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Development Dialogue News, Issue #3, Feb 2009/Mar 2009

No. 3, Feb 2009/Mar 2009Web: www.worldbank.org/developmentdialogueContact: DDVE Team
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Development Dialogue News is the newsletter of the Development Dialogue on Values and Ethics, a small unit at the World Bank conducting evidence-based analytical, operational and capacity development work on issues related to faith, ethics and development.  To access publications or information on our work please visit the DDVE website. If you would like to contact us, please send an email to Quentin Wodon at qwodon@worldbank.org.

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1 bluePerformance of faith-based schools 

LAC Child @ SchoolUsing econometric methods and national test score data, Allcott and Ortega find that in Venezuela Fe y Alegria schools perform slightly better than public schools.
See DDVE working paper 2009-1.

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Access to basic infrastructure

Trends in access to basic infrastructure services since the early 1990s in Africa suggest limited or no progress for electricity, piped water, and basic sanitation.  This is due to both supply-side constraints (many households live too far from existing networks) and demand-side constraints (many households cannot afford services). See DDVE working papers 2009-02 and 2009-03.

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3 blMongolian Buddhists protecting nature

This new handbook was funded by the Netherlands Mongolia Trust Fund on Environmental Reform and the World Bank, and created by a team including the Alliance for Religion and Conservation, the Mongolian Ministry of Nature, Environment and Tourism, and the Tributary Fund. See DDVE study 2009-1.

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4 bServices for street children in Kinshasa

As part of preparatory work towards a potential Bank operation, DDVE conducted in February 2009 a survey of 600 street children and organizations (many of which are faith-based) providing services to these children in Kinshasa.  This work was done in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Affairs, REJEER (a federation of organizations providing services to street children), and World Bank staff from the Africa region. Results should be available in June 2009.  For information on DDVE’s work on vulnerable groups, click here.

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5 bPhilanthropy, social protection, and development

DDVE is launching work on the role of philanthropy in economic development and safety nets.  Preliminary results on the analysis of the size and benefits from zakat transfers in Bangladesh, Egypt, Pakistan and Yemen were presented at the 2nd World Congress on Muslim Philanthropy in Abu Dhabi in March 2009.  DDVE is also launching pilot surveys on the “Economic Crisis and Mechanisms of Solidarity” in a few countries, and will contribute inputs to two studies managed by World Bank staff in the regions: a study on the role of private actors in sub-Saharan Africa managed by the Africa Chief Economist Office, and a study on informal safety nets in the Arab world managed by the Middle East and North Africa Region.  For more information, click here.

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6 blFe y Alegria Latin America workshop

Fe y Alegria (FyA) is a confederation of Jesuit schools targeting disadvantaged youth and serving more than 1.2 million students in 17 Latin American countries.  CAF (the Corporación Andina de Fomento) and Magis America have agreed to co-fund and co-organize with DDVE and the World Bank Institute a Fall 2009 workshop for FyA and government staff from Latin America to assess the performance of FyA schools and  discuss some of FyA’s innovative programs.  For information on DDVE’s work on education, click here.

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Dialogue with Faith Leaders

7 blMeeting with Faith Leaders in Côte d’Ivoire 

As part of its Development Dialogue activities, the Côte d’Ivoire Madani between Kutwa FofanaWorld Bank Office held on March 24, 2009 a meeting with the country's top religious leaders to get their perspectives on ways for the country to emerge from the crisis that has affected the population for several years.  His Eminence Jean Pierre Kutwa, Archbishop of Abidjan and Cheick Aima Aboubacar Fofana, President of Cote d'Ivoire Islam Council shared lessons from their experiences, focusing on the strategies they have developed to ease tensions and provide guidance on the conduct of public affairs during the crisis.  The meeting was moderated by Country Director Madani Tall. For information on DDVE’s dialogue activities, click here.

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8 blClimate Change and Faith Communities 

Faith communities and networks, as well as faith-based organizations, play an important role in implementing local projects related to climate change in developing countries and in advocating for policies to reduce the threat of climate change and help the poor cope with its effects.  James Jones, Bishop of Liverpool and member of the House of Lords, was a guest speaker at a DDVE seminar on March 30, together with Marianne Fay, co-Director of the World Development Report on climate change, and Joy Phumaphi, Vice President for the Human Development Network.  This event marked the beginning of a broader dialogue with faith communities on climate change that will be held in the months ahead within the context of the World Development Report. For information on DDVE’s dialogue activities, click here.

 
New Publications
 
1 bluePerformance of faith-based Schools in Venezuela
2 blAccess to Basic Infrastructure in Africa
3 blMongolian Buddhists protecting nature

Operational and Capacity Development Work
 

4 bServices for street children in Kinshasa
5 bPhilanthropy, social protection and development
6 blFe y Alegria workshop in Latin America

Dialogue with Faith Leaders 

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Faith Leaders in Côte
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8 blClimate change and Faith Communities
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April 2-5, 2009: Presentation at ASREC 2009 in Crystal City (Annual Meeting of the Association of the Study of Religion, Economics, and Culture

April 23-26, 2009:
Seminars on service delivery by faith-based organizations and on the Africa economic crisis as part of the Civil Society Policy Forum at the World Bank-IMF Spring Meetings

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For more information on the events listed below, click here

March 30, 2009: DDVE monthly seminar in Washington, DC on “Climate Change and Faith Communities” with Bishop James of Liverpool, Marianne Fay and Joy Phumaphi

March 22-23, 2009: Presentation on the global economic crisis and the role of zakat as an informal safety net at the 2nd World Congress on Muslim Philanthropy in Abu Dhabi

March 20, 2009: Seminar on service delivery by faith-based organizations at Birmingham University’s Religions and Development Research Programme in the School of Government and Society

March 18, 2009: Presentation at workshop organized in Cambridge, UK, by the European University Institute on the food crisis and development potential of the agricultural sector in fragile countries in preparation of the European Report on Development

March 11, 2009: Presentation on the economic crisis in Africa at the Lecture series on Inequality and Poverty in the Global Economy at George Washington University in Washington, DC

March 10, 2009: Organization of panel on religion and infrastructure as factors affecting time use at American University’s workshop on gender, time use and unpaid work in Washington, DC

March 9, 2009: Presentation of DDVE paper on the measurement of time poverty at American University’s workshop on gender, time use and unpaid work in Washington, DC

February 19, 2009: DDVE monthly seminar in Washington, DC by Ritva Reinikka on “Working for God?”

January 26-30, 2009: Joint organization with the World Bank Social protection Group and the ILO Training Center of workshop on employment and pro-poor growth for participants from six francophone African countries

January 26, 2009: Workshop in Mali on the economic crisis with the IMF and the Ministry of Finance

January 21, 2009: Presentation of Sierra Leone poverty report at the Joint Assistance Strategy workshop in Freetown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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