Following independence in 1971, Bangladesh faced formidable development challenges. In 1975, it had one of the world’s lowest per capita incomes with the world’s highest population density. The country was also highly vulnerable to natural disasters and climate change. Yet despite initial conditions, it grew rapidly and achieved lower-middle-income status in 2016, less than 50 years since independence.
This evaluation assesses the development effectiveness of the World Bank Group’s country program in Mexico between 2008 and 2017.
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.