Civil Society Policy Forum
April 23 - 26, 2009
The Civil Society Policy Forum was held from Thursday (April 23) to Sunday (April 26), prior and during the 2009 Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Group. It was organized by the WBG and IMF Civil Society Teams. The Forum brought together Bank and Fund staff, CSO representatives, government officials, and others to exchange views on a variety of topics ranging from the global economic crisis and climate change, to information disclosure. It also included a Reception with Bank President Robert Zoellick and Fund Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn.
We have posted summary notes, participants lists, presentations, and photos from many of the 30 policy dialogue sessions listed below. See photo gallery and poster and website from the Development Dialogue on Values and Ethics (DDVEs) which co-sponsored sessions with several CSOs.
We will be posting additional materials in the coming weeks, thus please check back frequently. For more information on these sessions please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 473-1840.
Pre-Civil Society Forum Events
(Updated April 23 @ 9:00 pm)
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Orientation Session on the World Bank
Sponsors: World Bank Group, World Learning
Speakers: Edith Grace Ssempala (World Bank), Jennifer Whatley (World Learning) John Garrison (World Bank), Ari Garscadden (IFC), Rebecca Post (Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency), and Werner Kiene (Inspection Panel)
This session will focus on the WBG (IBRD, IFC, MIGA, IP) origins, organizational structure, major policies, and operational work. This briefing session is being co-sponsored with World Learning.
* Please RSVP by sending email to: email@example.com
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
1350 Conn. Ave NW
Meeting Between the Compliance Advisor/Ombudsman (CAO) and CSO Representatives
Sponsors: Center for Environmental Law (CIEL) and CAO
Speakers: Werner Kiene (Inspection Panel), Anne Perrault (CIEL) and Steve Herz (Independent Researcher)
The CAO, in coordination with CIEL, would like to invite you to a lunch gathering to discuss the work of the CAO, specifically its work around the IFC Performance Standards Review during 2009. CAO staff will also discuss its current caseload and issues of concern.
- Lunch and refreshments will be served.
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale & Dorr,
(1875 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW)
Confronting Corruption Risk in IMF & WB Rescue Measures
Sponsor: Transparency International
Speakers: MODERATOR - Nancy Boswell (Transparency International-USA President), Thanos Catsambas, (Assistant Director, Fiscal Affairs Department, IMF), Jeffery Gutman (Vice President, Operations Policy and Country Services, WB)
Discussants: Chad Dobson (Executive Director, Bank Information Center), Karen Mathiasen (Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Development Finance and Debt U.S. Treasury – TBC), Christian Poortman (Director of Global Policy, Transparency International)
* Please send RSVP email to: Siobhan Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Civil Society Forum Events
8:30 - 9:00 am
Welcome Breakfast and Introduction to the Civil Society Forum and Spring Meetings
Sponsors: International Monetary Fund, World Bank
Staff from the Civil Society Teams at the IMF and WBG will welcome accredited CSOs, present the schedule of the Civil Society Policy Forum, and discuss the policy agenda for the Spring Meetings.
9:00 - 10:30 am
Africa Food and Financial Crisis: World Bank, Government and CSO Responses
Sponsors: World Bank Development Dialogue on Values and Ethics and the Civil Society Team
Speakers: CHAIR: Quentin Wodon (Adviser, WB), Shanta Devarajan (Chief Economist, Africa Region, WB), Giuseppe Zampaglione (Senior Operations Officer, WB), Bruce White (Policy Advisor, Catholic Relief Services), Andy Barnes (Director of Food Security, Food for the Hungry).
This session will start with an overview of the extent of the food and financial crisis in Africa, its impact on the poor, and the responses adopted by donors and governments to protect the poor from the crisis. A case study for Liberia of the cash-for-work program implemented by the government with World Bank support will then be presented. Next, two civil society organizations (Catholic Relief Services and Food for the Hungry) will discuss how they have adapted their own programs to respond to the crisis. Presenters will focus their remarks not only on the key characteristics of their programs and policies to respond to the crisis, but also on the challenges faced in implementing these programs and on ways that could be used to evaluate such programs so that they achieve the largest possible positive impact on the poor.
