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Civil Society Engagement eNewsletter - August 2009

1. Civil Society Accreditation for Annual Meetings Open
2. Civil Society Planning Group for the Annual Meetings
3. Youth and Development in Turkey – Photo Competition closing on August 28th
4. SEEKING PROPOSALS: Youth Development in Latin America
5. World Bank Pledges Support for African Post-Conflict Recovery
6. Bank Pilots New Web with Climate Change Beta Site
7. FY09 Is Year of Renewable Energy for IFC
8. Bank Debars NGOs for Fraud in Bangladesh
9. Bank Grant Competition Awards $840,000 to Address Malnutrition in South Asia
10. Countries Join Initiative to Improve Prospects for Agricultural Development
11. What Would YOU Like to See at the 2009 Global Youth Conference ?

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1 - Civil Society Accreditation for Annual Meetings Open

The 2009 World Bank and International Monetary Fund Annual Meetings will be held on October 6 and 7, 2009 in Istanbul, Turkey. CSO representatives interested in participating in the Annual Meetings must obtain individual accreditation. To apply for accreditation, please fill out the online request form. Accreditations opened on August 3 and will remain open until Monday, September 21. We have received over 250 applications for accreditation to date, and encourage our CSO colleagues to apply early in order to avoid a last minute rush. Read more on (CSO) participation in the Annual Meetings. 

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2 - Civil Society Planning Group for the World Bank/IMF 2009 Annual Meetings

The Bank and Fund invited 20 CSO representatives, primarily from the Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and Middle East regions, to be part of the Istanbul CSO Planning Group to help the Bank plan the civil society events at the Annual Meetings. Their role will be to help the Bank and Fund plan policy dialogue sessions, a townhall meeting with the heads of the Bank and Fund, and other activities. See the Terms of Reference and list of participants. The CSO Planning Group has had a conference call, and a face-to-face planning meeting in Istanbul on July 14 & 15. Click here for summary notes of the conference call, and summary notes of the planning meeting. More


3 - Youth and Development in Turkey – Photo Competition closing on August 28th 

As part of the preparations for the 2009 World Bank/IMF Annual meetings to be held in Istanbul, the World Bank Turkey Office has partnered with a leading Turkish youth organization, Community Volunteers Foundation (TOG), to hold a "Photo Competition for Youth in Turkey". Youth are invited to submit photos which capture their views on the development challenges in Turkey. The objective of the photo contest is to highlight the important role youth play in promoting sustainable development in the country. In addition to cash prizes for the winners, the winning photos will be exhibited at the Istanbul Cultural Center throughout September and October, 2009. Participation is in Turkish for the benefit of the local community. Click here for details.

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4 – SEEKING PROPOSALS: Youth Development in Latin America 

The 2010 Latin America and Caribbean Development Marketplace is titled “Youth Developing Opportunity: Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Sustainability.” This small grants competition, sponsored by the Bank and its partners, provides funds for innovative, grassroots development projects that address aspects of entrepreneurship under the defined windows and that have potential for expansion or replication. The call for proposals provided on this website is open to participants from the Latin America and the Caribbean Region. The deadline for submission is September 15. Read more... 


5 – World Bank Pledges Support for African Post-Conflict Recovery

World Bank Group President Robert B. Zoellick toured three African nations of Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda during the week of August 9th. The purpose of the trip was to encourage investor and donor support to help the world’s poorest continent cope with the global economic crisis. It was his first visit to these countries. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, President Robert B. Zoellick pledged to continue Bank support for demobilizing and reintegrating hundreds of thousands of ex-combatants of the Great Lakes region into civilian life. Zoellick discussed post-conflict and other key issues in meetings with Congolese President Joseph Kabila, Prime Minister Adolphe Muzito, and representatives of the donor community, private sector, and civil society. Read more... 

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6 -- Bank Pilots New Web with Climate Change Beta Site

Visitors to the Bank’s website used to have to scan more than 20 sites and hundreds of pages to get a complete picture of the Bank’s role in climate change. That has changed with the launch of a new climate change beta website, which is a preview of broader changes being contemplated for the Bank’s overall website. This new Climate Change website consolidates the best of the Bank’s climate change content in a fresher, more data-rich and interactive format that pilots a new online look and approach to sharing results and knowledge, better aligned with audience needs. Read more... Go to new site 


7 -–2009 Is Year of Renewable Energy for IFC

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) reached a historic milestone in Fiscal Year 2009 when more than half the private sector power projects it financed were for renewable energy. Addressing the potential impacts of climate change is a strategic corporate priority for IFC, and promoting renewable energy generation is a key component in realizing this goal. In the past three years, IFC has channeled more than $1 billion to renewable energy projects, particularly in FY09, when IFC helped finance a record 12 renewable energy projects. Read more... 

