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Civil Society Engagement eNewsletter - May 2005

This is the May 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 9 ITEMS IN THIS ISSUE:

1.  World Bank Revises Indigenous Peoples Policy
2.  FINAL DAYS TO PARTICIPATE: PRSP 2005 Review E-Discussion
3.  2004 Annual Review of Development Effectiveness (ARDE)
4.  World Bank President Concludes His 10-Year Mission
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News from the World Bank's Regional Departments

Africa

  • New Commitments to Africa Stockpiles Program
  • Fifth Poverty Reduction Support Operation in Burkina Faso

East Asia and Pacific (EAP)

  • Multi-Donor Trust Fund for Aceh and North Sumatra Approves First Financing
  • World Bank Endorses a New Country Assistance Strategy (CAS) for Cambodia
  • World Bank Grant to Help Empower Poor and Vulnerable Groups in the Philippines

Europe and Central Asia (ECA)

  • Central Asia AIDS Project
  • Poverty Reduction Support Credit for Azerbaijan
  • Ankara Office Hosts Development Marketplace Turkey 2005 Competition

Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC)

  • New Country Assistance Strategy (CAS) for Guatemala
  • New Country Assistance Strategy (CAS) for Jamaica
  • Latin America and the Caribbean Launch Regional Strategy for Engaging Civil Society
  • Regional Dialogue on Access to Information

Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

  • World Bank Loan To Promote Sustainable Use Of Natural Resources In Egypt’s Nile Delta

South Asia Region (SAR)

  • Emergency Reconstruction in Tsunami-Hit Areas in India
  • Nepal Development Marketplace 2005 Concludes

6.  New Publications from the World Bank

  • Measuring Empowerment: E-Book Version Now Available
  • Indigenous Peoples, Poverty and Human Development in Latin America: 1994-2004
  • World Bank Releases New Governance Indicators for 209 Countries

7. New Websites / Web Resources

  • Weekly Announcements of New Documents Released by the World Bank

8. Upcoming and Ongoing Global Events/Discussions

  • International Conference for the Development of a Tsunami and Coastal Hazards Warning System for the Caribbean Sea and Adjacent Regions, Mexico City, June 1-3, 2005
  • SpeakOut With Authors Of a Study on Indigenous Peoples in Latin America, May 31, 2005
  • SpeakOut with World Bank's Outgoing President, James Wolfensohn, May 25, 2005
  • Fourth Global Development Marketplace Competition, Washington, DC May 24-25, 2005
  • Stories from the Field.  The First United Nations Documentary Film Festival, New York, May 21-22, 2005

9.  Recent Global Events/Discussions

  • Consultation on the World Bank Global HIV/AIDS Program of Action, Washington, DC, May 17, 2005
  • Workshop on Grantmaking for Indigenous Peoples, New York, May 16-17, 2005
  • International Conference on Civil Society and Community Development, Amman, Jordan, April 18-20, 2005

1. World Bank Revises Indigenous Peoples Policy - The WB on May 20 announced that its Board of Executive Directors has endorsed a revised policy on Indigenous Peoples. According to the revised policy, the WB will provide financing to development programs that affect Indigenous Peoples “only where free, prior and informed consultation results in broad community support for the project by the affected Indigenous Peoples.”  The revised policy also requires that consultations be held at each stage of project preparation and implementation. In addition, the new policy requires a social assessment based on the demographic, social, cultural and political characteristics of the affected Indigenous Peoples, which will form the basis for an Indigenous Peoples Plan to spell out steps that will ensure affected Indigenous Peoples’ communities receive culturally appropriate social and economic benefits.  Consultations with Indigenous Peoples leaders, governments from developing countries and CSOs around the globe were held during the drafting of the revised policy.  As a way of protecting the interests of Indigenous Peoples’ communities, the policy mandates agreement between government and these communities for commercial use of their cultural resources and benefit sharing arrangements for commercial use of their natural resources such as minerals, hydrocarbon resources, forests, water or hunting or fishing grounds.  To review the policy and learn more about the consultation process, please visit: http://www.worldbank.org/indigenous.

