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Civil Society Engagement eNewsletter - February 2005

This is the February 2005 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.  FOR COMMENT: Concept Note on Joint World Bank and IMF Review of Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers-Progress in Implementation
2. Donors Agree To Substantial Increase In New World Bank Money For Poorest Countries
3. Partnership for Transparency Fund: An Instrument to Support CSO Involvement in Anti-Corruption Programs
4. World Bank Supports Transition From Relief To Reconstruction For Countries Hit By Tsunami Disaster
5. Post-Kyoto Uncertainty Threatens Emerging Carbon Emissions Market
6. Senior Appointments at the World Bank
7. Development Marketplace 2005 Global Competition: A Update

8.  News from the World Bank's Regional Departments

Africa

  • Cape Verde Gets World Bank Support For Its Growth And Poverty Reduction Strategy
  • Growth Support Project in Mali

East Asia and Pacific (EAP)

  • First Visit of World Bank President to Cambodia

Europe and Central Asia (ECA)

  • Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Economic Development Support Project in Azerbaijan
  • ECA PRSP Countries Discuss Public Expenditure Management, February 7, 2005, Warsaw, Poland
  • European Leaders Launch Decade of Roma Inclusion, February 2, 2005, Sofia, Bulgaria

Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC)

  • Central American Leaders, World Bank Official and Other Stakeholders Discuss Investment Climate in Central America
  • World Bank To Open Office in San Salvador

Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

  • World Bank Supports Early Childhood Education in Egypt

South Asia Region (SAR)

  • Preliminary Tsunami Disaster Needs Assessment for the Maldives
  • Afghan Women Use GDLN to Build Foundations for Political Participation
  • World Bank President Visits Pakistan
  • Sri Lanka Needs US$1.5 billion For Tsunami Recovery and Reconstruction

9.  New Publications from the World Bank

  • First Annual World Bank Report on Investigations and Sanctions of Staff Misconduct, Fraud and Corruption in WB-Financed Projects
  • World Bank: Focus on Sustainability 2004 Report
  • Evaluating The World Bank's Approach to Global Programs: Addressing the Challenges of Globalization
  • Beyond the City: the Rural Contribution to Development in Latin America

10. New Websites / Web Resources

  • Toolkit to Support Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVCs) in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Expanded Disclosure on MIGA Website

11. Upcoming and Ongoing Global Events/Discussions

  • Regional Dialogue on Access to Information, Transparency and Good Governance in Bolivia, February-May, 2005
  • Second High Level Forum on Joint Progress Toward Enhanced Aid Effectiveness, February 28 - March 2, 2005, Paris, France
  • Beijing Plus 10 Cyber Dialogues: World Bank Offices Open Doors to Women
  • UPDATE: World Bank - Civil Society Global Policy Forum, April 20-22, 2005, Washington, DC

12. Recent Global Events/Discussions

  • Global Grantmaking for Small Grants Workshop, February 7, Washington, DC
  • Review of World Bank Conditionality, Consultation Meeting with CSOs, February 4, Paris, France
  • World Bank and the EU Discuss HIV/AIDS with European CSOs, January 20, 2005, Brussels, Belgium

1. FOR COMMENT: Concept Note on Joint World Bank and IMF Review of Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers-Progress in Implementation - 2005 marks the fifth anniversary of the Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS) initiative, and the WB and IMF are undertaking an in-depth assessment of progress, challenges, and good practices in developing PRS papers. In particular, the review will draw lessons for future policy, with a view to enhancing the effectiveness of the PRS as a vehicle for helping countries reach the MDGs.  The 2005 PRS Review will include the views of Bank, IMF, country officials, donors, CSOs, and other stakeholders, and will draw on studies, reviews and analyses already undertaken or planned by external partners.  A draft Concept Note for the Review is now available for comment.  In view of the timetable for this review, which will be presented to the WB and IMF Boards in September 2005, comments and submissions are invited by May 2005.  For more information on the Review and to access the draft Concept Note please visit the Bank's website at: http://www.worldbank.org/prspreview.

