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2010 Annual Meetings - Civil Society Policy Forum

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Civil Society Policy Forum
Washington, DC
October 6 - 10, 2010

The Civil Society Policy Forum was  held from Wednesday, October 6 to Sunday, October 10, prior to, and during the 2010 Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Group. It was  organized by the WBG and IMF Civil Society Teams. The Forum brought together Bank and Fund staff, CSO representatives, government officials, academics, and others to exchange views on a variety of topics ranging from the global economic crisis and climate change, to governance reform. It also included a Townhall Meeting with Bank President Robert B. Zoellick and Fund Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

Please find below the final schedule of sessions which contains; summary notes, participant’s lists, and presentations to many of the sessions.

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Civil Society Forum Events 

 Wednesday, October 6

  8:00 – 9:00

IMF HQ 1
(Second Floor)
Room 530 

 

Welcome Breakfast for CSOs

Come meet the Fund and Bank Civil Society Team staff, learn about Annual Meetings activities such as the Civil Society Forum and  Program of Seminars, and discuss meeting logistics.

 

9:00  - 12:30

IMF HQ 1
(Second Floor)
Room 530

 

 

 

 

Orientation Session / Capacity Building on the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Group

Sponsor: International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank Group (WBG)

Speakers: IMF: Vasuki Shastry (External Relations Department), Hans Weisfeld (Strategy, Policy, & Review Department), Shamsuddin Tareq (Fiscal Affairs Department), Montfort Mlachila (Africa Department), WBG: Edith Grace Ssempala, John Garrison (IBRD), Aaron Rosenberg (IFC), Rebecca Post (MIGA).

This session will focus on the IMF and WBG (IBRD, IFC, MIGA) origins, organizational structure, major policies, and operational work. IMF staff will also discuss macroeconomic policy in low-income countries, public financial management, tax policy, and economic surveillance. Space may be limited thus please RSVP to this session by sending email by September 30 to: isaenz@imf.org

  • Coffee, tea, and cookies will be served.

This session had interpretation in four languages (English, French, Spanish, and Arabic)

 

2:00 – 4:00
Preston Auditorium
(MC Building – 1st Floor)

Adolescent Girls Initiative: Where We Are

Sponsors: Nike Foundation, World Bank

Speakers:  Robert Zoellick (President, WB), Anne Hathaway (Actor and Girl Advocate for Nike Foundation), Christy Turlington Burns (Maternal and Child Health Advocate, Nike Foundation), Valerie Jarrett (Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President, US), Emmanuel Jal (Sudanese Musician and Former Child Soldier)

Please join us to discuss innovations and achievements of the Adolescent Girls Initiative over the last two years. Find out how economic empowerment for girls is beginning to bring positive changes to entire communities.  You’ll have an opportunity to meet some of the girls and hear first-hand how AGI programs have improved their lives, and the lives of those around them.

 

2:30 - 4:00
Room - MC C1-200

Bank Procurement Policies and Practices

Sponsor: World Bank, Private Sector Liaison Offices (PSLOs)

Speakers:  Gilles Garcia (PSLO Coordinator, WB), Nancy Bikondo-Omosa (Procurement Specialist, WB), Shane Jaffer (Government of Alberta, Canada), Katarzyna Batorski (Global Midwest Alliance LLC, United States).

The World Bank’s International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA) lend billions of dollars to client countries for projects aimed at fighting poverty. These funds are used by the countries to purchase among others, the consulting services by private companies and CSOs needed to implement the projects.

The session will provide important information to participants on how to find consulting opportunities in World Bank financed projects. It will focus on the following important aspects: how to identify consulting opportunities; the Consultant Guidelines of the Bank; and the role of the Bank and Borrowers and the Consultant in Bank financed procurement. Representatives from two PSLOs will share their experiences which will be aimed at providing participants with practical strategies for winning consulting assignments.

Participants List

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3:00 - 5:00
Room - MC C1-100

Towards A New Development Paradigm - Rethinking the Concepts and Measures of Development and Social Progress

Sponsor: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Foundation

Speakers:  Nancy Birdsall (President, Center for Global Development), Sabina Alkire (Director, Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative, Oxford University), Manuel Montes (Chief, Development Policy and Analysis Division, UNDESA), Susan Reichle (Assistant to the Administrator, Bureau of Policy, Planning, and Learning, USAID), CHAIR - Sara Burke (Policy Analyst, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung)

The MDG Summit 2010 was confronted with simultaneous crises in food security, climate change and the global economic recovery.  These reflect a failure of a model of development and economic progress, which is oriented on a conception of globalization that is blind to environmental and human rights, that confuses economic growth with progress in society, and that regards poverty as a technical challenge unrelated to concerns about inequality and social justice.

On the occasion of the 2010 World Bank and International Monetary Fund Annual Meetings, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung has organized a high-level panel to help broaden the current development discourse by linking analytical discussions of alternative measures and models of development and well-being with political discussions about the concrete actions needed to achieve progress in social and economic development.

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3:00 - 5:00
Room – MC9-850

Online Training on Bank’s New Access to Information Policy

Sponsors:  World Bank, Bank Information Center (BIC)

Speakers: Hannah George (Information Officer, WB), Valerie Hufbauer (Translation Team Leader, WB), Jeannette Smith (Information Analyst, WB), Amy Ekdawi (Program Director, Bank Information Center)

The training session will focus on raising awareness among CSOs about the Bank’s new Access to Information (AI) policy and the various sources of information that the World Bank makes available. The session will include a presentation of the policy’s guiding principles, and an interactive run-through of the Bank’s various databases and websites and other resources available to them. 

