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World Bank Civil Society Engagement eNewsletter June 2007

MAIN STORIES:

*     NEWS FROM THE WORLD BANK'S REGIONAL DEPARTMENTS
*     NEW PUBLICATIONS FROM THE WORLD BANK
*     NEW WORLD BANK WEBSITES AND WEB PRODUCTS


1.  Selection of the President of the World Bank - The Executive Directors of the WB announced on June 18 that they had received one nomination from member governments for the presidency of the World Bank by the deadline of June 15.  The nomination of Mr. Robert Zoellick was presented by the Executive Director representing the United States.  The Executive Directors will formally meet with the nominee on June 20 for a question and answer session.   After follow-up consultations with their respective governments, the Directors will reconvene on June 25 to make a decision on nominating the new President.  They expect the new President to start on July 1, 2007.  More

2.  International Development Association Replenishment Meeting, June 28-30, Maputo, Mozambique - The International Development Association (IDA) is the part of the WB that helps the world’s poorest countries. IDA provides interest-free loans and grants and is funded by contributions from high income countries. The donors meet every three years to replenish IDA funds and review IDA’s policies. Representatives of 40 donor countries ("IDA Deputies") and nine representatives from IDA borrower countries met in Paris on March 5-6, 2007 to begin negotiations for the fifteenth replenishment of IDA resources (IDA15), which will cover the years of 2008 to 2011. The second IDA15 Replenishment Meeting will take place in Maputo, Mozambique on June 28-30, 2007. Two CSO representatives -- one from Mozambique and one sharing the perspective of African civil society -- will officially participate in a consultation meeting of regional opinion leaders.  More   IDA at Work

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3.  World Bank Group's Governance: Independent Evaluation Group Presents Issues for Review - The Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) is an independent unit within the WB which reports directly to the Bank's Board of Executive Directors.  The note from the IEG's Director General to the WB's Executive Directors highlights aspects of the Bank's internal governance which, according to IEG need improvement, in light of the recent leadership crisis at the WB.  These include: (a) the process for the selection of the President and senior management; (b) the role and functioning of the Board; and (c) the internal system of institutional safeguards.  IEG suggests to the Board a transparent process for selection a new President as well as a review of the WB's governance with independent and external inputs.  More

4.  World Bank Welcomes G8 Leaders’ Renewed Commitment to Fight Climate Change - The World Bank today welcomed the renewed commitment by the Heligendamm G8 Summit to fight climate change and to engage emerging economies in this process. As a member of the United Nations system, the Bank also welcomed the clear indication that the G-8 process will feed into the discussions for a post-2012 climate regime within the UN framework.  The G-8 Declaration endorsed a number of key initiatives that the Bank is pursuing with other development partners, including the role of market mechanisms such as carbon trading, the creation of a forest carbon partnership for avoided deforestation, a financial framework for energy efficiency and clean energy, and the Global Gas Flaring Reduction Partnership.  More

5.  2007 HIV/AIDS Implementers’ Meeting, June 16-19, Kigali, Rwanda - The 2007 HIV/AIDS Implementers’ Meeting brought together over 1,500 delegates from around the world, most from developing countries in Africa and other regions. In addition to government ministers, participants also included a wide cross-section of HIV program implementers, including CSOs, and groups of people living with HIV/AIDS. The theme of the meeting, "Scaling Up Through Partnerships," recognized the rapid expansion of HIV/AIDS programs worldwide.  The participants exchanged lessons learned on building the capacity of local prevention, treatment, and care programs, maintaining quality control, and coordinating efforts.  This forum facilitated an open dialogue about future directions of HIV/AIDS programs, with a strong emphasis on implementation and identification of critical barriers and best practices.  More

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NEWS FROM THE WORLD BANK'S REGIONAL DEPARTMENTS

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Africa

Grant for Education in the Democratic Republic of Congo - The US$150 million International Development Association (IDA) grant was approved by the WB's Board on June 5. The objective of the project is to prevent further deterioration in the delivery of essential services for primary education and to prepare the ground for a sustainable development and financing of the education sector that would facilitate donor coordination and future transition to a sector-wide program. The grant will reduce primary school fees and provide free access to textbooks, as well as increase equity in the supply of primary education services. It will also help restore access to primary education in areas affected by the conflict of the last decade. It will strengthen accountability by empowering local communities to participate in decision-making and budgetary oversight of schools.  More

