Stocktaking Report: Results-based Country Strategy and Program Process
Adopting results-based techniques for preparing and managing our country strategies and programs lies at the heart of our quest to manage for development results ("MfDR"). Like other multilateral development banks, we have always considered that the design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of our results-based country strategies and programs (RB-CSPs) are key to our ability to mainstream improved MfDR through the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
Since the inception of our first "pilot" RB-CSP, the 2004 CSP for Nepal, we have endeavored to learn as we go─begin with the pilot, introduce interim guidelines for staff, review our progress, and adjust our approach based on experience. In the case of Nepal, we specifically reflected on ADB's experience in producing the first RB-CSP, and encapsulated our findings in Learning by Doing: The Nepal Results-Based Country Strategy and Program. This study was designed to provide guidance to RB-CSP mission members in pursuing a results-based approach to country programming.
In addition, from the outset, we considered it important to review our overall experience with pursuing MfDR techniques in processing RB-CSPs, prior to mainstreaming them through the issuance of staff instructions and, eventually, guidelines in the Operations Manual. This detailed review, as a prelude to mainstreaming, is contained in this Stocktaking Report. It captures our cumulative experience covering seven RB-CSPs (Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Mongolia, Nepal, Philippines, and Uzbekistan), and is designed to provide some guidance and insights to our regional departments in preparing and managing RB-CSPs.
- Executive Summary
- Country Strategy and Program Diagnostics
- Strategy Formulation
- Mobilization and Management of the Country Team
- CSP Results Framework and Sector Road Maps
- Implementation and Monitoring
- Overall Conclusions and Recommendations