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8 - Bank Debars NGOs for Fraud in Bangladesh

The Bank announced on July 27 the debarment of two Bangladeshi non-governmental organizations and their executive directors for having engaged in fraud in relation to a Bank-financed project. The debarments, which resulted from investigations by the Bank’s Integrity Vice Presidency, are part of the Bank’s broader anti-corruption agenda. The Organization of Rural Economic Development & Rehabilitation (OREDAR) and its former executive director, Rezaul Karim, are ineligible to be awarded contracts under any Bank projects for a period of two years. The second NGO, Poverty Alleviation and Rural Development Organization (PARDO), and its executive director, Mrs. Shamima, have been debarred for three years. Read more... 


9 - Bank Grant Competition Awards $840,000 to Address Malnutrition in South Asia

Twenty-one civil society organizations from across South Asia won grants on August 5 from an $840,000 award pool funded by the Bank’s South Asia Region Development Marketplace. The winners received up to $40,000 each to implement innovative ideas on how to improve nutrition in their respective countries. Titled "Family and Community Approaches to Improve Infant and Young Child Nutrition," the competition drew nearly 1,000 applications from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Maldives, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Of the 21 winning proposals, nine—more than any other country—came from India. Bangladesh and Nepal tied for second place, with four winners each. Read more... 

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10 - Countries Join Initiative to Improve Prospects for Agricultural Development

The Agricultural Adaptations (AADAPT) initiative—a collaboration of developing countries, the Bank, and other partners—is part of the Bank’s renewed effort to place agriculture at the center of the development agenda, as recommended by the 2008 World Development Report. Under AADAPT, teams of experts work hand-in-hand with government ministries and Bank project teams to measure the effectiveness and impact of projects using data collection, surveys and control groups. While Bank projects commonly include monitoring and evaluation, AADAPT provides additional resources to obtain a “deeper causality of what’s working and what’s not.” The initiative has the potential to improve the lives of millions of small farmers and other poor people in rural areas. Read more...


11 - What Would YOU Like to See at the 2009 Global Youth Conference?

The annual Global Youth Conference is organized by the Bank's Y2Y (Youth to Youth) group. At this year's conference, scheduled for October 22, 2009 in Washington, DC, organizers want to hear from readers and participants on the issues or speakers they would like to see featured at the conference. In previous years, the conference has attracted audiences of more than 300 participants from around the world. Read more... For more information on the Youth to Youth Community or our previous conferences please visit the Y2Y website. 

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REGIONAL NEWS AND PROJECTS


AFRICA

Bank Signs First Carbon Credit Agreement in DRC for Reforestation Project

The World Bank signed its first Emission Reductions Purchase Agreement in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on August 4 in its office in Kinshasa. Through this agreement, the Bank-administered BioCarbon Fund is purchasing half a million carbon credits from an initiative to reforest 4,200 hectares of degraded land on the Plateau Bateke. The project is using carbon finance to generate resources for health, education, and agro-forestry activities while also trapping an estimated 2.4 million tons of carbon dioxide over the next 30 years. Read more... 


Bank Initiates Consultations on Côte d’Ivoire’s Country Assistance Strategy

The Bank hosted consultations in early July on Côte d’Ivoire’s 2010-2013 Country Assistance Strategy, a roadmap for development priorities signed by international donors and the government. The consultations included representatives of civil society, the private sector, international donors and non-governmental agencies. Based on priorities derived from these consultations, future development assistance to the country should rest on four main pillars: strengthening good governance, upgrading infrastructure and basic services, developing agriculture and promoting exports, and developing the private sector and improving the business climate. Read more...

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EAST ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

Development Partners Call for Halt to Evictions of Cambodia's Urban Poor

The World Bank, a group of donor countries and other development Partners, is calling upon the Royal Government of Cambodia to stop forced evictions from disputed areas in Phnom Penh and elsewhere in the country until a fair and transparent mechanism for resolving land disputes is put in place and a comprehensive resettlement policy is developed. In an environment of escalating urban land values in Cambodia and speculative land buying and selling, urban dwellers are under threat of being moved to make way for high value property development. This has become a major problem in Phnom Penh and other fast growing cities in Cambodia—creating uncertainty for, and putting at risk the livelihoods of, thousands of poor people living in disputed urban areas. Read more...


