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Civil Society Engagement eNewsletter - March 2010

1. CSO Health Roundtable in Washington
2. Lumps of Coal or a Boost to Development?
3. Roundtables with CSOs in Berlin, Germany
4. Quiet Corruption Undermining Development in Africa
5. World Bank Education Strategy 2020 – Call for Consultation and Feedback
6. Accreditation for 2010 Springs Meetings Opened on March 8 
7. World Bank's New Results Website
8. About Change: World Bank Announces Call for Entries for Latin American and Caribbean Visual Artists
9. Call For Proposal - World Bank Scales Up Engagement with the Dominican Republic Civil Society
10. Five Winning Ideas in Finance and Development Marketplace
11. Africa Launches First Large-Scale Forestry Project Under Kyoto Protocol
 

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


1. CSO Health Roundtable in Washington
Senior Bank Managers and staff met with representatives from 20 health-focused civil society organizations (CSOs) on March 5, 2010 for an informal lunch discussion on health. Graeme Wheeler (Managing Director) and Julian Schweitzer (Acting Vice President for Human Development) led the conversation at World Bank headquarters in Washington, D.C. This CSO Health Roundtable was the first in a series of continuing conversations with civil society that builds on efforts during the last 18-24 months by the World Bank’s Human Development Network to more effectively engage health-oriented CSOs. With just five years remaining in the countdown to the 2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the World Bank wants to further deepen its engagement with CSOs to explore ways to help developing countries achieve better health results. The next CSO Health Roundtable is in Brussels on April 8, 2010. More... 

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2. Lumps of Coal or a Boost to Development?
Africa emits 4 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. South Africa, a country that has not invested in power generation in 20 years, is trying to provide much-needed electricity to its citizens and those in neighboring countries by investing in one of the cleanest “supercritical” coal plants—cleaner than many in the U.S. and Europe. It is also investing $250 million in solar and wind power and $485 million in energy efficiency improvements and a cleaner transport system to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from moving coal from the mine to the power plant. This project is coming under some criticism for not using wind and solar power alternatives—even though these will be available at scale only “by 2050.” Read this blog by Shanta Devarajan, Chief Economist of the World Bank Africa Region and provide your feedback. More...

See Updates on Energy Strategy and Environment Strategy Consultations.



3. Roundtables with CSOs in Germany and Austria
Three World Bank directors attended roundtables with CSOs in Berlin (Germany) on February 22 and in Vienna (Austria) on February 25, 2010. Stefan Koeberle (Director of Strategy and Operations for Latin America and Caribbean Region), Axel Peuker (Director for Strategy and Operations at the Corporate Secretariat), and Hartwig Schaefer (Director for Strategy and Operations at Sustainable Development Network) met with CSOs to discuss current and future Bank priorities. The two meetings were convened by VENRO, a CSO umbrella organization in Germany, and the Austrian Research Foundation for International Development. The discussion focused on the Bank’s commitment to climate change and the need to find a balance with the urgent energy needs of developing countries; Haiti reconstruction and social protection programs in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC); and Bank reforms including voice and internal reforms. For more information please contact sjouy@worldbank.org, on Austria kkemppainenbertr@worldbank.org.

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4. Quiet Corruption Undermining Development in Africa
The Africa Development Indicators (ADI) is the flagship report of the World Bank's Africa Region. The focus of the ADI 2010 which was launched on March 15th is "quiet corruption". This is the failure of public servants to deliver goods or services paid for by governments, a problem which is pervasive and widespread across Africa and is having a disproportionate effect on the poor, with long-term consequences for development. The report, notes that most studies on corruption focus on bribes to powerful political designees or kickbacks to public officials, but the ADI 2010 instead highlights the way “quiet corruption” leads to an increasingly negative expectation of service delivery systems, causing families to ignore the system. This is particularly harmful for the poor, who are more vulnerable and more reliant on government services and public systems to satisfy their most basic needs. More... 


5. World Bank Education Strategy 2020 – Call for Consultation and Feedback
The Bank is currently undertaking global consultations on a number of policy issues including energy and trade. The latest is the new Education Strategy which is now underway and will be finalized in November 2010. The Bank is in the early stages of the consultation process which is geared to elicit the views and experiences of key stakeholders, as this strategy will shape the overall direction of the World Bank’s work in education for the next decade. For this reason, the Bank will consult CSOs as widely as possible. The Concept Note and Consultation Plan have been posted on the web and are in seven languages; Arabic, Spanish, French, Chinese, Portuguese, Russian and English. For more information and to participate in the discussion, please visit... 

