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Results and Performance of the World Bank Group 2012: Volume III: Management Action Record
After a sustained period of considerable achievement in poverty reduction, developing countries are now navigating an increasingly uncertain time. Developing countries overall are estimated to have achieved, ahead of schedule, the Millennium Development Goal of cutting the 1990 rate of extreme poverty in half. Strong economic growth contributed substantially to this, but the outlook now is for a slowdown in growth of the global economy. The global development context has direct implications for the World Bank Group?s clients, and ultimately for the World Bank Group itself. In particular, three sets of challenges can be distilled from the current global development context. First, in the years ahead, Bank Group clients will need to sustain and improve development results against a backdrop of lower, more uncertain economic growth. Second, Bank Group clients will need to address disparities in development progress. Third, clients will need to deal with increasingly interlinked development issues that call for joint or collective action among the growing number of sovereign and nonsovereign actors on the global development scene. Based on recent findings and lessons from project, sector, country, and corporate evaluations, this report draws out how these contextual implications can help the Bank Group prioritize issues on which to focus to most effectively support continued global development and poverty reduction.
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Date: 12/4/12
Results and Performance of the World Bank Group 2012 Volume II: Appendixes
After a sustained period of considerable achievement in poverty reduction, developing countries are now navigating an increasingly uncertain time. Developing countries overall are estimated to have achieved, ahead of schedule, the Millennium Development Goal of cutting the 1990 rate of extreme poverty in half. Strong economic growth contributed substantially to this, but the outlook now is for a slowdown in growth of the global economy. The global development context has direct implications for the World Bank Group?s clients, and ultimately for the World Bank Group itself. In particular, three sets of challenges can be distilled from the current global development context. First, in the years ahead, Bank Group clients will need to sustain and improve development results against a backdrop of lower, more uncertain economic growth. Second, Bank Group clients will need to address disparities in development progress. Third, clients will need to deal with increasingly interlinked development issues that call for joint or collective action among the growing number of sovereign and nonsovereign actors on the global development scene. Based on recent findings and lessons from project, sector, country, and corporate evaluations, this report draws out how these contextual implications can help the Bank Group prioritize issues on which to focus to most effectively support continued global development and poverty reduction.
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Date: 12/3/12
Results and Performance of the World Bank Group 2012 Volume I: Main Report
After a sustained period of considerable achievement in poverty reduction, developing countries are now navigating an increasingly uncertain time. Developing countries overall are estimated to have achieved, ahead of schedule, the Millennium Development Goal of cutting the 1990 rate of extreme poverty in half. Strong economic growth contributed substantially to this, but the outlook now is for a slowdown in growth of the global economy. The global development context has direct implications for the World Bank Group?s clients, and ultimately for the World Bank Group itself. In particular, three sets of challenges can be distilled from the current global development context. First, in the years ahead, Bank Group clients will need to sustain and improve development results against a backdrop of lower, more uncertain economic growth. Second, Bank Group clients will need to address disparities in development progress. Third, clients will need to deal with increasingly interlinked development issues that call for joint or collective action among the growing number of sovereign and nonsovereign actors on the global development scene. Based on recent findings and lessons from project, sector, country, and corporate evaluations, this report draws out how these contextual implications can help the Bank Group prioritize issues on which to focus to most effectively support continued global development and poverty reduction.
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Date: 12/3/12
Assessing the Monitoring and Evaluation Systems of IFC and MIGA: Biennial Report on Operations Evaluation
This Biennial Report on Operations Evaluation is an evaluation of the monitoring and evaluation systems of IFC and MIGA. It takes stock of the strengths and weaknesses of the development results frameworks in place for IFC services and MIGA guarantees, and offers recommendations for improvements.  
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Date: 5/22/12
Subject: Multisector
Results and Performance of the World Bank Group 2011: Volume II: Annexes
To help reduce poverty in developing countries, the World Bank Group supports four core development goals at the global and country levels: expanding economic opportunities, enhancing human development, mitigating socioeconomic and environmental risks, and improving governance and public sector effectiveness. Good progress was made in these areas by the developing countries in the first half of the 2000s, although recent global economic crises as well as natural disasters contributed to setbacks, and global climate change continues to threaten progress.
