Evaluation of development programmes

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Independent Evaluation Group (IEG)

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Organisation Background


The Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) is responsible for assessing the relevance, efficacy, and efficiency of the World Bank Group’s operational programmes and activities and their contributions to development effectiveness. IEG’s mandate is to carry out independent and objective evaluation of the strategies, policies, programmes, projects, and corporate activities of the World Bank Group, which includes the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), the International Development Association (IDA), the International Finance Corporation (IFC), and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA). Independent evaluation is undertaken to improve accountability and inform the formulation of new directions; policies and procedures; country, sector, and thematic strategies; lending operations; and technical co-operation.


With its accumulated knowledge of successes and failures at the project, country, sector, corporate, regional, and global levels, the IEG distils lessons and shares the knowledge gained from its evaluations across the World Bank Group and the wider international development community.


The Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) is an independent unit within the World Bank Group. The Director-General, Evaluation (DGE) is the head of IEG and oversees IEG’s evaluation work, which includes all independent evaluation work as well as assessment of the Bank Group‘s self-evaluation systems. The DGE reports directly to the Board of Executive Directors, which oversees IEG’s work through its Committee on Development Effectiveness (CODE). CODE has an oversight function over the IEG.

          World Bank Group's Evaluation Profile

World Bank IEG's Evaluation Reports (DAC Evaluation Resource Centre)