June 6, 2002—A two-day international roundtable on Better Measuring, Monitoring, and Managing for Development Results was launched yesterday at the World Bank’s headquarters. The roundtable is jointly sponsored by the multilateral development banks—African Development Bank (AfDB), Asian Development Bank (ADB), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and World Bank—in cooperation with the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the OECD.
Participants at the opening session included AfDB President Omar Kabbaj, ADB President Tadao Chino, IDB President Enrique Iglesias, World Bank President James Wolfensohn and DAC Chairman Jean-Claude Faure. Willem Buiter, Chief Economist of the EBRD spoke on behalf of its President Jean Lemierre. In addition to roundtable sponsors, the opening session included statements by IMF Deputy Director Masood Ahmed; UNDP Administrator Mark Malloch Brown; Roberto de Ocampo, President of the Asian Institute of Management and Tertius Zongo, Burkina Faso Ambassador to the U.S.
The roundtable had its genesis in a meeting of the MDBs earlier this year where they discussed the challenge of enhancing their agencies’ results orientation and development effectiveness. They agreed to work together, sharing ideas, experiences, and research findings, including through the joint preparation of the roundtable and related activities. Their intention to host the roundtable was set out in a joint statement of Heads of Multilateral Development Banks issued on March 19 at the Monterrey Conference on Financing for Development.
Following the opening session, the roundtable explored the strategic context for results-based development and the challenges of day-to-day management for development results. Today, participants will discuss the role of independent evaluation in institutional accountability and learning followed by four technical workshops, drilling down on specific issues touched on in the plenary sessions and permitting participants to share lessons learned and challenges associated with: (1) country performance rating systems; (2) results-based management; (3) statistical capacity building; and (4) scaling up of evaluation beyond projects. The roundtable closes today with a wrap-up session focused on lessons learned and next steps.
Roundtable participants include representatives from the sponsoring MDBs and DAC, developing and donor countries, the IMF, the U.N., and other international agencies and civil society. Len Good, President of CIDA, was the Keynote Speaker at the June 5 Roundtable luncheon, speaking on “New Approaches to Development and Results-Based Management.” John Taylor, Under Secretary for International Affairs, U.S. Treasury, addressed the reception on the evening of June 5.
Sr. Vice President and Chief Economist of the World Bank Nicholas Stern
Representative of the African Development Bank Chanel Boucher
Representative of the Asian Development Bank Shoji Nishimoto
President of the Asian Institure of Management Robret de Ocampo