Subfonds - Records of the Director-General, Operations Evaluation (DGO)

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WB IBRD/IDA OPE-13

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Records of the Director-General, Operations Evaluation (DGO)

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  • 1969 - 2001 (Creation)

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62.55 linear feet of textual records

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The position of Director-General, Operations Evaluation (DGO), was established in 1975. To ensure impartiality, the DGO is appointed by the Executive Directors to renewable five-year terms and reports to the Board through its standing Committee on Development Effectiveness (CODE), which oversees the operations evaluation system of the Bank and IFC. Upon completion of assignment, the DGO may not return to the service of the Bank. The DGO maintains contact with the Executive Directors by attending all meetings of the Board and of CODE. While the independent evaluation function reports to the Board, it is administratively linked to the President. The DGO has the rank of a Vice President and participates in senior management meetings involving Vice Presidents. The performance review of the DGO is conducted by the President.

The DGO's responsibilities are discharged, for the World Bank, through the Operations Evaluation Department (OED) and, for the IFC, through functional oversight of the IFC Operations Evaluation Group (previously, the Operations Evaluation Unit).

The DGO is directly responsible to the Executive Directors of the Bank for:


  • assessing whether the Bank's programs and activities are producing the expected results;


  • incorporating OED's assessments and findings into recommendations that will help improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the Bank's programs and activities, and their responsiveness to member countries' needs and concerns;


  • appraising the Bank's operations evaluation system and reporting on its adequacy for use within the Bank and by member governments;


  • encouraging and assisting member countries to develop their own operations evaluation system;


  • reporting periodically on actions taken by the Bank in response to evaluation findings and presenting an overall assessment of the effectiveness of the feedback system to the Executive Directors and the President;


  • cooperating with the evaluation heads of other international financial institutions and development assistance agencies.

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The sub-fonds consists of records related to the functions of the Directors-General, Operations Evaluation (DGO). Included are records evidencing the DGO's role in the administrative and operational activities of the OED as well as the development of OED policies and procedures. Activities related to OED reporting to the Bank's Executive Board as well as to the Joint Audit Committee (JAC) and, later, the Committee on Development Effectiveness (CODE) are evidenced through correspondence, meeting minutes, and reports. The OED's role in the oversight of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) is also documented here. Interaction with external bilateral, multilateral, international development and aid organizations is included in the form of correspondence, reports, memoranda, meeting minutes, and trip planning records; of note are records related to the DGO's interaction with the United Nations and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

Much of the files in this sub-fonds are related to specific Directors-General. Chronological files containing correspondence and accompanying memoranda and reports of DGOs Mervyn L. Weiner and Shiv S. Kapur are included. However, records created or received by DGO Robert Picciotto are the most abundant and diverse. Picciotto's chronological files are included, as are records related to committees, commissions, boards, and projects on which he served. Working files for OED studies, reports, and reviews created during Picciotto's time as DGO are also included.

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Records are subject to the Internal Evaluation Group's Access to Information Policy.

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Records are subject to the Copyright Policy of the World Bank Group.

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  • See Records of the Operations Evaluation Department -- Shared Records of the Director-General, Operations Evaluation (DGO), and the Director, Operations Evaluation Department (OEDDR) (WB IBRD/IDA OPE-02) for additional documentation of the DGO's coordination with other Bank units and with evaluation units in other countries. See Records of the Operations Evaluation Department -- Policies and Procedures (WB IBRD/IDA OPE-03) for records relating to the DGO's input into the development of policies and procedures for OED, and also see Records of the Operations Evaluation Department -- Annual Reviews and Annual Reports (WB IBRD/IDA OPE-04) for records relating to DGO's input into the drafting of the Annual Reviews and Annual Report .

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Internal World Bank Group Archives rules based on ISAD(G).

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Dates of creation revision deletion

9 September 2009, 16 September 2009, 25 September 2009

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