In the country strategy address the mix between indirect poverty interventions (inclusive growth) and direct interventions (social safety nets, access to basic services) with attention to their sequencing to achieve the Bank's twin goals.
Both growth and basic service delivery with targeted and differentiated interventions are identified as key drivers of poverty reduction. The appropriate balance between 'direct' and 'indirect' poverty interventions for Bank support will depend on country context and capacity
WB: Partially Agrees. The distinction between what constitutes a direct as opposed to indirect poverty intervention is complex and difficult to operationalize in country strategies. However, the CPF should clearly articulate why the mix of recommended activities is appropriate, given the findings of the SCD.
Action 7a: Develop joint training with IEG to help operational teams strengthen the links between WB interventions and poverty reduction and their distributional impact.
Baseline: No joint training developed, accentuating specifically links between WB interventions and poverty reduction.
Target: Joint IEG/OPCS sessions delivered at each CPF/SCD Academy
Action 7b: Revise guidance on CPF Results Frameworks, based on OPCS experience and IEGï¾s upcoming SCD/CPF evaluation.
Indicator: Revision and update of the existing guidance.
Baseline: Current guidance includes space to help the teams strengthen the links.
Target: Guidance revised and updated.
Action 7a. There is no evidence of any new training on helping operational teams to strengthen links between WB interventions and poverty. Moreover, IEG has earlier pointed out, during the preparation of the Action plan, that there is a conflict of interest regarding an IEG role in the fulfilment of this condition.
Action 7b. The Guidance on CPF Results Framework has not been revised yet.
Action 7b: Revise guidance on CPF Results Frameworks, based on OPCS experience and IEG's upcoming SCD/CPF evaluation.
A first formal SCD Guidance is being rolled out in Q2FY17. A revised CPF Guidance is planned to be completed by Q1FY18.
Action 7a: Develop joint training with IEG to help operational teams strengthen the links between WB interventions and poverty.
A SCD/CPF Academy was conducted in October 2016, in collaboration with IEG, and participants from across the WBG, including field offices. This training focuses - amongst other themes - on how to operationalize the twin goals through the WBG program of interventions in countries. Two additional SCD/CPF Academies are planned for the remainder of the FY17.