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2006 Annual Meetings

2006 Annual Meetings Civil Society Policy Forum Program

The World Bank Group (WBG) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) Civil Society Teams held a Civil Society Policy Forum on September 14 – 20 during the 2006 Annual Meetings of the institutions. The Forum brought together Bank and Fund staff, CSO representatives, government officials, academics, and others to discuss issues of common concern. There were over 30 sessions on a range of topics including: governance, social accountability, women and trade, sustainable energy, debt sustainability, odious debt, and CSO accountability. A group of 20 CSOs from East and South Asia worked with Bank and Fund staff over the past few months to help invite CSO representatives, select session topics, and host their own sessions. The policy sessions were either convened by the Bank, CSOs, or jointly. There was also a town hall meeting between Bank President Wolfowitz and IMF Managing Director de Rato and CSOs which allowed for a wide ranging discussion of issues.

See complete schedule and details on individual sessions below, including description, summary notes, presentations, and photos where available. See photos on CSO Office / Meeting Space and CSO Protests. See also Bank-Fund Joint Statement on CSO Participation in the Annual Meetings, and Bank Response to Singapore Decision on CSO Access

Also, please see Mr. Wolfowitz's Annual Meetings Speech and the Development Committee 2006 Communique.

 


 

CIVIL SOCIETY FORUM SESSIONS

 Thursday Friday Saturday

 Sunday

  MondayTuesdayWednesday

 

Thursday, September 14

9.00 - 10.30 am

Room 1A120A

Introductory Briefing for CSOs attending the 2006 Annual Meetings

Kevin Kellems
, Acting Vice President, External Affairs, Communications, and United Nations Affairs, World Bank; and Masood Ahmed, Director, External Relations Department, International Monetary Fund

Transcript of Informal Meeting With Mr. Wolfowitz and Mr. De Rato and CSOs
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11.00 am - 1 pm

Room 1A120A

Civil Society Accountability in Disaster Relief: Lessons from the Trenches
organized by Singapore International Foundation

In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of natural phenomena causing disasters. Asia is by far the most disaster prone region in the world.  The recent Asian Tsunami, Indo-Pakistan earthquake, and central Java earthquake are dramatic examples.  There is also a growing recognition in the international community that initiatives to address the effects of large-scale disasters are essential to mitigate their significant humanitarian, social, political and economic impacts. CSOs are playing an increasingly important role in this work.  This increasing role is also matched by a perceived greater demand for and expectation of leadership, performance and accountability in CSOs’ work.  There had been calls for stronger international coordination and harmonization of the work of international actors and for more principled and effective leadership in international humanitarian work. Yet accountability by civil society organizations is fraught with problems.

This panel will highlight some of the most thorny issues and lessons from the fields of disaster response and humanitarian assistance. The panel will consists of leaders of the fledgling Asian Disaster Reduction and Response Network, as well as representative from the World Bank. They will share their experiences in recent disaster response work, particularly on how CSOs can operate responsibly in the field and remain responsive to the interests and concerns of a broad range of stakeholders.

Panelists: Dr Tan Tay Keong, Executive Director, Singapore International Foundation; Naeem Salimee, Director General, Coordination of Afghan Relief (CoAR); Dr Jemilah Mahmood, President, Mercy Malaysia and Chairperson, Asian Disaster Reduction and Response Network; Carolyn Reynolds Mandell, Global Civil Society Team, World Bank.
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1.30 -3.00pm   

    
Room 1A120A

                          

Social Enterprises and Social Development: The Opportunities and the Challenges
organized by the Institute of Policy Studies Singapore

The session will first introduce key concepts of "social enterprise", and "social entrepreneurship". This will be followed by a broad overview
of the sector and its contribution to social development in Asia, and presentations on its contribution in three Asian cities (Singapore, Taiwan, and Hong Kong).  The central question for discussion is what else is needed to spur the growth to the social enterprise sector and maximize its potential contribution to social development in the region.

