The World Bank is interested in gauging the views of clients and partners who are either involved in development in Namibia 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 Namibia, 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 Namibia. The World Bank commissioned an independent firm to oversee the logistics of this effort in Namibia.
The survey was designed to achieve the following objectives:
- Assist the World Bank in gaining a better understanding of how stakeholders in Namibia perceive the Bank;
- Obtain systematic feedback from stakeholders in Namibia regarding:
· Their views regarding the general environment in Namibia;
· Their overall attitudes toward the World Bank in Namibia;
· Overall impressions of the World Bank's effectiveness and results, knowledge work and activities, and communication and information sharing in Namibia; and
· Perceptions of the World Bank's future role in Namibia.
- Use data to help inform Namibia 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 Namibia
B. Overall Attitudes toward the World Bank
C. World Bank Effectiveness and Results
D. The World Bank's Knowledge Work and Activities
E. Working with the World Bank
F. The Future Role of the World Bank in Namibia
G. Communication and Information Sharing
H. Background Information
Stakeholders of the World Bank in Namibia
Producers and sponsors
Public Opinion Research Group
The World Bank Group
In April and May 2013, 314 stakeholders of the World Bank in Namibia 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 or Prime Minister; the office of a Minister; the office of a Parliamentarian; employees of a ministry, ministerial department, 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/firms; private foundations; the financial sector/private banks; NGOs; community-based organizations (CBOs); the media; independent government institutions; trade unions; faith-based groups; academia/research institutes/think tanks; and the judiciary branch.
A total of 90 stakeholders participated in the country survey (29% response rate).
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
Mail Questionnaire [mail]
Data Collection Notes
Respondents either completed questionnaires with a representative of the fielding agency (via face-to-face or telephone interviews) or they received the questionnaire via email and returned it accordingly. Respondents were asked about: general issues facing Namibia; their overall attitudes toward the World Bank; the World Bank's effectiveness and results; the World Bank's knowledge work and activities; working with the World Bank; the Bank's future role in Namibia; and the Bank's communication and information sharing in Namibia.
The Questionnaire consists of 8 Sections:
A. General Issues Facing Namibia:
Respondents were asked to indicate whether Namibia is headed in the right direction, what they thought were the top three most important development priorities, and which areas would contribute most to reducing poverty and generating economic growth in Namibia.
B. Overall Attitudes toward the World Bank:
Respondents were asked to rate their familiarity with the World Bank, the Bank's effectiveness in Namibia, Bank staff preparedness to help Namibia solve its development challenges, the extent to which the Bank should seek to influence the global development agenda, their 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 effective instruments in helping to reduce poverty in Namibia, with which stakeholder groups the Bank should collaborate more, 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 in Namibia, the extent to which the Bank meets Namibia's needs for knowledge services and financial instruments, and the Bank's level of effectiveness across thirty-two development areas, such as economic growth.
D. The World Bank's Knowledge Work and Activities:
Respondents were asked to indicate how frequently they consult Bank knowledge work and activities, the areas on which the Bank should focus its knowledge work and activities, 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 working with the World Bank increasing Namibia's institutional capacity.
F. The Future Role of the World Bank in Namibia:
Respondents were asked to rate how significant a role the Bank should play in Namibia's development in the near future and to indicate what the Bank should do to make itself of greater value in Namibia. Respondents were also given a list of priorities from the National Development Plan IV and asked to indicate which would benefit from the World Bank playing a leading role, which should receive little support from the Bank, and which should be left for the Government to manage.
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, their Internet access, and their usage and evaluation of the Bank's websites and Development Information Centre. 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 and that the Bank is responsive to information requests.
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 Namibia, and their geographic location.
Public Opinion Research Group
The World Bank
The World Bank Microdata Library
The World Bank
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- 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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