2. Donors Agree To Substantial Increase In New World Bank Money For Poorest Countries - On February 22, donor countries reached agreement on the 14th replenishment of funds to the International Development Association (IDA), the WB affiliate that provides assistance to the world’s 81 poorest countries. At least $34 billion in resources will be made available during the next three years for IDA programs, which represents a 25 percent increase in overall resources over the previous replenishment, the largest expansion of IDA resources in two decades.  While donor countries made firm financial commitments to the replenishment, some donors are still exploring the possibility of increased pledges to reach the 30 percent target which was originally supported by the IDA Deputies at their December 2004 meeting in Athens.  During the course of the replenishment discussions , donors were joined by representatives from IDA borrower countries, observers from multilateral development banks, and comments were sought from CSOs and others on the draft report for the replenishment agreement.  To learn more about IDA and the IDA-14 Replenishment process, please visit: http://www.worldbank.org/ida.

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3. The Partnership for Transparency Fund: An Instrument to Support CSO Involvement in Anti-Corruption Programs - The WB has recently provided a grant of $180,000 to the Partnership for Transparency Fund (PTF), which is primarily focused on supporting civil society engagement in national anti-corruption and good governance projects.  The PTF makes micro-grants of $25,000 or less to CSOs engaged in specific projects, such as monitoring public procurement or government service delivery, media campaigns, preparation of legislation, whistleblower protection, promotion of freedom-of-information and other activities to enhance transparency and integrity in public service.  The PTF is managed by retired WB, ADB and IDB staff serving as volunteers.  Please check the website at: http://www.partnershipfortransparency for more information on the grants available.

4. World Bank Supports Transition From Relief To Reconstruction For Countries Hit By Tsunami Disaster - The WB announced that it expects to provide an initial US$672 million dollars to help Indonesia, Sri Lanka and the Maldives make the transition from disaster relief efforts to reconstruction in the wake of the tsunami.  The funds, which will mainly be provided through the International Development Association (IDA), the WB’s financing arm for the poorest countries, mark the first phase of support for the reconstruction process for those countries, and the amount of financial and technical support is expected to rise over time.  In February, the WB management presented a paper to the Board of Executive Directors outlining the Bank's plan for working with the tsunami-affected countries, primarily Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives.  Potential support for India will be defined shortly after a damage and needs assessment is completed.  The Bank also will continue to work with its international partners in providing assistance to Seychelles and Somalia, using relatively small scale, non-operational grant funding.  To learn more about WB's work in the tsunami-affected countries, please go to: http://www.worldbank.org/tsunami.

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5. Post-Kyoto Uncertainty Threatens Emerging Carbon Emissions Market - As the Kyoto Protocol enters into force, with the goal of limiting carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in rich countries, the WB on February 15 urged industrialized nations to address the uncertainties of the post-Kyoto period after 2012.  The WB held meetings with its 45 country advisory group to discuss ways of catalyzing a supply response in developing country markets that will galvanize new investment in clean climate friendly technology over the next two years.  The WB has made significant efforts in the development of the carbon market, first by launching the Prototype Carbon Fund (PCF) to demonstrate how to cost-effectively achieve greenhouse gas reductions while contributing to sustainable development.  More recently, the WB launched a series of carbon funds to expand learning-by-doing to poor countries, and to address market failures. The Community Development Carbon Fund (CDCF) and the BioCarbon Fund (BioCF) enable smaller and rural poor communities in poor countries to benefit from carbon finance for sustainable development purposes.  To learn more about carbon finance products of the WB, please visit: http://carbonfinance.org/.

6. Senior Appointments at the World Bank - Effective February 1, 2005, Assaad Jabre, Vice President of Operations, IFC, assumed the role of Acting Executive Vice President of IFC, replacing Peter Woicke who retired at the end of January 2005.  Also as of February 1, Latin America and the Caribbean Region's Human Development Sector Management Unit has a new director, Ms. Evangeline Javier, who was appointed to that position after having served as the Unit's Sector Manager.  As of March 1, Mr. Konrad von Ritter will become a Sector Manager, Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Development, at the World Bank Institute.  He comes to that position after having worked at The Nature Conservancy, an environmental NGO, under the WB's Staff Exchange Program.  Effective May 1, Mr. Hossein Razavi has been appointed Sector Director, Finance, Private Sector Development and Infrastructure in the Middle East and North Africa Region; his most recent assignment has been Director, Infrastructure and Energy Service Department in the Europe and Central Asia Region.

