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Dialogues - 2003 World Bank Annual Meetings

2003 World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund Annual Meetings
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
September 19-24, 2003
Dialogues Open to Civil Society Organizations
Last updated: September 17, 2003

Schedule of Events:
All sessions will be held in Room G-01 at the Dubai International Convention Centre facility unless stated otherwise.

      Friday 19    Saturday 20   Sunday 21   Monday 22    Tuesday 23    Wednesday 24



 September 19, Friday
   17:30 - 18:30    Briefing on Annual Meetings
Ian Goldin, World Bank Vice President of External Affairs and Michael Bell, Division Chief, IMF External Relations Department will brief CSOs on the main issues to be discussed at the Annual Meetings.  CSOs will be given the final agenda of the events they can participate in and the Civil Society Team will brief on logistics and answer questions.




 September 20, 2003 - Saturday

8:00 - 9:30

Program of Seminars session - The Role of the International Monetary Fund in Low-Income Member Countries
The IMF is reflecting about how it can best support low-income member countries and contribute to the intensified global effort to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. In this seminar, a representative of the IMF will review a recent paper that raises a series of questions for further consideration. Ministers from three low-income countries will present the view from the country perspective. Discussion with the audience will follow.

 9:00 - 10:00
Hall 5
Press Center

Middle East North Africa (MENA) Region Briefing on Iraq
The World Bank Vice President for the Middle East and North Africa Region (MENA), in addition to senior staff working in Iraq, will be briefing the press and CSOs on the latest development related to the Bank’s work on the Iraqi reconstruction needs assessment.
 10:00 - 11:30  Program of Seminars - Keystone Roundtable: Middle East And North Africa’s Employment Challenge In The 21st Century?
In light of the region’s fast labor force growth and high unemployment rates, there is a consensus among policy makers in the Middle East and North Africa that employment creation is a central objective of economic and social policy in the next decade. As a result, governments are approaching the employment challenge as part of the overall policy reform agenda that aims to expand the role of the private sector, reform educational systems, strengthen market institutions, and accelerate integration into the global economy. 
 12:00 - 13:30Discussion on the Youth Component of the World Bank Children and Youth Strategy
To consolidate and strengthen the focus of the World Bank work on children and youth, a cross-sectoral Bank strategy for children and youth is being developed.  The team drafting the strategy held numerous internal and external consultations on the document.  A moderated online discussion on the issues addressed in the Youth Component of the Strategy was held from May 26 through June 27. The discussion going to be with Viviana Managiaterra, World Bank Advisor on Children and Youth and key author of the Strategy. This dialogue is going to be a part of the global consultation process.

13:30-15:00

The IMF in the Middle East and North Africa
The IMF actively supports countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region in adopting economic policies and reforms aimed at achieving stronger economic performance and higher living standards. This support takes the form of policy discussions and advice, technical assistance, and training, in addition to lending. IMF work in the region has focused especially on (i) public sector reform; (ii) transparency issues; (iii) financial market development; (iv) integration with the global economy; (v) reform of exchange rate regimes; and (vi) post-conflict situations.  IMF staff will explore these issues by presenting the activities most relevant for the region, and respond to civil society questions.

15:00 - 16:30

Trade, Debt and Poverty Reduction
Gobind Nankani, World Bank Vice President of Poverty Reduction and Economic Management (PREM), will brief CSOs on the outcomes of the Cancun WTO Ministerial as well as on the progress of the Highly Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) debt relief and the Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSP).

16:30 - 18:00

Development Disaster: The Long-Term Economic Effects of HIV/AIDS
The discussion is organized  by World Vision.  This workshop will discuss the impact of AIDS on future development, including the challenges posed by some 13 million orphans and vulnerable children.   Panelists will also discuss the policy context in which the response to AIDS is being implemented, asking whether governments are being hindered in their programs by the international policy environment that surrounds them.  The panelists are going to be: Debrework Zewdie, World Bank Director of the Global HIV/AIDS Program, Reverend Canon Gideon Byamugisha representing World Vision/Anglican Church from Uganda, Boniface Maket, Medical Doctor from Kenya, a representative of UNAIDS and/or WHO.

