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Multilateral banks and the development process : vital links in the results chain

Author: Vinod Thomas; Xubei Luo
Publisher: New Brunswick, N.J. : Transaction Publishers, ©2012.
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A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. When the links in the chain represent development projects, if individual projects fail to achieve their purpose, the development program's effectiveness is compromised. When the chain's links are strong and well-connected, the results are improved for the sector, country, and region. The role of multilateral banks is crucial; they inform the impact of development  Read more...
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Thomas, Vinod, 1949-
Multilateral banks and the development process.
New Brunswick, N.J. : Transaction Publishers, ©2012
(DLC) 2012005689
(OCoLC)776142369
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Vinod Thomas; Xubei Luo
ISBN: 9781412847193 1412847192
OCLC Number: 844940907
Description: 1 online resource (xxiii, 156 pages)
Contents: ""Cover""; ""Contents""; ""List of Tables and Figures""; ""Foreword""; ""Preface""; ""Acknowledgments""; ""Abbreviations and Acronyms""; ""Eight Lessons""; ""1 The Results Chain""; ""How Evaluation Can Inform Development""; ""What Are the Results to Focus On?""; ""How Might Results Be Measured?""; ""How Might Evaluative Information Be Used to Boost Results?""; ""How Might Evaluation Lessons Be Used to Improve Development Effectiveness?""; ""Part I Aim to Get Results""; ""2 Let Not the Urgent Divert the Important""; ""The Incidence and Severity of Disasters Are on the Rise"" ""Disaster Responses Should Not Be a One-Off Exercise""""Prevention and Mitigation Show Great Potential""; ""Cost-Efficient Measures Can Enhance Preparedness""; ""3 Connect Links that Strengthen Results""; ""Project Results and Country Results Differ""; ""Making Vital Links Augments Results""; ""Part II Measuring Results""; ""4 Composite Indicators Can Mislead""; ""Inconclusive Premises Affect the Validity of Indicators""; ""Partial Coverage Should Not Unbalance the Perspective""; ""Arbitrary Clustering and Weights Can Have Pernicious Effects"" ""Converting Ratings to Rankings Can Obscure Findings""""De Jure and De Facto Indicators Can Tell Different Stories""; ""5 Go from Averages to Targeted Segments""; ""Targeting Poor Areas""; ""Targeting Issues Relevant to the Poor""; ""Targeting Constraints Faced by the Poor""; ""Changing Aid�s Structure to Empower the Poor""; ""6 Align Intermediate and Final Goals""; ""Education: From Access to Learning""; ""Health: Reaching Mothers and Children Is Not Straightforward""; ""Output-Based Aid and Outcome-Based Aid Imply Different Incentives""; ""Part III Applying Lessons to Boost Results"" ""7 New Challenges Call for Shifts in Direction""""Water Needs Are Changing: More than Access""; ""Transport Needs Are Changing: More than Roads""; ""8 Capture Opportunities""; ""Environmental Protection and Development Can Be Win�Win""; ""Structural Constraints Affect Development Performance""; ""Cost�Benefit Analysis Is Underused""; ""9 Tarry Not�For Timing Is (Almost) Everything""; ""Traditional Ex Post Evaluation Has Limits""; ""Forward Looking Evaluation Can Provide More Timely Information""; ""Effective Processes Can Increase the Use of Evaluation""; ""10 Conclusion""
Responsibility: Vinod Thomas and Xubei Luo.

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A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. When the links in the chain represent development projects, if individual projects fail to achieve their purpose, the development program's effectiveness is compromised. When the chain's links are strong and well-connected, the results are improved for the sector, country, and region. The role of multilateral banks is crucial; they inform the impact of development operations and support policymakers in decision making. This volume emphasizes that some crucial links in development tend to be systematically overlooked. In these matters, preoccupation with the immediate exigencies seems to come at the expense of attention to enduring problems--at a great cost to society. Development practitioners should apply policies that have produced results over time, ensuring that the links in the chain are strong, but too often they overlook those links--because of myopia, complexity, tradition, or special interests. This book will help policy makers and practitioners focus on the links that measure progress, apply lessons, and matter for lasting results.

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