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7. Development Marketplace 2005 Global Competition: A Update - The call for proposals for WB's Development Marketplace 2005 Global Competition -- which focuses this year on the environment -- closed on January 21st. The competition received 2,638 proposals from 136 countries, with NGOs submitting over half of the projects. Roughly 150 environmental specialists from inside and outside the WB are currently reviewing the proposals, and finalists will be announced in late March, and finalists will be asked to submit a more detailed proposal by the end of April.  The Development Marketplace 2005 will be held from May 24 - 25, 2005 (please note that these dates have changed from the earlier publicized dates of June 6 – 7) at the WB's Main Complex Building in Washington DC, and more details on the event will be posted closer to the date.   In addition to the Global Competition, nine country-level marketplaces will be held between March and June 2005 in Argentina (for Southern Cone Countries), Georgia, Ghana, Indonesia, Lebanon, Mexico, Nepal, Turkey, and Zambia (for Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi). For more information on the Country-Level events, please visit the Development Marketplace website.   Please visit: http://www.developmentmarketplace.org for a more detailed summary of the applications received for the Global Competition as well as information on the country-level marketplace events.

8.  News from the World Bank's Regional Departments

Africa

  • Cape Verde Gets World Bank Support For Its Growth And Poverty Reduction Strategy - The WB on January 25 marked its satisfaction with the Growth and Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (GPRSP) of the Government of Cape Verde for the period 2004-2007.  Prepared by the Government through a participatory process bringing together input from representatives of the private sector, CSOs, municipalities, multilateral and bilateral organizations, and community-based groups, the GPRSP defines a comprehensive poverty reduction strategy for the country. It builds on the interim PRSP that was presented to the Boards of the International Development Association (IDA) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in April 2002.  Five  main development challenges are identified by the GPRSP for Cape Verde over the next three years are: (a) promoting good governance.; (b) improving competitiveness and private sector-led growth; (c) fostering human capital development;(d) strengthening social security and solidarity: and (e) improving infrastructure and land use management.  To learn more about Cape Verde GPRSP, please go to: http://www.worldbank.org/cv.
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  • Growth Support Project in Mali - The International Development Association (IDA) grant of US$35.5 million for the project was approved by the WB on February 15.  It aims to improve the investment climate and foster growth in Mali, with a particular focus on small and medium enterprises and on key sectors.  It will help expand the availability of the infrastructure base and promote business innovation through financial and non financial services.  The project is in line with both the Poverty Reduction Strategy of Mali and the 2003 Country Assistance Strategy which focus on promoting shared growth.   More information on this project and other WB operations in Mali can be found at: http: http://www.worldbank.org/afr/ml.

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East Asia and Pacific (EAP)

  • First Visit of World Bank President to Cambodia - WB President James Wolfensohn, in his first trip to Cambodia, met with a number of key stakeholders in the country to learn more about issues important to the Cambodian people.  He met with His Majesty the King, Prime Minister, senior government officials, CSOs, students and youth organizations, garment workers, members of the private sector, and donors. He addressed more than 800 students at Pannasastra University, where he announced the Youth in World Bank Cambodia Program – a special program modeled on successful pilots in other WB country offices to involve youth in analyzing the WB’s projects and programs and incorporating their views in project design and implementation.  He also met with CSOs, and discussed with them key issues such as governance, use of natural resources, gender, and human and social development.  He urged strengthened cooperation between the WB and NGOs in areas where he said the goals of WB and NGOs are aligned – such as good governance, social and economic justice, and poverty reduction – and said that they need to continue to openly discuss areas where they may disagree and work towards identifying way to collaborate more effectively together.  To learn more about the visit, please go to: http://www.worldbank.org/kh.

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Europe and Central Asia (ECA)

  • Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Economic Development Support Project in Azerbaijan - On February 15 the WB approved a US$15 million project aiming at improving living conditions, enhancing economic opportunities and prospects for social integration of IDPs.  Azerbaijan’s armed conflict with Armenia over the Upper Garabagh region, which lasted from 1992 to 1994, left over 30,000 dead and over 1 million people displaced.  About 575,000 or 15 percent of the country’s population became internally displaced persons.  The project will extend the Government's efforts to improve the living conditions of IDPs who, as communities, will identify what investments are most needed.  To learn more about this and other WB programs in Azerbaijan, please visit: http://www.worldbank.org/az.

