Evaluation of ADB Support for the Greater Mekong Subregion Program, 2012–2020

Evaluation Document | 8 December 2021

The evaluation assessed the performance and results of ADB support for the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Program during 2012–2020. In particular, the evaluation assessed the GMS Program as an instrument to achieve the subregion’s 3-C strategic objectives of connectivity, competitiveness, and community and the extent to which ADB inputs as the GMS Secretariat and its projects, programs and technical assistance have contributed to achieving these strategic objectives. The findings, issues, lessons, and recommendations of the evaluation will feed into the implementation of the new GMS-2030 and the formulation of its results framework and Regional Investment Framework-2025.

In addition, ADB support for the GMS Program was also assessed in terms of how well it has fulfilled ADB’s corporate objectives in promoting the regional cooperation and integration operational priorities, including support for regional public goods and for social sector development (particularly the health sector). The evaluation took into account the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic and responses by the GMS countries as reflected in changes in activities and program implementation.