One ADB: An Evaluation of ADB’s Approach to Delivering Strategy 2030

Evaluation Document | 08 February 2022
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One ADB: An Evaluation of ADB’s Approach to Delivering Strategy 2030

Strategy 2030 explicitly defined in 2018 the One ADB approach, committing to reinforce the uneven but increasing efforts to promote collaboration under implementation since at least 2010. ADB is now undertaking further initiatives on RMs’ role, cultural transformation, and integration of sovereign and nonsovereign operations, complementing past reforms of knowledge operations and departments. The evaluation analyzed what efforts were made and what obstacles were encountered in bringing together expertise and knowledge across the institution and identify potential opportunities and existing gaps in collaboration. This formative evaluation aimed at informing the Board of Directors and ADB management as ADB directionally pivots its organizational structure, processes, and institutional culture towards a systemic One ADB approach. This evaluation focused on learning and management, than accountability, to shape future interventions. The evaluation is process-leaning rather than results-oriented, and focused on progression of One ADB’s intermediate results and expected final results.

The evaluation broadly assessed how the application of a One ADB approach has evolved, in what situations a cooperative approach has particular merit, what challenges have prevented or can impede fuller collaboration when beneficial, and what lessons can be learned from other private sector, multilateral, and bilateral development agencies focused on development. The aim was to identify from past operations and comparators’ experience key specific bottlenecks preventing collaborative approaches, and solutions leading to more client-centered, integrated solutions for complex development problems.