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Civil Society Engagement eNewsletter - February 2010

1. CSOs Help Train Bank Staff on Civil Society Engagement
2. Oxfam Shares Findings from Global Study on Impacts of Financial Crisis
3. Accreditation for 2010 Springs Meetings Opens on March 8
4. Bank Supports Dominican Republic CSO Response to the Crisis in Haiti
5. World Bank, Shakira Join Forces To Aid Young Children
6. Innovation Fair: Moving beyond Conflict - Call for Proposals (February 15 to March 2, 2010)!
7. The Economic Premise Note Series – A New Economic Management Tool!
8. World Bank Institute Launches New Online Game 'Evoke', A Crash Course in Changing the World
9. The Climate Investment Funds - Second Partnership Forum, 18 - 19 March, 2010
10. World Bank Engages Young People on New Strategy for the Environment
11. WBG Environment / Energy Strategy Consultations – Updates
12. Gender and Development: An Evaluation of World Bank Support 2002-08

 

REGIONAL NEWS AND PROJECTS
JOBS
EVENTS
ON THE BLOGS
PUBLICATIONS / PODCASTS 
 

 

1. CSOs Help Train Bank Staff on Civil Society Engagement
Representatives from Washington-based CSOs participated in four training sessions for Bank staff from the Middle East and North Africa (MNA) region. The purpose of the training session was to help Bank staff improve the quality of civil society engagement. The CSO colleagues participated in panel discussions to share their insights on the often complex relations between the Bank and civil society. They also gave examples of good practices and approaches which worked well in their engagement with the World Bank. This training is one of the initiatives of the Regional Action Plan devised in response to the Yemeni Inspection Panel Case, and was offered to all MNA operational staff based in Washington. More…

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2. Oxfam Shares Findings from Global Study on Impacts of Financial Crisis
May Miller-Dawkins, head of research for Oxfam/Australia, made a presentation on February 18 to Bank and IMF staff the initial findings of large study they are undertaking on the impacts of the global financial crisis on the poor. The study was based on field research in 11 countries involving some 2,500 individuals and studies by a range of universities and international organizations. The study has concluded that the global impact of the financial crisis on developing countries has not been as severe as originally feared. Many countries, societies, communities, and individuals have demonstrated an unexpected resilience, a finding that Oxfam, the World Bank and IMF agreed on even if they did not necessarily agree on the reasons. More… 


3. Accreditation for 2010 Springs Meetings Opens on March 8
The 2010 World Bank and International Monetary Fund Spring Meetings will be held on April 24 and 25 in Washington, DC. CSO representatives interested in attending are encouraged to apply for online accreditation which will open on Monday, March 8 and close on Monday, April 12. The Bank and IMF Civil Society Teams will also be organizing a Civil Society Policy Forum from Thursday, April 22 through Sunday, April 25. Information on the CS Forum and the schedule of sessions will be posted by early April. More… 

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4 - Bank Supports Dominican Republic CSO Response to the crisis in Haiti.
At the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake on January 12, the World Bank in neighboring Dominican Republic engaged with local civil society organizations in finding the most efficient ways to deliver humanitarian relief to the Haitian people. A platform called “Ayuda a Haiti” (Help Haiti) was created the day after the disaster with the facilitation and advice of the Bank’s Country Office Civil Society Specialist. The Platform – representing more than 150 CSOs – was able to create and make operational several service provision clusters (health, water and sanitation, shelter, food and nutrition, logistics, fund-raising, etc) in less than 48 hours after the seismic tragedy. As of today, this platform has provide direct assistance to over 50,000 people, medical attention to over 100 families, and shelter for over 611 families. More…


5 - World Bank, Shakira Join Forces To Aid Young Children
The World Bank and Grammy Award-winning singer Shakira teamed up Monday in a $300 million joint initiative aimed at helping young children in Latin America and the Caribbean. World Bank President Robert Zoellick and the Colombian artist, representing her ALAS Foundation, signed an agreement launching the ‘Early Childhood Initiative: An Investment for Life’ at the Bank's Washington headquarters. The initiative will help expand Early Childhood Development (ECD) programs in a region where 9 million children under five suffer from chronic malnutrition and 22 million lack access to early basic care. More… 

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6 - Innovation Fair: Moving beyond Conflict - Call for Proposals (February 15 to March 2, 2010)!
Do you have a big idea that can help make a difference? Do you have a high-impact approach that has proven to work well in fragile and conflict-affected environments? The World Bank Group is seeking to identify such high-impact approaches to working in fragile and conflict-affected states in order to share and, if possible, scale them up. The Fair will convene international experts on conflict and fragility, development researchers and practitioners, and software developers in order to exchange experiences, establish new collaboration, and forge longer-term partnerships. Of the applicants, 30 winners will be invited to present their ideas during the Conflict and Fragility Week in Cape Town, South Africa on April 12-15, 2010. Please share your proposal! Tell us why your solution works well and how it can help many more! The deadline for applications is: March 2, 2010. More...


