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Submitted by Lanre Rotimi on
Your point “….I wryly nodded my head in agreement with his statement that we can prove that most failed reforms lacked a proper political economy analysis but we are missing the evidence of successful reforms preceded by careful analysis of political economy” is a Puzzle. The solution to this Puzzle could be found in WBG recognizing:- 1. The interlinkages, interdependencies and interconnectivities between research, planning, statistics, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and assessment in each PPPI (Policy, Program, Project Intervention) in each WBG Initiative e.g. PSM, MfDR, ICR, CLEAR, others or indeed any International / National Development Cooperation Initiative on International Institutions and Developed / Developing Countries Governments sides. 2. That overcoming muddled thinking challenges within (1) is necessary condition for achieving success on sustainable basis, because: - Wrong Answer to Wrong Question is Disaster Wrong Answer to Right Question is Mistake Right Answer to Wrong Question is Blunder Right Answer to Right Question is Success Citizen Right to be Served Right is Governments / International Institutions is Good Thinking Delivering Good Product. Also, your point / question “I know some of the reasons why the Bank has historically done little on justice sector reform, and note that we still do pockets of it in regions (e.g. ECA) but, given the emphasis on justice in the recent WDR, isn't it time to think again about its place in our work?” underline the fact that Access to Justice Initiative / Justice Administration Initiative can and should be Integrated into PSM Initiative, MfDR Initiative, ICR Initiative, CLEAR Initiative, other WBG Initiatives and other International / National Development Cooperation Initiatives on one hand and on the other provide supporting evidence on need for Real World Validation in Practice of Methodologies within Planning, Research, Statistics, Implementation, Monitoring, Evaluation and Assessment Methodologies based on System Theory such as Methodologies within 3PCM and CSR Benefits Focused Approach. The reality is that Justice Sector (Administration) Reform, which is part of Governance and Accountability Reform can and should be interlinked, interdependent and interconnected with Monetary Policy Reform; Macro Economic Policy Reform; Fiscal Policy Reform including Taxation, Accounting and Budgeting Reform; Procurement Reform; Public Private Participation Reform; Public Sector (Service) Reform including Civil Service Reform, Pensions Reform, Parastatals Reform, ICT Modernization, Service Delivery Reform; other Governance and Accountability Reform including Anti Corruption Reform, Transparency Initiative Reform, Security Reform; Aid Delivery Management / International Development Cooperation Reform including MDGs’, G20 Global Solutions to Global Problems, One UN Initiative, One WBG Initiative, Bilateral Initiatives and other National / International Reforms. That is success in a particular Reform not effectively complimented by success in other relevant Reforms cannot be sustainable. It is against this background that we urge WBG and PSM Discussion Participants to seriously consider taking up the gauntlet Alice has thrown. To set the ball rolling, we challenge Alice to be the first to pick up this gauntlet by:- 1. Persuading and if necessary pressuring some of the Best Reform Minds in her 200 strong PE COP to participate ACTIVELY in this ongoing PSM Discussion 2. Persuading and if necessary pressuring relevant WBG authorities to help Structure and Organize this PSM Discussion to pass the Real Test of Credibility set out in Lanre’s last posting. We also challenge the Blogger – Nick and other participants to recognize that picking up this gauntlet is necessary to help achieve increasing convergence between Original PSM Intention and Reality and that increasing multiple contribution from increasing number of participants in necessary if fundamental issues raised by Alice and other contributors are to be effectively addressed. At this stage in the ongoing PSM Discussion, it is clear that many good ideas and pertinent suggestions have been generated. However, there is a need for contributions to be Structured and Organized to Sharpen Focus and Improve Discussion Productivity and Quality through distilling Key Points and asking follow up questions. For example, moving forward PSM Discussion within 7 Strands / Themes – Inclusive Approach; Politics and PSM Reform; Economics and PSM Reform; PSM Competencies Reform; PSM Commissioning Reform; PSM Measures of Success Reform and General. Drawing up relevant questions for discussion in each Strand /Theme based on contributions received and moving forward discussions based on responses to the questions. This way the current situation where some issues are well discussed, some issues are not well discussed and some issues are not discussed at all could be significantly improved upon. To achieve this, we suggest the PSM Discussion adopt new way of doing things through:- 1. The Blogger – Nick accepting role of Lead Discussant guiding PSM Discussion’s Direction and Priorities; Sequence and Pace or 2. Participants select one of their number who has adequate competencies and commitment to serve as Lead Discussant with same responsibilities as set out for Nick.