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World Bank Civil Society Newsletter - September 2008

MAIN STORIES:

1. Accreditation Deadline for Annual Meetings 2008
2. Bank Updates Poverty Estimates for the Developing World
3. Bank Statement on Chad-Cameroon Pipeline Project  
4. Accra Meeting on Higher Food and Fuel Prices
5. Zoellick Calls for “Securing Development” To Help Poor Escape Conflict
6. Nominations for Advisory Group on Procurement Sought
7. Registration is Open for the 2008 Global Development Marketplace
8. Registration Opens for the Y2Y Global Youth Conference at the World Bank

* JOB OPENINGS
* NEWS FROM THE WORLD BANK'S REGIONAL DEPARTMENTS

* NEW PUBLICATIONS FROM THE WORLD BANK
* NEW WEBSITES, BLOGS AND PODCASTS


1) Accreditation Deadline for Annual Meetings 2008 - The 2008 Annual Meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund will be held over the weekend of October 11 - 13 at the World Bank and IMF Headquarters in Washington, D.C. As in previous years, the Civil Society Policy Forum, a program of policy dialogues for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) will be organized on October 9 – 13, 2008. CSOs planning to attend the events should apply for accreditation as soon as possible. The deadline for accreditation applications is Sunday, September 21, 2008. Please visit our website where updates on accreditation, registration, and the policy forum will be posted as they become available… More

2) Bank Updates Poverty Estimates for the Developing World - New poverty estimates published by the Bank reveal that 1.4 billion people in the developing world were living on less than US$1.25 a day in 2005, down from 1.9 billion in 1981.   These revised numbers reflect improved household data from a greater number of countries.    They are based the International Comparison Program (ICP) and 675 household surveys covering 116 countries and spanning the period 1981 to 2005.   The new numbers show that poverty has been more widespread across the developing world over the past 25 years than previously estimated, but also that there has been strong—if regionally uneven—progress toward reducing overall poverty. On the other and, they also demonstrate that the developing world is still on track to meet the first Millennium Development Goal of halving extreme poverty by 2015.... More

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3) Bank Statement on Chad-Cameroon Pipeline Project - In 2001 the Bank provided financing to Chad to support development of the Chad-Cameroon pipeline with a specific agreement that substantial oil revenues would be directed to poverty reduction. Over the years, Chad failed to comply with key requirements of this agreement. A new agreement was signed in 2006, but once again the government did not allocate adequate resources critical for poverty reduction in – education, health, infrastructure, rural development and governance. Regrettably, it became evident that the arrangements that had underpinned the Bank’s involvement in the Chad/Cameroon pipeline project were not working. The Bank therefore concluded that it could not continue to support this project under these circumstances…  More

4) Accra Meeting on Higher Food and Fuel Prices -At a landmark dialogue held in Ghana, over 40 African Ministers met with heads of donor agencies to discuss the crises caused by soaring food and fuel prices, and urged the international donor community to “untie aid and remove restrictions on food aid so that the adverse impacts of the crisis on people and national economies can be reduced.” The meeting was hosted by the World Bank and the African Development Bank and was held on the margins of the Accra Third High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness. It was co-chaired by AfDB President Donald Kaberuka and World Bank President Robert Zoellick. In opening remarks, the co-chairs noted that “food prices will continue to remain at high levels into the foreseeable future,” and stressed “the urgent need to keep up the momentum in responding to the crises.” They said the crises present an opportunity to increase effectiveness in service delivery, and for managing risks throughout the food production value chain…  More

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5) Zoellick Calls for “Securing Development” To Help Poor Escape Conflict - Bank President Robert B. Zoellick called for a new approach to fragile states focused on “securing development” to help one billion poor people escape from the cycle of failed government, persistent poverty, and civil war. In an address to an international conference of security policymakers, Zoellick said there needed to be an “overhaul” of the multilateral approach to meet the era’s current challenges regarding fragile states. Noting that the Bank committed over $3 billion to fragile states or countries suffering from conflict, he described many of the challenges facing states, and outlined 10 areas to focus on. These ranged from building the legitimacy of states and rule of law; strengthened security; local and national ownership; economic stability and a healthy private sector; the political economy; coordination among institutions and actors; the regional context; and the need for long term commitment… More

6)  Nominations for Advisory Group on Procurement Sought -The World Bank is seeking nominations of interested and qualified participants to serve as members of an International Technical Advisory Group to advise and assist in the implementation of a two year piloting program for the use of country systems in procurement.  Two participants for this group are sought from civil society organizations.  The  Terms of Reference for this Group are posted on Documents and Reports page of the  Use of Country Systems website.  Nominations for this Group should include the nominee’s name and organization, short bio, and short statement on why the person is interested in participating in the advisory group.   The deadline for nominations is 30 September 2008, and should be sent to procurementcs@worldbank.org. 

7) Registration is Open for the 2008 Global Development Marketplace - Register now and save the dates of September 24-26, 2008 for the Washington event. You will meet with representatives from 100 finalist projects from 42 different countries and participate in a policy dialogue on agricultural innovation in response to the food price crisis. This year Development Marketplace finalists will vie for grants to implement innovative and effective approaches to tackling agricultural problems faced by the poor in developing countries. Registration was extended until September 18. … More

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8) Registration Opens for the Y2Y Global Youth Conference at the World Bank –This year's Global Youth Conference “Empowering a Generation: Developing Skills and Capacities in Youth,” will take place on October 23, 2008 at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington DC. The conference emphasizes the urgency to focus on and invest in the needs of young people all over the world. The conference will focus on three themes: Skills and Sustainability, Leveraging Partnerships, and Best Practices and Challenges in Youth Programs. The thematic discussions will be followed by brainstorming sessions and a Reception. The Global Youth Conference is organized by the Youth-to-Youth Community (Y2Y) of the World Bank, and attracts more than 300 participants from around the world. Registrationis free, but mandatory, if you plan to attend. For more details visit: www.worldbank.org/y2ycommunity.

