Learning Lessons

Learning Lessons are syntheses of key lessons drawn from evaluation and completion reports of ADB-supported projects and programs. Lessons presented in these briefs are not prescriptive, and users are advised to carefully review these lessons in the context of country, sector, and thematic conditions.

  • June 2015

    To Foster Inclusive Growth, Tackle Inequality and Climate Change

    Although not immediately obvious, perhaps the best way to enhance adaptability to the impacts of climate change is to reduce economic inequality. This is because the poor are hit first and hardest when the intense storms and drought of climate change strike, and improving access to assets, opportunities, and institutional capacity will therefore help them better respond and cope. 
  • April 2015

    Response to Nepal's Earthquake: Ten Lessons from Evaluations

    On April 25, Nepal was hit by the worst catastrophe in almost a century. A 7.9-magnitude earthquake, followed by a series of major aftershocks, reduced parts of the Kathmandu Valley to rubble. More than 5,000 people are known to have died in this catastrophe, and that number could rise significantly as the news about the devastation in the rural areas has just to come in. 
  • December 2014

    Learning Lessons: ADB's Safeguard Policy

    Ensuring that potentially adverse environmental and social impacts from development projects—particularly large-scale infrastructure—are avoided or at least minimized and mitigated is one of the most challenging development interventions. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is institutionally committed to safeguard against these impacts in the projects it supports, and seeks to strengthen the safeguard capabilities of client countries. 
  • June 2014

    Learning Lessons: Supporting Inclusive Growth

    This brief looks at how ADB set and monitored its institutional priorities for promoting inclusive growth at the corporate level and through its country operations. It discusses lessons and recommendations to further increase inclusion. 
  • May 2014

    Learning Lessons: Strategy 2020 at Mid-term: Raising ADB's Impact amid Heightened Development Challenges

    This edition of Learning Lessons focuses on the recommendations from Independent Evaluation’s study Inclusion, Resilience, Change ADB’s Strategy 2020 at Mid-Term for ADB to increase its impact. Broadly, the report found that ADB’s strategic agenda remains relevant, but the institution needs to adapt its business model—and most importantly harness its financial and human resources and partnerships—to better deliver on that agenda.
  • October 2013

    Learning Lessons: Enhancing the Contribution of the Private Sector to Inclusive and Environmentally Sustainable Growth

    This Learning Lessons distills lessons from ADB's experience with a view to informing the selection, design, and monitoring of future private sector operations.
  • June 2013

    Agricultural Value Chains for Development

    This Learning Lessons focuses on crucial lessons for effective value chains based on ADB's support and experience in this area.
  • June 2013

    Learning Lessons: Education Sector

    This edition of Learning Lessons reviews and analyzes lessons drawn from evaluation of Asian Development Bank's (ADB) support to the education sector over the last 10 years.
  • April 2013

    Improving Road Safety in Asia and the Pacific

    A safe system approach to road safety offers a holistic view of road transport systems. This paper offers lessons for improving road safety and shares good road safety practices by drawing on various publications.
  • March 2013

    Making Infrastructure Disaster-Resilient

    This paper offers lessons for making infrastructure disaster-resilient based on experiences in Asia and the Pacific. It also shares practices associated with the multifaceted dimensions of resilience.

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