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Managing for Development Results

INFOCUS ADB manages our work to ensure that operations

contribute to development and reduce poverty

Challenge Despite rapid economic growth in Asia and the Pacific, millions remain poor. Given our limited resources,
how can ADB help reduce poverty in the region?

Strategy ADB operates with increased focus on development results, and helps our member countries build their own
capacity for gaining results.

Response ADB comprehensively monitors delivery of our planned development results and identifies performance
weaknesses and actions for improvement. We support country capacity-building and knowledge-sharing
initiatives. Countries can then better manage their development programs. We are teaming with our
development partners to increasingly coordinate and share knowledge about managing for results.

“Managing for results is not new to ADB. We are now measuring our performance
more systematically to show how we contribute to the region’s development.”
—Noriko Ogawa, Head, Results Management Unit

Providing the right development aid is not only Inspiring a results-driven culture, the framework
about the size of the loan or the number of roads focuses on areas ADB and our shareholders
or schools built. It is about knowing the loan is consider important. To assess and report on our
ADB’s Strategy 2020 improving people’s lives. It is about ensuring that performance in achieving desired corporate-wide
meeting the needs of Asia
and the Pacific the road is designed to move people in the best results, ADB now uses an annual performance
direction, and that the school educates children report—the Development Effectiveness Review. The
Strategic Direction with skills to support a country’s economic future. review identifies performance issues and actions for
• Inclusive Economic Growth
ADB serves people, and we need to be accountable resolving them based on four levels.
• Environmentally
Sustainable Growth to them by measuring and reporting our delivery
• Regional Integration performance as promised. Level 1: What’s happening in Asia and the Pacific?
We begin by tracking progress in the region based on
Drivers of Change
selected development areas. These include poverty
• Private Sector Using a new tool to and human development, gross domestic product
• Good Governance
• Gender Equity
improve our performance per capita, regional cooperation and integration,
• Knowledge Solutions ADB became the first multilateral development bank access to basic infrastructure, governance, and
• Partnerships to adopt a corporate-wide results management environment.
Read more at framework. The new framework, driven by our Strategy 2020, uses performance indicators and Level 2: How has ADB contributed to development?
targets. These help us review the state of the region Next, we assess our contribution to country and
and assess our contribution to development and regional development by checking if our operations
operational and organizational effectiveness. have helped achieve specific development goals.
The framework allows managers to answer three
key questions: Level 3: How effectively is ADB managing
1. Are we being effective? its operations?
2. How do we know we are? We then look at operational-effectiveness indicators,
3. How do we use this information for future action? such as operational quality and portfolio
Visit ADB’s Online Resource Center on Managing for Development Results (MfDR)
The MfDR Resource Center can help you better understand managing for development results concepts and processes. There you will find
examples of MfDR applications at the country, sector, institutional, and project levels. You will also find valuable MfDR tools and case
studies. Plus, you may access hundreds of documents and files related to MfDR that can help in your practice.

performance, finance mobilization, strategic focus Helping countries manage for

in operations, knowledge development, and development results
partnerships. ADB also helps increase country capacity for results
management with funding to
Level 4: How is ADB improving as an organization? • introduce results-based planning, budgeting, and
Finally, we measure our progress in increasing monitoring techniques;
effectiveness in three key areas: use of human • improve methods for measuring, monitoring, and
resources, use of budgetary resources, and business managing for results;
processes and practices. • prepare results-oriented national development
plans and strategies, sector plans, and road
maps; and
Putting the results of our review • train country officials and enable their
INFOCUS to immediate use participation in international managing for
Our first-ever Development Effectiveness Review—for development results events.
2007—found that Asia and the Pacific economies
continue to quickly grow and reduce poverty. Yet, The Managing for Development Results
the region still struggles to meet some of its human Cooperation Fund has financed a number of these
development targets. initiatives. Canada, the Netherlands, and Norway
As for our contribution, ADB has helped deliver contributed to this $2.9 million multidonor fund.
development results—more jobs, increased
incomes, better access to health and education,
improved living environment, and better policies and Supporting communities of practice to
institutions. ADB’s operational quality is improving, increase results management capacity
and the organization is becoming more efficient. The ADB is also working to increase results management
review, however, also reveals areas to improve and capacity in our member countries by promoting
spells out steps to take. learning and knowledge exchange through
ADB Management is already benefiting from the communities of practice.
findings—ensuring that department, office, and These informal networks foster exchange
division actions become fully aligned with strategic between public managers, organizations, executing
priorities and responsive to issues the review revealed. agencies, and practitioners for managing better for
The review enables ADB’s managers to refer development results. The networks disseminate
to results data, and issues and lessons before good practices; assist with problem solving; and
deciding their next steps. This first review is only the offer learning opportunities, products, tools, and
beginning. support services.
Communities of practice also create an ever-
increasing, virtual knowledge base to help members
improve their understanding and skills, enabling them
to better respond to particular development needs.

ADB Focal Point

Noriko Ogawa
Strategy and Policy Department

For inquiries, contact

ADB Media Center
Tel +63 2 632 5090

In this publication, $ refers to US dollars. Asian Development Bank. April 2010.