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Later Impacts of Early Childhood Interventions: A Systematic Review

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Later Impacts of Early Childhood Interventions: A Systematic Review
While much has been written on early childhood development and the near-term benefits to children selected to participate in interventions, few studies look at the sustained impacts of these programs. This systematic review aims to contribute to the field's progress by collecting those studies that offer high-quality, causal estimates, providing analysis on interventions shown to have sustained Show MoreWhile much has been written on early childhood development and the near-term benefits to children selected to participate in interventions, few studies look at the sustained impacts of these programs. This systematic review aims to contribute to the field's progress by collecting those studies that offer high-quality, causal estimates, providing analysis on interventions shown to have sustained effects across a range of outcomes, and identifying research gaps to help guide future studies.

Supporting Transformational Change for Poverty Reduction and Shared Prosperity

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Supporting Transformational Change for Poverty Reduction and Shared Prosperity
Transformational engagements are a critical pillar of the 2013 World Bank Group's strategy for achieving its twin goals of extreme poverty elimination and shared prosperity. The Independent Evaluation Group has reviewed existing evaluative evidence for a diverse group of Bank Group interventions to understand the mechanisms and conditions for transformational engagements and to distill lessons Show MoreTransformational engagements are a critical pillar of the 2013 World Bank Group's strategy for achieving its twin goals of extreme poverty elimination and shared prosperity. The Independent Evaluation Group has reviewed existing evaluative evidence for a diverse group of Bank Group interventions to understand the mechanisms and conditions for transformational engagements and to distill lessons and implications for the World Bank Group if it wants to rely on such engagements to more effectively pursue its goals.

Lessons from Land Administration Projects: A Review of Project Performance Assessments

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Lessons from Land Administration Projects: A Review of Project Performance Assessments
Securing land rights plays an important role in driving economic growth and poverty reduction, and recently there has been increasing awareness of the relevance of land tenure issues to food security, climate change, rapid urbanization, informality, and indigenous peoples' rights. This note synthesizes cross-cutting findings from 14 Independent Evaluation Group assessments of land administration Show MoreSecuring land rights plays an important role in driving economic growth and poverty reduction, and recently there has been increasing awareness of the relevance of land tenure issues to food security, climate change, rapid urbanization, informality, and indigenous peoples' rights. This note synthesizes cross-cutting findings from 14 Independent Evaluation Group assessments of land administration projects that the World Bank has supported from 1998 to 2014.

World Bank Group Support to Housing Finance

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World Bank Group Support to Housing Finance
This learning product aims to provide lessons from experience about successful practices related to World Bank Group housing finance projects. This learning product aims to provide lessons from experience about successful practices related to World Bank Group housing finance projects.

The World Bank's Partnership with the GAVI Alliance

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The global partnership review focuses on the performance of the Bank in the three roles that the Bank plays in GAVI: development partner at global and country level (that is, joint donor in the health sector); financial partner; and corporate governance as founding partner and voting board member. It does not evaluate GAVI or its financial mechanisms. The global partnership review focuses on the performance of the Bank in the three roles that the Bank plays in GAVI: development partner at global and country level (that is, joint donor in the health sector); financial partner; and corporate governance as founding partner and voting board member. It does not evaluate GAVI or its financial mechanisms.

World Bank Group Support to Health Financing

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This is the first evaluation by the Independent Evaluation Group of the World Bank Group's support to countries trying to address health financing issues. This is the first evaluation by the Independent Evaluation Group of the World Bank Group's support to countries trying to address health financing issues.

Investment Climate Reforms

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Investment Climate Reforms
This evaluation finds that the World Bank Group has supported a comprehensive menu of investment climate reforms. These reforms were generally supported in the right countries and generally addressed the right areas of the regulatory environment. In providing its support, the Bank Group relies on a variety of investment climate diagnostic tools, but their coverage is incomplete. This evaluation finds that the World Bank Group has supported a comprehensive menu of investment climate reforms. These reforms were generally supported in the right countries and generally addressed the right areas of the regulatory environment. In providing its support, the Bank Group relies on a variety of investment climate diagnostic tools, but their coverage is incomplete.

Social Safety Nets and Gender: Learning from Impact Evaluations and World Bank Projects

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Social Safety Nets and Gender: Learning from Impact Evaluations and World Bank Projects
This systematic review analyzes the available impact evaluation evidence on the effect of Social Safety Nets (SSNs) on gender-related results such as increasing women's bargaining power and decision-making, improving education outcomes of boys and girls, and promoting maternal and child health. The review also analyzes gender integration in the World Bank's portfolio of SSN interventions. This systematic review analyzes the available impact evaluation evidence on the effect of Social Safety Nets (SSNs) on gender-related results such as increasing women's bargaining power and decision-making, improving education outcomes of boys and girls, and promoting maternal and child health. The review also analyzes gender integration in the World Bank's portfolio of SSN interventions.

Results and Performance of the World Bank Group 2014

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Results and Performance of the World Bank Group 2014
The year 2015 is pivotal in international development. As the era of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) concludes, work continues to take forward the unfinished MDG agenda and to define and meet the more ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In preparation for the new challenges, the World Bank Group is changing. A new strategy in 2013 set two ambitious goals: ending extreme Show MoreThe year 2015 is pivotal in international development. As the era of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) concludes, work continues to take forward the unfinished MDG agenda and to define and meet the more ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In preparation for the new challenges, the World Bank Group is changing. A new strategy in 2013 set two ambitious goals: ending extreme poverty by 2030 and boosting shared prosperity for the bottom 40 percent in a sustainable manner. To achieve the twin goals and contribute significantly to the SDGs, it is important to reflect on the Bank Group's experience with the MDGs to draw lessons for its engagement with the post-2015 agenda. This report also reviews the effectiveness of the Bank Group's portfolio and country programs for delivering results, and its implementation of Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) recommendations.

The Poverty Focus of Country Programs

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This evaluation examines how, and how well, the Bank Group has focused its support on poverty reduction over in the past decade, and what lessons to draw from this moving forward. The lessons aim to strengthen the Bank's country diagnostics, improve the design of country strategies, and build greater learning opportunities from program experience.This evaluation examines how, and how well, the Bank Group has focused its support on poverty reduction over in the past decade, and what lessons to draw from this moving forward. The lessons aim to strengthen the Bank's country diagnostics, improve the design of country strategies, and build greater learning opportunities from program experience.