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Capacity Development since 2008

DDVE is developing a capacity development program to facilitate discussions of issues related to ethics, faith, and development and to provide training in a few selected areas to World Bank staff, members of faith-based organizations, government staffs and researchers.  Part of this capacity building effort is aimed at facilitating distributional analysis within the context of DDVE’s work on ethics and development.  A list of capacity development and training activities organized since 2008 is provided below.  Even though some of DDVE’s seminars, workshops and conferences do have capacity development components, these events are listed separately on this website (see Seminars, Workshops, and Conferences – since 2008.)  The capacity development initiatives below include upcoming events.

January 26-30, 2009, Joint ILO-World Bank training course for Francophone Africa on understanding the role of employment in pro-poor growth strategies, Turin (Italy).  Recognizing the centrality of decent work opportunities in the fight against poverty and social exclusion, the ILO Training Center, DDVE, and the World Bank’s Social Protection unit organized a regional course for Francophone Africa on the role of employment in pro-poor growth strategies. The course included parallel trainings: (i) a policy course on the development of employment policies for pro-poor growth; and (ii) a technical training on tools for the analysis of the growth-employment-poverty linkages.

November 14, 2008: Training event for World Bank staff from the Africa Region organized with ActAfrica on Estimating the Cost and Potential Impact of HIV-AIDS Interventions. DDVE presented a new simulation tool (SimSIP HIV-AIDS) that can be used in Bank Projects and economic and sector work to simulate the cost of interventions to fight HIV-AIDS and assess the potential of these interventions. The new simulation tool is expected to be made available to the public in early 2009.

November 11, 2008: Third regional Video-Conference dialogue with religious communities in Latin America, on education.  Two earlier dialogues in June 2008 focused on the role of the World Bank and religious communities to address at-risk youth, and migration and remittances.  Linking faith-based leaders and development practitioners in Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, and Peru with Bank staff in Washington, D.C., Eduardo Velez, former Sector Manager for education in LCR, presented the Bank’s education sector strategy in the region.  Participants in the countries included Catholic Bishops, representatives of NGOs like World Vision and Caritas, and grassroots practitioners.  Religious institutions and communities support an array of education services in the region from non-formal vocational programs to government financed schools, with organizations like the Jesuit-inspired Fe y Alegria network educating upwards of 1.5 million primary school students annually.  Following a presentation by the Bank, the moderated dialogue shifted to brief presentations by faith-based leaders and practitioners in the four countries to discuss among others their relationships to donors and the public education system, including best practices and areas of concern.

October 2, 2008: Training event for World Bank staff organized by the Trade Department on Food and Fuel Price Increase: Implications for Trade and Food Security Policies. DDVE presented its work on the Africa food and oil price crisis as part of a training organized by the World Bank’s trade department on this subject. Preliminary findings on the impact of the crisis on the poor and on the policy responses of governments to help their population cope with the crisis were discussed.

June 2008: Training workshops on poverty mapping in Accra, Ghana, and Dakar, Senegal. As part of a project initially managed by the Africa Region at the World bank, and now under finalization under DDVE, two multi-country training workshops were organized in Accra and Dakar for teams from West and Central African countries. Each training session lasted about two weeks, with participants from National Statistical Offices finalizing the poverty maps based on census and household survey data for their country. The next phase of the work will consist in using the maps to inform the targeting of social programs by governments and other organizations, including faith-based organizations.

June 12, 2008: Dialogue with Faith-Based Leaders and Development Practitioners in Latin America on Migration and Remittances. As part of a 3-session training program on youth, migration and education in Latin America, bank staff met with about 50 faith-based leaders and development practitioners for a dialogue on migration and remittances in Latin America. In partnership with the World Conference of Religions for Peace, interfaith participants joined by videoconference from El Salvador, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Peru. Pablo Fajnzylber from the World Bank presented findings on the development impact of remittances in Latin America; noting that while effects were mixed in key sectors, the scope of investment and capital flow was a net positive for the region. Religious leaders discussed the social impacts of remittances and transnational migration, including issues around familial disintegration, misguided consumption, and the at times destabilizing and inhumane effects of migration. At the community level, several religious leaders spoke about their own role in adapting their social work to respond to the social strains precipitated by the outflows of migrants and the inflows of remittances.

June 5, 2008: Dialogue with Faith-Based Leaders and Development Practitioners in Latin America on At-Risk Youth. As part of a 3-session training program on youth, migration and education in Latin America,faith-based leaders and development practitioners affiliated with the World Conference of Religions for Peace met by videoconference with representatives of the World Bank’s Latin America Region and Human Development Network to discuss issues related to at-risk youth in the region. Participants from El Salvador, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Peru reacted to a presentation of key findings from a recent World Bank study on “Youth At-Risk in Latin America and the Caribbean” and discussed their own activities with at-risk youth. Faith-based leaders advocated a more holistic approach to address both the material and immaterial sources of disadvantage and delinquency; practitioners drew emphasis to the reality that religious communities were frequently the most active service providers in urban slums, combating widespread criminality and gang violence; and, finally, religious leaders denounced, what they perceived as inhumane no tolerance policies currying political favor in the region.


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