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Civil Society Engagement eNewsletter - October 2004

This is the October 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 11 ITEMS IN THIS ISSUE:

1.  World Bank Annual Meetings 2004: Summary of the Civil Society Dialogues Program
2.  World Bank President Calls for Urgent Action in Poverty Reduction, the Environment and Education to Make the World Equitable and Safe

3.  The Final Report of the Extractive Industries Review: World Bank Group Management Response
4.  New World Bank Vice President for Infrastructure
5.  Millennium Challenge Account Staff Meet at the World Bank
6.  Computer Donation Program at the World Bank

7.  News from the World Bank's Regional Departments

Africa

  • The Local Development Program Support Project in Chad
  • Basic Education Project in the Republic of Congo
  • Africa Emergency Locust Project
  • National Community Driven Development Support Project in the Republic of Benin

East Asia and Pacific (EAP)

  • International Stakeholder Workshop on the Proposed Nam Theun 2 (NT2) Hydropower Project, Vientiane, Lao PDR, September 24, 2004

Europe and Central Asia (ECA)

  • Millennium Development Goals for Health in Europe and Central Asia
  • Country Assistance Strategy (CAS) for Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • New Country Partnership Strategy for Kazakhstan
  • Poverty Assessment Report on Russia

Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC)

  • Fourth Regional Thematic Forum.  Harvesting Opportunities: Rural Development in the 21st Century

Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

  • World Bank, Iraq Sign Agreement to Build and Repair Schools
  • Basic Education Development Program in Yemen

South Asia Region (SAR)

  • Afghanistan: State Building, Sustaining Growth, and Reducing Poverty

8. New Publications from the World Bank

  • Influential Evaluations: Evaluations the Improved Performance and Impacts of Development Programs
  • Gender, Conflict and Development
  • Green miniAtlas
  • Reshaping the Future: Education and Post-Conflict Reconstruction

9. New Websites / Web Resources

  • UN-NGLS launches its new MDGs Internet Portal
  • World Bank PovertyNet Website: Redesigned and Updated

10. Upcoming and Ongoing Global Events/Discussions

  • Online Consultation for the World Development Report 2006, October 12 - November 19, 2004
  • Online public consultation of the International Finance Corporation's (IFC) new draft Policy and Performance Standards on Social and Environmental Sustainability and Interpretation Notes and its Policy on Disclosure of Information
  • Invitation to Comment on the Issues Paper on Using Country Systems in World Bank Operations
  • E-Discussion: Teacher Effectiveness: Multigrade Teaching as a Policy Option, October 11 - November 12, 2004
  • SpeakOut on Monitoring the Millennium Development Goals, October 26
  • The World Bank Disability and Development International Conference, November 30 - December 1, 2004

11. Recent Global Events/Discussions

  • Global Labor Leaders Meet with the World Bank, October 7-8, 2004
  • World Bank’s ‘Development Trends and Indigenous Peoples’ Forum

1. World Bank Annual Meetings 2004: Summary of the Civil Society Dialogues Program - The 2004 Annual Meetings of the Boards of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group concluded on October 3.  Some 15 different dialogue sessions were organized over seven days prior, during and right after the Meetings, for nearly 150 CSO representatives who came to Washington, DC from across the globe. CSO visitors participated in policy discussions with senior Bank / Fund managers, met with Executive Directors, interacted with the press, and worked from several CSO offices set up for them at the WB and the IMF.  The sessions covered policy issues such as debt, extractive industries and specific loans for projects.  The CSOs also participated in a Town Hall Meeting with WB President, IMF Managing Director Rodrigo de Rato, South Africa Finance Minister Trevor Manuel, and UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown.  CSOs also had a chance to participate in the Program of Seminars sessions sponsored by the Bank and Fund.  Several CSOs organized their own policy discussions with Bank/Fund staff.  Please visit the WB website for CSOs: http://www.worldbank.org/civilsociety for more information on the 2004 Annual Meetings dialogues, and for summaries of some of the sessions (additional summaries will be posted shortly). There is a complete transcript of the Town Hall.

2. World Bank President Calls for Urgent Action in Poverty Reduction, the Environment and Education to Make the World Equitable and Safe - Addressing the Annual Meeting of the Governors of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund on October 2, 2004, World Bank President James Wolfensohn issued an urgent call to action to make the planet more equitable and safe, through the three pillars of poverty reduction, environmental stewardship, and education of the youth of the world.  Pointing to the recent violence around the world, Wolfensohn noted that the world is now focused on short-term issues of immediate security, but he asked that the international community not lose sight of longer-term solutions.  To make the world more balanced and secure for future generations, he pointed to three urgent priorities that must be managed to determine the collective future of the globe: protecting the planet, scaling up poverty reduction, and educating our youth differently for the 21st century - and giving them hope.  To read the full text of Mr. Wolfensohn's address, please visit: http://www.worldbank.org/president.

