World Bank

  • World Bank Iraq Data Sheet (23 Oct 2006)
  • World Bank Iraq Trust Fund Newsletter (July 2006)
  • World Bank Iraq Trust Fund Progress Report (May 2006)
  • Rebuilding Iraq: Economic Reform and Transition (Feb 2006)

    This World Bank report focuses on the cross-cutting issues at the heart of Iraq’s transition, including the immediate challenges of reviving the economy and creating jobs, rebuilding public services responsive to citizens’ needs, and strengthening safety nets to protect the poor and vulnerable. It also addresses some overarching issues in public sector governance, particularly the management of oil revenues, the realignment of economic incentives and prices, the reform of human resource management, and the implementation of anticorruption efforts.

  • World Bank Approves First IDA Credit (29 Nov 2005)

    Press release detailing the first IDA loan (International Devlopment Association loan, given at below market rates) to Iraq for 30 years. The $100 million 'Third Emergency Education Project' (TEEP) is aimed to help the Government of Iraq alleviate school overcrowding and lay the groundwork for educational reform.

  • Second Interim Strategy Note (23 Aug 2005)

    Overall report outlining how the WB sees the situation in Iraq, what it has done there so far, and plans for the financial year 2006-2007 (for which growth is predicted to be 17%).

  • Pensions In Iraq: Issues, General Guidelines for Reform and Potential Fiscal Implications (Aug 2005)

    World Bank policy note

  • Iraq Trust Fund Data Sheet (July 2005)

    Spreadsheet detailing donors to and projects funded by the WB Iraq Trstu Fund. Also contains basic GDP, growth, etc. statistics.

  • Rebuilding Iraq: Economic Reform and Transition (July 2005)

    Executive Summary of a report focusing on the main issues of Iraq’s transition . Lays out policy options available to the Iraqi government, and discussing tradeoffs under each option. The key themes are reconstruction and job creation; reform of the pricing system; managing oil revenues; and strengthening safety nets.

    In particular, notes "In 2004, only 15 percent of households had a stable electricity supply, and a mere 20 percent had safe and stable drinking water. ". Also focuses on the need to create a better environment for private job creation, trade policy, pricing systems and public governance.

  • Considering the Future of the Iraqi Public Distribution System (28 June 2005)

    Looks at the function of the PDS in the post-sanctions-era. Considers three options: a rapid elimination of the PDS; replacement of the PDS with universal cash transfers (available to all Iraqis); and replacement of the PDS with means-tested cash transfers. It recommends a four-part program including (i) gradually introducing targeting, (ii) reducing the number of products in the ration basket, (iii) increasing the role and capacity of the private sector in the PDS, and in food markets in general, and (iv) immediate improvements in procurement and financial management.

  • The World Bank In Iraq: Iraqi Ownership for Sustainability (June 2005)

    Working paper looking at how the bank should go about reconstruction porjects and institution building in Iraq, looking at previous World Bank work and the background of Iraq.

  • World Bank: Iraq Interim Strategy Document (Jan 2004)
  • United Nations/World Bank Joint Needs Assessment (Oct 2003)