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News World Bank: Report on the development potential of regional programs

The World Bank Independent Evaluation Group has released a new report entitled 'The Development Potential of Regional Programs', the most comprehensive assessment of regional programs to date. The report finds that cross-border development programs can deliver strong results, such as providing reliable energy, managing shared water resources, enhancing environmental protection and combating the spread of communicable diseases.

Existing programs have done well, but overall support for regional cooperation remains limited and the programs have often lacked sufficient planning to make them sustainable. During the past decade, only about 3 percent of all international development aid went to regional programs.

Contact information Independent Evaluation Group Help Desk, World Bank Group, 1818 H Street, N.W., MSN H3-305, Washington, D.C. 20433 (email:
Phone: +1 202 458 4497 Fax: +1 202 522 3125
News type Inbrief
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Source of information World Bank Independent Evaluation Group
Keyword(s) shared water resources management, environmental protection
Geographical coverage International
News date 10/04/2007
Working language(s) ENGLISH