7 - The Economic Premise Note Series – A New Economic Management Tool!
The Poverty Reduction and Economic Management (PREM) Network Vice-Presidency of the World Bank, has launched a new economic tool that is intended to summarize good practices and key policy findings on topics related to economic policy. The first Issue has just been released and titled "Natural Resources and Development Strategy after the Crisis". According to the Note, recent events have rekindled interest in the role of primary commodities in development. The critical question discussed in this issue is, "Was the boom in commodity prices from around 2003 through 2008 just a cyclical event, or does it suggest that prices have entered on a period of secular strength, driven by factors such as demand in big, fast-growing developing countries like China"? For more about the Economic Premise and about the February first Issue, go to...

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8 - World Bank Institute Launches New Online Game 'Evoke', A Crash Course In Changing The World.
The goal of this game is to help empower people all over the world, and especially young people in Africa, to come up with creative solutions to the World’s most urgent social problems. EVOKE is free to play and open to anyone, anywhere, with access to the internet through a computer or a mobile phone. The "text book" for this course is an online graphic novel set in the year 2020 depicting the efforts of a mysterious network of Africa’s best problem-solvers. By participating in EVOKE, players will acquire the 21st century skills to become the social innovators that shape the future. Top players will also earn mentorships with experienced social innovators and business leaders from around the world, and scholarships to share their vision for the future at the EVOKE Summit in Washington DC.
Game starts March 3, 2010 -- Register now at www.urgentevoke.com


9- The Climate Investment Funds - Second Partnership Forum, 18 - 19 March, 2010
The Climate Investment Funds (CIFs) is inviting CSO participation in the CIF’s Second Partnership Forum to take place in Manila, Philippines on March, 18 - 19, 2010, and hosted by the Asian Development Bank. The CIF has funds available for a number of CSOs from developing countries to attend the meeting as ‘active observers’. The Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future is supporting the CSO self-selection process. For more information visit: 

In a related development, RESOLVE has announced that the self-selection process for civil society observers on the Forest Investment Program and the Scaling Up Renewable Energy Program in Low Income Countries, subcommittees of the Climate Investment Funds, is now complete. The list of selected observers and alternates is available on the RESOLVE website: 

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10 - World Bank Engages Young People on New Strategy for the Environment
The World Bank held a dialogue meeting, via video conference, with young people and youth groups in seven different countries: Belgium, USA, Kenya, Ethiopia, Egypt, Moldova and Guyana on February 3, 2010 to discuss the Bank’s new Environment Strategy. The meeting, co-organized by the World Bank Brussels Office, the World Organization of the Scout Movement and the Global Young Greens, was part of the global consultation process the Bank initiated in October 2009 with all stakeholders on the Bank’s new Environment Strategy. The young people made a number of recommendations for the strategy including: recognizing companies with good environmental practices through the creation of a ‘green’ company list and making funds available to youth groups and other civil society groups in support of their projects on environmental issues. More… 


11 - World Bank Group Environment Strategy Consultations - Update
Phase I of the World Bank Group Environment Strategy consultations, based on an open-ended Concept Note has been extended to April, 2010. Consultations are ongoing around the world. Please see summaries of the consultations to date and sign up to attend an upcoming consultation near you: http://go.worldbank.org/SL6ULAV720. For those wishing to provide feedback on line, the Concept Note (available in several languages), and feedback are available at: www.worldbank.org/environmentconsultations.
World Bank Group Energy Strategy consultations are also ongoing - please click here for further information: www.worldbank.org/energyconsultations

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12 - Gender and Development: An Evaluation of World Bank Support 2002 -2008:
In 2001 the World Bank adopted a gender equality policy as a means to help reduce poverty. This policy was outlined in Integrating Gender into the World Bank's Work: A Strategy for Action (referred as the 2001 Gender Strategy). Through this evaluation the Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) finds that the World Bank made progress in gender integration between 2002 and 2008 integrating gender concerns in more than half of the relevant projects. IEG also found that there were two key gaps in the policy; the absence of a results framework, and replacement of a generalized gender mainstreaming approach with a more selective country-level approach. To further improve results and regain the momentum of gender integration, IEG made a number of recommendations including the need to develop a monitoring system to track gender mainstreaming. More..

