Asian Development Bank's Support for Promoting Good Governance in Pacific Developing Member Countries

Date: November 2011
Type: Evaluation Reports
ADB administration and governance; Evaluation; Governance and public sector management
Series: Special Evaluation Studies


Ben Graham of the Independent Evaluation at the Asian Development Bank (ADB), discusses the evaluation study on ADB's support for promoting good governance in the Pacific.

Macroeconomic management is a major challenge and sustained growth remains an elusive goal for most of ADB’s Pacific developing member countries. While governments have made clear commitments to improving governance, issues of capacity, implementation, and enforcement remain key concerns for achieving this crucial development goal.

This special evaluation study assesses ADB support for promoting good governance in Pacific developing member countries from 2000 to 2010, and it provides recommendations for ADB’s next Pacific strategy. Over the review period, ADB approved $158 million for 10 loans and grants, and $42 million for 96 advisory technical assistance projects classified under public sector management. In addition, ADB has supported numerous sector specific projects and regional technical assistance with governance and institution building components. ADB’s overall rating for projects promoting good governance is partly successful

Among key lessons drawn for the study is that better coordination and capacity will be needed, with more assistance coming from more providers. It says this will necessitate continued partnership building with traditional and possibly nontraditional ADB partners, more effective leveraging of available resources, and a sharper focus on areas with a history of success.

The study recommends a shift in emphasis from broad-scope policy lending to longer term sector development programs supporting priority sectors to secure lasting governance outcomes; and exploring nontraditional approaches to enhance transparency in Pacific developing member countries to sustain improvements in governance.


  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • The Context
  • Evaluation Findings and Performance Ratings
  • Key Findings, Lessons, and Recommendations
  • Appendixes
ADB's Support for Promoting Good Governance in Pacific Developing Member Countries