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Two to Tango: An Evaluation of World Bank Group Support to Fostering Regional Integration

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Two to Tango: An Evaluation of World Bank Group Support to Fostering Regional Integration
This evaluation assesses the Bank Group’s effectiveness and comparative advantage in fostering regional integration during FY2003–17 and draws lessons that can be used to inform future regional integration operations.This evaluation assesses the Bank Group’s effectiveness and comparative advantage in fostering regional integration during FY2003–17 and draws lessons that can be used to inform future regional integration operations.

Grow with the Flow: An Independent Evaluation of World Bank Group Support to Facilitating Trade 2006-17

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Grow with the Flow: An Independent Evaluation of World Bank Group Support to Facilitating Trade 2006-17
The evaluation examines the development effectiveness of the World Bank Group’s support for trade facilitation and identifies lessons for future engagement.The evaluation examines the development effectiveness of the World Bank Group’s support for trade facilitation and identifies lessons for future engagement.

A Seat at the Table: Creating Opportunity for Vulnerable and Often Excluded Populations with Chef José Andrés

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A Seat at the Table: Creating Opportunity for Vulnerable and Often Excluded Populations with Chef José Andrés
How can we provide lasting economic opportunities for the poorest and most vulnerable populations? Join IEG and Chef José Andrés LIVE on Wed., April 10 to learn the what works in the field, and according to evidence. How can we provide lasting economic opportunities for the poorest and most vulnerable populations? Join IEG and Chef José Andrés LIVE on Wed., April 10 to learn the what works in the field, and according to evidence.

Argentina CLR Review FY15-18

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This independent review of the World Bank Group's Completion and Learning Review (CLR) covers the period of the World Bank Group's Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) for Argentina, FY15-FY18. The CPS had three focus areas: (a) unlocking long-term productivity growth and job creation; (b) increasing access to and quality of social infrastructure and services for the poor; and (c) reducing Show MoreThis independent review of the World Bank Group's Completion and Learning Review (CLR) covers the period of the World Bank Group's Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) for Argentina, FY15-FY18. The CPS had three focus areas: (a) unlocking long-term productivity growth and job creation; (b) increasing access to and quality of social infrastructure and services for the poor; and (c) reducing environmental risks and safeguarding natural resources. Gender and governance were cross-cutting themes to be integrated into WBG engagements. While the CPS was finalized before the 2015 election, the CPS framework remained relevant to the new administration's critical priorities, which included economic reforms to boost long-term productivity growth, developing social infrastructure and services in areas with the highest levels of poverty concentration, and meeting the country's targets for Nationally Determined Contributions for climate change.

IDA’s Crisis Response Window: Lessons from IEG Evaluations

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From the 15th replenishment of the International Development Association (IDA15) through IDA18, the Crisis Response Window (CRW) evolved from a focus on economic shocks to include two other types of crises—natural disasters and public health emergencies. The CRW was set up as a pilot under IDA15 to address repercussions related to the global financial crisis on IDA countries. When established as Show MoreFrom the 15th replenishment of the International Development Association (IDA15) through IDA18, the Crisis Response Window (CRW) evolved from a focus on economic shocks to include two other types of crises—natural disasters and public health emergencies. The CRW was set up as a pilot under IDA15 to address repercussions related to the global financial crisis on IDA countries. When established as a permanent part of IDA, it was amended to address the impact of natural disasters in addition to economic shocks. CRW coverage was expanded to include public health emergencies when the Ebola crisis erupted in 2014. This IEG synthesis paper takes stock of experience with IDA’s CRW, making use of IEG evaluative evidence. The paper synthesizes findings from existing evaluations and information on CRW performance during its pilot stage under IDA15 and subsequent IDA cycles, to inform stakeholders and promote learning. The audience for this paper is primarily internal, including management, Executive Directors (including the Committee on Development Effectiveness), and IDA deputies.

