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Definitions of Document Types


CAE: A Country Assistance Evaluation examines Bank performance in a particular country, usually over the past four to five years, and reports on its conformity with the relevant Bank Country Assistance Strategy (CAS) and on the overall effectiveness of the specific CAS.

CAS: A Country Assistance Strategy Document is the central tool of World Bank Management and the Board of Executive Directors for reviewing and guiding the World Bank Group's country programs and the vehicle for judging the impact of its work. Country Assistance Strategy is prepared in consultation with the country authorities and other development partners. Its central focus is reduction of poverty in the client country. It sets out the selective program to be supported by the World Bank Group, tailors to the country's need against the background of the government's development objectives and strategy, and takes into account the activities of other development partners. 

EA: Environmental Assessmentevaluates a project's potential environmental risks and impacts in its area of influence. When required by the World Bank, the proposed borrower prepares an environmental assessment report as a separate, freestanding document. Depending on the project, a range of instruments can be used to satisfy the World Bank's requirement, including environmental impact assessment, environmental audit, hazard or risk assessment, and environmental management plan. When the project is likely to have sectoral or regional impacts, sectoral or regional environmental assessment is required. One or more of these instruments, or multiple elements from them as appropriate, may be used.

ESW: Economic and Sector Work Assessment is a synthesis report that draws upon assessments of individual tasks in the Quality Assurance Group sample. The Assessment provides an aggregate picture of quality of economic and sector work during the past fiscal year and identifies systemic issues for improving quality of future work.

GEF: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) helps developing countries fund projects and programs that protect the global environment. GEF is the designated financial mechanism for international agreements on biodiversity, climate change, and persistent organic pollutants. GEF also supports projects that combat desertification and protect international waters and the ozone layer. The GEF has three implementing agencies: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the World Bank. There are several GEF-related documents available, including: GEF Pipeline Document, GEF Project Brief, GEF Project Document and the GEF Implementation Completion Report.

ICR: Implementation Completion Report, which reviews the results and assesses an operation, is required upon completion of each lending operation financed by the Bank.

IFC Documents: The International Finance Corporation (IFC) promotes sustainable private sector investment in developing countries as a way to reduce poverty and improve people's lives. IFC is a member of the World Bank Group. IFC releases Summaries of Project Information (SPIs) in addition to Environemntal Documents.

IPDP: Indigenous Peoples' Development Plan identifies potentially adverse effects on the health, productive resources, economies, and cultures of indigenous peoples that might be associated with a project receiving financing from the World Bank. The Plan is prepared by the borrower in tandem with the preparation of the main World Bank investment.  Such risks are usually identified through social assessment by competent specialists, as well as through consultations with the affected indigenous populations.

ISDS: Integrated Safeguards Data Sheetidentifies key issues under the World Bank’s safeguard policies and provides relevant information concerning their management in the proposed operation. The Integrated Safeguards Data Sheet (previously called Environmental Data Sheet) is prepared by the World Bank for each lending operation under preparation for World Bank financing.

JSA of PRSP: Joint Staff Assessment of Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper is prepared by the staffs of both the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.  It is submitted with a member country's Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper to the Board of Executive Directors of the two institutions. This Joint Staff Assessment evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of a country's poverty reduction objectives and strategies, and considers whether the complete Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper provides a sound basis for concessional assistance from the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, as well as for debt relief under the Heavily Indebted Poor Country initiative.

LDP: Letter of Development Policy sets forth the program of actions, objectives, and policies to be supported by an adjustment lending operation. The prospective borrower prepares the Letter of Development Policy as the basis for such operation.  

MIGA Documents: The Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) was created in 1988 as a member of the World Bank Group to promote foreign direct investment into emerging economies to improve people's lives and reduce poverty. MIGA fulfills this mandate and contributes to development by offering political risk insurance (guarantees) to investors and lenders, and by helping developing countries attract and retain private investment. MIGA releases Environmental Impact Assessment Reports for various projects being underwritten by MIGA.

