In 2013, the World Bank Group launched a new model for engaging its client countries. Underpinned by two instruments – the systematic country diagnostic (SCD) and the country partnership framework (CPF), the new model is designed to promote greater country ownership and better align the World Bank Group’s work with client country development priorities. In doing so, the new model positions the World Bank Group and countries to identify the most critical constraints to, and opportunities for achieving the twin goals of reducing poverty and building shared prosperity.

Our panel of experts explored the World Bank Group’s experience with implementing its new country engagement model. The discussion focused on tips and lessons learned on how to engage effectively in a country context. These insights are relevant not just for the World Bank Group, but for the broader development community. The event highlighted findings from IEG’s early assessment.

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View Report- World Bank Group Country Engagement: An Early-Stage Assessment of the Systematic Country Diagnostic and Country Partnership Framework

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Caroline Heider
Director General
Independent Evaluation Group


Carolina Sanchez
Senior Director
Poverty Global Practice
World Bank


Tahseen Sayed
Country Director for Caribbean Countries
World Bank


Ismail Arslan
Senior Evaluation Officer
Country Programs and Economic Management Unit
Independent Evaluation Group

Maria Davalos
Senior Economist, Poverty Global Practice
World Bank

Ambar Narayan
Lead Economist, Poverty Global Practice
World Bank

Peter Siegenthaler
Economic Advisor, Country Economics
Operations Policy and Quality Department (OPSPQ)
World Bank

Ayat Soliman
Practice Manager
Social, Urban, Rural, and Resilience Global Practice
World Bank

Eduardo Wallentin
Senior Manager, Country Economics and Engagement


Submitted by Owen OKOKO on Mon, 10/09/2017 - 04:41



What's the best economic model to adapt in Congo-Brazzaville in order to diversify the economy ?

Submitted by Mohamed on Mon, 10/09/2017 - 04:42


What are your experiences on the role of local project management practitioners in supporting the new country engagement model?

Submitted by M. Rodriguez on Mon, 10/09/2017 - 04:43


I’d like to refer to the Consultations for Country Partnership Framework in Iraq (2018-2023 -- Focus Areas and Objectives -Focus area 1: Institutional Strengthening and Efficiency through Improved Governance and Economic Stabilization, 1a: Improve public financial management, public investment management, and procurement management.

To me, the WB faces its own institutional challenges. Without properly tackling the obstacles we currently face to better INTEGRATE, or at least coordinate internally, within the Governance Global Practice, I do not see how the WBG will be able to integrate its work with IFC and MIGA, let alone how we will contribute, to better assist the Client in its efforts to address their own institutional challenges.

Submitted by Benjamin Rosenthal on Mon, 10/09/2017 - 04:48


What about the sustainability dimension of the twin goals? How well do SCDs and CPFs address challenges related to social and environmental sustainability? Should CEM-process do more on sustainability?

Submitted by Regina on Mon, 10/09/2017 - 04:50


Given that SCDs identify and prioritize structural problems that are not likely to change much in the near future, should second generation SCDs be updates of the previous ones or should an entirely new SCD be written every 4-5 years?

Submitted by Ana Maria Torres on Mon, 10/09/2017 - 04:50


Have the results frameworks of CPFs improved from what they were initially? And what still needs improvement?
Where does OPCS share good practice examples?
Peter mentioned the guidelines will be adjusted, can you tell us some of the thinking around that?

Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 10/09/2017 - 04:50


Did you have the chance to carry out a review of the first PLRs? If so, can you talk about the main findings or recommendations?

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