 17:00 - 18:30
Dubai Room

Evaluating the Poverty Impact of Public Actions -- Where do we stand on Poverty and Social Impact Analysis?
Participating from the World Bank will be Ian Goldin, Vice President, External Affairs; John Page, Director, Poverty Reduction; Francois Bourguignon, Director, Development Research Group; Shanta Devarajan, Co-Director, World Development Report 2004 and Oliver Buston, Senior Advocacy Officer, Oxfam International.


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Wednesday 24




September 21, Sunday

 8:00 - 9:00

Breakfast Discussion with Members of the Parliament Network on the World Bank (PNoWB)
The session will be an opportunity for Civil Society Organizations to engage members of the the Parliamentary Network in an informal discussion.  The Parliamentary Network on the World Bank (PNoWB) is an non-profit association, which gathers together over 140 parliamentarians from 60 countries. The purpose of the PNoWB is both to increase parliamentary involvement and effectiveness in the field of international development and to encourage dialogue between MPs and the World Bank.  Its annual meeting has become a major platform for interaction among parliamentarians themselves on development issues, and between parliamentarians and the Bank.

 9:00 - 10:30

Program of Seminars Session - Governance Beyond Governments: The New Chemistry Of Public-Private Cooperation
There is a growing consensus that governmental and intergovernmental decision making processes today are not providing effective responses to the rising number of development challenges and global issues. The complexity, the diversity and the sensitivity of global development issues require new governance mechanisms which include non-traditional actors and allow for new regulatory processes.
 11:00 - 12:30  Building Growth Strategies Through Environmentally and Socially Responsible Infrastructure Development
The session will discuss how the development of sound infrastructure in the energy, water, and transport sector may contribute to a new approach to an environmentally & socially responsible growth strategy. The speakers will be  Ian Johnson, Vice President and Head of the Environmenally and Socially Sustainable Development Network and Nemat Shafik, Vice President for Infrastructure, the World Bank, and possibly others.

 11:30 - 14:00
Dubai Women's College

Young Women and Development - Realizing Their Potential
Dialogue of Young Women in developing countries on the role of young women in the knowledge economy and cultural dimension of gender and empowerment through information and communication technology.  The video dialogue will link young women from the Dubai Women's College with their colleagues from two other Middle East countries and three other developing countries in the world.  The session will be opened and chaired by Dr. Mamphela Ramphele.  Dr. Ramphele is a World Bank Managing Director and oversees the operations of the World Bank Institute, the Bank's work on knowledge and capacity enhancement, and leads the formulation of the Bank's health and education policies.

13:00 - 14:00

World Development Report 2004, Presentation and Discussion
The report—World Development Report 2004: Making Services Work for Poor People—says that too often, key services fail poor people—in access, in quantity, in quality. This imperils a set of development targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which call for a halving of the global incidence of poverty, and broad improvements in human development by 2015. 

 14:30 - 16:00Program of Seminars Session - Getting Serious About the MDGs
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) commit the international community to an expanded vision of development, one that vigorously promotes human development as the key to sustaining social and economic progress in all countries, and recognizes the importance of creating a global partnership for development. High level discussions about all aspects of these critical issues are taking place in many different settings. This seminar will go beyond the rhetoric to focus on hard questions about what it will take to make progress towards achieving the MDGs.

16:00 - 17:15

Conditionality for Good Governance: The Governance of Conditions
This session, organized by the Lebanese Transparency Association, addresses the issue of conditionality and the approach that Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) have towards it as opposed to the approach of the International Donor Organizations (IDOs). The session will focus on cooperation between CSOs and IDOs on governance related conditionality and its impact on policies adopted by governments of countries where the CSOs are stakeholders.  Mr. Charles Adwan, of the Lebanese Transparency Association will moderate the discussion.

 17:30 - 18:45
Abu Dhabi Room

Town Hall Meeting with CSOs
President of the World Bank, James D. Wolfensohn; Horst Koehler, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Trevor Manuel, Chairman of the Development Committee and Minister of Finance, South Africa and Gordon Brown, Chairman of the International Monetary and Financial Committee and Chancellor of the Exchequer, United Kingdom will be responding to questions from representatives from civil society organizations.  Please view the transcript from the discussion. 