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6. Accreditation for 2010 Springs Meetings Opened 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 opened on Monday, March 8 and closes 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… 


7. World Bank's New Results Website
The World Bank recently launched a Result website --www.worldbank.org/results--available in English, French, Spanish and Arabic. The primary goal of this site is to communicate, in an innovative way, the positive results of the Bank's work. The new site chronicles the Bank’s development impact in low-and middle-income countries through statistics, stories, multimedia, and an interactive timeline. The site provides results evidence at the country, sector, and project levels, as well as uses geo-mapping technology to pinpoint projects throughout the globe. More…

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8. About Change: World Bank Announces Call for Entries for Latin American and Caribbean Visual Artists
On March 9, 2010 – The World Bank announced a call for entries to participate in a visual arts exhibition featuring artists from Latin America and the Caribbean and inspired by the idea of change. This offers a unique opportunity for emerging artists to highlight the region’s concerns and achievements, while providing them with exposure within the international art community. Proposals will be accepted on the following art categories; fine, decorative, and folk. Submissions must be received by the World Bank Art Program no later than April 30, 2010 and selected artists will be notified by the end of May 2010. Participation is open to emerging visual artists, or groups of artists from member countries in Latin America and the Caribbean region. More... 


9. Call For Proposal - World Bank Scales Up Engagement with the Dominican Republic Civil Society
The 2010 edition of the World Bank Civil Society Fund has been launched for NGOs in the Dominican Republic. Proposals are now being accepted for projects focusing on vulnerability, social exclusion, and poverty in key areas of government policies that are supported by the Bank. These include governance, energy, social protection and employment, and climate change. It is expected that NGOs in collaboration with young local film makers will produce video clips to increase public awareness on social issues. USAID is providing matching funds to enlarge the scope of the program. For more information on the process and to participate, visit… 

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10. Five Winning Ideas in Finance and Development Marketplace
The Agence Française de Développement (AFD), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the World Bank organized a Development Marketplace on Innovative Financial Solutions for Development on the first week of March, 2010 in Paris. It was geared to supporting innovative financial mechanisms to increase the mobilizing, channeling, and use of development funds. The objective is to demonstrate that successful innovations can be scaled up and replicated broadly. Five winners were chosen from a pool of 20 finalists. According to a blogger, "the organizers managed to bring together a lot of people with good ideas, and created an energized atmosphere worthy of the ‘marketplace’ idea". More...


11. Africa Launches First Large-Scale Forestry Project Under Kyoto Protocol
A new initiative to bring environmental and financial benefits to local communities in the impoverished highlands of Ethiopia was announced on March 3, 2010 during the annual Africa Carbon Forum. The initiative called the Humbo-Assisted Natural Regeneration Project is Africa's first large-scale forestry project to be registered under the Clean Development Mechanism of the Kyoto Protocol. It will bring both economic and social benefits to poor communities in Ethiopia. The project will cut an estimated 880,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere over the next 30 years. The Humbo Project is the product of collaboration across organizations and continents, involving World Vision offices in Australia and Ethiopia, the World Bank, the Ethiopian Environment Protection Agency, as well as local and regional governments and the community. More…

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REGIONAL NEWS AND PROJECTS

AFRICA

African Economies Remain at Risk of Contagion from Global Financial Crisis, Zoellick Says
The World Bank President, Mr. Zoellick in a recent visit to several African Countries stated that African economies remain in significant danger of contagion from the global financial crisis and will need to sustain reforms and receive increased funding support as they rebound from the triple crises that have reversed the robust economic growth of the last two decades. According Mr. Zoellick, “Africa’s perspectives will be improved by Africans themselves, not by foreigners, development partners or rich countries". More...

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EAST ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

Indonesia's Energy Sector Gets $400M from Global Climate Funds
The Trust Fund Committee of the Clean Technology Fund (CTF) under the Climate Investment Fund jointly implemented by the World Bank and other partners on March 16, 2010 endorsed $400 million plan for the government of Indonesia. This plan will double Indonesia's geothermal power capacity and will help transform the country's use of renewable energy; and ultimately support the government to meet its long-term goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 26% in 2020. This new endorsement brings the total of CTF-funded Investment Plans to thirteen with countries such as Egypt, Mexico, Morocco, South Africa, and Turkey benefiting. More...

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EUROPE AND CENTRAL ASIA

World Bank Approves €100 Million Special Policy Loan for Latvia to Support Safety Net and Social Sector Reforms
On March 4, 2010, the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved the First Safety Net and Social Sector Reform Special Development Policy Loan for Latvia in the amount of Euro 100 million (US$ 143,9 million equivalent) to ensure that local governments have the resources they need to keep providing basic social services. The proposed program will focus on measures designed to respond to household needs in the wake of Latvia’s severe economic contraction and to mitigate the social impact of fiscal consolidation by supporting implementation of the Government’s cross sector Emergency Social Safety Net Strategy. The loan is part of the international financial support program aimed at mitigating the impact of the global financial crisis and rapid economic contraction on Latvia. More...

