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1 Capacity Development in Project Design Review of 2006 Investment Project Portfolio Mark Nelson World Bank Institute Capacity Development Unit

2 2 Background and Methodology A period of intense review of capacity development in the World Bank and beyond World Bank and other reviews showed many shortcomings First stage of study looks 217 WB investment projects approved in FY06 One questionnaire per PAD based on definitions and instructions Imperfect exercise: How much can be said at the design stagedoes more happen downstream? A work in progress: Further insights over time

3 CD in World Bank projects Highly diverse approaches to, and definitions of, capacity development Some projects include a single, discrete capacity development component (often focused on project implementation)The Capacity Component Others contain multiple CD components focused on broader capacities, Paris-inspired approaches Will we see a difference between these two approaches downstream?

4 What will spur results? Explicit measurement and monitoring of capacity development activities, with a focus on outcomes and results Greater focus on the demand side – involvement of civil society, the private sector and media to create pressure for results Doing business differently to spur use of local capacity, learning by doing, facilitating South-South collaboration Strong partnerships to take into account comparative advantages and ensure strategic complementarities Strengthening the Banks knowledge base and staff incentives – make it count

5 Lending instruments in FY06 Investment Loans (244 projects) Specific Investment Loans (163 projects) Adaptable Program Loans (33 projects) Technical Assistance Loans (15 projects) Sector Investment and Maintenance Loans (11 projects) Emergency Recovery Loans (19 projects) Financial Intermediary Loans (3 projects) Development Policy Operations (53 projects) Development Policy Loans (31 projects), Poverty Reduction Strategy Credits (16 projects) Programmatic Adjustment Loan (6 projects) For this presentation, we are dealing only with 217 investment loans for which Project Assessment Documents are available.

6 6 Project Distribution by Region

7 The Paris Agenda

8 Paris Indicators Indicators 1Ownership – Operational PRS 2aQuality of PFM systems 2bQuality Procurement systems 3Aid reported on budget 4Coordinated capacity development 5Use of country PFM systems 6Parallel PIUs 7In-year predictability 8Untied aid 9Use of programme-based approaches 10Joint missions & country analytic work 11Sound performance assessment framework 12Reviews of mutual accountability

9 9 Was CD mentioned in the Development Objective? Did the project have self-labeled capacity development components? Types of CD inputs (training, technical assistance, knowledge sharing, study tours) Levels of CD addressed (enabling environment, institutions and policies, organizational and individual) Implementation arrangements (PIUs) Cost of CD inputs Basic information about region, networks, and types of loans, and lending instruments Did the project involve coordination among donors? Questions covered

10 Is capacity development included in the Development Objective? N=217

11 Is capacity development included in the Development Objective? N=190 N=101 N=89 N=19 N=8

12 Evidence of co-financing with other partners?

13 Capacity development component costs as percentage of total project cost N=173 N=85 N=88 N=100

14 14 CD Inputs - Definitions Training: Structured learning activities in an expert- learning mode through which knowledge and skills are transmitted and acquired Consultant Assistance/TA: Foreign or local consultants hired to provide assistance and expertise Knowledge Sharing: Discrete events with emphasis on peer learning, knowledge exchange and awareness raising Study Tours: A group of stakeholders visits selected countries or organizations with specific goals in acquiring knowledge not readily available at home Twinning: Cooperation between two institutions where knowledge and skills are transferred

15 Capacity development inputs

16 16 Stated aims of capacity inputs n=217

17 Quantitative Descriptions of Baseline Capacity

18 Project Implementation Unit used? Percentage of 217 investment projects

19 PIUs by region (n=30)(n=55)(n=56)(n=51)(n=10)(n=15)

20 Highlights from the Project Portfolio Examples of good practice?

21 Organizational level Change management, audits and reviews Institutional and policy level Resolution of policy differences and process issues. Enabling environment Coordinating government-wide reform Institutional Reform and Capacity Building in Kenya Fertile Conditions for Capacity Growth Individual level Intensive training and technical assistance for civil service staff

22 Institutional Strengthening and Health Sector Support Project in Niger Sector-Wide Approach (SWAp) focused on institutions, organizations and individuals Detailed diagnosis of capacity constraints Coordination among all stakeholders Management capacity developed within government – no PIU Human Capital Enabling Environment & Governance Health Sector Organizations

23 Second Multisectoral STI/HIV/AIDS Prevention Project in Madagascar Harmonization & donor coordination Use of informal networks (video-clubs, community gathering places) Well defined indicators Comprehensive multi-sectoral approach to preventing the disease

24 Judicial Modernization Project in Azerbaijan Clear capacity objective with actions focused on constraints Weak management impedes policy implementation Weak human capital deters professionalism Lack of court facilities impedes modernization Lack of information limits accessibility and accountability

25 Features of project design Benchmarks, specific targets, engaged partners, accountability Focus on systems, organizational functioning Training of 1000 officials by CoE, GTZ, USAID Strong emphasis on information flow, accountability Implementation by the Ministry of Justice which is accountable for results and sustainability

26 Education Excellence and Equity Project in Albania SWAp focused on improving quality of learning conditions, increased enrollment in general secondary education Identifies short-term, intermediate and long- term goals Focus on capacity of Ministry of Education and Science – no external PIU Strengthening leadership, management and governance of education system Improving conditions for teaching and learning Improving and rationalizing education infrastructure Higher education reform Components

27 Local government capacity development in Uganda: An ongoing project Long-term process: Started in early 1990s Significant resources allocated competitively through grants to local districts Strong country leadership Culture of participation Demand from public and from local leaders Huge effort at monitoring and evaluating outcomes Every morning when I get out of bed, I feel the demands of the people coming through every window, George Ntulume, Wakiso District Administrator

28 Ugandas District Governments Wakiso District Population 1 million (includes Entebbe)

29 Some Preliminary Conclusions

30 Progress towards Paris commitments Indicator Target Joint country analytic work 39%66% Program-based approaches (DPLs, SWAps, basket financing) 50%66% Parallel PIUs 46%16% Disbursements on schedule 89%94% Aid dispersed using country procurement systems n/a Aid dispersed using country financial management systems [65][77] Missions done jointly 19%40% TC coordinated with other donors 47%50%

31 SWAps cost more to prepare…

32 …and may take longer to prepare months

33 Disincentives to harmonization and alignment Time and efficiency constraints Career incentives linked to quantity of deliverables, not good behavior Focus on corruption creates impression that country systems are less reliable Budget: Coordination costs more

34 Yet, growing evidence of attention to long-term capacity development A number of projects which stand out of the crowd, but the proof will be in the results downstream Greater attention to capacity in recent Quality Assurance Group assessments, after QAE7 showed institutional development/capacity building as the most frequently cited development objective (cited in 60% of the sample). In QAE6, analysis had focused almost exclusively on capacity for implementation. Criticisms of the capacity is for implementation line of thinking from Independent Evaluation Group in its 2005 evaluation of capacity development in Africa, the Task Force on CD in Africa and by OECD/DAC report

35 Areas for further work Are there special capacity approaches that traditional investment projects can bring? When capacity is not planned carefully in design, can it appear in implementation? Task managers say weak countries benefit from the strong attention that comes from traditional projects. Do PIUs reduce corruption and strengthen capacityin the weakest countries? Does the stronger performance of DPLs, particularly under programmatic approaches, extend to capacity development? (DPLs were 100% Mostly Satisfactory or higher compared to 91% for investment loans in QEA7)

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