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Civil Society Engagement eNewsletter - May 2006

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*  NEWS FROM THE WORLD BANK'S REGIONAL DEPARTMENTS
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*  CURRENT AND UPCOMING GLOBAL EVENTS/DISCUSSIONS
*  RECENT GLOBAL EVENTS/DISCUSSIONS


1.  2006 Annual Meetings of the World Bank and IMF: Summary of Planning Meeting with CSOs from the Asia and Pacific Region - The WB civil society team has been liaising with CSOs in the Asia and Pacific region in an effort to be responsive to the interests of CSOs who wish to participate in the Meetings and to ensure that they have a prominent voice in the discussions taking place at the Annual Meetings in Singapore, September 13-20, 2006.  A Bank-IMF planning meeting with a group of 21 CSOs from the Asia and Pacific region was held in Singapore on March 28 and 29. A summary of these discussions as well as a list of participants are now available. More

Accreditation for CSOs wishing to attend the 2006 Annual Meetings will open will open on the web on Thursday, June 1 and will close on Friday, August 4, 2006.  More on Annual Meetings

2.   2006 Spring Meetings of the World Bank and IMF: Summary of Outcomes - The IMF-WB Spring Meetings, held on the weekend of April 22-23 in Washington, focused on ways to finance clean energy in developing countries, and the role of governance in meeting the Millennium Development Goals.  These topics, as well as aid, trade, and debt relief, were on the agenda for the Joint WB-IMF Development Committee comprised of finance and development ministers from 24 countries.  Key reports and items for the ministers' discussion included: Global Monitoring Report 2006; Investment Framework for Clean Energy and Development; a report on debt relief for heavily indebted poor countries, HIPC Initiative; Education for All Fast Track Initiative; and Trade.  The Multilateral Debt Relief Initiative (MDRI) also was approved by the Governors of the Bank during the Meetings, clearing the way for cancellation of International Development Association (IDA) debt to some of the world’s poorest countries.  Starting on July 1, 2006, IDA is expected to provide more than US$37 billion in debt relief over 40 years.  Finally, two new Managing Directors of the WB were appointed by the President Wolfowitz at the Meetings.  More

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3.  Spring Meetings 2006: Summaries of Civil Society Policy Dialogue Program - Over 150 CSOs attended the 2006 Spring Meetings (SMs) of the WB and the IMF in April in Washington.  The program included a series of policy dialogue sessions, press conferences, and a briefing for CSOs with senior WB managers. Seventeen policy dialogue sessions were held on topics such as: development policy lending, debt sustainability, extractive industries, governance, trade, infrastructure, and clean energy.  These sessions involved speakers from WB/IMF, CSOs, donor agency officials, academics and business.  Sessions were organized by a number of international policy advocacy CSOs such Eurodad, CIDSE, Trocaire, Christian Aid, and the Bank Information Center.  WB President Paul Wolfowitz who spoke to the CSOs about the Bank's new strategy for promoting good governance and fighting corruption, the need for the Bank to tackle issues previously seen as too political, such as human rights and press freedom; and the importance of strong civil societies.  Summaries of most of the dialogues are already finalized and posted.  More

4. Executive Director of Human Rights Watch Visits the World Bank - Mr. Kenneth Roth, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch visited the WB on May 8, 2006.  In an address to over 350 Bank staff from around the globe, he spoke about "the inherent compatibility between the human rights cause and efforts to promote development and alleviate poverty."  Mr. Roth stressed that corruption, which President Wolfowitz has now stated is a priority for the Bank, is an impediment to economic development, and the antidotes to corruption, in his view, are best understood as human rights, including access to information, access to justice, public oversight, rule of law, free press, vigorous civil society and democratic governance.  He spoke about some of the positive ways in which Human Rights Watch has consulted with the Bank on human rights issues, but he also highlighted areas in which the Bank could take human rights more into account in its work, such as through Country Assistance Strategies.  Mr. Roth also met to discuss his ideas in more detail with President Wolfowitz and with Bank managers and staff working on human rights issues from the public sector governance, legal, judicial reform, social accountability, operations policy and external affairs perspectives.   More

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5. Statement by WB President on Arrest of CSO Activists in Congo - On April 24, 2006, the WB President made the following statement: "The Bank notes with concern the recent arrest in the Republic of Congo of two civil society leaders, Brice Mackosso of the Catholic Church Justice and Peace Commission and Christian Mounzeo, President of Rencontre pour la Paix et les Droits de l'Homme. The World Bank's decision earlier this month to support debt relief for the Congo under the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) program was premised, among other things, on greater visibility of oil revenues, and strong participation of civil society in monitoring their allocation to social programs. Both Mackosso and Mounzeo and their organizations have been publicly supporting more transparency and greater accountability in the use of Congo's public resources. Their arrest calls into question Congo's commitments to assure there is public accountability."

