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Civil Society Engagement eNewsletter - August 2010

1. 2010 World Bank/IMF Annual Meetings 
2. Civil Society Education Fund Supports CSO Educational Advocacy Worldwide
3. Reconstruction Grant Supports Urgent Needs of Haitians
4. Bank Energy Team Shares Initial Consultation Feedback
5. The Adolescent Girls Initiative Helps Young Women Find Work
6. Widespread Consultations Inform Africa Action Plan
7. Better Environmental Information Is Needed To Underpin Sustainable Development
8. FY09 Annual Monitoring Report on Gender Analyzes Mainstreaming Efforts
9. Pacific Initiative Promotes Electricity Sectors in Pacific Islands 
10. Building Assessments Help Haitians Move Forward
11. Crisis Commons Unlocks the Power of Collaboration and Technology for Development 

REGIONAL NEWS AND PROJECTS
JOBS
EVENTS
ON THE BLOGS
PUBLICATIONS 
 

1. 2010 World Bank/IMF Annual Meetings
The 2010 World Bank and International Monetary Fund Annual Meetings will be held on October 8 to 10, 2010 in Washington, DC. All Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) representatives interested in participating in the Annual Meetings must obtain individual accreditation. Representatives are encouraged to apply for accreditation online beginning today, August 17 (see link below). To learn more about the Civil Society Policy Forum (to be held between October 6 – 10) and share your ideas on how to improve the format of the policy dialogue sessions, click here… 

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2. Civil Society Education Fund Supports CSO Educational Advocacy Worldwide
In 2009, the Education for All – Fast Track Initiative (EFA FTI), a global partnership to ensure that all children receive quality basic education granted US$ 17.6 million to the Global Campaign for Education (GCE) to establish the Civil Society Education Fund (CSEF).  The goal of the CSEF is to strengthen the work of national education coalitions in developing countries so they can fully engage in policy dialogue with governments and donors, become effective advocates to achieve Education for All and assume a watchdog function for expenditures in the education sector. More… 


3. Reconstruction Grant Supports Urgent Needs of Haitians 
The World Bank Board of Directors recently approved a US$30 million grant that will provide Haiti with urgently needed funds to close its budget gap and support the government’s efforts to increase public sector transparency and accountability. The US$30 million grant will leverage an additional US$25 million from the donor-supported Haiti Reconstruction Fund (HRF), which is managed by the Bank. The new funding is part of the Bank’s commitment to support Haiti’s recovery in the wake of the earthquake that killed more than 230,000 people and caused widespread destruction mainly in the capital, Port-au-Prince. Read more… 

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4. Bank Energy Team Shares Initial Consultation Feedback 
The World Bank Group held global consultations on its new energy strategy with some 1,700 stakeholders from government, civil society, the private sector and academia in 36 countries.  The discussions revealed a wide range of views on energy policy, some divergent (on whether the Bank should reduce funding for fossil fuels) and others consensual (need to expand energy access to the nearly 1.5 billion people living without electricity).  For videos interviews by the two senior Bank staff leading the consultation process, click here...


5. The Adolescent Girls Initiative Helps Young Women Find Work 
World Bank’s Adolescent Girls Initiative (AGI) project teams from seven countries met at Bank HQ recently to share their recent experiences, and brain storm on what approaches work to help young women find work. Launched in October 2008, the AGI aims to help girls and young women stay in school, avoid early pregnancy and marriage, build capital assets and find jobs, thus helping them gain financial independence and become productive members of society. To do this the initiative promotes transition from school to decent work for girls and young women aged 16-24 by helping them build skills that match market demand, find mentors and job placements. More… 

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6. Widespread Consultations Inform Africa Action Plan
The first phase of the Africa Action Plan Consultations (online and in-person) came to a close on July 31.  Consultation meetings were held with a wide range of stakeholders across Africa and in Europe and the United States to discuss the World Bank’s strategy for Africa. The consultations reviewed Africa’s changing development needs and how the World Bank can best support those needs. The feedback serves as input into a draft strategy for Africa currently in preparation. The draft will be posted on the Africa Action Plan consultations website for comments. Read More…


7. Better Environmental Information Is Needed To Underpin Sustainable Development
Countries have mixed track records over the past decade in managing the environment, according to the tenth edition of the World Bank’s Little Green Data Book. Each year over the past 10 years the Little Green Data Book has taken the pulse of the world’s environment, recording progress in some areas but regression in others, with wide disparities across regions. The Little Green Data Book compiles 50 indicators for over 200 countries each year on such areas as agriculture, forests and biodiversity, emissions and pollution, water and sanitation, and environment and health. More… 