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3. The Final Report of the Extractive Industries Review:  World Bank Group Management Response - The final World Bank Group Management response to the Final Consultation Report of the independent stakeholder Extractive Industries Review (EIR), was posted on September 17, 2004.  The Consultation Report produced a number of recommendations for the WB's future involvement in the sector.  The Bank Group has considered these recommendations seriously and, in responding, has consulted with and sought to balance the often diverse views of many stakeholders including shareholder governments, civil society, and industry.  The final response provides a summary of Bank Group management's specific responses to the Review's recommendations.  To read the final response, to see comments received during the period in which the original draft response was up for review, and to read the overall summary of the WB board discussion of the document, as well as to learn more about the WB's approach to the oil, gas, mining, and chemicals sector, please visit: http://www.worldbank.org/ogmc.

4. New World Bank Vice President for Infrastructure - The World Bank President appointed Katherine Sierra as the organization's new Vice President for Infrastructure, effective October 18, 2004.  Ms. Sierra is taking over this position after Ms. Nemat Shafik, currently holding this position, decided to accept an assignment as Director General, Regional Programs with the U.K. Government's Department for International Development (DFID).  Ms. Sierra has been a Vice President for Human Resources at the World Bank for the past three years.

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5. Millennium Challenge Account Staff Meet at the World Bank - A delegation of executives from the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), a new US-led development assistance organization, recently visited the Bank headquarters for a half-day of meetings to learn more about the WB’s operations and familiarize themselves with the WB's priorities. Because the 16 countries selected for FY ‘04 MCA assistance are located in the AFR, EAP, ECA, and LAC regions of the Bank, representatives from these regional vice presidencies also met with the  MCC delegation to share experiences, insights and best practices. The visit gave the MCC executives the opportunity to collectively interact with senior Bank officials.  Both parties expressed the hope that such meetings will lead to closer collaboration, coordination and harmonization in the delivery of development assistance for better aid effectiveness and poverty reduction.

6. Computer Donation Program at the World Bank - The WB has kicked of a Computer Donation Program that will see over 12,000 computers given to needy groups around the world.  The computers, from more than 100 Bank country offices, will be distributed over the next nine months to NGOs, community, and nonprofit groups who are primarily involved in the areas of health care, education, social services, youth, and job training.  Gifts in Kind International, the world’s leading charity in the field of product philanthropy, will handle global distribution of the computers. Each computer will be loaded with a new operating system as well as a program that can help users earn a Certificate of Teaching Mastery; the software is being donated by Teachers without Borders. Organizations interested in applying for computers, please visit: http://www.giftsinkind.org/worldbank.asp.

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7. News from the World Bank's Regional Departments

Africa

  • The Local Development Program Support Project in Chad - The project, in the amount of US$23 million, was approved by the WB's Board on September 16.  It aims to assist the Government of Chad in designing and implementing a decentralized and participatory financing mechanism that empowers local communities and decentralized authorities to manage development funds. This will be achieved by strengthening the capacity and responsibility of local communities and authorities, implementing demand-driven sub-projects, and supporting the emerging process of decentralization.  To learn more about the WB programs in Chad, please visit: http://www.worldbank.org/chad/.
  • Basic Education Project in the Republic of Congo - A US$20 million International Development Association (IDA) grant will support investments in the education sector in Congo.  The project aims to improve efficiency in the allocation and management of resources, improve the quality of the education services offered, and reduce the inequities in the provision of these services.  It will also help mitigate the current post-conflict crisis in the education sector.  The project will also provide training to the teachers and help to rehabilitate the school buildings, as well as provide school materials in regions where the need for them is most pronounced.  More information on this, and other WB projects in Congo, can be found at: http://www.worldbank.org/congo/.
  • Africa Emergency Locust Project - The WB on September 22 signed a series of agreements providing credits totaling US$12.5 million in support of emergency programs to combat desert locusts in seven countries of the Sahel Region of West Africa.  An invasion of desert locusts swarms and hopper bands seriously threatens this year's harvests in all seven countries.  The credit agreements were signed with Burkina Faso (US$1.6 million), Chad (US$2.1 million), The Gambia (US$0.9 million), Mali (US$1.9 million), Mauritania (US$2 million), Niger (US$2 million), and Senegal (US$2 million).  The funds are drawn from the Project Preparation Facility of the WB and are an advance on an International Association of Development (IDA) credit for the Africa Emergency Locust Project to be presented to the Board of the WB next December.  For information about this, and other WB operations in the Africa Region, please go to: http://www.worldbank.org/afr/.
  • National Community Driven Development Support Project in the Republic of Benin - The International Development Association (IDA) Credit of US$37.7 million and a grant of US$12.3 million to support the cummunity-driven development (CDD) project in Benin was approved by the WB Board on October 7.  It will promote the use of the CDD approach by relevant  ministries, decentralized local governments and local communities to improve access of the poorest communities to basic social and financial services.  Doing so will help operationalize recent steps toward decentralization in Benin and will prepare  ministries and decentralized local governments to apply the CDD approach to activities receiving programmatic support.  The activities supported will also contribute towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals in areas such as education, health, water and sanitation, and gender equity. More information about the project can be found at WB website on Benin: http://www.worldbank.org/afr/bj/.

