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ADB’s Development Effectiveness in 2018

Thursday, 2 May 2019, 11:00 am–12:00 pm, Westin Senirosi Rua
ADB’s Development Effectiveness in 2018


Bernard WoodsDirector, Results Management and Aid Effectiveness Division, Strategy, Policy, and Review Department, ADB

Mr. Woods is the director of the Results Management and Aid Effectiveness Division of ADB's Strategy, Policy, and Review Department. Previously he was a principal urban development specialist in the Urban and Social Sectors Division of ADB's East Asia Department. Prior to ADB, he was a partner and co-owner of Goss Gilroy Inc., where he coordinated the international practice area, business development, and innovation. He also worked with the Aga Khan Foundation. Mr. Woods holds a master's degree in public administration (development) from Carleton University in Canada.


Helen ClarkFormer Administrator of UNDP and Former Prime Minister of New Zealand

Helen Clark was Prime Minister of New Zealand for three successive terms from 1999–2008. She was the first woman to become Prime Minister following a general election in New Zealand and the second woman to serve as Prime Minister. Throughout her tenure as Prime Minister and as a member of Parliament over 27 years, Ms. Clark engaged widely in policy development and advocacy across the international affairs, economic, social, environmental, and cultural spheres. She advocated strongly for a comprehensive program on sustainability for New Zealand and for tackling the challenges of climate change. In 2009, Ms. Clark became administrator of the United Nations Development Programme. She was the first woman to lead the organization, and served two terms there.

Prior to entering the New Zealand Parliament, Helen Clark taught in the Political Studies Department of the University of Auckland, from which she earlier graduated with her BA and MA (hons) degrees. She continues to speak widely and be a strong voice on sustainable development, climate action, gender equality and women’s leadership, peace and justice, and action on noncommunicable diseases and on HIV. She serves on a number of advisory boards and commissions, including in the capacity of chair of the Advisory Board of UNESCO’s Global Education Monitoring Report. In June 2019, she will assume the chairpersonship of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.

Cristelle PrattDeputy Secretary General, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat

Cristelle Pratt is deputy secretary general of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, with vast expertise in ocean governance, and climate and disaster risk resilience. Ms. Pratt has worked for the Government of Fiji and in various regional roles, with the most senior being that of director general/CEO of the Pacific Islands Applied Geoscience Commission from 2004 to 2010. Ms. Pratt holds tertiary qualifications in marine law and policy from Dalhousie University, Canada and in geoscience from the Australian University, Australia.


Deborah StokesVice-President for Administration and Corporate Management, ADB

Deborah Stokes is the vice-president for administration and corporate management, responsible for the operations of the Budget, Personnel, and Management Systems Department; Office of Administrative Services; Office of the General Counsel; Office of Information Systems and Technology; Office of the Secretary; and Procurement, Portfolio and Financial Management Department. Prior to ADB, she was a senior official in Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and AusAID, and has served as Australia’s ambassador to Austria and the United Nations, and high commissioner to Papua New Guinea.

Seminar Summary

The seminar launched ADB’s Development Effectiveness Review in 2018. Moderator Deborah Stokes stressed the important role of the report as a significant input into decision making at ADB that informs its work planning and budgeting processes. Bernard Woods presented the findings of the report highlighting ADB’s contribution to sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific and its achievements against Strategy 2020, which is based on a transitional results framework that was adopted at the end of 2017.

ADB has made a year of substantial achievement with regard to the ADB’s corporate targets, as the bank’s lending hit an all-time high. ADB’s performance, as shown by the 2018 DEfR scorecard, was the strongest on record since ADB began using the scorecard system in 2009. ADB continued its significant investments in infrastructure for sustainable development, particularly related to clean energy, water and sanitation for all (SDGs 6 and 7). ADB also reached a record high contribution in support of quality education (SDG 4). Gender equality (SDG 5) and climate action (SDG 13) supports also remained strong.

Helen Clark welcomed the report and the improvements it highlighted. She also reflected on ADB’s 2018 achievements, noted alignments global agendas, highlighted the importance of "no one left behind" in reference to programming in fragile and conflict affected situations, and stated that the DEfR shows the region can progress and ADB can be part of that story. Cristelle Pratt highlighted the opportunities and challenges associated with delivering on Strategy 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals in the Pacific region and the need for ADB to strengthen country systems, with a focus on the needs of small island developing states. Audience participation through Pigeonhole was also vibrant.