Financial Inclusion - A Foothold on the Ladder Toward Prosperity? An IEG Evaluation of World Bank Group Support for Financial Inclusion for Low-Income Households and Microenterprises
This evaluation will assess how well the World Bank Group (WBG) has supported client countries in advancing their financial inclusion agendas, covering the fiscal years 2008 to 2013. The study will examine the role that various WBG instruments played in addressing the needs of the poor vis-à-vis... Full Description »
This evaluation will assess how well the World Bank Group (WBG) has supported client countries in advancing their financial inclusion agendas, covering the fiscal years 2008 to 2013. The study will examine the role that various WBG instruments played in addressing the needs of the poor vis-à-vis inclusive access to and quality of the four key services—savings, payment, credit, and insurance. The Bank’s financial literacy interventions will also be evaluated, for example, through IFC’s engagements in Access to Finance and Sustainable Business Advisory Services. In addition, the study will review WBG activities with regard to fostering sound regulatory frameworks and capable institutions for ensuring growth and stability, competition, and consumer protection. IEG intends to support the WBG in leveraging its synergies across the Bank Group as well as analyzing how fully WBG operations achieved their stated objectives, and by understanding how successful inclusive finance interventions can be replicated in different country contexts. The evaluation will utilize a combination of methodologies, including (i) a comprehensive literature review, with a view to informing the Bank Group’s future research agenda; (ii) country and corporate level reviews of policy and strategy documents; (iii) portfolio reviews of WBG operations and activities; and (iv) 15 country reviews, of which five will be in-depth country case studies to identify, inter alia, drivers of success or barriers to inclusiveness, and issues of complementarity, sequencing, and synergies, as well as comparative advantages of respective WBG institutions. The approach will be non-experimental, combine qualitative and quantitative methods, and draw on external and internal research data. For example, by using data from the Microfinance Information Exchange (MIX), a nonprofit organization that facilitates collection and exchange of public data designed for microfinance practitioners, IEG will seek to distill practices and observe microfinance institutions’ responses to the global financial crisis and longer-term trends. In addition to stakeholder consultations during the evaluation process, IEG will implement an outreach plan at the conclusion of the study. The evaluation will be launched in relevant international fora—with the intent to maximize the study’s use of findings and recommendations—addressing key stakeholders, including WBG staff, multilateral and bilateral financial institutions, donors, government authorities, and civil society organizations.
Content Type : Reports
June 27, 2014
World Bank Support to Early Childhood Development
This evaluation will examine World Bank support to client countries by analyzing ECD-related operations and knowledge services covering the period since fiscal year 2000. Since private sector engagement in ECD is comprised mainly of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and not-for-profit community... Full Description »
This evaluation will examine World Bank support to client countries by analyzing ECD-related operations and knowledge services covering the period since fiscal year 2000. Since private sector engagement in ECD is comprised mainly of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and not-for-profit community organizations, IFC sampling is expected to be minimal. Specifically, it will analyze multiple ECD framework components that influence young children’s development, including diverse contextual factors at country, community, and family levels. The study will seek to ascertain the types of challenges and opportunities that could promote more effective use of knowledge and diagnostics, and further improve cross- and inter-sectoral cooperation and collaboration among stakeholders. The analysis will draw from and build upon lessons and findings of earlier IEG evaluations, such as the Systematic Reviews of Maternal and Child Mortality (2013), Nutrition (2010), and the forthcoming Systematic Review of Early Childhood Development. The latter will also examine effects of ECD over the medium- and long-terms. Dissemination of findings and lessons learned from this study and the Systematic Reviews will be presented jointly to create feedback loops that illustrate the virtuous cycle that ECD interventions can have in reducing the intergenerational transmission of poverty.
Content Type : Reports
March 31, 2014