Improving Government | Asian Development Bank

Improving Government

Publication | December 2008
Improving Government

Capacity development (CD) is central to improving standards of living and reducing poverty in developing member countries. CD is a means to an end—the end being improved government performance.

Capacity development is much more than just training or skills transfer. It is about effective institutions, a sound unpoliticized policy environment, accountability systems, effective relationships, and appropriate incentives. As noted in this study, capacity development should be firmly rooted in a country's political economy.


  • Foreword
  • Introduction
  • The Role of the State
  • The Role of the Government
  • The Role of the Civil Society
  • The Pacific Choice