Corporate Evaluation Study on ADB's Decentralization: Progress and Operational Performance

Evaluation Document | 24 October 2013

This evaluation focuses on the performance of ADB's decentralization for quality service delivery and development effectiveness and provides policy recommendations.

Decentralization has significantly expanded the Asian Development Bank's resident mission network. This has helped raise ADB's profile and country focus, with the next phase of decentralization likely to empower resident missions with more core business activities and responsibilities.

This corporate evaluation study on the progress and operational performance of ADB's decentralization process was motivated by changing needs of clients and development conditions, especially in light of Strategy 2020. The evaluation also responds to a request made by donors to the Asian Development Fund at the time of its latest replenishment (ADF XI).

From 2000 to 2012, the number of resident missions more than doubled from 13 to 27. About 23% of ADB staff and 35% of ADB active portfolio ($21 billion) were under resident mission management

The study focuses on three evaluation objectives - decentralization progress, performance of resident mission functions, and performance of ADB operations - to understand how further operational effectiveness and efficiency gains can be made through decentralization and delegation.

It recommends, among other things, that ADB strengthen the technical capacity of resident missions and delegate more operational responsibility to them, in particular project and technical assistance processing and administration; and that more direct operational support functions are delegated to regional departments or resident missions by increasing their capacity to undertake these functions.

Contents 

  • Foreword
  • Executive Summary
  • Chapter 1: Introduction
  • Chapter 2: Decentralization Progress
  • Chapter 3: Functional Performance and Operational Issues
  • Chapter 4: Performance of ADB Operations
  • Appendixes