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World Bank Group Support to Health Services: Achievements and Challenges

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World Bank Group Support to Health Services: Achievements and Challenges
This evaluation assesses the roles and contributions of the World Bank Group in supporting health services in client countries and provides lessons and recommendations for achieving greater development effectiveness going forward.This evaluation assesses the roles and contributions of the World Bank Group in supporting health services in client countries and provides lessons and recommendations for achieving greater development effectiveness going forward.

How the World Bank Group and other development partners can engage more effectively in middle-income countries: Insights from Mexico

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Insights from Mexico about World Bank Group Engagement in MICs
Five key insights from an IEG evaluation of World Bank Group support to Mexico as to how development partners can make the most impact in middle-income countries.Five key insights from an IEG evaluation of World Bank Group support to Mexico as to how development partners can make the most impact in middle-income countries.

China: ShiZheng Railway Project (PPAR)

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Railways are vital to China’s social and economic development. As a large economy with a vast geographical area and a huge population, China has massive volumes of passenger and freight traffic moving over medium to long distances. Because of the high demand for rail services, railways are one of the most economic and effective means of transport for the medium- to long-distance transport market Show MoreRailways are vital to China’s social and economic development. As a large economy with a vast geographical area and a huge population, China has massive volumes of passenger and freight traffic moving over medium to long distances. Because of the high demand for rail services, railways are one of the most economic and effective means of transport for the medium- to long-distance transport market in China. They are also more energy-efficient and environment-friendly than other transport modes on a comparable capacity basis. The World Bank initiated a programmatic engagement with China’s railways in 2008 through a program of six projects to support construction of priority high-speed railway (HSR) lines. The program was also intended to be a platform for the World Bank to continue its policy dialogue with the government on railway sector reform. The ShiZheng Railway Project was the first of the six projects. The project’s original objectives were to meet the growing freight and passenger market demand in the railway corridor section between Shijiazhuang and Zhengzhou while substantially improving the level of service offered to customers. After the restructuring in 2012, a new objective was added – to improve the maintenance of the catenary system on high-speed rail lines – but the original objectives were unchanged. Ratings from the project are as follows: Outcome was satisfactory, Risk to development outcome was negligible, Bank performance was satisfactory, and Borrower performance was satisfactory. The following lessons are drawn from the project experience: (i) Sound technical design, project preparation, and implementation management, combined with assured financial resources and effective interinstitutional collaboration, are a recipe for success for a complex HSR project. (ii) Effective high speed railway systems require certain preconditions. (iii) Successful reforms in large and complex infrastructure sectors such as railways involve sustained policy changes supported through long-term policy dialogue and engagements. (iv) Agglomeration effects are an important benefit of high-speed rail development and could be incorporated in the cost-benefit analysis of such projects. (v) Good connections of HSR lines with other transport modes and between the rail stations and urban centers are critical to achieving the full benefits of high-speed trains.

Laying the Groundwork for Peace and Development: 5 Lessons from the Republic of Colombia

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Laying the Groundwork for Peace and Development
This brief captures the lessons from evaluating a World Bank's Peace and Development Project, implemented in the Republic of Colombia.This brief captures the lessons from evaluating a World Bank's Peace and Development Project, implemented in the Republic of Colombia.

Liberia CLR Review FY13-17

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Liberia is a low-income country with a GNI per capita (Atlas method) of 380 US dollars in 2017. After a period of conflict and instability, Liberia's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew at an average annual rate of 6.2 percent during 2003-2013. The ebola virus disease (EVD) crisis of 2014-2016 and a drop in global commodity prices resulted in slower average annual GDP growth of 2.1 percent with per Show MoreLiberia is a low-income country with a GNI per capita (Atlas method) of 380 US dollars in 2017. After a period of conflict and instability, Liberia's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew at an average annual rate of 6.2 percent during 2003-2013. The ebola virus disease (EVD) crisis of 2014-2016 and a drop in global commodity prices resulted in slower average annual GDP growth of 2.1 percent with per capita annual GDP growth at -0.4 percent during 2013-2017. As a post conflict country aiming to achieve sustained broad-based growth, Liberia faces several development challenges: large infrastructure gaps, poor education and health indicators, a large youth cohort, lack of economic diversification, and weak public institutions. The World Bank Group's country partnership strategy had three pillars: (i) economic transformation; (ii) human development; and (iii) governance and public sector institutions. In addition, the CPS had two cross-cutting themes of capacity development and gender equality. The CPS focus areas and objectives were well aligned with the government's agenda for transformation with a strong focus on infrastructure. The CLR provided a succinct assessment of the achievement of program objectives. It identified the increases in IDA lending attributable to the EVD outbreak. The CLR review agrees with the CLR lessons: (i) ensure government's strong commitment to the CPF program through close alignment with the country's development plans; (ii) adapt and apply a sound post-conflict and fragile country lens in the design of CPF programs for post conflict countries; (iii) keep an eye on medium-term goals even in the face of a crisis such as EVD; (iv) being selective about cross-cutting themes and including outcomes associated with these themes helps maintain the Government's and Country Team's focus on them throughout implementation. IEG provides the following additional lessons: (i) flexibility of the CPS program enabled the WBG to respond to the EVD crisis in a timely manner; and (ii) trust fund activities need to have a well-articulated strategic focus and explicit selectivity filters to ensure that they contribute to the achievement of CPS objectives.

Ten factors that improve the impact of Development Policy Financing in IDA countries

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How to Improve the Impact of Development Policy Financing in IDA countries
A new IEG report outlines the conditions that maximize development outcomes for Development Policy Financing in IDA countries.A new IEG report outlines the conditions that maximize development outcomes for Development Policy Financing in IDA countries.

An Independent Evaluation of the World Bank Group’s Support to Mexico (2008–17)

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An Independent Evaluation of the World Bank Group’s Support to Mexico
This evaluation assesses the development effectiveness of the World Bank Group’s country program in Mexico between 2008 and 2017.This evaluation assesses the development effectiveness of the World Bank Group’s country program in Mexico between 2008 and 2017.

Recent World Bank Experience with RRAs & Operational Programming in FCV Countries

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Stocktaking of Implementation of Recommendations from IEG Evaluations of Fragility, Conflict and Violence The purpose of this stocktaking report is to assess: i) the extent to which World Bank diagnostic work identified drivers of fragility and conflict and resilience; ii) the extent to which Bank strategies and operations in FCV countries have shifted from generic objectives to targeting drivers Show MoreStocktaking of Implementation of Recommendations from IEG Evaluations of Fragility, Conflict and Violence The purpose of this stocktaking report is to assess: i) the extent to which World Bank diagnostic work identified drivers of fragility and conflict and resilience; ii) the extent to which Bank strategies and operations in FCV countries have shifted from generic objectives to targeting drivers of fragility and conflict; and iii) the experience of the implementation of fragility-sensitive strategies to date.

The next frontier: Enhancing citizen engagement in World Bank Group projects

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Enhancing Citizen Engagement in World Bank Group Projects
Is the Bank Group delivering on its commitment to engage citizens in every project with identifiable beneficiaries?Is the Bank Group delivering on its commitment to engage citizens in every project with identifiable beneficiaries?

Reducing Risk Before Disaster Strikes: Seven Lessons from Turkey

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Reducing Risk Before Disaster Strikes
This brief captures the lessons from evaluating the World Bank’s Istanbul Seismic Risk Mitigation and Emergency Preparedness Project. This brief captures the lessons from evaluating the World Bank’s Istanbul Seismic Risk Mitigation and Emergency Preparedness Project.