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Lessons from Urban Transport: Selected Proceedings from a World Bank Seminar

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This seminar explored the provision of effective urban transport through a mixture of public expenditure management and institutional change. Beyond project outputs, new forms of service provision that induce more economical use of time, energy, and road space were considered, along with equitable access to urban transport by the poor.This seminar explored the provision of effective urban transport through a mixture of public expenditure management and institutional change. Beyond project outputs, new forms of service provision that induce more economical use of time, energy, and road space were considered, along with equitable access to urban transport by the poor.

Evaluation Capacity Development in Africa - Selected Proceedings from a Seminar in Abidjan

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This report is the proceedings of the Regional Seminar and Workshop, Monitoring and Evaluation Capacity Development in Africa, held in Abidjan November 6-9, 1998. The objectives of the workshop were to provide an overview of progress with evaluation capacity development in Africa, to build consensus on the purposes and elements of monitoring and evaluation in support of development, and to Show MoreThis report is the proceedings of the Regional Seminar and Workshop, Monitoring and Evaluation Capacity Development in Africa, held in Abidjan November 6-9, 1998. The objectives of the workshop were to provide an overview of progress with evaluation capacity development in Africa, to build consensus on the purposes and elements of monitoring and evaluation in support of development, and to support the creation of country and regional networks to encourage follow-on work. Discussions during the seminar underlined the importance of moving toward more accountable, responsive, and efficient government; the role of evaluation within individual development assistance agencies to gain clarity and effectiveness; and the outlook for development partnerships.

The World Bank Forest Strategy: Striking the Right Balance

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This report assesses progress since the World Bank first issued its comprehensive Forest Strategy in 1991 and finds that the effectiveness of the strategy has been modest, and the sustainability of its impact is uncertain. This report identifies seven factors that would make the World Bank forest strategy more pertinent to current circumstances as well as strengthen the World Bank's ability to Show MoreThis report assesses progress since the World Bank first issued its comprehensive Forest Strategy in 1991 and finds that the effectiveness of the strategy has been modest, and the sustainability of its impact is uncertain. This report identifies seven factors that would make the World Bank forest strategy more pertinent to current circumstances as well as strengthen the World Bank's ability to achieve its strategic objectives in the forest sector. It recommends that the World Bank use its global reach to address both mechanisms and finances for international resource mobilization on concessional terms outside its normal lending activities. It also advises the World Bank to be proactive in establishing partnerships with all relevant stakeholders, governments, the private sector, and civil society to meet both its country and global roles.

Cabo Verde - Completion and Learning Review for the Period FY15 - FY17 : IEG Review

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This country partnership strategy (CPS) objectives are broadly congruent with Cabo Verde’s Third Growth and Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (GPRSP III), covering 2012-2016, which emphasized structural reforms to improve country competitiveness, including improving public investment, fostering private sector development, and Show MoreThis country partnership strategy (CPS) objectives are broadly congruent with Cabo Verde’s Third Growth and Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (GPRSP III), covering 2012-2016, which emphasized structural reforms to improve country competitiveness, including improving public investment, fostering private sector development, and strengthening the agriculture and fisheries sectors’ linkages with tourism. The CPS had two pillars as follows: (i) enhance macro-fiscal stability, setting the foundation for renewed growth; and (ii) improve competitiveness and private sector development. During the CPS period, the Bank Group showed flexibility and responded to changes in country conditions, macro fiscal developments, and government priorities by refocusing the program and dropping several planned interventions. The completion and learning review (CLR) highlighted six lessons. Independent evaluation group (IEG) adds the following lessons: (i) effective use of the performance and learning review (PLR) is crucial in the face of evolving country contexts and government priorities; and (ii) a focused assessment of likely areas attractive for private investment may be appropriate, and the government will have to cede space convincingly for private operators to enter key sectors.

World Bank Support for Irrigation Service Delivery: Responding to New Challenges and Opportunities

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World Bank Support for Irrigation Service Delivery: Responding to New Challenges and Opportunities
This evaluation seeks to inform the World Bank’s efforts to support client countries to deliver sustainable irrigation and drainage services and achieve development impacts.This evaluation seeks to inform the World Bank’s efforts to support client countries to deliver sustainable irrigation and drainage services and achieve development impacts.