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8. FY09 Annual Monitoring Report on Gender Analyzes Mainstreaming Efforts
The FY09 Annual Monitoring Report on Gender Mainstreaming shows, that in general, the Bank is getting much better at integrating gender concerns into the structure of its day-to-day operations – in particular within its primary development document, the CAS (Country Assistance Strategy). However, though gender issues are increasingly included in the CAS, this has yet to reach 100 percent as dictated by Bank policy. The report also argues that both coverage and quality need to be improved, particularly in terms of sex-disaggregated analysis. More…


9. Pacific Initiative Promotes Electricity Sectors in Pacific Islands 
An initiative to promote strategic development of the electricity sectors in Pacific island countries is under way, working to improve energy security, reliability, and access for Pacific Islanders. The initiative aims to ensure that economic and social development in the Pacific is not constrained by inadequate or unsustainable energy systems. This initiative is based on two key principles: build on what is already in place; and undertake necessary data gathering, analysis and planning in parallel with implementing urgent investments. More… 

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10. Building Assessments Help Haitians Move Forward
More than 100,000 families will be able to stay in their homes, leaving shelters and makeshift tents behind, following a structural safety assessment of buildings completed by Haitian experts with World Bank technical support and funding. Evaluators have been marking buildings to indicate their state: ‘red’, meaning risky to live in; ‘yellow’ meaning habitable provided repairs are made, and ‘green’ meaning the house is sound, thus encouraging people to return to their homes from camps. Read More… 


11. CrisisCommons Unlocks the Power of Collaboration and Technology for Development
Following the disaster in Haiti, the World Bank partnered with major players such as Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and McKinsey to create technological products and services geared toward “helping the helpers,’- the relief agencies, NGOs and governments that respond to crises. The group, called CrisisCommons, held its first international crisis congress in the World Bank on July 16 to explore lessons learned from Crisis Camp Haiti and Crisis Camp Chile, and brainstorm on how to build a sustainable volunteer community capable of aiding communities when a crisis strikes. More… 

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REGIONAL NEWS AND PROJECTS

AFRICA

World Bank Approves US$35million for Kenya’s Coastal Development
The World Bank has approved a credit of US$35 million to help Kenya promote environmentally sustainable management of its coastal and marine resources. The Kenya Coastal Development Project approved by the World Bank Board of Executive Directors today will also benefit from a US$5 million Global Environment Facility (GEF) grant to strengthen conservation and sustainable use of marine and coastal biodiversity. More… 


EAST ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

Improve Rural Incomes and Livelihoods in Papua New Guinea
The World Bank (International Development Association), International Fund for Agricultural Development, Government of Papua New Guinea and private sector, including smallholder growers have coordinately distributed $46.3 million to promote rural development and poverty reduction by helping smallholder farmers adopt improved farming practices, facilitate linkages to agribusiness, and provide critical infrastructure for market access. Read More… 
 

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EUROPE AND CENTRAL ASIA

World Bank Supports Moldova in Managing Disaster and Climate Risk
The World Bank recently approved a $10 million financing credit to the Republic of Moldova’s for the Disaster and Climate Risk Management Project. The main objective of the project is to strengthen the State Hydrometeorological Service’s ability to forecast severe weather and improve Moldova’s capacity to prepare for and respond to natural disasters.  The project aims to reduce Moldova’s susceptibility to natural disasters, particularly in agriculture and related sectors and diminish the country’s economic vulnerability to droughts, floods and other natural shocks. More…   


LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN

World Bank Boost Recovery in El Salvador
The World Bank Group renewed its commitment to help put people first in El Salvador’s economic recovery following a signing ceremony for three loans worth $230 million, which will promote job opportunities and provide basic services for thousands of Salvadorians. Approved last year as part of the $650 million Country Partnership Strategy 2010-12, the financing package will generally support El Salvador as it leaves the effects of the global crisis behind and resumes its path of sustained growth with a social emphasis, said World Bank president Robert B. Zoellick after the ceremony at President Mauricio Funes’ office Casa Presidencial. More...

