Evaluation

IFI governance

News

Reviews fail to erase doubts over World Bank conditionality

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.

10 July 2009

Environment

News

U-turn on Doing Business: time to withdraw from the knowledge bank?

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.

10 July 2009

IFI governance

News

World Bank health work flawed

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.

10 July 2009

IFI governance

Background

Compliance Advisory Ombudsman review of standards for Bank’s private sector lending

Notes of a session with the CAO at the World Bank spring meetings, Washington, DC, April 22, 2009.

27 April 2009 | Minutes

IFI governance

News

Bank results and monitoring weak: IEG

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.

16 February 2009

IFI governance

News

IEG: Está débil el monitoreo del Banco Mundial

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".

9 December 2008

IFI governance

News

World Bank monitoring weak

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.

27 November 2008

IFI governance

News

Bank failing on environment: IEG finds lack of coherence

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.

29 September 2008

IFI governance

News

Evaluation asks what value the IFC adds

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'.

11 August 2008

IFI governance

News

Evaluation faults Bank's 'same old formula' for public sector reforms

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.

17 June 2008