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The Country Diagnostic Working Group helps IFIs and DFIs share perspectives and experiences of preparing Country Diagnostics and develop cross-institutional collaboration where possible.

The Country Diagnostic Working Group was founded by EBRD, EIB, IFC, WB, DFID and Sida in 2017 to help share perspectives and experiences of preparing Country Diagnostics and develop cross-institutional collaboration where possible.

The goal of this IFI and DFIS Working group is to promote:

  • information sharing between the institutions
  • methodology and practice experience discussions
  • cross-institutional collaboration on country diagnostics work

The Working group members all produce country diagnostics. However, the purpose and methodologies applied can be different.

ERBD private sector country diagnostics are prepared by EBRD staff in close consultation with national authorities and other stakeholders. The country private sector diagnostics focus on identifying the main obstacles to entrepreneurship and private sector development. They also include EBRD’s assessment on Transition Qualities scores (ATQ): an index based on a simple average of scores for the six EBRD transition qualities: competitive, well governed, integrated, inclusive, resilient and green. The country diagnostics help shape the Bank’s strategic priorities and project selection in new country strategies. Each diagnostic informs the EBRD’s policy engagement with the authorities in the country.

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EIB carries out analysis to diagnose investment needs, constraints and opportunities with regard to both private and public sector activities in non-EU countries where the EIB operates. Drawing on both macro and micro data, these studies build on a coherent framework: investment needs and barriers are analysed in the context of country-specific macroeconomic and institutional conditions, focusing on thematic areas of high relevance for the EIB and our Partner Countries such as access to finance, innovation, climate change, infrastructure and inclusion. The EIB is in the process of expanding and structuring this work as a programme of Country Diagnostics. This will further enrich our dialogue with the European Commission (EC), national authorities and relevant stakeholders.

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IFC Country Private Sector Diagnostics (CPSDs) are jointly prepared by IFC and the World Bank. They are a tool introduced to enable IFC and the World Bank to more systematically identify opportunities to help create or expand markets and private sector investment in developing countries. The diagnostics help identify opportunities and the barriers that need to be overcome to create markets in some of the most challenging areas of the world. Each publication includes an assessment of the state of private sector development in the country, a review of the macroeconomic situation, and relevant policy constraints. It also indicates opportunities and constraints to increasing private sector investment and growth in key sectors that impact economic development.

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World Bank Systematic Country Diagnostic (SCD) reports are prepared by World Bank Group staff in close consultation with national authorities and other stakeholders. The SCD is a diagnostic exercise to identify key challenges and opportunities for a country to accelerate progress towards development objectives that are consistent with the twin goals of ending absolute poverty and boosting shared prosperity in a sustainable manner. It is intended to become a reference point for client consultations on priorities for World Bank Group country engagement.

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DFID conducts country diagnostics seeking to identify the most significant barriers that hinder development and identify the main entry points and opportunities to create change. Country Development Diagnostics have strong emphasis on interdisciplinary analysis including how politics, security, and demographics interact with economic growth and human development. DFID country teams conduct the analysis, which informs future business planning.

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Sida’s Multi-Dimensional Poverty Analysis (MDPA) is a country diagnostic used to prioritize and identify key challenges as well as opportunities for poverty reduction and development in a specific country. The result feeds into country strategies and operational plans, the assessment of country portfolios, and strategic dialogues. The framework responds to the 2030 Agenda that emphasise a multidimensional view of poverty, the importance of leaving no one behind, and the need for a holistic understanding of the root causes. As such, the framework is also used for Sida’s global strategies and the dialogue.

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