UPDATED – 15 April 2011
Civil Society Policy Forum
April 13 - 16, 2011
The Civil Society Policy Forum will be held from Wednesday (April 13) to Saturday (April 16), prior and during the 2011 Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Group. It will be organized by the WBG and IMF Civil Society Teams. The Forum will bring together CSO representatives, Bank and Fund staff, government officials, and other stakeholders to exchange views on a variety of topics ranging from global economic recovery, and food price volatility, to climate change.
Please find the tentative schedule of sessions below. Please check back frequently as we will be posting additional information and sessions in the coming days. For more information on the schedule or on proposing new sessions, please contact John Garrison ( email@example.com) or Karla Chaman (firstname.lastname@example.org) .
CSO ORIENTATION SESSION
9:00 am – 3:45 pm
Capacity Building on the IMF and Orientation Session on the WBG
Sponsors: International Monetary Fund, World Bank Group
Staff from the IMF and WBG will provide CSOs with information on institutional origins, organizational structure, key policies, recent reforms, and program implementation for each institution.
Please click here for detailed agenda.
CIVIL SOCIETY POLICY FORUM EVENTS
April 13 - 16
8:30 – 9:00
MC C1 – 100
Welcome Breakfast for CSOs
Sponsors: International Monetary Fund / World Bank Group
Staff from the Civil Society Teams at the IMF and WBG will welcome accredited CSOs, present the schedule of the Civil Society Policy Forum, and discuss the policy agenda for the Spring Meetings.
The Policy of Transparency and Accountability of IFIs vis-a-vis Governments, Private Companies, and Civil Society
Sponsors: Instituto de Comunicación y Desarrollo (ICD/Uruguay), Centro de Estudios y Promoción del Desarrollo (DESCO/Peru)
Speakers: Molvina Ceballos (Policy Director, DESCO), Karla Chaman (Head Civil Society Team, IMF), John Garrison (Senior Civil Society Specialist, WB), CHAIR: Anabel Cruz (President, ICD).
This will be an interactive session geared to discussing a number of questions. How can international financial institutions (IFIs) facilitate citizen empowerment through transparency and access to information? How can IFIs contribute to strengthening the role of CSOs to monitor and demand accountability from governments, private sector, and civil society, as well as evaluate the implementation of public policies? Is this the proper role for IFIs, and if so, how can they most affectively do this?
9:00 – 10:30
Public Perception and Acceptance of International Financial Organizations – Building Trust and Recognition of IMF/ WB
Sponsors: Institute for Public Policy (Romania), Caucasus Research Resource Centers / CRRC (Armenia and Azerbaijan)
Speakers: Adrian Moraru (Deputy Director, IPP), Vasuki Shastry (Chief of Public Affairs, IMF), Heghine Manasyan (Country Director, CRRC Armenia), Lilia Burunciuc (Country Manager for Macedonia, WB).
Most of the work that IMF and the WB are doing addresses a narrow, well educated public whose interest in economics, macro stability, and poverty reduction is obvious. Unfortunately, the general public is not well informed about the IMF and WB roles in each of the countries they are operating. Their role remains widely unknown to the large public. Often opposition parties, as well as media and citizens, are especially against the IMF assistance.
In this session, the roots of this situation will be explored and the ways of improvement the communication of these institutions within the societies will be discussed. It will also touch the role and challenges of CSOs in promoting evidence based in debates at the national level, and exploring the role of international financial organizations (IMF/WB) in dealing with hardships of public policy design and implementation in low-middle income and transition countries.Participants List
11:00 – 12:30
IMF - HQ1
IMF Consultation: Review of Conditionality and Design of Fund-supported Programs
Sponsor: International Monetary Fund
Speakers: Ranil Salgado and Amina Lahereche (Strategy and Policy Review Department, IMF), Karla Chaman (External Relations Department, IMF).
The IMF is preparing a review of conditionality in IMF-supported programs, as part of a regular effort to assess its policies and adapt them to a changing environment. The upcoming review of conditionality will examine not only the content and application of conditionality, but also broader issues such as design, implementation, and outcomes of programs. In this context, an online consultation process has been initiated to gather additional input from CSOs/NGOs.
See link: (http://www.imf.org/external/np/exr/consult/2011/SPR/index.htm)
During the consultation session, IMF staff will present the objectives of the review of conditionality, provide an update on the comments gathered so far, and seek feedback from the participants.
1:00 – 3:00
World Bank J Building
(701 18th St.)
High-Level Dialogue on Effective Global Enforcement to Counter Corruption
Sponsor: World Bank
Speakers: Robert Zoellick (President, WB), Richard Alderman (Director, Serious Fraud Office / UK), Leonard F. McCarthy (Integrity Vice President, World Bank), Sean Joyce (Executive Assistant Director, National Security Branch, FBI / US), Giovanni Kessler (Director-General, European Anti-Fraud Office, OLAF), Boon Hui Khoo (President, INTERPOL), Luis Moreno Ocampo (Prosecutor, International Criminal Court), Benjamin Zymler (Minister, Court of Audit / Brazil)
As many countries across the world pursue their aspirations for economic recovery and institutional reform, new challenges and opportunities are emerging that drive cooperation among international anti-corruption organizations to the next level.
This session, which includes the heads of international enforcement institutions, will present current enforcement challenges and demonstrate how best to cooperate in the global fight against corruption.
2:00 – 3:30
From Aid Effectiveness to Development Effectiveness – Which way Busan
Sponsors: Reality of Aid, AFRODAD, EED, Uganda NGO Forum
Speakers: Richard Ssewakiryanga (Moderator, Uganda NGO Forum), Carolyn Long (Senior Advisor, InterAction), Elliott Harris (Special Representative to the UN, IMF), Barbara Lee (Manager, Aid Effectiveness Unit, WB), Vitalice Meja (Director, Reality of Aid Africa Network), CHAIR: Peter Lanzet (Directo, EED).
As the world prepares to review the Paris Declaration (PD) and the Accra Agenda (AAA) for Action, debates around aid effectiveness and development effectiveness continue to take center stage in the run up to Fourth High Level Forum (HLF4) to be held in Busan (South Korea) in November 2011. While there is general agreement that aid effectiveness should lead to greater development impact, whether aid ought to embrace the concept of development effectiveness as we move forward continues to illicit mixed reactions from both the official and the CSO circles.
This session is meant to discuss the concept and the potential impact it has on improving the impact of development aid. It will focus on contributing to consensus building towards Busan.Participant List
2:30 – 3:30
Update on IFC's Development Goals
Sponsor: International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Speakers: Nigel Twose (Director, Development Impact Department, IFC)
Nigel Twose will give an update on the current state of play with IFC's Development Goals (IDG's). During 2010, IFC has been working to develop a set of corporate development goals that would provide an overarching framework for strategy-setting, tangible targets, and credible metrics for measuring our progress and better articulating our development impact. Come find out the current state of play in developing the IDG's, and IFC's plans for testing and rolling out the goals. You will also hear how these new IDG's would complement IFC's current results measurement systems.