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LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN

World Bank Provides Technical Expertise to Support Chile Earthquake Response
On the occasion of the 8.8-magnitude earthquake that shattered the South American country of Chile recently, killing hundreds of people and impacting the lives of over 2 million; the World Bank has declared its support for Chile’s emergency response. Fresh from helping assess Haiti's earthquake damage, the institution's President Robert B. Zoellick said that the Bank was ready to assist the victims of Chile’s massive earthquake as he expressed his condolences declaring that “the World Bank stands ready to support the Chilean government in any way it may find useful.” More...

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MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

World Bank Supports Micro and Small Enterprises (MSE) in Egypt to Spur Economic Growth and Jobs
The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors on March 9 2010, approved a $300 million loan to support access to finance for small and micro entrepreneurs whose role is vital in Egypt’s job creation and economic growth. This project will support the government's priority program to encourage the sustainable expansion of the Micro and Small Enterprises sector. It is estimated to account for over 99 percent of Egyptian enterprises, 85 percent of non-agricultural private-sector employment, and, correspondingly, almost 40 percent of total employment. This makes it a critical path to building a more inclusive system able to cater to less privileged segments in the society. It is the first World Bank-funded project to support MSEs in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. More...

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SOUTH ASIA

Small and Medium Enterprises: India's Engines of Growth
India has recently attracted global attention for its rapid growth. There is a broad consensus among others that a vibrant Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) sector can play a key role in creating jobs and high economic growth in order to accelerate the pace of poverty reduction. In 2004, a World Bank loan of $120 million to the government of India helped channel long-term loans that reached 927 Small and Medium Enterprises spread across 10 Indian states. More recently, in response to the global financial crisis the World Bank has provided the Indian Government with an additional $400 million to further support to the SME sector. This loan is helping to facilitate an increased flow of working capital to the India's SME sector and covering new regions of the country, particularly those states with lagging economic performance. More...

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JOBS

Economist (Poverty and Social Policy) - Kampala, Uganda
The World Bank together with 10 Development Partners is providing budget support to the Government of Uganda under a Joint Budget Support Framework (JBSF). In partnership with the Government of Uganda, the JBSF Development Partners are committed to providing budget support on an annual basis against a jointly-agreed Joint Performance Assessment Framework (JAF). The JBSF is looking to hire two Economists – one specializing on empirical analysis on poverty and social policy and the other specializing on impact evaluation and fiscal analysis. Closing date for all applications is 31 Mar 2010. More... 

Senior Urban Specialist (Climate Change) - Washington, DC
The Vision and Mission of the World Bank Institute (WBI) is to become a global facilitator of capacity development for poverty reduction. WBI’s core business is to facilitate learning, knowledge exchanges, and practitioner-generated innovations, all with a view to addressing the key capacity constraints facing leaders, institutions, and coalitions in their pursuit of development results. The World Bank Institute Climate Change unit is looking for a highly motivated senior urban – climate specialist to coordinate the cities and climate change program. Closing date for all applications is April 5, 2010. More...

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EVENTS

Achieving the Millennium Development Goals: Poverty Reduction, Reproductive Health and Health Sector Reform
This course, scheduled for March 15-26, 2010, in Bangkok, Thailand, will explore key elements in designing efficient, equitable and financially sustainable population policies and reproductive health programs in the context of health sector reform and the Millennium Development Goals. This two-week course is designed for staff from governments, donor agencies, international organizations, the World Bank, and NGOs working in the health sector. More...



ON THE BLOGS

Leveling the Playing Field on World Bank – Civil Society Dialogue
After years of feeling that its policies were unfairly criticized by civil society organizations, the Bank is now ‘turning the tables’ by being formally asked to critique civil society ideas and papers. Likewise, after years of feeling ‘shut out’ and ignored by Bank experts, CSOs are confidently seeking Bank views on their macro- economic research findings. This trend is best exemplified by the launches of books written by well known CSO leaders at the Bank’s Infoshop over the past two years. The most recent example of CSOs seeking Bank input on their research is Oxfam/GB who recently came to the Bank to share the preliminary findings of a study on the impacts of the global financial crisis on poor countries. What makes these policy dialogue sessions so innovative is that they represent a more horizontal exchange of views than in the past when it was more of a one way exchange with CSOs criticizing and the Bank defending its positions. More...

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PUBLICATIONS / PODCASTS 

Migration and Remittances Factbook 2010
The Migration and Remittances Factbook 2010, a recently published book from the World Bank ; presents the numbers and facts behind the stories of international migration and remittances, drawing on authoritative, publicly available data. It provides a snapshot of statistics on immigration, emigration, skilled emigration, and remittance flows for 194 countries, and 13 regional and income groups. More…

Full List of Available Publications… http://publications.worldbank.org/ecommerce/

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