The session will focus on summary of AI changes and a number of key issues:

  • How to submit requests
  • What information is public? What’s restricted? The 10 Exceptions
  • BIC CSO User Guide – Unlocking the World Bank’s Access to Information Policy

Participants List 
BIC CSO User Guide

 

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 Thursday, October 7

9:00 -10:30
Room  - MC C1-200

IDA: Helping Countries Achieve Results and Accelerate Progress Toward the MDGs

Sponsor:  World Bank

Speakers:  Axel van Trotsenburg (Vice President, Concessional Finance and Global Partnerships, WB), David Beckmann (President, Bread for the World), Archbishop  Njogo Ndungane (President, African Monitor), Vivian Derryck (President, Bridges Institute) 

With only 5 years remaining until 2015, the target date for reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), low-income countries are doubling their efforts to accelerate progress toward the MDGs.  IDA's 16th replenishment will assist the world's poorest countries during the period between July 2011 and June 2014, crucial years in their MDG efforts. 

This session will address how the International Development Association is scaling up its support to IDA-beneficiary countries with a strong focus on achieving results, reducing poverty and achieving long-term growth.

Participants List 

World Bank IDA in Africa Video 
Session Summary Note 

 

  9:00 - 10:30
Room - MC C1-100

Update on Environment and Energy Strategy Consultations

Sponsor: World Bank

Speakers:  Michele de Nevers (Manager Environment Department/WB), Yewande Aramide Awe (Senior Environmental Engineer/WB), Lucio Monari (Manager Energy Sector Unit/WB), Masami Kojima, (Senior Energy Specialist/WB), CHAIR -  Gary Allport (Senior Advisor/Birdlife).

The World Bank Group has undertaken consultations in recent months to seek inputs for updated strategies guiding its activities on the environment and in the energy sector. Given the extensive links between these two, and the high level of public interest in the critical issues related to these areas, leaders of the respective consultation teams will provide an update on the process. Interested CSO representatives, delegates and observers at the Bank-Fund Annual Meetings are invited to attend, as well as accredited media.

Participants List 

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9:00 -10:30
Room - MC C1-110

 

Financial Inclusion for the Poor

Sponsor: CARE, RESULTS, InterAction

Speakers: JoDee Winterhof, (VP Policy and Advocacy, CARE), Susy Cheston, (Senior Director, World Vision), Claudia McKay, (Advisor, CGAP)

Roughly half of the households in the world have no access to a bank account.  CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor at the World Bank) notes that only one in five households in the regions poorest countries have access to formal financial services. National governments, entrepreneurs, and NGO are now positioned to design and spread the financial services and products to poor people that can substantially improve their general welfare. Four decades of experience has shown that when poor people have access to financial services they can change their lives and build stronger, more prosperous communities. 

In this workshop, three experts will discuss the concept of financial inclusion of the poor as well as its current and potential impact.   The panel will explore what financial inclusion means, which populations still need access and what are some innovative new technologies and programs designed to reach them.  There will be time allocated for questions and discussion following the presentations.

Participants List 

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9:00 – 10:30
MC 13 -121

World Bank’s Access to Information Policy – First 100 Days

Sponsors: World Bank and the Bank Information Center (BIC)

Speakers: Paul Bermingham (Access to Information Committee Chair, WB); Elisa Liberatori-Prati (Chief Archivist, WB), Amy Ekdawi  (Program Coordinator, BIC), CHAIR - Sumir Lal (Manager, Operations Communications Department, WB)  

This session will focus on the first 100 days of implementation of the Bank’s new Access to Information Policy, which adopted a presumption of disclosure, made most Bank documents public, and created an independent appeals process.  BIC staff will launch and demonstrate their new guide for CSOs on how to access and use Bank information.  Bank staff will also share information on their implementation experience so far. 

This session had interpretation in four languages (English, French, Spanish, and Arabic)

Participants List 

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11:30 – 1:00
Room - MC C1-100

Safeguards and Sustainability Policies in a Changing World

Sponsors:  Independent Evaluation Group (IEG/WBG), Heinrich Boell Foundation, URGEWALD, and Bank Information Center (BIC)

Speakers:  Vinod Thomas (Director-General, IEG/WB), Anis A. Dani (Lead Evaluation Officer, IEG), Nancy Alexander (Policy Officer, Heinrich Boell Foundation), Korinna Horta (Policy Advisor, URGEWALD), Vince McElhinny (Policy Advisor, Bank Information Center), Inger Andersen (Vice President, Sustainable Development Network, WB), CHAIR - Susanna Moorehead (Executive Director, UK)

Join the Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) of the World Bank Group and several NGOs including Heinrich Boell Foundation, URGEWALD, and the Bank Information Center for a discussion and dialogue on safeguards and sustainability policies in investment projects financed by the World Bank, IFC and MIGA. Environmental and social safeguard policies and Performance Standards are a cornerstone of the WBG's support for sustainable development and effectiveness of its operations.

The discussion will build on a recent evaluation conducted by IEG that analyzes the effectiveness of the safeguards and sustainability policies put in place by the World Bank Group (WBG) to prevent or mitigate adverse impacts of its investment projects on people and the environment.

Participants List 

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IEG Safeguards Fast Track Briefs 

 

11:00 – 12:30
MC C1-200

Making Aid Effectiveness Work

Sponsors: Reality of Aid, World Bank

Speakers: Vitalice Meja (Coordinator Reality of Aid Africa Network),
Barbara Lee (Manager, Aid Effectiveness Team, WB), OECD (TBC), CHAIR - Nora Honkaniemi (Advocacy officer EURODAD)

Over the past five years, there has been broad consensus within the international development community to focus on improving aid delivery and management with the ultimate goal of improving the effectiveness of development assistance. This has been reflected in international declarations including the Paris Declaration (2005) and Accra Agenda for Action (2008). There has been concerted effort, both by donors and partner countries, to work toward these broad goals:  to strengthen country ownership over their development strategies and programs, build inclusive and effective development partnerships, and deliver and account for development results. While notable progress has been made in some areas of the aid effectiveness agenda, there is still work to be done.   This session will discuss how aid effectiveness can be improved in developing countries.

