ADB should ramp up efforts to curb COVID-19 impact on SDGs: Report

ISLAMABAD: The Asian Development Bank (ADB), in partnership with other development organisations, must give high priority to efforts to assess and address the implications of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) crisis on the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to the 2021 Annual Evaluation Review (AER) conducted by ADB’s Independent Evaluation Department (IED).
The report says ADB must help countries address gaps in financing and data availability which have widened due to the pandemic. The AER provides an independent, high-level perspective on the performance and results of ADB.
The review covered the period 2018-2020 and focused on ADB’s institutional approach for supporting the achievement of the SDGs. Since the review period coincided with the Covid-19 pandemic, it also included an overview of ADB’s response to the crisis.
According to the report, ADB’s partnership and collaboration with United Nations agencies and other multilateral development banks has helped to promote knowledge and innovation for the achievement of SDG targets. However, developing Asia and the Pacific was already lagging in SDG financing and data availability on progress towards SDG achievement prior to the pandemic and the crisis is exacerbating these shortfalls.
“A much greater effort is needed to mobilise public and private financing for achieving the SDGs,” said IED Director General Marvin Taylor-Dormond. “ADB is well positioned to help countries rebuild their frameworks for SDG achievement, but these efforts, in addition to financial mobilization, will need to be accelerated to offset the devastating impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and help countries resume their long-term development goals.” – TLTP

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