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Civil Society Engagement eNewsletter - July 2004

This is the July 2004 edition of the World Bank Civil Society Engagement eNewsletter which is a regular electronic newsletter sent to Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) worldwide.  It is produced by the Civil Society Team of the World Bank (WB) in collaboration with other WB units.  This newsletter highlights some of the many policies, programs, and initiatives of the WB which may involve or be of interest to CSOs. 

THERE ARE 12 ITEMS IN THIS ISSUE:

1. Draft of WB Management's Response to the Extractive Industries Review
2. XV International AIDS Conference Ends With a Call for Leadership
3. World Bank Annual Meetings 2004: On-line Accreditation for Civil Society Organizations
4. Interim Cooperation Framework (ICF) for Haiti
5. Africa Stockpiles Program Receives New Donation
6. COM+: Alliance of Communicators for Sustainable Development Moves Forward
7. 2003 Annual Review of Development Effectiveness (ARDE)
8. New Senior Appointments at the World Bank
9. News from the World Bank's Regional Departments

Africa

  • Ghana Reaches Completion Point Under the HIPC Initiative
  • Donors Pledge More Than $3 Million in Additional Funds to Eradicate Riverblindness in Africa
  • HIV/AIDS Grant for the Kingdom of Lesotho
  • First Poverty Reduction Support Credit (PRSC) to Mozambique

East Asia and Pacific (EAP)

  • Poverty Reduction Support Credit in Vietnam

Europe and Central Asia (ECA)

  • EU-8 Quarterly Economic Report
  • Donors Pledge $1 Billion to Georgia

Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC)

  • Economic Recovery Support Structural Adjustment Loan (ERSAL) for Argentina
  • Social Sectors Programmatic Structural Adjustment Credit for Bolivia
  • Poverty Reduction Support Credit for Honduras
  • Financing for HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment in St. Lucia and in St. Vincent And The Grenadines
  • Basic Education Development Program in Mexico

Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

  • Modernization of Information Infrastructure Services in Tunisia

South Asia Region (SAR)

  • Integrated Human Development Project for Maldives
  • Education For All Program in Nepal

10. New Publications from the World Bank

  • Battling HIV/AIDS: A Decision Maker's Guide to the Procurement of Medicines and Related Supplies
  • Beyond Economic Growth, Second Edition: An Introduction to Sustainable Development
  • The Millennium Development Goals for Health: Rising to the Challenges
  • Mind, Heart and Soul in the Fight Against Poverty

11. New Websites/Web Resources

  • New Website of the World Bank Board
  • New Electronic Discussion Forum
  • More Research Materials Added to WB's e-Library

12. Recent Global Events/Discussions

  • Videoconference Discussion with CSOs on the Draft WB Management Response to the Extractive Industries Review, July 15, 2004
  • From Adjustment Lending To Development Policy Lending: Update of World Bank Policy Videoconference Discussion with Civil Society Representatives, June 29, 2004
  • Bank Hosts Symposium for Broadcasters

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1. Draft of WB Management's Response to the Extractive Industries Review - The Bank Management's response on EIR has been available for public comment from June 18 in an effort to gather additional views before the Board of Executive Director considers the draft.  July 19 was the final day for submitting comments.   All comments received during that final consultation period will be shared with the Board, with will meet at the conclusion of the comment period to consider all views and to authorize an official WB response.  The full proposal, encompassing a response to both internal and external reviews, can be found at: http://www.worldbank.org/ogmc.   These electronic comments will complement the feedback received by the Bank's EIR management team through several meetings and video conferences held over the past month.  More

2. XV International AIDS Conference Ends With a Call for Leadership - The Fifteenth International AIDS conference, organized by the International AIDS Society (IAS) and the Thai Ministry of Public Health as the local Host, ended on July 16 with Sonia Gandhi and former South African President Nelson Mandela both urging political leaders to make stronger efforts to reduce the stigma that surrounds HIV/AIDS and step up treatment and prevention measures to get ahead of the devastating epidemic which has already claimed over 20 million lives worldwide. Throughout the conference, the call for stronger leadership was also the primary message of officials from WB, which acts as the trustee of the Global Fund and is the largest financier of HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment programs in the South Asia region.  The Bank had a strong team in Bangkok, lead by Human Development's Senior Vice-President, (Jean-Louis Sarbib), and including South Asia Regional Vice President (Praful Patel), East Asia and the Pacific Regional Vice President (Jemal-ud-din Kassum), and Director of the WB's Global HIV/AIDS Program (Debrework Zewdie).  WB staff participated in thirty-eight separate events at Bangkok, including a session between Mr. Sarbib and over a dozen international AIDS/CSOs to exchange views on the Bank's AIDS work.  More information about WB's work on HIV/AIDS can be found at: http://www.worldbank.org/hivaids/.