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  • ECA PRSP Countries Discuss Public Expenditure Management, February 7, 2005, Warsaw, Poland - The conference on public expenditure management in countries with Poverty Reduction Strategies (PRSs) brought together officials from 11 governments in the ECA region—Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kyrgyz Republic, Moldova, Serbia and Montenegro, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Kosovo.  Experts on public expenditure management issues as well as representatives of various donor organizations including the European Commission, DFID, USAID, SIDA, and UNDP also participated.  The conference was supported by the Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability (PEFA) program, a partnership of several international organizations and donors to promote development of better public expenditure and improved financial accountability.
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  • European Leaders Launch Decade of Roma Inclusion, February 2, 2005, Sofia, Bulgaria - Government leaders from Central and Southeast Europe signed a declaration engaging them to include the Roma people as full and equal members of European Society.  Participants included Prime Ministers from eight Central and Southeast European countries, as well as World Bank President James Wolfensohn and Open Society Institute (OSI) Chairman George Soros.  OSI and the WB are the two principal sponsoring organizations of the Decade of Roma Inclusion, which aims to improve the economic and social status of Europe’s 7 to 9 million Roma through better education, health care, housing and job opportunities. Under the Decade, each government will implement a National Action Plan containing precise targets for improvements to be met by 2015.   The challenge now is follow through on  these commitments which were developed together with Roma communities in each country.  The Decade also provides a mechanism for monitoring implementation of the action plans annually.  For more information on the Decade, please visit: http://www.worldbank.org/roma.

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Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC)

  • Central American Leaders, World Bank Official and Other Stakeholders Discuss Investment Climate in Central America - Central American policy makers met in San Salvador, El Salvador on February 4-5 with officials from academia, civil society, the private sector, as well as representatives from multilateral agencies, including the WB, to discuss how Central American countries can increase growth and reduce poverty by improving the climate for investment.  The conference was cosponsored by the Salvadoran Foundation for Economic and Social Development (FUSADES), the WB and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID).  For more information about the conference, including the agenda, related reports and presentations, please visit: http://www.bancomundial.org/conferencia-salvador.
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  • World Bank To Open Office in San Salvador - The WB announced on February 2 plans to open a permanent facilitation office for the WB’s lending and non-lending program in El Salvador.  The office will be located on the premises of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and will be staffed by two full-time employees who will liaise with the government, CSOs, the private sector, and other donor representatives.  It will support the implementation of the WB's new country assistance strategy for El Salvador.  For more information on the World Bank's program in El Salvador, please visit: http://www.worldbank.org/sv.

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Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

  • World Bank Supports Early Childhood Education in Egypt - The WB on February 15 approved a $20 million loan to support the Government of Egypt in providing quality early childhood education focusing particularly on disadvantaged children.  The Early Childhood Education Project, financed by the loan, seeks to increase access for children to kindergartens.  One component of the project will focus on enhancing quality, by supporting the development of curriculum and educational materials based on national standards.  The project will also support teacher training and provision of food to improve the quality of teaching and learning in public kindergartens as well as those operated by NGOs.  In addition, technical and financial support will be provided to strengthen the skills of central and local governments, NGOs, as well as community-based organizations.  To learn more about this project, please visit: http://www.worldbank.org/eg.

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South Asia Region (SAR)