Chair: Diane Stone, Central European University, Budapest
Panelists: Diane Stone, Chair, Dr. Gillian Koh, Institute of Policy Studies, Singapore; Prof. Lisa Dacanay, Asian Center for Entrepreneurship, Asian Institute of Management, Manila; Dr. Djordjija  Petkoski, World Bank

Social Entrepreneurship: An Asian Perspective- Presentation by L. Dacanay
Social Entreprises in the City Setting-Presentation by G. Koh
The Role of Business & Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships in Development - Presentation by D. Petkoski
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3.15 - 4.30 pm

Room 1A120A

The Role of the International Monetary Fund in Low-Income Countries
Speaker
: Mark Plant, Senior Advisor, Policy Development and Review Department, IMF

In a recent 
speech  IMF Managing Director, Rodrigo de Rato laid out the strategy for the IMF's role in low-income countries. Mr. Plant will give an overview of the strategy and review the recent work and papers on the role of the Fund in low-income countries.

The Role of the IMF in LICs - Presentation by M. Plant

4.45 - 6.00 pm

Room 1A120A

Low-Income Countries in Asia and the Role of the IMF
Speaker:
Wanda Tseng, Deputy Director, Asia and Pacific Department

While the Asia and Pacific region is the most economically dynamic in the world, it is home to some of the poorest countries as well. Helping these countries adjust to the new demands of globalization and accelerate the process of poverty reduction is an important priority for the Fund. Ms. Tseng will review recent performance of LICs in Asia and discuss how the Fund is trying to help the LICs accelerate the development of their economies.


Low-Income Countries in Asia and the Role of the IMF- Presentation by W.Tseng

6.30 - 8.00 pm

Room 1A120A

CSO Planning Meeting for the Town Hall
For any CSO who wish to discuss themes to be raised by civil society during the Townhall meeting with Messrs. Wolfowitz and de Rato on Friday, September 15.

Organizers: Paul O'Callaghan, ACFID and Asia CSO planning group for the
Singapore Meetings.

light dinner will be served
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Friday, September 15

8.00 - 9.00 am

Room 1A120A
                                 

Breakfast meeting for CSO representatives with Homi Kharas, World Bank Chief Economist for East Asia Region and other regional senior staff to discuss Bank policies and work in the region.
Session Photos

12.30 - 2 pm
Room 303

Lunch will be held in Room 311

Town Hall Meeting for CSOs
President of the World Bank and Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund will answer questions from participating CSOs.

Webcast in Windows Media & Real |Session Photos | Transcript 
 

3.00 - 4.30 pm

Room 1A120A

Promoting Compliance and Conflict Resolution: Experiences of World Bank Group Inspection Panel (IP) and Compliance Adviser Ombudsman (CAO)
Speaker
: Meg Taylor, Compliance Adviser Ombudsman

The Inspection Panel and the CAO are tasked with responding to requests from ordinary people who believe that they may be negatively affected by World Bank Group projects.  The Inspection Panel has responsibilities over the IBRD and IDA, whereas the CAO is responsible for MIGA and the IFC.  Since their inception, both offices have built a substantial track record in working with people and projects all over the world to promote accountability and resolve conflict. This session provides some insight into recent cases managed by the Inspection panel and the CAO, and provides an opportunity for participants to find out more about how to work with them.
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5.00 - 7.00 pm

Room 1A120A

“Poor Women’s Interventions in Global Trade and Commerce – Issues and Implications”
organized by Self Employed Women's Association (SEWA)

Chair: Mona Dave, Chief Executive Officer, Trade Facilitation Centre, SEWA
Panelists: Beatrice Gakuda,Proprietor, Rwanda Floral SARL ; Rasid Kidwai, Grass-root Trading Network for Women, Deepali Agarwal, Resident Representative, EXIM Bank India, Michael Klein, Vice President and Chief Economist, International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group, Praful Patel, Vice President, South Asia Region, World Bank, Dhanendra Kumar, Executive Director for India, World Bank

This panel will analyze the constraints and opportunities that poor women's producer organizations face when trying to compete in global markets. In particular, the panel -- composed of grassroots group, NGO, private company, and Bank representatives -- will examine several experiences in Asia and Africa of low-income marketing experiences to discuss what strategies and approaches have worked and those which haven't.

SEWA- Presentation by M. Dave
Grass Roots Trading Network -Presentation by R. Kidwai
Rwanda Flora: Growing Roses on the Ashes of Genocide -Presentation by B. Gakuda
EXIM Bank of India: Role of Private Sector and Bank In Promoting Women and Trade -Presentation by D. Agarwal
IMF Civil Society Forum -Presentation by M. Klein
Women and Trade Session Outcomes -Submitted by M. Dave
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Saturday, September 16

all day
                                       
Program of Seminars
Pan Pacific Hotel, Singapore
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4.15 - 5.15 pm

Room 1A120A

IMF: Rising Inequality in Asia
Speaker:
 Wanda Tseng, Deputy Director, Asia and Pacific Department, IMF

After an extended period in which emerging Asia experienced the best of both worlds—rapid growth and increased equality—recent years have seen rising inequality and polarization. This is a matter of concern, because rising inequality makes it more difficult to reduce poverty. There is also evidence linking large income disparities to lower growth and higher macroeconomic volatility, and resistance to reforms and change. Ms. Tseng will present the findings of a chapter of the IMF's Asia-Pacific Regional Economic Outlook on the causes of rising income inequality and social polarization, and discuss some possible policy implications.