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3. World Bank Annual Meetings 2004: On-line Accreditation for Civil Society Organizations - The 2004 Annual Meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund and related activities will be held in Washington DC, United States on October 4-5, 2004.  In an effort to address the major development challenges and in response to requests coming from civil society, a number of Policy Dialogue Sessions for interested CSO representatives will be organized between September 29 and October 6, 2004.  Representatives of civil society organizations, as all visitors, must apply for accreditation in order to gain access to the Annual Meetings venues and related events.  For 2004 Annual Meetings CSOs will be able to request accreditation through a new web-based accreditation system.  The system was launched on July 1 and applications for accreditation from interested CSOs will be accepted through September 3.   If you are interested in participating in the Annual Meetings, please apply for accreditation as soon as possible, and immediately proceed to obtain a visa to enter the US, should you need one.  More information.

4. Interim Cooperation Framework (ICF) for Haiti - The ICF report estimates that Haiti will need $1.37 billion over the next two years to jumpstart key reforms and put the country on the path towards sustained growth. Haiti hopes to raise $924 million at a two-day International Donors Conference on Haiti, which will be held at the World Bank in Washington on July 19-20. The government has already received $440 million in assistance in external assistance and internal resources. The document was drafted by Haiti's interim government with support from the European Commission, the Inter-American Development Bank, the United Nations and WB.  It drew input from close to 250 national and international experts from 26 bilateral and multilateral donors, UN agencies, civil society and the private sector.   Some two dozen CSOs from Haiti, Europe, Canada, and the United States participated in the Donors Conference, although efforts are underway to ensure greater Haitian civil society involvement in the implementation of the government development program.  To learn more about the document, the ICF, and WB's assistance to Haiti, please visit: http://www.worldbank.org/ht.

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5. Africa Stockpiles Program Receives New Donation - The Africa Stockpiles Programme (ASP), on July 8 announced that the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation will donate US$500,000 to help launch the program in late 2004.  The pledge of support from Switzerland brings the total amount committed to the ASP to over $50 million from WB, 1 million EUROS from the European Union, over $15 million from bilateral donors, and $8 million from plant sciences industry trade association CropLife International.  The ASP is a partnership between industry, participating countries, private foundations, nonprofit organizations, and multilateral funds, who have agreed to pool resources and expertise in a collaborative, comprehensive effort to rid Africa of polluting stockpiles of obsolete pesticides and prevent their recurrence.  To learn more about the ASP, please visit: http://www.africastockpiles.org.

6. COM+: Alliance of Communicators for Sustainable Development Moves Forward - The Com+: Alliance of Communicators for Sustainable Development, with WB as one of its cofounders, brings together intergovernmental development institutions, nongovernmental organizations, with a focus on conservation and rational use of resources, private global communications outlets, associations of journalists, global nonprofit communications agencies, and associations of southern CSOs working on environmental, social, and development issues. COM+ aims at deconstructing sustainable development in such a way that communications reflect the issues that people around the world care about, especially in developing countries. A Steering Committee of the partners and a Secretariat will coordinate implementation of the different actions in a way that preserves complementarities and multiplies impact by engaging other members of the Alliance and other institutions/organizations. Hosted by the IUCN Regional Office for Central America, based in San José, Costa Rica, the 2 staff Secretariat will coordinate the components of the COM+ work program.  To learn more about the Alliance, please go to: http://www.complusalliance.org/.

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7. 2003 Annual Review of Development Effectiveness (ARDE) - Countries that adopted economic reforms, along with WB support, had per capita economic growth rates more than double those that did not, according to an annual review released on July 13 by the independent Operations Evaluations Department (OED) of the WB. The report concludes that since WB assistance programs are most effectively used by developing countries already implementing policy reforms, WB should limit lending to countries with poor policy environments until there are clear signals that reform is under way.  Focusing on WB programs from 1999 to 2003, ARDE concludes that WB has done a reasonably good job of supporting countries that are improving their policies.  Nearly 80 percent of WB lending went to countries with above-average policy ratings during that period.  WB lending helped to underpin reform in countries coming out of financial or other crises, in countries moving from socialism to market economies, and in countries preparing to join the European Union.  The Bank was less successful in encouraging policy reform in countries where the conditions were not so ripe for change.  WB instruments such as reform-related lending “triggers” and conditionalities have not been shown to be effective in promoting reform except in limited circumstances: countries that do not want to reform don’t reform.

