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2007 Spring Meetings

2007 World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund Spring Meetings
Washington, DC, USA
April 12-17, 2007

Civil Society Policy Forum during the 2007 Spring Meetings was held from Thursday, April 12 - Tuesday, April 17, 2007.  It was organized by the WBG and IMF Civil Society Teams. The Forum comprised 26 policy dialogue sessions which brought together Bank and Fund staff, CSO representatives, government officials, and others to discuss important issues which were addressed during the 2007 Spring Meetings.   

Summaries of these discussions will be available on this website within a couple of weeks from the Meetings.  Please visit this page soon.

General Information for CSOs participating in the 2007 Spring Meetings. (Final)

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Final

Thursday, April 12

Key Findings and Recommendations of the High-Level Panel on IMF Board Accountability 

Sponsor: New Rules for Global Finance Coalition
Speakers: Jo Marie Griesgraber, Executive Director, New Rules; Daniel Kaeser, Former IMF Executive Director for Switzerland; Monica Blagescu, Accountability Program Manager, OneWorld Trust.

Live webcast of the discussion

List of Participants

 

Labor Standards, Human Rights, Democracy: The Role of the World Bank and IMF

Sponsor:
 New Rules for Global Finance Coalition and Economics for Democratic and Open Societies Project
Speakers: Peter Bakvis, Director, International Trade Union Confederation; Thomas Palley, Principal & Founder, Economics for Democratic & Open Societies; Armand Pereira, Director, International Labor Organization; Robert Holzmann, Director, Social Protection Department, World Bank

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The Way Forward on Health at the World Bank

Sponsor: World Bank Human Development Network/HDN (WB)
Speakers: Joy Phumaphi, Vice President for Human Development(WB); Cristian Baeza, Acting Director for Health, Nutrition, and Population, World Bank; Elizabeth Stuart, Senior Policy Advisor and Head of IFI Relations, Oxfam International; Elizabeth Lule, Manager, ActAfrica Team (WB), Sue Perez, Donor Country Project Manager, Global TB Campaign, RESULTS Educational Fund
Moderator: Phil Hay, Communications Adviser, Human Development Network, World

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Meeting with Lars Thunell, Executive Vice President of the International Finance Corporation on General IFC Activities
Sponsor:
 IFC, Bank Information Center (BIC)

Summary of discussion

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Welcome Briefing and Reception with CSO Representatives

Sponsor: External Affairs/EXT (WB) and External Relations Department/EXR (IMF)
Speakers: 
Marwan Muasher, Sr. Vice President, External Affairs (WB); Masood Ahmed, Director, External Relations Department, (IMF)
Hosts: Paul Wolfowitz, President, WB; Rodrigo de Rato, Managing Director, IMF

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Friday, April 13

Is the Compliance Advisor/Ombudsman (CAO) for Me?
Sponsors: IFC
Speaker: Meg Taylor, Compliance Advisor, Ombudsman

Summary of discussion

List of Participants

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Sub-Saharan Africa: Outlook and Challenges
Sponsor:
 IMF
Speaker: Abdoulaye Bio-Tchané, Director, African Department
Moderator:  Kathleen White, Division Chief, External Relations Department

List of Participants

MIGA’s Proposed New Disclosure and Social and Environmental Sustainability Policies
Sponsor:
 MIGA
Opening Remarks: Yukiko Omura, Executive Vice President, MIGA
Speakers: Frank Lysy, Director, Economics and Policy; Moina Varkie, Director, External Outreach and Partnerships; Judith Pearce, Lead Operations Officer External Outreach and Partnerships

Summary of discussion

Countries in the Driver's Seat: Making Poverty Reduction Strategies Work
Sponsor: World Bank Poverty Reduction Economic Management Vice Presidency/PREM (WB)
Opening keynote:  Graeme Paul Wheeler,  WB Managing Director
Moderator: Luca Barbone, Director Poverty Reduction Department, PREM
Speakers: Danny Leipziger, PREM Vice-President; Hartwig Schafer, Acting Vice President, Africa Region; Geoff Lamb, Senior Fellow, Gates Foundation;  Richard Manning, Chair of OEDC/DAC;  Kwadwo Baah Wiredu, Minister of Finance, Ghana;  Donald Kaberuka, President AfDB; Louis Kasekende, Chief Economist, African Development Bank;