Ethiopia Country Assistance Evaluation

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This Country Assistance Evaluation (CAE) reviews the development framework in Ethiopia, between the period 1992 to 1997, to evaluate the assistance provided. In 1992, the new government adopted an agriculture-led development strategy, intended to avoid the biases against rural areas, as seen in Africa. Strategically, the Government sought to replace the state-controlled economy, with a market Show MoreThis Country Assistance Evaluation (CAE) reviews the development framework in Ethiopia, between the period 1992 to 1997, to evaluate the assistance provided. In 1992, the new government adopted an agriculture-led development strategy, intended to avoid the biases against rural areas, as seen in Africa. Strategically, the Government sought to replace the state-controlled economy, with a market economy, and devolve power to constituent states, rather than centralizing it in Addis Ababa. Structural reforms progressed well, with a fast growth in the real gross national product, conducive to likely poverty reductions, and, the Government committed to sector investment programs in education, health, and, roads. However, expectations regarding private sector development, have only been partially fulfilled, while reforms remain to be completed to sustain the development momentum. It is recommended that the Bank should now focus on: the development of multi-year programs, including reforms; a strategy to remove obstacles to private sector development, including faster liberalization of the financial sector; a strategy for promoting institutional development; and, a review on agricultural, and environmental assistance. Overall, assistance strategy should focus on policy reforms, whether or not adjustment credits are considered.

Are evaluators ready to answer the question: Who benefits?

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Are evaluators ready to answer the question: Who benefits?
Recent trends in evaluation indicate institutions and systems are evolving, driven by an acknowledgment of the importance of addressing key questions.Recent trends in evaluation indicate institutions and systems are evolving, driven by an acknowledgment of the importance of addressing key questions.

Building ownership, consensus, and credibility during economic stabilization: Lessons from Jamaica

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Building ownership, consensus, and credibility during economic stabilization: Lessons from Jamaica
This brief captures the lessons from evaluating a World Bank budget support program implemented in Jamaica—the Economic Stabilization and Foundations for Growth Development Policy Loan (DPL).This brief captures the lessons from evaluating a World Bank budget support program implemented in Jamaica—the Economic Stabilization and Foundations for Growth Development Policy Loan (DPL).

Ecuador Country Assistance Evaluation

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This Country Assistance Evaluation (CAE) focuses on the Bank ' s 1990s experience in Ecuador, relative to the 1993 country assistance strategy (CAS), regretfully, a strategy which underestimated the risks associated with society ' s weak commitment to reform. During the period FY94-98, the Bank moved too strongly, and too fast into a high lending scenario; as experienced, only one of the CAS Show MoreThis Country Assistance Evaluation (CAE) focuses on the Bank ' s 1990s experience in Ecuador, relative to the 1993 country assistance strategy (CAS), regretfully, a strategy which underestimated the risks associated with society ' s weak commitment to reform. During the period FY94-98, the Bank moved too strongly, and too fast into a high lending scenario; as experienced, only one of the CAS objectives - re-negotiation of the external debt - was substantially achieved, with meager progress results on poverty alleviation, public sector reform, and private sector development. Thus, the efficacy of the strategy fell short of satisfactory standards, and with respect to efficiency, standard benchmarks place the country ' s program within Bank-wide averages. Ratings on outcomes, and institutional development impacts were also average, but with comparatively very few projects - forty two percent - achieving sustainable benefits. However, investment projects did far better than adjustment operations, only half of which were satisfactory. Overall, the Bank assistance over the CAS period is rated unsatisfactory, sustainability unlikely, and institutional development impacts modest.

Social contracts matter for development: What can the World Bank do about it?

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Social Contracts Matter for Development: What can the World Bank do about it?
Lessons from emerging practices of using Social Contract Diagnostics to shape World Bank Country Engagements. Lessons from emerging practices of using Social Contract Diagnostics to shape World Bank Country Engagements.