8. New Senior Appointments at the World Bank - Vikram Nehru was appointed as new Director of the Debt Department in WB's Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Network.  His appointment is effective as of July 9.  In his previous position, he was the Manager of the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries team.  Effective October 1, 2004, Luca Barbone will become the Sector Director for the Poverty Reduction Group in Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Network.  Mr. Barbone is currently the Country Director for Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova in the Europe and Central Asia Vice Presidency.  Susan Stout was appointed as Manager of the Results Secretariat in the Operations Policy and Country Services Vice Presidency.  Her appointment became effective on August 15, 2004.  Her most recent assignment was with the Global HIV/AIDS Program of the World Bank.

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9. News from the World Bank's Regional Departments

Africa

  • Ghana Reaches Completion Point Under the HIPC Initiative - The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank’s IDA have agreed that Ghana has taken the necessary steps to reach its completion point under the enhanced Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) Initiative, making it the 14th country to reach this point. Total debt relief under the enhanced HIPC Initiative from all of Ghana’s creditors amounts to US$3.5 billion in nominal terms. Between 2004–2013, Ghana would save approximately US$230 million annually in debt service costs. Resources made available by debt relief under the enhanced HIPC Initiative are being allocated to fund pro-poor expenditure programs, as outlined in Ghana’s Poverty Reduction Strategy (GPRS) Paper, which was completed in February 2003 using an extensive participatory approach.
  • Donors Pledge More Than $3 Million in Additional Funds to Eradicate Riverblindness in Africa - More than $3 million in additional funding to fight Onchocerciasis (riverblindness) was pledged on June 22nd at the African Program Onchocerciasis Control (APOC) Donors’ Conference. This means enough funding to continue providing treatment to at least 9 million people a year for the next three years. The pledge falls short of the long-term budget target to bridge a funding gap of $18 million which would be required by 2010.  The APOC Program offers an opportunity to address other public health problems, such as reproductive health and HIV/AIDS, schistosomiasis, malaria and lymphatic filariasis, and has been called “the most successful partnership and health program in Africa”.  For more information about the program, please visit http://www/afr/gper/.
  • HIV/AIDS Grant for the Kingdom of Lesotho - An International Development Agency (IDA) grant of $5 million to support the strategy of the Government of the Kingdom of Lesotho to expand and accelerate its response to HIV/AIDS through prevention, access to treatment and the mitigation of the socioeconomic impact of the pandemic in Lesotho has been granted.  It will be used to build capacity within Lesotho to effectively scale up its fight against the HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis (TB) epidemics over the next 5 years in keeping with an agreement signed in 2002. The government has agreed to use a decentralized participatory approach, a multi-sectoral strategy, and a transparent financing system for the implementation of all HIV/AIDS-related projects.  More information about this project can be found at: http://www.worldbank.org/ls/.
  • First Poverty Reduction Support Credit (PRSC) to Mozambique - The WB’s Board of Directors has approved a $60 million credit to Mozambique to support the implementation of its poverty reduction support strategy in 2004. The PRSC-1 will help build public sector capacity to maintain microeconomic stability and strengthen public financial management.  It will also improve the investment climate and expand infrastructure services and the delivery of good quality health, education and water supply.  More information about this and other WB projects in Mozambique can be found at: http://www.worldbank.org/mz/.

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East Asia and Pacific (EAP)

  • Poverty Reduction Support Credit in Vietnam - The Government of Vietnam and the WB have signed the third Poverty Reduction Support Credit (PRSC3) of $100 million, aimed at restoring faster economic growth and more rapid poverty-reduction. The PRSC3 strengthens the reform program to better allocate resources, create jobs, and promote economic growth.  The credit from the International Development Association, the soft loan window of the WB, backs reforms set out in the Government's Comprehensive Poverty Reduction and Growth Strategy.  More information about this and other WB operations in Vietnam can be found at: http://www.worldbank.org/vn/.

