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2005 Annual Meetings

Tuesday, September 20

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
World Bank's World Development Report 2007: Development and the Next Generation - Discussion of WDR 2007 Main Themes with Youth and Civil Society Organizations

Wednesday, September 21

8:30 – 9:00 a.m
Welcome Breakfast Meeting: Members of the World Bank and IMF civil society teams welcomed civil society participants, presented the agenda of the events, facilities available for CSOs and answered questions. 

10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
CSO Discussion with IFC/MIGA CAO
Meg Taylor, Compliance Advisor Ombudsman, and Amar Inamdar, Senior Specialist talked with CSOs about the work of the CAO and answered questions.

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Accountability Within The PRS Approach
A discussion based on World Vision UK's report "Poverty Reduction Strategies: Are They Working?" and the World Bank and IMF's 2005 PRS Review with CSO representatives, the IMF and the World Bank.
Panelists: Elliot Harris (IMF), Fletcher Tembo (World Vision), Linda van Gelder (World Bank), Warren Nyamugasira (Uganda Debt Network). Chair: Paul Mitchell (World Bank).

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WB-IMF Presentation
World Vision International Presentation

5:15 - 6:00 p.m.
CSO Briefing on New Draft of the IFC Policy and Performance Standards on Social and Environmental Sustainability and the Policy on Disclosure of Information - The briefing will provide CSOs an update of the newly released drafts of IFC Sustainability Policy, Performance Standards and Disclosure Policy and related documents.  The proposed policies have undergone significant revision since the initial policy drafts were released in August 2004, which began a year of public and internal consultation and comment.  The briefing is an opportunity to get an overview of the proposed policy changes and of the process for public comment. The public release of the policy documents scheduled for Thursday, September 22, will start the 60-day public comment period. IFC policy review website

Participants: Rachel Kyte, Director, Environment and Social Development Department and IFC Policy Review Team.

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Thursday, September 22

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Climate Change After the G8 Summit: Opportunities For Broader Engagement
The World Bank is helping to facilitate a broader dialogue emerging from the G8 Gleneagles Summit and its Plan of Action on Climate Change, Clean Energy and Sustainable Development. The panel discussion on perspectives from civil society, environmental groups, the private sector, the G-8 presidency, and the World Bank, on the challenges of developing an investment framework to mitigate climate change is organized jointly with World Resources Institute

World Bank paper: Climate Change, Energy and the World Bank – Status Report on Follow-up to the G-8 Plan of Action on Climate Change discussed during the Annual Meetings

[On September 24, 2005, the World Bank launched work on an Investment Framework for clean energy and sustainable development.   More ]

Panelists: Warren Evans, World Bank Director of Environment, Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Development Network; Frances Seymour, World Resources Institute, Director, Institutions and Governance Program; Kate Hampton, UK Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs, Senior Policy Advisor; and Otaviano Canuto, World Bank Executive Director for Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Panama, Philippines, Suriname, and Trinidad & Tobago.

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1:00 - 2:45 p.m.
A “Bottom Line” Perspective on the Doha Development Agenda: “Aid for Trade”, Enhanced National Revenues, and Debt Sustainability
The panel will examine key items of the Doha Agenda from the perspective of whether they are likely to influence the mobilization of resources for development and poverty reduction in the developing world.  Organized by InterAction and International Working Group on Trade and Finance Linkages. 

World Bank paper: Doha Development Agenda and Aid for Trade, discussed during the Annual Meetings.

Chair:  Liane Schalatek (Henrich Boell Foundation);  Panelists: Hans Peter Lankes (IMF),  Nancy Alexander (Citizens Network for Essential Services), Sony Kapoor (Jubilee Research), Uri Dadush  (World Bank).

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3:15 – 5:00 p.m.
Human Rights, Trade and Finance: The Case of Agricultural Trade
International Human rights law place upon States the obligation to respect, protect and fulfill a set of economic and social rights. Yet, the ability of States to fulfill their obligations is increasingly constrained by trade rules and negotiations, as well as financial arrangements with International Financial Institutions. The session explored what an integrated approach to shape both trade and financial policies from a human rights perspective would look like. In doing this, it used the agriculture sector as a case study. It also exampled what policy space States need to fulfill their human rights obligations and where key actors like the WTO and WB stand in regard to these connections.  

