The World Bank is interested in gauging the views of clients and partners who are either involved in development in Afghanistan or who observe activities related to social and economic development. The World Bank Country Assessment Survey is meant to give the World Bank's team that works in Afghanistan, more in-depth insight into how the Bank's work is perceived. This is one tool the World Bank uses to assess the views of its critical stakeholders. With this understanding, the World Bank hopes to develop more effective strategies, outreach and programs that support development in Afghanistan during the transition period and beyond. The World Bank commissioned an independent firm to oversee the logistics of this effort in Afghanistan.
The survey was designed to achieve the following objectives:
- Assist the World Bank in gaining a better understanding of how stakeholders in Afghanistan perceive the Bank;
- Obtain systematic feedback from stakeholders in Afghanistan regarding:
· Their views regarding the general environment in Afghanistan;
· Their overall attitudes toward the World Bank in Afghanistan;
· Overall impressions of the World Bank's effectiveness and results, knowledge and research, and communication and information sharing in Afghanistan; and
· Perceptions of the World Bank's future role in Afghanistan.
- Use data to help inform the Afghanistan country team's strategy.
Kind of Data
Sample survey data [ssd]
Unit of Analysis
The World Bank Country Assessment Survey covered the following topics:
- General Issues facing Afghanistan
- Overall Attitudes toward the World Bank
- World Bank Effectiveness and Results
- The Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF)
- The World Bank's Knowledge
- Working with the World Bank
- The Future Role of the World Bank in Afghanistan
- Communication and Information Sharing
- Background Information
Stakeholders of the World Bank in Afghanistan
Producers and sponsors
Public Opinion Research Group
The World Bank Group
In June and July 2012, 500 stakeholders of the World Bank in Afghanistan were invited to provide their opinions on the Bank's assistance to the country by participating in a country survey. Participants in the survey were drawn from among the office of the President; the office of a Minister; the National Assembly; employees of a ministry, ministerial departments, or implementation agency; consultants/contractors working on World Bank-supported projects/programs; project management units (PMUs) overseeing implementation of a project; local government officials or staff; bilateral agencies; multilateral agencies; private sector organizations; private foundations; the financial sector/private banks; NGOs; community development councils (CDCs); the media; independent government institutions; trade unions; academia/research institutes/think tanks; and the judiciary branch.
A total of 397 stakeholders participated in the country survey (79%).
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
Mail Questionnaire [mail]
Data Collection Notes
The consulting firm delivered the questionnaires to the field (provinces) and then their field office contacted respondents by phone. The field staff then delivered the questionnaire to the respondent with two options: either 1) a rep from the firm would work with the respondent to fill out or 2) leave the questionnaire and come back collect the filled out questionnaire in a certain date and time that was agreed mutually. In Kabul most of questionnaires were emailed to respondents and received back by email.
Respondents were asked about: general issues facing Afghanistan, their overall attitudes toward the Bank; the World Bank's effectiveness and results; the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF), the Bank's knowledge; working with the World Bank; the Bank's future role in Afghanistan, and the Bank's communication and information sharing in Afghanistan.
The Questionnaire consists of 9 Sections:
A. General Issues facing Afghanistan:
Respondents were asked to indicate their perspectives on the transition process, the top three development priorities, and which areas would contribute most to reducing poverty and generating economic growth in Afghanistan.
B. Overall Attitudes toward the World Bank:
Respondents were asked to rate their familiarity with the World Bank, the Bank's effectiveness in Afghanistan, Bank staff preparedness, the extent to which the Bank meets Afghanistan's need for knowledge services and financial instruments, the extent to which the Bank should and does seek to influence the global development agenda, agreement with various statements regarding the Bank's work, and the extent to which the Bank is an effective development partner. Respondents were also asked to indicate the sectoral areas on which it would be most productive for the Bank to focus its resources, the Bank's greatest values and greatest weaknesses in its work, the most and least effective instruments in helping to reduce poverty in Afghanistan, with which groups the Bank should work more in Afghanistan, and how they attribute slow or failed reform efforts.
C. World Bank Effectiveness and Results:
Respondents were asked to rate the extent to which the Bank's work helps achieve sustainable development results in Afghanistan, and the Bank's level of effectiveness across thirty-six development areas, such as economic growth and basic infrastructure.
D. The Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF):
Respondents were asked to indicate their familiarity with the ARTF and their level of agreement with a variety of statements regarding the ARTF.
E. The World Bank's Knowledge:
Respondents were asked to indicate how frequently they consult Bank knowledge/research, the areas on which the Bank should focus its research efforts, and to rate the effectiveness and quality of the Bank's knowledge/research, including how significant a contribution it makes to development results and its technical quality.
F. Working with the World Bank:
Respondents were asked to rate their level of agreement with a series of statements regarding working with the Bank, such as the World Bank's "Safeguard Policy" requirements being reasonable, the Bank disbursing funds promptly, and the extent to which the World Bank is adequately staffed in Afghanistan.
G. The Future Role of the World Bank in Afghanistan:
Respondents were asked to rate how significant a role the Bank should play in Afghanistan throughout the transition period and to indicate what the Bank should do to make itself of greater value in Afghanistan.
H. Communication and Information Sharing:
Respondents were asked to indicate where they get information about economic and social development issues, how they prefer to receive information from the Bank, their access to the Internet, and their usage and evaluation of the Bank's website and PICs. Respondents were asked about their awareness of the Bank's Access to Information policy, past information requests from the Bank, and their level of agreement that they use more data from the World Bank as a result of the Bank's Open Data policy. Respondents were also asked to indicate their level of agreement that they know how to find information from the Bank and that the Bank is responsive to information requests.
I. Background Information:
Respondents were asked to indicate their current position, specialization, whether they professionally collaborate with the World Bank, their exposure to the Bank in Afghanistan, and their geographic location.
Public Opinion Research Group
The World Bank
The World Bank Microdata Library
The World Bank
Use of the dataset must be acknowledged using a citation which would include:
- the Identification of the Primary Investigator
- the title of the survey (including country, acronym and year of implementation)
- the survey reference number
- the source and date of download
Disclaimer and copyrights
The user of the data acknowledges that the original collector of the data, the authorized distributor of the data, and the relevant funding agency bear no responsibility for use of the data or for interpretations or inferences based upon such uses.
DDI Document ID
World Bank, Development Economics Data Group
Preparation of the metadata
Date of Metadata Production
DDI Document version
Version 01 (December 2013)