2:30 – 3:30
Youth, Art, and Change in Latin America and the Carribbean
Sponsor: World Bank
Speakers: Marina Galvani (curator, World Bank Art Program),
Edgar Endress (Artist and Community Promoter from Chile).
In the World Bank’s efforts to promote dialogue and transparency with its stakeholders, the World Bank Art Program organizes art exhibitions on a broad range of international themes, such as human trafficking, child labor, migration, climate change, and diversity. Since 2008, the Art Program and the Vice Presidency for Latin America and the Caribbean Region have been engaged in About Change, inviting young artists from Latin America and the Caribbean to promote a discourse with civil society, government officials, thinkers, and international organizations on new interpretations of the concept of change.
About Change is more than an art exhibition by vanguard artists – it is a visual platform engaging a debate on equality, identity, social crisis, and opportunities, facilitated by art as social commentary and visual communication, where artists willingly assume the role of change agents in their society.
About Change opens on May 18, 2011, and closes on June 30, 2012, at the World Bank and partner institutions. Participant List
3:00 – 4:30
MC 13 - 121
BOOK LAUNCH: “Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty”
Sponsor: Independent Evaluation Group (IEG), WB
Speakers: Abhijit Banerjee (Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Justin Lin ( Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist, WB), CHAIR: Vinod Thomas (Director-General and Senior Vice-President, IEG).
For more than fifteen years Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo have worked with the poor in dozens of countries spanning five continents, trying to understand the specific problems that come with poverty and to find proven solutions. Their book is radical in its rethinking of the economics of poverty, but also entirely practical in the suggestions it offers. Through a careful analysis of a very rich body of evidence, including the hundreds of randomized control trials that Banerjee and Duflo's lab has pioneered, they show why the poor, despite having the same desires and abilities as anyone else, end up with entirely different lives.
“ Poor Economics” argues that so much of anti-poverty policy has failed over the years because of an inadequate understanding of poverty. The battle against poverty can be won, but it will take patience, careful thinking, and a willingness to learn from evidence. Banerjee and Duflo are practical visionaries whose meticulous work offers transformative potential for poor people anywhere, and is a vital guide to policy makers, philanthropists, activists and anyone else who cares about building a world without poverty.
3:30 – 5:30
Facilitated Roundtable Discussion on Learning from Conflict: Water and Business in Mining, Infrastructure, and Agriculture.
Sponsor: Compliance Advisor/Ombudsman (CAO) for IFC and MIGA
Speakers: Amar Inamdar (Principal Specialist, CAO), Darcey O' Callaghan (International Policy Director, Food & Water Watch), Judith Pearce (Lead Operations Officer, Economics and Policy, MIGA), Usha Rao-Monari (Global Head, Water - Global Infrastructure and Natural Resources, IFC), CHAIR: David Hunter (Associate Professor of Law, American University).
Conflict over water lies at the heart of over 40 percent of CAO cases. This statistic reflects communities’ apprehension about development at the most basic level: “How will the project affect my life and my livelihood?” Conflict over water is especially marked for development sectors where projects are large in scale, such as extractives, agribusiness, infrastructure, and manufacturing.
Another trend has been increasing reliance on the private sector to finance and operate projects that have traditionally been seen as public services, such as water supply. Common approaches include private public partnerships, concession contracts, or privatization. These complex projects typically invoke strong reactions when there is concern about monopolistic practices or service cost increases. These circumstances also hold significant potential for conflict between water users, project developers, and the government.
If the issues that lead to conflict are predictable--access to water, water quality and quantity-- how can risks be better predicted and avoided in projects? Should water ever be a "private" asset? How can technical data be best used? What structured approaches can be integrated into project design to promote participation and collaboration? What incentives are needed for governments and companies to work with affected stakeholders? And how can project designers ensure that tangible and timely benefits flow to those that need them most?
This event will be based on several CAO cases related to water--including a municipal water supply project, mining and communities, and large scale agriculture -- and invites discussion with civil society and IFC & MIGA staff on evolving approaches to managing water related risk and core issues around water sustainability.
4:00 – 5:30
Cash and Clarity: Filling in the Blanks Between Aid and Budget Transparency
Sponsors: Publish What you Fund, International Budget Partnership (IBP), World Bank
Speakers: Augustine Ngafuan (Minister of Finance Liberia - tbc), Caroline Anstey (Vice President for External Affairs, WB), Ahmed Jalali (Director of Budget, Government of Afghanistan - tbc), Karin Christiansen (Director, Publish What You Fund), Paolo De Renzio (Senior Research Fellow, Open Budget Partnership, IBP), Kyle Peters (Director for Strategy and Country Services, WB).
Both aid and budget transparencies are very much on today's international policy agenda. While important progress has been made on both fronts, we have learned that one without the other is not workable. Without the combination of aid and budget transparency, the gains made in the areas of governance, accountability, anti-corruption, efficiency, and effectiveness will ultimately be limited. This session will discuss the progress made on linking aid and budget transparency, as well as on what needs to happen to further integrate these two financial flows.Participant List
4:00 – 5:30
IMF HQ1 Events Hall
IMF Informative Session: Triennial Surveillance Review
Sponsors: International Monetary Fund (IMF)
Speakers: Mischel Shannon (Strategy, Policy, and Review Department, IMF)
Over the past three years, the Fund has worked to assist members in addressing the repercussions of the global financial crisis while also tackling gaps in its surveillance framework that the crisis laid bare. This reform agenda has drawn extensively from the recommendations of a comprehensive review of Fund surveillance in 2008 (the 2008 Triennial Surveillance Review), as well as subsequent reviews of the Fund’s performance in the run-up to the crisis by Fund staff and the Internal Evaluation Office.
In 2011, the Fund is undertaking another comprehensive review of surveillance – the 2011 Triennial Surveillance Review – to take stock of these reforms and to assess recent experience with surveillance. This session will provide a brief overview of how surveillance is conducted, highlight recent reforms, and discuss the objectives and procedures for the 2011 Triennial Surveillance Review, which include a survey of CSOs.
4:00 – 5:30
What Role for Coal?
Sponsors: Sierra Club (United States), Groundwork (South Africa)
Speakers: Niranjali Amerasinghe (Staff Attorney, Center for International Environmental Law), Elizabeth Bast (Managing Director, Oil Change International), Sunita Dubey (Groundwork), CHAIR: Jelson Garcia (Asia Program Manager, Bank Information Center).