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East Asia and Pacific (EAP)

  • International Stakeholder Workshop on the Proposed Nam Theun 2 (NT2) Hydropower Project, Vientiane, Lao PDR, September 24, 2004 - Over 250 people participated in the Vientiane Workshop, the final session in this series of international workshops with meetings already held in Bangkok, Tokyo, Paris and Washington, DC. The workshop allowed for key issues related to the project, to be discussed over four sessions focusing on: (a) the development framework of Lao PDR and the criteria outlined by the international financial institutions (IFIs) to guide their decision on whether or not to support Nam Theun 2; (b) the technical, environmental, and social safeguards to avoid or mitigate risks; (c) the economic analysis of the project, including the demand for power in Thailand, and how the revenues from the project would be managed; and (d) the local consultation process undertaken to ensure that the communities in project affected areas understand the potential benefits and impacts of the dam, and that project preparation is informed by their views. The workshop provided an opportunity for a lively discussion amongst all stakeholders involved or affected by the project.  Please see the summary of the Vientiane discussion.  To learn more about the project and the WB involvement in it, as well as the workshops already held, please visit the website the Lao PDR website of the WB: http://www.worldbank.org/la/.

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Europe and Central Asia (ECA)

  • Millennium Development Goals for Health in Europe and Central Asia - This new WB study released on October 6 explores the fourth and fifth Millennium Development Goals agreed by world leaders in 2000 and analyzes their appropriateness for the countries of the Europe and Central Asia (ECA) region.  Noting the region's diversity, the authors cite the importance of basic care for infants and mothers in the poorer countries, such as Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.  They also touch on Goal 6, which deals with combating HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, noting that the fast spread of HIV/AIDS in ECA could impede economic growth.  Two key findings emerge: First, for the ECA region, proportionately more gains in life expectancy would accrue from the control of non-communicable diseases than from achieving targets related to child and maternal mortality (goals four and five respectively). This pattern holds in all sub-regions of ECA.  Second, there are proportionately more gains to be had from achieving goals four and five in Central Asia and the Caucasus sub-regions.
  • Country Assistance Strategy (CAS) for Bosnia and Herzegovina - The WB's Board of Executive Directors on September 16 discussed a new Country Assistance Strategy (CAS) for Bosnia and Herzegovina, officially marking the launch of the new assistance program. Under the new program, the WB will pledge new projects worth between US$100 and 180 million over the next three years. The new CAS for Bosnia and Herzegovina is based on the country's recently approved first Medium-Term Development Strategy (MTDS/PRSP), and has been prepared in consultation with the authorities and other local and international partners. For more information, please visit the WB website for Bosnia and Herzegovina, located at: http://www.worldbank.org/ba/.
  • New Country Partnership Strategy for Kazakhstan - The WB's Board of Directors discussed and endorsed a new Country Partnership Strategy for Kazakhstan on September 9. The new strategy was developed in close collaboration with the Government of Kazakhstan, to ensure that it responds to the country's emerging development objectives and to its rapidly changing economic and social conditions.  It was also discussed with representatives of NGOs, research institutes, think tanks, and private sector companies from several cities in Kazakhstan, who broadly supported the proposed activities and provided their comments and suggestions. For more information,  please visit the WB website for Kazakhstan, at: http://www.worldbank.org.kz/.
  • Poverty Assessment Report on Russia - This report released on September 22 is based on analyses of the main facets and dynamics of poverty in Russia since 1997.  The research was conducted over the past two years by Russian and international experts in the framework of a program to enhance the measurement, monitoring, and analysis of poverty, a collaborative project by the WB, the UK's Department for International Development, and a Russian government team including the Ministry of Labor and Social Development and the Ministry of Finance. The report's authors found that since the peak of poverty levels in 1999, as the transition recession and the 1998 financial crisis caused  incomes to collapse and inequality to increase, by 2002 Russia succeeded in halving poverty:  from 41.5 percent to 19.6 percent.  While approximately 30 million people escaped poverty during this period, the report notes that every fifth Russian still lives in poverty.  The report, as well as more information on the WB's work in Russia, can be found at: http://www.worldbank.org.ru/.

