Country Performance Assessment

Country performance assessments (CPAs) are the bedrock of performance-based allocation. The CPA exercise assesses the quality of a country's policy and institutional framework, and measures the extent to which such framework supports sustainable growth, poverty reduction, and the effective use of development assistance.

Each country's performance is assessed on 17 indicators based on:

  • coherence of its macroeconomic and structural policies;
  • degree to which its policies and institutions promote equity and inclusion;
  • quality of its governance and public sector management; and
  • portfolio quality.

The CPAs are carried out annually for developing member countries with populations exceeding 1 million, and every 2 years for countries with smaller populations. Starting with the 2005 CPA exercise, ADB conducts its annual CPAs using the World Bank's country policy and institutional assessments (CPIA) questionnaire.

The CPIA questionnaire

  • assesses performance in 16 indicators; and
  • describes the performance characteristics for each score (on a scale of 1 to 6) for each of the 16 indicators.

The 17th indicator, portfolio performance, is also assessed on a scale of 1 to 6.

CPA Annual Reports