  • Preliminary Tsunami Disaster Needs Assessment for the Maldives - The Maldives will need approximately US$304 million to effectively implement a recovery and reconstruction strategy, according to a preliminary tsunami disaster needs assessment released on February 14 by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the WB.  The assessment was prepared in close cooperation with the Government of the Maldives and sets out clear guiding principles for the reconstruction strategy. It estimates total damages in the Maldives to be approximately US$470 million, which is close to 62 percent of GDP. Most of the losses were concentrated in housing and tourism, with education, fishing, and transport also heavily affected. About US$120 million of external financing will be required in the short term over the next six months.  More information can be found at: http://www.worldbank.org/mv.
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  • Afghan Women Use GDLN to Build Foundations for Political Participation - Women running for public office in Afghanistan are learning about campaigning, consensus-building, and negotiation techniques in a series of Global Distance Learning (GDLN) videoconferences taking place from January 26 - March 16.  Designed to help ensure an active role for women in the country’s future, the series reaches out to female parliamentary candidates and staff from Afghanistan’s Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MOWA), the Civil Service Commission, and NGOs in Kabul, connecting them with representatives from international donor agencies in London and Washington, DC. More than 30 women participated in the first session on January 26. They discussed constraints and opportunities they face in competing in the upcoming parliamentary elections. Learning from examples of countries like South Africa, participants discussed ways to engage stakeholders in order to determine priority issues, increase awareness of these issues among policy makers, and promote their integration in national policies and programs.  The series is organized by the British Council and the World Bank Institute, and sponsored by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). For more information, please contact Isabelle Bleas at: ibleas@worldbank.org (in Washington) or Tooba Mayel at: tmayel@worldbank.org (in Kabul).
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  • World Bank President Visits Pakistan - WB President James Wolfensohn visited Pakistan on February 6-8, and met with senior officials, CSOs and parliamentarians to discuss progress that has been achieved by Pakistan in improving its economic performance, and in implementing its Poverty Reduction Strategy.  Mr. Wolfensohn also met with NGOs working on disability, HIV/AIDS, and rural development.  For more information on the World Bank's activities in Pakistan, please visit: http://www.worldbank.org.pk.
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  • Sri Lanka Needs US$1.5 billion For Tsunami Recovery and Reconstruction - A post-tsunami preliminary damage and needs assessment for Sri Lanka was released on February 2 by the WB,  Asian Development Bank (ADB), and the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC).  The assessment, prepared in close cooperation with the Government of Sri Lanka, sets out clear guiding principles for the reconstruction strategy, with an important emphasis on the inclusion of affected communities in the planning and process of rebuilding.  The report stressed the need for strong monitoring, transparency and accountability to ensure that the millions of dollars of external assistance reach their intended sources and are utilized efficiently.  It stressed that it was imperative that all key stakeholders in this: the Government, the international community, CSOs and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), agree upon a transparent monitoring and accounting system for all the resources that will be deployed in the reconstruction effort.  More information can be found at: http://www.worldbank.org/tsunami or http://www.worldbank.org/srilanka.

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9.  New Publications from the World Bank

  • First Annual World Bank Report on Investigations and Sanctions of Staff - On February 24 the WB released its first annual report on investigations into allegations of fraud and corruption, both internally and in WB-financed projects.  The report provides detailed data for the fiscal year 2004 as well as summary data for the period 1999-2004.  Since 1999, the Bank has sanctioned over 300 firms and individuals for fraud and corruption, according to the report.  The report also describes the work of the Bank's Institutional Integrity Department, Sanctions Committee, 24-hour hotline, conflict resolution system for staff, whistleblower protections and other anticorruption efforts which the WB has established since 1996, when the Bank began an institution-wide effort to combat corruption.  Peter Eigen, chairman of Transparency International, said in a press release that the Bank's new report is "a welcome step, and an example for other development banks to follow." To read the report and the press releases, please see: http://www.worldbank.org/brief/corruption.
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  • World Bank: Focus on Sustainability 2004 Report - The WB on February 3 released its first Sustainability Report.  The report is the first of its kind completed by a multilateral development bank, and breaks new ground by looking at the WB's activities through the lens of corporate social responsibility (CSR) reporting criteria.  The report examines the WB's environmental and social commitment as demonstrated through its lending portfolio, knowledge-sharing, policy advice and technical assistance, as well as its workplace policies and practices using Sustainability Reporting Guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), which are supported by the United Nations system.  The review resembles sustainability reports issued by the private sector, in that it describes the WB's core business lines and physical footprint.  But, unlike private sector companies, whether the WB achieves its central goal of poverty reduction is dependent upon a partnership with developing country governments.  For an electronic copy of the publication, please go to: http://www.worldbank.org/ess.
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  • Evaluating The World Bank's Approach to Global Programs: Addressing the Challenges of Globalization - On January 24, the WB’s Operations Evaluation Department (OED), the independent evaluation office within the WB, released its second phase report on the effectiveness of the Bank’s participation in global programs. The report finds that although Bank Management has adopted a number of organizational and procedural changes to improve the management of global programs since OED’s first phase report, linkages between global programs and country operations remain weak.  OED finds that the WB has been working well with external partners on a program-by-program basis, but that there is need to improve the linkages between global program priorities and the needs expressed by developing country governments.  The full report and background documents can be found at: http://www.worldbank.org/oed/gppp/.
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  • Beyond the City: the Rural Contribution to Development in Latin America - The countries of Latin America and the Caribbean need to invest more and better in rural communities as their economic contribution to national development is twice as large as officially believed, according to a new WB report released on February 14.  The report is the WB’s major annual research study on Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).  It evaluates the effects of the rural sector on national growth, poverty reduction, and environmental degradation both in rural areas and the rest of the economy, as well as the public policies that can enhance its contribution to overall national development.  According to the study, while rural natural resource activities only account for 12 percent of regional GDP, their effect on national growth and poverty reduction is nearly twice as large due to the forward linkages to other economic activities and their high contribution to exports.  According to the report, success in reducing poverty in marginalized regions will depend on the ability of both central and local governments to work with local communities to identify economic opportunities and constraints and to balance local needs with national interests. 