The recent World Bank Eskom loan (to South Africa) and associated Inspection Panel complaint have brought to light the significant negative social and environmental impacts of coal-based power projects, and calls to question the role of coal in meeting the energy needs of the poor. In particular, it raises concerns about the way in which social and environmental externalities are considered in the economic analyses of coal and other large-scale energy projects. This panel will address these issues against the backdrop of the ongoing effort to develop a comprehensive World Bank Energy Strategy.
9:00 – 10:30
Impacts of Economic Liberalization on Business Environment
Sponsors: Lebanese Economic Association
Speakers: Mounir Rached (Vice President, Lebanese Economic Association), Ralph Chami (Middle East and Central Asia Department, IMF), Magdi Amin (Manager, Investment Climate Advisory , International Finance Corporation).
In many of the countries of the Middle East region as well as other regions, the business environment is not conducive to private investment and growth. The most commonly cited factors include: lack of business freedom which limits to creating, operating and closing a private business; misplaced regulations relating to licensing, permits and exclusivity; lack of well-designed competitiveness laws; fiscal and tax burdens which are unfavorable to investments; lack of available capital; weak property rights laws and commercial courts; and limiting labor laws in restriction on importation of skilled foreign labor.
While the private sector is considered the engine of growth, sound fiscal & monetary policies may not be sufficient if the business climate is unfavorable. This session will discuss what policies are needed to promote conducive business environments in Middle Eastern countries.Participant List
9:00 – 10:30
Democratic Governance and the Promotion of Citizenship from the Youth Perspective
Sponsor: The Viewpaper (India), Espacio de Vinculacion, A.C. (Mexico), and Low Income Countries Watch (Nepal)
Speakers: Tanya Rebolledo-Branski (Project Manager, Espacio de Vinculacion, A.C. (Mexico), Arjun Kumar Karki (President, Low Income Countries Watch), Karla Chaman (Head Civil Society Relations, IMF), CHAIR: Shiv Bhaskar (Founder, The Viewspaper),
It is the youth, who have throughout history, brought about change by believing in themselves and not having the fear of trying something new. However, there is a tendency for youth to be not taken seriously and greater weight age is given to experience. This might explain why youth are not involved in decision making. In addition, following the MDGs, Cotonou Agreement, and the Declaration of Paris, international financial institutions have sought to change their views on Development Assistance, taking into account local specificities and stakeholders in a new horizontal relationship, stemming from demand instead of supply.
This session will explore the different regional conceptions of democratic governance and the role of youth as active participants in the construction of a more consensual and accountable governability. The format of the session would be a panel discussion where we will ask various questions to the panel for certain duration of the time after which we will open the floor to the audience for questions.
10:00 – 11:30
(600 19th St. NW)
Transition Moments: Past and Present
Sponsor: World Bank
Speakers: Marwan Muasher (Vice President for Studies, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace), Jay Naidoo (WDR Advisory Council Member and Former South African Negotiator), Roelf Meyer (Former South African Minister), Lakhdar Brahimi (Former Special Representative of the UN Secretary General in Afghanistan and Iraq), MODERATOR: Riz Khan (Al Jazeera English)
A moderated panel discussion drawing out lessons from transition experiences of South Africa and other countries in the context of current events in North Africa, Middle East, and elsewhere.
11:00 – 12:30
Will REDD Save the Forests and the Climate?
Sponsors: Greenpeace, Bank Information Center (BIC),
Speakers: David Ritter (Head of Biodiversity Campaigns at Greenpeace UK), Justin Ondopa (Director of Climate Change at Ecoforestry Forum, Papua New Guinea), Fabian Kesicki (PHD student, University College London Energy Institute), Charles Di Leva (Chief Counsel, Environment Department, WB), CHAIR: Patrick Kipalu (Africa Program Associate, Bank Information Center).
Three years of negotiations have seen rainforest nations and potential donors fight to see their particular blueprint for REDD adopted. As negotiations have moved forward, pledges of funding from donor countries have grown in size, with a final tally of between $4.5 billion and $6 billion dollars agreed at Copenhagen, for a 3 to 5 year period. In parallel to this process, the promise of bilateral and multilateral funding has precipitated rainforest nations to put forward REDD plans.
In many cases, this has happened in advance of minimum safeguards and objectives being agreed through the UN process in Cancun. This event will explore to what extent these REDD plans stand to deliver positive benefits for the climate, biodiversity and people.Participant List
11:00 – 12:30
Tax for Development: Can the IMF and G20 Help Mobilize More Domestic Resources?
Sponsors: InterAction, ActionAid, European Network on Debt and Development (EURODAD)
Speakers: Rachel Sharpe (ActionAid UK), Michael Keen (Fiscal Affairs Department, IMF), Michael Lennard (Chief of Tax Section, UN DESA), Nuria Molina (Executive Director, European Network on Debt and Development), CHAIR: John Ruthrauff (Director of International Advocacy, InterAction).
With aid and investment flows for developing countries becoming more volatile, raising money domestically becomes ever more important. Since its 2009 London Summit, the G20 has been calling for support of enhanced tax practices and intergovernmental cooperation to increase domestic resource mobilization in developing countries. Last year in Seoul, the G20 asked the IMF, OECD, and UN to make proposals on more effective tax systems.
With the recently-released IMF board paper on domestic resource mobilization in mind, this panel will look at how the IMF and other international institutions can contribute to realizing the G20’s pledge for better tax systems in developing countries. We will also consider the problem of “transfer pricing” and how developing countries can improve their capacity to fairly tax multinational companies.Participant List
12:00 – 1:30
(600 19th St. NW)
2011 WDR Launch Presentation: Citizen Security, Justice, and Jobs
Sponsor: World Bank
Speakers: Robert Zoellick (President, WB), Mo Ibrahim (WDR Advisory Council Member, Chairman of Mo Ibrahim Foundation), Louise Arbour (WDR Advisory Council Member, President of ICG), Jay Naidoo (WDR Advisory Council Member, Former South African Negotiator), Lakhdar Brahimi (Former Special Representative of the UN Secretary General in Afghanistan and Iraq), Nigel Roberts (WDR Co-Director), Bruce Jones (Director, NYU Center on International Cooperation), CHAIR: Sarah Cliffe (WDR Co-Director).
Presentation and discussion of the findings and recommendations of the World Development Report 2011: Conflict, Security, and Development. The Report presents new research and insights into the causes and development consequences of conflict, and puts forth practical recommendations for building sustainable peace in societies experiencing—or at risk of—large scale violence. It advocates a greater focus on continuous preventive action and proposes a toolkit of options for addressing violence that can be adapted to local contexts, as well as new directions for international policy to improve support for national reformers and to address transnational stresses that can overwhelm societies with weak institutions.
Drawing on the experience of countries that have successfully managed to transition away from repetitive violence, the report stresses that breaking these cycles requires legitimate national institutions and governance that provide citizen security, justice, and jobs, while also alleviating the international stresses that increase the risks of violent conflict.
