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🎧 Lessons for Future Crises from the World Bank Group’s Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic

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Lessons for Future Crises from the World Bank Group’s Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic
The World Bank Group delivered a response of unprecedented scale and speed to COVID-19, aiming to address both the immediate health crisis and the economic and social consequences of the pandemic. In this episode, IEG’s Jenny Gold and Raghavan Narayanan join host Brenda Barbour to unpack valuable lessons about factors that facilitated the World Bank Group’s strong response and explore areas Show More The World Bank Group delivered a response of unprecedented scale and speed to COVID-19, aiming to address both the immediate health crisis and the economic and social consequences of the pandemic. In this episode, IEG’s Jenny Gold and Raghavan Narayanan join host Brenda Barbour to unpack valuable lessons about factors that facilitated the World Bank Group’s strong response and explore areas that can be strengthened to boost crisis preparedness in the Bank Group and its client countries as we navigate compounding crises. Jenny Gold co-led IEG’s recent evaluation of the World Bank’s health and social response to the pandemic and Raghavan Narayanan led IEG’s evaluation of the World Bank Group’s response to the economic implications of the pandemic. Listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or Stitcher. Related Resources IEG Evaluation: The World Bank’s Early Support to Addressing COVID-19 Health and Social Response IEG Evaluation: The World Bank Group’s Early Support to Addressing the Coronavirus (COVID-19): Economic Response (April 2020-June 2021) Blog: Lessons for building on the World Bank’s unprecedented health and social response to COVID-19

The World Bank Group’s Early Support to Addressing the Coronavirus (COVID-19): Economic Response (April 2020-June 2021)

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The World Bank Group’s Early Support to Addressing the Coronavirus (COVID-19): Economic Response (April 2020-June 2021) An Early-Stage Evaluation
The second of two reports focused on the early response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), this evaluation focuses on the World Bank Group’s response to the economic implications of the pandemic and offers recommendations to strengthen the role of the Bank Group as a crisis responder. A parallel IEG evaluation looks at the World Bank’s health and social response. The second of two reports focused on the early response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), this evaluation focuses on the World Bank Group’s response to the economic implications of the pandemic and offers recommendations to strengthen the role of the Bank Group as a crisis responder. A parallel IEG evaluation looks at the World Bank’s health and social response.

The World Bank Group’s Capital Increase Package in the Context of the Forward Look - An Independent Validation (Approach Paper)

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This validation assessment fulfills the commitment in the capital increase package (CIP) of an independent assessment after five years. Building on management’s own reporting and other evidence, the validation will assess the World Bank Group’s progress in implementing the policy measures and achieving the targets set under the package. This paper describes the approach of the Independent Show MoreThis validation assessment fulfills the commitment in the capital increase package (CIP) of an independent assessment after five years. Building on management’s own reporting and other evidence, the validation will assess the World Bank Group’s progress in implementing the policy measures and achieving the targets set under the package. This paper describes the approach of the Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) to validating management’s reporting and assessing progress on the capital increase package priorities.

What have we learned about job creation and fisheries projects?

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Residents dry thousands of tiny fish in the sunlight in Jamestown Fishing Village in Accra, Ghana on October 11, 2015. Photo © Dominic Chavez/World Bank
This blog is part of a two-part series based on the results of a Learning Engagement focused on ways to increase the contribution of World Bank crop agriculture and fisheries projects to job creation and economic transformation. Learning Engagements are a collaboration between the Independent Evaluation Group and World Bank Group staff, aimed at maximizing learning from existing evidence to fill Show MoreThis blog is part of a two-part series based on the results of a Learning Engagement focused on ways to increase the contribution of World Bank crop agriculture and fisheries projects to job creation and economic transformation. Learning Engagements are a collaboration between the Independent Evaluation Group and World Bank Group staff, aimed at maximizing learning from existing evidence to fill in knowledge gaps, improve performance and ultimately deliver better development outcomes.