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REGIONAL NEWS AND PROJECTS

AFRICA

Africa: Fighting the Global Economic Crisis through Private Enterprise, Innovation and Integration
At the start of a new decade, Sub Saharan Africa is reeling from the effects of three major global crises – food, fuel and financial – that have reversed many of the economic achievements of the last 10 years and left some growth projections at levels below those of 30 years ago. While the effects of the most far-reaching of these—the financial crisis—are still being computed, the impact on private capital flows, infrastructure development, commodity prices, remittances and human life is evident. But, the nations of Africa and their development partners are well on their way to finding responses to the crisis. During a recent visit to Africa, the World Bank President Mr. Zoellick said, “I leave Africa impressed by the actions taken by many of its governments to cope with crisis,”, “and the progress I have seen across the region confirms my belief in Africa's potential to become another source of growth for the world economy.” More..

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EAST ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

Dzud: a Slow Natural Disaster Kills Livestock --and Livelihoods-- in Mongolia
Mongolia is currently experiencing a white "dzud" – a multiple natural disaster consisting of a summer drought resulting in inadequate pasture and production of hay, followed by very heavy winter snow, winds and lower-than-normal temperatures. Dzuds occur when the winter conditions – particularity heavy snow cover – prevent livestock from accessing pasture or from receiving adequate hay and fodder. This disaster has already caused the loss of approximately three percent of the country’s roughly 44 million livestock and many more losses are expected, given the feeble condition of many animals. According to Arshad Sayed, the World Bank Country Manager for Mongolia, the World Bank is taking immediate action to mobilize resources to help the Government of Mongolia address the emerging disaster. More...

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EUROPE AND CENTRAL ASIA

2010 Youth Photo & Video Competition “Changing Climate, Changing Moldova”
The World Bank Country Office in Moldova announces the 2010 Youth Photo & Video Competition: "Changing Climate, Changing Moldova". The competition is open to young people aged 13 – 31, and this is regardless of residence status or citizenship, with the exception of World Bank staff family members. Winners will be notified by e-mail and winning submissions will host a Photo/Video Exhibition, be showcased in promotional materials as well as be posted on the World Bank Moldova website and Facebook. Some of the prizes include $150 gift and a Winning Certificate for the winner of the photo contest, $200 gift and a Winning Certificate for the winner of the video contest, second, third prizes and a number of other prizes which will be awarded to meritorious submissions. Submission starts from February 17, 2010 and ends May 7, 2010 (18:00 local time). More... 

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LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN

Disaster Experts Share Lessons for Haiti
While the magnitude of the human toll and economic losses in Haiti has yet to be established, many experts on the ground, including World Bank specialists, are looking at lessons learned from managing the recovery after other natural disasters. For example, the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004 wreaked massive destruction, killing 200,000 and displacing half a million people in Aceh, Indonesia, alone. But out of that experience may come hope for Haiti, say World Bank experts who helped Aceh recover. Bank staff involved in Indonesia’s tsunami recovery say that community-based reconstruction is critical, speed is essential in months following a disaster, and local networks help expedite recovery. In addition, tracking and coordinating post-disaster aid helps government and other stakeholders make improved decisions. More…

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MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

World Bank Examines Impact of Conflict and Closure Regime on Palestinian Women
The socio-economic impact of the ongoing conflict and the comprehensive closure regime on the Palestinian population of the West Bank and Gaza have been well documented. A report just released by the World Bank analyzes an important, but as yet largely unexplored, dimension of this issue -- the long term impact of the system of movement and access restrictions on relations between women and men. The new report titled, "Checkpoints and Barriers: Searching for Livelihoods in the West Bank and Gaza Gender Dimensions of Economic Collapse" describes how women have coped with long-term economic hardship and social disruption. While stressing that only sustained lifting of economic restrictions by Israel will reverse negative trends, it also recommends specific action by the Palestinian Authority in the immediate term. More…

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SOUTH ASIA

Promoting Economic Cooperation in South Asia
South Asia has attracted global attention because it has experienced rapid GDP growth since 1980, averaging nearly 6% per annum. Yet, it faces many challenges. According to this recent report by the World Bank, there are two faces of South Asia. The first South Asia is dynamic, growing rapidly, highly urbanized, and is benefiting from global integration. The second South Asia is largely agricultural, land-locked, exhibits high poverty, suffers from many conflicts, and is lagging. The divergence between the two faces of South Asia is on the rise. Many policy and institutional constraints contribute to this dichotomy. One important constraint is regional conflict that has made South Asia one of the least integrated regions of the world. The cost of weak regional cooperation tends to hurt the poor more than the other segment of the population, the report continues. More…

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JOBS

Senior Social Protection Economist/Specialist, Washington, DC.
The mission of the Human Development Department in the Europe and Central Asia (ECA) Region of the World Bank is to “help ECA countries develop policies and programs to build and sustain human capital for improved well-being and equitable growth.” This unit is seeking to recruit an international staff as Senior Social Protection Economist / Specialist that will be based in Washington DC. Candidates should bring expertise in the areas of social protection systems generally, with an emphasis on social safety nets and activation approaches more specifically. Experience in other areas of social protection (e.g., pensions and social insurance) also desired. An effective combination of policy-analytical-operational skills would be highly valued. Closing date for all applications is March 03, 2010. More... 