9:30 - 11:30 am
L - 103
(2121 Penn. Ave)
Session on Broad Community Support in IFC Projects
Sponsor: International Finance Corporation
Speakers: Greg Radford (Director, Environment and Social Department, IFC), Aaron Rosenberg (Chief, Public Affairs, IFC), Amar Inamdar (Office of the Compliance Advisor and Ombudsman for IFC & MIGA), Motoko Aizawa (Advisor, IFC Corporate Standards), Kirk Herbertson (World Resources Institute), Lee Swepston (Human Rights at Work), Armstrong Wiggins (Indian Law Resources Center – TBC)
Please join us for a discussion and workshop on the concept of broad community support (BCS). This session will build upon the discussion and work during the World Bank Group’s 2008 Annual Meetings. Our last workshop clarified the World Bank and IFC requirements in this regard, and touched on challenges in operationalizing BCS requirements. This workshop will build upon this discussion, and examine the practical elements and challenges of establishing BCS. The session will begin with updates on the ongoing reviews of IFC’s performance standards and disclosure policy.
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Reducing Vulnerability to Climate Change: World Bank and CSO Approaches
Sponsor: World Bank Development Dialogue on Values and Ethics and the Civil Society Team
Speakers: CHAIR: Phil Hay (Adviser, WB), Marianne Fay (Co-Director, World Development Report on Climate Change, WB), Harold Alderman (Adviser, WB), Douglas Brown (Climate Change Adaptation Specialist, World Vision), Byrd Dorrett (Director, Program Quality Support Department, Catholic Relief Services), Walter Grazer (National Religious Partnership for the Environment).
This session will start with an overview of the challenges ahead to reduce the magnitude of climate change as well as its impact, with the discussion based on findings from the draft World Development Report on climate change. The relationship between climate change, weather shocks and nutrition in developing countries will then be discussed. Thereafter, two civil society organizations (CARE and Catholic Relief Services) will discuss their programs to help the poor cope with shocks related to climate change. The last presentation will focus on the role to be played by civil society organizations in advocating for policies in developing countries to reduce the risk of climate change and help fund programs in developing countries to deal with the impact of climate change.
11:00 am – 12:30 pm MC C1-200
The Inspection Panel and Human Rights at the World Bank
Sponsors: Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) and International Accountability Project (IAP)
Speakers: Werner Kiene, Inspection Panel
This panel will consider how the World Bank Inspection Panel has dealt with human rights issues since its inception 16 years ago. It will also include a discussion of how human rights issues more fundamentally relate to the mission of the Bank. The panel will include perspectives from civil society, the Inspection Panel and Bank staff, as well as a Q&A session.
12:30 - 2:00 pm
Accountability and Participation in World Bank and IDB Loans: From Rhetoric to Action"?
Sponsors: Bank Information Center (BIC), World Bank (Latin America Region)
Speakers: CHAIR: Josh Lichtenstein (LAC Regional Manager, BIC); Vince McElhinny (Senior Researcher, BIC), Robert Chase (WB), Peter Sollis (IDB)
Presentation of a study by the Bank Information Center and CARE which examines the extent to which the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) incorporate their policies on participation and accountability in the design of projects it finances. The study reviewed 25 projects from over a dozen countries in Latin America which supports development efforts in a variety of sectors: rural development, education, health, and policy reform. Specifically, the study analyzes whether the World Bank incorporated its “accountability triangle” approach, and whether the IDB implemented its “strategy for promoting citizen participation” in the design of these projects. The study author will present the findings of the report and discussants from both Banks will comment.
2:00 - 3:30 pm
Consultation Roundtable on IMF Transparency Policy
Sponsor: International Monetary Fund
Speakers: Tessa van der Willigen, Ulric Erickson von Allmen, (Strategy, Policy, and Review Department, IMF)
The IMF is seeking views on its transparency policy as part of a review process now underway. CSOs are invited to attend this informal roundtable to discuss whether the IMF meets its goal of providing useful and timely information on its work and assessments of member countries' economies, to a global audience. Please join staff from the Fund's Strategy, Policy, and Review Department to discuss what increased global integration, the financial crisis, and the imperatives of modern communications may mean for the evolution of the Fund's transparency and publication policy.
More information on the transparency policy and how to provide input into the review can be found here.