OED: OED's major document series include Annual Review of Development Effectiveness (ARDE), Annual Report on Operations Evaluation (AROE), Country Assistance Evaluation (CAE), Sector Study, Impact Evaluation, Project Performance Assessment Report (PPAR), Lessons and Practices (L&P), Working Paper, Proceedings, and Précis & Briefs. You can find a brief description of, and a direct link to, the various product types by clicking here.

PAD: Project Appraisal Documentis a form-based document that allows a concise presentation of the information that the Board needs to approve a project for Bank or IDA financing. When project processing and the Project Appraisal Document are complete, the Regional vice president clears the project and sends it for approval by the Board under cover of a Memorandum & Recommendation of the President, usually no more than one page in length. that contains only the information necessary to transmit the Project Appraisal Document, plus any confidential or sensitive information that was deleted from the Project Appraisal Document (in accordance with the provisions of the Bank's Disclosure Policy).

PID: Project Information Document presents a brief summary of the main elements of the evolving project, with updates from World Bank staff as new information becomes available or as an investment project develops. For all investment projects, the Project Information Document is updated before the Bank's formal project appraisal. This updated Project Information Document is revised after appraisal only if major changes are made to a project during appraisal.

PD/PGD: Program Document is prepared for each adjustment operation proposed for World Bank financing, describing the operation and setting forth the Bank's appraisal and assessment of the feasibility of, and justification for, the program.  Program Document and Memorandum & Recommendation of the President replaces the President's Report for adjustment lending.

PPAR: Project Performance Assessment Report is based on the review of the Implementation Completion Report, or ICR, (a self-evaluation by the responsible Bank department) and fieldwork conducted by OED, the Bank's Operations Evaluation Department. To prepare PPAR's, OED staff examine project files and other documents, interview operational staff, and in most cases visit the borrowing country for onsite discussions with project staff and beneficiaries.

PRSC: The Poverty Reduction Support Credit is a CAS-based development assistance instrument, supporting an IDA-eligible country's policy and institutional reform program to help implement its poverty reduction strategy. The PRSC is grounded in the principles of the Comprehensive Development Framework (CDF) and the international development goals.Over time, it is expected to become an important vehicle of IDA financial support to low-income countries with strong programs, anchoring the Bank's overall support for their poverty reduction strategies.

PRSP: Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper is a country-led, country-written document that provides the basis for assistance from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, as well as debt relief under the Heavily Indebted Poor Country initiative. A Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper describes a country's macroeconomic, structural, and social policies and programs to promote growth. It summarizes the country's objectives, policies, and measures for poverty reduction. A Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper should be country-driven, comprehensive in scope, partnership-oriented, and participatory.

QAG: Quality Assurance Group. QAG’s primary objective is to promote excellence in Bank performance by increasing accountability and enhancing learning. QAG’s strategy for achieving its objective involves two complementary approaches: first, providing staff and managers with credible, real-time feedback on operational performance and identifying, in a transparent fashion, systemic issues affecting operational performance; second, identifying and highlighting skills and resources needed by the operational staff for high quality work and using lessons learned to support staff training. Among the documents produced by QAG are: For new lending - Quality at Entry Assessment; and For supervision of ongoing operations - Quality of Supervision Assessment.

RP/RI: Resettlement Plan/Resettlement Instrument provides information on a World Bank project involving proposed resettlement and its impacts on displaced persons and other adversely affected groups. The Resettlement Instrument may be presented as a resettlement plan, abbreviated resettlement plan, resettlement policy framework, or process framework that explains how resettlement issues associated with the operation have been resolved or mitigated.

SSP: Sector Strategy Paper focuses on Bank experience in a given sector or thematic area and the Bank's strategy for future work in the sector or thematic area.

TRD: Tranche Release Document. For each tranche of a multi-tranche adjustment lending operation, the Bank prepares a Tranche Release Document (TRD) which reports on the status of the program being supported under the operation.

TSS: Transitional Support Strategy describe a short- to medium-term plan for World Bank involvement in a country that is in transition from conflict to peace. A country in transition may not have a Country Assistance Strategy or, if it does, the strategy may no longer be responsive due to the effects of the conflict.


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