This session will discuss how aid harmonization, alignment, and coordination can be improved in developing countries generally and in particular within the African context. The session will be based on experiences and challenges that have taken place in several African countries, namely Malawi, Kenya and Zimbabwe.

Participants List 

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11:00 – 12:30
MC C1-110

Securing Africa’s Food Security: Land Purchases, Gender Inequality, and Private Sector Development 

Sponsors: Association of African Agricultural Professionals in the Diaspora (AAAPD), World Bank

Speakers: Klaus Deininger (Lead Economist, WB), Bishop David Zac Niringiye (Chair, Uganda Governing Council of the Africa Peer Review Mechanism), Danielle-Mutone Smith (Women Thrive Worldwide), Antenneh Assefa (Bank of Abyssinia, Ethiopia), Co-CHAIRs - Peter Jeranyama (President, AAAPD), Mark Cackler (Sector Manager, Agricuture and Rural Development, WB)

For most smallholder farmers, land is a key asset and source of livelihood. Recent land acquisitions, mostly thought to come from speculative buyers and do not involve proper compensation to existing owners, have become a major concern in many African countries.

The session will discuss recent evidence on the patterns of such purchases and their impact on vulnerable groups in terms of food security, land ownership, productivity, and how country-level policies affect access to land. The Association of African Agricultural Professionals in the Diaspora is a platform by which the Diaspora channels their skills and resources for African agricultural development.

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12:30 – 2:00
Room - MC C1-200

Advancing Gender Equality: Priorities and Challenges for IDA 16

Sponsors:   International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), Bank Information Center (BIC), World Bank

Speakers:  Mayra Buvinic (Sector Director, Gender and Development, WB),
Liane Shalatek (Associate Director, Heinrich Boell Foundation), Francesca Ricciardone (Policy Analyst, International Trade Union Confederation)

Gender is one of three special themes in IDA 16. Panelists will discuss mainstreaming gender into development. They will analyze gender issues from three different perspectives.

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1:30 - 2:30
Room - MC C1-110

Briefing on IFC’s Asset Management Company

Sponsor: International Finance Corporation

Speakers:  Gavin Wilson (CEO, Asset Management Company)

Gavin Wilson will be on hand to give an overview of the AMC.  The AMC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of IFC investing third party capital in IFC projects.  It enables outside investors to benefit from IFC's expertise as well as promoting positive development impact.

Participants List 

 

2:00 – 3:30
Room - MC C1-100

Effective Strategies for Creating Jobs in Developing Countries with a Booming Youth Population

Sponsor: Economics Association of Malawi (ECAMA)

Speakers: Thomas Chataghalala Munthali (Director, ECAMA), Joseph Ibekwe (Executive Director Foundation for Leadership and Education Development, Nigeria), Kedar Khadka (Director,  Good Governance & Anti-corruption Bureau, Nepal), Janet Stotsky (Mission Chief Malawi, IMF),  CHAIR - Hind Kadawat (President of the Syrian Women's Organization).

The populations of most developing economies in Africa comprise the youth – population pyramids with a huge bulge in the middle. Malawi’s population, for example, comprises 52% youth below 18 years of age. However, the literacy rates and skills development levels remain very low. Developing economies seem to continue concentrating on building capacity for white-collar jobs. Students are taught very little entrepreneurial skills and are hardly supported with resources to generate and try their innovative business ideas. The growing youth population, which could have been an important ‘development dividend’ if equipped with the right self-employing skills, is challenged by the slow growth in blue chip jobs. This exacerbates dependency ratios, worsens unemployment/underemployment levels, and puts pressure on government resources thereby derailing the fiscal positions.

This session will discuss what strategies should be adopted for creating jobs and ensuring sustainable economic development in countries with large youth populations?  

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2:00 - 3:30
Room - MC 13-121

Community Perspectives on Free, Prior, Informed Consent

Sponsor: Bank Information Center (BIC), Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), Oxfam America

Speaker:  Ivan Bascope (Regional Representative of Centro de Estudios Jurídicos e Investigación Social/CEJIS, Bolivia), Fr. Edwin Gariquez, (Executive Secretary, National Secretariat for Social Action Justice and Peace, Philippines), Louise Kavira (Technical Advisor at the Network of Indigenous Peoples Organizations for Sustainable Management of the Forest Ecosystems, DRC), Rodion Sulyandziga (Director of Center for Support of Indigenous Peoples of the North, Russia), CHAIR - Deena Hurwitz (Director of the International Human Rights Law Clinic and Human Rights Program at the University of Virginia Law School).

The panel will revisit the right of indigenous peoples to free, prior and informed consent and will examine a rare opportunity for the World Bank to uphold this right in its operational policies. Panelists will speak of the legal and practical imperatives for IFC to adopt FPIC, undiluted and in accordance with the UNDRIP, and will share examples of how FPIC can be successfully implemented on the ground.

This session had interpretation in four languages (English, French, Spanish, and Arabic)

Participants List

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2:00 - 3:30
Room - MC C1-200

Aid and Accountability in Health: Does Effective Aid Lead to Domestic Accountability or Can Domestic Accountability Lead to Effective Aid?


Sponsor: World Vision International

Speaker: Leni Wild and Pilar Domingo (Research Fellows, Overseas
Development Institute /ODI), Collins Magalasi (Executive Director of the African Network on Debt and Development (AFRODAD), Gloria Ekpo (Health Sector Specialist, World Vision/US), Montserrat Meiro-Lorenzo (Senior Public Health Specialist, WB), CHAIR -  Besinati Mpepo (Child Health Manager, World Vision/UK)

The session will discuss the findings of a study commissioned by World Vision UK and undertaken by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). It examines aid and accountability through case studies in Uganda and Zambia, using the health sector as a lens. Despite considerable progress, poverty reduction and sustainable develop¬ment remain major challenges for many countries. Aid is an important component in progress, but, in recent years, attention has been paid to some of the chal¬lenges to the effectiveness of aid.