Europe and Central Asia (ECA)

  • EU-8 Quarterly Economic Report - The report released in Poland on July 14, provides an update on key economic developments and reform initiatives in the first “wave” of new European Union (EU) member countries.  The authors point at the EU-8 countries' accession to the EU in May as a major political achievement, although the potential economic gains have yet to be realized. Income levels range from 40-80 percent of the EU average, regional income disparities are large and rising, unemployment is high in most countries, and pockets of poverty persist in all countries.  While full access to the internal market and EU aid programs offers significant opportunities, the challenges are equally daunting. There will be a long period of catching up ahead, for some spanning several decades, says the report. 
  • Donors Pledge $1 Billion to Georgia - International donors from 31 countries and 12 international organizations gathered on June 16-17 at a joint European Commission/World Bank Conference to discuss donor coordination and financial support to Georgia. They pledged to provide around US$1 billion  to meet the urgent needs of the country for the period 2004-2006.  The pledges are aimed at budget support and urgent investments in energy, governance, and poverty reduction.  Several donors, while not yet in a position to announce formal commitments, indicated that they may also be able to provide assistance in the next several years.  More information about the Conference as well as WB's work in Georgia can be found at: http://www.worldbank.org/ge/.

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Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC)

  • Economic Recovery Support Structural Adjustment Loan (ERSAL) for Argentina - On June 29, the WB approved a US$500 million ERSAL project to support Argentina's efforts to sustain the current economic recovery and establish the structural foundation for medium-term growth, increased employment and greater social equity.  Specifically, the ERSAL supports restructuring of the financial and utilities sectors, as well as actions to improve the investment climate. Under the ERSAL, the Government has made firm commitments to complete compensation payments to the banks for asymmetric specification.  More information about this, and other WB programs in Argentina can be found at: http://www.worldbank.org/ar.
  • Social Sectors Programmatic Structural Adjustment Credit for Bolivia - The WB Board of Executive Directors, on June 29 approved a $25 million, zero-interest credit to support the Government of Bolivia’s social development agenda. The Social Sectors Programmatic Structural Adjustment Credit (SSPSAC) will help the government maintain progress in the social sectors and improve access of the poor to basic services in health and nutrition, education, water and sanitation, and social protection in a time of fiscal crisis. This IDA programmatic structural adjustment credit is the first in a series of three single tranche SSPSACs.  The total project cost is approximately $34.5 million.  To learn about this, and other WB projects in Bolivia, please visit: http://www.worldbank.org/bo.
  • Poverty Reduction Support Credit for Honduras - The WB, on June 24 approved the $58.8 million Poverty Reduction Support Credit (PRSC) to support pro-poor growth, human development and social protection programs, as well as enhanced public sector management, and environmental sustainability. A complementary $8 million credit for the Poverty Reduction Support Technical Assistance Project is designed to strengthen institutional capacity of the government to plan, manage, monitor and evaluate the Poverty Reduction Strategy.  More information about this and other WB projects in Honduras can be found at: http://www.worldbank.org/hn/.
  • Financing for HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment in St. Lucia and in St. Vincent And The Grenadines - On July 7, the WB approved $6.4 million in financing to St. Lucia, and $7 million in financing for St. Vincent and the Grenadines to reduce HIV infections, provide treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS, and strengthen institutional capacity for HIV/AIDS prevention and control activities.  In St. Lucia, the Bank financing will support, amongst other things, the expansion of programs for HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment  including: information, education and communication/behavior change communication activities through various media; voluntary counseling and testing; the distribution of condoms (through the Government’s health care network the public sector and CSOs), and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases and opportunistic infections associated with HIV/AIDS. In St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Project will increase the participation and build capacity for CSOs, strengthen government capacity for coordination, monitoring and evaluation, enhance HIV/AIDS prevention and improve treatment, care and support for people living with HIV/AIDS.
  • Basic Education Development Program in Mexico - The $300 million project approved on July 1 will support education for disadvantaged groups, such as children living in rural or marginal urban areas, and handicapped, migrant and indigenous children. The loan will support the third and final phase of the Basic Education Development Program, which WB has been supporting since its inception in 1991.  The first two phases of this program achieved improvements in education for around 6 million children (20 percent of whom are indigenous) in 31 states; strengthened management of the education system; and enhanced the states' institutional capacity to deliver education services. To learn more about WB operations in Mexico, including this project, please go to: http://www.worldbank.org/mx.