2:00 – 3:30 pm
Hunger and Malnutrition: Challenges and Solutions
Sponsor: CARE, World Bank (Development Dialogue on Values and Ethics and the Civil Society Teams)
Speakers: CHAIR - Kim Hamilton (Senior Policy Advisor, Gates Foundation); John Hoddinott (Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI); Chris Shea (Senior Vice President,General Mills); David Kauck (Senior Policy Advisor, CARE); Eija Pehu (Science and Technology Advisor, WB)
Recent estimates indicate that there are more than 923 million people worldwide that are still undernourished. Chronic malnutrition is a hidden emergency – one that has an impact on all aspects of a person’s life. The majority of the world’s chronically hungry people are women and children. They tend to be concentrated in rural areas where growing numbers have fallen into poverty traps. Growing evidence shows that malnutrition impacts cognitive development, educational attainment, income, and life expectancy. This session will begin with a review of the scale of the problem, and its impact on chronic poverty. It will then focus on how different actors can contribute to possible solutions. New technologies, changes in public policy, and business innovations will be discussed.
4:00 – 5:45
The G20 Summit Outcomes and Implications for Developing Countries
Sponsors: International Monetary Fund, World Bank and Interaction
Speakers: Co-CHAIRs: Edith Ssempala (Director for International Affairs, WB), and Sam Worthington (CEO, InterAction); Ingrid Srinath (Secretary General of CIVICUS), Hugh Bredenkamp (Deputy Director, Strategy, Policy, and Review Department IMF), Alan Gelb (Director Economic Policy, WB), Antoinette Sayeh (Director, African Department, IMF), Kenroy Dowers (Manager, Financial Markets Group, IFC),
The April 2009 G20 Summit concluded with commitments aimed at addressing the challenges facing the global economy, to restore growth and achieve needed reforms in the world’s financial systems. The Communiqué included an assessment of the root causes of the crisis and actions taken to date. G20 leaders agreed on a set of measures to stabilize financial markets and address longer-term challenges, which included efforts to help developing economies gain access to finance and achieve growth, and strengthening the roles of the International Financial Institutions and ensuring they have adequate resources. This session will discuss how the measures announced could help restore growth and promote recovery of the global economy and developing countries. Participants will hear the perspectives and policy actions of the IMF and World Bank, as well as the views of civil society actors.
** Interpretation will be provided in English, Arabic, French, and Spanish
6:00 - 7:30 pm
MC 12 - Gallery
Reception with WBG President and IMF Managing Director
Sponsors: World Bank, International Monetary Fund
Robert B. Zoellick (WBG President), and Dominique Strauss-Kahn (IMF Managing Director) will welcome CSOs and make informal remarks about the G20 Summit and their institution’s responses to the global financial crisis.
9:00 - 10:30 am
How Effective is the World Bank’s Civil Society Engagement Strategy?
Sponsor: World Bank
Speakers: Chair Edith Grace Ssempala (International Relations Director, WB); Jeff Thindwa, John Garrison (Civil Society Team, WB)
The Bank is in the process of updating is civil society engagement policies and practices through an internal and external review process. It has sought the views of Bank staff, civil society interlocutors, and others on the evolving nature of civil society, on the effectiveness of the Bank’s civil society engagement strategy, and ways to improve these relations. The authors of the paper will report on the consultation efforts date, analysis of the findings, and draft recommendations.
9:00 - 10:30 am
(1850 I Street, NW)
Safeguarding Development and Social Protection: Challenges for a New Global Financial Architecture
Sponsor: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES)
Speakers: Arturo O’Connell, (Director, Central Bank of Argentina),
Dean Baker (Co-Director, Center for Economic and Policy Research),
Damon Silvers (Associate General Counsel, AFL-CIO), Moderator - Werner Puschra (Director, FES/New York).
The global financial crisis presents new challenges for safeguarding development and social protection, as steps taken to mend the struggling financial system – in both its regulation, institutional organization, and governance – have now been put forward at the G-20 Summit. This panel will address specifically the need for more transparent and democratic political processes to ensure that the new financial arrangements are accountable to the needs of people and not only of the financial system and its primary actors. The Friedrich Ebert Stiftung invites representatives of civil society to take the occasion of the spring meetings of the IMF and World Bank to discuss these urgent matters.