There has also been a growing recognition of how aid can impact on, and be affected by, accountability, governance and politics in donor and recipient countries. But there is still a real gap in under¬standing about the relationship between aid effectiveness and accountability – and whether and how one can reinforce the other.  The policy session will allow for a presentation of the key findings of the study, followed by a discussion led by a panel of different stakeholders.

Participants List 

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4:00  - 5:00
IMF HQ2
Conference Hall 1

Civil Society Townhall Meeting

Sponsor: International Monetary Fund, World Bank Group

Speakers: Dominique Strauss-Kahn (Managing Director, IMF) and Robert B. Zoellick (President,WBG), Dickson Kahinga (Director, Kenya Institute of Public Policy Research Analysis), Bishop David Zac Niringiye (Chair, Uganda Governing Council of the Africa Peer Review Mechanism), CHAIR - Jo Marie Griesgraber (Executive Director, New Rules for Global Finance).

Messrs. Strauss-Kahn and Zoellick will host this townhall for CSO representatives accredited to the Annual Meetings. The session will include remarks by Messrs. Strauss-Kahn and Zoellick to be followed by a general discussion on issues of concern to CSO representatives.

This session had interpretation in four languages (English, French, Spanish, and Arabic)

 

5:30  - 7:00
World Bank
 Main Complex Building
12th Floor Atrium

Civil Society Reception

Sponsor: World Bank, International Monetary Fund

The reception will be hosted by Caroline Anstey (Vice President for External Affairs, World Bank) and Caroline Atkinson (Director of the External Relations Department, IMF).


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Friday, October 8

9:00 - 10:00
IFC Building
(2121 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW)
Room L-109

IFC Sustainability Framework Review

Sponsor: International Finance Corporation

Speakers:  IFC Policy Review Team

IFC is hosting an update meeting with interested CSOs regarding IFC's Policy & Performance Standards Review and Update process.  This meeting will provide an overview of frequently asked questions and major recommendations arising from Phase II of the consultation process.  Next steps for Phase III of the PS Review and Update will also be covered.

 

 

9:00 - 10:30
Room - MC C1-200

 

Stimulating Citizen Demand for Accountability and Good Governance: Examples from Around the World
 
Sponsors: Partnership for Transparency Fund (PTF), ProPublic, Nepal

Speakers: Vinay Bhargava (Senior Technical Advisor, PTF), Kedar Khadka (Project Director, Pro Public, Nepal), Virginia Ifeadiro (National Coordinator, Nigeria CSO Consultative Group), Milwida M. Guevara (President, Synergia Foundation, Philippines), CHAIR - Daniel Ritchie (Executive Secretary, PTF)

Engaging citizens to demand transparency and accountability from public service providers is emerging as a powerful instrument in fighting corruption. Greater accountability, responsiveness to citizens, and transparency and honesty in the use of public resources is seen as critical to achieving improved development outcomes. It is also recognized that governance reform, to be sustainable, must come from internal pressures and cannot be successfully or sustainable imposed from the outside.

This session will focus on the “demand-side” of good governance and transparency, and  present the experiences and emerging lessons of PTF-supported projects in more than 40 countries plus experiences from Nepal, the Philippines, and Nigeria.  The panelists will speak about worldwide experience in supporting citizen engagement to combat corruption, improve service delivery, and generate greater government accountability in developing countries.

Participants List 

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9:00 - 10:30
Room - MC C1-100

Energy: Poverty, Sustainability and Climate Change

Sponsor: Bank Information Center (BIC), International Rivers, Parliamentary Network on the World Bank (PNoWB)

Speakers: Srinivas Krishnaswamy (Vasudha Foundation), Seno Alouka (Jeunes Voluntaires pour L’environment), Peter Bakvis (International Trade Union Confederation), CHAIR - Nicholas Ma (Staffer - Senate Foreign Relations Committee).

The World Bank is currently in the process of drafting its Energy Sector Strategy with the twin goals of improving access and reliability of energy services to the world’s poor and assisting in the transition to a low-carbon energy economy. With consideration of the expected finalization date of the World Bank’s Energy Strategy by its Board of Directors in July 2011, it is critical that all viewpoints be discussed and debated among relevant stakeholders to ensure the World Bank’s Energy Strategy promotes social and economic justice and ecological sustainability. 

Join us for a panel discussion between civil society in developing and transition countries, energy experts, parliamentarians, Work Bank officials, faith-based groups, labor organizations, and others.  Issues to be discussed include labor union views on energy, role of hydropower, and case studies from India, South Africa, and Peru.

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Presentation 

 

10:00 – 11:00
U Building
(1800 G Street)
Room U 12 – 400
(12th floor)

MIGA Open House

Sponsor: Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA)

This session will provide an opportunity for CSO representatives to meet with MIGA Senior Management and to discuss with them any issues of concern.

 

11:00 – 12:30
Room - MC C1-100

The Road to 2015: Africa Accessing Global Finance

Sponsor:  African Business Roundtable (ABR)

Speakers: Donald Kaberuka (President, African development Bank), Jean-Louis Ekra (President, African Export Import Bank), Sanusi Lamido Sanusi (Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria), Bisi Onasanya (Group Managing Director/CEO First Bank of Nigeria), Emmanuel Nnadozie (Chief Economist, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa), Florizelle Liser (US Assistant Trade Representative for Africa).

As the countdown to the 2015 date for meeting the Millennium Development Goals begins, Heads of State and Governments across the globe have expressed deep concern that progress made so far falls short of what is need. At the heart of this problem is the need to mobilize and retain global capital flows. This is particularly true for many African Countries where domestic resources mobilization has proven to be inadequate in financing both investment and development needs. That clearly suggests that for most African economies, their economic difficulty on the road to 2015 is bound to grow in complexity and intensity, which explains why many of them are lagging behind or totally off track on the MDG’s drive.

