Corporate and Thematic Evaluation

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Corporate and Thematic Evaluation 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.

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

    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. Against this backdrop, governments and development agencies are spending significant public resources to support SMEs in contributing more fully to economic wealth and development.

  • Policy-Based Lending 2008–2017: Performance, Results, and Issues of DesignEvaluation Document |

    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 Evaluation Document |

    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 ProductsEvaluation Document |

    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 DevelopmentEvaluation Document |

    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 StudiesEvaluation Document |

    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.

  • ADB’s Engagement with Middle-Income CountriesEvaluation Document |

    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.

  • Effectiveness of Asian Development Bank PartnershipsEvaluation Document |

    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.

  • ADB Support to Regional Cooperation and IntegrationEvaluation Document |

    ADB Support to Regional Cooperation and Integration

    The rapid growth in much of developing Asia has reduced income poverty and moved many countries to middle-income status. To continue advancing, however, the region must tackle the increasingly complex challenges of, among others, slowing economic growth, rising inequality, runaway climate change, and weak governance.

  • Corporate Evaluation Study on Asian Development Fund X and XI OperationsEvaluation Document |

    Corporate Evaluation Study on Asian Development Fund X and XI Operations

    Most countries benefiting from the Asian Development Fund (ADF) have seen moderate rates of economic growth and reduction of income poverty in the recent decade. But continuing challenges in fragile and conflict affected situations, substantial income and non-income disparities, environmental degradation, in addition to persistent pockets of extreme poverty, call for renewed and more effective development efforts in these countries. For ADB, the overarching goals of inclusive and environmentally sustainable growth in addition to regional integration remain relevant, but the institution must make these directions more operational going forward.

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