Last updated 12/4/2007
In 2005, the World Bank took stock of its practices in the use of conditionality in policy-based lending, and prepared a series of review papers of recent trends and approaches and lessons learned. The papers explore new approaches to specific implementation issues, such as predictability and harmonization, and ways to determine the appropriate level, content, and scope of conditionality. Background material for the 2005 review is available here.
Since then, the World Bank from time to time reports on the use of conditionality in development policy lending. A first update on implementation of conditionality was discussed by the Bank’s Board of Executive Directors in December 2006.
During 2007, the World Bank reviewed its latest experience with conditionality in development policy lending based on a comprehensive review of all operations approved during its 2007 fiscal year. The resulting report on Conditionality in Development Policy Lending was discussed by the Board of Executive Directors in December 2007. It also draws on a series of consultations in eight IDA-eligible countries during July-September 2007. Background material on the individual country consultations is posted below.
The 2007 report confirms that Bank support remains broadly consistent with the good practice principles on conditionality. In particular, the paper gives evidence for government ownership of Bank-supported programs, including where they support sensitive reforms, and for the use of analytic work to address poverty and social impacts of policies . Progress has also been made in other areas: (a) sensitive reforms are rarely used in fragile environments and only when there is sufficiently strong evidence of ownership; (b) use of process conditions is rare; (c) matrix sizes have been sharply reduced, and a further reduction may not be possible without harming harmonization efforts; (d) in many countries the Bank is working closely with financial partners in harmonizing support around government budget cycles; (e) the Bank maintains a strong record of predictability of its budget support; and (f) results frameworks have been strengthened through the more systematic use of baseline indicators.
Information Related to the 2007 Conditionality Consultations with IDA-Eligible Countries
Process Note for the Consultations, June 2007
Participants in consultations will receive the 2005 conditionality review and the 2006 update as background material. Both documents are available through links provided above. Additional material on recent policy-based lending operations and policy matrices will be provided on a country specific basis. Country-specific powerpoint presentations for the consultations will be posted below as they become available.
| || Country|
|Date of Consultation (s)|| Chairperson||Rapporteur ||Country-specific material||Summary of Discussions|
| 1||Benin||Nouredine Kane Dia, Sylvie Nenonene||September 18, 2007||Representative of the Netherlands|| || ||Final Report|
| 2||Haiti||Roberts Waddle, Emmanuel Pinto Moreira||September 27,|
|Representative of Spain|| || ||Summary of Meeting|
| 3||Mali||Abdoulaye Konaté,|
Fily Sissoko Bouare,
Safiatou Dicko Ba
|July 17, 2007|
Ambassador of the Netherlands
|Director of the Canadian cooperation (CIDA) ||Mali DPL Conditionality Consultations|
List of participantsSummary of Meeting
|4||Mozambique||Greg Binkert||August 24, 2007 (Govt. and development partners)|
August 27, 2007 (CSOs, academia, private sector, parliament)
|Head of Norwegian Cooperation||Head of Swedish Cooperation||Conditionality Consultations revised|
| 5 ||Pakistan||Uzma Ikram||July 12, 2007 and July 23, 2007||Ishrat Hussain, Chairman National Commission for Governance Reforms and Shahnaz Wazir Ali, Pakistan Centre of Philanthropy (PCP)|| DfID representative||Pakistan Presentation|
Report on Civil Society ConsultationReport on Consultation with Govt-Donors
| 6||Rwanda||Victoria Kwakwa||July 18, 19, 20, 2007||Consultants ||Consultants|| ||List of Participants |
| 7||Vietnam||Lasse Melgaard, Mai Thi Hong Bo|
September 11, 2007 (NGOs)
September 14, 2007 (government)
September 14 (private sector)
September 19, 2007 (donors)
| || ||Vietnam Conditionality Consultations|
August 30, 2007 (Govt. and Cooperating partners) August 31, 2007 (CSO, Academia, private sector).
| Representative from German aid agency|| Consultant||Zambia Consultation|