15 Oct 2012
Mochtar Riady building, Room #3-7
NUS Business School
National University of Singapore
15 Kent Ridge Drive Singapore 119245
About the speaker
Emmanuel Jimenez, from the Philippines, is Director of Public Sector Evaluations at the World Bank Group’s Independent Evaluation Group. Prior to this position, he was Sector Director, Human Development, in the World Bank’s Asia Regions, where he was responsible for managing operational staff working on education and health issues. Before that he was in the Bank’s global corporate units, where he managed staff and engaged in research on a variety of issues, including education and health finance, the private provision of social services, the economics of transfer programme(s) and urban development. He also led the core team that prepared The World Development Report 2007: Development and the Next Generation. Before joining the World Bank, Mr. Jimenez was on the faculty of the economics department at the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada. He holds a B.A. (Hons) from McGill University, a Ph.D. from Brown University and currently serves as vice-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Population Growth. He is also editor of the journal, The World Bank Research Observer.
"InstitutionalAccountability and Learning through Independent Evaluation at the World BankGroup: A Recent Example on Climate Change"
The World Bank Group fulfills its mandate as a leading institution in the global struggle to reduce poverty by providing loans, policy advice and technical assistance to developing countries. It also conducts research, other types of analytical work and capacity building.These activities are conducted by a management and staff who are governed by a Board of Directors that represents 193 shareholders, member countries who are, perhaps now more than ever, concerned about getting measurable results.An important instrument for monitoring the Bank Group's performance in achieving these results is through the Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) which reports its findings directly to the Board of Directors rather than through management. This presentation will discuss how independent evaluation functions in the governance of a complex international organization like the World Bank Group. To provide an example, it will draw on recent evaluations of the effectiveness of the Bank Group's alternative approaches to one of the most critical global challenges of our time - mitigating and adapting to climate change.
The event was attended by NUS Business School's, faculty, graduate and post-graduate students as well as invitees from business firms. Mr Jimenez's talk focused on the independent evaluation carried out within the World Bank Group to assess its projects; specifically with examples from the various climate change projects that the World Bank Group was involved in. Participants had the opportunity to pose questions to Mr Jimenez after his talk. The talk was followed by a networking and cocktail session.