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 Afghanistan assists the World Bank Group (WBG) in gaining a better understanding of how stakeholders in Afghanistan 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 Afghanistan on:
1) their views regarding the general environment in Afghanistan;
2) their overall attitudes toward the WBG in Afghanistan;
3) overall impressions of the WBG’s effectiveness and results, knowledge work and activities, and communication and information sharing in Afghanistan; and 4) their perceptions of the WBG’s future role in Afghanistan.
Kind of Data
Sample survey data [ssd]
Unit of Analysis
Stakeholders of the World Bank Group in Afghanistan.
- v01: edited and anonymous data for public distribution.
The scope of the study includes:
- General Issues Facing Afghanistan
- Overall Attitudes toward the World Bank Group
- World Bank Group’s Effectiveness and Results
- The Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund
- The World Bank Group’s Knowledge Work and Activities
- Working with the World Bank Group
- The Future Role of the World Bank Group in Afghanistan
- Communication and Information Sharing
- Background Information
Kabul and Outside Kabul
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 March to May 2018, 660 stakeholders of the WBG in Afghanistan 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 the President; office of the Chief Executive; office of a Minister; office of a Parliamentarian; employees of ministries/ministerial departments/ implementation agencies; Project Management Units (PMUs) overseeing implementation of a project or consultants/contractors working on WBG-supported projects/programs; local government offices or staff; 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; trade unions; faith-based groups; youth groups; academia/research institutes/think tanks; and the judiciary branch.
The results in this year’s Country Survey were compared to those in the Country Survey conducted in FY’15 (response rate was 91%, N=407). 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 117) in the Related Materials.
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
Data Collection Notes
Email/ online and face to face.
Pajhwok Afghan News
English, Pashto and Dari. 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). Afghanistan - World Bank Group Country Survey (WBCS) 2018, Ref. AFG_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.