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Chad - Sahelian Zone Project (English)

The Sahelian Zone Project (SZP) was the tenth IDA operation, the sixth project in the agriculture sector and the second drought relief project in Chad. It was developed in response to the 1976 crop failure and to Government's decision to allocate investments more equitably between the cotton and Sahelian zones. The project was intended as a two-year non-renewal operation composed of 14 subprojects. Owing to delays in project implementation and the rapidly changing political and security situation in Chad, the project accomplished very little. Only about 8 percent of the originally estimated project cost was paid out. The vaccination campaign, an on-going activity from the first drought relief project, was the only subproject for which activities were to some extent successfully undertaken. Although expenses were incurred for 4 other subprojects, no activities were completed. The overall performance of IDA was fully satisfactory particularly in view of the constantly changing political circumstances in which it had to operate. One general lesson of this project is that IDA should have considered more carefully the risk of including a bilateral aid agency, which might become subject to substantial organizational constraints, in a co-financing arrangement for a project which was for a small amount, short time period and for which the processing was well advanced.

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Chad - Sahelian Zone Project (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.