Evaluation of Bank global programmes: “poorly-defined” and excluding the poor
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The World Bank's Operations Evaluation Department (OED) has released its evaluation of the Bank's approach to global programmes, finding the approach "poorly defined" and the voices of developing countries "inadequately represented".
The evaluation is based on lessons from 26 of the 70 Bank-supported global programmes (for definition, see box). This includes large, well-known programmes such as the Global Environment Facility and UNAIDS, capacity-building initiatives such as the Integrated Framework, and knowledge-oriented projects such as the Global Development Network. The Bank manages the largest amount of trust fund monies of any international organisation - $7.1 billion in 2004. Sixty-four per cent of these funds go to global and regional programmes. Disbursements for global and regional programmes in 2004 were over $1.2 billion.
Global programmes defined
Global programmes are defined by the Bank as "partnerships and related initiatives whose benefits are intended to cut across more than one region and in which the partners: reach explicit agreements on objectives; agree to establish a new organisation; generate new products or services; and contribute dedicated resources to the programme."
The report is scathing in its findings. On the Bank's selection of global programmes to support:
On the value-added to the Bank's development objectives:
On governance, management and financing of the programmes:
On World Bank performance:
The OED recommends that the Bank should, in consultation with developing countries, the UN and other donors, develop a strategy for the Bank's involvement in global programmes. It calls on management to link financing to priorities; improve approval, oversight and evaluation criteria; and develop universally-accepted standards of good governance, management, results-orientation and evaluation.
Integrated Framework: demands too much of the poorest
The multi-agency initiative for trade-related capacity building comes in for particularly heavy criticism in the OED report:
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