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Development Dialogue News, Issue # 7, July 2009

No. 7, July 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.

  Dialogue with CS and FG

Accra Faith and Development Leaders Meeting

World Bank Managing Director Graeme Wheeler, Vice President Joy Phumaphi, and Country Director Ishac Diwan were among the participants to the Faith and Development Leaders Meeting organized by DDVE in Accra on July 1-2, 2009 together with the Graeme Wheeler in AccraWorld Faiths Development Dialogue and DFID. The meeting was co-chaired by Lord Carey and attended by Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and Hindu faith leaders and managers of faith-based organizations from about 30 countries. The meeting reaffirmed the World Bank's commitment to the work on faith, ethics and development and provided a roadmap for this work. Material from the meeting includes the agenda, a summary of the discussions, a press release and presentations and videos. For details, click here. ..........................................................................................

Community-based Interventions on HIV-AIDS

Faith-based and non-profit organizations play a key role in community-based interventions related to HIV-AIDS. As part of a process to prepare an evaluation of World Bank support in this area, the Bank's Global HIV/AIDS team held a consultation in London on July 15-16, 2009 with support from the UK Consortium on AIDS and International Development. Participants included NGO networks (such as the Kenyan AIDS NGOs Consortium), civil society organizations, foundations, and faith-based organizations (such as Catholic Relief Services, World Vision, and the Pan African Christian AIDS Network or PACANet). The next step will be to conduct country-based consultations in the countries selected for the evaluation. .........................................................................................

The Changing HIV-AIDS Landscape 

This book published by Lule, Seifman, and David, is a collection of Changing_HIV_Landscapeessays showing how the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Sub-Saharan Africa remains a long-term development challenge for the region. Nearly 12 million African children have been orphaned as a result of the disease, and 22.5 million people in Africa, 61 percent of them women, live with HIV. The book includes a chapter on community initiatives and HIV/AIDS that discusses the role of faith-based organizations. See Study 2009-4. ..........................................................................................

Business Ethics and Corporate Governance as Anti-Corruption Tools

In this paper sponsored by the Global Corporate Governance Forum and the IFC, Sullivan shows how anti-corruption attitudes have changed significantly over the past two decades. Corruption is no longer regarded as a subject to be avoided and is now widely condemned for its damaging effect on countries, industries, governments, and the livelihoods of citizens. Today we have in place numerous international conventions and global collective action initiatives that set higher standards of transparency and accountability in corporate and public governance. Such standards are buttressed by a growing convergence of ethical values that set the tone for 'doing the right thing' in both the public and private sectors. See Working Paper 2009-12. .........................................................................................

World Bank Policy Research: A Historical Overview

In discussing forces that shaped research at the World Bank over time, Dethier suggests that in the last decade the Bank has increasingly focused on evaluative research (to assess whether development policies are effective and the circumstances under which effectiveness could be improved) and methodological research (to help expand the data courses and toolkits used by policymakers and analysts). Dethier reviews the work of the Bank's research department, but his conclusions on the higher focus placed on evaluating policies in specific country contexts and improving data availability and analysis also apply to the research carried by many other World Bank units, including DDVE. See Working Paper 2009-11.

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Burkina Faso Project on Female Genital Mutilation 

Female genital mutilation remains highly prevalent in many countries. While the practice is often perceived by households to be recommended by their religion, this is actually not the case. On the basis of a proposal submitted by Subayi, the Japan Social Development Fund approved in July 2009 a grant of $2.8 million for work to strengthen community participation, including by faith leaders, in the fight against female genital cutting in Burkina Faso. DDVE is working with the project team to finalize a baseline study that will inform the project.

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Workshop with FBOs on Health Service Delivery 

For a subset of participants to the faith and development leaders meeting held in Accra on July 1-2, 2009, DDVE organized together with the Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG) a one day event to discuss CHAG's experience in providing health services. Presentations were made on various aspects of CHAG's work, as well as on some of the data sources that can be used to assess CHAG's performance. The event included a field visit to a CHAG hospital in the outskirts of Accra. Participants included representatives from several of the Christian Health Associations that operate in Africa.

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Policy Analysis in a Social Accounting Matrix Framework 

DDVE presented the new version of SimSIP SAM, a tool for macro-micro simulations using social accounting matrices, at the 17th International Input-Output conference (IO2009) hosted by the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. A CD with the application was distributed to about 190 participants. The scientific committee of the conference agreed to allocate an entire session for the presentation of the tool. Many of those attending the session expressed a strong interest in working with the tool for their research projects and inside the classroom.

 

 
Dialogue and Outreach  
Accra Faith and Development Leaders Meeting
Community-based Interventions on HIV-AIDS

New Publications  

The Changing HIV-AIDS Landscape
1Business Ethics and Corporate Governance
2Policy Research at the World Bank

Operational and Capacity Development Work

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Burkina Faso Project on Female Genital Mutilation

4Workshop with FBOs on Health Service Delivery
5Policy Analysis in a Social Accounting Matrix Framework


 

For more information on the events listed below, click here

July 15-16, 2009: Consultation by the World Bank's HIV-AIDS unit on community-based interventions related to HIV-AIDS in London with support from the UK Consortium on AIDS and participation from leading NGOs and faith-based organization

July 13, 2009: Presentation of SimSIP SAM, a tool for macro-micro simulations using social accounting matrices, at the 17th International Input-Output conference (IO2009) hosted by the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil

July 5-7, 2009: Presentation by the World Bank Africa Water Resources Group at the Water in Faith Forum organized in Salisbury, UK, by the Alliance of Religions and Conservation with the Dutch Ecological Management Foundation and the International Water and Sanitation Center

July 3, 2009: Organization of technical workshop on faith-based service delivery in health in Accra, Ghana, with the Christian Health Association of Ghana

July 1-2-, 2009: Organization with the World Faiths Development Dialogue of a Faith and Development Leaders Meeting in Accra, Ghana

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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