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Development Dialogue News, Issue # 12, March-April 2010

No.12, March-April 2010  
 

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. Previous issues of the newsletter can be accessed here. Other publications and information on our work are available at the DDVE website. If you would like to contact us, please send an email to Quentin Wodon at qwodon@worldbank.org

  

Ethnicity, Development, and Conflict 

Much of the research on ethnicity, development and conflict implicitly assumes that ethnic groups act collectively in pursuit of their interests. Collective political action is typically facilitated by political parties able to make credible commitments to pursue group interests. Other work, however, emphasizes the lack of political credibility as a source of adverse development outcomes. Evidence presented by Keefer uses partisan preferences across 16 Sub-Saharan African countries to distinguish these positions. The findings emphasize the importance of looking beyond ethnicity in analyses of economic development. See DDVE working paper 2010-3. ..........................................................................................

Results-Based Financing and Non-profit Health Providers in Uganda

In 2003, the Government of Uganda launched a pilot performance-based contracting scheme designed to improve the quality of and access to health services at private not-for-profit health facilities. In addition to performance incentives, facilities were given freedom to decide how to allocate resources. This innovation had a positive impact on performance but incentives did not. This brief by Morgan explores the implementation issues behind the failure of the incentives and shows that result-based frameworks require significant investment and careful design and implementation to work. The good news, though, is that improvements can be gained by granting facilities the ability to choose how to spend their money. See DDVE working paper 2010-4.

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Food Price Crisis and Policy Responses in Africa

A substantially revised analysis (versus the working paper version) of the impact of the food price crisis and policy responses in Africa carried by DDVE staff in collaboration with the World Bank’s Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Network has been published by the World Bank Research Observer. The authors review the evidence on the potential impact of higher food prices on poverty, focusing on Sub-Saharan Africa, and examine the extent to which policy responses are able to protect the poor. The paper can be accessed here.

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Evaluating Progress Made under Senegal's Second PRSP

As part of the preparation of a new PRSP for Senegal, a team from the National Statistical Office of Senegal and Senegal’s PRSP unit came for three weeks to Washington, DC, to work with DDVE staff on assessing the progress achieved towards the targets set forth in the country’s second PRSP. In the absence of new data on poverty, simulation techniques were used to predict poverty trends. The analysis also included an assessment of the trends in access to basic social infrastructure such as schools and health centers using village data, and an assessment of progress in education and asset ownerships using a new household survey for 2008.

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Evaluating Burkina Faso's Response to the Food Price Crisis

The Director of Statistics of the Ministry of Agriculture of Burkina Faso came to Washington, DC, for two weeks in March to work with the DDVE team on evaluating the targeting performance and impact of the government’s measures to respond to the food price crisis. Key results were presented in April in Ouagadougou at a workshop organized by Ministry of Agriculture. Results suggest that subsidies for fertilizers and seeds were relatively well targeted and had a strong positive impact in raising food production.

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Education and Health Service Delivery in Bogota

DDVE staff traveled to Bogota on April 14-19 to assess the feasibility of conducting work on education and health service delivery. Two projects are under preparation. First, at the suggestion of the Secretary of Planning of Bogota, a diagnostic will be prepared on education service delivery in the city by comparing the reach and performance of alternative service providers. Second, an evaluation of the faith-based Pastoral de la Primera Infancia program is being considered in partnership with the Panamerican Health Organization.

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Dialogue with CS and FG

Meeting of UN Focal Points for Initiatives with FBOs in Latin America

DDVE staff participated on March 8-10, 2010, in a meeting of United Nations Focal Points for Initiatives with Faith Based Organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean organized in Panama City by UNFPA and the World Council of Religions for Peace. Representatives of UNICEF, UNIFEM, UNFPA, OCHA, UNESCO, WHO, UNAIDS, UNDP, UNEP, WFP, and SEGIB (Iberoamerican General Secretariat) attended the meeting to discuss challenges to achieve the MDGs as well as ways to improve coordination among UN agencies and FBOs. DDVE staff also met with members of the Ecumenical Council in Panama to present preliminary results of a pilot project to map faith-based organizations in Central America together with the World Council of Religions for Peace in four countries.

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New Publications  
Ethnicity, Development, and Conflict

Results-Based Financing and Non-profit Health Providers in Uganda

Food Price Crisis and Policy Responses in Africa

Operational and Capacity Development Work

1Evaluating Progress Made under Senegal's Second PRSP
2Evaluating Burkina Faso's Response to the Food Price Crisis
3Education and Health Service Delivery in Bogota
Dialogue and Outreach
4Meeting of UN Focal Points for Initiatives with FBOs in Latin America
5Interreligious Dialogue and Policy in Europe


 

For more information on the events listed below, click here

April 19, 2010: Mission to Bogota, Colombia, for planning an assessment of the Pastoral de la Primera Infancia program in partnership with the Panamerican Health Organization

April 15-18, 2010: Mission to Bogota, Colombia, for planning a collaboration on the analysis of performance in the education sector with the City Secretary of Planning, Fe y Alegría, and ICFES

March 11-12, 2010: Presentation of DDVE’s work at the conference on religions and public authorities in Europe at the Catholic University of Louvain

March 9, 2010: Presentation of DDVE’s work at the Ecumenical Council in Panama

March 9, 2010: Participation at the meeting of UN Focal Points for Initiatives with FBOs in Latin America co-organized by UNFPA and the World Council of Religions for Peace

February 25, 2010: Joint seminar with Education Thematic Group on performance assessment of Fe y Alegria secondary schools in Colombia

December 18, 2009: Seminar at the University of Ottawa on Islamic law and family law reforms

December 15, 2009: Presentation of DDVE's strategy note at the World Bank's Education and Social Protection & Labor sector boards.

December 5-7, 2009: Presentation at the Third Meeting of the Interreligious Network of Central America in El Salvador (III Encuentro de la Red Interreligiosa Mesoamericana - Religiones por la Paz)

December 3-9, 2009: Presentations at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Melbourne

November 12-14, 2009: Presentation at Yale Conference on Women, Religion and Globalization, New Haven, Connecticut

November 10, 2009: Presentation at the WHO-CIFA Consultation in Geneva on Mapping Religious Health Assets

November 3-20, 2009: Mission to Bangui, Central African Republic, to present results from the analysis of the ECASEB household survey and plan a survey on monitoring the impact of the economic crisis

October 26, 2009: Presentation of DDVE’s strategy note at the World Bank’s Health, Nutrition, and Population sector board

October 20-21, 2009: Presentation at the 7th Annual Doha Conference on Interfaith Dialogue on the theme of human solidarity

October 19-21, 2009: Workshop organized in Peru for Fe y Alegria and government staff from Latin America in collaboration with the World Bank Institute and Magis America

September 24, 2009: Presentation on philanthropy and development to the Rotary Club on McLean

September 23, 2009: DDVE seminars with Deirdre McCloskey on why economics can’t explain the growth that occurred during the industrial revolution and on the “secret sins” of economics

September 8-9, 2009: Participation in the high level consultation on “Faith and Malaria – Towards an Integrated Solution” organized by the Tony Blair Faith Foundation and the Center for Interfaith Action on Global Poverty at Yale University

August 17-27, 2009: Technical assistance mission on targeting and baseline data collection for the Republic of Congo's Water and Urban Infrastructure Project

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

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