The World Bank Group is interested in gauging the views of clients and partners who are either involved in development in Maldives or who observe activities related to social and economic development. The following survey will give the World Bank Group's team that works in Maldives, greater insight into how the Bank's work is perceived. This is one tool the World Bank Group uses to assess the views of its stakeholders, and to develop more effective strategies that support development in Maldives. A local independent firm was hired to oversee the logistics of this survey in Maldives.
- Assist the World Bank Group (WBG) in gaining a better understanding of how stakeholders in Maldives perceive the Bank Group;
- Obtain systematic feedback from stakeholders in Maldives regarding:
· Their views regarding the general environment in Maldives;
· Their overall attitudes toward the World Bank Group in Maldives;
· Overall impressions of the World Bank Group's effectiveness and results, knowledge work and activities, and communication and information sharing in Maldives;
· Perceptions of the World Bank Group's future role in Maldives.
- Use data to help inform Maldives country team's strategy.
Kind of Data
Sample survey data [ssd]
Unit of Analysis
The World Bank Group Country Opinion Survey covered the following topics:
A. General Issues Facing Maldives
B. Overall Attitudes toward the World Bank Group (WBG)
C. World Bank Effectiveness and Results
D.The World Bank Group's Knowledge Work and Activities
E. Working with the World Bank Group
F. The Future Role of the World Bank Group in Maldives
G. Communication and Information Sharing
H. Background Information
97% of respondents were from Malé
3% were from outside Malé
Stakeholders of the World Bank in Maldives
Producers and sponsors
Public Opinion Research Group
The World Bank Group
Between April and June 2014, 300 stakeholders of the World Bank Group in Maldives were invited to provide their opinions on the WBG's work in the country by participating in a country opinion survey. Participants were drawn from the office of the President, Prime Minster; office of a minister; office of a parliamentarian; ministries/ministerial departments; consultants/contractors working on WBG-supported projects/programs; PMUs overseeing implementation of a project; atoll or island administration office; 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; judiciary branch; and other organizations.
A total of 104 stakeholders participated in the survey (35% response rate).
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
Mail Questionnaire [mail]
Data Collection Notes
Respondents received and returned questionnaires through courier services. Respondents were asked about: general issues facing Maldives; their overall attitudes toward the WBG; the WBG's effectiveness and results; the WBG's knowledge work and activities; working with the WBG; the WBG's future role in Maldives; and the WBG's communication and information sharing.
The Questionnaire consists of 8 sections:
A. General Issues Facing Maldives: Respondents were asked to indicate whether Maldives is headed in the right direction, what they thought were the top three most important development priorities, which areas would contribute most to reducing poverty and generating economic growth in Maldives, and how "shared prosperity" would be best achieved in Maldives.
B. Overall Attitudes toward the World Bank Group (WBG): Respondents were asked to rate their familiarity with the WBG, its effectiveness in Maldives, WBG staff preparedness to help Maldives solve its development challenges, WBG's local presence, WBG's capacity building in Maldives, their agreement with various statements regarding the WBG's work, and the extent to which the WBG is an effective development partner. Respondents were asked to indicate the WBG's greatest values and weaknesses, the most effective instruments in helping reduce poverty in Maldives, in which sectoral areas the WBG should focus most of its resources (financial and knowledge services), and to what they would attribute failed or slow WBG-assisted reforms in Maldives.
C. World Bank Group's Effectiveness and Results: Respondents were asked to rate the extent to which the WBG's work helps achieve development results in Maldives, the extent to which the WBG meets Maldives's needs for knowledge services and financial instruments, the importance for the WBG to be involved in thirty four development areas, and the WBG's level of effectiveness in eleven of these areas, such as law and justice, macroeconomic management/fiscal sustainability, anti corruption, and health.
D. The World Bank Group's Knowledge Work and Activities: Respondents were asked to rate the effectiveness and quality of the WBG's knowledge work and activities, including how significant of a contribution it makes to development results and its technical quality. They were also asked to indicate how frequently they consult WBG's knowledge work and activities.
E. Working with the World Bank Group: Respondents were asked to rate their level of agreement with a series of statements regarding working with the WBG, such as the WBG's "Safeguard Policy" requirements being reasonable, and disbursing funds promptly. The respondents were also asked whether they think the organization is risk-averse.
F. The Future Role of the World Bank Group in Maldives: Respondents were asked to indicate what the WBG should do to make itself of greater value in Maldives and which services the Bank Group should offer more of in the country.
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 WBG, and their usage and evaluation of the WBG's websites. Respondents were also asked about their awareness of the WBG's Access to Information policy, were asked to rate WBG's responsiveness to information requests, value of its social media channels, levels of easiness to find information they needed, the levels of easiness to navigate the WBG websites, and whether they use WBG data more often than before.
H. Background Information: Respondents were asked to indicate their current position, specialization, whether they professionally collaborate with the WBG, their exposure to the WBG in Maldives, which WBG agencies they work with, whether they think that IFC and WB work well together, and their geographic locations.
Questionnaires were in English and Dhivehi.
Public Opinion Research Group
The World Bank Group
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
Development Economics Data Group
The World Bank
Documentation of the DDI
Date of Metadata Production
DDI Document version
Version 01 (November 2014)