Review of ADB’s Resident Mission Operations
This review proposes directions to strengthen ADB’s resident mission operations to implement ADB’s corporate strategy—Strategy 2030. The review of ADB’s organization in the field is driven by two factors: the need to implement Strategy 2030’s new directions, and the need to look back at the accumulated experience and changes since the last similar review in 2008.
This review covered all field offices directly supporting operations. It finds that the broad objectives of the Resident Mission Policy (2000) are being met. The policy proposal to establish, where practical, a resident mission in each borrowing developing member country is being followed. Resident missions have substantially contributed to ADB’s development impact, country focus, responsiveness for sovereign operations, organizational effectiveness, and cost-efficiency. Their role in developing ADB’s knowledge of local development issues has strengthened the institution. Developing member countries appreciate the role resident missions play in developing strong relationships with ADB.
The review identifies several areas for improvement to address challenges and introduce measures that would help implement Strategy 2030. Following its recommendations, ADB will enhance its country focus and responsiveness, and facilitate the delivery of integrated approaches. The review’s action plan will strengthen internal collaboration on country issues, better connect resident missions with headquarters, increase organizational agility, and provide more efficient support to resident missions.