The topic of resilience has gained prominence on the development agenda. Many of the Sustainable Development Goals relate to resilience. In the World Bank’s new strategy adopted in October 2013—achieving the twin goals of eliminating extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity in a sustainable manner—resilience is at the heart of the three-pronged view of sustainability: fiscal, social, and environmental sustainability.
This synthesis of existing evaluations seeks to draw lessons from key IEG evaluations of World Bank Group support for strengthening client country response and resilience to systemic shocks. The synthesis is concerned exclusively with systemic shocks—that is, shocks that affect highly significant numbers of economic agents in at least one country, possibly several—and the impact of which unfolds during a relatively short time.