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September 22, Monday   

 8:00 - 9:00  

Program of Seminars Session - The Inspection Panel: Participation and Accountability at the World Bank
In 1993 the World Bank established the Inspection Panel (IP), which is an independent body to which individuals and communities can turn if they believe that their rights or interests have been or could be directly harmed by a Bank-financed project. 
  9:00 - 10:30  Core Labor Standards and Poverty Reduction
The session is organized by the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU - Amman) with particpation by the World Bank Social Protection Team (responsible for the Bank's work related to labor market policies and institutions). Speakers for this session include: Nezam Qahoush (ICFTU), Christine Nathan (OHSE), Robert Holzmann (World Bank), Samir Radwan (International Labor Organization) and Peter Bakvis (ICFTU/Global Unions). Presentations will focus on the violation of labor standards in the middle east, the role of labor standards in the reduction of poverty in developing countries and the role of the international institutions in promoting core labor standards.
 10:30 - 12:00  Program of Seminars Session - From Doha to Cancun: Implementations for Development
Developing countries agreed to the launch of new negotiations in November 2001 in Doha on the promise that it would lead to opening markets, reducing subsidies, and liberalizing technology — all issues of major importance to the developing world.  The September Ministerial Meeting in Cancún is expected to give a major push to the latest round of global trade negotiations to enable their conclusion by January 2005.   However, in the words of Mr. Supachai Panitchpakdi, success is not guaranteed and an absence of significant progress before Cancún risks turning the idea of a development round into a hollow slogan.

11:00 - 12:00

A Civil Society Response to the World Bank's New 'High Risk/High Reward' Strategy
This event will be organized by Environmental Defense, Friends of the Earth (FOE) and International Rivers Network (IRN), and will include Peter Bosshard, the Policy Director for the IRN.  In February 2003, the World Bank announced it would re-engage more actively in contentious infrastructure projects in what it calls a 'high risk/high reward' strategy. A new report by Environmental Defense, Friends of the Earth and International Rivers Network presents the track record of the Bank's high risk projects in the water, forestry and mining sectors. Entitled, 'Gambling with People's Lives', the report also analyzes the World Bank's capacity to evaluate and contain risks, and puts forward a series of recommendations.

12:00-13:15

The IMF and Civil Society
The IMF is committed to being transparent about its work, to explain itself, and to listen to the people whom it affects. Increasingly, public outreach is an integral part of IMF country work, and building positive relationships with civil society organizations (CSOs) is central. The IMF has prepared a staff guide for relations with CSOs, which, in addition to input from within the Fund, involved a process of consultation with representatives of civil society from around the world.  Michael Bell, Division Chief, External Relations Department, who led the exercise that drafted the guide,  will illustrate how the Fund’s relations with civil society have evolved over the past few years and discuss with CSOs how that relationship can be improved. He will present the guide and explain how it will be implemented. 
 13:30 - 15:30The Role of the International Monetary Fund in Low-Income Countries
The IMF is reflecting upon the best way to support low-income member countries and contribute to the intensified global effort to meet the Millennium Development Goals. With many low-income countries having achieved macroeconomic stability, the agenda is now focusing on how these countries can achieve rapid economic growth to provide the basis for durable poverty reduction.  In this session, the IMF will present a paper recently considered by its Executive Board. The intention of the paper is to provide a framework for discussion among the IMF, multi-lateral development banks, developed and low-income countries and civil society on what the role of the IMF should be in low-income countries. A panel of civil society representatives will give brief reactions to the paper and then the floor will be open for discussion.  IMF speakers for this session include Mark Plant, Advisor, Policy Development and Review Department.
 15:45 - 17:15Presentation and dialogue with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) Compliance Advisor/Ombudsman (CAO)
The Office of the Compliance Advisor/Ombudsman (CAO) is an external accountability mechanism for IFC and MIGA.  The meeting on September 22 in Dubai will allow members of civil society and others interested in the work of the CAO to meet senior staff to discuss the CAO's complaints, its experiences, its approach to accountability as well as the advisory work undertaken by the office including its review of the Safeguard Policies of IFC.  The CAO 2003 Annual Report will be released to coincide with the meeting.
 17:30 - 18:45Program of Seminars - Capstone Roundtable: The Road To Prosperity: Beyond Good Intentions
Last year governments came together in Monterrey and Johannesburg for two international summits that committed to specific targets for poverty reduction and economic prosperity but the record on delivering results is spotty at best. Armed conflict and corruption continue to be major obstacles to progress, and the future of multilateral cooperation has been called into question.  Senior policy makers, representatives of civil society and business will engage with the audience to look at who is delivering, who is not, and who should be held accountable.


