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A New Look at the Factors Driving Investment Project Performance

September 24, 2018

Washington, DC and Online

  • Investment Project Financing (IPF) is the main lending vehicle for the World Bank, accounting for three-quarters of total Bank financing, and now has an extensive track record of achievements and challenges across all sectors and regions. Previous work has identified important predictors of project performance. The World Bank is currently conducting an assessment of IPF that updates and extends this work, with a focus on lessons for the management of quality.

    In this talk, Jed Friedman will highlight results from this ongoing research to address the following questions:

    • Which country-level characteristics are most predictive of IPF performance?
    • What is the role of staffing, especially the selection and retention of key staff and managers, for IPF performance?
    • Which design and supervision factors appear to be most important for performance?
    • What are the implications of these findings as client countries continue to grow in both income and sectoral complexity?
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    Jed Friedman

    Senior Economist

    Jed Friedman is a senior economist in the Development Research Group at the World Bank. His research interests include the measurement of wellbeing and poverty as well as the evaluation of health and social policies. Jed's current work involves investigating the effectiveness of health financing reforms in Kyrgyzstan, Zambia, and Zimbabwe; the nutritional and development gains from early childhood investment programs in India and the Philippines; and the incorporation of new approaches to survey-based wellbeing measurement in Peru and Malawi.


    Asli Demirgüç-Kunt

    Director of Research

    Asli Demirgüç-Kunt is the Director of Research in the World Bank. After joining the Bank in 1989 as a Young Economist, she has held different positions, including Director of Development Policy, Chief Economist of Financial and Private Sector Development Network, and Senior Research Manager, doing research and advising on financial sector and private sector development issues.

    Hassan Zaman

    Director, OPCS

    Hassan Zaman is Director of Operations Policy and Quality in Operations Policy and Country Services (OPCS). He joined the World Bank as a Young Professional in 1998 followed by country economist positions in Africa and South Asia and Lead Economist in the central Poverty Reduction group. Hassan took leave from the World Bank to work at the Bangladesh Bank (Central Bank) as Chief Economist between 2011-2014. Prior to joining the World Bank, Hassan worked for BRAC in Bangladesh for three years. He has a PhD in Economics from the University of Sussex and an MSc and BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics.

  • The Policy Research Talks showcase the latest findings of the research department and their implications for World Bank operations. The monthly event facilitates a dialogue between researchers and operational staff so that we can challenge and contribute to the World Bank's intellectual climate and re-examine conventional wisdom in current development theories and practices. Read More »

Event Details

  • Time: 12:30 - 2:00PM ET
  • Location: MC 2-800, World Bank Main Complex