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Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

  • Modernization of Information Infrastructure Services in Tunisia - The WB on July 1 approved a $13 million loan to assist Tunisia in promoting development of its Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) sector by supporting ICT reforms, improving its e-security mechanisms, developing e-government applications and promoting the participation of the private sector in the ICT sector.  The project falls in line with the Country Assistance Strategy (CAS) for Tunisia which identifies modernization of information infrastructure services through private investment as one of the Tunisia’s key priorities.  Issued on a fixed-spread basis, the project will be implemented over a period of approximately five years. To learn more about this and other WB projects in Tunisia, please visit: http://www.worldbank.org/tn/.

South Asia Region (SAR)

  • Integrated Human Development Project for Maldives - The WB on July 6 approved a $15.76 million IDA credit to support the Government of Maldives to deliver education, health and nutrition, employment, and community services, particularly to remote island regions. The Integrated Human Development Project will benefit secondary school students and poor and female students who have problems attending school away from their home islands. Women and children will have increased access to prenatal care, well-baby services, and nutrition-promotion programs. Job seekers will gain from expanded employment prospects. Capacity building will assist local community groups with their delivery of social services.  More information about WB projects and programs in Maldives can be found at: http://www.worldbank.org/mv/.
  • Education For All Program in Nepal - With the approval on July 6 of a $50 million credit, the WB joined Denmark, Finland, Norway, and the U.K.’s  Department for International Development in supporting the Government of Nepal’s “Education For All” program, which aims to increase primary enrollment rates, especially of girls and children from socially disadvantaged groups, and to improve the quality of education. Despite having made substantial progress in education, achieving the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of universal primary education by 2015 remains a challenge. More than 25% of children are still out of school, with girls, children from dalit (low-caste Hindus) and disadvantaged ethnic communities being disproportionately under-represented.  To learn more about this and other WB projects in Nepal, please visit: http://www.worldbank.org/np/.

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10. New Publications from the World Bank

  • Battling HIV/AIDS: A Decision Maker's Guide to the Procurement of Medicines and Related Supplies - Battling HIV/AIDS sets out principles and provides advice on the procurement of HIV/AIDS medicines and related supplies for programs scaling up antiretroviral therapy (ART) and associated health services. This technical guide examines the elements required to establish and ensure continuity of supplies, including medicines and other commodities. It provides extensive guidance on key topics: Quality Assurance, Selection & Quantification methods, Intellectual Property Rights, Procurement Strategies, Pricing & Financing, the Supply Cycle and Policy Issues. Specializing in procurement for HIV-related programs, "Battling HIV/AIDS" is a valuable resource for implementing agencies and donors dealing with HIV/AIDS related procurement.
  • Beyond Economic Growth, Second Edition: An Introduction to Sustainable Development - What is development? And what does it take to make development sustainable? How can we measure and compare levels of development for different countries? The author of the publication challenges students, teachers, and others to find their own answers to these complex questions by analyzing and synthesizing information on a range of critical and interrelated development issues: population growth, economic growth, equity, poverty, hunger, education, health, industrialization, privatization, trade, foreign investment, international aid, climate change, the MDGs, and more.

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  • The Millennium Development Goals for Health: Rising to the Challenges - The report provides data on progress and trends in reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for health, nutrition and population. It looks at poor-nonpoor disparities; health system reforms as a means of laying building blocks for the efficient and equitable delivery of interventions; the financing of health spending through domestic resources and aid; and improving the effectiveness of development assistance in health. In doing so, the report links the health MDG agenda with the broader poverty-reduction agenda. In addition, the report provides an inventory of WB activities related to the health MDGs and other relevant activities as well as the activities of other multilateral and bilateral aid agencies. Non-health initiatives inside and outside WB of relevance, such as the Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers process, the Millennium Project, etc are also documented. Of interest to policymakers in developing countries as well as staff of development and technical agencies, this title provides a basis for the international community to further the MDG agenda in relation to health, nutrition and population.
  • Mind, Heart and Soul in the Fight Against Poverty - The world of religion has been unacknowledged and often unseen by many development practitioners. The areas of common concern and activity, though, are numerous and have great importance in the global effort to fight poverty.  The publication explores the diversity of collaboration between faith institutions and development agencies ranging from community level interventions in support of excluded populations, work on education, health, and HIV/AIDS, restoring communities after conflicts, and global efforts to bring greater clarity and meaning to challenges such as poor country debt, labor and the struggle against poverty.  What is emerging is a set of new partnerships which are founded on common concerns for the welfare of poor communities and the global cause of social justice. The need for broader and clearer insight, and for creative efforts to see and understand the whole, emerge as fundamental lessons of recent decades of development experience.  The publication seeks to delve more deeply into these lessons, stressing the centrality of faith in the human experience.