12:00 – 2:00
(600 18th St.)
DEVELOPMENT LECTURE SERIES: Structural Change and Economic Growth
Sponsor: World Bank
Speaker: Dani Rodrik (Professor of International Political Economy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University)
Since 1990 we have observed widely diverse patterns of broad structural change within developing countries. In several cases—most notably China, India, and some other Asian countries—globalization’s promise has been fulfilled: high-productivity employment opportunities have expanded and structural change has contributed to overall growth.
But in many other cases—in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa—globalization appears not to have fostered the desirable kind of structural change. Labor has moved in the wrong direction, from more productive to less productive activities, including, most notably, informality. This talk will focus on these developments, provide new evidence, and offer some interpretations.
* A light lunch will be served
12:30 – 2:00
Learning for All: World Bank's New Education Strategy for 2020
Sponsor: Human Development Network, World Bank
Speakers: Beth King (Director of Education, WB), CHAIR: Carolyn Reynolds (Senior Communications Officer, WB).
As millions more children gain access to primary school, gains in schooling must be transformed into better learning outcomes that will affect young people's employability, productivity, health and well-being. Join us to discuss the World Bank’s new education strategy that will guide the institution’s work in the sector around the globe over the next decade. The session will discuss the key priorities of the strategy, plans and challenges ahead for implementation, and results indicators.Participant List
12:30 – 2:00
Youth and Peace Building
Sponsor: Association of Youth Organization Nepal (AYON)
Speakers: Pradip Pariyar (President, AYON)
Youth are generally the fighting force during armed conflicts around the world. Yet, after conflict ends youth are not involved in peace building and reconstruction efforts. In Nepal, youth have played a huge role in conflict, but after the peace process youth are actually excluded from full membership of the society because of their age. Experience in many parts of the world has demonstrated that youth have a proven potential to contribute to peace building in every society. Their participation allows them to own decisions, increase their confidence, and feel empowered. It can also help to ensure sustainable peace at the national level.
This session will discuss ways to more fully involve youth in peace building efforts through equipping them with conflict transformation skills and changing adult perceptions about the role youth can play as problem-solvers and decision-makers at the local to national levels.Participant List
2:30 – 4:30
CSO Roundtable on Food Price Volatility
Speakers: Robert Zoellick (President, WB), Sam Worthington (President InterAction ), Agnes Matilde Kalibata (Minister of Agriculture, Rwanda), David Nabarro (Special Representative for Food Security and Nutrition, UN), Peter Jeranyama (President, Association of African Agricultural Professionals in the Diaspora), Hugh Bredenkamp ( Deputy Director of the Strategy, Policy, and Review Department, IMF), Julie Howard (Deputy Food Security Coordinator, USAID), Neil Watkins (Policy Director, ActionAid), CO-CHAIRS: Raymond Offenheiser (President, Oxfam/America), Inger Andersen (Vice President for Sustainable Development, WB).
Global food prices are rising to dangerous levels and threaten tens of millions of poor people around the world. The World Bank’s food price index rose by 15 percent between October 2010 and January 2011, is 29 percent above its level a year earlier, and is only 3 percent below its 2008 peak.
The WB estimates rising food prices have pushed about 44 million people into poverty since last June. Bank, CSOs, and donor agency representatives will share their perspectives on the impact of food price increases on poor people, as well as initiatives undertaken to address food insecurity in developing countries.
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4:30 – 6:00
Women and Girl’s Health: Initiatives, Impediments, and Links to Development
Sponsors: International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), World Bank
Speakers: Gill Greer (Director-General, International Planned Parenthood Federation), Michael Anderson (Director General Policy and Global Issues, British Department for International Development), Cristian Baeza (Director for Health, Nutrition, and Population, World Bank), Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda (General Secretary of World YWCA and member of African Women Leaders Network), CHAIR - Ian Solomon (US Executive Director)
Giving women and girls access to health care is a key element of development and balanced and sustained economic growth. Yet today over 200 million women still cannot access modern family planning, and reliable reproductive health care is unavailable to hundreds of millions more. Civil society, governments and development agencies must work together to reach women and girls those most in need of health services and develop strategies to increase their awareness and access to them. Notably in the last year, donor and recipient governments have developed bilateral and multilateral initiatives to address these underserved needs. These include the World Bank’s Reproductive Health Action Plan, the United States’ Global Health Initiative, and the United Kingdom’s Results Framework.
The session will highlight and take stock of the numerous efforts underway to provide a coherent and coordinated response to the pressing health needs of women and girls in developing countries, the successes and ongoing challenges these efforts face, and recommendations for future action.
Issues to be addressed include:
- The status of ongoing initiatives in health -- particularly reproductive health -- progress, challenges, and existing gaps.
- Report on progress on the World Bank’s implementation of the Reproductive Health Action Plan (RHAP).
- The impact of the global financial crisis and the move from aid to growth on women and girl’s health policy.
- The relationship of these numerous efforts to wider trends in international development cooperation.
4:30 – 6:00
Are Safeguards REDD-ready? Perspectives from the Ground
Sponsor: Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), Ulu Foundation
Speakers: Tea Soentoro (NGO Forum on the ADB), Stephanie Fried (Ulu Foundation), Kristen Hite (CIEL).
Recent changes to Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) policies have highlighted the need for more clarity on the application of safeguards to REDD. We will explore the application of World Bank policies, FCPF multiple delivery partner discussions, FIP processes, and UNFCCC safeguards to REDD and specifically consider how they apply to current activities. Indonesia will serve as a case study.Participant List
4:30 – 6:00
Financing Action on Adaptation in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) from Debt-for-climate Swaps, a Global Approach
Sponsor: The Nature Conservancy (TNC)
Speakers: Robert Weary (Senior Finance Advisor Caribbean Program, TNC), Bonizella Biagini (Head, Climate Change Adaptation Strategy and Operations, Global Environment Facility), Walter Vergara (Cimate Change Adaptation Lead for the World Bank), Co-CHAIRs: Dr Colin Young (Director of Belize’s National Protected Areas Secretariat) and Nadia Spencer-Henry (Debt Manager, Ministry of Finance, Antigua & Barbuda).
This session will explore the opportunities and challenges of building a global approach for debt-for-climate swaps which not only channel needed climate adaption resources to Small Island Developing States (SIDS), but establish financial mechanisms that would secure the sustainable management of these resources. Climate adaptation initiatives may include: improved marine policy and regulatory protection regimes; coral and mangrove restoration projects; provision of alternative livelihoods for affected users; impact reduction from residential and tourism activities in the marine areas; and raising public awareness and information dissemination.
