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10/06/2020

Using Country Diagostics to Inform the COVID-19 Response

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Using Country Diagostics to Inform the COVID-19 Response
June 10-11, 2020, webinar

June 10-11, 2020, webinar on Using Country Diagostics to Inform the COVID-19 Response, hosted by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)

What role can country analytics and diagnostics play in the COVID-19 response? What kind of tools and indices are useful for COVID-sensitive analyses? How can partnership among development institutions facilitate knowledge exchange and coordination for the COVID analyses and response?

These questions motivated a recent event titled “Using Country Diagnostics to Inform the COVID-19 Response.” The event was organized by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), in collaboration with other members of the Country Diagnostic Platform: the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), UK Department for International Development (DfID), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), International Finance Corporation (IFC), Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), United Nation Development Programme (UNDP), and the World Bank (WB).

The event aimed to showcase how IFIs and bilateral donors have conducted COVID-sensitive analyses and adjusted their operations accordingly; the implications for country diagnostics and analytics conducted by member institutions, how to look at short-term and medium-term constraints and priorities, and the methodologies used in the analyses and share lessons on methods, process, and impact; and discuss ways forward to strengthen the use of diagnostics in informing the COVID-19 response. What kind of tools and indices are useful? Are there any overall conclusions related to the response or analytical challenges? How can high frequency data, ad hoc surveys, big data and simulations be used to provide regular updates to diagnostics and the policy response at the time of the crisis? How are agencies dealing with new risk profiles from reduced information flow (for due diligence work, monitoring, and evaluation for example)? What are the challenges to measure this uncertainty and how is contingency planning affected?

 

The event featured panel discussions with Carolina Sanchez, Global Director, Poverty and Equity Global Practice, The World Bank, Beata Javorcik, Chief Economist, EBRD, and Jan Rieländer, Head of Multi-dimensional Country Reviews, OECD Development Centre and introductory remarks by Sida’s Director General Carin Jämtin. The rich discussions demonstrated the relevance of country diagnostics for identifying structural weaknesses and binding constraints in order to develop relevant response to the crisis.

 

Green growth, digitalisation and social protection are special elements highlighted in the discussion to emphasise in our response to the crisis but also gender equality issues, new target groups with new poor and how this effects the design of policies. The timing of the response in terms of protection phase and stimulus phase and the exit strategy for the response was also highlighted in the discussion. Lastly, the crisis has created not only challenges but also opportunities when it comes to green growth, remote work, and digitalisation for building a sustainable development.

 

The event allowed for further coordination and learning across institutions, including all current members of the Country Diagnostic Platform.

30/09/2019

Forthcoming EBRD/EIB Country Diagnostics for Lebanon

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Forthcoming EBRD/EIB Country Diagnostics for Lebanon

As a part of a joint country diagnostics project, experts on Lebanon from both institutions collaborated to assess the state of play and the main challenges that need to be addressed to stimulate private sector development and investment activity in Lebanon.

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26/06/2019

Using Country Diagnostics to Inform Policy and Investment

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Using Country Diagnostics to Inform Policy and Investment
May 29-30, 2019, World Bank Group Headquarters, Washington, D.C.

Are country diagnostics a useful tool for evidence-based policy making? How can their use and impact be strengthened? How can partnership among development institutions facilitate knowledge exchange and coordination?

These questions motivated a recent event titled “Using Country Diagnostics to Inform Policy and Investment.” The event was organized by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation, in collaboration with other members of the Country Diagnostic Platform: United Kingdom Department for International Development (Dfid), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), European Investment Bank (EiB), and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).

The event aimed to showcase country diagnostics conducted by the World Bank Group and other IFIs and bilateral donors; share lessons on methods, process, and impact; and discuss ways forward to strengthen the use of diagnostics in informing country programming, policies, and investments of development organizations. The event featured panel discussions with World Bank Group vice presidents, directors, and external client representatives, as well as representative from eight other development organizations; a keynote speech on diagnostics and evidence-based policymaking; and in-depth technical sessions. The rich discussions demonstrated the important role of major country diagnostics in supporting evidence-based policymaking at the World Bank Group and other development institutions.

The event allowed for further coordination and learning across institutions, including all current members of the Country Diagnostic Platform and several other organizations such as the OECD, MCC, and USAID. All participating institutions shared experiences with diagnostic approaches and their role in influencing country programs. Event participants highly appreciated the knowledge exchange, the discussions on how to continue fostering partnership, and in-depth technical sessions on the analytical framework, method, prioritization, and challenges in conducting country diagnostics.