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Rural development - from vision to action - Phase II (English)

The report covers the Second Phase evaluation of the Bank's rural development strategy, - From Vision to Action - examines partners perceptions on the strategy in five countries, - Latvia, Morocco, Mozambique, Peru, and the Philippines - and their progress consistent with the strategic targets. It also reports on the progress achieved Bank-wide in implementing Phase I recommendations. Suggestions imply that, although the principles of the strategy are broadly sound, this strategy failed to provide an enabling framework for effective action, for while the Bank's effectiveness at rural development is perceived to have increased, it is still not satisfactory. Furthermore, the Bank's rural work is not sufficiently focused on poverty reduction, implying that the rural strategy needs to be further articulated in Country Assistance Strategies, which would strengthen rural advocacy, both within the Bank, and beyond. Likewise, the practice of rural-urban linkages should be strengthened, to address the cross-sector nature of rural development. The study argues on the relevance of this strategy to the Bank's partners, and whether it is perceived as effective, recommending further outreach by the Rural Sector Board to country management units, and partners outside the Bank; closer links of the strategic principles to poverty reduction; and, redesign of the budget coding system, to reflect the Bank's work in rural areas.


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    Middle East and North Africa,

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    Rural development - from vision to action? - Phase II

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Rural development - from vision to action - Phase II (English). Sector or Thematic Evaluation Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.