Rising Inequality and Polarization in Asia -W. Tseng
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4.00 - 6.00 pm            

room 307

Panel Discussion and Launch: " Raising the Governance Bar in the Forest Sector: How the fight against illegal logging is benefiting Africa" and Launch of the G8 Illegal Logging Dialogue
organized by the World Bank, GLOBE International (Global Legislators Organization For a Balanced Environment)

Widespread failure of forest governance undermines any nation’s attempt to achieve sustainable economic growth, social progress, and environmental conservation. It puts poor and forest-dependent populations at risk, undermines responsible forest enterprises by distorting timber markets, and results in loss of revenue that could be invested in sustainable forest management and/or economic and social development. An estimated $15 billion in revenue is lost per year in developing countries due to illegal logging and failure to collect taxes on legal harvests. Through improved governance and sustainable management, forests can become better sources of revenue for African countries, spreading the benefits to the millions of people who depend on them for some portion of their livelihoods.

In order to support these efforts, the international network of legislators, GLOBE (www.globeinternational.org), with support from the COM+ Alliance of Communicators for Sustainable Development (www.complusalliance.org), DFID – UK’s development agency, and the World Bank are launching in Singapore the G8 Illegal Logging Dialogue to facilitate legislative discussion and negotiation to curb illegal logging.

Moderator:  Kathy Sierra, Vice President, Sustainable Development Network, World Bank
The African Context:
John McIntire,Director Economic and Social Sustainable Development, World Bank
To Respond:Hon Barry Gardiner MP, UK Minister for Biodiversity & Forestry,Hon Egbe Achuo Hillman, Cameroon Minister of Forests and Wildlife,Dr. Fred Stolle, Program Manager, World Resources Institute,Mr. Joefiker, Director of PT. Tanjung Timberindo Industry

5:00 pm – Launch of the G8 Illegal Logging Dialogue
Moderators:Rt Hon Elliot Morley MP, President GLOBE International, Kathy Sierra, World Bank Vice President for Sustainable Development Speakers: Hon Barry Gardiner MP, UK Minister & Dialogue Co-Chair,Hon Polycarpe Abah Abah, Cameroon Minister of Economy and Finance, Representative Mr. Toshikatsu Matsuoka, Japanese Diet, Dr. Tachrir Fathoni, Directorate General of Forest Protection, Ministry of Forestry, Indonesia
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Sunday, September 17

all day
                                 
Program of Seminars
Pan Pacific Hotel, Singapore
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8.30-10.00am

Room 1A120A
Breakfast meeting for CSO representatives with Katherine Sierra, Vice President, World Bank Sustainable Development Network and other senior staff to discuss Bank policies and work in sustainable development and infrastructure.

9.15 am - 5.30 pm

Outside venue  

"The Future of IFI Policies in Asia"
A panel discussion organized by International Confederation of Free Trade Unions-Asian and Pacific Regional Organization and Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung-Office for Regional Co-operation in Southeast Asia

[venue: NTUC-Centre, 1 Marina Boulevard, Room 903, Level 9, Singapore]
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1.30 - 3.30 pm    

Room 1A120A    

World Development Report 2007: Development and the Next Generation
organized by the World Bank

This session is a moderated panel discussion that will engage the audience and examine the findings of the World Bank World Development Report (WDR)  2007 on youth. With 1.3 billion young people now living in developing countries, governments need to seize the opportunity to invest in them directly or risk lagging behind in the global economy. The panel will discuss the Report's main findings and consider what can be done to turn its recommendations into action.

