Review of the 2008-2012 South Africa Country Partnership Strategy Completion Report (CPSCR) and the CPS Progress Report (CPSPR)
This review examines the implementation of the FY2008-FY2012 South Africa Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) of FY2008 and the CPS Progress Report (CPSPR) of FY2010, and assesses the CPS Completion Report (CPSCR). The strategy was jointly implemented by IBRD, IFC and MIGA. This review covers the... Full Description »
This review examines the implementation of the FY2008-FY2012 South Africa Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) of FY2008 and the CPS Progress Report (CPSPR) of FY2010, and assesses the CPS Completion Report (CPSCR). The strategy was jointly implemented by IBRD, IFC and MIGA. This review covers the joint program of the three institutions.
The specific CPS objectives were organized under two pillars: (i) urban and rural development, focusing on urban and municipal development, land reform and agriculture, private sector development, environment and infrastructure; and (ii) regional integration through South African outward investment, regional communities and knowledge sharing. Improved service delivery was a cross cutting theme. The CPSPR reaffirmed the core objective of growth and equity, maintained the two pillars and the cross-cutting theme, but significantly revised the specific CPS objectives under both pillars. In particular, energy and energy efficiency were highlighted, and the focus under regional integration was shifted to improving regional investment climate and trade liberalization, and reducing HIV infection and providing treatment to all.
IEG rates the overall outcome of the CPS program as unsatisfactory, below the CPSCR rating of moderately unsatisfactory. The World Bank Group (WBG) contributed to improved policies, systems and approaches for urban development. In the other areas, however, the gap between the expected CPS outcomes and the WBG interventions to achieve them was so significant that the CPS program had little chance to attain the CPS objectives even when the individual projects were successful. In environment, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) interventions had localized results, but lacked a catalytic impact on national conservation policy or unemployment. In private sector development, progress was made in the financial sector, but there is no information on the investment climate for labor intensive enterprises. In both rural development and climate change, the Bank's interventions were valuable, but were misaligned with the relevant CPS objectives. In infrastructure, the Bank's project was expected to produce results in the next strategy period and is experiencing delays. With respect to regional integration, the WBG activities could have been useful and/or successful, but had little influence on the expected outcomes in regional investment climate, trade liberation, HIV infection and treatment, and environmental conservation. Similarly, the Bank's assistance for building the Government's monitoring and evaluation (M&E) capacity was relevant and valuable for improving service delivery, but there is little evidence of discernible impact.
The CPSCR highlights a number of strengths and weaknesses of the CPS program, with which IEG agrees. Among these are the importance of providing only demand-driven support, the mobilization of highly qualified staff and consultants that have the credibility to broker knowledge and promote constructive dialogue, the weak results framework that is not anchored on reality hence not helpful in monitoring the program's implementation, and the limited synergy between IBRD and IFC. In addition, IEG underscores three points. First, more clarity is needed upfront about the risks of engagement in cases where the client is noncommittal about follow-up of the support received. Second, results frameworks need to specify clearly the linkages between inputs, outputs and results, with support activities carefully mapped to the objectives and outcomes being pursued. Finally, performance assessments need to be carried out of all economic and sector work (ESW) and technical assistance (TA) provided to a country.
Content Type : Reports , Doc Sub Category : CAS Completion Report Reviews , Country : South Africa
October 24, 2013