Learning by Doing: The Nepal Results-Based Country Strategy and Program - A Pilot for Achieving Country Outcomes

Publication | March 2006

Governments and organizations such as Asian Development Bank around the world are seeking to become more result oriented as they strive to better meet the expectations of their stakeholders. ADB's commitment to producing results is strongly stated in its Reform Agenda and the Enhanced Poverty Reduction and Strategy.

In 2004, ADB piloted its first Results-Based Country Strategy and Program (RB-CSP) in Nepal, to better align its strategies and programs with the development priorities expressed in Nepal's National Poverty Reduction Strategy. While it may be too early to fully assess the benefits of the RB-CSP, it is clear that this can be a powerful planning and management tool for results management, offering opportunities for greater alignment with country outcomes, selectivity and harmonization. Perhaps the most important benefit of the process is the ability to promote learning by doing and to engender accountability for learning from results. The lesson note reveals that there is no blueprint for RB-CSPs. Rather, the note focuses on the results approach with its good practices, lessons from experience, and practical responses for consideration by results management practitioners.


  • Foreword
  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction and Managing for Results
  • Nepal's Situation and the Process of Piloting the RB-CSP
  • Benefits of the RB-CSP: How is it Different?
  • Challenges Addressed in Preparing the RB-CSP
  • Challenges Addressed in Operationalizing the RB-CSP
  • Conclusions and Lessons
  • Matrixes and Appendixes

Additional Details

  • ADB administration and governance
  • Managing for Development Results (MfDR)

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