UK evaluates World Bank; publishes new strategy
News||15 November 2004|update 43|
The UK's Department for International Development (DFID) has published an evaluation of the World Bank's work over the past three years. The review of the Institutional Strategy Paper (ISP) for the World Bank for 2000-2003 comes to the unremarkable conclusion that "substantial progress has been made, but [there are] a number of areas where further work will be needed". Areas where DFID indicated disappointment included:
During consultations held on the ISP for 2004-2007, UK civil society groups called for more specific indicators by which DFID's progress in reforming the World Bank could be monitored. Many groups expressed concern that between its role as overseer versus that of partner, DFID had drifted too far towards the latter. Highlights of the new ISP include:
DFID has committed to review progress on an annual basis in consultation with senior World Bank staff, the results of which will be made publicly available. They will report annually to parliament on this and on "the broad positions taken at the Bank board."
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