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10. New Websites / Web Resources

  • Toolkit to Support Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVCs) in Sub-Saharan Africa - Orphans and other vulnerable children (OVC) constitute the most vulnerable population group in Africa.  The WB’s OVC Thematic Group developed an OVC Toolkit to provide practical guidance for WB task team leaders and their counterparts who wish to integrate OVC concerns into their project and program activities. The Toolkit is designed as a web-based product to make it a widely accessible, live document.  It draws on a large array of experiences and material from international agencies and NGOs, hence helping disseminate lessons –good and bad– learnt in a variety of settings.  It was piloted in October 2004 in a workshop with NGOs (both field-based and US-based), UNICEF, WB staff and African government agencies.  Following the revision based on the feedback received during the workshop, the Toolkit was officially launched in December 2004 at the Second Global Partner’s Forum for Orphans and Vulnerable Children living in a World with HIV and AIDS.  Translation in French is underway, and a workshop for Francophone Africa should be held in the spring of 2005. For easy access to the website, click: http://www.worldbank.org/ovctoolkit.
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  • Expanded Disclosure on MIGA Website - MIGA (Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency, part of the World Bank Group) is committed to improving access to information about projects it has guaranteed and the technical assistance it provides to member countries.  Its website is being redesigned, and in the interim some new elements to improve access for CSOs are being introduced.  In recent months, for example, the way in which information regarding Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) for projects is posted has changed, to make them more readily accessible. Now, CSOs and NGOs can access these assessments directly from MIGA's website (www.MIGA.org), rather than having to contact the World Bank Group’s Infoshop.  In addition, MIGA now has a direct link to the World Bank Group's Internal Documents Unit, World Development Sources (WDS) site. This allows interested parties to access EIAs for new and current MIGA projects. The documents stored in WDS contain summaries, and have been indexed so that they can be searched online. They are generally available at WDS approximately 10 days after they have been posted on the Infoshop, and are archived there.  Archiving EIAs for MIGA projects began in late 2004. Please visit MIGA's website at: http://www.miga.org/.  Please share yoru comments with: csomiga@worldbank.org.

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11. Upcoming and Ongoing Global Events/Discussions

