HC Deb 18 June 1998 vol 314 c288W
Mr. Fabian Hamilton

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development to what extent the objectives laid down by the donors for IDA 11 have been realised by the World bank. [44929]

Mr. Foulkes

The IDA 11 deputies' report—laid in the Libraries of both Houses in February 1998—sets out over 20 areas of action on a range of policy issues, e.g. covering efforts to strengthen the performance-based allocation of the International Development Association (IDA); improving the World bank's country assistance strategy process; encouraging the participation of affected people and non-governmental organisations, and the completion of poverty assessments. Important progress has been made in a number of these policy areas including improvements to the quality and coverage of poverty and environmental assessments, and overall improvements to the quality and impact of the IDA portfolio of projects. A copy of a matrix report dated April 1998 detailing the action taken on the implementation of this framework of policy issues will be laid in the Library of the House.