The World Bank is interested in gauging the views of clients and partners who are either involved in development in Malawi 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 Malawi, greater 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 Malawi. The World Bank commissioned independent consultants to oversee the logistics of this effort in Malawi.
The survey was designed to achieve the following objectives:
- Assist the World Bank in gaining a better understanding of how stakeholders in Malawi perceive the Bank;
- Obtain systematic feedback from stakeholders in Malawi regarding:
· Their views regarding the general environment in Malawi;
· Their overall attitudes toward the World Bank in Malawi;
· Overall impressions of the World Bank's effectiveness and results, knowledge work and activities, and communication and information sharing in Malawi;
· Perceptions of the World Bank's future role in Malawi.
- Use data to help inform Malawi country team's strategy.
Kind of Data
Sample survey data [ssd]
Unit of Analysis
The World Bank Country Assessment Survey covered the following topics:
A. General Issues Facing Malawi
B. Overall Attitudes toward the World Bank
C. World Bank Effectiveness and Results
D. The World Bank's Knowledge
E. Working with the World Bank
F. The Future Role of the World Bank in Malawi
G. Communication and Information Sharing
H. Background Information
Stakeholders of the World Bank in Malawi
Producers and sponsors
Public Opinion Research Group
The World Bank Group
In April-May 2013, 600 stakeholders of the World Bank in Malawi 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/Vice President; the Cabinet, the office of a Parliamentarian; a ministry, ministerial department, or statutory corporation; consultants/ contractors working on World Bank-supported projects/programs; project management units (PMUs) overseeing implementation of a project; local government officials or staff; bilateral and multilateral agencies; private sector organizations; private foundations; the financial sector/private banks; NGOs; community-based organizations; the media; independent government institutions; trade unions; faith-based groups; academia/research institutes/think tanks; the judiciary branch; and other organizations.
A total of 427 stakeholders participated in the survey (71% response rate).
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
Mail Questionnaire [mail]
Data Collection Notes
Respondents received questionnaires via courier, email and face to face and returned them accordingly. Respondents were asked about: general issues facing Malawi; their overall attitudes toward the Bank; the World Bank's effectiveness and results; the Bank's knowledge work and activities; working with the World Bank; the Bank's future role in Malawi; and the Bank's communication and information sharing in Malawi.
The Questionnaire consists of 8 Sections:
A. General Issues Facing Malawi:
Respondents were asked to indicate whether Malawi is headed in the right direction, what they thought were the top three development priorities in Malawi, which areas would contribute most to reducing poverty and generating economic growth, and what best illustrates how "shared prosperity" would be achieved in Malawi.
B. Overall Attitudes toward the World Bank:
Respondents were asked to rate their familiarity with the World Bank, the Bank's effectiveness in Malawi, Bank staff preparedness to help Malawi solve its development challenges, their agreement with various statements regarding the Bank's work, and the extent to which the Bank is an effective development partner. Respondents were asked to indicate the Bank's greatest values, greatest weaknesses, the most effective instruments in helping reduce poverty in Malawi, with which stakeholder groups the Bank should collaborate more, in which sectoral areas the Bank should focus most resources, to what extent the Bank should seek to influence the global development agenda, and to what reasons respondents attributed failed or slow reform efforts.
C. World Bank Effectiveness and Results:
Respondents were asked to rate the extent to which the Bank's work helps achieve development results, the extent to which the Bank meets Malawi's needs for knowledge services and financial instruments, and the Bank's level of effectiveness across twenty seven development areas, such as food security, education, agricultural development/commercialization, and poverty reduction.
D. The World Bank's Knowledge:
Respondents were asked to indicate the areas on which the Bank should focus its research efforts and to rate the effectiveness and quality of the Bank's knowledge work and activities, including how significant of a contribution it makes to development results and its technical quality.
E. 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 imposing reasonable conditions on its lending, disbursing funds promptly, increasing Malawi's institutional capacity, and providing effective implementation support.
F. The Future Role of the World Bank in Malawi:
Respondents were asked to rate how significant a role the Bank should play in Malawi in the near future and to indicate what the Bank should do to make itself of greater value.
G. Communication and Information Sharing:
Respondents were asked to indicate how they get information about economic and social development issues, how they prefer to receive information from the Bank, and their usage and evaluation of the Bank's websites. 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 about their level of agreement that they know how to find information from the Bank, that the Bank's websites are easy to navigate and useful, and that the Bank is responsive to information requests. Respondents were also asked to indicate whether they primarily use the Bank's country website or the Bank's main website and whether they primarily use high speed or dial-up Internet connection when visiting a World Bank website.
H. 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 Malawi, 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
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