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Putting Social Development to Work for the Poor: An OED Review of World Bank Activities

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'Putting Social Development to Work for the Poor' finds that there is a strong positive association between including social development themes and project success. The Bank's social development resources are deployed in ways that are not optimally supportive of its social development goals, however. The study found that the Bank's mission and policy priorities related to social development receive uneven treatment across Regions, and gaps in skills and monitoring and evaluation lead to uneven treatment within ...
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Overview

'Putting Social Development to Work for the Poor' finds that there is a strong positive association between including social development themes and project success. The Bank's social development resources are deployed in ways that are not optimally supportive of its social development goals, however. The study found that the Bank's mission and policy priorities related to social development receive uneven treatment across Regions, and gaps in skills and monitoring and evaluation lead to uneven treatment within countries.

To improve development outcomes, the Bank needs to:

1. demonstrate the value of incorporating social development themes in its work to its own staff as well as its borrowers;
2. develop capacity to identify critically needed social knowledge and to facilitate its flow;
3. provide staff with consistent access to essential social information to build social development into project designs and ensure that social development concerns are addressed during implementation (this will likely involve making greater use of in-country capacity);
4. ensure that stated Bank or policy priorities receive adequate treatment across Regions and countries, and throughout the project cycle; and
5. identify, and promote integration within, thematic combinations that improve outcomes.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780821358863
  • Publisher: World Bank Publications
  • Publication date: 4/1/2005
  • Series: Independent Evaluation Group Studies
  • Pages: 127
  • Product dimensions: 8.38 (w) x 10.66 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The analytic context for the review 1
2 Where is social development being conducted? 7
3 Is social development relevant? 11
4 Have social development interventions been effective? 17
5 What challenges affect implementation of social development? 23
6 What are the implications for bank organization and procedures? 31
7 Conclusions and recommendations for the bank's sector strategy 39
Annex Definitions of social development 65
Annex World Bank operational policies relevant to social development 67
Annex Selected comments of World Bank staff on social development issues 73
Annex Chairman's summary : committee on development effectiveness (CODE) 93
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