Thankfully, some encouraging initiatives are emerging from Africa, its development partners, and the International business community to address these issues.  The challenge now is to strengthen these initiatives and crystallize them for effectiveness with a view to redirecting a major share of global investments, trade and capital flows, as well as development finance to Africa. The complexities involved here directly suggest that policy makers and business executives must work together and rethink the effectiveness of traditional instruments.  This session will focus on the following questions.  How can we come up with innovative financing mechanisms and make them work for Africa? How can African Businesses increase their participation in the global economic system? What is the way forward for Africa to access global finance?

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11:00 - 12:30
Room - MC C1-200

IFC and Human Rights: the Path Forward?

Sponsors: World Resources Institute (WRI), Bretton Woods Project (BWP), Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL),  Indian Law Resource Center

Speakers:  Rachel Kyte (Vice President, Business Advisory Services, IFC), Motoko Aizawa ( Advisor, Corporate Standards, IFC), Audrey Gaughran       (Director, Global Thematic Units, Amnesty International), Arvind Ganesan (Director, Business and Human Rights Program, Human Rights Watch), Amy Lehr (Attorney, Corporate Social Responsibility practice, Foley Hoag LLP), Amar Inamdar (Principal Specialist, IFC/MIGA Compliance Advisor Ombudsman), CHAIR- David Hunter (Professor of Law, American University)

For many years, the World Bank Group (WBG) has considered human rights to be outside of its development mandate, on the grounds that this would interfere with the sovereignty of member governments. Human rights issues are not discussed openly, even though most of the WBG's member governments have ratified at least one human rights treaty.

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) is currently revising its 2006 Environmental and Social Sustainability Framework to reflect changes in the world over the past five years. One major development in the international debate on business and human rights has been an emerging consensus that corporate actors have a responsibility to respect human rights in their operations. Many have also argued that the governments that sit on the IFC's Board of Directors cannot leave their human rights obligations behind when they act through multilateral institutions.

As part of its review process, the IFC is considering how to integrate human rights into its Sustainability Framework. The outcomes of this process remain unclear, as many governments on the IFC Board of Directors remain concerned about sovereignty issues. This panel will discuss the prospects and challenges for adopting a more explicit approach to human rights at the IFC, and suggest concrete ways to move forward.

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11:00 - 12:30
Room - MC C1-110

Partnerships to Achieve the MDGs:  How to Realize a Holistic Approach?

Sponsor: Nature Conservancy

Speakers: Kate Brown, (Coordinator, Global Island Partnership), Vidal Garza Cantú  (Director, FEMSA Foundation), Elliot Harris (Special Representative to the UN, IMF), Salman Al Farisi (Deputy Head of Mission, Indonesian Embassy to the US), Athena Ronquillo-Ballesteros (Senior Associate, Governance and Access, World Resources Institute), Chair - Krista Singleton-Cambage (Senior Advisor, Global Conservation and Development Policy, Nature Conservancy). 

The session will focus on innovative approaches to achieve the MDGs by increasing links between non-traditional partners.  It will explore what governments are grappling with to achieve these goals, and how to look at them in a more holistic, and less disparate, way following the UNGA MDGs Summit.  Who needs to be involved in a more holistic vision of sustainable development?  How is it possible to weave the public and private sectors closer together?

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12:30 - 2:00
Room - MC C1-200

Transparency of Extractive Industry Agreements: the Role of Legislative and Civil Society Oversight

Sponsor: Columbia University

Speakers: Susan Maples (Vale Columbia Center for Sustainable International Investment,  Columbia University), Hon. Banyenzaki Henry  (Member of Parliament, Uganda), Alberto Barandiaran (Advisory Counsel of the Citizens Movement against Climate Change, Peru), Antoine Heuty, (Deputy Director at Revenue Watch Institute).

This panel will explore the role of parliaments and civil society in scrutinizing often convoluted and controversial oil, gas, and mining agreements signed by the executive branch and companies with the support of the World Bank. The objective of the discussion is to explore ways the public, acting through elected legislators, can ensure that natural resources are prudently developed and terms of agreements are complied with.

The discussion will raise awareness of the role of cooperation between legislatures and civil society in promoting good governance in natural resource management and informs ways the World Bank Group can further facilitate this process.  This fall, IFC will commence another round of public comments to guide its policy review and discourse on extractive industry transparency and this discussion will make a helpful contribution to this process.  For additional information on the IFC policy review, please visit www.bicusa.org/IFCreview.

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12:30 - 2:00
Room - MC C1-100

The 2008-09 Financial Crisis and Developing Countries: Is the Recovery Taking Hold?

Sponsor: Center of Concern

Speakers: Aldo Caliari (Center of Concern), Kiama Kaara (KENDREN), Martin Tsonkeu (Development Economist, Development Interchange Network), Maria Jose Romero (Policy Advisor, European Network on Debt and Development), Christian Mumssen (Strategy, Policy, and Review Department, IMF).

The 2008-09 global economic crisis affected developing countries through a number of trade-related channels such as export prices and demand, exchange rate, access to credit for production and trade, debt sustainability levels and investment.  The crisis offers an opportunity to address deep-seated vulnerabilities in the way developing countries’ trade is linked to domestic and international financial structures.

The session will explore the following questions: How would the policy approach to key financial reform issues be affected by trade considerations? Does this differ from the ongoing agenda of the international financial institutions, the WTO, the G20 and the United Nations? If so, how?

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2:00 – 3:30
Room MC C1-100

Transparency and Accountability in Public Climate Finance – What has been done? What is needed?