9:00 – 10:30 am
Consultation with Stakeholders on Civil Society Self-Selection Process for Observers on the CIF Committees
Speakers: Dana Goodson (Resolve)
RESOLVE (www.resolv.org), a nonprofit organization specializing in stakeholder involvement, multi-stakeholder consensus-building, and facilitation, is organizing the civil society self-selection process for observer seats on two CIF committees (Clean Technology Fund and Strategic Climate Fund) and one sub-committee (Pilot Program for Climate Resilience). Our goal is to design an open, transparent, and inclusive process in consultation with stakeholders. In this workshop, we will outline our proposed approach and timeline and solicit CSO input on some key questions, such as criteria for the observer seats; the formation of an Advisory Committee; and temporarily filling the observer seats for the upcoming May meetings.
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Evaluation Lessons in Unusual Times
Sponsor: Independent Evaluation Group (IEG)
Speakers: Vinod Thomas (Director General, IEG), Cheryl Gray (Director IEG), Marvin Taylor-Dormond ( Director, CEXEG)
The World Bank's Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) assesses what works, and what does not; how a borrower plans to run and maintain a project; and the lasting contribution of the Bank to a country's overall development. The goals of evaluation are to learn from experience, to provide an objective basis for assessing the results of the Bank's work, and to provide accountability in the achievement of its objectives. This session will explain IEG's mandate within the World Bank Group and share how new challenges now define development effectiveness, including climate change, financial crises, and the resurgence of poverty on a global scale. It will draw examples from recent evaluations to illustrate what has been done and what needs to be done differently.
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Vulnerable Groups and Development Policies and Programs
Sponsors: Disability and Development Dialogue on Faith and Ethics Team (WB)
Session 1: People with Disabilities / 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
This session will start with an overview of the extent of disability in the world, and especially in developing countries. Estimates suggest that up to 800 million people have various forms and degree of disability. Issues related to framing the issue of disability (definition, causes, diversity of disabilities) will be discussed, together with ways to improve disability data (including new survey questions developed by the WCG. Two case studies will then be discussed. The first will focus on recent analytical work done by a World Bank team to help for the design of a strategy towards people with disabilities in Sierra Leone. The second will focus on work done by faith networks and organizations in helping people with disabilities. Finally, the session will conclude with a presentation of the advocacy and analytical work carried under the auspices of the Global Partnership on Disability and Development.
Speakers: CHAIR: Charlotte McClain (Senior Operations Officer, WB)
John Kemp (U.S. Business Leadership Network), Giuseppe Zampaglione (Senior Operations Officer, WB), Maria Veronica Reina (Global Partnership on Development and Disability), Interfaith group (TBC)
Session 2: Indigenous Peoples / 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
This session will start with an overview of the size of indigenous populations in the world, and especially in developing countries. Estimates suggest that up to 400 million people belong to various indigenous peoples. Issues related to framing issues related to indigenous peoples (definition, diversity of groups, vulnerability and disadvantages in terms of poverty status, education, health, and employment patterns) will be discussed. Two case studies will then be presented. The first will focus on recent analytical work done by a World Bank team to help for the design of a strategy towards pygmies in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The second will focus on work done by faith networks and organizations in helping indigenous peoples. Finally, the session will conclude with a discussion of broader advocacy efforts that have or could be undertaken to help indigenous people improve their well-being in a way that would respect their particular traditions.
Speakers: CHAIR: Quentin Wodon (Adviser, World Bank) , Biorn Maybury-Lewis (Dean of Academic Affairs, Digital Media Arts College), Harry Patrinos (Lead Economist, WB), Mohamed Arbi Ben-Achour (Lead Specialist, WB)
12:30 - 2:00 pm
Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Economic Outlook
Speakers: Norbert Funke and Paulo Drummond (African Department, IMF)
This session will begin with a presentation of the main conclusions from the IMF's Sub-Saharan Regional Economic Outlook (REO) which focuses on the macroeconomic impact of the global financial crisis on Sub-Saharan Africa, and particularly the impact on financial systems in the region.