2.  FINAL DAYS TO PARTICIPATE: PRSP 2005 Review E-Discussion - The e-discussion on the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) approach will close on Monday, May 23.  We encourage you to share your views and experiences with the WB and IMF teams, thus please do so before that deadline.  The two institutions are undertaking a 2005 PRS Review of implementation experience, incorporating the recent independent reviews by the Bank’s OED and the Fund’s IEO, as well as numerous other studies and reports that discuss the PRS and related issues.  The open forum format invites views on any aspect of the PRS approach, including: (i) strengthening the medium-term orientation of the PRS approach; (ii) utilizing the PRS as a mutual accountability framework between countries and donors; (iii) sustaining meaningful participation; (iv) enhancing linkages between the PRS, medium-term expenditure frameworks and budgets; and (v) tailoring the approach to conflict-affected and fragile states. Inputs based upon specific country experiences are particularly welcome. To start off this dialogue, the WB and IMF teams build upon the discussions that took place at the recent WB-CSO Global Policy Forum (http://www.worldbank.org/civilsociety/csforum2005). Several concepts were repeatedly raised in many of the sessions: country ownership, accountability, and meaningful participation.  Please visit the forum and share your views at: http://www.dgroups.org/groups/worldbank/PRSP2005/.

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3.  2004 Annual Review of Development Effectiveness (ARDE) - The Bank's Operations Evaluation Department's "2004 Annual Review of Development Effectiveness: The Bank's Contributions to Poverty Reduction", looks at the recent growth and poverty reduction experience of client countries. It assesses the extent to which WB interventions have contributed to growth and poverty reduction and the effectiveness of different types of interventions. The review uses the key elements of the WB's 2001 poverty reduction strategy to examine the extent to which these elements respond to the needs of the poor, are actually being carried out, and are having an impact.  The ARDE finds that the WB has made much progress at the corporate level in focusing its mission, assistance strategies, and instruments on poverty reduction. The WB's 2001 poverty reduction strategy, for instance, appropriately highlights both the growth and social aspects of poverty reduction, and the strategy has provided a workable operational framework for identifying and categorizing the WB's interventions. But the WB faces challenges at the country and project levels in articulating and measuring the linkages between its interventions and their expected and actual poverty outcomes.  The report as well as Bank management comments on its findings can be found at: http://www.worldbank.org/oed/arde/2004/index.html.

4.  World Bank President Concludes His 10-Year Mission - On January 3, 2005, WB President James Wolfensohn informed the WB's Board of Executive Directors that he would not seek a third term as head of the institution.  His second term will conclude on May 31, 2005.   Over the past ten years, as President of the WB Group, he has brought about major change in the way this largest development organization operates, firmly refocusing it on its main goal, that of fighting global poverty.  By decentralizing the Bank, working more closely with other development partners, such as CSOs, and placing greater emphasis on home-grown development planning, Wolfensohn has shifted the Bank closer to its client governments than ever before.   Under his leadership, a  team of approximately 120 civil society specialists and focal points were hired across the institution and have worked to strengthen Bank engagement with CSOs at the country, regional, and global levels.   He was also instrumental in reaching out beyond NGOs to other constituencies within civil society such as  faith-based organizations, indigenous peoples, youth, labor unions, disabled peoples organizations, Roma population, and others.  There are several receptions and other farewell events being planned for Mr. Wolfensohn to which CSOs are participating.    To learn more about Wolfensohn's tenure, please visit: http://www.worldbank.org/president.