Sponsors: Heinrich Boell Foundation, World Resources Institute (WRI)

Speakers: Srinivas Krishnaswamy (Director, Vasudha Foundation, India),
Ari Huhtala (Senior Environmental Specialist, WB), Athena Ballesteros (Senior Associate, World Resources Institute), Janneke de Vries, (Counselor for Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands).

Just months before the next Conference of Parties of the UN Climate Convention in Cancun, Mexico, various efforts have been made to track and account for climate financing pledges made in December 2009 at the climate talks in Copenhagen for fast-start finance and toward longer-term financing commitments.  The World Bank is likewise involved in efforts – such as via its support of the new Dutch Website initiative www.faststartfinance.org – to make transparent the financial flows from developed countries to developing countries for urgent climate action.

This panel will look at current ongoing efforts, by civil society, governments and international organizations such as the World Bank, to provide transparency and accountability in global climate finance flows. What has already been done? What more is needed to give different stakeholders, including civil society, the tools to hold both developed and developing countries accountable for their decisions on the mobilization, administration and disbursement of climate funds? What role could and should the World Bank play in data collection and standard setting?

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2:30 - 3:30
Room - MC C1-110

Update on IFC Agribusiness Activities

Sponsor: International Finance Corporation

Speakers: Mark Constantine (IFC Agribusiness Department)

An overview of IFC's work in agribusiness, including recent consultations and strategy development.

 

2:00 - 3:30
Room - MC C1-200

Conflict, Fragility and Development: an exchange on the themes of the World Development Report 2011

Sponsor: World Bank

Speakers: Sarah Cliffe (Co-Director of WDR Team), Sophie Havyarimana (Director Acord, Burundi), Hind Kabawat (Director, Syrian Public Relation),  CHAIR – Lindsay Coates (Executive Vice President, InterAction)

Violence is now responsible for a major part of the global deficit in meeting the MDGs.  The next year's WDR looks at the changing nature of organized violence in the world today.  It also charts possible actions at the national and international levels to reduce the stresses that give rise to violence and support the institutions that provide the bulwark against these pressures.

This session will hear from WDR Director Sarah Cliffe who will outline the key messages of the report and from two representatives of NGOs who are active in fragile states: Sophie Havyarimana, Director Acord, Burundi, and Hind Kabawat, Foreign Affairs Director, Syrian Public Relation.

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3:30 - 5:00
Room - MC C1-200

Celebrating 10 Years of CAO Work

Sponsor: Compliance Advisor and Ombudsman

Speakers:  Meg Taylor (IFC Compliance Advisor and Ombudsman)

Join a session to discuss the lessons learned from the first ten year's of the CAO's work and findings from its caseload.  CAO staff will share perspectives from landmark cases and discuss the predominant issues, and underlying causes, that have emerged in complaints to the CAO since 2000.  Themes discussed will include conflict over natural resources (land and water); the socio-economics of development (access to benefits, labor); and issues related to the processing of projects (due diligence, consultation and disclosure).

This will be an interactive session, open to all, to reflect on the CAO's past and present successes and challenges, and the future of the CAO's work and its effectiveness as the business of IFC/MIGA evolves and changes.

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4:00 - 5:30
Room - MC C1-100

Post-MDG Summit: How to Achieve A Socially-Responsive Recovery after the Crisis?

Sponsor:  Oxfam

Speakers: Matthew Martin  (Executive Director, Development Finance International), Cathy Pattillo (Strategy, Policy, and Review Department, IMF), Stephen Pursey (Senior Adviser, International Labor Organization) Isabel Ortiz (Associate Director, Policy and Practice, UNICEF), CHAIR - Pamela Gomez (Policy Advisor, Oxfam International)

Last month, the United Nations Summit on the Millennium Development Goals focused the eyes of the world on poor countries and their struggle to make progress on the eight anti-poverty goals by their 2015 deadline.  Chief among these challenges has been the global economic crisis. What has been the impact of the crisis and how have poor countries responded? How has the international community responded? What implications does this have for achieving progress on the MDGs over the next five years?

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4:00 – 5:30
MC C1-110

CSO Involvement in IFI Efforts to Promote Good Governance: Challenges and Opportunities

Sponsor:  Participación Ciudana

Speakers: Valeria Enriquez (Senior Researcher, Fundar, Mexico), Santiago Sosa (Executive Director, General Coordinator, Participación Ciudadana, Dominican Republic), Virgilio Álvarez (Research Manager, Latin-American School for Social Sciences / FLACSO, Guatemala)

The commitment to improve the quality of democracy in the countries of the Latin American and Caribbean region is a coordinated effort between state, civil society, and the international community.  In the last decade, various initiatives to promote transparency and accountability have been supported by the World Bank, IMF, and the Inter-American Development Bank.  Civil society often remains a missing or at best weak link in these processes.

In this regard, this panel seeks to discuss opportunities and new challenges posed to CSOs in order to both participate and monitor international financial organizations (IFIs) in their efforts to promote good governance in various countries of the region.

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5:00 - 6:30
Room - MC10-507

Inspection Panel Open House

Sponsor:  Inspection Panel

The Inspection Panel is the independent accountability mechanism of the World Bank.  The Panel invites all civil society representatives attending the Annual Meetings, and Bank Management and staff to its Open House in the Panel's offices. Please come and share your experiences and hear stories and anecdotes about Panel operations.

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Saturday, October 9

9:00 – 11:00
Room - MC C1-100

Consultation on the World Bank's Education Sector Strategy 2020

Sponsor:  World Bank

Speakers: Elizabeth King (Director of Education, WB), CHAIR - Carolyn Reynolds (Senior Communications Officer, Human Development Network, WB), Joseph Ibekwe (Executive Director Foundation for Leadership and Education Development, Nigeria), Milwida M. Guevara (President, Synergia Foundation, Philippines).

Please join us for a presentation and discussion of the Bank's new draft education sector strategy covering the next 10 years.  The draft incorporates feedback from the first round of global consultations on the strategy. 