6. Global Alliance of Legislators, Business Leaders, International Organizations and CSOs Launch Climate Change Dialogue - Leading legislators from the Global Coalition of Legislators Concerned with the Environment (GLOBE), representatives from the business community, international organizations such as the WB and the COM+ Alliance of Communicators for Sustainable Development announced on May 1a joint effort to promote a lower carbon global economy.  The alliance announced that a high-level meeting will take place in St.Petersburg, Russia, one week before the G-8 Summit to discuss energy security issues, based on a document produced by the WB on “Clean Energy and Development” and the upcoming report of the International Energy Agency (IEA). The outcomes will be fed directly to the G-8.  The largest international conservation organization, the World Conservation Union (IUCN) will provide contributions from civil society to the process and the COM+ Alliance will engage opinion leaders and the media in the dialogue.  More

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7.  Comments Sought: Draft World Development Report 2007: Development and the Next Generation - The theme of the World Development Report (WDR) 2007 is youth—young people between the ages of 12 to 24.  It focuses on crucial capabilities and transitions in a young person's life: learning for life and work, staying healthy, working, forming families, and exercising citizenship.  A working draft of the WDR 2007 is now posted to inform interested audiences and to give them an opportunity to comment on its content. The draft is not final and should not be quoted.  The team is currently checking facts and interpretation and revising the draft.  Comments received by June 1, 2006 will still be timely for the team to consider as it revises the draft.  The final report will be published in September. More

8. Comments Sought: World Bank's Operational Policy on Monitoring and Evaluation - The WB proposes to replace its Operational Directive (OD) 13.60, Dissemination and Utilization of Operations Evaluation Department (OED) Findings, issued in 1989, with an updated Operational Policy (OP) 13.60, Monitoring and Evaluation. The replacement of OD 13.60 in the OP format is part of a broader operational policy reform effort to provide updated, succinct statements of WB operational policy requirements (Operational Policies) in order to distinguish between policy language and procedural guidance to staff.  The main objective of the consultations is to seek feedback on the coverage and content of the policy framework in the proposed OP. The paper is now posted for comments and the consultation period will end on July 7, 2006.  The public comments will be taken into account, and the final paper, a summary of the comments received, and the OP will be submitted for consideration by the WB Executive Directors.  More

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NEWS FROM THE WORLD BANK'S REGIONAL DEPARTMENTS

Africa (AFR)

HIPC and Debt Relief for Cameroon - The IMF and the WB's International Development Association (IDA) have agreed that Cameroon has made sufficient progress and taken the necessary steps to reach its completion point under the Enhanced Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) Initiative. Being the 19th country to reach HIPC completion point, Cameroon also becomes eligible for further debt relief from the IMF, IDA and the African Development Fund (AfDF) under the Multilateral Debt Relief Initiative (MDRI). Debt relief provided under MDRI will amount to US$1.130 billion at the current exchange rate, in addition to US$202 million relief to be received under the three institutions under the HIPC initiative. The IMF will immediately provide 100 percent debt relief on all debt incurred by Cameroon to the IMF before January 1, 2005, outstanding to date, which amounts to US$255 million. The additional debt relief under MDRI by IDA and AfDF will amount to US$721 million and US$190 million, respectively, with implementation beginning after July 1, 2006.  More

World Bank and Chad Reach Interim Agreement on Funding, Oil Revenue Management - On April 26 the WB Group and the Government of Chad completed a third round of discussions on issues related to the suspension of the WB funding in Chad and the escrow account used for oil proceeds. Though yet to conclude a comprehensive and final agreement, they have reached an interim accord, by which the WB has agreed to resume some loan disbursements for education, health, community development, HIV/AIDS, agriculture, water and infrastructure. The Government of Chad has agreed to pass a 2006 budget law to specify that 70 percent of the oil revenues will be used for priority poverty programs, which excludes security spending to be funded from the Chadian Treasury's general revenues. If the bill achieves this, and once the Consortium submits payments owed into the escrow account, the WB will release one-third of the total amount on deposit over each of the next three months for a more permanent agreement over time. The Chadian authorities also agreed to parallel actions to strengthen the monitoring, transparency and accountability of not only direct but also indirect oil revenues and development aid.  More