5:00 – 6:30
10th Floor World Bank MC Building
Inspection Panel Open House for CSO Representatives and WB Staff
Sponsor: Inspection Panel
The Inspection Panel is the independent accountability mechanism of the World Bank. The Panel invites all civil society organizations attending the Spring Meetings and Bank management and staff to its Open House. Please come and share your experiences and hear about Panel operations.
6:00 – 7:30
12th Floor Gallery
Main Complex Building
CSO Welcome Event
Sponsor: World Bank Group/ International Monetary Fund
Caroline Anstey (External Affairs Vice President, WB) and Caroline Atkinson (Director for External Affairs Departmen, IMF) are hosting this welcome event for CSO leaders and representatives.
9:00 – 10:30
IMF HQ 2
Conference Hall 1
Youth, Jobs, and Inclusive Growth in the Middle East and North Africa
Speakers: Dominique Strauss-Kahn (Managing Director, IMF), Mustafa Nabli, (Central Bank Governor, Tunisia), Wael Ghonim (Google Head of Marketing for Middle East), Nada Al-Nashif (Regional Director, ILO Regional Office for Arab States), Rashid Khalidi (Professor, Columbia University), MODERATOR: Abderrahim Foukara (Al Jazeera).
The Middle East and North Africa region is facing daunting challenges. Among the most pressing is the need to generate faster and more inclusive growth that will create meaningful jobs. Unemployment, particularly among the youth, is already high, while growth remains well below that of the emerging market average. Popular uprisings that have swept across the region have also brought to the surface long-standing discontent with inequality and joblessness. What can policymakers do to support inclusive growth? To tackle joblessness and inequality? How can the IMF help?
10:00 – 12:00
Preston Auditorium (MC Building)
Open Forum on Food Prices
Sponsor: World Bank
Rising food prices are causing pain and suffering for poor people around the world, driving 44 million people into extreme poverty in recent months. We need to find solutions to ensure everyone has enough nutritious food now and in the years to come.
On April 14, 2011 the World Bank is kicking off a 24-hour global Open Forum to find solutions to the food crisis and put food first for the world's 1 billion hungry people. Visit www.worldbank.org/openforum to submit ideas, post questions for food experts, and join the online debate to ensure everyone has enough to eat now and in the years to come.
The Open Forum will be capped with a webcast on Friday, April 15th from 10:00 – 12:00. The webcast will be hosted by Matt Frei of the BBC featuring experts, such as Josette Sheeran of the World Food Programme, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of the World Bank, and Tom Arnold of CONCERN, who will debate the solutions needed to put food first.
Visit Open Forum website for more details.
10:00 – 11:00
1800 G Street, NW 12th floor, Room 400
MIGA Open House for CSOs
Sponsor: Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA)
This session will provide an opportunity for CSO representatives to meet with MIGA Senior Management and to discuss with them any issues of concern.
CSO representatives wishing to attend may contact Cara Santos Pianesi at email@example.com.
10:30 – 12:00
World Bank and Africa: Lessons from the Past and New Strategy Going Forward
Sponsors: World Bank (Independent Evaluation Group/IEG, Africa Region)
Speakers: Cheryl Gray (Director, Public Sector Evaluation, IEG), Shantayanan Devarajan (Chief Economist, Africa Region/WB), Darius Mans (President, AfriCare), Vilatice Mejia (Director, Reality of Aid), Sahr Kpundeh (Senior Public Sector Specialist, Africa Region/WB), CHAIR: Renosi Mokate (Executive Director for Angola, Nigeria, and South Africa, WB).
Africa has made significant progress over the past decade in moving away from the stagnation of the 1980s and 1990s but further growth is required to curb the high poverty rates and accelerate the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals in the region.
Join the Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) of the World Bank Group, Africa Region of the World Bank and civil society organizations (CSOs) at a seminar discussion on the World Bank’s new strategy for Africa. The seminar discussion will build on a recent evaluation by IEG on the Africa Action Plan -- a framework adopted at the 2005 Gleneagles summit, followed by a presentation by the Africa Region on its new 2011 Africa strategy, and comments by CSOs.
This Session was web streamed live. To view please go to:
11:00 – 12:30
The Road to Busan: Ensuring Citizens Drive Their Own Development.
Sponsors: Oxfam International
Speakers: Dr. Samura Kamara (Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Sierra Leone), Marisa Lago (Assistant Secretary for International Markets and Development, US Department of Treasury), Dalitso Kubalasa (Executive Director, Malawi Economic Justice Network), Barbara Lee (Manager, Aid Effectiveness Unit, WB), Brenda Killen (Head of Aid Effectiveness Division, OECD), CHAIR: Raymond Offenheiser (President, Oxfam America)
The Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (HLF4), scheduled to take place in Busan, South Korea in November 2011, will consider how effectively donors are incorporating ownership principles into development practice. While previous forums in Paris and Accra advanced donor engagement with host country governments, how can the Forum in Busan make sure that the voices of citizens are part of an effective development conversation?
This session will explore what measures donors can take to ensure citizens are driving their own development agenda. For example, how has the Poverty Reduction Strategy process evolved to be more inclusive and representative of citizens? What are the ways to enhance the role of citizens in National Development Strategies? What lessons learned can influence the outcomes at HLF4?
Global Financial Crisis: the Latin-American Youth Perspective
Sponsors: Espacio de Vinculación, A.C. (Mexico); Coalición Centroamericana Organizaciones Juveniles (Nicaragua)
Speakers: Alberto Arrendondo-Barreto (Coordinator, Coalición Centroamericana de Organizaciones Juveniles), Camila Perez (Western Hemisphere Department, IMF), Carlos Toranzo (Director, Instituto Latinoamericano de Investigaciones Sociales, Bolivia), Fabio Pittaluga (Senior Social Development Specialist, WB), CHAIR: Tanya Rebolledo-Branski (Project Manager, Espacio de Vinculacion, A.C.).
Most specialists believe the worst of the global financial crisis is over and that Latin-America, as a region, was spared from its worst effects. Yet, the perspectives for youth in Latin America are pessimistic as 22 million young people do not study or work. This reduces dramatically their self-esteem and the trust in their government systems. On the other hand, their membership-ratio in regional youth organizations continues to be elevated.
