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.
Blogs by this Author
Published on Thursday, 21 April 2016
Yes – but only if the focus is on quality and impact, and not on the quantity and volume of investment.
Published on Monday, 04 January 2016
Although evaluation findings often confirm strongly held and highly intuitive views in areas like project design, sometimes there are unexpected results.
Published on Friday, 27 November 2015
The spike in climate-related disasters is linked not only to people’s increased exposure and vulnerability, but also to changes in temperature and rainfall from rising greenhouse gases.
Published on Wednesday, 28 October 2015
If done well, evaluations can also bring a certain degree of objectivity to decision-making in development programs. Here are 3 ways in which evaluation results make a difference.
Published on Tuesday, 06 October 2015
As multilateral development banks gear up to fill serious gaps in infrastructure in Asia, attention also focuses on safeguards, which should be a top concern for established lenders such as the World Bank and ADB as well as new players like the AIIB.
Published on Monday, 14 September 2015
For a long time, sustainability was seen as an environmental issue that represented an unwelcome trade-off with strong economic growth. But now it encompasses a more mutually dependent set of environmental, economic, and social goals.
Published on Wednesday, 05 August 2015
A focus on inclusion in the new SDGs is vital for Asia and the Pacific, where inequality has risen some 20% in the past two decades, and around 1.4 billion people live under $2 a day.
Published on Thursday, 12 February 2015
Safeguards to avert damage that development projects can do to the environment and communities are essential in development finance.
Published on Friday, 05 September 2014
There is no universal strategy for pursuing a triple bottom line of high, socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable growth, but better governance is an imperative.