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IEG@50: Celebrating 50 Years of Independent Evaluation at the World Bank

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On July 1, 1973, then World Bank president Robert McNamara announced the establishment of a wholly independent unit, the Operations Evaluation Department (OED) – now known as IEG, for Independent Evaluation Group. Over the years, independent evaluation has emerged as a crucial part of the World Bank’s accountability and learning process. It has been a game-changer, constantly evolving to address the key questions of what is working, why, and for whom.  

Today, IEG celebrates its 50th anniversary with a series of engaging discussions. We will dive into the journey of independent evaluation and explore how it can adapt to support the development of the new World Bank playbook. We are entering a phase where we need fresh approaches to assess progress on Global Public Goods, while staying focused on the development goals of our partner countries. In a world facing multiple crises, building up the abilities of our partner countries to make evidence-driven decisions is more vital than ever. 

Join us on September 14 to learn more about IEG and its critical role in ensuring that the World Bank evolves with its clients’ needs.

00:00 Welcome

- Sabine Bernabe, Director General, Independent Evaluation Group

10:49 Independent Evaluation: Learn from the Past to Inform the Future

- Anna Bjerde, Managing Director of Operations, World Bank Group
- Koen Davidse, Dean of the World Bank Board of Executive Directors, EDS19
- Abdoul Salam Bello, World Bank Board’s Committee on Development Effectiveness (CODE) co-Chair, EDS13
- Moderator: Sabine Bernabe, Director General, Independent Evaluation Group

54:02 Director General Roundtable

- Vinod Thomas, Former Director General, Independent Evaluation Group (2006-2011)
- Caroline Heider, Former Director General, Independent Evaluation Group (2011-2018)
- Alison Evans, Former Director General, Independent Evaluation Group (2019-2023)
- Sabine Bernabe, Director General, Independent Evaluation Group
- Moderator: Kate Warren, Executive Vice President and Executive Editor, Devex

1:58:56 Fireside Chat: Better Evidence for Better Policies

- Sergio Firpo, Secretary for Monitoring and Evaluation of Public Policies, Government of Brazil
- Dugan Fraser, Program Manager: Global Evaluation Initiative (GEI)

2:44:00 Closing remarks

- Sabine Bernabe, Director General, Independent Evaluation Group

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