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Date: 8/12/11
Results and Performance of the World Bank Group 2011 (Volumne III: Management Action Record)
To help reduce poverty in developing countries, the World Bank Group supports four core development goals at the global and country levels: expanding economic opportunities, enhancing human development, mitigating socioeconomic and environmental risks, and improving governance and public sector effectiveness. Good progress was made in these areas by the developing countries in the first half of the 2000s, although recent global economic crises as well as natural disasters contributed to setbacks, and global climate change continues to threaten progress.
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Date: 8/12/11
Results and Performance of the World Bank Group (Vol. 1: Full Report)
To help reduce poverty in developing countries, the World Bank Group supports four core development goals at the global and country levels: expanding economic opportunities, enhancing human development, mitigating socioeconomic and environmental risks, and improving governance and public sector effectiveness. Good progress was made in these areas by the developing countries in the first half of the 2000s, although recent global economic crises as well as natural disasters contributed to setbacks, and global climate change continues to threaten progress.
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Date: 8/12/11
Results and Performance of the World Bank Group
This review is IEG's first Bank Group-wide annual evaluation. It looks at select issues of current relevance related to development results. Regarding the World Bank, this report considers the importance of decentralization but, based on limited data, does not find any association with project performance. At IFC, a number of projects show gaps in quality at entry?a specific rating?relative to the institution's credit review guidelines. For MIGA to deliver on its development mandate and improve project development outcomes, strengthening the quality of underwriting is critical. Emphasizing these synergies, Part I of this report discusses recent activities and results of the World Bank Group; Part II focuses on select issues in development effectiveness at each institution. A separate volume contains a detailed review and rating of management response and actions regarding recommendations from IEG from recent years.
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Date: 11/22/10
Annual Review of Development Effectiveness 2009: Achieving Sustainable Development
The global financial crisis has driven up demand for World Bank support to mitigate the effects of the crisis on the poor. At the same time, concern has intensified that every development dollar be used effectively and efficiently to meet development objectives. Although it has always been important for the Bank to demonstrate that its work is producing real results for people living in poverty, it is particularly critical to do so this year. The Annual Review of Development Effectiveness 2009 presents the World Bank's record of performance in achieving outcomes from its projects and country programs and focuses on the Bank's contributions in supporting environmental sustainability.
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Date: 2/1/09
Annual Review of Development Effectiveness 2008: Shared Global Challenges
Reducing poverty in any individual country is increasingly intertwined with making progress on shared global challenges, fostering global public goods (GPGs) such as climate protection and communicable disease control. This year's ARDE tracks Bank performance in Part I and examines the Bank's work in fostering GPGs in Part II. Development outcomes from Bank lending have improved over the medium term. But in FY07 over-optimism in the Bank's ongoing assessment of project performance rose sharply, while the share of projects rated moderately satisfactory or better dropped to 76 percent from 83 percent a year earlier. Vigilance is needed to identify problem projects in real-time and ensure that the FY07 drop in performance does not foreshadow a persistent decline. Practical steps can be taken to better use M&E in projects and programs, including proper baseline information and clearer links between outputs and outcomes. The Bank's country-based model has worked relatively well in fostering global public goods when national and global interests dovetail and grants support country investments. But the greatest challenges, such as climate change, arise where local, national and global benefits--actual or perceived--diverge significantly. Here the country model comes under considerable strain. To more effectively bridge the gap between global needs and country concerns, the Bank should consider: creating dedicated budgets and better incentives for country teams to work on GPGs; better deploying its global knowledge networks; and more powerfully using its standing to give greater voice to developing countries in the governance of global programs.
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Date: 9/1/08
Region: Global
Annual Review of Development Effectiveness 2006: Getting Results
The "results agenda" adopted by the World Bank and other donors aims to ensure that development assistance yields sustainable poverty reduction. Effective poverty reduction results from three main factors: sustained and inclusive growth, effective service delivery to the poor, and capable public sector institutions that are accountable to stakeholders for the results they achieve.