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5.  News from the World Bank's Regional Departments

Africa

  • New Commitments to Africa Stockpiles Program - The Africa Stockpiles Programme (ASP) on May 2 announced that the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) have become the latest ASP partners to make commitments of US$10 million and US$3 million respectively.  The new contributions were made public at the First Meeting of the Conference of the Parties of the Stockholm Convention that took place in Uruguay.  They join other participating countries, civil society, industries, and multilateral funds to finance the $250 million ASP clean-up of dangerous obsolete pesticide stockpiles throughout Africa over the next 10-15 years.  The Bank is a partner in the ASP.  To learn about the Program, please visit: http://www.africastockpiles.org/.
  • Fifth Poverty Reduction Support Operation in Burkina Faso - The WB Board of Executive Directors on May 3 approved an International Development Association (IDA) credit of US$46.1 million and an IDA grant of US$13.9 million to assist the Government of Burkina Faso in the implementation of the 2005 budget.  The program is the second in a series of operations supporting the implementation of the revised Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP-2) in 2004-2006.  It aims to accelerate broad-based growth, promote access to social services, increase employment and income-generating activities for the poor, and improve governance with an emphasis on public sector and budget management reforms.  For more information on the WB’s work in Burkina Faso visit: http://www.worldbank.org/bf.

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East Asia and Pacific (EAP)

  • Multi-Donor Trust Fund for Aceh and North Sumatra Approves First Financing - The Trust Fund, managed by the World Bank and guided by a Steering Committee consisting of donors, Government of Indonesia, and CSOs, approved at its first meeting on May 10 project concepts for $250 million in grant financing.  The Committee gave the green light for the detailed development of projects to provide housing, land rights and community facilities for the earthquake and tsunami-affected people of Aceh and Nias.  The project concepts approved are: (a) housing for a thousand villages; (b) recovery of property rights; (c) community recovery in rural areas; and (d) community recovery in urban areas.The Multi-Donor Trust Fund for Aceh and North Sumatra is a pool of at least $500 million in grant resources provided by donor countries to support the implementation of the Government’s rehabilitation and reconstruction blueprint.  More information about the Trust Fund and its programs.
  • World Bank Endorses a New Country Assistance Strategy (CAS) for Cambodia - On May 13, the WB Board of Executive Directors endorsed a new four year CAS for Cambodia.  The document cavers fiscal years 2005-2008 and will tackle some of the critical governance issues threatening the country's ability to reduce poverty and achieve Cambodia's Millennium Development Goals (CMDGs).  The WB will focus its activities in six major areas, clustered under the two broader pillars of improving governance for economic growth and service delivery and providing activities and resources to support the strategy development and investments needed to achieve Cambodia’s MDGs.  The document was prepared in close collaboration with the government, and shaped by consultations with other stakeholders including the private sector, CSOs and other donors.  To learn more about the CAS as well as other WB operations in Cambodia, please visit: http://www.worldbank.org/kh.
  • World Bank Grant to Help Empower Poor and Vulnerable Groups in the Philippines - The US$2 million grant aims to broaden the participation of poor and vulnerable groups through the Kapitbisig Laban Sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services Project (KALAHI-CIDSS).  The grant, “Empowering Poor and Vulnerable Groups to Participate in the National Anti-Poverty Program,” is funded by the Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF) administered by the WB. The grant aims to achieve its objectives by identifying constraints to the representation and active participation of the very poor and vulnerable people in the country’s poverty alleviation efforts. The grant also aims to design and pilot test programs to empower the poor and vulnerable to engage more effectively in the implementation of the Government of the Philippines’ Anti-Poverty Program.  More information about the WB activities in the Philippines can be found at: http://www.worldbank.org.ph.

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Europe and Central Asia (ECA)