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Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC)

  • Fourth Regional Thematic Forum.  Harvesting Opportunities: Rural Development in the 21st Century - The LAC Regional Thematic Forum is a meeting place for representatives of civil society, government, and the private sector from Latin America to come together, promoting dialogue around issues of mutual interest from their varied perspectives. The fourth Regional Thematic Forum will be held in San José, Costa Rica, October 19-21, 2004.  it will deal with the issue of rural development and will have three specific objectives: (a) learn about the context and conditions for sustainable rural development, (b) share and exchange lessons and experiences, and (c) explore opportunities for key stakeholders to assume a more effective role in advancing the mechanisms for sustainable rural development.  More information about this as well as the past events can be found at: http://www.worldbank.org/laccs/.

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Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

  • World Bank, Iraq Sign Agreement to Build and Repair Schools - The Emergency School Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Project for Iraq was signed on October 13 on the sidelines of an international donors meeting held in Tokyo, Japan.  The US$60 million grant will finance the construction of new buildings for over 100 schools and urgent repairs of 140 primary and secondary schools across 18 governorates.  Financed by the Iraq Trust Fund, a multi-donor trust fund administered by the WB, the project focuses on schools that are overcrowded or housed in unsafe buildings.  To learn more about this and other WB programs in Iraq, please visit: http://www.worldbank.org/iq/.
  • Basic Education Development Program in Yemen - The US$65 million loan will help increase access to basic education for all, especially girls and disadvantaged groups, enhance the quality of education and improve management and efficiency of the education sector.  In its first year, the project will be launched in 10 governorates where new schools will be built and existing schools rehabilitated.  The implementation of the project will expand gradually to the entire country.  The project will also emphasize on curriculum review and development and enhance the quality and provision of education materials.  More information about this, as well as other WB programs in Yemen, can be found at: http://www.worldbank.org/ye/.

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South Asia Region (SAR)

  • Afghanistan: State Building, Sustaining Growth, and Reducing Poverty - This new report finds that the country's future prospects depend on whether the political leadership can free it from a vicious cycle in which a largely informal economy, the opium trade, and violence reinforce each other. This has hindered state-building activities, and undermined development efforts.  This is the first economic report on Afghanistan by the WB in a quarter century, and stresses that these various elements must be addressed in order for the country to escape the poverty and violence it has endured for three decades. The report is designed to contribute to a greater understanding of the core challenges that lie ahead for Afghanistan and key priorities for national reconstruction. The report, as well as more information about the WB's work in Afghanistan, can be viewed at: http://www.worldbank.org/af/.

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8. New Publications from the World Bank

