Water for All: Translating Policy into Action—The Review Panel's Final Report and Recommendations

Institutional Document | April 2006

The Review Panel urges ADB to “do more and do better” and to “think outside the box” in translating its Water Policy into action.

In 2001, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) outlined its vision of “Water for All” and integrated water resources management (IWRM) in the region and approved its Water Policy. As stipulated in the Water Policy, this in-house review of policy implementation was undertaken in the third year in 2003 and a more extensive comprehensive review led by an external expert review panel was launched in 2005, 5 years after the policy was approved.

The Review Panel's recommends to 

  • increase ADB’s commitments and develop ADB’s capacities,
  • develop long-term partnerships with developing member country stakeholders and donors,
  • focus the implementation of IWRM on stakeholder needs and ownership,
  • promote “business unusual,” and
  • improve processes to ensure effective policy implementation.


  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction: Water for All Review Key Messages
  • Assessment of Progress of ADB's Water Policy Implementation: Half Full or Half Empty?
  • Challenges and Opportunities: What Action is Required?
  • Recommendations to ADB's Management: Translating Policy into Action
  • Appendixes

Additional Details

  • ADB administration and governance
  • Water

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