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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.

  • 26 Jun 2019

    Evaluation of ADB’s Support to Public-Private Partnerships (2009–2018)

    ONGOING EVALUATION. This paper sets out the approach and methodology for an evaluation of the ADB's support to public-private partnerships (PPPs). In this evaluation, the Independent Evaluation Department (IED) will undertake an examination of ADB’s support for PPPs covering the period 2009–2018. The evaluation will seek to examine how ADB’s revised operational and strategic approach to PPPs have addressed previously identified operational challenges and have contributed to evidence-based outcomes over the past decade. 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 11 Nov 2016

    ADB’s Engagement with Middle-Income Countries

    Middle-income countries in Asia and the Pacific face several evolving development challenges, including poverty, inequality, unplanned urbanization, environmental degradation and climate change, low productivity and lack of competitiveness, macroeconomic instability, and insufficient economic diversification. At the same time, these countries have displayed dynamism that has created new opportunities.
  • 22 Feb 2016

    Effectiveness of Asian Development Bank Partnerships

    Partnerships are more essential than ever before for achieving development effectiveness. They leverage financing, expertise, and knowledge for investment and development. They help organizations to close gaps and avoid duplications in their programs, support scaled-up operations, and promote harmonized approaches for better development results. ADB has expanded the attention it gives to partnerships in recent years. It has increased the number of partnerships it is involved in, and achieved a good measure of success.