Within the backdrop of the UN “International Year of Youth”, this session will explore the views of youth about the current economic context in their countries, and discuss their proposals to improve their access to education and professional opportunities, as well as the role of youth organizations in bridging these issues.Participant List
12:30 – 2:00
Youth: Challenges in a Globalized World
Speakers: Shiv Bhaskar (Founder, The View Newspaper, India), Ksenia Khoruzhnikova (G-20Y Summit IOC Chair, Russia), Samar Mezghanni, (Member, Euro Mediterranean Youth Parliament, Tunisia), Tanya Rebolledo (Espacio de Vinculacion – EVAC, Mexico), CHAIR: Vasuki Shastry (Chief of Public Affairs, IMF)
The recent financial crisis has created new challenges for youth. At the same time, young voices are louder—and stronger—than ever before, as events in the Middle East and North Africa region have shown. Listening to—and taking into account—those voices is crucial for shaping a firm and sustained recovery of the global economy. What are the main youth concerns? What can the youth contribute to the solution of global problems? What are the best venues to keep youth engaged in economic and social issues? How can the IMF and other international organizations facilitate that engagement? These are some of the key questions that will be discussed with youth leaders from different regions of the globe.Participant List
12:15 – 2:00
Democratizing Development through Open Data
Sponsor: World Bank, AidInfo
Speakers: Sanjay Pradhan (Vice President, World Bank Institute), Gunilla Carlsson (Minister for International Development Cooperation, Sweden), Shaida Badiee (Director, Development Data Group, WB), Owen Barder (Director, AidInfo), Aleem Walji (Manager Innovation Practice, WB), Karin Christiansen (Director, Publish What You Fund), Michael Koch (Director for Financial Management, WB), Jean-Louis Sarbib (Director, Gateway Foundation), CHAIR: Ian Soloman (US Executive Director, WB)
Open Data and innovative visualizations such as interactive mapping can be a powerful source of information for civil society organizations and citizens. These new approaches can increase government responsiveness, transform the way public services are delivered to citizens, and enhance transparency and accountability of development assistance. Open data combined with social media and new technologies have the potential to empower citizens to communicate directly with governments and service providers.
The event will focus on various new information platforms such as Mapping for Results, AidData, and AidFlow, as well as address the following questions.
- How can open data help to increase social accountability, better target aid and public investments, and more effectively monitor service providers to deliver results?
- What are the biggest obstacles to open data and how to address them?
- How can the World Bank help and better facilitate the process to create open data?
* Light lunch will be served
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12:30 – 2:00
IFC Building, (2121 Penn. Av. NW )
Private Sector Growth and Job Creation in Fragile Environments
Sponsor: International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Speakers: Arnold Ekpeh (CEO of Ecobank), Mo Ibrahim (Chairman of Mo Ibrahim Foundation), Rosalind Kainyah (Vice President, Tullow Oil), Edith Quintrell (Director of Operations, MIGA), Jay Naidoo (Former Minister and Negotiator, South Africa), Justin Yifu Lin (World Bank Chief Economist and Senior Vice President), CHAIR: Jyrki Koskelo (Vice President for Global Industries, IFC)
A joint event with IFC, MIGA, and private sector leaders looking at possible initiatives to support job creation and social cohesion in insecure areas.
* A light lunch will be served
12:30 – 2:00
IFC and Financial Intermediary Lending
Sponsors: Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), Ulu Foundation, Delhi Forum, Bank Information Center (BIC), European Network on Debt and Development (EURODAD), Pacific Environment
Speakers: Vijayan M.J. (Delhi Forum), John Crutcher (Private Equity Attorney), Stephanie Fried (Ulu Foundation), Anne Perrault (, Senior Attorney, CIEL), Doug Norlen (Pacific Environment).
The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has increased its financing to financial intermediaries (FIs) significantly in recent years, with current levels at approximately 45% of its financing portfolio. IFC takes a vastly different approach to financing FIs than to direct investments. IFC largely closes the doors to a view, and robust consideration, of how IFC funds are used once funds are provided to the intermediary. This panel will examine the implications for communities of this approach to FIs.
2:00 – 3:30
Winds of Change: Will They Bring a New Paradigm to Development Assistance
Sponsor: Community Development Resource Association
Speakers: Dennis Whittle (Co-founder, GlobalGiving.org), Joel Selanikio (CEO and Co-Founder of DataDyne), Solome Lemma (Program Officer for Africa at the Global Fund for Children), Dayna Brown (Director of The Listening Project for CDA Collaborative Learning Projects), Heather Baser (internationally recognized expert in capacity development), Co-CHAIRS: Tom Grubisich (Independent Consultant), and Jennifer Lentfer (Online Community Manager, CDRA).
As the people of the Middle East “speak truth to power” and their actions reverberate across the world, donors, recipients and CSOs are questioning how development assistance can help or hinder community action that is actively challenging the bonds of poverty and lack of voice and seeking to create wealth and share in its benefits.
Despite the imperatives of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness (2005) and the Accra Agenda for Action (2008), development aid remains too-often focused on building the absorptive capacity and the degree of formal structure needed to implement large-scale programs. Only a small proportion of mostly urban-based CSOs receive aid, many implicitly forced to conform to this model in order to gain access to donor resources. WiserEarth.org has already registered over 110,000 local organizations and movements working on a wide variety of issues in many countries. They estimate that they may well be over 1,000,000 such grassroots groups operating across the globe.
Therefore, capacity development initiatives are needed that will support a wider number of local leaders, enabling community initiatives to emerge and gain strength, and in the process increasing the demand for human rights and development that truly reaches the people. This session, structured as a roundtable, will bring together people inside and outside of the World Bank Group/IMF/CSO community who are actively engaged in corrective and imaginative funding and capacity-developing approaches that unleash the inherent strengths of local people.
2:00 – 3:30
How the Financial Stability Board Affects Development Prospects: Opening the Black Box
Sponsor: New Rules for Finance Coalition
Speakers: Amar Bhattacharya (G24 Secretariat), Matthew Martin (Development Finance International), David Kane (Maryknoll Center for Global Concerns), Todd Tucker (Public Citizen), Nuria Molina (European Network on Debt and Development), CHAIR: Jo Marie Griesgraber (Director, New Rules).
The Financial Stability Board (FSB) is the lead organization responsible for global financial regulations, which affect virtually every aspect of global development. The FSB is little understood, but it is essential for CSOs to learn more about it and target their advocacy strategies around FSB actions.
This Workshop will 1) describe what the FSB is (How it Works; Agenda); 2) how it relates to CSOs development agendas (commodity prices, such as food and agriculture; tax havens and illicit finance; sovereign debts; 3) opportunities for advocacy.
