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LESSONS:

Alternative Livelihoods Development Project

sector: Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Rural Development, Education, Finance, Transport | country: Fiji Islands

ADB staff should make more effort to understand the political economy of a country, and not design projects in isolation from such a consideration.

ADB should constantly be aware of what other donors are doing. Greater donor coordination would ensure more cohesive assistance that offers a more comprehensive set of measures to address a country’s strategic development needs.

ADB project administration units should be actively involved in the latter stages of loan processing, thus ensuring an orderly shift of responsibilities and allowing borrowing country staff time to adjust to new personalities.

ADB should ensure that lessons are heeded in project preparation and processing.

Lessons from Validation

Fiji: Alternative Livelihoods Development Project

The lessons drawn by the project completion report (PCR) are valuable to ADB. ADB needs to seriously consider the socioeconomic and political environments in designing projects. Implementing a project in an unstable environment is not likely to yield positive outcomes. Proper timing is important in introducing a project especially when it entails a paradigm shift (i.e., from supply-led to demand- driven). The experience with this project highlighted the need for greater coordination with other donors in addressing the country’s strategic development needs. There was no ownership of the government during project implementation.

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