  • Central Asia AIDS Project - A $27 million Regional AIDS Control Project was launched on May 12 by parties to the Central Asia Cooperation Organization. The project aims to minimize the human and economic impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in four Central Asian countries – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, which are part of the Central Asia Cooperation Organization (CACO).  A May 12-13 project launch workshop brought together officials from Governments, CSOs, and the private sector.  Several international organizations also took part in the event, which was organized by CACO’s Regional Project Management Unit in cooperation with the WB, UNAIDS, and the UK Department for International Development (DfID).  Central Asian governments who are members of CACO took the occasion of the workshop to sign two grant agreements that will help fund the project. The first is an estimated US$25 million International Development Association grant.  The second is a £1 million grant from DfID. More information.
  • Poverty Reduction Support Credit for Azerbaijan - The First Poverty Reduction Support Credit (PRSC I) in the amount of US$20 million was approved by the WB on May 17.  The objective of this adjustment operation is to support the Government’s efforts to carry out reforms as defined in the country’s State Program on Poverty Reduction and Economic Development (SPPRED).  The PRSC is structured around the four Strategic Goals of the Country Assistance Strategy to Azerbaijan, reflecting the Government’s reform priorities.  More information about the WB operations in Azerbaijan can be found at: http://www.worldbank.org/az.
  • Ankara Office Hosts Development Marketplace Turkey 2005 Competition - The WB hosted the final round of the Development Marketplace 2005 Competition and its awards on May 3.  The WB's Development Marketplace Program helps promote innovative development ideas through grant giving. In a competition open to all Turkish NGOs and civil society more broadly, the WB and its partners awarded start-up funds to organizations testing new approaches to social progress and Inclusion.  A total of 765 proposals were submitted, and after two selection rounds 35 proposals made it to the finals. Winners were selected in a Grand Jury meeting that was composed of 21 jurors representing different sectors and segment of the Turkish society. In addition to the Innovation Competition, the event included a Knowledge Forum held on the same day that allowed about 200 participants from all over and representatives of the donor agencies to share knowledge, foster networks and find new avenues for collaboration. More information.

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Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC)

  • New Country Assistance Strategy (CAS) for Guatemala - On May 10 the WB Board of Executive Directors discussed the new CAS for Guatemala, which projects financial assistance of up to US$780 between 2005 and 2008, in addition to knowledge sharing and advisory services.  The new assistance strategy will support the Government of Guatemala’s own ‘¡Vamos Guatemala!’ agenda with lending and analytical, technical and capacity-building assistance.  To support these aims, the new CAS has been developed in close collaboration with the Government and has benefited from wide consultations with CSOs, the international donor community, think tanks, the private sector, and academia.  Each of the Bank’s lending operations will be supported by World Bank Institute (WBI) capacity-building activities. In addition, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) will support private sector development in the areas of banking/insurance, infrastructure, extractive industries, manufacturing, and selected export sectors.  To learn more about the WB work in Guatemala, please visit: http://www.worldbank.org/guatemala.
  • New Country Assistance Strategy (CAS) for Jamaica - The new CAS for Jamaica was discussed by the WB Board of Executive Directors on May 10.  The document projects financial assistance of up to US$150 million between 2006 and 2009, as well as technical and advisory services.  The strategy will support the Government’s own Medium Term Socioeconomic Policy Framework for 2004-2009 with lending, analytical, and technical assistance to accelerate inclusive economic growth, improve human development and opportunity, and help prevent and reduce crime.  It was prepared in collaboration with the government and was widely consulted and discussed with other donors, representatives of the private sector, CSOs, Chambers of Commerce, trade unions, and academic institutions. As part of the assistance program, the Bank will undertake analytical work including a Poverty Assessment, a Financial Sector Assessment Program (jointly with the International Monetary Fund), a Country Fiduciary Assessment (jointly with the Inter-American Development Bank), and a Diagnostic of Investment Climate.  The Bank’s assistance program will be complemented by support from the International Finance Corporation (IFC), focused on investing in infrastructure, the financial sector, services and other sectors, and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Facility (MIGA), focused on development of the financial sector and key infrastructure.  More information about WB's work in Jamaica can be found at: http://www.worldbank.org/jamaica.
  • Latin America and the Caribbean Launch Regional Strategy for Engaging Civil Society - The fiscal year 2005-2007 Regional Framework and Strategy for Engaging Civil Society is being formally launched in the region.  The new strategy titled "Inclusive Governance: Empowering the Poor and Promoting Accountability in Latin America and the Caribbean", seeks to realize a vision of "A region with more equity and less poverty with institutions that respond and are accountable to the interests and contributions of their citizens."   The strategy attempts to build on past accomplishments, while emphasizing three key priorities: i) strengthen capacities for the participation of civil society in formulating and implementing public policies; ii) promote the institutionalization of mechanisms for participation and social accountability; and iii) deepen, within the World Bank, knowledge and support for the empowerment of the poor, social equity, participation and social accountability of both private and public institutions.  Copies of the strategy can be obtained at: http://www.worldbank.org/laccs or by calling (1-202) 473-9230.
  • Regional Dialogue on Access to Information - A regional dialogue on Access to Information, Transparency and Governance was organized by the LAC region Civil Society Team, the World Bank Institute (WBI) and the Global Distance Learning Network (GDLN), under the auspices of the ESSD Trust Fund.  The series of seven video conferences were conducted during February through May, focusing on the implementation, compliance and monitoring of legislation on access to information.  Approximately twenty-five participants each from Bolivia, Honduras and Nicaragua were involved in a multi-stakeholder dialogue on the right of access to information, including the benefits to citizens and the administration in terms of public participation, transparency, trust, and efficiency, and share experiences on campaigns for the adoption of legislation as well as implementation challenges.  More information.