🎧 Lessons from Shifting Paradigms in Disaster Risk Reduction

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Lessons from Shifting Paradigms in Disaster Risk Reduction
Disasters caused by natural hazards increasingly threaten the lives and livelihoods of the world’s poor. Climate change is exacerbating the severity and impact of disasters by contributing to more destructive droughts, floods, and storms. In this episode, we will explore how a more severe risk environment has been reshaping the way the World Bank and its partners approach disaster risk Show More Disasters caused by natural hazards increasingly threaten the lives and livelihoods of the world’s poor. Climate change is exacerbating the severity and impact of disasters by contributing to more destructive droughts, floods, and storms. In this episode, we will explore how a more severe risk environment has been reshaping the way the World Bank and its partners approach disaster risk reduction. We will discuss the cost-effectiveness of disaster risk reduction investments, when and how can disaster risk reduction efforts be implemented, and why they are such a key component of adapting to climate change. Our host, Carmen Nonay, will take listeners through a fascinating discussion held during the recent IMF-World Bank Annual meetings with experts working at the forefront of disaster risk reduction efforts. Carmen will highlight and comment on interventions by Mozambique’s Minister of Finance, Ernesto Tonela, Japan’s Deputy Vice Minister for International Affairs at Japan’s Ministry of Finance, Kentaro Ogata, Norway’s Minister of International Development, Anne Tvinnereim; and the president and CEO of the Bezos Earth Fund, Andrew Steer. We will also hear from IEG’s Director General, Alison Evans, and Bernice Van Bronkhorst, the World Bank’s Global Director of the Urban, Disaster Risk Management, Resilience, and Land Global Practice. Listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or Stitcher. Related Resources IEG Evaluation: IEG Evaluation: Reducing Disaster Risks from Natural Hazards Video: Transforming the Global Response to Disaster Risk Reduction Event: Scaling Up Action On Disaster Risk Reduction: A Critical Step For Climate Change Adaptation And Building Resilience

Towards greener travel for the holidays and beyond

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New Delhi/India - Jan 24 2020 , yulu electric bike non polluted vehicle , rider at Vijay chowk. Photo: PradeepGaurs/ShutterStock
The Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) recently published an Evaluation Insight Note (EIN) exploring the key challenges and opportunities in the World Bank’s support for decarbonizing transport. The EIN is a new product launched to meet the demand for more rapid and focused evaluative evidence to inform the thinking around key development challenges and to address knowledge gaps.The Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) recently published an Evaluation Insight Note (EIN) exploring the key challenges and opportunities in the World Bank’s support for decarbonizing transport. The EIN is a new product launched to meet the demand for more rapid and focused evaluative evidence to inform the thinking around key development challenges and to address knowledge gaps.

What have we learned about job creation in crop agriculture?

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Woman holding crop of peanuts. Mali. Photo: Ray Witlin / World Bank
This blog is part of a two-part series based on the results of a Learning Engagement focused on ways to increase the contribution of World Bank crop agriculture and fisheries projects to job creation and economic transformation. Learning Engagements are a collaboration between the Independent Evaluation Group and World Bank Group staff, aimed at maximizing learning from existing evidence to fill Show MoreThis blog is part of a two-part series based on the results of a Learning Engagement focused on ways to increase the contribution of World Bank crop agriculture and fisheries projects to job creation and economic transformation. Learning Engagements are a collaboration between the Independent Evaluation Group and World Bank Group staff, aimed at maximizing learning from existing evidence to fill in knowledge gaps, improve performance and ultimately deliver better development outcomes.

2022 External Review of the Independent Evaluation Group

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This is the third External Review of the Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) commissioned by the World Bank Group (WBG) Board of Executive Directors (Board) and overseen by the Committee on Development Effectiveness (CODE).This is the third External Review of the Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) commissioned by the World Bank Group (WBG) Board of Executive Directors (Board) and overseen by the Committee on Development Effectiveness (CODE).

Lessons for building on the World Bank’s unprecedented health and social response to COVID-19

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Lessons for building on the World Bank’s unprecedented health and social response to COVID-19
By the time COVID-19 was declared a pandemic on March 11, 2020, the World Bank Group had already committed up to $160 billion in financing in response to the outbreak and had aligned its support with the World Health Organization and other partners. In the following 15 months, the World Bank went on to deliver a response of unprecedented speed and scale in countries with high or medium Show MoreBy the time COVID-19 was declared a pandemic on March 11, 2020, the World Bank Group had already committed up to $160 billion in financing in response to the outbreak and had aligned its support with the World Health Organization and other partners. In the following 15 months, the World Bank went on to deliver a response of unprecedented speed and scale in countries with high or medium vulnerability to human capital and development losses as a consequence of the pandemic.

Structured Literature Reviews

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This paper provides an overview of the use of structured literature reviews towards promoting greater reliability in the use and reporting of evidence in evaluations. This paper provides an overview of the use of structured literature reviews towards promoting greater reliability in the use and reporting of evidence in evaluations.