Panelists: Emmanuel Jimenez, Director, World Development Report, World Bank; Viviana Mangiaterra, Children and Youth Adviser, World Bank; Antoinette Sayeh (Minister of Finance, Liberia), Mani Shankar Aiyar, Minister of Youth (India) tbc, Chalongkwan Tavarayuth, World Organization of the Scout Movement
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2.00 - 4.00 pm

Outside venue

Labor Standards in World Bank Operations
panel discussion organized by International Confederation of Free Trade Unions-Asian and Pacific Regional Organization and Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung-Office for Regional Co-operation in Southeast Asia

[venue: NTUC-Centre, 1 Marina Boulevard, Room 903, Level 9, Singapore]
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4.00 - 6.00 pm

Room 1A120A

 

Jobs for Disadvantaged Youth: Affirmative Action or Market Led Skills Development?
organized by Self Reliant Initiatives through Joint Action (SRIJAN)

In developing countries with huge young populations, still largely dependent on agriculture, such as India and China and even smaller ones in south Asia, the issue of unemployment is critical. Overall growth rate of economies (GDP) is impressive and has given an impression of “Shining India.” But there is “shunned India“ too. India has more than 340 million people in agriculture labor class, whose wage rate is among the lowest across sectors of economy.  Urban-rural disparities have only worsened and organized violence has spread. Globalization could be good news only if young women and men, particularly from rural poor households are trained in skills demanded by the market, and thus get jobs that pay better.  This session will present some private sector – Government – CSO partnerships focused on Employment Linked Skill Development from India and highlight the need to scale them up widely across the developing world, discuss an alternative to “affirmative action” and need to integrate policies of rural and urban industrial development.

Chair: Ved Arya, CEO, Self Reliant Initiatives Through Joint Action (SRIJAN)
Panelists: Muhammad Ibrahim, Chair, Federation of NGOs, Bangladesh; Parmesh Shah, Lead Rural Development Specialist, World Bank, Mamta Murthi, Lead Economist World Development Report 2007; Pramod Kulkarni, Head, PRERANA, Indian CSO; Manishshankar Aiyer, Minister of Youth, GOI, Nandita Gurjar, Vice-President and Head HR, Infosys BPO Ltd, Shetty, Youth representing Poor Communities.
To attend the event, please RSVP to: Ved Arya (vedarya@srijanindia.org) or Kailash Iyer (sids@srijanindia.org) or Kanak Mital (delhi@srijanindia.org ).

Session Photos
 

5.00 - 6.30 pm

room 310

"An Investment Framework for Clean Energy and Development"
organized by the World Bank and Japan Bank for International Cooperation

The World Bank has produced for the 2006 Annual Meetings "An Investment Framework for Clean Energy and Development: A Progress Report".  The paper responds to the April 2006 request by the Development Committee for the Bank to review existing financial instruments and explore the potential value of new financial instrumetns to accelerate investment in clean energy.  The seminar will address issues raised in the Progress Report. 

followed by a reception

Chair: Kathy Sierra, World Bank VP for Sustainable Development
Moderator: Elliot Morley, MP, UK Prime Minister's Special Representative to the Gleneagles Dialogue
Presenters: Jamal Sadhir, World Bank Director of Water and Energy Sector; Bob Watson, World Bank Chief Scientist
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6.15-7.15pm

Room 301

Roundtable: Education For All
Chairs:
World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz and African Development Bank President Donald Kaberuka
Speakers: Tharman Shanmugarantnam, Education Minister of Singapore, Nenadi Usman, Finance Minister of Nigeria, Kwadwo Baah-Wiredu, Finance Minister of Ghana, Gordon Brown, Chancellor of the Exchequer, United Kingdom, Agnes van Ardenne-van der Hoeven, Development Cooperation Minister, Netherlands, Hiroshi Watanbe, Vice Minister of Finance for International Affairs, Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul, Development Minister of Germany, Alexei Kudrin, Finance Minister of Russia Federation, Louis Michel, European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid

The gathering will bring together finance ministers from donor and developing countries as well as representatives from multilateral agencies and civil society organizations.The meeting will focus on the progress that Finance Ministers from developing countries have made in preparing long term plans to achieve the education millennium development goals. It provides an opportunity both for an update from those African countries who committed at Abuja, Nigeria, in May to take the lead in preparing their own plans for development, and for Asian finance ministers to discuss their experience toward achievement of universal primary education by 2015. The roundtable will also consider the key messages from the recent review of the Fast Track Initiative as a key mechanism to support the preparation of these plans and achieve results in the education sector.

