Increasing the Impact of the Asian Development Bank's Technical Assistance Program

Date: May 2008
Type: Policies, Strategies, and Plans
ADB funds and products; ADB administration and governance; Evaluation


The technical assistance (TA) program of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) accounted for about 3% of annual ADB operations in 2004–2006. While developing member countries (DMCs) generally appreciated TA, a special evaluation study (SES) on TA performance by the ADB Operations Evaluation Department (OED) found that about two thirds of ADB’s TA activities had been rated “successful” or “highly successful”. This is below the 70% success rate target, indicating considerable scope for improving the development effectiveness of TA operations.


  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Role of Technical Assistance in ADB's Business Model
  • Improving Technical Assistance Management
  • Improving Technical Assistance Reform
  • Conclusion and Recommendations
  • Appendixes