Africa Region HIV/AIDS Consultation on Civil Society Responses: Multi-Country HIV/AIDS Program for Africa (MAP), Kenya, May 8-12, 2006 - The meeting was organized by the WB (ACTAfrica - AIDS Campaign Team for Africa and the Global HIV/AIDS Program) and UNAIDS and involved staffs of the two organizations as well as CSOs from across the sub-Saharan region.  It explored the issues of understanding local response to HIV/AIDS and the need for knowledge sharing; discussed the problems of transparency, accountability and governance as well as monitoring and evaluation of HIV/AIDS programs; it also provided an opportunity to hold a stakeholder consultation on updating WB HIV/AIDS strategy for Africa; UNICEF organized a special session on children and HIV/AIDS.  The Bank presented the latest figures highlighting its response to HIV/AIDS in Africa - with $1.12 billion being already disbursed and over 50,000 CSO subprojects funded so far through MAP.  The participants also discussed MAP's experience in engaging CSOs.  More

Senegal Receives US$50 Million For Participatory Local Development Project - The WB Board of Executive Directors approved on April 27, 2006, an International Development Association (IDA) credit of US$50.05 million to support the implementation of Senegal's poverty reduction strategy aiming at reducing poverty by half by 2015. The Participatory Local Development project will help local governments and communities provide access to essential services to some of the poorest populations following a widely used community-driven development strategy through the National Local Development Program, recently adopted by the Government to harmonize donors' support to decentralization and local development. WB is the first donor to support the Program with this project fitting within WB Africa Action Plan. The three components of the project include support for decentralization, devolution and participatory local development policies, financing local development and capacity-building for decentralization and participatory local development.  More

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East Asia and the Pacific (EAP)

China Quarterly Update - Economic growth and credit expansion in the first quarter of 2006 have surprised on the upside, notes the WB’s China Quarterly Update. Much of the growth surprise stemmed from stronger exports, whereas domestic demand grew in line with expectations. Investment continued to power ahead, though, partly due to an up tick in credit growth, with more new lending going into real estate development.  The Quarterly Update observes that prolonged strong foreign exchange inflows continue to complicate monetary policy. With the trade surplus, FDI, and non-FDI inflows all up, foreign exchange reserves surged by US$56 bln to US$875 bln. The People’s Bank of China’s (PBC’s) policy has so far succeeded in dealing with the exchange rate challenges. But the easy monetary stance sits oddly with concerns about too rapid credit and investment growth, including to real estate. This development could lead to overcapacity and rising non-performing loans down the road.  More

Eighteen Community Groups Winners in the Tingim Yut Kompetisen - Eighteen local organizations representing communities all over Papua New Guinea were declared winners of the first Development Marketplace held in the country on May 6, 2006. The winning groups will have their projects funded for 12 months. A jury panel of six eminent Papua New Guineans interviewed each of the 24 finalists about their project proposals, which were selected from 820 project proposal submissions. The purpose of the Tingim Yut Kompetisen is designed to find and fund good ideas that benefit young people and their communities.  More

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Europe and Central Asia (ECA)

Bosnia-Herzegovina: World Bank Meets Civil Society, Distributes Grants to 13 Awarded NGOs - The WB office in Bosnia-Herzegovina organized a meeting on May 5, 2006, with representatives of more than 30 NGOs and youth associations who have cooperated with WB on activities promoting civil society development. The WB also distributed small grant awards amounting to $34,000 to 13 local NGO winners of the Small Grants Program Competition, out of some 200 applications, reviewed by a panel made up of NGO representatives, youth associations and the WB. The meeting also gathered representatives of the media and youth associations, who will represent Bosnia-Herzegovina in the upcoming regional youth conference organized by the WB office in Belgrade. The discussion centered around the current situation and upcoming challenges for Bosnia-Herzegovina and its civil society. More