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Fiscal Space and Fiscal Priorities: Infrastructure, Trade, and Poverty
Sponsors:
 International Working Group on Trade-Finance Linkages and Heinrich Boell Foundation
Speakers: Nancy Alexander, Citizens’ Network on Essential Services; Carlos Tautz,   IBASE (Brazil); Shefali Sharma, Bank Information Center (South Asia Office) ;Anand Rajaram, Lead Economist, Public
Sector Group, Poverty Reduction and Economic Managment Network (WB), Marijn Verhoeven, Deputy Division Chief, Fiscal Affairs Department (IMF)
Moderator: Aldo Caliari, Center of Concern

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Shaping Bank Pilot Training Programs for Civil Society
Sponsor: World Learning
Speaker: Meg Kinghorn, Principal Investigator, World Learning

Summary of discussion

Preventing New Rounds of Debt
Sponsors:
 CIDSE, Eurodad, AFRODAD, LATINDAD, Jubilee USA and Jubilee South
Speakers: Lidy Nacpil, International Coordinator, Jubilee South; Oscar Ugarteche, LATINDAD;Aldo Caliari, CIDSE; Mark Roland Thomas, Senior Economist, Economic and Policy Department (WB);
Regis N’Sonde, Advisor to ED Francophone African Countries, IMF (TBC)
Moderator: Neil Watkins, National Coordinator, Jubilee USA Network

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The DRC's Natural Resources: A Roundtable Discussion on Forestry, Mining and the Role of Donor Institutions
Sponsors:
  Greenpeace International, Rainforest Foundation UK, Rights and Accountability in Development, Broederlijk Delen, Bank Information Center

Discussants:
Pedro Alba, Country Director (WB); Laurent Debroux, Senior Forest Specialist, (WB); Richard Arkutu, Senior Investment Officer (IFC); Bill Bulmer, Senior Manager Mining (IFC); Frank Lysy, Director, Economics and Policy (MIGA); Tricia Feeney, Rights and Accountability in Development (RAID); Filip Verbelen, Greenpeace International; Cath Long, Rainforest Foundation UK; Marc-Olivier Herman, Broederlijk Delen; Roxanne Lawson, Friends of the Earth-US;
Moderator: Nikki Reisch, Africa Program Manager, BIC

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IEO Evaluation of The IMF and Aid to Sub-Saharan Africa
Sponsors:
 New Rules for Global Finance Coalition and Independent Evaluation Office of the IMF
Speakers: Peter Chowla (Bretton Woods Project); Nuria Molina (Eurodad); Mark Plant (IMF-PDR), Joanne Salop (IEO); Benedicte Vibe Christensen (IMF-AFR)
Moderator: Jo Marie Griesgraber, Executive Director of New Rules for Global Finance Coalition
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Discussion on IDA-15 Replenishment
Sponsor:
 Global Civil Society Team (WB)
Speaker: Philippe H. Le Houerou, Vice President, Concessional Finance and Global Partnerships (WB)

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Saturday, April 14

Reforming the Governance of the IMF / World Bank: Is the Singapore Agenda Enough?

Sponsors: CIDSE, Bretton Woods Project, Eurodad
Panelists: Peter Chowla, Bretton Woods Project; Nancy Birdsall, Center for Global Development
Discussants: Juergen Zattler, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany; Joseph Masawe, Senior Advisor to ED for Anglophone African Countries, IMF; Amar Bhattacharya, G24
Moderator: Nuria Molina, Eurodad

List of Participants

Chad - Cameroon Pipeline: Implementation Challenges and Lessons Learned
Sponsors:
 World Bank, Environmental Defense
Speakers:
Delphine Djiraibe, Chadian Association for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights; Nikki Reisch, Bank Information Center; Martin Zint - AG Erdoel, Germany - coordinator of a German coalition of NGOs and Church-based organizations working on the Chad/Cameroon project, Marie Francoise Marie-Nelly, Senior Program Manager, AFR (WB);Diana Baird, Social Development Specialist (IFC); Dennis Reyes, Investment Officer (IFC); Rosa Orellana,Sr. Environmental Specialist (IFC)
Moderator: Korinna Horta, Senior Program Officer, Environmental Defense, Timothy Carrington, Sr. Communications Officer, WB Africa Region

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Implementation of IFC's Policy and Performance Standards on Social and Environmental Sustainability
Sponsor:
 IFC
Speakers: Rachel Kyte, Director of Environment and Social Development Department; Motoko Aizawa,  Head of Policy and Standards Unit, Environment and Social Development Department

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World Campaign for In-depth Reform of the System of International Institutions: Towards the  Re-foundation of BWIs within the UN System
Sponsor:
 World Forum of Civil Society Networks Ad Hoc Secretariat
Speakers: Aldo Caliari, Center for Concern, Jeff Powell, Bretton Woods Project, Josep Xercavins and Marta Garrich (UBUNTU Secretariat); Robert Bissio, Social Watch

