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Evaluation of World Bank Programs in Afghanistan, 2002-2011 (English)

Despite extremely difficult security conditions, which deteriorated markedly after 2006, the World Bank Group has commendably established and sustained a large program of support to the country. While World Bank Group strategy has been highly relevant to Afghanistan's situation, beginning in 2006 the strategies can have gone further in adapting ongoing programs to evolving opportunities and needs and in programming activities sufficient to achieve the objectives of the pillars in those strategies. The Bank Group's direct financial assistance has been augmented effectively by analytic and advisory activities and donor coordination through the Afghanistan reconstruction trust fund. Knowledge services have been an important part of Bank Group support and have demonstrated the value of strategic analytical work, even in areas where the Bank Group may opt out of direct project financing. To enhance program effectiveness, the evaluation recommends that the World Bank Group help the government develop a comprehensive, long-term human resources strategy for the civilian sectors; focus on strategic analytical work in sectors that are high priorities for the government; assist in the development of local government institutions and, in the interim, support the development of a viable system for service delivery at subnational levels; assist in transforming the national solidarity program into a more sustainable financial and institutional model to consolidate its gains; help strengthen the regulatory environment for private sector investment; and scale up International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) support to the private sector.


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    Dani,Anis A.

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    IEG Evaluation

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    South Asia,

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    Evaluation of World Bank Programs in Afghanistan, 2002-2011

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    Microfinance Investment Support Facility for Afghanistan; National Emergency Employment Program for Rural; promoting growth; urban water supply and sanitation; Fragile & Conflict-Affected States; Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability; multilateral investment guarantee agency; Public Financial Management; Fragile and Conflict-Affected Situations; Analytical and Advisory Activities; information and communication technology; economic and sector work; public financial management reform; Public Finance Management; Committee for Development Effectiveness; committee on development effectiveness; World Bank Group Strategy; role of development; Analytic and Advisory Activities; Primary and Secondary Education; purchase of school supply; data on gender equality; economic empowerment of woman; human resource strategy; Public Sector Governance; sustainability of development; horticulture and livestock; Higher Education



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Dani,Anis A.

Evaluation of World Bank Programs in Afghanistan, 2002-2011 (English). Country program evaluation Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.