Funke and Drummond Presentation 1
Funke and Drummond Presentation 2
1:00 – 2:30 pm
(2121 Penn. Ave)
Supporting Civil Society Engagement in Gabon: A Conversation with Marc Ona
Sponsors: World Bank Oil, Gas, and Mining Policy (COCPO), Civil Society Team (CST)
Speakers: Marc Ona (Brainforest), Clive Armstrong (COCPO), Jeff Thindwa (CST)
Marc Ona led efforts to publicly expose the unlawful agreements behind a Chinese-led mining project in Gabon involving infrastructure development, which threatened the sensitive ecosystems of his country’s rainforests. For his hard work, Marc has been awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize 2009, which recognizes individuals for sustained and significant efforts to protect and enhance the natural environment, often at great personal risk. He will discuss: his experiences in being involved with the EITI process, civil society efforts and challenges in promoting these issues in Gabon, and how the World Bank and other international donors can further support civil society engagement.
2:00 - 3:30 pm
Update on IFC Response to Food Crisis through Agribusiness Financing
Sponsor: International Finance Corporation
Speakers: Oscar Chemerinski (Director, Agribusiness Department, IFC) Larissa Luy (Sr. Environmental and Social Specialist, IFC), Richard Henry (Chief Economist Agribusiness Department, IFC)
CSOs are invited to hear an update and overview of IFC's agribusiness operations, and food crisis response initiatives.
2:00 – 3:30 pm
(1350 Connecticut Av. NW Suite #100)
Meeting Between the Inspection Panel and CSO Representatives
Sponsors: Bank Information Center, Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)
The Inspection Panel, in coordination with BIC and CIEL, would like to invite you to a gathering to discuss the work of the Inspection Panel, its activities and current investigations, and issues of mutual concern.
2:00 - 6:00 pm
Eugene Black Auditorium
(600 19th St NW)
Latin America and the Global Crisis: Towards a Rapid Regional Recovery
Sponsor: World Bank
The World Bank has assembled a group of high-level Latin American experts to help provide Latin American and Caribbean countries with current information on the economic crisis and its implications for the region, and political and governmental leaders to discuss the crisis and its repercussions. In an open discussion forum, key experts such as Jorge Castaneda and Julia Swieg, and political figures such as Fernando Lugo, Paraguay’s President, and Mauricio Funes, El Salvador’s President-elect, will provide their perspectives on the crisis and its impact on the region.
Please visit the following webpage for more information and to RSVP: Regional Forum
3:00 – 3:45 pm
L - 103
(2121 Penn. Ave)
Discussion of Karachaganak Lukoil Project in Kazakhstan
Sponsors: Crude Accountability and Bank Information Center (BIC)
Speakers: Svetlana Anosova (Leader, Berezovka Initiative Group), Others (TBC)
Crude Accountability and the Bank Information Center invite you to a session addressing civil society concerns with the IFC's investment at the Karachaganak Oil and Gas Condensate Field in Kazakhstan. Six years
of engagement by local activists with the IFC has failed to resolve human rights violations at the Field, which become more serious as time goes on.
An official complaint filed by Crude Accountability and the Kazakhstani NGO, Green Salvation, remains open with the Office of Compliance, Advisor/Ombudsman related to IFC violation of its own resettlement policies. Crude Accountability, BIC and Svetlana Anosova, a representative of the affected community in Berezovka, will discuss the outstanding environmental, human rights, and social concerns at the Karachaganak Field.
3:00 – 6:00 pm
African Trade and Debt in the Global Financial Crisis: Assessing the G20 and UN Responses
Sponsors: Center of Concern, Jubilee USA Network
Speakers: Matthias Rau (UNCTAD), Ransom Lekunze (South Centre), Gyekye Tanoh ( Third World Network Africa), Tina Nanyangwe (Jubilee Zambia/Jesuit Center for Theological Reflection), Vitalis Meja (African Network on Debt and Development/ AFRODAD), Leonardo Hernandez (WB)
Trade is the main channel by which the financial crisis will affect African countries. This is a function of the lower demand, and lower prices for African exports triggered by the global recession. The global financial crisis is also threatening a renewed debt crisis in Africa, including for some countries that had received debt cancellation under the HIPC/MDRI initiative.
The Group of 20 Leaders recently committed to significant sums for low-income countries but nearly all of it is in the form of new loans. Trade measures were focused on market access, neglecting the financial structures needed to ensure African countries can benefit from trade. Meanwhile, the upcoming June UN Conference on the World Financial and Economic Crisis offers an opportunity to consider additional and structural official response measures on trade and debt.
This session, structured in two panels, will take stock of the impact of the crisis and the crisis response on African trade and indebtedness from a range of official and civil society perspectives and consider the policy solutions that are urgently needed to avoid a renewed debt crisis on the continent.
