Engaging with Fragile States: An IEG Review of World Bank by Soniya Carvalho

By Soniya Carvalho

In the course of economic 2003-05, international financial institution lending and administrative budgets to fragile states amounted to $4.1 billion and $161 million, respectively. IEG's file assesses the effectiveness of this financial institution help.

The file unearths that the financial institution and the donor group have more suitable their operational readiness to have interaction with fragile states, and made colossal growth on donor coordination on the overseas coverage point. major demanding situations stay, despite the fact that. Donor agendas were overly bold and wish to be made extra selective, the effectiveness of donor courses has to be greater after the speedy post-conflict section in war-ravaged nations while structural switch is required, and donors have to increase obvious reduction allocation standards that make sure that fragile states could be neither less than- nor over-aided. The file makes concepts to beat those demanding situations and distills classes for the financial institution and different donors.

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Competences. Such Bank selectivity has been In Lao People’s Democratic Republic, the Bank increasing in recent years but remains a challenge. effectively tapped existing political analysis and In Afghanistan, the reforms covered by invited a political scientist who had published donors are wide ranging, show lack of sufficient extensively about the country to make a presenta- priority, and have led to 120 pieces of pending tion to the country team on politics and reform in legislation. These reforms, dealing with virtually the country.

In LICUS, especially in environments selectivity is not immediately achieved, the Bank where speed is critical, donors need to ensure needs to ensure focus and selectivity in its own that existing political analysis is mined before assistance program, based on its core commissioning new analysis. competences. Such Bank selectivity has been In Lao People’s Democratic Republic, the Bank increasing in recent years but remains a challenge. effectively tapped existing political analysis and In Afghanistan, the reforms covered by invited a political scientist who had published donors are wide ranging, show lack of sufficient extensively about the country to make a presenta- priority, and have led to 120 pieces of pending tion to the country team on politics and reform in legislation.

Trade-offs to benefit LICUS may or may not be justified, depending on the Bank’s objectives for LICUS as well as other Bank clients’ needs for assistance. Second, the organizational structure for LICUS and conflict work needs to be streamlined. The Bank needs to ensure an efficient organizational arrangement that removes duplication and fragmentation of support between the LICUS and the CPR Units. • Reassess the value added of the LICUS approach after three years. The value of the LICUS category and approach, including the operational usefulness of the business models, needs to be independently evaluated after three years, when sufficient experience with the outcomes of the approach will be available.

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