Lessons from Independent Evaluation: Toward Better Development Outcomes in Asia and the Pacific

3 May 2014, 8:00 am - 9:30 am, Ceremonial Hall

The seminar focused on evolving challenges in Asia and the Pacific, lessons from ADB’s implementation experience under Strategy 2020 and implications for the role of ADB.

The seminar will focus on evolving challenges in Asia and the Pacific region, lessons from ADB’s implementation experience under Strategy 2020 and possible implications for the role of ADB going forward.

Evolving Development Context. Economic policies played a major role in Asia’s success in raising living standards in the last half century. However, growth prospects for the region are now threatened by rising income inequality, environmental degradation and weaknesses in governance if Asia continues on its established growth path. Evidence strongly argues for Asia to broaden its development priorities into a triple bottom line: that is, a simultaneous focus on growth, social inclusion, and environmental sustainability, all underpinned with stronger governance.

Lessons from Evaluations and Implications for ADB Going Forward. Building on recently completed and/or ongoing IED evaluation studies (including IED’s ongoing commentary report on Strategy 2020 at midterm), the discussion will provide insights on where and how ADB can make a difference in greater inclusion, environmental sustainability, sustained growth and good governance.


Shamshad Akhtar 
United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

Gregory Clemente
Director for Asia, Agence Française de Développement (AFD)

Ruslan Dalenov
Vice Minister of Finance and Alternate Governor of Kazakhstan in ADB

Stephen P. Groff
Vice-President (Operations 2), Asian Development Bank

Alexia Latortue
Deputy Assistant Secretary, International Development Policy, US Treasury

Moderator: Vinod Thomas
Director General of Independent Evaluation at ADB

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