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4:00 – 5:30
Building Resilient and Opportunity: Consultation on the World Bank's New Social Protection and Labor Strategy
Sponsor: World Bank
Speakers: Arup Banerji (Sector Director, Social Protection Unit, WB), CHAIR: Carolyn Reynolds (Senior Communications Officer, WB)
The recent food, fuel and financial crises and continuing volatility have increased global demand for more effective social protection programs that increase people's security, reduce poverty and inequality, In this session, the Bank will seek feedback on the concept and emerging themes of its new 10-year Social Protection and Labor global strategy, as part of the first phase of strategy consultations. A draft strategy paper will be presented to the World Bank's Board of Executive Directors in early 2012. To read the concept note for the strategy and for more information on the consultation process go to: www.worldbank.org/spstrategyParticipant List
4:00 – 5:30
Commodity Market (de)Regulation: Development Consequences and Prospects
Sponsors: Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), International Working Group on Trade - Finance Linkages (IWG)
Speakers: Steve Suppan (Senior Policy Analyst, IATP), Julian Oram (Senior Programme Officer, World Development Movement), Kiama Kaara (Program Coordinator, Kenya Debt Relief Network), Adhemar Mineiro (Senior Policy Analyst, Brazilian Network for Regional Integration), CHAIR: Aldo Caliari (Secretary, IWG)
While one of the issues being discussed at the upcoming G-20 Finance Ministers Meeting on April 14-15 in Washington are the causes and remedies of commodity price volatility, most governments have been reluctant to analyze market deregulation as a price volatility driver. This is partly because of a purported lack of probative data to demonstrate “smoking gun” causality, and partly because of the difficulties in agreeing on multilateral policy remedies that can be converted into enforceable rules. And yet, as the UN Conference on Trade and Development secretariat noted in a 2010 paper, “highly volatile commodity prices acts as a serious distortion on the development process.”
This session will discuss some of the key policy struggles in the U.S. and EU legislation to regulate the ‘over the counter’ derivatives market and how regulation might prevent the excessive speculation portion of commodity price volatility. Panelists will discuss how commodity market price volatility has affected imported food and energy bills, and commodity export revenues in developing countries. The panel will also consider if and how U.S. and EU regulatory reform can be multi-lateralized to improve developing country capacity to manage commodity price risks. If this is not possible, then what developing country policies are needed to reduce import bills and enhance export revenues?Participant List
4:00 – 5:30
Public Financial Management (PFM) in MENA region
Sponsors: Lebanese Economic Association
Speakers: Mounir Rached (Vice President, Lebanese Economic Association), John Gardner (Fiscal Affairs Department, IMF).
Many countries in the region have critical PFM issues to address. The current turmoil may be a part of a persistent negligence to focus on such issues. Many countries in the MENA region (including Lebanon) have major deficiencies in PFM. In most, PFM lacks the principle elements of good financial management: effectiveness, efficiency, transparency, and rules-based system. As PFM covers institutions, processes and arrangements underlying a country’s public finances, the topic could be narrowed to two, albeit broad, areas such as budget preparation and budget execution.
The IMF and the WB have provided extensive technical assistance in these areas and have, diagnosed adequately (through numerous missions) the deficiencies and recommended proper remedies. A major problem remains, however, and it encompass reform execution which involves two components: the capacity to reform (institutional and human), and the will and commitment to reform. The latter could be the real problem.
The session will focus on the major PFM problems facing developing and emerging economies, and consider an innovative approach that helps implement reform, including unblocking impediments to reform.
4:30 – 6:00
2121 Penn. Av. NW
Pathways out of Extreme Poverty: New Approaches
Sponsors: CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor)
Speakers: Anne Hastings (Director, Fonkoze), Margaret Grosh (Lead Social Protection Specialist, World Bank), Syed Hashemi (Director, BRAC Development Institute, and Senior Advisor, CGAP), CHAIR: Alexia Latortue (Deputy CEO, CGAP)
Early results from the CGAP-Ford Foundation Graduation Program provide important lessons to help understand how safety nets, livelihoods, and microfinance can be sequenced to create pathways for the poorest out of extreme poverty. Based on an approach developed by BRAC, Bangladesh, this program is being piloted in Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Pakistan, Peru, and Yemen through partnerships with various NGOs and research institutes. Join us for a seminar to discuss key lessons emerging from this program as well as other approaches to successfully reach the extreme poor.
9:00 – 10:30
Presentation of Global Monitoring Report
Sponsor: World Bank, International Monetary Fund
Speakers: Delfin Go (Lead Author, WB), Anabel Cruz (President Instituto de Comunicación y Desarrollo (ICD/Uruguay), Brad McDonald (Strategy and Policy Review Department, IMF) CHAIR: Merrell Tuck-Primdahl (Senior Communicatoins Officer, WB).
The “Global Monitoring Report 2011: Improving the Odds of Achieving the MDGs” takes stock of the policy responses being applied toward attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It highlights priorities that remain if key objectives related to poverty reduction, alleviating hunger, and improving health, education, and other goals are to be met by the 2015 deadline set by the international community.
This session will offer a chance for GMR co-team leaders from the World Bank and IMF to discuss the latest findings with CSOs and to explore lessons from impact evaluations in health and education, which are highlighted for the first time in the 2011 GMR.Participant List
9:00 – 10:30
Sponsors: Espacio de Vinculacion, A.C. (Mexico)
Speakers: Samar Mezghanni (Member, Euro Mediterranean Youth Parliament, Tunisia), Khaled Sakr (Advisor, External Relations Department, IMF), Najat Yamouri (Senior Communications Officer, WB), CHAIR: Tanya Rebolledo-Branski (Project Manager, Espacio de Vinculacion, A.C.).
“2.0 Revolutions” refers to the social movements emerging in most Arab countries over the past months. By leveraging digital social media, youth are transforming of their role in promoting democracy. The youth-led popular uprisings in Egypt, Libya, Yemen and other countries, are proof of the reach of virtual social networking to unify and organize civil society in order to achieve changes in their societies.
This session will discuss increasing citizen empowerment through use of information and communication technologies (ICT’s), and the challenges that this new social contract represents for governments and other authorities.
9:00 – 10:30
World Bank Private Sector Investments in Water: A Risky Strategy for the World's Water
Sponsor: Corporate Accountability International
Speakers: Shayda E. Naficy (Senior Organizer, International Water Campaign / CAI), Johanna Gelbspan (Senior Program Coordinator, World Bank & Water / CAI)
Addressing water and sanitation shortages has often been identified as a priority for the World Bank Group, and a foundation for development. The Bank’s strategy for expanding access has hinged on commercialization and private sector participation through tariff increases, restructuring, and public private-partnerships (PPPs). Yet this approach has had mixed success at best. Nevertheless, the Bank’s newest approaches seem to rely more on the private sector for risk management and oversight. In particular, the International Finance Corporation’s equity investments to private actors in the water sector and lending through financial intermediaries pose serious risks to the fulfillment of the human right to water.
Can these investments actually produce desired development outcomes in the water sector? Can the projects financed by these types of investment instruments be adequately overseen by Bank officials, affected communities and civil society? And, what conflicts of interest emerge when a development bank ostensibly focused on poverty alleviation aligns both its project lending and its own financial performance with the profitability of private water?
This panel presentation will review these topics and discuss how we can advance the human right to water and safeguard against corporate conflicts of interest in development lending and the water sector.
11:00 – 12:30
Consultation on Program for Results (P4R)
Sponsor: World Bank
Speakers: Fadia Saadah (Manager, Investment Lending Unit), Paul Bermingham (Director, OPCS) CHAIR: Alan Gelb (Senior Fellow,Center for Global Development).
