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Civil Society Engagement eNewsletter - June 2010

1. Zoellick Speaks at the InterAction Forum
2. World Bank Announces Total Cancellation of Haiti’s Debt
3. Community Action Helps Niger Respond to Crises
4. Developing Countries Lead Recovery, But High-Income Country Debt Clouds Outlook
5. Corruption Fighters Tackle Stolen Asset Recovery, Elimination of ‘Safe Havens’
6. Multi-stakeholder Education Strategy Consultation Meeting held in Germany
7. The Next Big Idea - Africa as the Next BRIC
8. Developing Countries Act on Climate Change
9. Mobilizing Youth Against Corruption
10. Inspection Panel to meet Japanese CSOs in Tokyo at 7th Annual Meeting of IAMs
11. Development Economists Debate Post-Crisis Strategies
12. Bank Engages Dominican Republic CSOs on Country Strategy 

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


1. Zoellick Speaks at the InterAction Forum
Bank Group President Robert Zoellick spoke to some 400 CSO leaders participating in the annual InterAction Forum held at the Washington Convention Center on June 2. He participate via video conference from London in a session titled “A Conversation with Mr. Zoellick”, in which he replied to a number of audience questions including the Bank’s response to the triple crisis (food, fuel, finances), Bank’s decision to fund the Eskom coal project in South Africa, and how CSOs and the Bank can work more closely together. More... 

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2. World Bank Announces Total Cancellation of Haiti’s Debt
The World Bank recently announced that the remaining $36 million in debt owed by Haiti to the World Bank has been cancelled. Haiti now has no further amounts payable to the WB. “Relieving Haiti’s remaining debt is part of our effort to pursue every avenue to help Haiti’s reconstruction efforts,” said Bank Group President Robert Zoellick. Since the earthquake struck Haiti in January this year, the World Bank has provided $479 million in grants to support Haiti’s recovery and development. Read More... 


3. Community Action Helps Niger Respond to Crises
Nigeriens faced a disastrous flood last fall that submerged the villagers staple food farms, destroyed houses and washed away livestock. In order to support reconstruction efforts, the World Bank co-financed a Community Action Program (CAP) with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). This was a locally owned process where villagers agreed on a list of projects to be implemented with backstopping from local technical experts. The first phase of the CAP project has enabled the construction of 322 school classrooms for 15,000 students; 153 literacy centers for 6,000 adults; health posts to provide primary care to 300,000 people; and wells and boreholes to provide 170,000 people with access to clean drinking water. More...

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4. Developing Countries Lead Recovery, But High-Income Country Debt Clouds Outlook
The Global Economic Prospects 2010, released on June 9 by the World Bank has stated that while global economic recovery continues to advance, Europe’s debt crisis has created new hurdles on the road to sustainable medium term growth. The report projects that global GDP will expand between 2.9 and 3.3 percent in 2010 and 2011, and developing economies will grow between 5.7 and 6.2 percent each year from 2010-2012. High-income countries are projected to grow by between 2.1 and 2.3 percent in 2010 -- not enough to undo the 3.3 percent contraction in 2009 -- followed by between 1.9 and 2.4 percent growth in 2011. More...


5. Corruption Fighters Tackle Stolen Asset Recovery, Elimination of ‘Safe Havens’
At a time of global economic hardship, corruption fighters from around the world convened in Paris on June 8 - 9 to work against further plundering of developing countries, by supporting efforts against asset theft and safe havens for ill-gotten gains. The event was co-sponsored by the Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative (StAR) —a partnership between the World Bank and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) —and the government of Switzerland. Bank Group Managing Director, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, stated that each year developing countries lose billions of dollars through corruption which find safe haven in international financial centers. This she says "enables and promotes the globalization of corruption.” More...

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6. Multi-stakeholder Education Strategy Consultation Meeting held in Germany
The Bank’s Education Team held a consultation meeting on the Bank’s new draft consultation strategy at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in Bonn on May 20. Approximately 30 participants from government, German development agencies, CSOs, foundations and international organizations participated in the meeting. Christopher Thomas, Sector Manager for Africa at the World Bank, presented the concept for the strategy, which will cover the period from 2010 to 2020. Issues raised during the session included: the interplay between education and fragile states; human rights, climate change and development; the role of primary, secondary, and tertiary education and vocational training; as well as the importance of quality, effectiveness, and donor coordination. More… 


7. The Next Big Idea - Africa as the Next BRIC
What trillion dollar economy has grown faster than Brazil and India between 2000 and 2010 in nominal dollar terms, and is projected by the IMF to grow faster than Brazil between 2010 and 2015? The answer may surprise you, it is Sub-Saharan Africa. As the world moves beyond the global recession, Africa can serve as a new source of global demand, said World Bank Managing Director Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, adding that Africa is ripe for consideration as a new market in which to invest, and not just a destination for aid. More... 