This session will be an opportunity to learn about the proposed directions and outcomes and to share additional perspectives before the strategy is finalized later this year. 

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Education Strategy Website

Presentation by King

 

9:00 - 10:30
Room - MC C1-200

Feasibility and Impact of an FTT:  Discussion on IMF Paper "Taxing Financial Transactions"

Sponsor: International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)

Speakers: Vicky Perry (Fiscal Affairs Department, IMF), Robert Pollin (Political Economy Research Institute, University of Massachusetts), Peter Bakvis (ITUC/Global Unions), CHAIR - Sarah Anderson (Institute for Policy Studies).

The IMF has released a working paper, "Taxing Financial Transactions: Issues and Evidence", that describes existing financial transactions taxes (FTTs); analyses the feasibility of a broad-based FTT that some governments and many CSOs have advocated; and examines their economic impact.

The IMF panelist will present a summary of the paper's findings and the two other panelists will present their views on what the paper got right or wrong and what further research on the design and impact of FTTs is required.

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9:00 - 10:30
Room - MC C1-110

The Social Accountability of the Institutions (WB and IMF) to Citizens in Fragile States

Sponsor: Accord

Speakers: Sophie Hayvarimana (Director ACCORD, Burundi), Almas Jiwani (President, UNIFEM Canada), Chair -  Monica Stephen  (Coordinator for International Institutions, International Alert)

The years and months following conflict in most of developing countries would be characterized by an ambitious reconstruction program, generally comprising infrastructure projects like roads, health centers, and schools in response to conflict-generate destruction.  If the sector itself is full of development potential, the preliminary factors are not there. Roads are needed to facilitate transactions of what people have produced and to facilitate people’s movement from their community to the services provider sites.  Talking about social accountability of institutions in fragile state is meaningful at this stage. The states are there to provide effective and good quality services in transparent manner.

Transparency require involving community representatives, CBO’s, peace committees, professional organizations,  crops growers groups, and others, in selecting the priorities, in implementing and monitoring the commitments made by governments. Civil society organizations are holding accountable the states, but we can see that the space is increasingly narrowing, and development agencies, such as the WB and IMF, need to play a greater role in holding governments accountable to citizens.  Those institutions are likely to influence governments to promote more participatory processes which can provide more equal relations and opportunities for different segments of the population such as youth, women, persons living with HIV/Aids, and displaced populations. 

This is particularly true in countries where human rights are not respected and the need for an active civil society voice is the greatest.  This participatory approach has been followed in PRSP formulation, monitoring, and evaluation in some countries, and should be extended to other government policies.  If civil society doesn’t hold these governments accountable with the assistance of the WB and IMF, the loans provided will be mismanaged by the power holders and the many years of reimbursement will be a heavy and regrettable duty for citizens.

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11:00 - 12:30
Room - MC C1-100

Issues of Faith in the Extractive Industry Sector

Sponsors: World Faith Development Dialogue,  Oblates of Marry Immaculate

Speakers:  Fr. Edwin Gariguez SVD (Executive Secretary, NASSA / Philippines),  Mamadou Goita, (Executive Director, IRPAD / Mali),  Fr. Seamus Finn OMI  (Director, Office of Peace and Integrity of Creation)

Many faiths have written about concerns associated with Extractive Industry operations.  Many of these are associated with environmental issues but some reflect questions of social justice.  This panel explores these issues.

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11:00 - 12:30
Room - MC C1-200

 

Briefing on Investment Lending Reform

Sponsor: World Bank

Speakers: Fadia Saadah (Manager, Investment Lending Unit, WB), Paul Bermingham (Director, Operations Services Department, WB)

The Bank had presented a concept note on Investment Lending (IL) Reform in February 2009, which set out the process by which Management proposed to transform investment lending to achieve greater development effectiveness through a stronger focus on results.  The IL Reform is organized around five pillars or components:  adoption of a risk-based approach for processing investment lending; greater emphasis on supervision and implementation support; a consolidated and rationalized menu of financing options for IL; actions to provide an enabling environment for supporting and reinforcing the implementation of the reforms; and simplification and revision of the policy framework. 

Work on the first two pillars has now been completed. The Bank is now turning its attention to the policy framework for IL and the design of the new instrument. A global consultation process to seek feedback on the proposed revisions will be launched in December 2010.  This session will focus on the underlying reasons for the reform, explain its features, and discuss plans for consulting civil society.2010_AMs_Briefing_on_Investment_Lending_ParticipantList.pdf 

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11:00 - 12:30
Room - MC C1-110

How Empowering Women Can Aid In Solving Conflict and Preventing Violence: A Discussion

Sponsor: Syrian Public Relation

Speakers: Hind Kabawat, (Foreign Affairs Director, Syrian Public Relation), Almas Jiwani (President, UNIFEM Canada), Loveness Nyakujarah (Program Director, Gender Links), Sophie Havyarimana (Director, Accord Burundi), Hajeer A Ameen, (Professor, Al Nahrain University in Baghdad).

The session will focus on the destructive impact on women, their children and the very foundations of civil society caused by the virulent escalation of state-sponsored violence and brutal and deadly geo-political conflict, both of which have characterized the last few decades. Unlike any other period in human history civilians, especially women and their children, have become the principal victims of such political and military violence and the impact on civil society has been catastrophic. But the light at the end of this dark tunnel is that women can possibly be an integral part of the solution to this catastrophic state of affairs.

The second part of the session will raise an important hypothesis: that empowering women can potentially alter this disturbing trend for the better and put society and its important institutions on a more constructive course. That empowerment pivots around two strategies: economic development and education. By increasing women’s economic independence, we release them from the constraints imposed by a patriarchal culture and permit some of the inherent emotional and psychological strengths of women—a more compassionate, caring, constructive approach to interpersonal relations and conflict resolution--to come to the fore. Teaching women to think more “critically” about social and political issues will also have an extremely positive impact on public and political policy--for many of the same reasons.

