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Development Dialogue News, Issue #4, April 2009

No. 4, April 2009 
 

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.

  

Seminar presentations 

DDVE recently organized a series of seminars on the economic crisis in Africa, climate change, malnutrition, the G20 summit, people with disabilities, indigenous peoples, and finally proverty, social and human development analysis in conflict-affected countries. More than two dozen powerpoint presentations made at those seminars by Bank staff and external speakers have been posted on the DDVE web site. To access these powerpoint presentations, click here.

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Ethics and governance

World Bank staff and consultants regularly carry out analytical work on ethical issues in development policy. This is a broad field, but one key area of focus is that of governance. One recent publication done jointly by the World Bank Institute and Transparency International deals with transparency, integrity, and accountability in water supply and sanitation (see Study 2009-2).

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Economic models

DDVE staff occasionally work on assessing how changing assumptions in economic models or frameworks may affect optimal decision making and welfare. This is theoretical work and therefore results are not directly used for policy dialogue, but findings can still at times shed light on specific issues. Two new DDVE papers deal with the link between growth and deprivation (Working paper 2009-4) and whether risk averse competitive input providers in developing countries can serve farmers efficiently (Working paper 2009-5).

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Evaluating cash-for-work programs

Together with staff from the Africa Region's Human Development Department as well as government agencies in Liberia and Sierra Leone, DDVE has designed light survey instruments that will be used to assess the targeting performance and likely impact of cash-for-work programs. Those programs were recently implemented to help the poor cope with the food price crisis. For information on DDVE's work in the area of the food/financial crisis, click here.

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Female genital mutilation 

In collaboration with Human Development staff based in Burkina Faso, DDVE is launching work on female genital mutilation/cutting, a practice that has been shown to increase maternal mortality and morbidity. The objective is to assess how perpetuating the practice affects the social fabric of communities, and to document factors which prevent communities from fully abandoning the practice, including the role that both young and older men play in the decision making process. The study, which will rely on both quantitative and qualitative data, will lead to recommendations for various groups including village elders, religious leaders, and influential men as well as women and girls.

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Survey analysis in conflict-affected countries

Several challenges make good survey-based analysis difficult in conflict-affected countries. First, household survey data are scarce and administrative data are weak. Second, conflicts and their impacts are complex to analyze. Third, given limited state capacity, NGOs and FBOs play a large role in service delivery, but this is rarely taken into account when designing surveys. Fourth, local statistical and analytical capacity is weak. To discuss challenges, experience to-date and potential solutions, DDVE organized a half-day workshop together with the social development department on this topic. To access the powerpoint presentations, click here.

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Dialogue

Global economic crisis, external shocks and the poor 

As part of the Civil Society Policy Forum at the World Bank-IMF Spring Meetings, DDVE organized with the Civil Society Team four seminars on the economic crisis in Africa, the challenge of climate change, hunger and malnutrition, and the outcomes of the G20 summit. Participants included World Bank and IMF staff, as well as prominent NGOs and FBOs such as CARE, Catholic Relief Services, Food for the Hungry, and World Vision. To access the powerpoint presentations, click here.

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People with disabilities and indigenous peoples

Together with the World Bank Disability and Development Team, and also as part of the Civil Society Policy Forum at the World Bank-IMF Spring Meetings, DDVE organized two seminars on vulnerable groups: one on empowering people with disabilities (with participation from organizations representing people with disabilities) and one on indigenous peoples (this included a discussion of a new global study on indigenous peoples and strategies to empower them, with an example from the Democratic Republic of Congo). To access the powerpoint presentations, click here.

 
New Publications  
Powerpoint presentations
Ethics and governance
Economic models

Operational Work and Capacity Development  

1Evaluating cash-for work programs
2Female genital mutilation
3Survey analysis in conflict-affected countries

Dialogue with Civil Society 

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Global economic crisis, external shocks and the poor

5People with disabilities and indigenous peoples


For more information on the events listed below, click here

April 27, 2009: Half-day workshop on poverty, social and human development analysis in conflict-affected countries with the social development department

April 24, 2009: Two seminars on people with disabilities and on indigenous peoples as part of the Civil Society Policy Forum at the World Bank-IMF Spring Meetings

April 23, 2009: Four seminars on the Africa economic crisis, climate change, malnutrition, and the outcome of the G20 summit as part of the Civil Society Policy Forum at the World Bank-IMG Spring Meetings

April 4, 2009: Presentation at ASREC 2009 in Crystal City (Annual Meeting of the Association of the Study of Religion, Economics and Culture)

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 19, 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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