The World Bank Group is interested in gauging the views of clients and partners who are either involved in development in Liberia or who observe activities related to social and economic development. The following survey will give the World Bank Group's team that works in Liberia, 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 Liberia.
A local independent firm has been hired to oversee the logistics of this survey.
This survey was designed to achieve the following objectives:
- Assist the World Bank Group in gaining a better understanding of how stakeholders in Liberia perceive the Bank Group;
- Obtain systematic feedback from stakeholders in Liberia regarding:
· Their views regarding the general environment in Liberia;
· Their overall attitudes toward the World Bank Group in Liberia;
· Overall impressions of the World Bank Group's effectiveness and results, knowledge work and activities, and communication and information sharing in Liberia;
· Perceptions of the World Bank Group's future role in Liberia.
· Use data to help inform Liberia country team's strategy.
Kind of Data
Sample survey data [ssd]
Unit of Analysis
Stakeholders in Liberia
The World Bank Country Assessment Survey covered the following topics:
A. General Issues Facing Liberia
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 Liberia
G. Communication and Information Sharing
H. Background Information
Central, Western Liberia, Monrovia, greater Monrovia area, South East, Northern Liberia.
Producers and sponsors
Public Opinion Research Group
The World Bank Group
Between April and May 2014, 700 stakeholders of the WBG in Liberia 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; local governments; 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 639 stakeholders participated in the survey (91% response rate).
The results in this year’s Country Survey were compared to those in the Country Surveys conducted in FY’11. Data were weighted to reach the same stakeholder composition in two years, which allows for comparisons between two years. Stakeholder groups which were not present in both fiscal years were not included in the comparison. Respondents who belonged to the “other” stakeholder category were not included either. As a result, means of the FY’ 14 data and the total number of respondents in two years are slightly different from those of the original data reported in appendices A, B, C, D, F, G. For the weighted stakeholder breakdown and year comparison results, please see appendix E (page 149) in the "Report of Findings" that is provided as an external resource.
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
Liberia Media Center
Data Collection Notes
Respondents completed questionnaires with a representative of the fielding agency face to face.
The Questionnaire consists of following sections:
A. General Issues Facing Liberia: Respondents were asked to indicate whether Liberia is headed in the right direction, what they thought were the most important development priorities, which areas would contribute most to reducing poverty and generating economic growth, and how "shared prosperity" would be best achieved.
B. Overall Attitudes toward the World Bank Group (WBG): their familiarity with the WBG, its effectiveness in Liberia, WBG staff preparedness to help Liberia solve its development challenges, the WBG's local presence, its collaboration with the UN, the WBG's capacity building in Liberia, 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 Liberia, and in which sectoral areas the WBG should focus most of its resources.
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 Liberia, the extent to which the WBG meets Liberia's needs for knowledge services and financial instruments, the extent the WBG helps build existing country systems, the importance for the WBG to be involved in thirty five development areas, and the WBG's level of effectiveness across these areas, such as education, energy, job creation/employment and transport.
D. The World Bank Group's Knowledge Work and Activities: Respondents were asked how often they use the WBG's knowledge work, and 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.
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 and to rate the extent to which the WBG is adequately staffed locally and the contribution of the WBG's technical assistance to solving Liberia's development challenges.
F. The Future Role of the World Bank Group in Liberia: Respondents were asked to indicate what the WBG should do to make itself of greater value in Liberia and which services the WBG should offer more of in the country. They were asked what areas the country would benefit most from the WBG playing a leading role and what areas it would benefit most from other donors.
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 Liberia, which WBG agencies they work with, their geographic locations, and whether they think that the IFC and the World Bank work well together.
Public Opinion Research Group
The World Bank Group
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