of the 775 km Jixi – Nehe highway and 170 km of rural link roads to develop an integrated road network, including a 2.6 km bridge over the Songhua river, two 500 meter bridges, and 145 smaller bridges.

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Regional: Greater Mekong Subregion Regional Communicable Diseases Control Project

September 30, 2015 | Cambodia, Lao PDR, Viet Nam | Project/Program Performance Evaluation Report (PPER)

The economic impact of cross-border transmission and the spread of emerging and epidemic infectious diseases on tourism, trade, and productivity can reach billions of US dollars. Within the framework of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) economic cooperation program, the ADB supported a grant-financed project to help three GMS countries – Cambodia, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, and Viet Nam – mitigate increased risks from greater transmission of communicable diseases resulting from greater connectivity for goods and services.

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Philippines: Acquisition and Rehabilitation of the Masinloc Coal-Fired Thermal Power Plant

March 19, 2015 | Philippines | Project/Program Performance Evaluation Report (PPER)

During the 1980s and early 1990s, the Philippines’ power sector suffered major electricity supply shortages. In response to the shortages, the National Power Corporation (i) invested substantially in costly fast-track diesel and oil-fired power plants, (ii) implemented new public sector generation projects including Masinloc, and (iii) completed 27 contracts for construction of independent power plants.

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Cambodia: Provincial Towns Improvement Project

December 29, 2014 | Cambodia | Project/Program Performance Evaluation Report (PPER)

This report presents the findings of the evaluation of the Provincial Towns Improvement Project in Cambodia, supported by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). It provides lessons and recommendations for future water supply and sanitation interventions in Cambodia, and in other countries with similar development contexts.

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