Evaluation Learning Event: Innovation and Learning in a Changing Asia

Description

To commemorate its 10th anniversary, Independent Evaluation at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) will host a learning event on 9-10 September 2014. The purpose of the event will be to explore and facilitate the vital links between evaluation, learning, innovation and change in the context of key development challenges facing Asia and the Pacific--inequality and environmental sustainability.

A recent study from Independent Evaluation highlighted that given the complexity of these challenges, innovation and risk taking in addressing them must be encouraged, and evaluation, while ensuring rigor, needs to reinforce this. For this reason, it is important that development practitioners (including from evaluation), policy makers, and representatives from the corporate sector and academia have opportunities to share lessons and successful approaches relating to topics like inclusive growth and inclusive business, climate change and disaster resilience, governance, knowledge sharing and innovation. The learning event provides such an opportunity.

Objectives

The learning event’s objectives will be to gain an understanding of the challenges and opportunities associated with using evaluation as an instrument to promote organizational learning, innovation and change; and (ii) to share good practices and lessons learned from within the development community, the corporate sector and academia.

Target participants

The attendants and participants to the event will comprise senior government officials from countries in the Asia-Pacific region, private sector executives, leading academics, senior representatives from the development community as well as ADB staff and management.

Confirmed speakers and panelists

  • Takehiko Nakao, President, Asian Development Bank
  • Sanjay Pradhan, Vice President for Change, Leadership and Innovation, World Bank
  • Alexia Latortue, Deputy Assistant Secretary, International Development Policy, US Treasury
  • Vinod Thomas, Director General, Independent Evaluation, Asian Development Bank
  • Marvin Taylor Dormond, Director of Private Sector Evaluation, Independent Evaluation Group, World Bank Group
  • Ravi Kanbur, Professor, Cornell University
  • Li Kouqing, Director General, Asia Pacific Finance and Development Center, Ministry of Finance, PR China
  • Emmanuel Esguerra, Deputy Director General,National Economic and Development Authority, Philippines
  • Robert Piccioto, Professor, King’s College London
  • Joseph Eichenberger, Chief Evaluator, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
  • Loren Legarda, Senator, Republic of the Philippines
  • Brahma Chellaney, Professor of Strategic Studies, Center for Policy Research
  • Mohan Munasinghe, Chairman, MIND Institute, Sri Lanka
  • Jose Ramon Villarin, President, Ateneo de Manila University
  • Solita Monsod, Professor, University of the Philippines
  • Tony Kwok, International Anti-Corruption Specialist, Hong Kong