JOB OPENINGS

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Winter Internship Program Application Period Now Open

The application period for the Bank’s Winter Internship Program 2008 opened on September 1. The Program is open to students who are nationals of the Bank's member countries and attracts a large number of highly qualified candidates. To be eligible for the Internship Program, candidates must possess an undergraduate degree and already be enrolled in a full-time graduate study program (pursuing a Master's degree or PhD with plans to return to school in a full-time capacity). Generally, successful candidates have completed their first year of graduate studies or are already into their PhD programs…  More

NEWS FROM THE WORLD BANK'S REGIONAL DEPARTMENTS

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Africa

New Port Facilities a Potential Regional Trade and Investment Gateway
Ghana’s position as a trade and investment hub in West Africa was greatly strengthened Thursday with the unveiling by its Vice President Alhaji Alui Mahama and visiting Bank President Robert Zoellick of a new refrigerated terminal for fruit and vegetable exports at the port of Tema. The ceremony was part of a tour of Bank Group-funded projects in the port by Zoellick who was in Ghana for the Third High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness. Speaking during the occasion, Zoellick underscored the need for countries such as Ghana to diversify their agricultural exports and seek new opportunities provided by high value exports to world supermarkets. He made the connection to current developments in the global market and said Ghana could take advantage of higher food prices to expand its production and export…
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Europe and Central Asia

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Post-conflict Needs Assessment Begins in Georgia
A team of officials from the Asian Development Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the European Commission, the European Investment Bank, the United Nations, and the World Bank Group is beginning a Joint Needs Assessment mission in Georgia. This assessment, led by the World Bank and carried out from September 8-21, responds to a request from the Georgian government to identify priority areas and financial requirements needed for post-conflict recovery and reconstruction. The team from partnering international institutions will assess the most pressing needs in areas such as infrastructure, environment, agriculture, housing, business environment, and the social needs of the internally displaced population and others affected by the crisis. Findings of the joint work will be presented in a report expected to be ready in October 2008…
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Middle East and North Africa

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A Future without Child Labor in Egypt
The Bank partnered with the government of Egypt in pioneering efforts to tackle child labor issues by challenging the role of formal education and social safety nets. The partners established an integrated development model for reintegrating working children in the education system and developed measures for preventing school drop outs. The results were underscored by a partnership between government and non government organizations, and setting up of a monitoring and evaluation system to track the progress of returnees to school and document the situation of child labor nationwide. The project implementing agency, National Council for Childhood and Motherhood, brought together 19 NGOs amongst other local and regional partners. The project was considered a regional best practice on effective prevention of child labor…
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Latin America and the Caribbean

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New Costa Rica-World Bank Country Partnership Includes US$258 Million
The Bank’s Board of Directors endorsed the new Country Partnership Strategy for Costa Rica, which envisages a lending program of up to US$258 million between August 2008 and December 2010. The new partnership is based on a streamlined lending program for priority areas such as secondary education, prevention of catastrophic risks, telecommunications reform, and the comprehensive development of infrastructure in the country. Additionally, the partnership includes an expanded program of analytical and advisory activities carefully tailored to country demands and that would respond in real time to emerging demands… 
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PUBLICATIONS

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Good Practice Note on Poverty and Social Impact Analysis (PSIA)
The Note “Using Poverty and Social Impact Analysis to Support Development Policy Operations” is now available.   This Good Practice Note provides advice to World Bank Task teams on when, why and how to conduct (PSIA) when preparing a Development Policy Operation (DPO).   This note updates the 2004 version by incorporating practical lessons from PSIA implementation over the past three years. PSIA is used to better understand the potential impact of specific policy reforms on different social groups, mainly focusing on the poor...
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Addressing China's Water Scarcity
China faces a major challenge in managing its scarce water resources to sustain economic growth in the years ahead. This report, subtitled “: A Synthesis of Recommendations for Selected Water Resource Management Issues,” provides an overview of China's water scarcity situation, assesses the policy and institutional requirements for addressing it, and recommends key areas for strengthening and reform. The issues covered in the report are water governance, water rights, water pricing and affordability, water pollution control, and emergency prevention. The report's recommendations identify the key measures needed to effectively address these issues…
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WEBSITES, BLOGS AND PODCASTS

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Women, Future of Men
In June 26, 1963 when President Kennedy gave his speech "Ich bin ein Berliner" Europe represented 12.5% of the world's population. Today it is only 7.2 % and declining and most Europeans are older. In Africa on the other hand, of the 850 million Africans, half are 15 years old. And the continent will count 2 billion people by 2050. A challenging equation for Africa's development. On the Move presents "Women Future of Men," a discussion in two parts with Elizabeth Lule, Manager of the AIDS campaign team for Africa and John May, Lead Population Specialist both at the World Bank.
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Should Banks Play Offense or Defense with the Poor?
Blogger Mark Pickens notes that mobile phone operators “have notched some high profile successes in offering financial services to the poor. Think M-PESA in Kenya or GCash and Smart Money in the Philippines. They’ve tapped several million users for their mobile money transfer services which appear cheaper and more convenient than traditional banking products. Will banks respond by emulating their new competitors from the mobile world? Banks have an appetite for offering multiple products to their clients, so it would be a boon to the poor if banks wanted to ramp up their offerings via new electronic channels. But the emerging picture is not always rosy.” Join the 
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