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Ask the Experts: Early Lessons from the World Bank Group’s Country Engagement Model

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Ask the Experts: Early Lessons from the World Bank Group’s Country Engagement Model
Join our panel of experts to explore the World Bank Group’s experience with implementing its new country engagement model. Join our panel of experts to explore the World Bank Group’s experience with implementing its new country engagement model.

Improving Service Delivery for Water and Sanitation: Lessons from Sri Lanka

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Woman turns on tap for clean water in Sri Lanka
Lessons from evaluating the World Bank’s Sri Lanka Second Community Water Supply and Sanitation Project.Lessons from evaluating the World Bank’s Sri Lanka Second Community Water Supply and Sanitation Project.

Pakistan - PK: Balochistan DM Project

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Mozambique - Mozambique Lidar Surveys Limp. & Zambeze

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Staying on track with the Sustainable Development Goals- What evaluation can teach us

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Staying on track with the Sustainable Development Goals – What evaluation can teach us
What IEG has learned about the Sustainable Development Goals through evaluating the World Bank Group’s work.What IEG has learned about the Sustainable Development Goals through evaluating the World Bank Group’s work.

Peru - PE-Sierra Irrigation

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Peru - Sierra Irrigation Project

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Dominican Republic - DO Emergency Recovery & Disaster Mgmt

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Evaluation for Policy-making: Are We There Yet?

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Evaluation for Policy-making: Are We There Yet?
Done well, evaluation can and should be a tool for informing policy as one of the core pillars of the evidence-based policy-making agenda.Done well, evaluation can and should be a tool for informing policy as one of the core pillars of the evidence-based policy-making agenda.

Turkey CLR Review FY12-16

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Turkey is an upper middle income country with a GNI per capita of USD 9,950 dollars in current US dollars (2015).The government set out its objectives in the Ninth Development Plan for 2007-13 and the 2012-14 Medium-Term Program. Four priorities stood out: (i) pursue sound macroeconomic and structural fiscal policies to maintain stability and reduce vulnerabilities, (ii) improve the investment Show MoreTurkey is an upper middle income country with a GNI per capita of USD 9,950 dollars in current US dollars (2015).The government set out its objectives in the Ninth Development Plan for 2007-13 and the 2012-14 Medium-Term Program. Four priorities stood out: (i) pursue sound macroeconomic and structural fiscal policies to maintain stability and reduce vulnerabilities, (ii) improve the investment climate and labor market to increase competitiveness and create jobs, especially for women and youth, (iii) reform education, health service provision, and social welfare to increase productivity and promote equal opportunity, and (iv) continue reforms of energy and water sectors, and invest in increasing energy efficiency. In support of the government's objectives, the WBG Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) pursued reforms in three areas for enhancing competitiveness and employment, improving equity and public services, and deepening sustainable development. The CPS was extended by one year to include FY16, in part to allow the CPS period to be aligned with the political cycle, as parliamentary elections were scheduled for mid-2015.The CPS supported the government's priorities and was adjusted during the PLR to reflect changing priorities, although the adjustment was not robust enough to reflect economic vulnerabilities. The program areas were selective, but program objectives were unfocused owing to their many dimensions, which diminished the program's impact. Development policy operations and project lending were complemented by economic and sector work and technical assistance; however, the non-lending portfolio was spread thinly over many areas.In Focus Area 1, there was limited progress in increasing domestic savings and enhancing external resilience while progress was mixed on the investment and business climate objective. The objective on sustaining macroeconomic stability, domestic savings, strengthen exports and external resilience had multiple dimensions not reflected in the two outcome indicators that covered a narrow range of the objective. Corporate governance was improved through more extensive firm audits, and enhanced reporting and disclosure requirements. In Focus Area II performance was adequate, with some progress on gender equality and a more inclusive labor market, and evidence of improved equity in the provision of health services. While work remains to be done in health to improve client satisfaction, broad measures of health outcomes show progress in improving health outcomes during the program period. In Focus Area III, good progress was made in increasing the supply of energy and use of renewable energy, mixed progress on improving the sustainability of Turkish cities, and limited achievements in strengthening environmental management and adaptation to climate change.