First Panel –Trade (3 – 4:30 pm)
Speakers: Ransom Lekunze (South Centre), Jane Nalunga (SEATINI), Tetteh Hormeku (Third World Network Africa), Martin Tsonkeu (African Development Interchange Network), Tina Nanyangwe (Jubilee Zambia)
Second Panel –Debt (4:30 – 6 pm)
Speakers: Matthias Rau (UNCTAD), Leonardo Hernandez (World Bank), Ransom Lekunze (South Centre), Kiama Kaara (Kenyan Debt Relief Network), Morlai Kamara (Voluntary Services Overseas, Sierra Leone), Vitalis Meja (African Network on Debt and Development/ AFRODAD)
3:00 - 4:30 pm
Main Conf. Rm
10 G St NE
(Nearest Metro: Union Station)
The World Bank's Programs on Forests and Climate Change
Sponsor: World Resources Institute (WRI)
Speakers: Gerhard Dieterle, (Advisor Forest Investment Program, WB), Patrick Verkooijen, (Forest Investment Program, WB), Neeta Hooda, (Forest Carbon Partnership Facility, WB)
Please join us for a briefing and round table discussion of World Bank programs on forests and climate change alongside the Spring Meetings of the Board of Governors. The World Bank has a long history of engagement in the forest sector in developing countries, and it is now playing a major role in informing international efforts to address the links between forests and climate change. Panelists from the World Bank will update us on the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility's ongoing efforts to prepare countries to harness carbon markets to reduce emissions from deforestation, and on the development of the Forest Investment Program of the Strategic Climate Fund. The following roundtable discussion will consider the challenges of addressing fundamental issues of governance, rights, and equity in the forest sector in this context.
3:30 – 5:00 p.m
J 1 -050
(701 18th St.)
IMF Policy Support Instrument Review
Speakers: Roger Nord (African Department), Thomas Dorsey (Strategy, Policy, Review Department), Matthew Martin (Director Development Finance International)
The Policy Support Instrument (PSI) was established by the IMF in 2005 to support low-income that no longer need/want Fund financial assistance, but still seek Fund endorsement/assessment of their policies. The Fund is conducting a review of the experience since the PSI was created. IMF staff will present an update on the findings of the review and also reflect on specific country experiences.
Matthew Martin will provide comments based on recent research Development Finance International did for Oxfam International comparing the PSI experience with experience under other circumstances - continued PRGFs programs or no IMF program - and consultation with key policymakers.
** Interpretation will be provided in English and French
4:00 - 5:30 pm
MC C1 - 200
CAO Compliance: Challenges to Enforcing Environmental and Social Due Diligence & Institutional Accountability around IFC and MIGA Projects.
Speakers: Meg Taylor, (Compliance Advisor, Ombudsman), Henrik Linders, (Senior Specialist, CAO)
The CAO will elaborate on its process for initiating compliance appraisals & audits of IFC/MIGA projects. Staff will discuss the compliance caseload in FY09 including audits of IFC's involvement in the Karachaganak (Kazakhstan) and Wilmar (Indonesia) projects.
4:00 - 7:00 pm
Building – 10th Floor)
Inspection Panel Open House
Sponsor: Inspection Panel
CSO Representatives are invited to come meet Werner Kiene (Panel Chairman) and other Panel Members, and staff from the Panel Secretariat. You will have the opportunity to learn about the Panel and how it operates. Come share your experiences working with the Panel at the country level and also hear stories and anecdotes about the Panel operations from some of its most experienced staff.
9:00 am - 10:30 am
MC C1 - 100
Education on the Brink: Macroeconomic Policies' and Aid Flows' Impacts on Teachers
Sponsor: Global Campaign for Education (GCE)
Speakers: Amy Gray, ( IFI Policy Officer, GCE), Stephen Nock (Policy/Advocacy Adviser, VSO International), Soren Ambrose (Development Finance Coordinator, ActionAid International), Kouassi Soman (Senior Operations Officer, Education For All - Fast Track Initiative Secretariat), and Benjamin Kobina Osei (General Secretary of the Ghana National Association of Teachers) (TBC)
Since teachers are central to the education system, financing teachers in developing countries is necessary for the scale up required to reach ‘Education For All’ goals. Yet achieving this, especially in low income countries, is challenged by the interplay of donor behavior and macroeconomic policy frameworks. This panel will look at the impacts of macroeconomic policies on the education sector and specifically on financing teachers, and will serve to launch GCE's new study on this topic. The role of predictable aid flows will also be addressed, drawn from a recent study on the same topic by the Fast Track Initiative. Join us to learn what is standing in the way of training and hiring the teachers needed to overcome illiteracy and what the various institutional actors involved can do to remove these barriers.
