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The World Bank's support in fostering growth and reducing poverty has contributed to the considerable economic success of MIC countries. But to produce greater development benefits, it has to become more agile and draw upon MICs' own capacity much more systematically, connecting such capabilities to help low-income countries and to tackle global challenges. The Bank's work has to more clearly demonstrate best practice to deliver impact beyond its limited direct role.

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What Are Middle Income Countries?
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IEG Client Survey

Of respondents rate the Bank as Moderately Effective or better

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IEG Conference

Achieving Development Results in Middle-Income Countries
October 18, 2007
Washington, DC

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In the News...

Help Where it's Not Needed?Washington Post
Sept. 21, 2007

That Empty Nest Feeling
The Economist, Sept. 6,2007

OBrien small photoInterview with Tom O'Brien, Team Leader
"There is pressure but there is great opportunity. If the Bank can take up the study's recommendations, there is a double dividend. A double dividend in being even more impactful in middle-income countries in growing economies, reducing poverty, and protecting the environment. But also in helping to become more effective in sharing those lessons and resources with low-income countries."audio icon
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Findings and Recommendations

arrow The Bank has tailored its individual country strategies to be relevant


arrow Bank support to MICs has been effective in promoting growth


arrow MICs have made progress in moving beyond growth into poverty reduction


arrow The Bank has paid significant attention to poverty in its country strategies


arrow Progress on poverty has been helped by work in supporting poverty-focused interventions


arrow Clients expressed some dissatisfaction on helping protect the poor during crisis


arrow Less progress has been made on important issues beyond the growth agenda


arrow Progress has been sketchy and deficient in some respects on other corporate priorities


arrow Meeting environmental challenges in MICs has proven problematic

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The Bank should continue its engagement with MICs, but take steps to produce greater development effectiveness. This requires it to depart from business as usual and to reinvigorate its relationship with clients, incorporating these four main dimensions:


arrow Draw on MIC capacity


arrow Demonstrate best practices


arrow Become more agile


arrow Make the most of Bank cooperation

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