Reviews of World Bank development policy lending and poverty and social impact analysis leave questions as to the extent to which the Bank's budget support in developing countries targets pro-poor initiatives.
The World Bank Group has recently admitted that some crucial assumptions of its Doing Business report were misguided, and faces a fundamental critique of its knowledge role.
A recent evaluation of the World Bank's work in health is damning in its criticism of the lender's approach, particularly in Africa. Meanwhile, the Bank is continuing to push privatisation in public services such as health, education and water despite fierce criticism.
Notes of a session with the CAO at the World Bank spring meetings, Washington, DC, April 22, 2009.
A recent Independent Evaluation Group report, Decentralization in Client Countries, finds that in only a third of cases the Bank contributed positively to the effectiveness of recipient country attempts to decentralise.
El Grupo de Evaluación Independiente (IEG) encontró que el 80 por ciento de los proyectos fueron moderadamente satisfactorios o tuvieron una mejor calificación en la consecución de sus objetivos, y con ello lograron la meta de desempeño del mismo Banco. Sin embargo, también encontró que "muy pocos programas están produciendo los resultados de la buena práctica".
This September's Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) Annual Review of Development Effectiveness (ARDE) highlights weaknesses in Bank monitoring and evaluation systems and provides worrying evidence that the Bank is not structured to work effectively on global public goods.
In July the World Bank's internal watchdog, the independent evaluation group (IEG), released an assessment of the Bank's record on environment between1990-2007. Delicate wording aside, the evaluation finds that the Bank has performed poorly when it comes to a coherent integration of environmental goals into its country strategies and investment portfolios.
An evaluation of the World Bank's private sector lending finds that amidst overall high development outcomes, poor environmental and social performance continues to plague projects in Africa. For the first time, the evaluators look at the sensitive question of 'additionality'.
In May, the Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) released its evaluation of Bank support for public sector reform, giving high marks for looking after the books, but failing grades for reforming the civil service and rooting out corruption.