9:00 - 10:30 am
MC C1 - 200
Does G20 Stimulus Signal the End of the DSF?
Sponsors: Church Development Service (EED), European Network on Debt and Development (EURODAD), African Network on Debt and Development (AFRODAD)
Speakers: CHAIR: Nuria Molina (Eurodad), Peter Lanzet (EED), Carlos Braga (World Bank), Vitalice Meja (AFRODAD), Herve Joly (IMF)
The G20 communiqué of April 2, 2009 requests the World Bank and the
International Monetary Fund introduce flexibility to the Debt Sustainability
Framework. The reason for this is that a significant number of IDA countries will require economic stimulus programs in order address the global financial crisis. But, too much stimulis-based debt will pose a challenge to the
Debt Sustainability Framework (DSF) and its application through IDA and otherwise. This session will focus on how the BWIs propose to introduce flexibility into the DSF, what criteria it will adopt to select countries and determine whether to provide loans or grants?
11:00 - 12:30 am
MC C1 - 200
IMF Crisis Response – An Exchange
Sponsors: Eurodad, Third World Network, Oxfam, ActionAid, Jubilee USA Network
Speakers: Chair: Nuria Molina (Eurodad), Bhumika Muchhala (Third World Network), Christian Mumssen (IMF)
The G20 London Summit cemented commitments by the international community to triple IMF resources in response to the global financial crisis, securing a rapid “come-back” from the IMF’s position just a year ago. In the rush to channel resources, many of the details of how those funds will be used have not been made clear. In this session, representatives of the IMF, governments, inter-governmental organizations, and civil society will exchange information and views on the IMF facilities that will be used to address the crisis and the terms and conditions that will accompany IMF assistance. In light of the upcoming review of its facilities for low-income countries, special attention will be devoted to the IMF’s operations in LICs and what impact its new resources and role will have there.
12:30 - 3:30 pm
J B1– 080
(701 18th St.)
Consultation on Information Disclosure Review
Sponsor: World Bank
Speakers: CHAIR: Sumir Lal (Head of Internal Communications, WB), Toby Mendel (Legal Council, Article 19), Peter Harrold (Director of Operations Service, WB)
The World Bank has launched a comprehensive review of its disclosure policy to ensure that its core approach to the disclosure of information is well aligned with its values and priorities. It proposes to shift its approach to be more consistent with its ‘presumption in favor of disclosure’ whereby the Bank would disclose any information in its possession that is not on a list of exceptions. As part of this review process, the Bank is undertaking a global consultation process through face-to-face meetings in some 30 countries, video conferences, and requesting inputs via the web. The principles of the draft paper “Toward Greater Transparency: Rethinking the World Bank's Disclosure Policy” will be presented, followed by a general discussion. For multiple language versions of the paper please visit the Bank's consultations website.
*A light lunch will be served
** Interpretation will be provided in Arabic, French, and Spanish
2:00 - 3:30 pm
MC C1 - 100
Beyond The G20 Summit: The Future Of Financing For Development In Africa
Sponsor: Africa Business Roundtable, NEPAD Business Group
Speakers: Donald Kaberuka (President, African Development Bank), Gabriel Suswan (Govenor of Benue State of Nigeria), Gregory Meeks (Chair, US House Sub Committee on International Monetary Policy and Trade)
One key area where the effects of the global financial crisis have been deeply felt in the developing and emerging economies is in development financing. This is particularly true for many African Countries, a majority of whom are heavily reliant on ODA for financing their development efforts. The short fall on the Gleneagles commitment is now estimated at $240 billion. As part of that effort, the ABR plans to organize a high level roundtable that will bring together top policy makers from both developed and developing countries as well as executives of multilaterals to look at these issues within the context of the London G20 summit.
There were no Sessions on this Date.