IDA Regional Window Program 2003-17: Lessons from IEG Evaluations

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The International Development Association (IDA) Regional Window Program was developed as a funding mechanism to provide additional financing resources to co‐finance projects that help low‐income countries achieve their regional integration objectives. The main objective of this synthesis report is to inform policy decisions on the International Development Association (IDA) Regional Window Show MoreThe International Development Association (IDA) Regional Window Program was developed as a funding mechanism to provide additional financing resources to co‐finance projects that help low‐income countries achieve their regional integration objectives. The main objective of this synthesis report is to inform policy decisions on the International Development Association (IDA) Regional Window Program in the context of the IDA18 mid‐term review and the IDA19 replenishment. The report contains information on (a) the achievements of the program, and (b) key findings and conclusions for the consideration of IDA Deputies. This synthesis is derived primarily from IEG’s thematic evaluation, Two to Tango: An IEG Independent Evaluation of World Bank Group Support to Fostering Regional Integration and is complemented by findings from other existing thematic evaluations such as Grow with the flow: World Bank Group support to Trade Facilitation, project‐level evaluations and validations, and project performance assessment reports.

Learning from IDA Experience: Lessons from IEG Evaluations, with a Focus on IDA Special Themes and Development Effectiveness

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The 18th replenishment of the International Development Association (IDA18), one of the world’s major providers of financial resources to the poorest countries, was the largest in the institution’s 56‐year history. Together with significant changes in its policy and financing framework, IDA’s enhanced commitment authority was expected to enable faster progress toward the international community’s Show MoreThe 18th replenishment of the International Development Association (IDA18), one of the world’s major providers of financial resources to the poorest countries, was the largest in the institution’s 56‐year history. Together with significant changes in its policy and financing framework, IDA’s enhanced commitment authority was expected to enable faster progress toward the international community’s far‐reaching and ambitious 2030 agenda,1 which aligns closely with the World Bank Group’s twin goals of eradicating extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity in a sustainable manner. The objective of this synthesis report is to draw on findings and lessons from recent IEG evaluations (that is, those completed since FY16) and databases that are pertinent to IDA18 special themes and IDA support more generally to inform forthcoming IDA19 discussions. The synthesis report focuses on learning from IDA experience over the last 10 years in relation to areas covered by the IDA18 special themes, drawing on relevant IEG evaluations completed since FY16.

3ie-IEG Conference on Citizen Engagement and Accountable Government: What Works & What’s Next

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Join us for an interactive dialogue anchored in evaluative evidence about engaging citizens and fostering accountable governance.Join us for an interactive dialogue anchored in evaluative evidence about engaging citizens and fostering accountable governance.

North Macedonia CLR Review FY15-18

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The Republic of North Macedonia (North Macedonia) is an upper middle-income country which is small and land-locked. The World Bank Group's (WBG) Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) had two pillars (or focus areas): (i) growth and competitiveness, and (ii) skills and inclusion. The CPS was broadly aligned with the government's 2014-2018 program, which sought increased growth and employment, Show MoreThe Republic of North Macedonia (North Macedonia) is an upper middle-income country which is small and land-locked. The World Bank Group's (WBG) Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) had two pillars (or focus areas): (i) growth and competitiveness, and (ii) skills and inclusion. The CPS was broadly aligned with the government's 2014-2018 program, which sought increased growth and employment, international integration, reduced corruption and more efficient law enforcement, better inter-ethnic relations, and investments in education, innovation and technology. Specifically, the CPS supported the growth and employment, infrastructure, social protection, and education pillars of the Government's program and the government's efforts to stabilize public debt. The European Union (EU) accession agenda was a cross-cutting theme in the CPS. At the PLR stage, the CPS maintained its overall focus, albeit with some changes in emphasis, and was aligned with the new Government program (2017-20) that focused on growth, jobs, and social protection, among other areas.

Knowledge Flow and Collaboration Under the World Bank's New Operating Model

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knowledge flow and collaboration under the world bank new operating model
This evaluation assesses how well the World Bank’s current operating model stimulates knowledge flow, and how well it enhances collaboration to deliver “integrated solutions” - or multisector and multiservice tasks and approaches - to clients.This evaluation assesses how well the World Bank’s current operating model stimulates knowledge flow, and how well it enhances collaboration to deliver “integrated solutions” - or multisector and multiservice tasks and approaches - to clients.