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The World Bank and Climate Change: A Roundtable Discussion on Forests, Fossil Fuels, and the Bank's Climate Commitments
Sponsors:
 
Oil Change International, Greenpeace International, Rainforest Foundation UK, WEED (Germany), Bretton Woods Project, Friends of the Earth US, Bank Information Center
Speakers: Graham Saul, Oil Change International; Daniel Mittler, Greenpeace International; Cath Long, Rainforest Foundation; Kristalina Georgieva, Director for Strategy & Operations, Sustainable Development, The World Bank; Jamal Saghir, Director for Energy, Transport, & Water, Sustainable Development, The World Bank; Adam Matthews, Secretary General, GLOBE International; Tim Richards, Director, International Energy Policy, General Electric; Werner Kornexl, Senior Technical Specialist, Carbon Finance (WB)
Moderator: Nikki Reisch, Africa Program Manager, BIC

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IMF Macroeconomic Policies and their Impacts on Education Budgets and Teachers' Wages
Sponsor:
 Action Aid International
Speakers: Akanksha Marphatia, Tennyson Williams, Paula Mendoca, Rachel Moussie, Julita Nsanjama, Action Aid; Calvin McDonald, IMF; Bob Prouty, WB
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The Agenda of the Development Committee and Africa as a Focal Point for Growth and Responsibility
Sponsor:
Friedrich Ebert Foundation
Speakers: Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zuel, Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany; Antoinette Sayeh, Minister of Finance, Republic of Liberia

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Sunday, April 15

The Banque de France Financial Stability Review’s special issue on hedge funds
Sponsor: Banque de France
Panelists: Jaime Caruana, Counsellor and Director of the Monetary and Capital Markets Department, IMF; Andrew Crockett, JP Morgan Chase International; Philipp M. Hildebrand, Swiss National Bank; David A. Hsieh, Duke University, Patrick Stevenson, Atlas Capital Limited, Axel A. Weber, Deutsche Bundesbank.

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Monday, April 16

Discussion on the World Bank's Goverance Strategy and Implementation Plan

Sponsor: Global Civil Society Team (WB) and Transparency International (TI)

Speakers: Sanjay Pradhan, Director, Public Sector Governance, PREM (WB), Peter Harrold, Director,Operational Services (WB);Joachim Von Amsberg, Country Director, Philippines; Huguette Labelle, Chair (TI); Manish Bapna, Executive Director (BIC)
Moderator:  Nancy Boswell, TI Board of Directors

 

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List of Participants

Forthcoming World Development Report 2008: Agriculture for Development
Sponsor:
 Development Economics Vice Presidency (WB)
Speakers: 
 Derek Byerlee, WDR Co-Director and Senior Advisor, Africa Sustainable Development Department & Alain de Janvry, WDR Co-Director and Professor of Agricutlural and Resource Economics and Public Policy ( U. of California at Berkeley).
Moderator:
Merrell Tuck-Primdahl, Senior Communications Officer, DEC Vice-Presidency, WB

Summary of discussion

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Financing of Education in Fragile States and Conflict Affected  Countries
Sponsor: Save the Children
Speakers: Gene Sperling, Senior Fellow for Economic Policy and Director of the Center for Universal Education Council on Foreign Relations; Janice Dolan, Save the Children UK; Michael Klossen, Associate Vice President and Chief Policy Officer, Save the Children US; Antoinette Sayeh, Minister of Finance, Liberia; Peter Buckland, Sr. Education Specialist, Middle East and North Africa Region (WB)

Live webcast of the discussion(1hr 46min. 47sec.)

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Tuesday, April 17

Extractive Industries Revenue and Contract Transparency Meeting with the World Bank Group
Sponsor:
 BIC
Speakers: John Strongman, Mining Adviser,
Anwar Ravat, Lead Financial Specialist , Sefton Darby,  Consultant,  Oil, Gas, Mining and Chemicals Department (IFC); Heike Mainhardt-Gibbs,  Europe and Central Asia Program, Bank Information Center.

List of Participants

Progress Report on Africa Action Plan
Sponsor:
 World Bank Africa Region
Chair: Sylvain Browa, Senior Manager for Partnership & Development Impact, InterAction
Speakers: John Page, Chief Economist, World Bank Africa Region; Ezra Mbogori, Executive Director, MWENGO Zimbabwe; Francis Gatare, Special Advisor Office of the President, Rwanda.

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