Assistance for Community Empowerment in Liberia - The Second Community Empowerment project (CEP II) for Liberia, approved by the WB Board on June 14, aims to improve basic services and promote economic opportunities for poor rural communities.  It will utilize a Community Driven Development (CDD) approach which will invest in small-scale projects and capacity building efforts at the community and local government levels. It will also address the pressing lack of social services, particularly health and education in post-conflict areas.  A total of 260 small projects located in rural and remote communities of the country will be funded, with emphasis on vulnerable and disadvantaged groups. The European Commission will also contribute $8.5 million euros to this project. The project falls under the WB’s new rapid response procedures for emergency projects.  More

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East Asia and the Pacific

Nam Theun 2 Maintains Momentum - Two years after its approval, the Nam Theun 2 (NT2) Hydroelectric Project in Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR) continues to make satisfactory progress according to the latest annual update by the WB and Asian Development Bank (ADB). A statement by the two development banks highlights that the next 12 months represents an important phase for the implementation of the project before the reservoir is filled beginning in June 2008.  Completing village relocation and implementing livelihood activities are among actions needed to ensure social and environmental programs continue in tandem with project construction. Areas of concern include issues with erosion and drainage in some project roads, payments of compensation in project lands, finalization of resettlement preferences and entitlement packages for some households in two villages, and strengthening coordination, management, and implementation of the livelihood programs. It also notes the continued openness of the project implementation team to ensure the participation of various stakeholders, including ongoing consultations with villagers.  More

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Europe and Central Asia

World Bank Outlines Cooperation with Montenegro - A four year Country Partnership Strategy with Montenegro was endorsed by the WB's Board of Executive Directors on June 12.  This is the first such strategy for Montenegro, and was prepared following the country’s independence in June 2006, and membership of the WB Group in January 2007.  In order to be consistent with the country’s overarching goal of European integration, WB activities will support the Government’s key priorities to: (a) enhance sustainable economic growth, through increasing economic freedoms and strengthening the role of the private sector; (b) build institutions and the rule of law; and (c) improve the standard of living of citizens, through efficient education, health, and social protection systems.  More

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Latin America and the Caribbean

New Country Partnership Strategy for Chile - The WB's Board on June 14 discussed the new Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) for Chile, which envisions financial assistance of up to US$250 million between 2007 and 2010 in support of the country's development agenda.  The strategy is the result of close collaboration with the Government and has been informed by the WB Group’s sustained consultation with civil society, local governments, and the private sector. Key areas of support identified in the CPS include: innovation; infrastructure and public services; public sector Management; sustainable development and the environment; education; and social protection.  More

Output Based Aid Grant to Help Honduras Meet Millennium Development Goals - The US$4.5 million dollars grant agreement with the WB’s Global Partnership on Output Based Aid (GPOBA) will establish a fund for improving water and sanitation services available to poor communities throughout Honduras.  As part of an effort to help meet the Millennium Development Goals, GPOBA will work in partnership with the Honduran Fund for Social Investment to create a framework for contributions from the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), The Netherlands Ministry of Development Cooperation (DGIS) and the WB's International Finance Corporation (IFC).  The grant will provide the financial means to develop a Honduran Output Based Aid (OBA) facility that is expected to support projects benefiting approximately 40,000 poor households. This new, country specific OBA facility will independently identify, rank, and oversee water and sanitation service projects throughout Honduras.  More

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Middle East and North Africa

World Bank supports Integrated Ecosystem Management in the Jordan Rift Valley - The WB Board has approved on June 12 a Global Environment Facility (GEF) Trust Fund grant of US$ 6.15 million, to support the Jordanian government’s efforts in ecosystem management. Project implementation will rely on consultative planning and management involving all relevant stakeholders. In order to support biodiversity conservation, the project will establish a network of protected areas.  It will also support the establishment of a $ 2 million dollar endowment fund and adoption of economically viable, nature-based livelihood options by local communities in these areas. Project management and implementation will be undertaken by the Jordanian Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN).  More

