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Making Poverty and Social Impact Analysis More Effective: The New Multi-Donor Trust Fund

Begins:   Sep 14, 2010 09:30
Ends:   Sep 14, 2010 13:00

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An event was held on Tuesday, September 14, 2010, at Preston Auditorium to launch the 16 Million USD Multi-Donor Trust Fund to support Poverty Impact and Social Analysis at the Bank. This event was in lieu of an earlier launch in February this year that was cancelled due to inclement weather.

This half-day event - organized jointly by PREM Poverty Reduction and Equity Group (PRMPR) and the Social Development Department (SDV) - composed of two panel discussions that shed light on poverty, social, and distributional impact of policies and programs at the Bank and in client countries.

The opening remarks were given by Hartwig Schafer (Director, Strategy and Operations, Sustainable Development Network), who thanked the donors and introduced the PSIA Multi-Donor Trust Fund.

Hartwig Schafer, Marianne Fay, Santiago Levy and Martin Ravallion

The first panel featured Santiago Levy (Vice-President for Sectors and Knowledge, Inter-American Development Bank) and Martin Ravallion (Director, Development Research Group, World Bank). It was chaired by Marianne Fay (Chief Economist, Sustainable Development Network). The panel took a broader view on the role of evaluations, both ex ante and ex post, in the operations of multilateral institutions and policies of client countries.

MDTF Launch - Panel 1

MDTF Launch - Audience

Santiago Levy spoke about the importance of evaluations in informing the policy cycle. He reflected on his experiences as the former deputy minister of finance in Mexico, the main architect of the Progresa-Oportunidades anti-poverty program, and at the Inter-American Development Bank. Martin Ravallion stressed the need for conducting PSIA, and listed suggestions to make PSIA more useful. His background paper, "Evaluation in the Practice of Development," formed the bedrock of his presentation. 

In introducing the second panel which he also chaired, Jaime Saavedra (Acting Director, Poverty Reduction and Equity unit) gave a brief presentation, "Evaluation and the Policy Cycle," about the need for using Monitoring and Evaluation tools for better evidence-based decision making. He highlighted the challenges faced in incorporating evaluations, especially ex ante poverty and distributional analysis, in the policy cycle.

MDTF Launch - Panel 2A

The second panel, "Experiences of Applying Poverty, Social, and Distributional Analysis at the World Bank," discussed the challenges and successes of mainstreaming analysis and evaluations of policies and programs in Bank operations and policy advice to countries.

MDTF Launch - Panel 2B

Elizabeth M. King (Director, Human Development - Education), discussed the differential impact of education-related policies and investments in various countries. She also talked about ways in which poverty, social, and distributional analysis has led to a more nuanced understanding of policy impacts. Cheryl W. Gray (Director, Internal Evaluation Group) highlighted the major findings of the evaluation of the effectiveness of world bank support to poverty and social impact analyses and encouraged more PSIA activity at the Bank.
Benu Bidani (Sector Manager, Europe and Central Asia Region - Poverty Reduction and Economic Management) outlined the benefits of adopting a programmatic approach to doing a PSIA, and fostering a complimentary relationship between ex-ante and ex-post impact analysis. Caroline Kende-Robb (Sector Manager, Europe and Central Asia Region - Social Development) discussed the good practice principles that emerged from a recent PSIA stock taking exercise in the region.

The event helped re-focus attention to the PSIA agenda at the Bank and was a platform for knowledge creation and exchange. As activities funded by the PSIA MDTF continue to accelerate, attempts are being made to incorporate lessons learned in the implementation of PSIA in the Bank and partner countries.

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TimeEvent Title

9:30 AM -9:40 AM

Opening Remarks

  • Hartwig Schafer (Director, Strategy and Operations, Sustainable Development Network)

9:40 AM -10:30 AM

Role of Impact Analysis in Shaping Policies and Programs

Chair: Marianne Fay (Chief Economist, Sustainable Development Network)


10:30 AM -11:00 AM


11:15 AM -11:30 AM

Poverty, Social and Distributional Analysis in the Policy Cycle

11:30 AM -12:30 PM

Experiences of Applying Poverty, Social, and Distributional Analysis at the World Bank

Chair: Jaime Saavedra (Acting Director, Poverty Reduction and Equity unit)


12:30 PM -1:00 PM


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