World Bank Provides Small Grants to Eight Civic Engagement Projects in Croatia - 8 Croatian NGOs received grants in the amount of US$34,000 on May 4, 2006 in Zagreb, to implement 8 civic engagement projects that empower and enable CSOs to take initiatives and influence development outcomes. These activities will also strengthen mechanisms for inclusion, accountability, participation and partnerships with public sector and other CSOs. The Program's focus is on the empowerment of marginalized and vulnerable society groups, and 8 out of 103 proposed projects were chosen by a selection committee of WB staff and representatives of the donor community. Winning projects featured civic engagement activities such as promotion of youth activism and volunteerism, youth participation and empowerment, advocacy for women's rights, raising awareness of single parent families, social inclusion of disabled peoples, civic participation in local governance and informal education for social justice in post-conflict areas.  More

World Bank Announces Winners of 2006 Small Grants Program in Kosovo - The WB announced the 5 programs from CSOs to receive grant funding under WB's 2006 Small Grants Program in Pristina on April 26, 2006. The activities supported in this edition of the Program are specifically related to civic engagement for the environment. The 5 winners were selected from 27 proposals submitted to the Program. The winning projects were selected on the basis of having the potential to have the highest impact to promote dialogue and dissemination of information in the environmental sector, and enhance partnerships with key players in support of more effective environmental policies.  More

Turning the Tide: HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia - Some 270,000 people were newly infected with HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia in the last year alone. Ministers, CSOs, experts and others gathered on May 15-17, 2006 in Moscow to fight the fast-growing epidemic.  The conference called "Facing the Challenge," was organized by the Russian Government with the support of UNAIDS, WB and other international partners.  Its goal was to strengthen the collective capacity of Eastern European and Central Asian governments, CSO groups, experts, people living with AIDS and donors to respond to the epidemic.  The WB organized satellite sessions during the Conference focusing on strengthening health systems (a critical investment for an effective, large-scale response) and on implementing a successful regional strategy in Central Asia.  The WB also supported the participation of high-level delegations from several countries where it is funding ongoing AIDS projects.  More

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Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC)

World Bank President Visits Mexico and Guatemala - In his first visit to the LAC region as WB President, Paul Wolfowitz visited Mexico for 3 days starting April 25, 2006.  He met with President Vicente Fox and his economic team, representatives of think-tanks, the private sector, as well as civil society and indigenous communities. He also visited several rural communities in the Southern state of Guerrero, one of the poorest in the country, and met with indigenous peoples and young farmers who returned to the community land owned by their parents. In Guatemala, Mr. Wolfowitz met with President Oscar Berger, representatives of civil society, indigenous groups, the private sector and government officials. He also traveled to several poor and rural municipalities to visit WB-supported projects and talked to Guatemalans about their needs and impact of the social programs on their lives. Mexico is one of the largest borrowers of the WB with 19 active Bank projects representing $3.3 billion in net commitments and 6 Global Environment Facility grants of about $80 million. The WB has 13 projects in Guatemala totaling about $573 million in net commitments for education, health, infrastructure, judicial reform, financial sector competitiveness and rural development.  More

Phase II: Regional Dialogue on Access to Information, Transparency and Inclusive Governance in Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua - The WB Institute's Community Empowerment and Social Inclusion Program (CESI), the LAC Civil Society Team, and the Global Development Learning Network (GDLN), together with the Carter Center, are conducting a second regional dialogue on access to information and transparency issues in Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. This dialogue – which constitutes the second phase of an initiative that connected Bolivia, Honduras and Nicaragua in 2005 - will take place through 4 video-conferencing sessions to be held on March 1, April 4, May 3 and June 7, 2006. The objectives of this regional activity are to: (1) build on the discussions which took place during the first stage of the initiative by facilitating a multi-stakeholder dialogue focused on specific topics; and (2) promote a debate both within and between the participating countries, leading to an assessment on the obstacles likely to be faced once legislation is adopted and possible actions to overcome them. More

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Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

Sustaining Reforms and Poverty Reduction At the Heart of a New World Bank Country Assistance Strategy for Jordan - The new WB Country Assistance Strategy (CAS) for Jordan was discussed on May 4, 2006 by the WB Board of Executive Directors, with an emphasis on reducing poverty and creating jobs. The CAS will cover the period of 2006-2010 and envisages a flexible lending program of US$175 to 540 million over four years and a stepped up program of advisory services and private sector investment. The CAS preparation relied on an extensive dialogue with government and consultations with CSOs and the donor community to define its main themes in accordance with Jordan's social and economic policies. The CAS is designed in 4 programmatic clusters which include: strengthening the investment environment for a skill-intensive and knowledge-based economy, supporting local development through increased access to services and economic opportunities, reforming social protection and expanding inclusion and restructuring public expenditures and supporting public sector reforms. The CAS will also address sector governance issues in each of the programmatic clusters, such as public procurement and public financial management.   More