7.00 - 8.00 pm    

Room 1A120A     

Press conference: "NGO Report on the World Bank's Clean Energy Framework"
organized by International Rivers Network and Oil Watch

A coalition of international environmental groups - including the Bank Information Center, Friends of the Earth, the Institute for Policy Studies, International Rivers Network and Oil Change International - will present their report on the World Bank's Investment Framework at this press conference. Their report finds that the proposed Investment Framework promotes conventional energy sources such as so-called clean coal technologies and large hydropower. It continues to neglect renewable energy technologies, and sells the climate and poor people short.  The press conference will be held right after a World Bank panel event on the same topic.

Speakers: Peter Bosshard, International Rivers Network; Graham Saul, Oil Watch; Prince Chima Williams, Environmental Rights Action/FoE Nigeria

For further information contact peter@irn.org or graham@priceofoil.org
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Monday, September 18

all day
                                 
Program of Seminars
Pan Pacific Hotel, Singapore
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8.00 - 9.00 am

Room 1A120A

Breakfast meeting for CSO representatives with Praful Patel, World Bank Vice President for South Asia Region and other regional senior staff to discuss Bank policies and work in the region.
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10.00 am - 12.00 pm

room 309

WDR 2007: “Citizen Youth” – Young People Exercising their Citizenship
A key issue addressed by this year’s World Bank's World Development Report (WDR) 2007 is young people’s transition to citizenship. Youth is the time when young people start assuming rights and responsibilities in their communities. Young people make their voice heard in society, be it by voting, volunteering or vandalizing. How can we build an enabling environment for young peoples’ contributions?  What channels of participation and civic engagement are open for young people? The session will not only address the report’s findings in this respect, but also be a forum for sharing best practice and experiences around youth and citizenship.

Chair: Ruth Kagia, Sector Director, Education, World Bank

Panelists: Mamta Murthi, Lead Economist, World Bank; Viviana Mangiaterra, Children and Youth Adviser, World Bank; Deepti Khakurel, Yatra Nepal; CSO delegate (tbc)
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2.00 - 4.00 pm

Room 1A120A

Governance and Social Accountability
organized by ACFID (Australia) and World Vision International (WVI)

Ensuring that the voice of local citizens is heard is vital for any country. Whether development objectives are pursued by local or national government or by international financial institutions or foreign CSOs in collaboration with governments, the voice of local citizens needs to guide the process.

The session will explore a number of social accountability mechanisms that can be applied in practical development contexts.  It will focus on Community-Based Performance Monitoring (CBPM) and related approaches.  CBPM was first used by CARE in Malawi and has subsequently been developed by other organizations, including the World Bank and World Vision.  The session will examine circumstances in which CBPM or other social accountability mechanisms such as participatory budgeting are likely to be successfully used. Speakers will refer to different country experiences where similar participatory approaches to social accountability are being implemented.

Chair: Paul O'callaghan, Australian Council for International Development (ACFID)
Panelists: Ved Arya, SRIJAN (India);  Fletcher Tembo, World Vision International;  Mayor Jesse Robreda, Naga, Philippines; Shantayanan Devarajan (World Bank)

Can 'Community Based Performance Monitoring' Make A Difference - Presentation by F. Tembo
Governance & Social Accountability Mechanisms, Naga City, Phillipines -Presentation by J. Robredo
Session Photos

4.30 - 6.30 pm

Room 1A120A

Transparency and Poverty Reduction in a Resource Rich Developing Country:Lessons from Nigeria

At the World Summit for Sustainable Development (WSSD) in 2002,Mr Tony Blair, British Prime Minister proposed the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative(EITI) to the world as response to civil society agitation for transparency of receipts and payments in resource rich countries. President Olusegun Obasanjo at a Workshop on the 19-20 February 2004 launched the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative NEITI, which builds on the existing government reform efforts. The National Stakeholders Working Group inaugurated by the President to implement EITI in Nigeria is made up of twenty eight individuals drawn from Civil Society, Government and Oil companies. One of the first activities of the NEITI was the commissioning of an independent comprehensive (financial, physical and process) audit of the extractive sector in Nigeria. The final reports of the audit were submitted to the NEITI on the 10TH of April 2006.The NEITI audit reports identified among other things weaknesses in government institutions and classification problems.

This session will allow the panelists, from the government, civil society, and the Bank, to share the lessons of EITI implementation in Nigeria, discuss the problems encountered as well as explore ways of how the positive aspects of this experience can be adopted by other resource-rich countries in Africa.