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11. New Websites/Web Resources

  • New Website of the World Bank Board - On July 1 the Bank launched an external website dedicated to serve the communications needs of members of the Board of Executive Directors. Here the public can find information on voting power, projects and contract awards for each of the 24 Executive Directors’ offices in order to understand the dual roles of the EDs with respect to their fiduciary responsibility to the institution as well as to the constituencies they represent. 
  • New Electronic Discussion Forum - A partnership between UNAIDS, Bellanet, Instituto para la Conectividad en las Americas, the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, OneWorld, the International Institute for Communications and Development, and the Humanist Institute for Co-operation with Developing Countries (HIVOS) resulted in the launch of Dgroups, an on-line home for groups and communities interested in international development, into which the World Bank Institute’s DevForum facility has now entered. Under the new facility, it will be easier for WB's outside stakeholders, such as CSOs, to patriciate and moderate a variety of discussions on topics of their interest.  The Forum can be accessed at: http://dgroups.org/.
  • More Research Materials Added to WB's e-Library - Over 1,900 Policy Research Working Papers were recently added to the 1,300 publications available on the World Bank e-Library located at: http://www.worldbank.org/elibrary, an on-line, fully cross-searchable portal. This is the first in a series of enhancements to this facility. The Policy Research Working Papers disseminate findings of research work in progress to encourage the exchange of ideas about development issues, covering a broad range of topics and countries. As new working papers are produced, they will be added to the collection.

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12. Recent Global Events/Discussions

  • Videoconference Discussion with CSOs on the Draft WB Management Response to the Extractive Industries Review, July 15, 2004 - Draft WB Management's response on Extractive Industries Review (EIR) was publicly released on June 18 and has been made available for public comment for 30 days (until July 19).  At this final stage of the EIR process, to complement the numerous face-to-face discussions, as well as the electronic method of seeking comments and proposals, WB EIR team and the Civil Society Team organized a multi-country VC meeting with CSO representatives from Czech Republic, Georgia, Poland and the UK.  The discussion provided an opportunity to the EIR team to hear from interested CSOs their views on the draft World Bank Management response, before it is finalized and sent to the Board.  CSO participants shared their concerns and outlined, what in their views were the weaknesses of the draft Response.  The team took full note of the comments received and passed these on to the Bank's Board.
  • From Adjustment Lending To Development Policy Lending: Update of World Bank
    Policy Videoconference Discussion with Civil Society Representatives, June 29, 2004
    - As part of a broader effort to update the statements of the Bank's mandatory operational policies and procedures and separate them from discussion of country economic strategies and development approaches, the Bank's Operations Directive (OD) 8.60 on Adjustment Lending has been updated.  One part of that process, have been a series of consultation discussions on the draft Policy Paper conducted in 2004.  One of such discussions was a videoconference with CSOs in Colombia, Nigeria and Poland and authors of the draft Policy from the Operations Policy and Client Services Network at the WB.  The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the update of the Policy, and to get feedback from civil society participants on the proposed changes.  The meeting participants shared their views, which were collected and had been taken into consideration in the final version of the draft policy, which was presented to the Bank's Board on July 15.
  • Bank Hosts Symposium for Broadcasters - 130 broadcasters and documentary filmmakers from all around the world attended a two-day conference hosted by the World Bank on June 14-15. The aim of the symposium was to establish and develop strong links and relationships between WB and the broadcasting community and to lay the foundations for a mutually enriching relationship, with the objective of working together on development issues. In his keynote address, WB President stated that, “These issues of the real world in which we live and the responsibility of the media to try and bring about an education of the next generation is really crucial. What we're looking to do over the next two days is to try and see if there is something practical, pragmatic, and a series of steps that could allow us to build a partnership with you.”  Details on the Symposium can be found at: http://www.worldbank.org/mediaworkshop/.

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