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Events of the past decade have underscored the vital need for social safety net (SSNs) programs in all countries, especially in times of crisis. Yet many middle-income countries found that their poverty-targeted SSNs were not flexible enough to increase coverage or benefits as needed.
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Earnings Growth and Employment Creation: An Assessment of World Bank Support in Three Middle-Income Countries
The Bank has identified five policy areas that affect employment: macroeconomic conditions, investment climate, labor regulations, education, and social protection. This study assesses the Bank's assistance to Colombia, Tunisia, and Turkey, 1998-2007.
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IEG reviewed a sample of 20 closed World Bank supported projects in or near tiger habitats in Asia with the potential to damage protected natural habitats. Roughly three-quarters of the projects evaluated prepared adequate mitigation plans to address direct impacts.
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This paper focuses on such overlooked, but vital, dimensions, drawing from IEG's work and other development evaluations.
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While the research was appreciated by country authorities and the research community, its relevance was often hampered by lack of early consultation with country authorities on research themes and by lack of sufficient country and institutional context.
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The evaluation concluded that the Fund contributed positively to NEPAD's expected outcomes. It also demonstrated that the Fund's initiatives were successful in achieving the majority of their development results, particularly in health and agriculture.
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Overall, the evaluation finds ADB's assistance to be relevant, responsive, and satisfactory in achieving program objectives and initial results. There is, however, scope for enhancing ADB's preparedness for timely delivery of assistance.
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Many of the recommendations in the report were taken into account in the design process for Phase 2, including what activities should be supported. The new design has clear objectives and rationale and emphasises strong engagement with the Government of Indonesia.
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Assistance to the transition from an ad hoc emergency system to tackle food insecurity was provided through support for this project. The emphasis on moving from relief to a more productive and development-oriented safety net also aligned the project with wider World Bank objectives.
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The energy sector evaluation is one of the three sub-themes in the larger umbrella evaluation “The Sustainability Dimension in Addressing Poverty Reduction”.