The World Bank Group Country Opinion Survey Program systematically measures and tracks the perceptions of the World Bank's clients, partners, and other stakeholders across the globe in client countries. The Public Opinion Research Group surveyed 29 countries in FY2012 (July 2011-June 2012), 41 countries in FY2013 (July 2012-June 2013), 42 countries in FY2014 (July 2013-June 2014), 35 countries in FY2015 (July 2014-June 2015), 45 countries in FY2016 (July 2015-June 2016), and 35 countries in FY2017 (July 2016-June 2017). In FY2018, surveys were conducted in 42 countries. Nearly all of the World Bank Group's client countries are surveyed in every three year cycle.
The Country Opinion Survey in Bahrain assists the World Bank Group (WBG) in gaining a better understanding of how stakeholders in Bahrain perceive the WBG. It provides the WBG with systematic feedback from national and local governments, multilateral/bilateral agencies, media, academia, the private sector, and civil society in Bahrain on:
1) their views regarding the general environment in Bahrain;
2) their overall attitudes toward the WBG in Bahrain;
3) overall impressions of the WBG’s effectiveness and results, knowledge work and activities, and communication and information sharing in Bahrain; and
4) their perceptions of the WBG’s future role in Bahrain.
Kind of Data
Sample survey data [ssd]
Unit of Analysis
Stakeholders of the World Bank Group in Bahrain
- v01: edited and anonymous data for public distribution.
The scope of the study includes:
- General Issues Facing Bahrain
- Overall Attitudes toward the World Bank Group
- World Bank Group’s Effectiveness and Results
- The World Bank Group’s Knowledge Work and Activities
- Working with the World Bank Group
- The Future Role of the World Bank Group in Bahrain
- Communication and Information Sharing
- Background Information
Opinion leaders from national and local governments, multilateral/bilateral agencies, media, academia, the private sector, and civil society.
Producers and sponsors
Public Opinion Research Group
World Bank Group
World Bank Group
From February to April 2018, 711 stakeholders of the WBG in four GCC countries (109 in Bahrain; 269 in Kuwait; 173 in Oman, and 160 in UAE) were invited to provide their opinions on the WBG's work in the country by participating in a Country Opinion Survey. Participants were drawn from the Office of a Minister, Office of a Parliamentarian, employees of ministries/ministerial departments/implementation agencies, Project Management Units (PMUs) overseeing implementation of WBG activities and consultants/contractors working on WBG-supported activities, bilateral and multilateral agencies, private sector organizations, private foundations, the financial sector/private banks, NGOs and community-based organizations (CBOs), the media, independent government institutions, chambers of commerce, academia/research institutes/think tanks, the judiciary branch, and other organizations.
The results in this year’s Country Survey were compared to those in the Country Survey conducted in FY ’15 (response rate was 29%, N=231). The data were weighted to reach similar stakeholder compositions across both survey years, allowing for more statistically reliable comparisons. Note, stakeholders who identified themselves as “Other” in the stakeholder category options were not included in these comparisons. As a result, mean ratings, percentages of respondents, and the total number of respondents in both years are slightly different from those of the original data reported in the FY ’15 COS report and the non-weighted data presented in this report. For the weighted stakeholder breakdown and year comparison results, please refer to Appendix E (see page 102) in the Related Materials.
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
Data Collection Notes
ARA Research and Consultancy
English and Arabic. The English version is provided as related material.
Use of the dataset must be acknowledged using a citation which would include:
- the Identification of the Primary Investigator
- the title of the survey (including country, acronym and year of implementation)
- the survey reference number
- the source and date of download
Public Opinion Research Group (The World Bank Group). Bahrain - World Bank Group Country Survey (WBCS) 2018, Ref. BHR_2018_WBCS_v01_M. Dataset downloaded from [url] on [date].
Disclaimer and copyrights
The user of the data acknowledges that the original collector of the data, the authorized distributor of the data, and the relevant funding agency bear no responsibility for use of the data or for interpretations or inferences based upon such uses.