  • Regional Dialogue on Access to Information, Transparency and Good Governance in Bolivia, February-May, 2005 - The World Bank Institute's (WBI) Community Empowerment and Social Inclusion Program (CESI), together with the WB Latin America and the Caribbean Region (LCR) Civil Society Team, and the Global Development Learning Network (GDLN), is conducting a regional dialogue on access to information and transparency issues in Bolivia, Honduras and Nicaragua. The Carter Center is also collaborating in this initiative.  The dialogue will take place through 7 video-conferencing sessions.  The dialogue will foocus on the implementation of legislation on access to information, as well as its effective enforcement and monitoring.
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  • Second High Level Forum on Joint Progress Toward Enhanced Aid Effectiveness, February 28 - March 2, 2005, Paris, France - The Forum is hosted by the Government of France and sponsored by the African Development Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the Development Assistance Committee of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (OECD DAC), the Inter-American Development Bank, the United Nations Development Programme, and the WB.  Development officials and ministers from donors and partner countries, as well as invited CSOs and private sector representatives, will take stock of progress on aid harmonization and aid effectiveness and will identify the areas in which more work is needed.  The participants at the Paris High-Level Forum are expected to issue a "Paris Declaration," in which they will commit their institutions and countries to continuing and increasing efforts in harmonization, alignment, and managing for results, and will set out a set of monitorable actions and indicators to accelerate progress in these areas.  The Paris meeting is also expected to issue a "Report on Aid Effectiveness: Review of Progress, Challenges, and Opportunities."  To learn more, please visit: http://www.aidharmonization.org/.
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  • Beijing Plus 10 Cyber Dialogues: World Bank Offices Open Doors to Women - The Beijing Plus Ten cyber dialogues (created by a southern African NGO called Gender Links, gender and media activists) are a series of seven on-line chats during the review of the Fourth World Conference on Women in New York. These chats aim to bring the voices of women not able to attend the conference, especially in Africa and in the South; as well as engage them in the news and debates emanating from the review.  As part of the initiative, the WB will open its Public Information Center (PICs) facilities to all women in every country where it has PICs.  All women interested are encouraged to participate in the global cyber dialogues using the Bank PIC computers between February 28 and March 11.  More information on the Dialogues can be found at: http://www.genderlinks.org.za/bejing/bejing.asp.
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  • UPDATE: World Bank - Civil Society Global Policy Forum, April 20-22, 2005, Washington, DC - Civil Society Global Policy Forum, April 20-22, 2005, Washington, DC - The Forum, which is being organized by an informal planning group made up of WB staff and CSO representatives, is designed as a broad, multi-stakeholder event with representatives from civil society, governments, parliaments, donor agencies, and the private sector.  The Forum will focus on sharing experience and lessons learned from CSOs participating in the development of Poverty Reduction Strategies (PRSs), and more broadly in Bank - civil society engagement.  Please visit the new Forum website at: http://www.worldbank.org/civilsociety/CSForum2005 to read the Forum concept note, draft agenda and for information on the members of the planning group.

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12. Recent Global Events/Discussions

  • Global Grantmaking for Small Grants Workshop, February 7, Washington, DC - Global Greengrants, the WB Small Grants Program (SGP) and Grants Facility for Indigenous Peoples co-organized a one-day workshop of funders of global small grants programs to share lessons and to strengthen collaboration between international grantmakers from multilateral agencies, private philanthropic organizations, and other development agencies. The main purpose of the workshop is to explore and discuss among participants how small grants could be used as a tool for social change.  The workshop provided an overview of international grantmaking from the perspective of foundations and from the WB.  It looked at examples and practices of institutional mechanisms and structures for small grantmaking. Participants also discussed how small grants can have a big impact especially with grassroots community groups.  The workshop provided a venue to explore the elements of making grants strategically, such as considering country context or national strategies and voices of marginalized groups.  Its closing session was designed as an open time for participants to plan next steps or potential areas of collaboration.  Please visit the SGP website for more information: http://www.worldbank.org/smallgrantsprogram.
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  • Review of World Bank Conditionality, Consultation Meeting with CSOs, February 4, Paris, France - As part of the WB's review of conditionality in its lending programs, a meeting was held with CSOs in Europe in Paris, France on February 4.   This discussion was one of a series of meetings being organized at the behest of donor countries between January and May 2005.  CSO participants at the meeting raised a number of concerns about the process, and recommended that the review focus on the issue of government ownership and implementation of WB policies.  Upcoming meetings are being organized by the German government on April 6 in Berlin, and by th World Bank on April 21 in Washington.   Findings and recommendations from these discussions will be reflected in a paper being prepared for the WB Board in late July 2005, and then to be discussed by the Development Committee meeting during the next Annual Meetings in September 2005 in Washington.  A summary of the February 4 discussion as well as the issues note and other background on the conditionality review can be found at: http://www.worldbank.org/conditionality.
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  • World Bank and the EU Discuss HIV/AIDS with European CSOs, January 20, 2005, Brussels, Belgium - The WB’s Brussels office co-organized a meeting with UNICEF’s EU office to discuss the results of the Global Partners Forum for Orphans and Vulnerable Children Living in a World with HIV and AIDS that took place 15-16 December in Washington DC. The meeting also helped its participants develop recommendations to put to the European Commission in the consultation meeting on the EC Programme for Action to Confront HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.  CSOs supported the development of a report card system by partners of the Forum that would rate donors according to their actions on children and HIV/AIDS. The European CSOs also called for greater involvement by civil society in the planning and decision making for the next Partners Forum. At the meeting, the Bank and UNICEF discussed their recently released joint report on Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers: Do They matter for Children and Young People made Vulnerable by HIV/AIDS?  See http://www.worldbank.org/afr/wps/wp78.pdf  for full report.
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