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Managing for Development Results (MfDR) at ADB

To help realize its vision of an Asia and Pacific region free of poverty, ADB is pursuing a deliberate, structured program of managing for development results (MfDR). This program provides the process and tools needed to deliver optimal results and ensure transparency and accountability. ADB embeds MfDR in its work at the following levels:


Since 2008, ADB has been using a corporate results framework and a performance scorecard to manage performance. The corporate results framework, consisting of more than 70 indicators with targets, tracks the development progress of the region, ADB’s contributions to country outcomes, and its operational and institutional effectiveness. The scorecard, which rates ADB’s performance against the targets, drives decision making at ADB and informs our work planning and budgeting process.

By publishing the scorecard in the annual Development Effectiveness Review, ADB holds itself fully accountable for the results it has promised to deliver.

ADB works to increase staff commitment to MfDR through systematic communication and training in the use of MfDR tools and methods. ADB also ensures that work plans at all levels of the organization are results focused and aligned with the corporate results framework. An independent evaluation of this process showed these efforts have resulted in greater staff commitment to and engagement in MfDR.

Country and Sector Operations

ADB’s country and regional partnership strategies incorporate results frameworks to ensure that they are managed to achieve their intended development outcomes. In 2010, ADB refined its country and sector results frameworks to improve results planning, monitoring, and reporting, and to demonstrate clearly their alignment with country development priorities.

Country development effectiveness briefs distill and communicate ADB’s development contribution at the country level. These publications are a blend of performance data and development stories that describe how ADB’s operations help improve people’s lives.

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ADB designs and implements projects using project-level results frameworks. ADB conducts regular assessments, staff training and coaching, and project management training for implementing agencies in our developing member countries to ensure that project management is driven by quality results frameworks.

ADB’s e-Operations—an online system for processing and implementing sovereign operations launched in 2010—enables the systematic capture and recording of ADB’s outputs and outcomes in the core sectors defined in ADB's long-term strategic framework, Strategy 2020.

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