ABSTRACT

Although the quest for growth remains as elusive as it was more than a decade ago, there is now much greater consensus on the policies and institutional changes that are needed to foster growth and economic development. But debate continues on the timing, sequencing, and local adaptation of these reforms. Furthermore, although the benefits of reform are well documented--the reasons as to why and when reforms occur still remain somewhat unclear. Many countries go through long periods of stagnation or even decline, without being able to create an environment for change, while others seem able to break the hold of vested interests and start following paths of reform.In October 2004, the Operations Evaluation Department (OED) of the World Bank held a conference on the Effectiveness of Policies and Reform. This event provided a forum at which participants--over 500 government officials, civil society representatives, and World Bank staff--could discuss how to improve the effectiveness of World Bank support for development policies and reform programs.Included in this volume are the contributions of distinguished development practitioners on issues such as: the links between good performance and policy change; how windows of opportunity can best be used to promote reform; how ownership of policies and reform programs can be encouraged; and how developed country policies can be improved to create a better global environment for development.

part |2 pages

Part 1: Policy Reforms in the Developing World: Lessons from Bangladesh

chapter |10 pages

Policy Reforms in the Developing World: Lessons from Bangladesh

ByM. Saifur Rahman

part |2 pages

Part 2: Effectiveness of Bank Support for Policy Reform

part |2 pages

Part 3: Lessons from Country Program Evaluations

chapter |15 pages

Lessons from Country Program Evaluations

ByR. Kyle Peters

chapter |4 pages

Comments on Country Program Evaluations

ByWillem Buiter

chapter |3 pages

Comments on Country Program Evaluations

ByIshrat Husain

chapter |3 pages

Comments on Country Program Evaluations

ByMiguel Urrutia Montoya

chapter |3 pages

Observations on Country Program Evaluations

ByJames Adams

part |2 pages

Part 4: Middle-Income Country Programs: Lessons from Brazil, China, and Tunisia

chapter |12 pages

Middle-Income Country Strategies for Development

ByS. Ramachandran

chapter |9 pages

The Role of World Bank Lending in Middle-Income Countries

ByJohannes F. Linn

chapter |4 pages

Comments on Middle- Income Country Programs, Tunisia

ByKamel Ben Rejeb

chapter |4 pages

Comments on Middle-Income Country Programs, Brazil

ByJoaquim Levy

part |2 pages

Part 5: Lessons from Post-Conflict Countries

part |2 pages

Part 6: Poverty Reduction Strategies

part |2 pages

Part 7: Improving the International Context for Reform

chapter 7|16 pages

Deadly Sins: Reflections on Donor Failings

ByNancy Birdsall