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Implementation Completion and Results Report (ICR) Document - Pilot to Improve the Development and Nutrition of Young Children in Poor Rural Areas in Guatemala - P145410 (Inglês)

Ratings for the Pilot to Improve the Development and Nutrition of Young Children in Poor Rural Areas in Guatemala Project for Guatemala were as follows: outcome was moderately satisfactory, Bank performance was satisfactory, and monitoring and evaluation (M and E) quality was high. Some lessons learned included: by generating local capacities, the nuestros ninos listos y sanos (NNLS) empowered people, particularly women, to be the managers of their own development, which bodes well for the sustainability of the initiative. To work with indigenous communities, it is critical to respect their societal structures and to hire social workers from the community to ensure smooth implementation. Stipends to cover costs incurred by the Madres Guias should be considered, as having their performance based on altruism and personal commitment may not be sustainable in the long run. Implementing pilots, and incorporating feedback mechanisms is critical to incorporating lessons learned in a timely manner. Doing so helped NNLS adjust and improve implementation during the pilot. When Japan social development fund (JSDF) grants are executed by non-governmental organization (NGOs) and civil society organizations (CSOs), particular attention should be given to building procurement and financial capacity within these organizations. It is important that World Bank teams review national labor regulations before any project to guarantee that Bank financial management (FM) policies do not supersede them. The Bank should standardize FM and procurement policies for all its trust funds, so they do not conflict. In low capacity environments, the Bank should take responsibility for impact evaluations to ensure independence of assessments and also quality. Close collaboration between the operational and research teams is key for allowing flexibility in the design of the evaluation to respond to realities in the field. Given the high rates of stunting and malnutrition in the country, the World Bank should take advantage of the pilot experience to disseminate the lessons learned and to show case it internationally as a reference for other Latin American countries with indigenous populations.

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