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Industry Competitiveness and Jobs: The World Bank Group's Experience

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Industry Competitiveness and Jobs: The World Bank Group's Experience
Join us to learn how countries can boost their industries and promote job growth, and what role the Bank should play.Join us to learn how countries can boost their industries and promote job growth, and what role the Bank should play.

How can development partners meet the huge demand for evaluation capacity?

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How can development partners meet the huge demand for evaluation capacity?
The CLEAR Initiative is a multi-donor program that takes a unique, and scalable, approach to meeting the growing demand for evaluation capacity development in developing countries.The CLEAR Initiative is a multi-donor program that takes a unique, and scalable, approach to meeting the growing demand for evaluation capacity development in developing countries.

Influencing Change - How do we engage clients after the evaluation?

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Influencing Change – How do we engage clients after the evaluation?
To help ensure meaningful client action in responses to evaluation recommendations, IEG helps the Board to systematically track World Bank Group commitments. We share how well this is working. To help ensure meaningful client action in responses to evaluation recommendations, IEG helps the Board to systematically track World Bank Group commitments. We share how well this is working.

Togo CLR Review FY08-17

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This is a validation of the Completion and Learning Review (CLR) for the World Bank Group’s (WBG) engagement in Togo covering two Interim Strategy Notes (ISNs) for the period, FY08-FY10; and FY12-13. In line with the CLR, IEG does not rate the overall development outcome and the WBG’s performance due to data limitations. After Togo became independent in 1960, income per capita almost doubled Show MoreThis is a validation of the Completion and Learning Review (CLR) for the World Bank Group’s (WBG) engagement in Togo covering two Interim Strategy Notes (ISNs) for the period, FY08-FY10; and FY12-13. In line with the CLR, IEG does not rate the overall development outcome and the WBG’s performance due to data limitations. After Togo became independent in 1960, income per capita almost doubled to reach $534 in 1980, driven by open and market oriented policies, a boom in phosphate prices and efforts towards a more effective public administration. However, these gains were reversed during the next two decades. In the 1980s, the country followed a more inward looking economic policy and, during the 1990s, it entered a period of political tension and economic instability. Togo fell into internal and external debt service arrears including with the World Bank. Political stability returned gradually beginning in the mid-2000s and the international development community returned. Economic growth during the last decade has averaged four percent. Despite a solid growth performance, poverty declined only slightly, from 61.7 percent in 2006 to 55.1 percent in 2015. Income per capita is yet to reach the level the country had achieved in 1980. Togo’s ranking in the Human Development Index has fallen from 95th out of 124 countries in 1980 to 166th out of 187 countries in 2013. Togo recently experienced negative macroeconomic developments that brought the share of public debt over GDP from 32 percent in 2010 to 80.8 percent in 2016 financed by both domestic and external borrowings. Successful efforts at increasing public revenues from 18.8 percent of GDP in 2013 to 21.0 percent in 2015 were not enough to cover fast-growing public investments on infrastructure. Efforts at bringing the fiscal accounts under control are underway. The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved on May 5, 2017, a new three-year arrangement for Togo under the Extended Credit Facility (ECF) for SDR176.16 million to support the country’s economic and financial reforms.

Results and Development - What the World Bank Group can learn from the World Cup

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Results and Development: What the World Bank Group can learn from the World Cup
What if the World Bank Group were a soccer team? Would it win the World Cup of Development Results and transform the image of development? What if the World Bank Group were a soccer team? Would it win the World Cup of Development Results and transform the image of development?

Conversations: Making Evaluation Work for the World Bank, the African Development Bank, and Beyond

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Conversations: Making Evaluation Work for the World Bank
Caroline Heider, Director General, Evaluation of the World Bank Group and Rakesh Nangia, Evaluator General of the African Development Bank, explore the role of independent evaluation in their respective institutions, and some of the key issues they have encountered. Caroline Heider, Director General, Evaluation of the World Bank Group and Rakesh Nangia, Evaluator General of the African Development Bank, explore the role of independent evaluation in their respective institutions, and some of the key issues they have encountered.

Rethinking Evaluation - Impact: The Reason to Exist

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 Rethinking Evaluation - Impact: The Reason to Exist
Complexity theory and enhanced modeling capacities provide opportunities to rethink evaluation methods.Complexity theory and enhanced modeling capacities provide opportunities to rethink evaluation methods.

Is the World Bank Group Achieving its Development Objectives?

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Findings from IEG’s latest annual review of the Bank Group’s results and performance present a mixed picture. Findings from IEG’s latest annual review of the Bank Group’s results and performance present a mixed picture.

Higher Education for Development: An Evaluation of the World Bank Group's Support

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This evaluation assesses the World Bank Group's support for higher education and seeks to identify how the World Bank Group can adapt and align its support for higher education with its 2013 "twin goals" strategy. This evaluation assesses the World Bank Group's support for higher education and seeks to identify how the World Bank Group can adapt and align its support for higher education with its 2013 "twin goals" strategy.

Building Resilience in the Face of Increasing Threats

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Building Resilience in the Face of Increasing Threats
How can the development community help build resilience to acute systemic shocks in the face of growing risk and vulnerability?How can the development community help build resilience to acute systemic shocks in the face of growing risk and vulnerability?