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Harmonisation and alignment at the World Bank

Research reports

The final project report from a project which aimed to generate concrete proposals on ways the World Bank can encourage staff to implement the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness.

Through case studies in Cambodia and Ghana, as well as research at headquarters level, the study draws out more detail on the incentives on country level staff for harmonisation and alignment. The objective of the study was to identify both positive and negative incentives shaping engagement by operational staff in alignment and harmonisation. The study aimed to draw out lessons from the country experiences and use these as the basis for practical recommendations on how the Bank might encourage staff to implement its commitments under the Paris Declaration. The country case studies are not evaluations of the work of the World Bank at country level with respect to harmonisation and alignment, but are rather an opportunity to draw inspiration from the field in order to inform headquarters level policymaking.

Andrew Lawson