The 2012 ADB Perceptions Survey gauges and tracks stakeholders' perceptions of the mission of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to help reduce poverty and contribute to development in Asia and the Pacific.
Key findings reveal that stakeholders continue to strongly acknowledge ADB's impact on development. A considerable majority of stakeholders view ADB as a trusted, reliable, and competent organization with excellent knowledge of the region. ADB also receives high marks for its work in improving infrastructure and supporting regional economic cooperation and integration, both above 2009 levels.
At the same time, stakeholders believe that ADB could improve performance by increasing its flexibility and speed, and by reducing bureaucracy and simplifying processes. Promoting gender equality is also a continued area of weakness according to stakeholders, though improvement since 2009 is noted.
Compared to 2009, perceptions of ADB tend to have remained stable, with perceived performance improvement in a number of areas. Perceptions of ADB have improved most notably in the Central and West Asia region.
The 2012 perceptions survey measures stakeholders' views on development issues in the region and seeks to understand how well ADB's priorities and performance are aligned with its stakeholders' expectations and perceptions, and whether these have changed since the 2009 survey was conducted.
The survey results provide important insights about ADB's performance in contributing to poverty reduction in the Asia and Paciﬁc region under its Strategy 2020.
The survey, the third of its kind since 2006, was carried out among 900 opinion leaders in 31 member countries, drawn from a broad cross section of stakeholders in government, media, civil society, academia, the private sector, and development partners.