World Bank website on Global Agricultural Trade

Panelists: Kristin Dawkins (Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy), Khadim Hussein (Action Aid Pakistan), John Nash (Advisor - Agriculture and Rural Development Department, World Bank).

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3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
The Role of the Fund in Low-Income Countries
Staff from the IMF's Policy Development and Review Department will review the recent work and papers on the role of the Fund in low-income countries.

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4 - 5:30 p.m.
Creative Approaches by Youth Practitioners in Southern Africa to Issues Related to HIV/AIDS
(Case Study of Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Malawi) More information  Transcript

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Town Hall Meeting with CSOs
Paul Wolfowitz, President of the World Bank; Rodrigo de Rato, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Trevor Manuel, Chairman of the Development Committee and Minister of Finance, South Africa responded to questions from representatives from civil society organizations accredited to the Annual Meetings.  The session was followed by a reception.

Transcript and photos from the discussion.
The discussion can be viewed at: rtsp://

Friday, September 23

12:50 - 1:40 p.m.
Social Development in the World Bank: From Vision to Action - In early 2005, the World Bank's Board officially endorsed the Social Development Strategy which emphasizes that overcoming poverty is about more than getting economic policies right, it is also about empowering people by transforming institutions to become more inclusive, cohesive, and accountable.  The Bank in the strategy proposes a new business model for how it will promote social development in an integrated approach that reflects three strategic priorities – more macro, better projects and better grounding. The key question that this Q&A addressed was: “How is the World Bank translating its commitment to social development principles into action?” 

World Bank Social Development website
Presentation by Steen Jorgensen

Panelists: Steen Jorgensen, Director, Social Development Department (World Bank); Caroline Kende Robb, Sector Manager, Social Development Department (World Bank); Manish Bapna, Executive Director, Bank Information Center.

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3:30 - 5:15 p.m.
What Future for World Bank Conditionality
: Peter Bakvis, Director, Washington Office, International Confederation of Free Trade Unions.  Speakers: Abbie Shawa MP, Member of the Budget and Finance Committee of Parliament and Executive Secretary of MAPCOI, Malawi; Jean Somers, Coordinator, Debt and Development Coalition Ireland; Jim Adams, Vice President and Network Head, Operations Policy and Country Services, World Bank; Stefan Koeberle, Adviser, Operations Policy and Country Services, World Bank.
Sponsored by: ActionAid International, Christian Aid, The Debt and Development Coalition Ireland, Eurodad, and the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions, (members of the Global Campaign Against Poverty).  
Review of World Bank Conditionality

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5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Findings of World Bank Infrastructure Progress Report
Briefing session on the World Bank's "Infrastructure Progress Report" and  discussion of the Bank's renewed efforts in infrastructure. Presenters:  Kathy Sierra (Vice President for Infrastructure, World Bank); Jamal Saghir (Director Water Department, World Bank).  Co-facilitator: Manish Bapna (Bank Information Center).

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Saturday, September 24

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
The HIPC Initiative and the G8 Debt Proposal
IMF and World Bank staff presented and discussed the latest report: Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) Initiative – Status of ImplementationPanelists: Jean Francois Perrault, Senior Economist, Economic Policy and Debt Department, World Bank; Michael Koch,  Manager, Resource Mobilization Department, World Bank; Martine Guerguil, Division Chief, Official Financing Operations Division, IMF; Mark Plant, Senior Advisor, Policy Department, IMF.  Moderator: Damian Milverton, Manager, Media Relations, World Bank.

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More information:
Schedule of all 2005 Annual Meetings events open to civil society (including policy dialogues)
General information about 2005 Annual Meetings
Summary of civil society participation in 2005 Annual Meetings
Official 2005 Annual Meetings website

Last updated: November2005

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