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Zambia: Water Sector Performance Improvement Project

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This Project Performance Assessment Report (PPAR) assesses the development effectiveness of the Water Sector Performance Improvement Project (WSPIP) in Zambia. The project’s original objectives were: (i) the improvement of access to, and sustainability of, the water supply and sanitation services for consumers in Lusaka; and (ii) development of a comprehensive institutional structure supporting a Show MoreThis Project Performance Assessment Report (PPAR) assesses the development effectiveness of the Water Sector Performance Improvement Project (WSPIP) in Zambia. The project’s original objectives were: (i) the improvement of access to, and sustainability of, the water supply and sanitation services for consumers in Lusaka; and (ii) development of a comprehensive institutional structure supporting a coordinated approach to water supply and sanitation investments. In 2009, Additional Financing was approved, and the objectives were revised to (i) improve the technical efficiency and financial sustainability of Lusaka Water and Sanitation Company and improve access to water supply and sanitation services for urban consumers in Lusaka, Kafue, Chongwe, and Luangwa districts, and (ii) strengthen the effectiveness of national water supply and sanitation planning.

Solomon Islands: Rural Development Program (PPAR)

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The Solomon Islands Rural Development Program (Phase I) was the Bank’s first major intervention in Solomon Islands following the Tensions of 1998-2003. The project envisaged making the government more visible in rural areas of the archipelago and sought to re-energize commercial activity and opportunities for agricultural producers. The project’s objective was to take a community driven Show MoreThe Solomon Islands Rural Development Program (Phase I) was the Bank’s first major intervention in Solomon Islands following the Tensions of 1998-2003. The project envisaged making the government more visible in rural areas of the archipelago and sought to re-energize commercial activity and opportunities for agricultural producers. The project’s objective was to take a community driven development (CDD) approach to supporting rural infrastructure and to put in place the necessary structures for CDD to be a useful mechanism for future development.

Kenya: Development of the National Statistical System Project (PPAR)

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This project was initiated in September 2003 at the request of the government of Kenya. The government had prepared the Strategic Implementation Master Plan in data development to counteract a progressive decline of statistical institutions and capacity in the preceding two decades. At the time, a growing international consensus was emerging on the need for global action to promote better Show MoreThis project was initiated in September 2003 at the request of the government of Kenya. The government had prepared the Strategic Implementation Master Plan in data development to counteract a progressive decline of statistical institutions and capacity in the preceding two decades. At the time, a growing international consensus was emerging on the need for global action to promote better statistics among developing countries. The World Bank agreed to provide the support, but the support was delayed for several years due to external events. In March 2007, an International Development Association credit of US$20.5 million was approved for the Development of the National Statistics System Project (also known as the Statistical Capacity Building Program [STATCAP]). It closed in September 2012.

A Framework for Evaluating Behavior Change in International Development Operations

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This paper on behavior change constitutes one of two methodology papers (the other being on service delivery) that establish a new lens through which to understand the World Bank’s portfolio in IEG evaluations. The paper outlines the economic and psychosocial theories that have led to an array of frameworks for helping policy makers design behaviorally conscious interventions.This paper on behavior change constitutes one of two methodology papers (the other being on service delivery) that establish a new lens through which to understand the World Bank’s portfolio in IEG evaluations. The paper outlines the economic and psychosocial theories that have led to an array of frameworks for helping policy makers design behaviorally conscious interventions.

