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Development aid - a perspective on the World Bank performance: calculating the social return on investment for the least developed countries

  • This doctoral thesis focuses on the evaluation of the World Bank (WB) performance in delivering development aid to the Least Developed Countries (LDCs). For this purpose, an extensive research was performed to analyze a set of 790 Implementation Completion and Results reports for key economic and financial indicators. Results of this research provide various insights for the appraisal and the results stage of project delivery of the LDCs in different continents. In the final part of the economic and financial analysis the minimum Social Return on Iestment (SROI) of the LDCs including all project costs was calculated. This SROI ratio outcome of 1 and 1.06 in the weighted and 1.3 and 1.72 in the unweighted case indicate that projects delivered by the WB have a positive effect on the poor countries. In the second part of this research project the data set of the ICR reports was qualitatively researched for negative ratings according to 3 core assessment categories for the overall project performance: Sustainability, bank performance and borrower performance. As a result the most critical categories respectively risks were outlined. In conclusion, the research analyses and findings support the general demand to provide even more development assistance to poor countries.

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Document Type:Doctoral Thesis
Author:Dominik Schäfer
Chairs and Professorships:Chair of Microeconomics
Full text/ URN:urn:nbn:de:bsz:14-qucosa2-73691
Year of Completion:2016
Leipzig: HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management, 2016 Leipzig, HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management, Diss., 2015