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2:00 - 3:30
Room - MC C1-110

Macroeconomic policy: What are the Global Trends

Sponsor: Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)

Speakers: Mark Weisbrot (Co-Director, CEPR), Deborah James (Director of International Programs, CEPR), Petya Koeva (Division Chief, Research Department, IMF)

As weaknesses appear in the global economic recovery, there is increasing debate over whether governments should continue, or in some cases even increase stimulus spending, or begin reducing their deficits and public debt.

This session will look at this issue in the context of current policy in both developed and developing countries, taking into account the different circumstances – e.g. current levels of public debt and deficit, and the strength or weakness of the economy. The session will focus on the following question: is macro-economic policy, worldwide, generally moving in the right direction?

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2:00 – 4:00
J1-050
(701 18th St.) 

Enabling Good Governance in MNA NGO Sector 
    
Sponsors:  NGO Development Center, World Bank, Bank Information Center.

Speakers: Ghassan Kasabreh (Director, NGO Development Center,Palestine),  Yahya Saleh (Yemen Observatory for Human Rights), Touriya Lahrech (Program Coordinator, Democratic Confederation of Labor, Morocco), Amy Ekdawi (Program Director, Bank Information Center), Vinay Bhargava (Advisor, Partnership for Transparency Fund), Ibrahim Makram (Director, Coptic Evangelical Organization for Social Services), CHAIR - Dale Lautenbach (Communications Advisor, WB)

In February 2008, 400 Palestinian NGOs come together to celebrate the signing of the Palestinian NGOs Code of Conduct. The Palestinian NGOs Code of Conduct sets the ethical and professional standard which NGOs in West Bank and Gaza should follow. It specifies the ground rules needed to be observed by the Board, administration, and staff while fulfilling their tasks with an emphasis on accountability, transparency, and governance.

There are many similar efforts in other Arab countries, some of them are about to be enacted and some are still in the nascent phase. All those initiatives are within a global transparency movement pushing for more transparent international aid mechanisms. Speakers from CSOs in different Arab countries will present their experiences in terms of civil society 'good governance' and will share achievements and lessons learned.

  • The session was held in Arabic but translation to English was provided.

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4:00 - 5:30
Room - MC C1-100

Governing Global Finance

Sponsor: New Rules for Global Finance, Oxfam, Development Finance International.

Speakers: Jo Marie Griesgraber (Excutive Director, New Rules), Domenico Lombardi  (Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution), Ron Blackwell (Chief Economist, AFL-CIO), Matthew Martin (Director, Development Finance International).

The IMF shareholders are engaged in real politik tussles over chairs and shares, allegedly to bridge the democracy deficit on the Executive Board and thereby enhance the IMF’s legitimacy.  But the IMF is not alone in its need to improve its governance.  So too is the G20 and the Financial Stability Board.  An expert panel will describe the successes to date, what international financial governance should look like, and the obstacles to achieving the desired end goal.  New Rules for Global Finance coordinated the civil society input into the IMF’s governance debate through The Fourth Pillar Report (2009).  

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Watch a Video of the Panel.

 

4:00 – 5:30
Room - MC C1-110

How to Deal with the Next Sovereign Debt Crisis?

Sponsors: Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Government of Norway, erlassjahr.de, European Network on Debt and Development (EURODAD), African Forum and Network on Debt and Development (AFRODAD), Jubilee USA

Speakers: Sara Burke (Policy Analyst, Friedrich Ebert Foundation), Jürgen Kaiser (Policy Coordinator, erlassjahr.de), Collins Magalasi (Executive Director AFRODAD), Melinda St.Louis (Deputy Director, JubileeUSA), Nuria Molina (Executive Director, EURODAD)

Through the global financial crisis countries as different as Eurozone members, Carribbean small island states, and post completion point HIPCs have been facing new risks to their external and public debt sustainability. While creditor profiles in many countries have become more and more complex for many sovereign debtors, the available debt workout procedures have not.  Instead, the IFIs have concentrated work on improved frameworks for assessing debt sustainability through the Debt Sustainability Framework, which is not much of a remedy once debt has become unsustainable.

Academics, civil society organizations, and some intergovernmental institutions have continued to work on mechanisms which address the shortcomings of present debt management procedures in order to be better prepared, once the next crisis forces individual debtor countries into default. Proposals for a fair, comprehensive, and impartial debt workout process have been the result, and have found support from some creditor country governments such as Norway and Germany. 

This session will focus on the study “Resolving Sovereign Debt Crises: Towards a Fair and Transparent International Insolvency Framework” carried out by erlassjahr.de and Friedrich Ebert Foundation.  The panel, composed by CSO representatives from the US, Europe, and Africa, will analyze the report findings and reflect on the political process for global debt management reform.

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4:00 – 5:30
MC C1-200

Education of Public Leadership from Developing Countries on Public Finance Literacy
 
Sponsors:  Asian Development Research Institute (ADRI), World Bank
 
Speakers: Duncan Okello (Executive Director, Society for International Development, Kenya), Christian Mounzeo (Coordinator, Publish What you Pay, Republic of Congo), Dian Kartikasari  (Secretary General, Koalisi Perempuan Indonesia), Ibrahim Makram (Director, Coptic Evangelical Organization for Social Services, Egypt), Shaibal Gupta (Director, ADRI, India)

There is a critical gap in knowledge about public finance in most developing countries.  Most public leaders emerge without little exposure and expertise about public finance. So they often take uninformed decision on major policy matters. In the process, they not only loose legitimacy but also contribute to stifling growth in their respective countries. Over and above rent seeking and leakage, public projects have reached a scandalous proportion. 

This session will explore ideas and solutions towards developing literacy for elected leaders on public finance.

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