The World Bank requested a review of the progress of the Japan-World Bank Program for Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Management in Developing Countries (“the Program”). The Program helps support grant and financing activities in developing countries with the goal of integrating disaster risk management in national development planning strategies and investments and connecting Japanese and global expertise to these investments. They requested a completion report of Phase 1 and a midterm review of Phase 2, including an evaluation of success factors and lessons learned to inform planning for a possible Phase 3.
DHInfrastructure conducted a mixed-methods evaluation of Phase 1 and 2 of the Program through an analysis of project documents and semi-structured interviews with key stakeholders from the Program's staff, the Japanese and client governments, and beneficiaries of financed activities. We developed review questions to evaluate the program's success based on the OECD-DAC evaluation criteria of relevance, coherence, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability, and impact; assessed areas where operational processes or government arrangements could improve program management; and presented recommendations for the implementation of the second half of Phase 2 and a potential Phase 3 of the Program.