  • Influential Evaluations: Evaluations the Improved Performance and Impacts of Development Programs - This new World Bank Operations Evaluation Department's (OED) report presents 8 case studies of evaluations and reviews which have had a significant impact.  For many of these, it has been possible to compare the costs of conducting the evaluation and the economic benefits produced, and to show that the evaluation was a highly cost-effective tool for improving program management and for supporting government resource allocation decisions.  The publication provides a summary of lessons learned about how to ensure evaluations are utilized intensively.  A companion volume, in preparation, presents the 8 case studies and utilization lessons in more detail. The report is available on the OED website in English, French and Spanish.
  • Gender, Conflict and Development - The book was written as an effort to fill a gap between the Bank’s work on gender mainstreaming and its agenda in conflict and development. The authors identify a link between gender and conflict issues and provide the most comprehensive review of external and internal sources on gender and conflict, with a particular focus on policy relevance for an institution such as the WB.  The book also highlights the gender dimensions of conflict, organized around major relevant themes such as female combatants, sexual violence, formal and informal peace processes, the legal framework, work, the rehabilitation of social services and community-driven development. And for each theme it analyzes how conflict changes gender roles and the policy options that might be considered to build on positive aspects while minimizing adverse changes. The suggested policy options and approaches aim to take advantage of the opportunity afforded by violent conflict to encourage change and build more inclusive and gender balanced social, economic and political relations in post-conflict societies. The book concludes by identifying some of the remaining challenges and themes that require additional analysis and research.
  • Green miniAtlas - The second title in the WB miniAtlas series, the Green miniAtlas is an "at-a-glance" guide to the most pressing environmental problems around the world.  It draws on data from the WB's Little Green Data Book, providing a wealth of information on key environmental topics for over 200 countries and territories. Taking an in-depth look at such critical issues as agriculture, forestry, biodiversity, energy, emission and pollution, water and sanitation, protected areas, the Green miniAtlas is a unique and timely resource for better understanding the world's most urgent environmental challenges.
  • Reshaping the Future: Education and Post-Conflict Reconstruction - The aim of the report is to draw international attention to the key role that education can play in both preventing conflict and in reconstructing post-conflict societies. The central message of this book is that education plays key role in both conflict prevention and in the reconstruction of post-conflict societies. It highlights significant findings on education and post-conflict reconstruction drawn from thorough research and literature review, a survey and database of key indicators for 52 conflict-affected countries, and a review of 12 country studies.

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9. New Websites / Web Resources

  • UN-NGLS launches its new MDGs Internet Portal - The United Nations Nongovernmental Liaison Service (NGLS) launched its new Internet Portal on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The portal consists of a compendium of background materials, ongoing analysis and research, and campaign initiatives undertaken at a national, regional, and international level to address the MDGs. The work showcased through the portal originates from the United Nations, its agencies and programs, intergovernmental organizations, national governments, and civil society.  The website serves as a reference guide to the MDGs, while providing a space for those interested to connect with ongoing initiatives and organizations working towards the achievement of the 2015 targets. The website can be visited at: http://www.un-ngls.org/mdg.
  • World Bank PovertyNet Website: Redesigned and Updated - The WB’s PovertyNet website has been updated with new pages and a new layout. The site has information on poverty measurement, monitoring, analysis, and poverty reduction strategies for researchers and practitioners. PovertyNet’s resources include the PovertyNet Library (a large collection of documents and papers), and information on Poverty Data and Data Sources, and on Training and Events. Please visit the website at: http://www.worldbank.org/poverty.  The team welcomes your feedback, comments, and suggestions for further improving the website.  Please contact them at: povertynet@worldbank.org.

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10. Upcoming and Ongoing Global Events/Discussions

