Evaluation Learning Event: Innovation and Learning in a Changing Asia


To commemorate its 10th anniversary, Independent Evaluation at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) hosted a learning event on 9-10 September 2014. The event explored and facilitated 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. Development practitioners (including from evaluation), policy makers, and representatives from the corporate sector and academia shared lessons and successful approaches relating to topics like inclusive growth and inclusive business, climate change and disaster resilience, governance, knowledge sharing and innovation. They discussed the challenges and opportunities associated with using evaluation as an instrument to promote organizational learning

Attendants and participants included 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.

Video coverage

Day 1, Opening Session and Panel Discussion on Inclusive Growth and Jobs

Day 2, Panel Discussion on Natural Disasters and Climate Change

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