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8. Developing Countries Act on Climate Change
Despite the global financial crisis and the resulting economic downturn, the past year has witnessed unprecedented demand from developing countries for World Bank Group support in their efforts to address development and climate change as interlinked challenges. Released in May, the progress report on the Bank’s climate change strategic framework documents the Bank Group’s growing response to these demands. More… 


9. Mobilizing Youth Against Corruption
During the 2010 Global Youth Forum held during the last week of May in Belgium, young civil society leaders, musicians, and journalists (many from fragile states) exchanged their experiences with fighting corruption. Talented young people from all over the world competed for a place at the event, where they launched a global youth anti-corruption network. Organized by the World Bank Institute, the Forum used music and information & communication technologies (ICT) as two innovative approaches that appeal to young people. More…

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10. Inspection Panel to meet Japanese CSOs in Tokyo at 7th Annual Meeting of IAMs
The Independent Accountability Mechanisms (IAMs) of International Financial Institutions have been holding annual meetings since 2004 when the Inspection Panel hosted the inaugural meeting in Washington, DC. The IAM meetings are opportunities for the principals of these institutions to identify and foster means for cooperation, and to exchange experiences and lessons learned in the course of their work. Currently eleven IAMs from WB, IFC/MIGA, EBRD, IADB, AfDB, AsDB, EIB, EO, JBIC, NEXI and OPIC participate in these annual meetings, which also includes a meeting with local CSOs. The IAMs will meet with Japanese CSOs on June 29, at the conclusion of this year’s meeting to be held in Tokyo. The Inspection Panel and AsDB will participate in this event to build awareness around the existence of these accountability mechanisms and to exchange views with invited CSOs. Japanese CSOs interested in attending the outreach meeting are encouraged to contact the Inspection Panel at ipanel@worldbank.org 


11. Development Economists Debate Post-Crisis Strategies
The Annual World Bank Conference on Development Economics, or ABCDE was held from May 31-June 2 in Stockholm, Sweden. This year's conference titled ‘Development Challenges in a Post-Crisis World’, attracted more than 500 experts from around the world and covered a wide set of topics ranging from studies on conditional cash transfer programs and aid effectiveness, to post-crisis recovery. The debate featured Nobel Laureates Robert Solow, James Mirrlees and Eric Maskin; Sir Partha Dasgupta and Professor Abhijit Banerjee also participated. The panel explored the implications of short-term policies to stimulate growth, while acknowledging that longer-term issues of poverty reduction and climate change should not be neglected. More...

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12. Bank Engages Dominican Republic CSOs on Country Strategy
The Bank’s Office in Santo Domingo has been consulting widely with civil society organizations on its Dominican Republic Country Partnership Strategy. It organized a number of meetings between April 15th and June 18 in the capital city and in three provinces, with over 300 organizations in attendance. “The main objective of these meetings is to disseminate our support to the Government’s development efforts” says Country Manager Roby Senderowitsch. He added that “the wide dissemination of the strategy aims to strengthen the voice and influence of the most vulnerable groups and the whole society in the development process”. See video: 

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REGIONAL NEWS AND PROJECTS

AFRICA

Promoting Government Integrity in Africa
Some 85 leaders in Africa’s fight against corruption met in Johannesburg recently to share knowledge and experiences about the design of structures and practices that promote accountability and integrity in government spending. Co-sponsored by the African Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions-Anglophone Countries (AFROSAI-E) and the World Bank, the meeting of minds brought together key public oversight officials and leaders of anticorruption organizations from 17 African countries. Participants denounced the global perception that African governments care little for integrity in the management of public money. More... 

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EAST ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

New World Bank Loan to Support Sustainable Development in Poor Rural Areas of China
Overcoming rural poverty remains one of the top priorities of the Government of China, as it is developing a new Rural Poverty Alleviation and Development Program for 2011-2020. Recently, the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved a loan of $100 million to the People’s Republic of China to support sustainable development in three poor rural municipalities of the country. The major purpose of this project is to support the Government’s efforts by exploring and piloting more effective and innovative ways to deliver assistance to the poorest communities and households through community driven development (CDD) and participatory approaches. This is the fifth direct poverty reduction project supported by the World Bank in China over the last 15 years. More...


EUROPE AND CENTRAL ASIA

Stakeholders Meet to Review Armenia's Country Development Program Results
Recently the World Bank Yerevan Office conducted series of discussions on the Country Portfolio Results Review (CPRR), with the active participation of over 70 representatives from local and international CSOs. This review is held every two years with the objective of collecting constructive feedback from the country’s civil society sector on progress made on the Bank’s development agenda in the Country. During the review held in April/May, 2010, CSOs voiced their support of the Bank’s development agenda and efforts in Armenia, but also made a number of specific recommendations. These included: request for the Bank to use local CSO expertise to monitor and evaluate Bank-funded projects, and continue to support and promote social dialogue between the private and public sectors. For more information on this, contact Armine Grigoryan, agrigoryan1@worldbank.org

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LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN

Informality in Latin America Creates Social Security Paradox
As the economic recovery gathers pace, Latin American and Caribbean countries face major challenges to expand social security, a new World Bank report says. The report titled “Achieving Effective Social Protection for All in Latin America and the Caribbean: from Right to Reality”, was presented at the recent Second Rio de Janeiro Conference on Human Development. The study calls for contributory social insurance programs to be established for workers in all countries, including those where recent reforms policies have not been fully successful. Speaking at the event, Carlos Eduardo Gabas, Brazil’s Minister of Social Security stated that "strong investment in social programs has led Brazil through the global financial crisis in a less turbulent manner". More...


MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

Middle East and North Africa Recovering from the Crisis
The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is recovering from the financial crisis with growth in 2010 expected to be 4.4%. The recovery from the crisis differs by country depending on initial conditions, intensity of impact in the financial sector, price of oil, and balance of payments. High unemployment has been a problem in MENA for years, and the crisis has dimmed prospects for improvements in the near term. Among key long-term growth obstacles are access to finance, competitiveness issues, and regulatory uncertainty. More...

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SOUTH ASIA

World Bank Supports Coastal Zone Management, Water Sector Improvement in India
India’s unique coastal and marine ecological resources continue to be under stress from rapid urban-industrialization and from increasing coastal hazards, jeopardizing the well-being of some 63 million people living in the low-elevation coastal areas. The Government of India has initiated a national program to promote a participatory and decentralized process of planning and management of coastal areas in order to protect and conserve natural resources, as well as secure livelihoods in coastal communities. The World Bank is supporting this effort with a recent approval of US$372 million credit to India. More... 

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JOBS

Sr Environmental Specialist (Sustainable Forest Management/REDD-plus)
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is a multilateral financial mechanism established in 1991 which provides grants to developing countries for projects and programs that protect the global environment. This position will coordinate the implementation of GEF’s objectives in the area of sustainable forest management/REDD+, in consonance with the precepts of the Convention on Biological Diversity, the UN Convention on Climate Change, the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, as well as those of the Non-Legally Binding Instrument of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF). Qualifications include: masters with at least eight years of experience, or a Ph.D, with five years of experience in the field of forest management and conservation in developing countries. Recent experience in REDD+ policies and early implementation will be considered a plus. This is an international hire based in Washington. More...

Senior Knowledge Management Officer, Jakarta, Indonesia (International Hire)
The World Bank’s Social Development unit in Indonesia supports Indonesia’s National Program for Community Empowerment, known by its Indonesian acronym “PNPM”. The successful candidate for this position will lead the efforts of the PNPM Support Facility in the area of Knowledge Management and support to Management Information Systems. This position requires the following qualifications; graduate degree in social sciences, political science, knowledge management, and at least eight years’ of relevant experience with knowledge management and collaboration tool. Application closing date is 04-Jul-2010. More... 

For More Vacancies and Opportunities at the World Bank, Visit the Jobs website. 

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EVENTS

Renewing the World Bank Strategy for Africa: Inputs Sought
For the past five years, the World Bank has based its support to Africa on the Africa Action Plan (AAP). But changes in the global economy and on the continent make it necessary to renew that approach. As part of a review of the AAP, the World Bank is seeking stakeholders' input and views through several face to face multistakeholder consultations on the continent as well as through online dialogues. To review the Action Plan and make your contributions, please click here... 


CIVIL SOCIETY INITIATIVES

Innovative methodology to improve government-civil society relations
Every government, from the most democratic to the least, wants the same thing from civil society: for it to help solve problems, rather than be one. Therefore a positive, mutually beneficial relationship between government and civil society is possible anywhere, provided both sides share this principle. This is the theory behind Euclid Network’s ambitious project to strengthen collaboration in Moldova and Ukraine, where UN funding and cautious goodwill all round are enabling senior representatives from government and civil society to meet, build trust, and generate case studies of effective cooperation as compelling evidence that working together is in everyone’s interest. More... 

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ON THE BLOGS

Bridge over Troubled Waters: Navigating the Policy Divide
The World Bank has been engaging a wide variety of policy advocacy CSOs on the issues of access, rights, and financing of urban water and sanitation programs over the past five years. Engagement activities have included technical workshops, scoping study on how to increase dialogue, and now a draft “handbook” for CSOs on how to engage the Bank. The promising and intriguing aspect of this initiative is that water has always been one of the most controversial and complex issues for Bank – CSO policy dialogue. John Garrison of the Civil Society Team provides details on this carefully constructed engagement process and explores its challenges. More...

Will the South African Economy get a Kick from the World Cup?
As the month-long FIFA 2010 World Cup tournament kicked-off on June 11, all eyes are on South Africa. According to Shanta Devarajan (Chief Economist for the Africa Region) this seminal event is an opportunity for South Africa to showcase itself not just as an attractive destination for tourism and investment, but also as the ‘rainbow nation’, home to people of every race, color, and creed. The event can potentially generate significant tourist dollar inflows, though some economists are skeptical of the net economic benefit the World Cup will generate, based on previous experiences of host countries. More... 

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PUBLICATIONS / PODCASTS

Global Carbon Market Grows to $144 Billion
In 2009, the global carbon market grew to $144 billion, up 6% from 2008 despite enduring its most challenging year to date. The global economic crisis negatively impacted both demand and supply sides; many projects ground to a halt. The World Bank’s recently released “2010 State and Trends of the Carbon Market Report” finds another encouraging trend: national mitigation efforts are also growing. Read More...

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