Carefully evaluating development projects, and learning from success and challenges of past efforts, is more important than ever as governments fight COVID-19.
Sonia Chand Sandhu
Sonia works with the Independent Evaluation Department at the Asian Development Bank. 27 years of international development cross sector infrastructure operations experience is across regions (South Asia, SE Asia and Africa) at ADB, World Bank, and the private sector. Sonia’s key work areas include urban resilience, livable cities, environment policy and planning, nature-based solutions, coastal and watershed protection together with building institutional capabilities, learning and knowledge management. She holds a Master in Environment Engineering from University of Maryland at College Park, USA, a Bachelor’s in Architecture from Chandigarh, India, Executive Education certificate in the “Leading Economic Growth” Program, from Harvard University, and an Executive Diploma in Urban Management Tools for Climate Change from Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
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A wealth of knowledge – knowhow and wisdom – rests with the officials, professionals, practitioners and communities. The challenge is to unleash the untapped power of this information.
Just as strong roots are the foundation of strong trees, strong institutions underpin strong and sustainable economies.
Urban waste can be an asset. Not making the most of it is a missed opportunity for Asian cities.