Lead Anti-Corruption Specialist, Washington, DC
As part of the World Bank Group, the Integrity Vice Presidency (INT) shares in the Group’s overall mission of poverty reduction. INT’s fundamental role within the Bank Group is to help detect and deter fraud and corruption in the use of the Group’s financial resources, so that those resources are used effectively to benefit the people that they are intended to benefit. The Research Analysis Unit is the analytical engine that drives the external investigative and preventative work of INT. Under this position, the Lead Specialist will oversee, the Unit's primary responsibilities of analyzing all allegations received by INT, identifying proactive targets, as well as compiling and analyzing – on an on-going and on-demand basis – information from available sources, project documents, etc. The closing date for all applications is April 18, 2010. For more information about this position and to apply, visit... 

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EVENTS

Say NO to Corruption … And say it in a story, video, blog or podcast!
In preparation for the Global Youth Anti-Corruption Forum in Brussels in May 2010, the World Bank Institute and the Global Youth Anti-Corruption Network are looking for talented young journalists to engage with the youth organizations and cover the event. If you are interested or know young journalists under 35 yrs who might be suitable, please encourage them to apply, and feel free to pass along the information to your network. Deadline for submission is March 7, 2010. For more information on participation, visit... 

Regional Seminar on Accessibility of the Environment, Universal Design, Tourism and Development – Maputo, Mozambique, 1-3 March, 2010
As part of the project’s Learning and Capacity Building and Dissemination Events, the Global Partnership for Disability and Development (GPDD) is organizing, in collaboration with the World Bank, a Seminar on Accessibility of the Environment, Universal Design, Tourism, and Development in support of the implementation of the CRPD. The seminar will foster a high-level discussion on issues related to the role of universal design in tourism, and ways to ensure accessible goods, facilities and services for people with disabilities within the framework of Disability Inclusive Tourism as a tool for development in a regional context. More… 

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ON THE BLOGS

Breaking Bread with Oxfam over the Economic Crisis
In this blog, Merrell Tuck-Primdahl (Senior Communications Officer for Development Economics) reports on a presentation made by May Miller-Dawkins, Oxfam/Australia’s Head of Research to Bank and Fund staff on the initial findings of large study they are undertaking on the impacts of the global financial crisis. Oxfam’s research on the global economic crisis (GEC) in 11 countries involved some 2,500 individuals and studies by a range of universities and international organizations, and reveals the depth and complexity of the impacts among poor people and countries worldwide. The report by Oxfam has preliminarily concluded that the global impact of the financial crisis on developing countries was not as severe as originally feared, as many countries, societies, communities and individuals have demonstrated remarkable resilience, a finding that Oxfam, the World Bank and IMF agreed on even if they did not necessarily agree on the reasons. More 

Right Analysis, Wrong Conclusion?
Shanta Devarajan, World Bank Africa Region Chief Economist, blogs about his interactions with participants at a recent WTO Seminar in Geneva. During the event, Shanta presented a paper on Africa: Enhancing growth and reducing poverty in a volatile world. In the paper he observed that before the global crisis, Africa was experiencing sustained, relative rapid economic growth; as fast as all other developing countries except for China and India. According to Shanta, Policies were steadily improving and showing results and continued to improve even during the crisis showing that Medium-term challenges, while daunting, can also be met with a combination of resources and reform. Africa may be poised for sustained, rapid growth, as India was 20 years ago and China 30 years ago. More... 

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PUBLICATIONS / PODCASTS

Global Development Finance 2010: External Debt of Developing Countries 
The World Bank just released one of its flagship publications Global Development Finance (GDF) 2010. This is a World Bank's annual report on the external debt of developing countries- which includes comprehensive data for 128 countries, as well as summary data for regions and income groups. This is also available on CD-ROM, with more than 200 historical time series from 1970 to 2008, and country group estimates for 2009. It also highlights support from the World Bank Group to developing countries and the developments in debt restructuring in 2008. Together with this review of major financial developments in the previous year, you can find summary tables of regional and income group aggregates, and country tables. More... 

Time is Now to Engage the World’s Youth: To coincide with the 2010 meeting of global leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the International Youth Foundation (IYF) and the World Bank co-authored a supplement in the Financial Times to underscore how supporting today’s youth can be part of the solution to the global economic crisis. “As a world community, we simply cannot afford to abandon these young people to the ups and downs of the global economy” wrote World Bank authors Justin Yifu Lin and Wendy Cunningham in an opinion piece. Noting that under investing in youth costs countries as much as 2% of their GDP every year, the authors argue that addressing young people’s needs and aspirations is vital for both social and economic progress. More... 

For Full list of World Bank Publication see… http://publications.worldbank.org/ecommerce/

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