Inspectie Ontwikkelingssamenwerking en Beleidsevaluatie

Dutch investments in public infrastructure in developing countries: moderately effective, but not always focused on poverty alleviation

IOB published an evaluation of the programme for public infrastructure in developing countries ORET after 2007. IOB concludes that ORET evolved towards a comprehensive set of infrastructure services that was attractive for the recipient governments. Because of the shift in aims towards sustainable economic development after 2005, the effect on poverty alleviation decreased. Financial sustainability of ORET transactions remains a big challenge. ORET remained a somewhat isolated programme that was hardly complementary to other Dutch aid and private sector development activities because of its applicant-driven and centrally-managed character and the long list of eligible countries. It played a limited role in facilitating market access for Dutch exporters. The combination of grants with other modes of finance enlarged ORET's scope, but bank loans went together with high one-off finance and insurance costs.

IOB draws these and other conclusions in its report 'Work in Progress – Evaluation of the ORET Programme: Investing in Public Infrastructure in Developing Countries'. The report can be downloaded here, you will find the IOB Evaluatie Nieuwsbrief (in Dutch) here, and the policy reaction (also in Dutch) can be found here. The underlying data regarding the transactions can be explored interactively at this page.