Filipinos Gain Recognition in Climate Change Competition 

Nine Philippine projects passed the first round in the rigorous selection process for the World Bank Group’s 2009 Global Development Marketplace, an international contest that identifies and funds innovative projects with potential for high development impact. The Philippines is the first in Asia and second in the world, next to Peru, to have the most number of participants among the 100 finalists. Finalists will be given a chance to present their proposals to a jury of experts in November at the Bank’s headquarters in Washington. Around 20 to 25 projects will be chosen and given grants of up to $200,000 each, to help them implement their ideas. Read more... 

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EUROPE AND CENTRAL ASIA

Negotiations on Fergana Valley Water Project

Negotiations on the proposed Fergana Valley Water Resource Management Project were held at the Bank’s country office in Tashkent, August 10-12. The project’s objectives are to improve agricultural production in areas affected by water-logging, reduce water salinity, and reduce damage to housing and infrastructure from rising ground water levels. To achieve these, the project would rehabilitate irrigation and drainage systems and build institutional capacity for sustainable water resource management and agricultural production. Read more... 

Bank Launches New Partnership Strategy with Romania

On July 16, the World Bank Board of Directors discussed a new Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) with Romania that sets the rationale and framework for the Bank’s program in Romania for 2009-2013. As the global financial crisis exerts a huge strain on the Romanian economy and society, the strategy sets out how the Bank Group will support the country’s efforts to restore sources of sustainable and equitable growth in order to emerge from the crisis on a stronger foothold, while reducing the immediate impact of the crisis on the poor. Read more...

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LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN

Stimulus Funds Able to Generate at Least 2 Million Jobs in Latin America

The Bank has conducted a study on the job creation potential of several fiscal stimulus packages being implemented in some of Latin America’s largest economies—including Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, and Peru. According to the study, Infrastructure Investment and the Potential for Employment Generation, such fiscal tools have the capability to generate at least 2 million new jobs per year in public works, one of the primary investment targets of the stimulus packages. Read more...

Bank Helps El Salvador Weather Global Financial Crisis 

The Bank announced an additional $250 million assistance package for this fiscal year to support the so-called anti-crisis plan of newly elected President Mauricio Funes. El Salvador has received vital reinforcements in its fight against the damaging effects of the global financial crisis on the country’s economy and people. In a joint press conference after a private meeting in El Salvador, President Funes and regional World Bank vice president Pamela Cox explained that these funds will focus on social protection, education, health care, job creation and the public sector, among other areas. Read more...

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MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

New Bank VP Affirms Strong Partnership with Egypt

In her first trip to the region since being appointed in July, the Bank’s new Vice President for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, Shamshad Akhtar, visited Egypt during the first week of August. “The visit offered an excellent opportunity to listen and learn more about the country’s priorities and how the World Bank can be of further support within the scope of our partnership strategy,” she said. During the visit, Akhtar signed a Bank loan for $270 million for the Egyptian National Railways Restructuring Project (ENRRP) and met with Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif to discuss issues related to the World Bank-Egypt partnership. Read more...

Jordan, Israel, and Palestinian Authority Recommit to Red Sea—Dead Sea Study 

The Technical Steering Committee for the Red Sea–Dead Sea Water Conveyance Study Program concluded a meeting July 20, reiterating members’ commitment to completing the study. Representatives of the three beneficiary parties—Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Authority—attended the meeting, which was hosted by the government of Jordan and chaired by the World Bank. The region is afflicted with an acute water shortage and a continued decline in the level of the Dead Sea. The study will examine options for the proposed Red Sea–Dead Sea Water Conveyance Project, as well as a possible pilot program to test the mixing of water from the Red Sea and Dead Sea. Read more... 

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SOUTH ASIA

Care of Afghan Families Wins $40,000 Through South Asia Region Development Marketplace

Care of Afghan Families (CAF), an NGO from Afghanistan, was one of the winners of the Bank’s South Asia Region Development Marketplace. "Undernutrition is one of the most challenging issues facing South Asia," said Isabel Guerrero, the Bank’s Vice President for the South Asia Region, at the opening ceremony on August 5 in Dhaka. "Poor nutrition robs a child of a chance to succeed and live a healthy, productive life.” CAF’s proposal, called Baby Friendly Village, will improve nutrition in young children by counseling mothers, as well as other family and village members. Read more... 


