The World Bank in fragile and conflict-affected countries

‘How’, not ‘how much’

Summary:

This study outlines the particular development challenges confronting international actors in fragile and conflict-affected countries, and gives a summary of the World Bank's evolving approach to those challenges. The study then sets out certain key problems which, despite recent improvements, continue to reduce the quality of the World Bank's impacts. Noting the inconsistencies in the World Bank's approaches, it assesses the factors that determine its ability to deal with, and help address, the immense complexity of its operating environments. It concludes with recommendations for improving approaches to those complexities.