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Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

  • World Bank Loan To Promote Sustainable Use Of Natural Resources In Egypt’s Nile Delta - The Bank's Board of Directors approved a US$120 million loan for an Integrated Irrigation Improvement and Management Project in Egypt.  The project will support the Government of Egypt to achieve more efficient and sustainable use of land and water resources by improving the management of irrigation and drainage for farmers in the Nile Delta supplied by El Mahmoudia and Meet Yazid canals.  Co-financed by the Government of the Netherlands and the German Development Bank, KFW, the seven-year project aims to apply integrated water resource management by empowering water users in decision making at both the investment as well as operation and maintenance levels for irrigation and drainage infrastructure. The project will finance irrigation and drainage renovations and provide water users with technical assistance for improving water productivity and training at the district levels.  To learn more about this, and other WB projects in Egypt, please visit: http://www.worldbank.org/eg.

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South Asia Region (SAR)

  • Emergency Reconstruction in Tsunami-Hit Areas in India - India received on May 3 a US$465 million credit from the WB for reconstruction and recovery efforts in Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry, areas that were particularly hard hit by the Asian tsunami of December 2004. This is part of total WB support of US$528.5 million for tsunami recovery operations in India.  The Emergency Tsunami Reconstruction Project is expected to help repair or reconstruct about 140,000 damaged houses in Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry and will assist with the reconstruction of public buildings, revival of livelihoods in fisheries and agriculture, as well as with capacity building in housing reconstruction and coastal management.  More importantly, the project takes into account the government’s commitment not to rebuild vulnerabilities.  To learn more about this, and other WB programs in India, please go to: http://www.worldbank.org/in.
  • Nepal Development Marketplace 2005 Concludes - After a day-long event, the Nepal Development Marketplace concluded on May 5 with the announcement of the 20 winners who will receive a grant award of up to 1.4 million Nepalese Rupees (US$20,000). These social entrepreneurs will use the seed money awarded to test their innovative ideas and partnerships on how to improve basic service delivery in conflict-affected areas of Nepal.  Forty innovative ideas and inventive partnerships from across Nepal have made it to the final round. The finalists presented their projects at a day-long event. A select group of 36 independent jurors from different sectors, personally interviewed all 40 finalists and, based on strict criteria and deliberations, came up with the final list of 20 winners. The remaining 20 finalists also received a grant of 20,000 Nepalese Rupees (US$300).  More information about the event can be found at: http://www.worldbank.org/np.

