Operational Plan for Enhancing ADB’s Effectiveness in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Situations

Institutional Document | April 2013

Supporting its developing member countries affected by fragility and conflict is a high priority for the Asian Development Bank.

This publication provides details on actions that ADB will take to improve the development impact of its support to developing member countries (DMCs) that are experiencing fragility and the effects of conflict on either a national or subnational level. It aims to improve the development impact of ADB's support to the DMCs that are experiencing fragility and the effects of conflict.

The plan's overall goal is to achieve improved development progress and strengthened institutions in these DMCs. It builds on lessons learned by ADB while implementing its 2007 approach, including those cited by the 2010 special evaluation study, and incorporates good practices that have developed from its own work and that of other development partners. The plan also aligns ADB's fragile and conflict-affected situations (FCAS) road map with the evolving international paradigm.


The operational plan identifies a comprehensive set of actions to mainstream fragility- and conflict-sensitive approaches in ADB's country strategies and operations. This means that ADB will

  • continue efforts to make country strategies and plans for all FCAS countries more fragility- and conflict-sensitive,
  • strengthen human resources for FCAS operations,
  • seek to augment financial resources for FCAS operations,
  • adopt differentiated business processes for FCAS operations and develop a more appropriate risk framework,
  • develop an institutional strengthening framework for FCAS DMCs, and
  • refine its approach to identifying FCAS DMCs.


  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • ADB's 2007 Approach, Lessons Learned, and Good Practices
  • The Way Forward: Actions to Enhance ADB's Effectiveness in FCAS
  • Implementation and Monitoring of the Operational Plan
  • Appendixes

Additional Details

  • ADB administration and governance
  • Governance and public sector management
  • Fragile situations
  • RPT135365-2
  • 978-92-9254-120-0 (print)
  • 978-92-9254-121-7 (web)

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