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Date: 10/1/06
Subject: Poverty Reduction, Public Sector
Region: Global
2004 Annual Review of Development Effectiveness: The Bank's Contributions to Poverty Reduction (Full Report in French)
The Bank has refocused its mission and corporate strategy to help contribute to poverty reduction, based on a two-pillar strategy which emphasizes growth and social issues, including empowerment and security. It has rightly adopted a multi-dimensional approach to poverty that is broader than just income. The Bank should further elaborate its business models, such as PRSPs, LICUS, and MICs to make them more fully consistent with poverty reduction in varying country settings. Linking the Bank?s interventions at the country level to poverty reduction will require a sharper results focus. The Bank's global programs should also be more explicitly linked to needs of developing countries and to poverty reduction. The Bank needs to devote more attention to growth and the interaction between growth and the social aspects of poverty reduction. It would be timely to assess the impact of the Bank's work on governance and harness the links between governance and investment climate. The Bank needs to better demonstrate the poverty impact of its interventions aimed at empowerment and human development.
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Date: 6/27/05
Subject: Poverty Reduction
Region: Global
2004 Annual Review of Development Effectiveness: The Bank's Contributions to Poverty Reduction (Full Report in Spanish)
The Bank has refocused its mission and corporate strategy to help contribute to poverty reduction, based on a two-pillar strategy which emphasizes growth and social issues, including empowerment and security. It has rightly adopted a multi-dimensional approach to poverty that is broader than just income. The Bank should further elaborate its business models, such as PRSPs, LICUS, and MICs to make them more fully consistent with poverty reduction in varying country settings. Linking the Bank?s interventions at the country level to poverty reduction will require a sharper results focus. The Bank's global programs should also be more explicitly linked to needs of developing countries and to poverty reduction. The Bank needs to devote more attention to growth and the interaction between growth and the social aspects of poverty reduction. It would be timely to assess the impact of the Bank's work on governance and harness the links between governance and investment climate. The Bank needs to better demonstrate the poverty impact of its interventions aimed at empowerment and human development.
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Date: 6/27/05
Subject: Poverty Reduction
Region: Global
2004 Annual Review of Development Effectiveness: The Bank's Contributions to Poverty Reduction (Executive Summary in Chinese)
The Bank has refocused its mission and corporate strategy to help contribute to poverty reduction, based on a two-pillar strategy which emphasizes growth and social issues, including empowerment and security. It has rightly adopted a multi-dimensional approach to poverty that is broader than just income. The Bank should further elaborate its business models, such as PRSPs, LICUS, and MICs to make them more fully consistent with poverty reduction in varying country settings. Linking the Bank's interventions at the country level to poverty reduction will require a sharper results focus. The Bank's global programs should also be more explicitly linked to needs of developing countries and to poverty reduction. The Bank needs to devote more attention to growth and the interaction between growth and the social aspects of poverty reduction. It would be timely to assess the impact of the Bank's work on governance and harness the links between governance and investment climate. The Bank needs to better demonstrate the poverty impact of its interventions aimed at empowerment and human development.
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Date: 5/18/05
Subject: Poverty Reduction
Region: Global
2004 Annual Review of Development Effectiveness: The Bank's Contributions to Poverty Reduction (Executive Summary in Russian)
The Bank has refocused its mission and corporate strategy to help contribute to poverty reduction, based on a two-pillar strategy which emphasizes growth and social issues, including empowerment and security. It has rightly adopted a multi-dimensional approach to poverty that is broader than just income. The Bank should further elaborate its business models, such as PRSPs, LICUS, and MICs to make them more fully consistent with poverty reduction in varying country settings. Linking the Bank?s interventions at the country level to poverty reduction will require a sharper results focus. The Bank's global programs should also be more explicitly linked to needs of developing countries and to poverty reduction. The Bank needs to devote more attention to growth and the interaction between growth and the social aspects of poverty reduction. It would be timely to assess the impact of the Bank's work on governance and harness the links between governance and investment climate. The Bank needs to better demonstrate the poverty impact of its interventions aimed at empowerment and human development.
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Date: 5/18/05
Subject: Poverty Reduction
Region: Global
2004 Annual Review of Development Effectiveness: The Bank's Contributions to Poverty Reduction
The Bank has refocused its mission and corporate strategy to help contribute to poverty reduction, based on a two-pillar strategy which emphasizes growth and social issues, including empowerment and security. It has rightly adopted a multi-dimensional approach to poverty that is broader than just income. The Bank should further elaborate its business models, such as PRSPs, LICUS, and MICs to make them more fully consistent with poverty reduction in varying country settings. Linking the Bank's interventions at the country level to poverty reduction will require a sharper results focus. The Bank's global programs should also be more explicitly linked to needs of developing countries and to poverty reduction. The Bank needs to devote more attention to growth and the interaction between growth and the social aspects of poverty reduction. It would be timely to assess the impact of the Bank's work on governance and harness the links between governance and investment climate. The Bank needs to better demonstrate the poverty impact of its interventions aimed at empowerment and human development.