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6.  New Publications from the World Bank

  • Measuring Empowerment: E-Book Version Now Available - The e-book edition of "Measuring Empowerment: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives" is now posted on the World Bank e-Library.  Measuring Empowerment: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives represents a first attempt to launch a dialogue across disciplines on empowerment and the measurement of empowerment. It presents the perspectives of 27 distinguished researchers and practitioners in economics, political science, sociology, psychology, anthropology and demography, all of whom are grappling in different ways with the challenge of measuring empowerment at different levels: households, communities, nations, and different regions of the world.  To purchase a paper copy of Measuring Empowerment: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives please go to the following link: http://publications.worldbank.org/ecommerce/catalog/product?item_id=3839257.
  • Indigenous Peoples, Poverty and Human Development in Latin America: 1994-2004 - Despite their increased political influence, indigenous peoples in Latin America have made little economic and social progress in the last decade, and continue to suffer from higher poverty, lower education, and a greater incidence of disease and discrimination than other groups, states the new WB study launched on May 18.  The publication considers how social conditions have evolved in the five Latin American countries with the largest indigenous populations (Bolivia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, and Peru) during the last decade, which was proclaimed by the United Nations as the International Decade of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. More information.
  • World Bank Releases New Governance Indicators for 209 Countries - The publication provides a set of governance indicators that can help depoliticize efforts to track the quality of institutions, support capacity building, improve governance, and address corruption.  This new research report released on May 9, presents an expanded and updated set of worldwide governance indicators, which cover 209 countries between 1996-2004. The indicators are based on several hundred individual vairables drawn from 37 data sources constructed by 31 organizations.  A key finding from the research is that a realistic (one standard deviation) improvement in, for example, the quality of rule of law (or in other dimensions of governance, such as Voice or Accountability, or in Control of Corruption) in a country can be expected to result, on average, in about a 300 percent increase in per capita incomes in the longer term.  To purchase the publication, and learn more about the WB work on governance, please visit: http://www.worldbank.org/wbi/governance/.

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7. New Websites / Web Resources

  • Weekly Announcements of New Documents Released by the World Bank - Every week, the WB releases operational documents which can be downloaded from the web or ordered as hard copies from the InfoShop.  The InfoShop offers various facilities ranging from free information in the form of reports and documents to products such as books, publications and souvenirs. It carries publications from a variety of publishers—including international and nongovernmental organizations. InfoShop also produces a Newsletter with information on new disclosure documents, new publications and articles as well as information on the past or upcoming events at various locations.  New documents released during the week of May 16 include: CAS's for Bolivia, Cape Verde, Kazakhstan, Russian Federation; as well as a number of Board Documents.  New documents released during May 16 week. You can find more information about the InfoShop at: http://www.worldbank.org/infoshop.

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8. Upcoming and Ongoing Global Events/Discussions

