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IDA's Partnership for Poverty Reduction (FY94-FY00) An Independent Evaluation

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Managing Urban Spatial Growth

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Contrasting the rapid growth of informal settlements  and high rise buildings in the city of Salvador, Brazil—taken with a drone January 2021—by Johnny Miller / Unequal Scenes
This evaluation offers IEG’s first systematic assessment of the World Bank’s support to the management of urban spatial growth. This evaluation offers IEG’s first systematic assessment of the World Bank’s support to the management of urban spatial growth.

Social Funds: Assessing Effectiveness

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This study is the first independent evaluation of social fund projects by OED. It reviews the development effectiveness of social fund projects and draws implications for future Bank support to them. It responds to the interest of the World Bank's Board of Executive Directors for an independent evalua-tion of this fast-expanding portfolio. The review is based on an examination of existing data Show MoreThis study is the first independent evaluation of social fund projects by OED. It reviews the development effectiveness of social fund projects and draws implications for future Bank support to them. It responds to the interest of the World Bank's Board of Executive Directors for an independent evalua-tion of this fast-expanding portfolio. The review is based on an examination of existing data and literature, and brings to bear new information relating to the participatory process in social fund projects and their institutional development impacts at the government, nongovernment, and community levels.

IDA review background paper - review of poverty reduction in IDA10-12

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This is one of the series of background papers prepared for the OED IDA Review. The IDA12 Replenishment Report requested OED to undertake an independent review of the IDA program during the IDA10-11 period and an interim review of IDA12. The Review concentrates on IDA's development contribution in six thematic development priorities: (i) poverty reduction; (ii) social development; (iii) private Show MoreThis is one of the series of background papers prepared for the OED IDA Review. The IDA12 Replenishment Report requested OED to undertake an independent review of the IDA program during the IDA10-11 period and an interim review of IDA12. The Review concentrates on IDA's development contribution in six thematic development priorities: (i) poverty reduction; (ii) social development; (iii) private sector development; (iv) governance; (v) environmentally sustainable development; and (vi) gender. It also addresses four priority process reform objectives: (i) performance based allocations; (ii) enhanced CAS design and implementation; (iii) improved aid coordination; and (iv) participation. The findings, interpretations, and conclusions expressed in this paper are entirely those of the author. They do not necessarily represent the views of the Operations Evaluation Department or any other unit of the World Bank, its Executive Directors, the IDA Deputies or the countries they represent.

Bridging Troubled Waters: Assessing the Water Resources Strategy Since 1993

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The comprehensive approach advocated in the 1993 water strategy is highly relevant to the sound and sustainable management of water resources. And implementing the strategy has advanced the Bank's corporate goals and mission, contributing to an emerging global consensus on water resource management. But that implementation, though broad, has been partial and uneven, with big differences across Show MoreThe comprehensive approach advocated in the 1993 water strategy is highly relevant to the sound and sustainable management of water resources. And implementing the strategy has advanced the Bank's corporate goals and mission, contributing to an emerging global consensus on water resource management. But that implementation, though broad, has been partial and uneven, with big differences across regions, countries, and subsectors. Work remains to adapt the strategy to diverse country contexts—and to link water resource management to sustainable service delivery.

Integrating Gender in World Bank Assistance

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This evaluation examines the relevance of the Bank's gender policy and the institutional processes geared to integrate gender into Bank assistance over the past decade. Gender has received greater attention at the institutional level since the issuance of the gender policy in 1994 (OP 4.20). For example, the appointment of an External Gender Consultative Group (EGCG) in 1996 and the establishment Show MoreThis evaluation examines the relevance of the Bank's gender policy and the institutional processes geared to integrate gender into Bank assistance over the past decade. Gender has received greater attention at the institutional level since the issuance of the gender policy in 1994 (OP 4.20). For example, the appointment of an External Gender Consultative Group (EGCG) in 1996 and the establishment of a Gender Sector Board (GSB) in 1997 increased visibility of gender issues within the Bank. In 1998, new gender thematic groups helped to demonstrate the possibilities of integrating gender considerations into Bank assistance in areas related to transport and law. At the operational level, the Bank has focused on girls' education and other matters of gender equity in a significant portion of its education sector activities. The Bank has addressed a number of issues related to women and gender through its health, population and nutrition projects. At the country level, more than 63 percent of the Country Assistance Strategies (CASs) since FY97 have integrated gender considerations satisfactorily. This report was discussed by the Committee on Development Effectiveness on October 18, 2000, and a report of that discussion is attached as Annex V. This report is now being re-issued for the purpose of more general disclosure.

Mainstreaming Anti-Corruption Activities in World Bank Assistance: A Review of Progress Since 1997

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This evaluation examines the early progress made in implementing the World Bank's anti-corruption strategy that was launched in September 1997. It assesses the Bank's anti-corruption activities between FY98 and FY01.This evaluation examines the early progress made in implementing the World Bank's anti-corruption strategy that was launched in September 1997. It assesses the Bank's anti-corruption activities between FY98 and FY01.

Evaluation Capacity Development: OED Self-Evaluation

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This report describes OED's work to help countries strengthen their monitoring and evaluation systems. It assesses the scope, results, quality, strengths and weaknesses of this ECD work.This report describes OED's work to help countries strengthen their monitoring and evaluation systems. It assesses the scope, results, quality, strengths and weaknesses of this ECD work.

OED Review of the Bank's Performance on the Environment

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This OED report finds that the Bank has made progress on the environment, and notes that its commitments were not accompanied by precise goals and performance monitoring. It advances explanations of why things have turned out this way. It offers recommendations which focus on how to restore the environment to its proper role in the Bank's holistic, long-term development agenda.This OED report finds that the Bank has made progress on the environment, and notes that its commitments were not accompanied by precise goals and performance monitoring. It advances explanations of why things have turned out this way. It offers recommendations which focus on how to restore the environment to its proper role in the Bank's holistic, long-term development agenda.

Mobilizing Technology for Development

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This evaluation assesses the preparedness of the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation to help clients harness the opportunities and mitigate the risks posed by disruptive and transformative technologies. This evaluation assesses the preparedness of the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation to help clients harness the opportunities and mitigate the risks posed by disruptive and transformative technologies.