Sustaining Gains in Poverty Reduction and Human Development in MENA Requires New Approaches - A new WB Report "Sustaining Gains in Poverty Reduction and Human Development in MENA" released on April 19, 2006, says that there has been little progress in poverty reduction in the MENA region despite improvement of human development indicators since the mid-1980s and that accelerating poverty reduction and sustaining human development improvements are important challenges for the region. The report gives an overview of trends in poverty and human development indicators during the last 2 decades, showing substantial progress coming to a halt in the latter half of the 1980s. It argues for a three-pronged plan to meet future challenges by accelerating growth while paying special attention to the need to increase labor absorption in the private sector; further improving human capital by focusing on education quality at all levels and expanding the access of the poor to health services; and strengthen social safety nets through an emphasis on efficiency and insurance objectives.  More

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South Asia (SAR)
 
Nepal: Biogas Project: Reducing Emissions While Providing Community Benefits - An emission reductions purchase agreement (ERPA) was signed on May 3, 2006 for the Nepal Biogas project, which will benefit small rural communities throughout Nepal. This is the first greenhouse gas emission (GHG) reductions project in Nepal under the Clean Development Mechanism of the Kyoto Protocol. The project promotes the use of biogas as a commercially viable industry in Nepal by expanding its use for cooking and lighting in rural households. With only 15 percent of the rural population having access to electricity, the use of biogas would reduce the dependence on fuel wood and the deforestation in the country. The project will also provide better sanitation to the households, as latrines will be attached to biogas plants. Better family health will also result due to the little smoke generated from biogas cooking. Under Nepal's Biogas Support Program, about 200,000 of these plants will be installed over 8 years, fitting into the Nepali government's 5 year plan to improve energy access for the rural poor.  More

Urgent Action Needed to Overcome Persistent Malnutrition in India, says World Bank Report - India's Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) needs to undergo significant changes to address the current malnutrition crisis in India, says a new WB report released on May 11, 2006. The report, titled "India's Undernourished Children: A Call for Reform and Action" analyzes the effectiveness of the ICDS program in overcoming malnutrition, and proposes several reforms of the program, that include the following: setting clear priorities for the different objectives and interventions of the ICDS program; refocus ICDS on the most important determinants of malnutrition by emphasizing disease control and prevention activities, education to improve domestic child care and feeding practices, and micronutrient supplementation; increase participation of the most vulnerable groups; ensure new funds and ICDS projects are directed towards areas with highest prevalence of malnutrition; and to involve communities in the implementation and monitoring of ICDS to improve service delivery and increase accountability.  More

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NEW PUBLICATIONS FROM THE WORLD BANK

Global Monitoring Report 2006 released at Bank-IMF Spring Meetings - The third annual Global Monitoring Report (GMR), subtitled “Strengthening Mutual Accountability, Aid, Trade, and Governance”, was published on April 20, 2006. The report points to evidence of progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in cases where mutual accountability between donors and developing-country governments is effective. While noting that favorable growth over the last five years has contributed to remarkable progress, the report also highlights better quality aid and trade reforms, as well as governance – the way in which a country's government gains and exercises authority to manage public goods and services – as essential elements to achieve the MDGs. The report defines a framework for governance, and proposes tools for monitoring it.  More

World Development Indicators 2006 - The WB’s annual World Development Indicators (WDI), released on April 22, 2006, is a statistical reference source with over 800 indicators for some 150 economies and 14 country groups. It provides a current overview of the most recent data available as well as important regional data and income group analysis in six thematic chapters - World View, People, Environment, Economy, States and Markets, and Global Links. The CD-ROM editions contain 43 years of time series data, covering 1960 to 2004, and offer mapping, charting and data export formats.  More

Development Outreach Issue on Equity and Development - The most recent issue of the WB Institute’s Development Outreach magazine focuses on the themes of the WB's World Development Report 2006 on Equity and Development, published in late 2005, which argues that greater equity is a key ingredient of long-term prosperity. Articles by leading thinkers and development practitioners illustrate the three central tenets of the report: that opportunities are very unequally distributed; that the interaction between different kinds of inequality can create "inequality traps" which hinder development and poverty reduction; and that well designed policies lack these traps, leading to both greater equity and greater efficiency. More