  • International Conference for the Development of a Tsunami and Coastal Hazards Warning System for the Caribbean Sea and Adjacent Regions, Mexico City, June 1-3, 2005 - The event is being organized by the UNESCO/Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission's IOCARIBE office, for the establishment of a Tsunami and Coastal Hazards Early Warning System.  The WB will be actively participating in the Conference.  Following the Tsunami disaster, the WB and other donors responded immediately to government requests for contributions to the preparation of damage and needs assessments in India, Indonesia, Maldives, and Sri Lanka.  By now, the Bank’s contribution toward financing the recovery from the tsunami disaster amounts to US$737.5 million.
  • SpeakOut With Authors Of a Study on Indigenous Peoples in Latin America, May 31, 2005 - You will have a chance to ask questions and participate in an online chat with the authors of WB's new study titled "Indigenous Peoples, Poverty and Human Development in Latin America: 1994-2004".  The study points out that despite their increased political influence, indigenous peoples in Latin America have made little economic and social progress in the last decade, and continue to suffer from higher poverty, lower education, and a greater incidence of disease and discrimination than other groups.  To pre-submit a question and view the discussion, please go to: http://discuss.worldbank.org/chat/view/9875.
  • SpeakOut with World Bank's Outgoing President, James Wolfensohn, May 25, 2005 - During 10 years as President of the World Bank, James Wolfensohn focused the spotlight back on the World Bank's true purpose - fighting global poverty and helping the world\'s poor forge a better life.   As he prepares to leave the Bank on May 31 and take on the responsibilities of his new post as Special Envoy for Gaza Disengagement, Mr. Wolfensohn is urging both rich nations and developing countries to give more urgent attention to economic and social development, saying that much more needs to be done in support of meeting the Millennium Development Goals.  To participate in the chat, please visit: http://discuss.worldbank.org/chat/view/9732.
  • Fourth Global Development Marketplace Competition, Washington, DC May 24-25, 2005 - The Global Development Marketplace (DM) Competition will be held at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington, DC. Titled “Innovations for Livelihoods in a Sustainable Environment,” the 2005 Marketplace reflects the World Bank’s commitment to support grassroots initiatives in environmentally-sound development. 78 finalists from 42 countries will showcase creative, local-level solutions to improve the lives of poor people while promoting environmental conservation. Some of their ideas include: introducing carbon-neutral technologies, protecting wetlands and forests, conserving biodiversity, bringing renewable energy to small communities, addressing air and water pollution, promoting sustainable agriculture, and increasing environmental awareness. About 30 finalists will receive funding of up to US$150,000 out of a total award pool of US$3 million co-financed by the World Bank Group, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), MacArthur Foundation, Conservation International, and others. To visit the Marketplace or get more information, go to http://www.developmentmarketplace.
  • Stories from the Field. The First United Nations Documentary Film Festival, New York, May 21-22, 2005 - The Festival will be the first ever presentation of a selection of documentary films produced and submitted by United Nations agencies and country offices from around the world.  It will be a two day event featuring film screenings, panel discussions with the filmmakers, and award presentations.  One of its purposes is to show how the UN agencies (including the WB), through their programs and services, are helping communities throughout the world to develop a civil society, participation, and a better quality of life for their people.  It is organized in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the United Nations and the Millennium Development Goals.  It is organized by the Media Communications Association International (MCAI-NY) in cooperation with the UN Department of Public Information and New School University.  Six WB films have been selected to be shown.  The films will be videostreamed on the MCAI-NY Film Festival website at: http://www.mcainy.org/common/11040/?clientID=11040.

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9.  Recent Global Events/Discussions

  • Consultation on the World Bank Global HIV/AIDS Program of Action, Washington, DC, May 17, 2005 - During this consultation meeting, country program managers, donors, United Nations agencies and others discussed the World Bank's draft Global HIV/AIDS Program of Action, which outlines the importance of coordination and harmonization among the growing number of groups responding to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.  A webcast of this event is provided by kaisernetwork.org, a free service of the Kaiser Family Foundation.  It is available at http://www.kaisernetwork.org/healthcast/worldbank/17may05.  Along with the webcast, a transcript, speaker presentations and other related resources are also be available.
  • Workshop on Grantmaking for Indigenous Peoples, New York, May 16-17, 2005 - The workshop was co-organized by the WB Grants Facility for Indigenous Peoples, the United Nations Development Program/Global Environment Facility/Small Grants Program, and the First Nations Development Institute.  It was attended by international grantmakers interested in funding Indigenous Peoples issues, including bilateral agencies, multilateral agencies, and foundations. The objectives of the event were to promote an exchange of information and experiences about existing grant programs to Indigenous Peoples and to discuss potential opportunities for collaboration among grantmakers.  Agenda of the meting and list of participants.
  • International Conference on Civil Society and Community Development, Amman, Jordan, April 18-20, 2005 - The conference was hosted by the International NGO Training and Research Centre (INTRAC) and was titled: “Civil Society Support: Is Community Development the Way Forward?”. The aim of the conference was to open up the debate on the issue of community development and the resurgence of interest, on the part of international bilateral and multilateral agencies, in involvement in grassroots development initiatives. Development practitioners, policy makers, donors and academics attended and over 34 countries were represented at the event.  The WB was represented at the event by Daniel Owen, CDD coordinator in SDV, who made a keynote presentation on the Bank’s approach to Community-Driven Development.  To learn more about the event, see: http://www.intrac.org/pages/jordanconferencepapers_abstracts.html.

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