World Bank Earns Low Scores for Africa Health Projects

The World Bank's watchdog gave the agency low marks for health projects in Africa,

reported. "Overly complicated project designs and weak government capacity contributed to low outcomes," said Martha Ainsworth, lead author of the report by the Independent Evaluation Group. According to the group, two-thirds of all World Bank health projects from 1997 to 2007 achieved their objectives but a third, mainly in Africa, did not. The department also found out that only half of such projects had a pro-poor focus.

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  • Eliza Villarino

    Eliza Villarino is an associate editor for Devex and leads the company's news team in Manila. She played a critical role in conceptualizing the Development Newswire. Prior to joining Devex in 2004, she has already published articles and news briefs for Internet media organizations and for the Institute for Ethics and Economic Policy at Fordham University in New York. She earned her bachelor's in political science and master's in public affairs from the University of the Philippines. Eliza is a member of Mensa Philippines.