The Bank has in recent years expanded its training activities with CSOs. These efforts ranged from technical skills training and policy analysis courses to institutional capacity-building workshops. While some of the training has taken place at the global and regional levels, the great majority occurred at the country level, often tied to efforts to improve the performance of Bank-financed projects. The training was quite diverse and included thematic areas such as gender equity, environmental conservation, AIDS prevention, labor policies, and citizen participation in decision making. Find below some examples of traning initiatives undertaken in the past ten years:
Training undertaken during past years
- CSOs Help Train Bank Staff on Engaging Civil Society: In early 2010, representatives from Washington-based civil society organizations helped the World Bank Global Civil Society Team deliver four training sessions to Bank staff from the Middle East and North Africa (MNA) region. The training session “Civil Society: Why and How to Engage Effectively” focused on improving the quality of civil society engagement, and is one of the initiatives of the Regional Action Plan devised in response to the Yemeni Inspection Panel Case. The session was offered to all MNA operational staff based in Washington.
Indigenous Rights: In Latin America, the WBI and Development Gateway partnered with the Fondo Indigena in 2003 to organize four workshops involving some 160 indigenous leaders from five Andean countries on such topics as intercultural public policies, project management, exercise of collective rights, and Information and Communications Technologies.
PRSP Participation: In December 2003, a 6-day capacity-building course on improving participation within the PRSPs was held in Zambia for 60 trade union leaders from Angola, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, together with government officials and staff from the Bank and the International Monetary Fund.
Gender Equity: A workshop via videoconferencing on Gender Equality and Good Governance was held during the first semester of 2004 for government, CSO, and university leaders from four Central Asia countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.
Social Inclusion: A distance learning one-day course on social inclusion was organized in January 2004 with some 25 community leaders, NGO trainers, and government officials from Malaysia and the Philippines.
Participatory Public Expenditure Management: The World Bank Institute’s Poverty Reduction Unit and the Bank's Social Development Department conducted several in-country workshops and distance learning courses to enhance capacities of CSOs, government officials, and other stakeholders in participatory public expenditure management and economic literacy in 2003.
The Bank’s Global Civil Society Team carried out training on Bank–civil society engagement, both internally for Bank staff and externally for CSOs. Twice annual Civil Society Engagement training courses have been held since 2006 for Bank staff, including task managers, sector leaders, and social analysts. The courses include presentations on the characteristics of civil society, history of Bank-Civil Society relations, Bank-CSO simulated meetings, and group work on actual Bank projects. Often, CSO representatives and academics have been invited to serve as speakers and as participants in these workshops. World Learning and PACT have partnered with the Bank to deliver these courses.
The external sessions were focused on providing CSOs with a better understanding on how the Bank operates. Orientation sessions on the World Bank governance structure, policies, and programs have been provided to CSOs networks in the United States, France, Germany and Italy since June 2004. These sessions were organized jointly with national civil society networks in these countries: InterAction, Coordination Sud, Venro, and NGO Italiane. More recently the Civil Society Team of the Bank and the Fund have organized orientation sessions on the World Bank Group and Fund before the Annual and Spring Meetings since 2007.