In order to respond to changing development needs and demand from client countries, the World Bank is proposing a new Program-for-Results (P4R) lending instrument. P4R would focus Bank support directly on government development programs and link financing to the achievement of results. To inform the design of the P4R, the World Bank is consulting with a broad range of governments, development partners, civil society organizations, private sector, academics and other stakeholders. During this consultation session Bank staff will present the main features of the proposed new instrument and seek your feedback on the concept note.
Your feedback is important to us. If you are unable to attend this session, you can also participate in these consultations by submitting a web consultation feedback form. To post your comments and for more information on the review process visit the P4R click here to visit their website.
The paper will be revised taking into account the outcome of the March – May Consultations process, and will be discussed by a committee of the Bank’s Board along with the summary of the March – May consultations, draft operational policy and other relevant documents. Internal and external audiences will have another opportunity (one-month) to provide feedback on the revised paper and draft policy framework. The P4R package will be updated, taking into account the feedback throughout the process, and presented to the Bank's Board of Executive Directors for approval.
11:00 – 12:30
A Global Money Initiative Workshop: Discussing The Language of Money and it Applies in Local International Country Markets
Sponsor: Operation Hope
Speakers: CHAIR: John Hope Bryant (Founder and CEO, Operation Hope), others (tbc)
Global Money is an exciting new initiative from Operation HOPE, the world’s leading financial literacy and economic empowerment nonprofit organization. Understanding the language of money is important because it affects every aspect of our lives. Financial literacy is about learning how the system can stabilize families, helping them to make sound financial decisions, empowering them to do more with the money they make. This partnership with WIKIA is creating a global platform for collaboration on the development of financial literacy curriculum that will be relevant to each participating country.
Currently, the World Bank is working on financial education through its World Bank Institute Global Program on Consumer Protection and Financial Literacy. This Global Money Forum would be a compliment to engaging the civil society voice around the global financial literacy campaign, in particular in Africa, South America and North America.
11:00 – 12:30
Promoting Policy Research in Developing Countries
Sponsors: Caucasus Research Resource Centers (CRRC) Azerbaijan and Armenia
Speakers: Gursel Aliyev (Country Director, CRRC Azerbaijan), Heghine Manasyan (Country Director, CRRC Armenia).
This session will discuss the following topics: a) How to build the capacity of local policy analysts by developing quality university programs in public policy, and providing training opportunities for young and mid-career professionals; b) How to promote dialogue between policy analysts and government.
12:30 – 2:00
Briefing on Updating and Consolidation of the Environmental and Social Safeguard Policies of the World Bank
Sponsor: World Bank
Speakers: Stephen Lintner (Senior Safeguards Advisor, WB), Vince McElhinny (BICECA Project Manager, Bank Information Center).
The objective of this session is to provide an opportunity for the Bank to brief participants on the updating process and to invite their views and perspective. The World Bank has embarked on a two year process to update and consolidate its environmental and social safeguard policies into an integrated environmental and social policy framework. The process informing the review and update will be transparent, inclusive and consultative, and it will engage a diverse group of internal and external stakeholders.
The review will cover the Bank’s eight environmental and social safeguard policies and its approach to the Use of Country Systems for environmental and social safeguard policies. The first phase of consultations on the initial draft of the proposed updated and consolidated safeguard policy framework (OP/BP) is expected to begin during the Fall of 2011. A second round of consultations will be undertaken on the revised draft of the policy framework during the course of 2012. The consultations are being designed to ensure that they are well coordinated with other ongoing and planned consultation processes, that notification about the consultations is given adequately in advance and that documents are available in major languages.
2:00 – 3:30
Social Protection for Climate – Induced Migration
Sponsor: Institute of Hazrat Mohammad (SAW)
Speakers: Barrister Rizwana Yusuf (Director Administration, SAW), Nilufar Ahmad (Senior Gender Specialist, WB), CHAIR: Habiba Chowdry (Chief Coordinator, SAW).
Migration is one of the most challenging consequences that residents, as well as local and national governments, face due to climate change. Flooding, deforestation, erosion and a rising sea-level are the primary causes of displacing populations. In addition, securing adequate nutrition and managing drought and salt water intrusion, impacts the sustainability of fledgling communities. Their ability to flourish depends on adaptability to a new environment, utilizing resources maximally and the resilience to rebuild their lives after destruction.
For Bangladesh, the issue of migration and the environment is likely to take on an added gravity in years to come as climate change in all likelihood will lead to more natural disasters and freak weather events. Victims of such natural disasters require economic and political stability in order to restore their homes in their native country. Government and NGOs must take preventative and protective measures to support them. If governments fail to do so, people are forced to re-establish themselves in alternative locations. Systems and procedures have to be established in order to identify those who are in genuine need of ‘Permanent Secured Habitat’. We must ensure that any measures taken by governments to curb immigration do not prevent refugees from receiving the support to which they are morally entitled. The phenomenon of forced migration caused by climate change is a problem that the world at large and Bangladesh in particular still remains ill prepared to face.
Accelerated global climate change will play a more prominent role in migration which was once embedded in complex political, social and economic factors. Developed and developing countries whose industrial emissions are largely responsible for hastening climate change, should come forward to thwart a climate-induced humanitarian crisis.
This ssesion will examine the existing legal and institutional framework to respond to climate-induced human migration and propose responses towards preventing an outpouring of ‘homeless’ people through integrated strategies for their sustenance.
2:00 – 3:30
Strategies for Creating Jobs for Youth through the World Bank Youth Employment Programs
Sponsors: Youth Development Program (YDP) Network Nigeria and North America
Speakers: Kenneth Owumi Okoro (Country Coordinator, YDP Network Nigeria), Taiwo Oyelakin ( Africa Representative, Global Fund on HIV/AIDS), Iretomiwa Olatunji (Consultant, World Bank Institute), CHAIR: Matt Eldrige ( Executive Member, YDP North America).
More than 1 billion people today are between 15 and 25 years of age and nearly 40per cent of the world’s population is below the age of 20. Eighty-five per cent of these young people live in developing countries where many are especially vulnerable to extreme poverty. The ILO estimates that around 74 million young women and men are unemployed throughout the world, accounting for 41 per cent of all 180 million unemployed1 persons globally. These figures do not take into consideration worldwide underemployed (estimated at 310 million).
Many more young people are working long hours for low pay, struggling to eke out a living in the informal economy. An estimated 59 million young people between 15 and 17 years old are engaged in hazardous forms of work. Young people actively seeking to participate in the world of work are two to three times more likely than older generations to find themselves unemployed.
This session will discuss specific ideas for promoting youth employment through such existing Bank programs as formal education, (university, technical high schools, vocational training), youth enterprises, and awards for youth entrepreneurs.Participant List