Promoting the Use of Country Systems in ADB’s Operations: A Systematic Approach

Institutional Document | February 2015

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is committed to promoting the use of country systems in its operations. To enable learning by doing, ADB will take a phased approach to the use of country systems. 

The use of country systems is expected to reduce delays in project implementation, rationalize transaction costs, improve country ownership, and strengthen the institutions and systems of ADB’s developing member countries (DMCs) to improve service delivery and achieve sustainable development. This paper provides a common framework for ADB’s systematic approach to the use of country systems in its sovereign investment lending operations. ADB will consider the use of country systems in three areas: procurement, PFM, and environmental safeguards.

The proposed framework will be implemented in Phase 1 over a 3-year period (2015–2017) in six selected DMCs that have well-functioning internal systems. These six DMCs are Azerbaijan, the People’s Republic of China, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Thailand, and Turkmenistan. In 2018, in its Phase 2, ADB will review and refine its country systems approach based on its Phase 1 experience and in light of other development partners policies and approaches.

Contents 

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Why Use Country Systems?
  • Use of Country Public Financial Managment and Procurement Systems in Upper Middle-Income Countries
  • Use of Country Safeguard Systems in Upper Middle-Income Countries
  • ADB’s Framework to Promote the Use of Country Systems
  • Appendixes

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  • ADB administration and governance

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