Panelists: Dr Bright Okogu, Acting Executive Secretary - NEITI Abuja, Uche Igwe, Publish What You Pay CSO, Malam Nuhu Ribadu, Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Nigeria, Hon. Habeeb Fasinro & Hon. Farouk Lawal, House of Representatives, Nigeria, Rashad Kaldany Director of Oil, Gas, and Mining Department, World Bank 

Beyond Publishing: Neiti and the Post-Audit Strategy -
Presentation by
B. Okogu
The Role of Civil Society in Sustaining Reforms in Nigeria -
Presentation by U. Igwe
Session Photos
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Tuesday, September 19

9.00-10.30am

Room 314

HIV TREATMENT ACCESS - Affordable Options for Low & Middle -Income CountriesAt the recent International AIDS Conference in Toronto, it was stressed that expanded access of antiretroviral (ART) treatment for persons living with AIDS is critical and decreases the incidence of HIV. Children can benefit the most from ART treatment, and the strategic investments made by Gates and Clinton Foundation in this area are giving people hope and tools to live.

The objective of this session is to promote a roundtable discussion about ways to make treatment options more available and affordable within the broader constrains of health care financing in developing countries. Panelists from civil society, Bank, and government will share their institutional perspectives and experiences with promoting ART treatment.

Chair: Phillip Hay, Communications Advisor, Human Development Network, World Bank
Panelists: Jacques Baudouy, Director of Health, Population, and Nutrition, World Bank
Daniel J. Malleboyina, Regional Advisor HIV and AIDS Asia Pacific Region World Vision, Government Official (TBC)

Experience in Making ART Treatment Affordable and Available -Presentation by D. Malleboyina
Session Photos

2.00 - 4.00 pm

Room 1A120A


                                 

Presentation and Discussion of World Bank Governance and Anticorruption Strategy with World Bank senior managers

The latest draft of the paper (August 31) is posted below. The initial comment period closed on August 28.  Comments collected have been summarized in a document entitled: "Feedback from Initial Consultations on Strengthening Bank Group Engagement on Governance and Anticorruption" and have been forwarded to the Bank's Executive Directors for their consideration during a meeting on August 31.

The finalized paper will be sent to the Development Committee for discussion on September 18 during the Annual Meetings. After the Development Committee meeting, a process for further consultation and feedback will be announced. Please check back here for more information after that date. (as of August 31)

Draft paper: Strengthening Bank Group Engagement on Governance and Anticorruption (480k pdf)

Original paper outline: Strengthening Bank Group Work in Governance and Anticorruption (220k pdf)

Panelists: Sanjay Pradhan, Director, Public Sector Governance, World Bank, Daniel Kaufmann, Director for Global Programs, World Bank, Suzanne Rich Folsom, Director, Department of Institutional Integrity, World Bank, and CSO representatives (TBC)

Session Photos.

2.00 - 4.00 pm

Room 203

Accountability, Compliance and International Financial Institutions


Keynote Address
: Prof. Dr. Emil Salim, Chair of the Extractive Industries Review, Former Minister for Development Supervision, and Environment;
Indonesia

Moderator: Tongroj Onchan,   Member World Bank Inspection Panel

Panelists: Werner Kiene,   Member World Bank Inspection Panel,Eduardo Abbott,   Executive Secretary Inspection Panel

 

4.30 - 6.30 pm

room 201

"Impossible Architecture" - Why the Financial Structure is Not Working for the Poor and How to Redesign it for Equity and Development
organized by Social Watch and Third World Network

Public launch of the Social Watch Report 2006 and panel debate on the reforms needed in the gloval financial architecture, based on the findings of national citizen coalitions in fifty countries worldwide. 

Speakers : Martin Khor, Director, Third World Network (TBC); Iara Pietricovsky, INESC Brazil; Roberto Bissio, Coordinator, Social Watch.

The report can be seen on-line at:  http://www.socialwatch.org/en/informeImpreso/informe2006.htm 
(embargoed until the launch in Singapore)
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4.30 - 6.30 pm

Room 1A120A

Lessons Learned by the World Bank on Sustainable Development and Infrastructure

In February of 2006 the World Bank prepared a paper: "Infrastructure: Lessons From the Last Two Decades of World Bank Engagement."  The report, which will serve as a background for the discussion, highlights a number of specific lessons. The Bank learned the need to have well-designed surveys of intended beneficiaries to understand existing consumption patterns and public perceptions of the benefits from improved service quality. It also learned the importance of tailoring design to local circumstances. The Bank adopted a more disciplined approach to conditionality, streamlined its internal procedures, and changed the promotion criteria for staff to reward client responsiveness and results, not project complexity. Inadequate attention was paid to monitoring arrangements, statistical capacity building, and the links between project outputs and higher-order outcomes. The continuity of engagement suffered in some sectors and countries when the Bank's attention drifted away. The Bank learned that producing results goes beyond the quality of individual projects - it depends on the nature of the engagement between the Bank and the country, including its duration, depth and breadth.

