Population and the World Bank : Adapting to Change
Health, Nutrition & Population Series
This population note focuses on how the Bank can increase its effectiveness in population and reproductive health by: 1) linking population to poverty reduction and human development; 2) adapting to diversity and change; 3) being sensitive to country contexts; 4) building on analysis and dialogue and providing sustained support; and 5) strengthening skills and partnerships. This paper is divided into four chapters. Chapter 1 describes key changes in population and reproductive health conditions that have occurred in borrower countries. Chapter 2 describes the response to these changing conditions in the policy and program arena and describes the Bank' s involvement. Chapter 3 identifies special challenges and lessons learned in the design and implementation of Bank-supported policy and program initiatives. Chapter 4 explains how the Bank' s renewal process will help staff and borrowers improve performance in population and reproductive health activities. A strategy matrix follows chapter 4. Itmaps key issues, strategic approaches, and performance indicators.