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Vinod Thomas

Director General, Independent Evaluation

Vinod Thomas is Director General of the Independent Evaluation Department at ADB. Prior to his appointment in August 2011, Thomas held various senior posts at the World Bank, including Chief Economist for Asia and Director General of the Independent Evaluation Group. He formerly lived in Brazil as Country Director for the World Bank, wrote a popular book entitled From Inside Brazil, and travelled with President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva on his first trip to India. Thomas enjoys travelling with his camera in provinces and towns in the Philippines.

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Impact evaluations crucial for effective public policy

Posted on Mon, 01 September 2014

Asian countries are increasingly turning to investing in dedicated development programs rather than relying entirely on economic growth to deliver better social outcomes. Evaluations of their actual impact have not always accompanied such decision making, but where they have, it has made a key difference.

A boy watches a pump providing water to irrigate a rice field in Cambodia

The Food, Water, Energy Nexus

Posted on Thu, 20 March 2014

Striking rates of economic growth notwithstanding, 550 million people remain hungry in Asia and the Pacific, 65% of the population has no safe piped water, and more than 600 million people live without electricity. Overcoming these problems requires a combined approach in which food, water and energy are treated as a nexus, rather than as separate, standalone issues, which has too often been the case in the past.

Success rates of ADB's completed projects supporting Millennium Development Goals, approved 2002-2010. View infographic in <a href="http://blogs.adb.org/sites/default/files/blog-mdg-full.jpg">full</a>.

What comes after the MDGs?

Posted on Mon, 27 May 2013

A global debate on what comes after the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expire in 2015 is already in full swing. For Asia and the Pacific, a new development agenda will need to address those MDGs that made only slow progress or regressed and a number of emerging development issues gaining prominence.

Natural disasters in Asia and the Pacific. <a href="http://blogs.adb.org/sites/default/files/blog-natural-disasters-asia-pacific.jpg">View infographic in full.</a>

Upping the game on disaster preparedness

Posted on Mon, 22 April 2013

The human and economic toll from natural disasters since global leaders met at the first Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 has been staggering. The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction estimates that natural disasters caused 1.3 million deaths and $2 trillion in economic damage worldwide since then.

How can evaluation promote better results?

Posted on Thu, 14 March 2013

In development, as in matters of health, prevention is better than cure. Had policymakers acted boldly to avert well-recognized economic imbalances before 2008, the financial crisis may have been avoided.

Living a carbon neutral lifestyle

Posted on Wed, 30 January 2013

Asia symbolizes the striking progress that has been achieved in reducing poverty but also the daunting gaps in environmental destruction and climate change. It’s rightly said that the war on climate change will be won or lost in Asia. The Asian Development Bank is uniquely positioned not only to support a more environmentally sustainable development agenda but also to lead in important aspects of this endeavor.

As part of a study on ADB's Social Protection Strategy, the Independent Evaluation Department (IED) conducted a field visit in Cebu City, Philippines, to draw lessons from a cash transfer program funded by the World Bank and ADB. Photo Credit: Nadejda Kondratiev

A call for stronger social protection

Posted on Thu, 03 January 2013

Social protection is moving up in the global development agenda with good reason. Sweeping social and demographic changes will be an unstoppable driver of demand for governments to provide social protection—as will widening wealth gaps, economic crises, and, especially in Asia and the Pacific, the increased severity of natural disasters.

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