(World Bank, Washington, DC, 2005-06)
This paper examines the experiences of
the World Bank Group in other countries, and explores its
work in Iraq in light of its mandate and areas of impact. It
outlines the objectives the Bank Group has sought to meet
and the procedures used to adapt to the Iraqi context, while
focusing on transparency, inclusiveness, and sustainability.
While the Bank's current focus in Iraq is on
reconstruction and essential services, the near term offers
a chance to lay the groundwork for credible institutions of
social inclusion, in addition to supporting sustainable
reconstruction and reform. This paper looks at how Iraq, a
country with ample natural and human capital, can look past
the immediate needs of post-conflict reconstruction to an
eventual return as a middle-income country that managed its
own affairs and contributed assistance to other countries.
Models for reconstruction are closely looked at as to how to
move Iraq to country ownership. The paper also looks at how
to adopt post conflict reconstruction experience and
adapting it to Iraq. The final section of the paper deals
with lessons of experience and lessons learned.