The Country Studies Initiative and its Effect on the Bank's Knowledge Strategy

Sep 2010
The Inter-American Development Bank has recognized that increasing the effectiveness of its analytical work is key to enhancing its development impact. In this context, in 2006, the Board approved the "Initiative to support country studies and improve and expand Bank loan operations" (document GN-2381-3). The Country Studies Committee (CEP) was created to manage the Initiative's resources and to discuss thematic priorities and propose work methodologies that will help identify synergies and maximize the use and impact of these resources. The main objective of this evaluation is to examine the results obtained by the implementation of the Country Studies Initiative in the period 2006-2008 and inspect whether the results influenced the way analytical work is produced and utilized within the Bank.