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NEW PUBLICATIONS FROM THE WORLD BANK

The Africa Multi-Country AIDS Program 2000-2006: Results of the World Bank's Response to a Development Crisis - A new WB report on HIV/AIDS launched on June 14 in Rwanda, says the mobilization of empowered 'grassroots' communities, along with delivering condoms and life-saving treatments, are beginning to slow the pace of the continent's epidemic, which last year killed more than 2 million African adults and children, and left another 24.7 million Africans struggling to live with its deadly effects.  According to the report, ultimate success in defeating HIV/AIDS will depend on marshalling effective prevention, care, and treatment measures which will strengthen 'social immune systems' in African countries.  It will also involve changing beliefs, perceptions, and social and individual behaviors related to the disease.  More

Accelerating the Education Sector Response to HIV and AIDS: Five Years On - In 2002, the UNAIDS Inter-Agency Task Team on Education established a working group – known as the "Accelerate Initiative" – to address challenges and support countries in sub-Saharan Africa as they accelerate the education sector response to HIV and AIDS. Key partners of the Initiative include: governments, UN agencies, bilateral donors, media, CSOs, teachers unions, as well as  people living with HIV and AIDS. Five years into the initiative, a review was prepared to assess the extent to which the Accelerate Initiative’s planned actions achieved its objectives identified by the working group in 2002. Overall, this review shows that the Accelerate program brought changes in the sectoral responses of the participating countries, and that a majority of countries met the five objectives of the program.  More

IFC Launches Handbook on Stakeholder Engagement  - The new publication, "Stakeholder Engagement: A Good Practice Handbook for Companies Doing Business in Emerging Markets" draws on IFC's own learning as well as the current thinking and practices of its client companies and other institutions.  The Handbook highlights good practices for building and sustaining constructive relationships with stakeholders as a means of mitigating risk, identifying new business, and enhancing development outcomes. It will be made available shortly in Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.  More

Engaging with Citizens to Improve Services - This 200-page publication produced by the Bank-supported Water and Sanitation Program contains ten detailed and practical case studies of citizen engagement in India which led to improved services through various participatory mechanisms.  Its purpose it to provide good practices and lessons for CSOs, policy makers, and service providers on how citizens can use such instruments as participatory budgeting, on-line monitoring system, and court litigation to hold service provides accountable.  The study also examines the relevance — in different contexts — of what the WDR 2004 calls the ‘long route’ to accountability (where elected representatives hold public service providers to account on behalf of the public) and the ‘short route’ (where citizens/customers engage directly with providers to do so).  More

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NEW WORLD BANK WEBSITES AND WEB PRODUCTS

World Bank Work on Nile Basin - The new website highlights the work of the Nile Basin Initiative. The WB has been supporting the Nile Initiative since 1997, when the Nile Council of Ministers first requested assistance to coordinate donor involvement and establish a Consultative Group to raise financing for cooperative projects. The WB agreed to support the Initiative, in partnership with the other organizations, to facilitate dialogue among the participating countries and to chair the International Consortium for Cooperation on the Nile Consultative Group Meeting in Geneva, Switzerland in 2001.  More

Engaging in social media --- Open source "listening" tool released by the World Bank - Blogs, social networks, podcasts, youtube....all these words are part of the social media revolution that has taken the web by storm for the past few years. The WB is increasingly aware of this trend and has developed a tool to listen and understand the conversations happening across blogs and other sites. Because we feel it is important for civil society to be part of these conversations, we are releasing the tool, called the BuzzMonitor. Everyone is free to download it, install it, and use it to see what is circulating on the web related to an issue or project.  More

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The Newsletter is produced by the Civil Society Team of the World Bank (WB) in collaboration with other WB units. This newsletter highlights some of the many policies, programs, and initiatives of the WB which may involve or be of interest to CSOs. We welcome your comments and feedback to make this newsletter as useful as possible. You can subscribe to the Newsletter using a registration page:   http://www.worldbank.org/civilsocietyengagementnewsletter/. Please share your comments on the Newsletter with us:   civilsociety@worldbank.org.  All past issues of the Newsletter can be found on the WB site on Civil Society Engagement at:  http://www.worldbank.org/civilsociety.

 




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