Panelists:Filomeno St. Anna, Action for Economic Reforms - Philippines, Fides Bagasao, Philippine NGO Network -- PHILSSA, Kathy Sierra , Vice President, Sustainable Development Network, World Bank, Yemisi Ransome-Kuti, Nigeria Network of NGOs, Koji Yamada, Manager/Associate Sr. Researcher, Japan International Cooperation Agency--JICA (TBC)

Civil Society and Multilateral Institutions -Presentation by Y. Ransome-Kuti
Session Photos

4.30 - 6.30 pm

room 314

The International Financial Institutions in Governance of Aid
organized by the Reality of Aid Network

A two-part panel discussion and launching of the Reality of Aid 2006 Report.  The Reports set out important civil society recommendations on current donor approaches to governance and the promotion of rights in international cooperation, with particular attention to the recent influence of the global security agenda on development cooperation. The roundtable discussions have been structured to facilitate in-depth policy discussions between civil society commentators from The Reality of Aid network, CSO representatives and the participants of the IMF-WB meeting. Participants will have an opportunity to witness a high-level discussion of the rights approach in international cooperation; and to take part in a rich north/south discussion on governance, rights and the global security agenda.

Panelists and speakers will include: Antonio Tujan, Jr., Chairperson, The Reality of Aid Network;  Alex Wilks, Coordinator, Eurodad; Chien Yen Goh, Representative, Third World Network; Paul O'Callaghan, Executive Director, ACFID; Charles Mutasa, Executive Director, Afrodad; Charles Mutasa, Executive Director, Afrodad; Sonny Africa, Research Head, IBON Foundation, Inc.; Moderator: Junko Okura, Jubilee Kyushu
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Wednesday, September 20

9.00 - 11.00 am

room 1A120A

Social Protection: Income Support to Older People
co-organized by TSAO Foundation and Asia Pacific HelpAge International

The purpose of this session is to stimulate discussion on the need for investigation and policy debate on the potential and feasibility of non-contributory cash assistance (the first of the multi-pillar pensions approaches advocated by the World Bank and the ILO) in the context of persistent very low coverage of contributory pension schemes (the second and third pillars of the World Bank approach) in most developing countries in Asia. The issue of fiscal affordability needs further study in the context of individual country circumstances especially in terms of tax revenue base and sustainability issues. Where such studies are available, evidence prove that these forms of social investment contribute to intergenerational cohesion, well being and social stability at below 2 percent of GDP, although others question the efficacy of such programs. Panelists will speak on various experiences with such programs in Asia.

Moderator: Dr. Mary Ann Tsao, TSAO Foundation
Panelists: Dr. Kanwaljit Soin, HelpAge International; Dr. Dharmapriya Wesumperuma, Asia Pacific, HelpAge International; World Bank Speaker (TBC)
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1.00 - 3.00 pm

Room 1A120A

 

"Discussion on the National Barriers to Sustainable Development Implementation in 15 Southern Countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America"
organized by the Sustainability Watch network
 
The first International Sustainability Watch Report will be launched and debated at the roundtable. The report is based on 15 national assessment reports produced by CSO networks in Africa, Asia and Latin America, which has focused on the analysis of existing implementation barriers hindering the effective realisation of sustainable development goals. A key recommendation for accelerating the efforts to reach the MDGs is to strengthen linkages between environmental sustainability (MDG 7) and poverty reduction (MDG 1). Furthermore, devolution of resources and decision-making is need for strengthen sustainable development initiatives at the local level with enhanced citizen’s participation. Further information on
www.suswatch.org
 
The roundtable will provide a platform for dialogue between representatives from the World Bank (TBC), UNDP/UNEP, the Philippine Sustainability Watch Network, Indonesia Peoples Forum (IPF) and the Vietnamese NGO Network (VNGO)

Sustainability Watch 2006 Report: Implementation Barriers to Sustainable Development
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