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Implementation Completion Report (ICR) Review - Infrastructure Rehabilitation Engineering Project

1. Project Data:   
ES Date Posted:
Project Name:
Infrastructure Rehabilitation Engineering Project
Project Costs(US $M)
 42.5  36.0
Loan/Credit (US $M)
 37.7  31.6
Sector, Major Sect.:
Transportation Adjustment,
Cofinancing (US $M)
L/C Number:
Board Approval (FY)
Partners involved
Closing Date
06/30/1996 03/31/1999
Prepared by: Reviewed by: Group Manager: Group:  
Binyam Reja
Laurie Effron Gregory K. Ingram OEDST

2. Project Objectives and Components:

a. Objectives
The main objectives of the project were to support the economic recovery and further development of Angola infrastructure through the rehabilitation of key transport and urban systems, and assistance in the formulation of policies, strategies, rehabilitation plans and programs of continuing maintenance

b. Components

    To achieve the above objectives, the project comprised the following components:
    1. Namibe Port Transport System (NPTS): Port rehabilitation including feasibility study, technical assistance, training, spare parts purchase, and administrative support.
    2. Mocamedes Railway (CFM): Namibe port railway rehabilitation including feasibility study, technical assistance, training, spare parts purchase, and administrative support
    3. National Basic Highway Network (NBHN): Management study, maintenance studies, technical assistance, training, and administrative support
    4. Luanda Port Transport System (LPTS): Port development including feasibility study, technical assistance, and training, and administrative support.
    5. Luanda Railway (CFL): rehabilitation including feasibility study, technical assistance, training, and administrative support.
    6. Luanda Metropolitan Area: (a) water supply and sanitation system rehabilitation including institutional study, and administrative support; and (b) urban infrastructure upgrading including land use and infrastructure plan, training, technical assistance, and administrative support.
    7. Environmental Rehabilitation including technical assistance to support environmental assessment, review of regulatory framework, and training
    8. Project Management

    The project components were significantly revised at mid-term review because of the renewed civil war and approval of the Transport Recovery Project (TRP, Credit 2420-ANG). Key components of the NPTS, CFM, LPTS, and CFL were canceled and some were transferred to TRP. A portion of the funds released as a result were redirected to prepare and execute the Luanda Emergency Water Works (LEWW). The LEWW component introduced a significant construction component into a project first designed to prepare Angola for the rehabilitation of its transport and urban infrastructure.

c. Comments on Project Cost, Financing and Dates
The appraisal cost estimate was reduced from US$42.5 million to US$ 40 million at mid-term review, and the IDA credit amount from US$38 million (SDR 28 million) to $35 million (SDR 25 million). In mid 1998, the project cost was further reduced to US$36 million and the credit amount to US$32 million (SDR 23 million). The rest was canceled. Government contribution was US$4.4 million versus the appraisal and mid-term review projections of US$4.8 million. The project closed 33 months later than scheduled.

3. Achievement of Relevant Objectives:

The development objectives of the project were partially achieved. The government initiated institutional reforms, introduce cost recovery, and strengthen infrastructure agencies. The objective of preparing for the rehabilitation of the transport and urban infrastructure and of providing assistance towards the formulation of policies, strategies, and rehabilitation plans was largely met. The civil war made execution of some components impossible and the existence of TRP became a more appropriate vehicle to implement certain transportation components.

4. Significant Outcomes/Impacts:

The project supported the government in introducing sector reforms, implementing cost recovery and encouraging private sector participation in infrastructure.

5. Significant Shortcomings (include non-compliance with safeguard features):

The project was implemented during a period of economic and political volatility. Many components and sub-components were canceled. .
6. Ratings:ICROED ReviewReason for Disagreement/Comments
SatisfactoryMarginally Satisfactory
    Not all objectives were achieved.
Institutional Dev.:
    Significant policy and institutional improvements were undertaken
    Even though there are some good institutional and policy basis to ensure the sustainability of the project the continued civil strife in the country makes the sustainability of the project uncertain. In addition, sustainability of the LEWW component is judged as unlikely by the ICR, making the overall sustainability of the project as uncertain.
Bank Performance:
Borrower Perf.:
Quality of ICR:

7. Lessons of Broad Applicablity:

The ICR identifies the following lessons: (i) the government's ownership of the project and strong support from locally staffed PU are essential to success; (ii) smaller and more focused projects that involve fewer implementing agencies improve the management's chance of success in implementation; (iii) risks should be carefully identified and managed; and (iv) it is very difficult to effectively transfer knowledge.

8. Audit Recommended?  No


9. Comments on Quality of ICR:

The ICR is satisfactory. The lessons section could have been developed more.

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