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The World Bank and Civil Society

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The growth of civil society has been one of the most significant trends in international development. This website will provide you with information and materials on the World Bank's evolving relationship with civil society. More 


World Bank Group Begins Tracking Progress in Real Time

President Delivery Unit

A year ago, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim made a pledge to developing countries: The Bank Group would make changes in order to deliver better services. It would be less bureaucratic, gather more feedback from citizens affected by its projects, and measure more effectively whether its programs are successful.  Following the example of the Malaysian government and others, World Bank Group President, Dr . Kim has established a Delivery Unit and set targets that track progress of the Bank’s development programs. Supported by a new website, the delivery unit will reveal the most up to date information on the Bank’s progress and will be updated as regularly as new data becomes available.  The new website will track the World Bank Group’s progress on 12 development targets that contribute to ending extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity.The targets are specific and time-bound and aim at increasing development impact and transparency.  See details

 What's New! 

Prince Williams

Prince William and President Kim: Hunt Down Corruption: On December 8th, the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, and the World Bank Group President Dr. Jim Yong Kim spoke to more than 300 anti-corruption officials assembled at the World Bank for the International Corruption Hunters Alliance meeting. Prince William called illegal wildlife trade "one of the most insidious forms of corruption" and announced the founding of a new task force to shut down illegal wildlife trade routes. Read more.

CSOs Townhall with Dr. Kim and Madame Lagarde

CSO Program Addresses Key Policy Issues: Over 800 CSO representatives from more than 80 countries participated in the Civil Society Program held in October during the 2014 Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group (WBG) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington, DC.  There were some 55 policy dialogue sessions on a wide range of topics which details including summary notes and photo gallery can be found here.


John cuts his farewell cake

End of Era at the Civil Society Team: John Garrison, who many of you will know led the World Bank’s Civil Society Engagement for many years, has moved to work at the World Bank’s Inspection Panel (IP) which promotes accountability by investigating complaints by project-affected people.  In his new capacity, John will be advising the IP on ways to strengthen engagement with developing country CSOs.  Edith Jibunoh, who has led the Global Civil Society team since February 2014, can be contacted for any  matters related to the Civil Society Team.

Safeguards Review and Consultations

Review and Update of the World Bank Safeguard Policies: People and the environment are at the center of the World Bank's work. Through the revision of its environmental and social safeguard policies, the World Bank is ramping up its standards to ensure the delivery of an environmental and social framework which is more efficient and comprehensive; includes a strengthened approach to the management of environmental and social risks that will support sustainable development through standards that are clear to those impacted by the projects it finances, those who implements, and those holding the institution to account. Find here details about the ongoing consultations.

Ebola Response factsheet

World Bank Group Ebola Response Fact Sheet: The Ebola epidemic continues to spread in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. If the virus continues to surge in the three worst-affected countries and spreads to neighboring countries, the two-year regional financial impact could reach $32.6 billion by the end of 2015, dealing a potentially catastrophic blow to already fragile states.  To help contain the spread of infections, improve public health systems throughout West Africa, and assist countries in coping with the economic impact, the World Bank Group is mobilizing nearly $1 billion in financing for the countries hardest hit by the crisis. More.

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Civil Society eNewsletter – November/December 2014 New!!: On December 8th, the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, and the World Bank Group President Dr. Jim Yong Kim spoke to more than 300 anti-corruption officials assembled at the World Bank for the International Corruption Hunters Alliance meeting.  In this combined end of year edition of our eNewsletter, we highlighted that event, including new insights into how people actually think and make decisions as detailed in the newly released World Development Report 2015.  See details in our web based newsletter and please subscribe.  

Last updated: 2014-12-16

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