  • Online Consultation for the World Development Report 2006, October 12 - November 19, 2004 - The online consultation on the outline of the WB World Development Report (WDR) 2006, which will explore the role of equity in development, was launched on October 12.  It will be held over six weeks and will conclude on November 19.  Discussions will cover the three parts of the report's Outline.  Between October 12-22, Part I: How Unequal is the World? will be discussed; between October 25 - November 5: Part II: Does Inequality Matter?; and from November 8-19: Part III: Institutions and Policies for Greater Equity and Lower Poverty.  The WDR 2006 team looks forward to hearing views, comments, and questions. To read the outline of the report, meet the team, and join the discussion, please go to: http://www.worldbank.org/wdr2006.
  • Online public consultation of the International Finance Corporation's (IFC) new draft Policy and Performance Standards on Social and Environmental Sustainability and Interpretation Notes and its Policy on Disclosure of Information - IFC has launched an online public consultation for the review of its new draft Policy and Performance Standards on Social and Environmental Sustainability and Interpretation Notes and its Policy on Disclosure of Information.  Following an intensive review and analysis of the strengths, weaknesses, and gaps in coverage of the current policies, and building on reviews and critiques since their introduction in 1998, IFC has recast the Safeguard Policies as the Policy and Performance Standards on Social and Environmental Sustainability, which are accompanied by Interpretation Notes.  IFC has also developed a Concept Paper outlining a new approach to information disclosure issues, which will soon to be developed further into a draft Policy.  The Online consultation will be held between September 27, 2004 and February 2005.  The timetable will include the registration phase - through October 2004; a consultation on draft Disclosure Policy, October-December 17, 2004; review of comments received and consultation on final draft Disclosure Policy, January-February, 2005; and review of comments and process evaluation, in February 2005.  This online consultation is being complemented by a series of face-to-face meetings in different venues around the globe.
  • Invitation to Comment on the Issues Paper on Using Country Systems in World Bank Operations - The WB is currently exploring the feasibility of furthering its use of borrower countries’ national, subnational, or sectoral implementing institutions, and their applicable laws and regulations in WB-supported activities.  The paper focuses on issues arising from the use of country systems in environmental and social safeguards, financial management, and procurement.  It describes the recent experience of WB with using country systems in specific fiduciary areas, discusses expanding such use, and proposes a pilot program to test the use of country environmental and social safeguard systems.  In this context, WB Management has also prepared draft Operations Policy and Bank Procedures (Annexes A and B of the paper) to provide clarity and direction to staff for piloting the use of borrower environmental and social safeguard policies.  The WB is seeking comments on the proposals made in the Issues Paper.  In addition to e-comments, face-to-face discussions with borrowers, multilateral and bilateral donor partners, CSOs, and the private sector will be conducted during the next two months to elicit feedback on the proposed approach. Electronic comments can be sent to: countrysystems@worldbank.org and will be accepted through December 31, 2004. To review the paper, share comments and learn more, please visit: http://www.worldbank.org/countrysystems.  Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish translations of the paper will be posted on the website shortly.
  • E-Discussion: Teacher Effectiveness: Multigrade Teaching as a Policy Option, October 11 - November 12, 2004 - The discussion will cover topics related to multigrade teaching and learning.  It will be moderated by subject-matter experts.  Interested individuals are encouraged to share their experience, work, good practice, knowledge, and ideas with policymakers, practitioners, teachers, researchers, and international development personnel around the world who are working, studying or simply interested in this subject.
  • SpeakOut on Monitoring the Millennium Development Goals, October 26 - Zia Qureshi, lead author of the WB’s Global Monitoring Report - an analysis focusing on how the world is doing in implementing the policies and actions for achieving the MDGs and related development outcomes - will participate in an open live online discussion on the topic of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).  He will answer questions regarding the progress made so far towards achieving the MGDs in the world and WB's work in that area.  To join the discussion and pre-submit your questions, please go to: http://discuss.worldbank.org/
  • The World Bank Disability and Development International Conference, November 30 - December 1, 2004 - The second international disabilities conference, entitled "Disability and Inclusive Development: Sharing, Learning and Building Alliances" constitutes a follow-up to the Bank's December 2002 international disability conference.  It will take stock of the work done in the disability and development community over the past two years. The event will involve many of the WB's partners which include disabled persons organizations (DPOs), civil society organizations, development agencies, donors, academia and more. Participants will attend panel discussions, listen to keynote addresses from distinguished speakers within the disability and economic development communities, browse the many disability-related display booths, and share knowledge on state-of-the-art technology and best practice in disability work. The second day of the conference, December 1, marks World AIDS Dy and will focus its morning session on the themes of "Disability and HIV/AIDS" and "Women, Children and HIV/AIDS."  A vast amount of information on the conference is posted to the disability website located at: http://www.worldbank.org/disability. This conference is in celebration of the United Nations' 2004 Day of Disabled Persons.

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11. Recent Global Events/Discussions

  • Global Labor Leaders Meet with the World Bank, October 7-8, 2004 - Trade union leaders from across the world held two days of meetings with Bank and IMF officials to seek ways of making faster progress on common development priorities - reducing poverty, fighting HIV/AIDS, and helping governments achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).  The meetings built on three years of regular dialogue which includes leadership meetings and more frequent working-level meetings on particular policy questions.  In addition to this dialogue, there are many examples of collaboration in country operations.  More information about this event, as well as on the WB engagement with the unions, can be found here.
  • World Bank’s ‘Development Trends and Indigenous Peoples’ Forum - The Forum was held as part of the official program of the grand opening of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) on the National Mall in Washington, DC.  It focused on the importance of cultural diversity of Indigenous Peoples and its implications for development.  Opened with a traditional ceremony by Emil Her Many Horses, Spiritual Leader and member of the Lakota Tribe in the U.S., the event was addressed by WB President.  Director of NMAI, Richard West; Manuel de Jesus Salazar Tatzaguic, Minister of Culture and Sports of Guatemala; and Louis Eveliz, Vice President of Fondo Indigena provided their perspectives on the linkages between indigenous culture and development.  More information about the event as well as the WB's support for Indigenous Peoples can be found at:  http://www.worldbank.org/indigenouspeoples.
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