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MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

Morocco Fights Poverty at Local Level
Morocco’s National Initiative for Human Development is providing funding to a circus school and other programs that shelter orphans and street children. Since 2005, the $1.1 billion initiative, with $100 million in financing from the World Bank, has financed more than 20,000 sub-projects, targeting more than 4.6 million people. More than 700 regional, provincial and local human development committees, composed of equal shares of representatives from civil society, local government, and government ministries, were set up under the initiative. The committees’ 11,000 members decide which projects respond best to the needs of the population, including the poorest and most vulnerable people. Read More…
 


SOUTH ASIA

World Bank, ADB, and DIFD Probe the People’s Priorities across Nepal
Following the approval of new plans of their assistance plans for Nepal in early 2010, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and the Department for International Development of the U.K. (DFID) jointly held a new round of consultations to brief stakeholders on how their suggestions were incorporated and to seek further views on how those plans could be implemented in a manner that effectively supports Nepal. The consultations were held across Nepal to find out people’s priorities, and hear their views on the kind of help they would like from development partners. Read more…
 
 

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JOBS

Senior Advisor, Africa Region
The Development Economics Unit (DEC) is hiring a senior advisor to shape and drive policy formulation for industrialization and structural change work in the AFR Region. The person will engage effectively with a wide range of stakeholders, including government, private sector, academics and civil society. PhD in Economics and at least 17 years of relevant experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience are required.  Closing date for all applications is 27-Aug-2010.  More… 

Lead Specialist, World Bank Institute
The World Bank Institute (WBI) is seeking a Lead Specialist who can lead the work on WBI’s Capacity Development Agenda. This position requires a person with a strong reputation in international development, who is well known and respected for her/his substantive knowledge, intellectual leadership, and entrepreneurship. Furthermore, the person will have an excellent operational track record, and an ability to manage a complex program in a particularly challenging area of development work and nurture an enabling environment for innovation in team and organizational settings.  Application Closing date is 15-Sep-2010. More… 

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EVENTS

CIVICUS 9th World Assembly, 20 to 23 August 2010 in Montréal, Canada
Civicus wil hold is 9th World Assembly in Montreal on August 20 – 23.   Under the title of “Acting Together for a Just World”, the assembly is expected to bring together some 800 CSO representatives.  World Bank Vice President for the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management (PREM) Network, Otaviano Canuto will participate in one of the headline panels.  More... 
 

G-20 Launches Small and Medium Enterprise Finance Challenge
The Group of 20 and Ashoka’s Changemakers, with support from the Rockefeller Foundation, are looking for the best models worldwide that catalyze finance for small and medium enterprises (SMEs). This challenge is open to all private sector participants, including private financial institutions, private investors and companies, socially responsible investors, foundations, and civil society organizations. The final competition deadline is September 5, 2010. More… 

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ON THE BLOGS

Agreeing to Disagree on the Blogosphere
There is growing Bank – CSO policy dialogue occurring via blogs which is generating unexpected thoughtful and frank exchange of views.  The most recent case was a few weeks back when Justin Lin, the World Bank’s Chief Economist, was invited to be a guest blogger on the “From Poverty to Power” blog page maintained by Oxfam/GB’s Head of Research, Duncan Green.  What this experience seems to be showing is that social media, with its podcasts, blogs and tweets, has the potential of scaling-up and improving the quality of Bank – CSO dialogue going forward.  Read More… 

Exploring a Results-Based Approach to Education Aid 
Around the world, aid from international donors buys textbooks, hires teachers, and opens schools - all worthy and necessary contributions in the fight to educate every child. But a new book flips that equation on its head, proposing progress-based aid for education. The idea entails paying a country not for inputs such as pencils or classrooms, but once each child educated passes certain milestones such as completion of his or her grade level. Read More… 

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PUBLICATIONS

Stigma and Discrimination Drive New HIV Infections in South Asia
HIV prevalence in India and South Asia is growing among sex workers, injecting drug users, and other marginalized groups largely because of a widespread failure to prevent stigma and discrimination toward them, according to a new report from the World Bank and the International Centre for Research on Women. As part of the effort to combat discrimination, a regional competition to find successful ‘grass roots’ anti-HIV discrimination programs provided a total grant funding of $1.4 million to innovative pilots. Read More… 

Africa Studies Show Promise in Preventing HIV
Two large studies involving cash incentives are showing promise in reducing sexually transmitted infections in Tanzania and Malawi. HIV prevalence was 60% lower among girls receiving cash payments in Malawi, and 25% lower among adults eligible for a $60 reward in Tanzania. Findings suggest that cash transfers should be explored on a larger scale for HIV/STI prevention as they could help make a dent in reversing the epidemic. Read More… 

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This Newsletter is produced by the Civil Society Team of the World Bank (WB) in collaboration with other WB units. The Newsletter highlights some of the many policies, programs, and initiatives of the WB which may involve or be of interest to CSOs. We welcome your comments and feedback to make this newsletter as useful as possible. You can subscribe to the Newsletter using a new registration page: http://www.worldbank.org/civilsocietyengagementnewsletter/. Please share your comments on the Newsletter with us: civilsociety@worldbank.org. All past issues of the Newsletter can be found on the WB site on Civil Society Engagement at: http://www.worldbank.org/civilsociety



Last updated: 2010-08-17




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