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Development Dialogue News, Issue #5, May 2009

No. 5, May 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.

  

Is Deliberation Equitable?

Using data from household surveys and transcripts of deliberative decision-making village meetings in India, Ban and Rao show that the more land a person owns, the higher the likelihood her preference is mentioned in the meeting, the longer the amount of time spent discussing this preference, and the higher the likelihood that a decision is made that favors the person. The voices of disadvantaged castes, while not dominating, are also heard but preferences of Muslims are given less time (see Working paper 2009-6).

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Islamic Microfinance

Karim, Tarazi, and Reille provide an overview of the current state of the Islamic microfinance sector and identify possible challenges to its growth. The sector remains fairly small today,Islamic Microfinance but at the same time, in countries such as Algeria, Jordan, and Syria, many respondents cite religious reasons for not accessing traditional loans, suggesting that the potential for growth in Islamic finance is strong. Their paper is intended as an introduction to Islamic microfinance primarily for the donor community and other potential entrants into the market (see Working Paper 2009-7).

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New Work on Gender

DDVE manages a work program on gender with several componentsNew work on gender - 1. One component is on time use with a new working paper available on how to measure time poverty (see Working paper 2009-8). Another component is on links between gender, trade, and poverty, with three chapters prepared by DDVE and published in a new book edited by Bussolo and De Hoyos. The chapters deal with the impact of trade shocks on the labor income share of women, the cost of living of various household groups, and intra-household consumption allocations. To obtain those chapters, please send us an e-mail.

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Faith-based Organizations in Central America

DDVE is launching a small pilot project with theFaith based Orgs in Latin America Latin America branch of the World Council of Religions for Peace in order to identify and build a directory of faith-based organizations providing various services for the poor in Central America. The survey instrument from this pilot could later be adapted to collect similar data for other regions. ...........................................................................................

Interfaith Power and Light 

As part of a broader program of work on climate change, DDVE will collaborate with the US-based Interfaith Power and Light network to launch a survey of the network's members in order to assess initiatives implemented by faith groups to promote the use of renewable energy and reduce the likelihood of climate change. ...........................................................................................

Energy Prices and the Poor 

DDVE's analytical work on energy consumption and on the access to and affordability of basic infrastructure services was used by the World Bank Ghana office for a presentation to the Economic Council of the President in order to inform government policy in this area. The work suggests that much of the negative impact for the poor of higher energy prices could be offset by subsidies for kerosene.

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Dialogue with CS and FG

DDVE Strategy Note 

The DDVE team has prepared a short strategy note to orient its work program in 2009 and 2010. The team has started the process of presenting the note to various groups within the World Bank, but would also appreciate feedback from external constituencies. To access the strategy note, click here.

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Accra Faith and Development Leaders Meeting 

Together with the UK Department for InternationaAccra Faith Leaders Meetingl Development and the World Faiths Development Dialogue, DDVE will be organizing a meeting of faith and development leaders in Accra, Ghana, on July 1-2, 2009. Material prepared for this meeting will be made available electronically in July. The draft agenda of the meeting is available here.

 
New Publications  
Is Deliberation Equitable?
Islamic Microfinance
New Work on Gender

Operational Work and Capacity Development  

1Faith-based Organizations in Central America
2Interfaith Power and Light
3Energy Prices and the Poor

Dialogue and Outreach

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DDVE Strategy Note

5Accra Faith and Development Leaders Meeting


For more information on the events listed below, click here

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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