As of July 1, 2014 the World Bank Group is following a new approach to country engagement - the Country Partnership Framework (CPF). This new approach aims to make our country-driven model more systematic, evidence-based, selective and focused on the goals of ending extreme poverty and increasing shared prosperity in a sustainable manner. It will also help determine and prioritize the financing, advisory, and other support from the World Bank (IBRD, IDA), the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA).
A Systematic Country Diagnostic (SCD) will inform each new country partnership. The diagnostic will identify the most important challenges and opportunities at the country level for reaching the two goals. Consultations with a range of stakeholders will inform the SCD process, from diagnostic through completion. The CPF takes the place of the Country Assistance Strategy (CAS) and guides the Bank Group's support to a member country.
View the World Bank Group Directive and Guidance on Country Engagement.
How the new approach works
Step 1: What are the biggest constraints to reducing poverty and increasing shared prosperity in a sustainable way? A Systematic Country Diagnostic (SCD) will use data and analytic methods to support country clients and World Bank Group teams in identifying the most critical constraints to, and opportunities for, reducing poverty and building shared prosperity sustainably, while considering the voices of the poor and the views of the private sector and other stakeholders.
Step 2: What are the most important contributions the World Bank Group can make? The Country Partnership Framework (CPF) will lay out the development objectives that WBG interventions expect to help the country achieve and attendant program of indicative WBG interventions. The CPF objectives are derived from those country development goals that reflect the Bank Group’s comparative advantage as well as alignment with the goals of ending extreme poverty and increasing shared prosperity.
Step 3: How are we doing? Performance and Learning Reviews will identify and capture lessons; determine midcourse corrections, and help build the WBG’s knowledge base, including effective approaches for integrating inclusion and sustainability dimensions (including gender and environmental sustainability) into the SCD and CPF.
Step 4: What did we learn? Completion and Learning Reviews will identify and capture end-of-cycle learning to contribute to the WBG’s knowledge base.