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Development Dialogue News, Issue #6, June 2009

No. 6, June 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.

  

New Book on Vouchers and Faith-Based Schools

DDVE published in collaboration with the Education Department in the Human Development Network a series of case studies on vouchers and faith-based provision in education. The book Faith_based_schoolspresents fresh empirical evidence on the effectiveness and cost of various public-private education partnerships from around the world. Faith-based schools tend to perform slightly better than public schools, but this is not necessarily the case in all countries. In some countries, faith-based schools primarily serve the poor, but in others, they cater to better off children. The book can be accessed as DDVE Study 2009-3. ..........................................................................................

Governance Matters

Daniel Kaufmann, Aart Kraay, and Massimo Mastruzzi from the World Bank Institute have just released their 2009 update of the Worldwide Governance Indicators (WGI), covering 212 countries and territories and measuring six dimensions of governance between 1996 and 2008: Voice and Accountability, Political Stability and Absence of Violence/Terrorism, Government Effectiveness, Regulatory Quality, Rule of Law, and Control of Corruption. These aggregate indicators are based on hundreds of specific and disaggregated individual variables measuring various dimensions of governance, taken from 35 data sources provided by 33 different organizations. See Working Paper 2009-9.

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Economic Modeling: Social Stigma

Empirical studies send mixed messages as to the magnitude of social stigma associated with the take-up of social transfers. This may be due to the fact that stigma and program participation are jointly determined.  If there is a high (low) degree of participation in a program, stigma is likely to be low (high) due at least in part to that high (low) degree of participation.  This is because the more eligible persons participate, the less one can single out specific individuals for stigma because they use the program.  Working paper 2009-10 provides a theoretical model to suggest how in an idealized setting one could have stigma and zero participation in a social program, or perfect participation and no stigma. ......................................................................................................

Strategic Church Responses to HIV/AIDS 

The World Bank’s Global HIV/AIDS Program through the AIDS Strategy and Action Plan (a service of the UNAIDS partnership HIVhosted by the Bank) has provided capacity building and financial support to Tearfund to conduct strategic planning exercises for church partners in Russia, Cote d'Ivoire and Mozambique.  This initiative is a first step in a broader process to build focused, realistic and results-based strategies for coordinated church responses to HIV/AIDS.  Tearfund will now work on operational planning to allow the church partners to implement their strategies and provide added value to the national responses to the epidemic. ...................................................................................................

Monitoring the Social Impact of Crises 

DDVE staff made a presentation at a June 11 workshop for World Bank staff that aimed to promote knowledge sharing and coordination across World Bank teams involved in crisis monitoring activities. The conference discussed the rapidly evolving monitoring tools and strategies being pursued, and DDVE’s presentation focused on experiences from the Africa region. DDVE is also implementing a broader work program in this area. For information, please contact us.

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Improving Targeting and Pro-poor Spending in Ghana 

DDVE organized jointly with UNICEF and the Ministry of Employment and Social Welfare a technical workshop in Accra on June 29 to discuss how to improve the targeting performance of social programs and subsidies in order to better serve the poor.  It was agreed at the workshop to prepare a series of program evaluations as well as an integrated proposal to help various Ministries use a common targeting mechanism.  A first set of outputs from this work should be available by August 2009.

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Dialogue with CS and FG

South-South Learning on Social Protection 

The World Bank’s Social Protection Group organized on June 15-18 in Cairo a global South-South Learning Forum to shSouth_Southare knowledge and stimulate learning on social protection to address the finance, food and fuel crisis.  DDVE organized two sessions at the workshop, one on non-governmental and informal safety nets which featured among others a discussion of zakat (charitable contributions for the poor in Muslim societies), and another on social protection in fragile states with case studies from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Zimbabwe..

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Directory of Websites for Faith-Based Organizations and Networks

DDVE is completing a directory of faith-based organizations and networks that have a website to make it easier for interested individuals to reach these organizations and networks, and to better document their activities.  We have gathered information for about 500 organizations so far.  If your organization has a website and would like to be listed in our directory, which will soon be made available on the web, please contact us.

 
New Publications  
New Book on Vouchers and Faith-Based Schools
Governance Matters
Economic Modeling: Social Stigma

Operational Work and Capacity Development  

1Strategic Church Responses to HIV-AIDS
2Monitoring the Social Impact of Crises
3Improving Pro-Poor Spending in Ghana

Dialogue and Outreach

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South-South Learning on Social Protection

5Directory of Websites for Faith-Based Organizations and Networks


For more information on the events listed below, click here

June 29, 2009: Organization of technical workshop in Accra, Ghana, on improving targeting and pro-poor spending, jointly with UNICEF and the Ministry of Employment and Social Welfare

June 15-18, 2009: Organization of two sessions at the World Bank Cairo Global South-South Learning Forum on social protection responses to address the finance, food, and fuel crisis

June 11, 2009: Presentation at World Bank training event on monitoring the social impact of crises

May 23, 2009: Participation in 23rd Annual Conference of Christian Connections for International Health in Buckeystown, Maryland

May 18, 2009: Presentation by Ghana country office to the Economic Council of the President of Ghana on energy prices and the poor based on DDVE analysis

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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