Changing internal guidance and expectations added significant pressure in designing ADB’s COVID-19 response programs and this has to be managed more effectively in future similar circumstances. ADB was still refining its COVID-19 pandemic response option (CPRO) policy and guidelines when this program was prepared. Managing the changing internal guidelines and expectations added significant pressure. Program preparation efficiency gains from the “One ADB” review mechanism was spearheaded by timely support from the Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department in conducting a debt sustainability analysis, along with specialist advice from the Office of the General Counsel, the Strategy and Policy Department, and the Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, among others. Similar future circumstances may be better managed by institutionally synthesizing the experiences and lessons from ADB’s developing member countries.
Health Expenditure and Livelihoods Support Program