The World Bank Group Country Opinion Survey Program systematically measures and tracks the perceptions of the World Bank Group’s clients, partners, and other stakeholders across the globe in client countries. The Public Opinion Research Group surveyed 29 countries in FY2012 (July 2011-June 2012), 41 countries in FY2013 (July 2012-June 2013), 42 countries in FY2014 (July 2013-June 2014), 35 countries in FY2015 (July 2014-June 2015), 45 countries in FY2016 (July 2015-June 2016), 35 countries in FY2017 (July 2016-June 2017), 39 countries in FY2018 (July 2017-June 2018), 42 countries in FY2019 (July 2018-June 2019), and 21 countries in FY2020 (July 2019-June 2020). In FY2021, surveys were conducted in 45 countries. Nearly all of the World Bank Group’s client countries are surveyed in every three year cycle.
The Country Opinion Survey in Afghanistan assists the World Bank Group (WBG) in gaining a better understanding of how stakeholders in Afghanistan perceive the WBG. It provides the WBG with systematic feedback from national and local governments, multilateral/bilateral agencies, media, academia, the private sector, and civil society in Afghanistan on 1) their views regarding the general environment in Afghanistan; 2) their overall attitudes toward the WBG in Afghanistan; 3) overall impressions of the WBG’s effectiveness and results, knowledge work and activities, and communication and information sharing in Afghanistan; and 4) their perceptions of the WBG’s future role in Afghanistan.
Kind of Data
Sample survey data [ssd]
Unit of Analysis
Version 01: Edited, anonymous dataset for public distribution.
The scope of the study includes:
- Overall Context
- Overall Attitudes toward the World Bank Group
- World Bank Group’s Work and Engagement on the Ground
- World Bank Group’s Support in Development Areas
- World Bank Group’s Knowledge Work and Activities
- The Future Role of the World Bank Group in Afghanistan
- Communication and Information Sharing
- Background Information
Kabul and Outside Kabul.
Opinion leaders from national and local governments, multilateral/bilateral agencies, media, academia, the private sector, and civil society.
Producers and sponsors
Public Opinion Research Group
World Bank Group
World Bank Group
From December 2020 to January 2021, 620 stakeholders of the WBG in Afghanistan 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; office of a minister; office of a parliamentarian; ministries/ministerial departments/implementation agencies; Project Management Units (PMUs) overseeing implementation of WBG projects; consultants/ contractors working on WBG-supported projects/programs; local governments; independent government institutions; the judicial system; state-owned enterprises; bilateral and multilateral agencies; private sector organizations; the financial sector/private banks; private foundations; NGOs and community based organizations; trade unions; faith-based groups; youth groups; academia/research institutes/think tanks; the media; and other organizations.
Response rate was 77%
The results in this year’s Country Survey were compared to those in the Country Survey conducted in FY’18 (response rate was 76%, N=502). Data were weighted to reach the same stakeholder composition in two years, which allows for year comparisons. 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, mean ratings, percentages of respondents, and the total number of respondents in both years are slightly different from those of the original data reported in the FY’18 COS report and the non-weighted data presented in appendices A, B, C and E. For the weighted stakeholder breakdown and year comparison results, please refer to Appendix D of the report (page 96).
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
Data Collection Notes
The survey data was collected via courier and email.
Pajhwok Afghan News
The questionnaire used to collect the survey data consisted of the following 8 sections:
A. Overall Context
B. Overall Attitudes toward the World Bank Group
C. World Bank Group’s Work and Engagement on the Ground
D. World Bank Group’s Support in Development Areas
E. World Bank Group’s Knowledge Work and Activities
F. The Future Role of the World Bank Group in Afghanistan
G. Communication and Information Sharing
H. Background Information
The questionnaire was prepared in English, Pashto, and Dari.
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 Group
Documentation of the survey
Date of Metadata Production
DDI Document version
Version 01 (May 2021)