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September 23, Tuesday

  8:00 - 9:00 

Breakfast Meeting with Peter Woicke, Executive Vice President, International Finance Corporation (IFC)
The International Finance Corporation (IFC) promotes sustainable private sector investment in developing countries.  It is the largest multilateral source of loan and equity financing for private sector projects in the developing world.  It promotes sustainable private sector development by financing private sector projects located in the developing world, and helping private companies in the developing world mobilize financing in international financial markets; as well as providing advice and technical assistance to businesses and governments.  A number of projects of IFC have been of interest to civil society.  This session provides an opportunity for CSOs to ask the head of IFC questions about the projects funded by IFC which CSOs are concerned about or interested in.

  9:30 - 11:00 

Discussion of West Bank and Gaza Program of the World Bank
Staff from the World Bank Middle East and North Africa Region working on West Bank and Gaza will present the latest information about the priorities of the World Bank program in the country.

 13:00 - 15:00 

Discussion on Social Accountability and Human Rights
The workshop, organized  by World Vision, will explore the links between human rights and the social accountability agenda of the World Bank and governments.  It will do so by focusing on country-owned approaches, relating the human rights objectives of national governments to the work of IFIs and other institutions.  The panelists will include: Alfredo Sfeir Younis, World Bank Advisor to the Managing Director, Rory Mungoven, Global Advocacy Director of Human Rights Watch, F. H. Abed, Founder and Chairman of BRAC, Alan Whaites, World Vision Director of Policy and Advocacy, and Miguel de Paladella, Coordinator of the Global Movement for Children Secretariat. 

 15:30 - 17:00 

Dialogue on the role of the Mass Media on Development and the recent World Bank publication "The Right to Tell."
The session will focus on the role of free press in democratic societies.  It will build on the report "The Right to Tell, The Role of Mass Media in Economic Development" released by the Bank in 2002.  The book explores the role of the media as a watchdog of government and the corporate sector, and the policies that prevent the media from exercising that role. It assesses the media's function as transmitters of new ideas and information. The session will allow its participants to discuss these issues with the  Raumeen Islam, Manager of the  World Bank Institute Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Division and co-author of report.

 17:00 - 19:00
Al Awir Ballroom
World Trade Center Hotel

Reception for CSOs Participating in the Annual Meetings
Ian Goldin, Vice President, External Affairs, World Bank and Thomas C. Dawson, Director, External Relations Department, IMF, will host an evening reception for the civil society participants in the Annual Meetings.


Friday 19Saturday 20Sunday 21Monday 22Tuesday 23Wednesday 24



  September 24, Wednesday

8:00 - 9:00

Breakfast meeting with World Bank Managing Director Mamphela Ramphele 

 9:00 - 10:30
Onyx Room

MDF for Dialogue in Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region [by invitation only]
The Mediterranean Development Forum (MDF) partnership, is comprised of Middle East and North Africa Region (MENA) think tanks, the United Nations Development Program, and the World Bank Institute. The partnership is dedicated to empowering civil society to participate in shaping public policy; making a contribution to the policy debate in key areas of regional interest; improving the extent and quality of research on economic and social policy issues; and creating vibrant networks of development actors in the region.
 11:00 - 12:00  Discussion on the Education for All (EFA) Initiative
The discussion will be with Ruth Kagia, Head of the World Bank Education Team. She will provide the participants with most recent information about the program and World Bank’s work in the education sector. EFA is a commitment taken on by the international community to achieve education for "every citizen in every society."
The EFA partnership, which is a broad coalition of national governments, organizations such as UNESCO and the World Bank, civil society groups, and associations, is committed to reaching and sustaining the EFA goals through broad-based partnerships within countries, and supported by co-operation with regional and international institutions. 


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