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CURRENT AND UPCOMING GLOBAL EVENTS/DISCUSSIONS

Justice for the Poor: E-Discussion Forum, May 15-June 9, 2006 - The aim of this e-discussion is to contribute to the process of building a community of practice, bringing together a wider range of diverse people recognizing the importance and working on the building the 'rule of law' and providing 'access to justice' to the poor. It is intended to serve as a vehicle to share and disseminate country and cross-regional knowledge and experience among experts and practitioners worldwide. The e-discussions will cover the four following topics: (a) origins of local level justice initiatives; (b) content and design of local justice reform efforts; (c) dynamics of Implementation; and (d) efficacy of impact.  It will be moderated by a lead moderator, who will be joined each week by a guest moderator for the week. All moderators are justice reform and local level conflict specialists and involved in WB's Justice for the Poor program. More

World Bank - InterAction Workshop Series on Civil Society Engagement - CSOs in Fragile States: How Can They Contribute to Strengthening Local Civil Society and Governance?, Washington, DC, May 25, 2006 - Over the past several years, an emerging framework has been developed among donor agencies on working in fragile states.  Two particular elements of the fragile states work have involved assessing the sustainability of service delivery systems and the rebuilding of effective governance institutions.  The workshop will offer a brief overview of the current fragile states frameworks among donors; provide its participants - CSOs as well as Bank staff - with the opportunity to share from their experiences of working in fragile states, especially as this relates to strengthening local civil society organizations and governance; and provide an opportunity for CSOs to learn about the donor coordinated, OECD/DAC Fragile States workstream on service delivery, which will have produced four papers on different services in fragile states. The event is by invitation and will be held at the WB Headquarters.  To participate, please contact: Jgarrison@worldbank.org.

Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics (ABCDE), May 29-30, 2006, Tokyo, Japan  - The conference entitled "Rethinking Infrastructure for Development" will feature WB President Paul Wolfowitz, the Minister of Finance of Japan, the President of Japanese International Cooperation Agency, President of the Asian Development Bank, President of the African Development Bank, Chair of OECD DAC, the Governors of Lagos and Alexandria, Joseph Stiglitz and other leading economists and policymakers from around the world. Participants will include members of academia, CSOs, business, policy makers, bilateral and multilateral organizations in the developing and developed countries.  Interested CSOs are encouraged to apply for accreditation and participate in the event.  More

VC Discussion on Infrastructure with World Bank President and its VP for Infrastructure, May 29 - This discussion between CSOs in the Asia and Pacific region and WB President Paul Wolfowitz and WB VP for Infrastructure, Kathy Sierra, will be based around the findings of a recent WB's paper entitled "Infrastructure: Lessons Learned from Two Decades of World Bank Engagement."  It will provide the WB with feedback from civil society groups on lessons learned and inform the next stage of implementation of the WB's Infrastructure Action Plan.  The discussion will be held via videoconference using the Global Development Learning Network (GDLN), connecting CSOs in several countries, including Australia on this paper with interested CSOs in other parts of the globe in the coming months.  More

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RECENT GLOBAL EVENTS/DISCUSSIONS

2006 Global Development Marketplace, May 8-9, 2006: Winners Announced - The winners of the 2006 Global Development Marketplace - an annual competition in search of the best low-cost innovations in global development - have been announced, with 30 innovative projects being awarded US $5 million for ideas that will provide concrete benefits to their communities by meeting basic needs for clean water, hygienic sanitation, and access to energy. Donors to this year’s marketplace included three-time contributors the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), along with first-time supporters the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Global Village Energy Project (GVEP).  More

Conference on Poverty and Indigenous Peoples Calls for New Development Model - Indigenous Peoples leaders and representatives of the international development community called for "development with identity" at the Conference on Poverty and Indigenous Peoples, held in New York City, May 9 – 10.  Organized by the WB, in cooperation with the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the conference stressed that the current, dominant development paradigm does not adequately respond to Indigenous Peoples’ development aspirations; and addressed the issues behind the persistent poverty among Indigenous Peoples and how to generate opportunities for wealth creation and benefit sharing.  It also aimed to deepen the relationship between Indigenous Peoples and the international development community.  More

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