Country Strategies

The World Bank Group is following a new approach to country engagement - the Country Partnership Framework (CPF). This new approach aims to make our country-driven model more systematic, evidence-based, selective and focused on the goals of ending extreme poverty and increasing shared prosperity in a sustainable manner. The CPF takes the place of the Country Assistance Strategy (CAS) and guides the Bank Group's support to a member country.

A Systematic Country Diagnostic (SCD) informs each new country partnership. The diagnostic identifies the most important challenges and opportunities at the country level for reaching the corporate goals. Consultations with a range of stakeholders informs the SCD process, from diagnostic through completion.

View the World Bank Group Directive and Guidance on Country Engagement.

How the new approach works

Step 1: What are the biggest constraints to reducing poverty and increasing shared prosperity in a sustainable way? A Systematic Country Diagnostic (SCD) uses data and analytic methods to support country clients and World Bank Group teams in identifying the most critical constraints to, and opportunities for, reducing poverty and building shared prosperity sustainably, while considering the voices of the poor and the views of the private sector and other stakeholders.

Step 2: What are the most important contributions the World Bank Group can make? The Country Partnership Framework (CPF) lays out the development objectives that WBG interventions expect to help the country achieve and attendant program of indicative WBG interventions. The CPF objectives are derived from those country development goals that reflect the Bank Group’s comparative advantage as well as alignment with the goals of ending extreme poverty and increasing shared prosperity.

Step 3: How are we doing? Performance and Learning Reviews identify and capture lessons; determine midcourse corrections, and help build the WBG’s knowledge base, including effective approaches for integrating inclusion and sustainability dimensions (including gender and environmental sustainability) into the SCD and CPF.

Step 4: What did we learn? Completion and Learning Reviews identify and capture end-of-cycle learning to contribute to the WBG’s knowledge base.


As part of the CPF approach, Systematic Country Diagnostics (SCDs), are prepared by WBG staff in close consultation with a country’s national authorities and other stakeholders. The SCD is a reference point for client consultations on priorities for WBG country engagement. It aims to help the country, the WBG and other development partners establish a dialogue to focus their efforts around goals and activities that have high impact and are aligned with the global goals of ending absolute poverty and boosting shared prosperity in a sustainable manner.

Interim Guidelines for Systematic Country Diagnostic (SCD)

Planned SCDs: FY16 

For more information, go to the specific Country Page and contact the Country Team.

List of Planned SCDs and links to Completed SCDs and Public Information Notices (PIN)

Botswana completed (PIN)
Chad completed
Cote d’Ivoire completed (PIN)
Guinea Bissau
Lesotho completed  (PIN)
Madagascar completed
Mali completed (PIN)
Mauritius completed
Mozambique (PIN)
Sierra Leone
South Sudan
Uganda completed (PIN)

East Asia and Pacific
Indonesia completed (PIN)
Myanmar completed (Burmese version) 
Pacific Islands - regional completed (PIN)

Europe and Central Asia
Albania completed (PIN)
Azerbaijan completed (PIN)
Bosnia and Herzegovina completed (PIN)
Bulgaria completed (PIN)
Serbia completed
Russian Federation

Latin America and Caribbean
Belize completed (PIN)
Brazil completed (PIN)
Colombia completed (PIN)
Costa Rica  completed (PIN)
El Salvador completed (PIN)
Haiti completed
Honduras completed
Panama completed
Uruguay completed (PIN) (Spanish version)


Middle East and North Africa
Egypt completed (PIN)
Jordan completed (PIN)
Lebanon completed (PIN)
Tunisia completed (PIN)

South Asia
Afghanistan completed
Bangladesh completed (PIN)
Maldives completed (PIN)
Sri Lanka completed (PIN)


Last Updated: Mar 10, 2016