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Date: 5/18/05
Subject: Poverty Reduction
Region: Global
2004 Annual Review of Development Effectiveness: The Bank's Contributions to Poverty Reduction (Executive Summary in French)
The Bank has refocused its mission and corporate strategy to help contribute to poverty reduction, based on a two-pillar strategy which emphasizes growth and social issues, including empowerment and security. It has rightly adopted a multi-dimensional approach to poverty that is broader than just income. The Bank should further elaborate its business models, such as PRSPs, LICUS, and MICs to make them more fully consistent with poverty reduction in varying country settings. Linking the Bank?s interventions at the country level to poverty reduction will require a sharper results focus. The Bank's global programs should also be more explicitly linked to needs of developing countries and to poverty reduction. The Bank needs to devote more attention to growth and the interaction between growth and the social aspects of poverty reduction. It would be timely to assess the impact of the Bank's work on governance and harness the links between governance and investment climate. The Bank needs to better demonstrate the poverty impact of its interventions aimed at empowerment and human development.
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Date: 5/18/05
Subject: Poverty Reduction
Region: Global
2004 Annual Review of Development Effectiveness: The Bank's Contributions to Poverty Reduction (Executive Summary in Portuguese)
The Bank has refocused its mission and corporate strategy to help contribute to poverty reduction, based on a two-pillar strategy which emphasizes growth and social issues, including empowerment and security. It has rightly adopted a multi-dimensional approach to poverty that is broader than just income. The Bank should further elaborate its business models, such as PRSPs, LICUS, and MICs to make them more fully consistent with poverty reduction in varying country settings. Linking the Bank?s interventions at the country level to poverty reduction will require a sharper results focus. The Bank's global programs should also be more explicitly linked to needs of developing countries and to poverty reduction. The Bank needs to devote more attention to growth and the interaction between growth and the social aspects of poverty reduction. It would be timely to assess the impact of the Bank's work on governance and harness the links between governance and investment climate. The Bank needs to better demonstrate the poverty impact of its interventions aimed at empowerment and human development.
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Date: 5/18/05
Subject: Poverty Reduction
Region: Global
2004 Annual Review of Development Effectiveness: The Bank's Contributions to Poverty Reduction (Executive Summary in Spanish)
The Bank has refocused its mission and corporate strategy to help contribute to poverty reduction, based on a two-pillar strategy which emphasizes growth and social issues, including empowerment and security. It has rightly adopted a multi-dimensional approach to poverty that is broader than just income. The Bank should further elaborate its business models, such as PRSPs, LICUS, and MICs to make them more fully consistent with poverty reduction in varying country settings. Linking the Bank?s interventions at the country level to poverty reduction will require a sharper results focus. The Bank's global programs should also be more explicitly linked to needs of developing countries and to poverty reduction. The Bank needs to devote more attention to growth and the interaction between growth and the social aspects of poverty reduction. It would be timely to assess the impact of the Bank's work on governance and harness the links between governance and investment climate. The Bank needs to better demonstrate the poverty impact of its interventions aimed at empowerment and human development.
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Date: 5/18/05
Subject: Poverty Reduction
Region: Global
2004 Annual Review of Development Effectiveness: The Bank's Contributions to Poverty Reduction (Executive Summary in Arabic)
The Bank has refocused its mission and corporate strategy to help contribute to poverty reduction, based on a two-pillar strategy which emphasizes growth and social issues, including empowerment and security. It has rightly adopted a multi-dimensional approach to poverty that is broader than just income. The Bank should further elaborate its business models, such as PRSPs, LICUS, and MICs to make them more fully consistent with poverty reduction in varying country settings. Linking the Bank?s interventions at the country level to poverty reduction will require a sharper results focus. The Bank's global programs should also be more explicitly linked to needs of developing countries and to poverty reduction. The Bank needs to devote more attention to growth and the interaction between growth and the social aspects of poverty reduction. It would be timely to assess the impact of the Bank's work on governance and harness the links between governance and investment climate. The Bank needs to better demonstrate the poverty impact of its interventions aimed at empowerment and human development.
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Date: 5/18/05
Subject: Poverty Reduction
Region: Global
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