BANGLADESH—Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy Development

The World Bank has approved a $130 million in additional financing to improve social development and economic growth by increasing access to electricity in the rural areas of Bangladesh. The credit will help finance renewable energy generation and supply as well as rehabilitation of distribution networks to help address severe energy shortages in rural areas. Read more...

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JOBS

Human Development Economist/Social Sec Spec – Washington DC Position

The Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) is seeking to hire a Human Development Economist/Social Sector Specialist to undertake evaluations of World Bank projects and programs in health, nutrition, population, education and social protection and work on related sector and thematic evaluations such as nutrition and food security, social safety nets, and post-primary education. The IEG is the main organization unit in the World Bank Group providing evaluation and feedback on the development effectiveness of Bank activities in client countries. The desired candidate should have analytic skills that can be applied equally to the health, nutrition, population, education and social protection sectors. Application is closing on 10 September 2009. More…


Senior Water & Sanitation Specialist - Tegucigalpa, Honduras

The Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) is seeking a Senior Water $ Sanitation Specialist to be based in Honduras. The WSP is administered by the World Bank and funded through international partnerships with a wide range of External Support Agencies assists national, Regional and local agencies to be responsible for water and sanitation in developing countries to help the poor gain sustained service access. A current major thrust of the Program’s business plan is helping its clients to prepare for and implement actions towards meeting the Millennium Development Goals. Applications will be closing on 10-Sep-2009. More… 

For a full list of open positions and scholarships
http://www.worldbank.org/jobs

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ON THE BLOGS

African Economic Policies and the Global Crisis

On the Africa Can blog, the Bank’s Chief Economist for the Africa Region, Shanta Devarajan, discusses the response of African governments to the economic crisis. “When the global economic crisis hit Africa, I worried (along with others) that the continent’s economic reforms would be stalled or reversed,” Devarajan said. But this was not the case. According to Devarajan, “the response of African governments has been largely to maintain, and in some cases accelerate, their reform programs.” Read more... 

Effects of Climate Change Put Mongolian Herders at Risk, New Research Shows

In two posts on the Climate Change blog, Tony Whitten shares some troubling findings of several studies on the effects of climate change on Mongolian rangelands. “We found that Mongolian livestock herders will be at greater risk of severe weather conditions if the growing livestock populations and deteriorating rangeland are not addressed urgently. Similar statements have been made in the past, but the new results from the field appear to be the first quantitative evidence from long-term monitoring plots.” August 13 Post... August 12 Post... 

UN Youth Assembly 2009

On Youthink, Saadia Iqbal blogs about a debate on the Millennium Development Goals that took place at the recent UN Youth Assembly. “Which MDG is the most important to achieve? …One [expert] argued that Child Health is the most important, because it's a prerequisite for studying and contributing to society. Another argued that Education takes priority because people cannot practice healthy behaviors until they have the knowledge they need to do so. Someone else appealed for MDG #1: Ending Poverty and Hunger, saying until we accomplish that, people can be neither healthy, nor educated.” Iqbal talked to some of the youth delegates to get their ideas on the subject. Read more... 

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PUBLICATIONS / PODCAST / WEBSITES

World population projected to reach 7 billion in 2011

The 2009 World Population Data Sheet has been released. In a press release issued on August 12, Population Reference Bureau (PRB) stated that Global population numbers are on track to reach 7 billion in 2011, just 12 years after reaching 6 billion in 1999. According to the report virtually all of the growth is in developing countries. And the growth of the world’s youth population (ages 15 to 24) is shifting into the poorest of those countries. A staggering 97 percent of global growth over the next 40 years will happen in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, according to the PRB. Read More

Business Fighting Corruption 

The World Bank has developed a website of an anti-corruption resource base for business. It explores and details the constructive role that business can play in fighting corruption and how this can be done jointly with other companies and stakeholders. Organizations and individuals are already successfully using collective action today, working with business associations, civil society, media, government departments, and other stakeholders. The results are increased competition, improved transparency, and less corruption. Read more... 

Conditional Cash Transfers: Reducing Present and Future Poverty 

Demand for well designed safety net and cash transfer programs to assist poor families is growing across the world, as 2009 has developed into a year of tough economic challenges—especially for households already hit by the recent food and fuel crises, and for governments concerned that the financial crisis could turn into a humanitarian one. A recent report by the World Bank “Conditional Cash Transfers: Reducing Present and Future Poverty”, finds that CCT programs can reduce poverty both in the short and long term, particularly when supported by better public services. Read more... 

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