Introducing a Framework for Evaluating Service Delivery in Sector Evaluations

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This paper serves three purposes. First, it defines service delivery and its key concepts and features as well as provides examples of how the World Bank Group has supported service delivery. The paper does not attempt to describe or track all the initiatives the Bank Group is doing in service delivery. Second, the paper serves a practical purpose within IEG in developing a framework and Show MoreThis paper serves three purposes. First, it defines service delivery and its key concepts and features as well as provides examples of how the World Bank Group has supported service delivery. The paper does not attempt to describe or track all the initiatives the Bank Group is doing in service delivery. Second, the paper serves a practical purpose within IEG in developing a framework and analytical protocol to evaluate service delivery as part of three ongoing sector evaluations in urban transport, water and sanitation, and nutrition. Finally, the paper discusses how to integrate service delivery when designing and implementing other sector evaluations. (IEG Working Paper 2016/No.3)

eGhana Project (PPAR)

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This Project Performance Assessment Report (PPAR) reviews the World Bank’s eGhana Project, which was approved on August 1, 2006 at an original cost of XDR 26.90 million (US$40.0 million) from International Development Association (IDA) resources. The eGhana project responded to the Government’s request for support in implementing its agenda for Information and Communication Technology (ICT)-led Show MoreThis Project Performance Assessment Report (PPAR) reviews the World Bank’s eGhana Project, which was approved on August 1, 2006 at an original cost of XDR 26.90 million (US$40.0 million) from International Development Association (IDA) resources. The eGhana project responded to the Government’s request for support in implementing its agenda for Information and Communication Technology (ICT)-led growth. This project was based on sound analytical work and the Bank’s experience in Ghana and elsewhere (including the ICT development project in Sri Lanka). The project development objective was to assist the Government of Ghana to generate growth and employment by leveraging ICT and public-private partnerships to: i) develop the IT Enabled Services (ITES) industry, and ii) contribute to improved efficiency and transparency of selected government functions through e-government applications.

Program for Results: An Early Stage Assessment of the Process and Effects of a New Lending Instrument

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This evaluation assesses the early experience with the design and implementation of Program for Results (PforR) operations and identifies lessons and recommendations to strengthen this new instrument.This evaluation assesses the early experience with the design and implementation of Program for Results (PforR) operations and identifies lessons and recommendations to strengthen this new instrument.

Reliable and Affordable Off-Grid Electricity Services for the Poor: Lessons from World Bank Group Experience

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off-grid electricity access ieg learning product
This learning product draws upon existing IEG evaluations, project documents and analytical work relating to the World Bank Group’s experience with supporting off-grid electrification in client countries.This learning product draws upon existing IEG evaluations, project documents and analytical work relating to the World Bank Group’s experience with supporting off-grid electrification in client countries.

Public-Private Partnerships in Health

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Access to essential health services is an important aspect of development. Governments from both developed and developing countries are increasingly looking at public-private partnerships (PPPs) as a way to expand access to higher-quality health services by leveraging capital, managerial capacity, and knowhow from the private sector.Access to essential health services is an important aspect of development. Governments from both developed and developing countries are increasingly looking at public-private partnerships (PPPs) as a way to expand access to higher-quality health services by leveraging capital, managerial capacity, and knowhow from the private sector.

Guatemala CLR Review FY13-FY16

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This Review assesses the design and implementation of the World Bank Group’s (WBG) Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) for Guatemala covering the period FY13-16. Following the shared approach methodology, the program’s development outcomes are assessed based on the Performance Learning Review (PLR) which was undertaken towards the end of the CPS period in September 2015. Guatemala is a lower Show MoreThis Review assesses the design and implementation of the World Bank Group’s (WBG) Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) for Guatemala covering the period FY13-16. Following the shared approach methodology, the program’s development outcomes are assessed based on the Performance Learning Review (PLR) which was undertaken towards the end of the CPS period in September 2015. Guatemala is a lower middle income country and the largest economy in Central America. During the CPS period, Guatemala had been implementing prudent macroeconomic policies with a relatively stable GDP growth rate. However, shared prosperity, as measured by income growth among the poorest 40 percent of the population, declined during 2000-2014. Guatemala’s Gini coefficient of income and human development index in 2014 continued to lag the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region. Low public revenue collection limited the ability of the State to provide basic public goods and services, and to undertake public investment essential to achieving its development goals. Guatemala has weak institutional quality, scoring in the lowest quartile in three and below the median in all of the six Worldwide Governance Indicators, with no significant improvement over the last two decades. IEG rates WBG performance as Fair.