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Corporate and Thematic Evaluation Studies

Corporate and Thematic Evaluation Studies extract and aggregate data and information on a specific theme, e.g., nongovernment and civil society organizations, participation, governance, gender, environment, capacity building. This may involve different modalities, sectors, or countries.

  • ADB’s Multitranche Financing Facility, 2005–2018: Performance and Results Delivered
    14 Nov 2019

    ADB’s Multitranche Financing Facility, 2005–2018: Performance and Results Delivered

    The multitranche financing facility (MFF) was introduced by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in 2005 in the aftermath of the 1997 Asian financial crisis when ADB lending had stagnated because of both supply constraints and weak demand. At the time, member countries were concerned about the high costs of ADB lending, limited choice of instruments, and the perception that there was a deteriorating quality of service associated with ADB financing.
  • Relevance and Results of Concessional Finance: Asian Development Fund XI and 12
    23 Sep 2019

    Relevance and Results of Concessional Finance: Asian Development Fund XI and 12

    The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) concessional finance window, the Asian Development Fund, is approaching 50 years of existence. Over that time, it has allocated funding to the poorest countries in Asia and the Pacific, rewarded good performance, and provided exceptional support to the region’s smallest countries as well as those affected by fragility and conflict. It has added finance for specific development objectives for regional and global public goods and crisis response and introduced grants to help countries suffering debt distress.
  • ADB Private Sector Equity Investments
    31 Jan 2019

    ADB Private Sector Equity Investments

    Equity is an important financial instrument in the development of the private sector. It helps foster good corporate governance, risk management, and the adoption of environmental and social standards in private enterprises through demonstration effects that have an effect well beyond the targeted companies. Equity support that culminates in a successful initial public offering (IPO) may also contribute to broadening the financial capital markets in the country.
  • State-Owned Enterprise Engagement and Reform
    6 Nov 2018

    State-Owned Enterprise Engagement and Reform

    The Asian Development Bank (ADB) recognizes the importance of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) to its developing member countries, and the need to support the strengthening of their governance, mitigate their fiscal impact, improve their operational efficiency and commercial viability, and improve consumers’ access to quality and affordable services.
  • Support for Small and Medium- Sized Enterprises, 2005–2017: Business Environment, Access to Finance, Value Chains, and Women in Business
    28 Aug 2018

    Support for Small and Medium- Sized Enterprises, 2005–2017: Business Environment, Access to Finance, Value Chains, and Women in Business

    Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the backbone of many developing economies in the world. Given their substantial share in national employment and gross domestic product, policy makers and development practitioners perceive them as major instruments for poverty reduction and inclusive economic growth. At the same time, while research is not conclusive on the matter, policy makers often note that multiple policy and market failures disproportionately hinder their productive participation in market activity.
  • Policy-Based Lending 2008–2017: Performance, Results, and Issues of Design
    18 Jun 2018

    Policy-Based Lending 2008–2017: Performance, Results, and Issues of Design

    Policy-based lending (PBL) provides developing member countries with fast-disbursing budget support while, at the same time, creating an opportunity for the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to influence policy reforms to boost growth and poverty reduction.
  • Results-Based Lending at the Asian Development Bank: An Early Assessment
    14 Nov 2017

    Results-Based Lending at the Asian Development Bank: An Early Assessment

    The Asian Development Bank (ADB) introduced the results-based lending (RBL) instrument in 2013, with a 6-year pilot phase (June 2013–June 2019). ADB did so in response to the increasing demand from governments and development partners for support for their key expenditure and development programs.
  • Boosting ADB’s Mobilization Capacity: The Role of Credit Enhancement Products
    31 Jul 2017

    Boosting ADB’s Mobilization Capacity: The Role of Credit Enhancement Products

    The financing needs of developing countries are far greater than the funds available from governments’ own resources and from development finance institutions. In addition—and further increasing the financing gap—developing countries will need to attract huge amounts of finance to combat climate change and achieve other United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Mobilizing nondevelopmental sources of capital is therefore of great importance to developing countries and their strategic development partners.
  • Thematic Evaluation on ADB Support for Gender and Development
    5 May 2017

    Thematic Evaluation on ADB Support for Gender and Development

    This evaluation of the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) support for gender and development (GAD) examined the relevance and results of ADB’s gender priorities at the corporate, country, and project levels during 2005–2015.
  • Real-Time Evaluation of ADB’s Safeguard Implementation Experience Based on Selected Case Studies
    23 Nov 2016

    Real-Time Evaluation of ADB’s Safeguard Implementation Experience Based on Selected Case Studies

    This evaluation examines the value added by the environmental and involuntary resettlement safeguards policies of ADB, and identifies what remains to be done to ensure their effective application. The evaluation uses a case study approach to assess the application of ADB’s safeguards in 12 projects in three countries, Indonesia, Kyrgyz Republic and Sri Lanka. These countries were considered to be around the median in terms of the environmental and involuntary resettlement sensitivity of their roads, energy and water projects.

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