Author(s)Independent Evaluation Group
ALLOCATION OF FUNDS
SOURCE OF INFORMATION
COUNTRY ASSISTANCE STRATEGIES
AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK
POVERTY REDUCTION STRATEGIES
REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT BANKS
COUNTRY ASSISTANCE STRATEGY
EX POST EVALUATION
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AbstractThis is the Global Program Review (GPR) of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF). The objectives of the Facility are: (a) to assist eligible Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) countries in their efforts to achieve emission reductions from deforestation and/or forest degradation by providing them with financial and technical assistance in building their capacity to benefit from possible future systems of positive incentives for REDD; (b) to pilot a performance-based payment system for emission reductions generated from REDD activities, with a view to ensuring equitable benefit sharing and promoting future, large-scale positive incentives for REDD; (c) to test ways to sustain or enhance livelihoods of local communities and to conserve biodiversity; and (d) to disseminate broadly the knowledge gained in the development of the Facility and implementation of readiness preparation proposals and emission reduction programs. This review concludes that that the FCPF has been an innovative program that has added significant value at the global level in defining the modalities of REDD+ and has produced a roadmap for countries to achieve REDD+ readiness. The FCPF has been willing to take risks and pioneer new ways of doing business. It has created a space for inclusive and transparent debate among donors, forested developing countries, civil society, indigenous peoples' groups and forest-dependent communities around REDD+. FCPF management could enhance its effectiveness by revisiting its supervision formulas, taking advantage of internal World Bank reforms relating to micro and small grants, and by developing a programmatic results framework that is more reflective of the technical assistance and financial services that it provides.
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A Guide to the World BankWorld Bank (Washington, DC, 2013-08-01)This book is intended for the wide range of people around the world who need basic information about the work of the Bank Group. This audience includes people working in all aspects of development, students, members of the general public, and staff members of the Bank Group itself. Because this audience is so broad, the text emphasizes the organizational and conceptual divisions of the Bank Group's activities and guides readers to potential sources of more-detailed explanations of the development work in progress. The annual reports of the Bank Group institutions provide more details on the volume and types of development assistance. The annual World Bank Group Directory lists telephone contacts for individuals and departments. The following chapters explain how the World Bank Group is organized; how it operates; and how its work focuses on countries, regions, and specific topics in development. Appendixes provide further information on Bank Group contacts, on the organization's history, on country membership and the voting shares in the institutions, on the sector and thematic categories for the Bank Group's activities, and on Bank Group resources in individual countries.
Improving the World Bank's Development Effectiveness : What Does Evaluation Show?World Bank Operations Evaluation Department (Washington, DC: World Bank, 2005)The pace of change in the overall performance of the developing world has not altered markedly over the past 20 years. The number of people living in extreme poverty declined from 1.5 billion in 1980 (40 percent of population), to 1.2 billion in 1990 (28 percent of population), to 1.1 billion in 2001 (21 percent of population). Growth per capita has followed much the same profile. In the 1980s, only about two-thirds of developing countries showed positive per capita income growth, and this percentage remains unchanged. Life expectancy and literacy indicators show overall improvements, but some regions show worrisome trends. There has been slow and steady progress in overall development outcomes during the period, but the speed and scale of change remain static. These averages, of course, mask huge differences across regions, with very worrisome increases in poverty and continued low growth in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Bank has transformed itself significantly in the past 10 years, and should be ready for further adjustments to current climate of rapid change. Greater selectivity, more flexibility, and improved efficiency within its chosen areas of intervention are needed going forward if a global institution such as the Bank is to remain useful and relevant and show concrete results in a fast-changing world.
Annual Review of Development Effectiveness 2008 : Shared Global ChallengesIndependent Evaluation Group (Washington, DC : World Bank, 2008)This year's annual review of
development effectiveness focuses on assessing the World
Bank's development effectiveness, with special
attention to global public goods. It notes some encouraging
developments. Project performance has improved over the
medium term; country programs have worked relatively well in
several large nations that house a majority of the
world's poor; and the Bank has increased attention to
collective international action on global public goods and
advocated effectively on some of those important challenges.
But work is required to remedy weaknesses. Notably there is
a need to go beyond the Bank's country- based model
when tackling issues where the perceived local and national
benefits of action do not match global benefits from
collective action. Attention should be paid to improving
weak performance of country programs in smaller states and
those with extensive poverty, and redressing shortcomings in
applying monitoring and evaluation in projects and country
programs. Over the next decade and beyond, the success of
the international community and the World Bank Group in
rising to the shared global challenges of our time will be
crucial to reducing poverty and, indeed, to solving the
looming challenges the world collectively faces.