The Inter-American Development Bank headquarters in Washington, D.C. Photo by: Wally Gobetz / CC BY-NC-ND

As the leaders of the World Bank undertake the largest reform effort at that institution in nearly two decades, they might do well to look across town to another development bank assessing the impact of its own major reforms.

The reorganization of the Inter-American Development Bank which started in 2006 aimed to cement the bank’s relevancy with client countries, and was arguably more ambitious than the World Bank’s current revamp. But eight years later, a report by IDB’s Office of Oversight and Evaluation finds that the reorganization has fallen short of its goals. The report was quietly released last month, and the bank has been tight-lipped about its response, but the findings could have broad implications for decisions about the bank’s management going forward.

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    Paul Stephens

    Paul Stephens is a former Devex staff writer based in Washington, D.C. As a multimedia journalist, editor and producer, Paul has contributed to the Los Angeles Times, Washington Monthly, CBS Evening News, GlobalPost, and the United Nations magazine, among other outlets. He's won a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting for a 5-month, in-depth reporting project in Yemen after two stints in Georgia: one as a Peace Corps volunteer and another as a communications coordinator for the U.S. Agency for International Development.