Strengthening safeguard capacity in the Pacific: evaluating ADB’s technical assistance

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Written by Arichika Okazaki

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In this seminar, Mr Ari Perdana, an evaluation specialist at the Independent Evaluation Department of the Asian Development Bank, will discuss the outcomes of an evaluation focussing on environmental, involuntary resettlement and indigenous peoples safeguards. The evaluation assesses eight of the ADB’s safeguard projects across five Pacific countries: Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, and Vanuatu.

The evaluated projects were overallfound to be unsuccessful in relation to safeguards, with issues raised in regard to theirachievement and sustainability of outcomes. Mr Perdana will explain what went wrong and what can be done about it.

Mr Ari Perdana is an evaluation specialist at the Independent Evaluation Department of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Previously he worked on the Government of Indonesia’s National Team for Accelerating Poverty Reduction and for the World Bank in Indonesia. He was also a former economic researcher at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Jakarta, and a lecturer at the Department of Economics, University of Indonesia.

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Arichika Okazaki

Arichika Okazaki is a Program Officer at the Development Policy Centre. He has recently completed a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Development Studies at the ANU.

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