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Indonesia - Dam Safety Project (English)

Ratings for the Dam Safety Project in Indonesia were as follows: outcomes were moderately unsatisfactory, the risk to development outcome was moderate, the Bank performance was moderately satisfactory, and the borrower performance was also moderately satisfactory. Some lessons learned included: 1) to sustain outcomes in a situation where new concepts and processes are introduced, the focus on institutional development needs to be maintained during the project and beyond. The risk to dam safety in this project remains moderate or substantial/considerable due to relatively lower attention to institutional development vis-a-vis physical activities during implementation and inadequate follow-up thereafter; 2) new regulatory institutions require technical expertise and adequate operating budgets to function in a capable and independent manner. In this project, shortage of experienced/qualified staff and inadequate operating budgets contributed to under-performance of the dam safety regulatory unit; 3) building dam safety institutions can be a long process when it requires major changes in organizational attitudes, establishing new work methods, and upgrading technical expertise. In such cases, the Bank should consider an extended commitment through a sequence of projects or through adaptable program lending (APL); and 4) new techniques and equipment should be tailored to the existing level of capacity; facilities and funds for ongoing maintenance; and site security. Most of the relatively sophisticated instrumentation installed at dams under this project has deteriorated for lack of maintenance.

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Indonesia - Dam Safety Project (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/214821468258284733/Indonesia-Dam-Safety-Project