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Is development aid actually benefitting those people it’s designed to help? An evaluation of the Norwegian Development Cooperation Agency contains valuable lessons. When I became Director of Evaluation at the Norwegian Development Cooperation Agency (Norad) in 2011, my...Read More »
Speaking at the World Bank, Ben Ramalingam, author of Aid on the Edge of Chaos set out a challenge to those working in the humanitarian and development fields: Move away from a narrow focus on what we think is important and take a more wide-angle approach to the issues we’...Read More »
The World Bank Group commits an average of $3 billion a year to directly supporting small and medium-size enterprises. There are many successes, but as a recent IEG evaluation reported, more could be done to measure what’s working and what isn’t. Diego had already shown...Read More »
Organizations like drivers can suffer from blind spots. Independent evaluation can help provide a broader view.  We all evaluate all the time. When you cross the street you evaluate the speed of the oncoming traffic and maybe even the degree of madness of the...Read More »
Faced with growing demands for evidence-based decision making and measurable results, do we need to look for new ways to evaluate the evaluators? What works and what doesn’t? It is a simple question and one that drives the work of IEG in evaluating the effectiveness of...Read More »
The world’s leading development economists and evaluators have been engaged in a passionate argument for years on Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs) vs. Observational Studies.   For those who want the four minute version of the debate, check out the exchange...Read More »
Ahead of International Women’s Day, I argue that in order to realize the Bank’s twin goals we need to internalize gender equality into our solutions and our evaluations. Eradicate poverty and boost shared prosperity? There’s no chance of reaching these ambitious goals...Read More »
Organizations like drivers can suffer from blind spots. Independent evaluation can help provide a broader view.  We all evaluate all the time. When you cross the street you evaluate the speed of the oncoming traffic and maybe even the degree of madness of the...Read More »
Speaking at the World Bank, Ben Ramalingam, author of Aid on the Edge of Chaos set out a challenge to those working in the humanitarian and development fields: Move away from a narrow focus on what we think is important and take a more wide-angle approach to the issues we’...Read More »
Indicators, measurement, results – we need to know! Sounds like a typical meeting of evaluators wanting to know about what and how results are being achieved. Right? Actually, these were the central themes of the meeting of the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and...Read More »
In this evaluation IEG assesses knowledge-based activities in 9 country programs selected from 48 knowledge-intensive programs supported by the World...
With rapidly growing young population, West African stability and development depends on better employment  and education for its youth.
IEG hosted its sixth Evaluation Week March 18 – 21, 2013. The purpose of this yearly event is to share knowledge on the World Bank Group’s...
We are now facing a threefold global crisis: economic, food and climate. What has emerged from these crises is the vital importance of inter-linkages...

Lessons from AgricultureLessons from Recent Evaluations: Environment, Agriculture, and Rural Development

This webpage highlights lessons and findings of recent evaluations of World Bank Group work on environment, agriculture, and rural development.